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PASSES NOW ON SALE!
Lunenburg Doc Fest All-Access Film Passes
for this year’s 7-day festival are NOW ON SALE!All-Access Passes come with access to every film
this year’s (mostly) online festival has to offer.Curate your own at-home viewing experience and enjoy our largest selection of international documentaries to date, plus insightful livestream Filmmaker Q&As.
ALL-ACCESS FILM PASS
• EARLY BIRD •
SUGGESTED PRICE: $25
for watch parties with people in your household watching together! SUGGESTED PRICE: $50
Tickets for select onsite events and single tickets coming soon …
Enjoy a sneak peak of select documentaries launching at Lunenburg Doc Fest 2021!More selections coming soon …
Hell or Clean Water
2021 • Canada • 88 mins
Director • Cody Westman
* Atlantic Canadian *
VIEWING REGION: CANADA & US
In what appears to be an impossible task, Newfoundland diver Shawn Bath has devoted himself to cleaning up the ocean floor one rotting tire at a time. On the brink of bankruptcy and a break-up, his obsessive endeavour catches the attention of locals and a controversial non-profit organization who would like to assist him in scaling up his operations. Driven by passion and held back by bureaucracy, this inspiring story highlights the enormity of human-caused environmental damage and the power of an individual’s determination to make the world a better place.
2021 • USA • 90 mins
Director • Bernadette Wegenstein
VIEWING REGION: NORTH AMERICA
The Conductor takes the audience into the heart of classical music, and into the soul of one of its top artists, the internationally renowned conductor Marin Alsop — the first woman to serve as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra — giving us backstage passes to the artistry and energy that rewards her audiences and inspires her students. With unprecedented access, the director and film crew accompany Marin Alsop to concerts around the world from Mozart’s Magic Flute in São Paulo, to Mahler’s 1st Symphony in Lucerne, to Bernstein’s Mass in Baltimore, and her opening concert in Vienna.
2021 • Canada • 57 min
Director • Caitlin DurlakVIEWING REGION: CANADA & USSet on Fogo Island off the coast of Newfoundland, Dropstones is an intimate family portrait that follows a matriarch, Sonya, shortly after she has returned to the home she once yearned to escape. As Sonya raises her two young sons, Luke and Sean, she finds herself drawing on her island’s traditions to meet the challenges of motherhood. Set against the changing seasons over the course of a year, the film immerses us in the unique rhythms of life on Fogo Island, illuminating both the hardship and fulfillment that come with calling this singular place home.
Come Back Anytime
2021 • Japan • 81 min
Director • John Daschbach
VIEWING REGION: CANADA
COME BACK ANYTIME presents a window into the lives of self-taught Japanese ramen master Masamoto Ueda and his wife Kazuko, who have run their tiny Tokyo ramen shop, Bizentei for more than 40 years. Ueda serves his legendary ramen to scores of devoted customers who have joined him over the decades in making the restaurant an intimate place of community. For Ueda, it’s more than just a livelihood, but his life. And his die-hard regulars are more than just customers, but true friends. On the weekends, he leads eclectic groups of regulars on seasonal pilgrimages across the Japanese countryside, where they forage, harvest, and share local produce, such as pears, bamboo shoots, rice, and wild mountain yams. Periodic visits with the Uedas at home gradually reveal their personal history and the history of their beloved restaurant.
VIEWING REGION: Atlantic Canada
If you were able to create an immortal version of yourself, would you? This film explores the latest advancements in AI, robotics and biotech with visionaries who argue for a new age of post-biological life. As scientists point us toward a world where humans and machines merge, we have to ask ourselves will AI be the best, or the last thing we ever do?
2021 • Israel/Poland • 66 min
Director • Barak Heymann
VIEWING REGION: Canada & US
Israeli artist Dani Karavan has created nearly 100 environmental installations all across the world. He has won some of the most prestigious international art awards. Yet Karavan is far from satisfied. Karavan becomes embroiled in a serious political and artistic conflict over his latest commission. “High Maintenance” is a straightforward, yet intricate film, emotional and personal without being melodramatic, and as painful as it is humorous and passionate.
BANGLA SURF GIRLS
2021 • Canada • 86 mins
Director • Elizabeth D. Costa
VIEWING REGION: North America
Bangla Surf Girls is an observational coming-of-age documentary about three teenage girls who get a rare sense of agency over their lives when they join a surf club. Over the course of three years, we follow Suma, Ayesha and Shobe as they fight unsurmountable odds to follow their dreams.
2020 • Costa Rica • 70 mins
Director • Carolina Arias Ortiz
VIEWING REGION: North America
Carolina returns to Costa Rica to try to rebuild the relationship with her father. After a few months, her father is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. At that moment, Carolina meets Ifigenia, an archaeologist expert in the stone spheres found in the south of Costa Rica; the country’s great enigma. She decides to follow Ifigenia’s journey through an erased indigenous history. Through objects and their stories, Carolina learns a different way to relate to death.
ALL-ACCESS FILM PASS
• EARLY BIRD •
SUGGESTED PRICE: $25*NEW*
for watch parties with people in your household watching together! SUGGESTED PRICE: $50Tickets for select onsite events and single tickets coming soon …
Stay tuned to Lunenburg Doc Fest
for more exciting film announcements!
OPENING NIGHT ONSITE SOCIAL!
The 8th Lunenburg Doc Fest will kick off with an opening night social in beautiful Lunenburg on Thursday, September 23rd.
Join us for delicious hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and vibrant conversation. We look forward to celebrating another remarkable edition of Doc Fest with you.
A limited number of tickets for this not-quite-the-gala 😉 special event go on sale soon. Stay tuned!
All Covid protocols within the Health Protection Act Order and public health directives will be in place throughout the event.
HOW TO WATCH
Watch this section in future newsletters for helpful tips on how to customize your own at-home festival experience. A handy “How to Watch Guidelines & FAQ” is also available on our website here. (If you joined us for Lunenburg Doc Fest 2020 your Eventive account should still be active, making your upcoming film selections that much easier!)
Please note, each film at LDF 2021 is available in one of four viewing regions.
Atlantic Canada (NS, NB, PE, NL)
Canada & USA
The viewing region will be displayed in our upcoming Film Guide at https://lunenburgdocfest.eventive.org/.
VIRTUAL VIEWING FAQ’s
Q: How do I purchase an All Access Pass (single tickets coming soon!)A: Purchasing you Pass:
• Head to our virtual film festival website page: https://lunenburgdocfest.eventive.org/welcome
• Hit “Buy Passes”
• Select your preferred pass. You will need to create an Eventive account if you have not already done so.
You will receive an email confirmation once you have placed your order.Q: How do I manage my Pass?A: Managing your Pass:
• Login to your Eventive account here: https://lunenburgdocfest.eventive.org/login
• View your pass(es) by clicking the “My passes” icon in the upper right corner
• If you see “Details Needed” in red next to your pass, click “Edit Details” to fill in your information
• Once your pass information has been entered, you can begin selecting films: Click the “Film Guide” icon in the upper right corner to browse films.
• To select a film click a film poster image, “Select A Showing” and the pop-up box, and click “Pre-order now.”
Q: How do I reset my Eventive password if need be?
Q: How do I watch on my television, iPad, iPhone or Android?A: You can watch content on:
PCs running Windows 7+
Intel-based Macs running macOS 10.12+
Android tablets and phones using Chrome
iPhones and iPads using Safari.
If you have an Apple TV, Fire TV or Roku device, you can use our dedicated apps for these platforms. If you have a Chromecast, you can cast to it from Chrome on your computer or Android phone. Detailed instructions can be found at https://lunenburgdocfest.com/2021-2/howtoguide
Celebrations continue in Lunenburg and across the country for the 100th Anniversary of Canada’s famous schooner, Bluenose. Launched in Lunenburg Harbour on March 26, 1921, “The Queen of the North Atlantic” would soon become a legend, renowned for becoming the fastest racing ship in Canadian history and then immortalized on the Canadian dime. The Bluenose 100 Committee of the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society has created a wonderful collection of in-person and virtual events to share the story of Nova Scotia’s treasured Bluenose. Details of the year-long celebration can be found at www.bluenose100.ca
Many thanks to Bluenose 100 for supporting this year’s Lunenburg Doc Fest Youth Workshop!
Lunenburg Doc Fest’s first COMMUNITY BOOST program was very well-received and helped support the community that has always supported us.Lunenburg Doc Fest will once again pay it forward and turn a portion of our donations into COMMUNITY BOOST Gift Cards. We are excited to invite you to participate in Doc Fest’s 2021 COMMUNITY BOOST!
For every $500 donated, a Doc Fest sponsor receives $50 in COMMUNITY BOOST Gift Cards (in $25 denominations), redeemable at a variety of local businesses. (If you are unable to redeem your card you may gift it to someone else, or contribute the value back to Lunenburg Doc Fest for which you will receive a charitable tax receipt.) Participating businesses that accept the cards are swapped for equal value in cash from Lunenburg Doc Fest.
Doc Fest’s COMMUNITY BOOST is our way of sending our continued support to the community that has always supported us.
Please join us and benefit from a little ‘boost’ to our community thanks to LDF’S COMMUNITY BOOST.
2020 Community Boost cards are valid through August 31, 2021.
The 2021-22 participating businesses list will be announced soon.
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
TELEFILM CanadaPLATINUM SPONSORS
Chippie Kennedy & John McLennan
The Huskilson Family
Christina (Tina) McArthur & Richard Rubenstein
Adams & Knickle
John & Jenice Benton
Richard Brown & Deborah Kennedy Brown
Rena & Henry Demone
Colin Carroll & Colleen Galloway
Gorgeous Mistake Productions
Margaret & Ian Lightstone
Elizabeth Wishart & Bruce MacCormack
Nova Scotia Building Supplies
Lou & Karen Putney
Allan E. Rubenstein, MD
Town of Lunenburg
Eleven Eleven Group of Companies
David & Roseann Fine
Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts
Nova Wood Products Ltd.
West Nova FuelsBRONZE SPONSORS
Laughing Whale Coffee Roasters
Pierre Lesperance & Suzie deWitt
The Knot PubFRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Marilyn & Brian Mackay-Lyons
Ruth Anne Nicholson
Svenja Dee, Tulipwood
Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative
Centre for Art Tapes
Eastlink Community TV
Lincoln Street Food
Lunenburg Arms Hotel and Spa
Garth & Dorothy Turner
William F. White
JOIN THE SPONSORSHIP COMMUNITY!
Lunenburg Doc Fest is grateful for the support of our Sponsorship Community! If you share a passion for film or wish to connect with our film enthusiast audiences, a Lunenburg Doc Fest sponsorship package will ensure distinguished exposure for you or your brand. The Festival offers a variety of sponsorship levels and packages and you will directly benefit by reaching a culturally savvy audience through festival program guide advertising, social media, logos on printed materials, a sponsor highlight at each screening, and more.
Please consider donating to Lunenburg Doc Fest to support our mission and help the festival continue to present evocative documentaries for all ages, special community events, and free educational opportunities for youth and seniors. An official charitable tax receipt will be issued for all eligible gift amounts per CRA guidelines.
Lunenburg Doc Fest accepts donations via CanadaHelps.org, e-Transfer to email@example.com, or cheque to Box 1497, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0.
Securities including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds donations may be made via CanadaHelps.org
Lunenburg Doc Fest is an approved beneficiary of the Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR), a 501(c)(3) public charity in the U.S. that is a “qualified donee” under the Income Tax Act (Canada). For information about CCAR please visit ccar-nyc.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.