VIEWING REGION: Canada & USA, FREE ADMISSION*
Saturday, SEPT 24, 9:00am | United Church Hall | 69 mins
Atlantic Canadian Shorts showcases the unique stories and abundance of talent in Atlantic Canada.
See below for additional information on the shorts program.
*Please note that HOMARD AU COEUR is available online in Canada only
THREADING THE NEEDLE
2022 | Canada | 12 mins
Director: Louise Lalonde
Expert crazy quilter, Penelope Player, opens her home and her heart to the audience, regaling us with stories of her lifetime passion for needle arts.
HOMARD AU COEUR
2022 | Canada | 2 mins
Director: Jenna Marks
VIEWING REGION: Canada only
A quirky and lovable fisherman fights to keep his livelihood through years of illness.
2022 | Canada | 8 mins
Director: Josefa Cameron and Abby McLeod
This short documentary is about Shauna MacLeod, an artist who lives with PTSD, and uses her art to heal. Shauna owns and operates Black Crow Pottery, a small business in Dartmouth. Her journey of healing has led her to craft pottery and ride horses – a departure from the life she previously led as a paramedic and emergency medical dispatcher.
NOVA SCOTIA’S MAN OF STEEL
2021 | Canada | 6 mins
Director: Barrett Hooper
Nova Scotia’s Man of Steel is a short documentary about master bladesmith Rick Marchand, who moved from Southern Ontario to Lunenburg, NS, with his family. Marchand is one of the top bladesmiths in the world. He hand-forges knives, swords and other bladed tools and weapons for practical use, art collectors and for Hollywood prop makers. His blades have appeared in such films as The War for the Planet of the Apes and Jungle Cruise. Man of Steel came out of a feature article in Maritime Edit Magazine, which was written by the film’s director, Barrett Hooper.
2022 | Canada | 8 mins
Directors: Kaija Jussinoja, Hannah Bryenton, and Kayley Addis
Свобода (FREEDOM) follows Ukrainian international student Dali Kapanadze over the course of 24 hours providing a snapshot of daily life during a historic moment. The film was shot on March 4 and 5 2022, just one week after the invasion of Ukraine. Kapanadze describes how the invasion has “put her life on pause;” she dedicates her time to helping her mother and grandmother come to Halifax and providing support to her friends who are staying in Ukraine. She watches the news, racked with worry for her community in Kyiv. We watch Kapanadze prepare for a rally, where the Ukrainian community in Halifax will collect donations and call for military aid. At the rally, support from fellow Ukrainians and Haligonians alike overwhelms Kapanadze. She feels a sense of purpose and knows she will continue fighting for her country’s freedom, even from the other side of the Atlantic.
I SEE YOU
2022 | Canada | 20 mins
Director: Amy Trefry
I See You follows the journey of a small group of women and genderqueer artists through a facilitated 5-day retreat as they use their art to explore and question their relationship with their bodies and their sexual health. Sexual health affirms sexuality as a positive force, enhancing other dimensions of one’s life. The work of the retreat was to use somatic inquiries to examine the social conditionings of shame that are built around female and genderqueer bodies and their experiences with sexual health.
THE ENDLESS CUT
2022 | Canada | 14 mins
Director: Carter Thurber
A calm reflection on personal growth, and making time for passion projects in a busy world, featuring far-out visuals. Comprised of repurposed fragments from uncompleted works.