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CineMuskoka <strong>2018</strong> ~<br />

A note from the <strong>Program</strong>mer :<br />

Dear CineMuskokans,<br />

It was an absolute joy to program<br />

CineMuskoka?s follow up year after our<br />

fledgling flight into the unknown in 2017. To<br />

make a solid program for our launch, we had<br />

to scramble for content? putting the word<br />

out to friends, and friends of friends,<br />

colleagues, connections within the industry;<br />

we invited anyone we could to submit to our<br />

not yet newborn festival.<br />

With our inaugural festival under our belts,<br />

we quietly accepted submissions from around<br />

the globe throughout the year. The resulting<br />

program is a collection of films that I hope will<br />

make you laugh and cry, films that can open<br />

our eyes to other cultures and ways of life.<br />

There are films that will introduce you to new<br />

heroes who inspire as we experience their<br />

plights and glories along with them. And there<br />

are films in the program that do everything a<br />

film should do: to open our minds and<br />

connect.<br />

More than 20 years ago, as a high school student<br />

here in Huntsville, I fell in love with film, with the<br />

art of the Cinema: the telling of stories with<br />

moving pictures and immersive sound. What<br />

attracted me to film enough to be able to call it<br />

my calling, was the idea that the medium holds<br />

the potential to carry a vision? some simple<br />

truth held in a story? to all corners of the globe.<br />

Every film? if it?s good enough, real enough,<br />

deep enough, or if it?s dazzling enough to the<br />

eyes and mind? has the potential to be seen and<br />

experienced all over the world. Any little film can<br />

travel to festivals like this one, to communicate<br />

an idea across cultures and languages, to engage<br />

an empathic heart.<br />

I hope you will be part of this legacy, by choosing<br />

to be a member of the audience. I hope the<br />

visions we?ve chosen will satisfy seasoned<br />

cinephiles as well as curious new-comers.<br />

Whether you?re coming to see any of the films in<br />

competition at the Algonquin Theatre, or to treat<br />

yourself and your kids to a favourite cinematic<br />

throwback under the stars in RiverMill Park, I<br />

hope you enjoy being captivated by the power of<br />

Cinema!<br />

JL Munce

Documentary : Tew eikan Revived<br />

Friday Aug 31 - 12:30<br />

& Sun Sept 2nd 4:00<br />

DIRECTOR Kim O'Bom saw in<br />

WRITER Jacint he Beaudet<br />

CINEMATOGRAPHER Michel Valiquet t e<br />

PRODUCERS Andree-Anne Frenet t e, Reginald<br />

Vollant , Ian Boyd<br />

Runt im e : 52 m inut es<br />

Synopsis<br />

A long time ago, men, women and children of all ages, clans, allegiances and<br />

nations were united by the sound of its vibrations. In the hands of contemporary<br />

singer-songwriters Pakesso Mukash (Cri/Abénaki), Shauit (Innu) and Moe Clark<br />

(Métis), it is still a powerful tool of communion. With hip hop, folk, electro or reggae<br />

undertones, the teweikan - traditional drum - still strives today to create bridges<br />

between generations, territories, the living and the dead, the conquered and the<br />

rebellious.<br />

By following the three musicians in their respective communities, we will discover<br />

the vitality of Canadian Indigenous artists, the causes they cherish and their deep<br />

aspirations. We trace the history of First Nations music, and witness how the<br />

teweikan is being revived, from Montreal to the Hudson Bay, from the Plains to the<br />


Docum ent ary : Mishkeegogamang<br />

Friday Aug 31 - 12:30<br />

& Sun Sept 2nd 4:00<br />

DIRECTOR / WRITER Jon Wesselink<br />

Runt im e : 30 m iinut es<br />

Directors statement: '<br />

Mishkeegogamang' is the story of a mural created in the Mishkeegogamang<br />

Ojibwe Nation in Northwestern Ontario - or rather, a story of the strength,<br />

and resiliency that comes out of that community. Our goal is to give<br />

audiences across Canada and the United States a short glimpse into the lives<br />

of the Mishkeegogamang Nation. Filmmaker Jon Wesselink - 19, of Thunder<br />

Bay - his brother and coordinator Gerrit, and artist Mique Michelle travel to<br />

the community to complete the project, and share the community's story to<br />

other communities across North America.<br />

Thank you t o our local sponsors

Virt ual Realit y Screenings<br />

in Part ners Hall<br />

At t he Algonquin Theat re<br />

Friday Aug 31 t o Sat urday Sept 2nd<br />

Brought t o you by

Short s <strong>Program</strong><br />


At hrú<br />

Friday Aug 31 - 2:15pm<br />

&<br />

Sat urday Sept 1st - 6:00pm<br />

Athrú is a film about a mother?s journey to save her son from the clutches of<br />

dark magic. It?s a fantasy/action film, taking place in an old Celtic world. With<br />

her companion rabbit by her side, she will come face to face with a<br />

dangerous Wytch, and secrets will be revealed.<br />

DIRECTOR / WRITER - Miranda Quesnel<br />

Runt im e - 2:56<br />

Orchid<br />

Nita, housekeeper to Toronto trophy wife Julia, tries to keep it together<br />

when her son goes missing in the drug wars back home in the<br />

Philippines. When Nita discovers her employer?s secret, her next move<br />

sets them both free.<br />

DIRECTOR - Molly Flood<br />

Runt im e - 13:09<br />

ENOUGH |<br />

The Em pow ered Wom en of Korogocho<br />

Beatrice Nyariara lives in Korogocho. It's widely<br />

considered to be Nairobi's most dangerous slum.<br />

More than 150,000 people are packed into the<br />

shanty town which is less than two square<br />

kilometers.<br />

Crime is high. Gangs are active. Addiction is<br />

rampant.<br />

A while back, men in her community started to<br />

attack the "grandmothers" of Korogocho at night.<br />

Most of the women attacked are sexually<br />

assaulted, and some have been killed. The men<br />

believe that the elder women were less likely to be<br />

HIV positive. They also saw them as vulnerable.<br />

A few years ago, Beatrice decided enough was<br />

enough. It was time to fight back. It was time to<br />

develop a community.<br />

The result of that decision empowered the group<br />

and taught their community to respect them, value<br />

them, and to know how to be there for them.<br />

Together, they are taking back Korogocho.<br />

DIRECTOR - Brent Fost er<br />

Runt im e - 7:40

Short s <strong>Program</strong><br />



For t he Love of Salm on<br />

Under a haze of wildfire smoke and with her ancestors watching from above,<br />

Keely Weget-Whitney steps into the frigid and fast-moving waters of the<br />

Fraser River with one goal in mind: make people care. Join the 25-year-old<br />

member of the Stl'atl'imx First Nation as she embarks on a 60 kilometre swim<br />

to bring awareness to the depleting number of salmon and its impacts on<br />

her culture and the environment. "I just feel that if I care, a young Indigenous<br />

Stl'atl'imx mother, people will reflect on that, and they'll say why am I not<br />

caring, what can I do for a change?" As she battles the strong current and her<br />

own self doubt, Keely encourages us all to come together to make change.<br />

DIRECTOR - Jan Vozenilek<br />

Runt im e - 8:00<br />

A Voice for Change: The Laura Hillier St ory<br />

After complications in the Ontario medical system delayed her<br />

much-needed treatment, Laura Hillier's dedication to create<br />

change during the months leading up to her tragic passing<br />

inspired a movement that has saved the lives of many<br />

DIRECTOR - Sarah Gonyea<br />

Runt im e - 6:50<br />

La Ville Episode 02<br />

Complaining about Paris is being Parisian. ?LA VILLE? is a comedic web<br />

series about people living in Paris and experiencing the many ironic<br />

and humorous situations that both frustrate and entertain those living<br />

in the famed city of lights and love.<br />

Episode 02 - The city is a hustler<br />

Olivia, a recent graduate, finds herself euroless, and while she works<br />

checking in rich tourists into luxe Parisian apartments, she gets a<br />

lucrative idea.<br />

DIRECTOR - Andrea Marcelino<br />

Runt im e - 7:30

Short s <strong>Program</strong><br />



Ainhoa<br />

Ainhoa is 9 years old and she has left home, bringing only her<br />

school bag and a Playmobil. "Ainhoa is a story that, instead of trying<br />

to put children to sleep, tries to wake up the adults."<br />

DIRECTOR - Ivan Sainz-Pardo<br />

Runt im e - 19:00<br />

We/ Men Wom an<br />

Women of different age, profession and nationality tell about<br />

themselves for a common purpose.<br />

DIRECTOR - Andrea Vaccarelli<br />

Runt im e - 6:02

Docum ent ary :<br />

Modified<br />

Friday Aug 31 - 4:00<br />

DIRECTOR / WRITER / DP - Aube Giroux<br />

PRODUCER : Cam elia Frieberg<br />

Runt im e : 1 hour 37 m inut es<br />

Synopsis :<br />

In Modified, the filmmaker and her mother embark on a personal and poignant investigative<br />

journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in<br />

the US and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Shot over a span of<br />

ten years, the film explores the impacts of genetic engineering, exposing the cozy relations<br />

between the biotech industry and governments. The film is anchored in the intimate story of the<br />

filmmaker?s relationship to her mom, a prolific gardener, seed saver, and food activist who battled<br />

cancer while the film production was underway. Interweaving the personal and the political, the<br />

film uses family archives, animations, and mouth-watering vignettes from the filmmaker?s<br />

award-winning PBS cooking show to create a moving account of family legacy and the journey<br />

towards a more sustainable and transparent food system, debunking the myth that GMOs are<br />

needed to feed the world. Winner of 8 festival awards including 3 Audience Choice awards, the film<br />

has been praised by world-renowned chef Jacques Pépin as 'a very personal, tender, touching<br />

tribute and a well-researched, enlightening and powerful documentary?

Short s <strong>Program</strong> 2<br />


Friday Aug 31 - 6:00<br />

Sunday Sept 2nd - 12:30<br />

Panic At t ack<br />

You know the nagging thoughts that start with "did I leave the coffee on?"<br />

and turn in to "am I pregnant with a devil-baby?? This hand-drawn animation<br />

explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman?s slippery hold on reality.<br />

DIRECTOR / WRITER - Eileen O'Meara<br />

Runt im e - 3:00<br />

Joni and t he Banker w it h Nice Eyes<br />


picturesque, pastel-painted world full of sincerity and hope<br />

within the tragic dating climate of career-obsessed artists.<br />

DIRECTOR - Carly Blane<br />

Runt im e - 3:44<br />

Chrono<br />

This short movie showcases the retrospection of a soul who looks back at the events of the last day of<br />

his life. In order to find out the reason for his death, he finds himself introspecting his actions<br />

throughout. Addicted to using his phone, in hindsight he realizes that he missed out on the one thing<br />

he wanted to know the most: whether the person he loved, loved him back....<br />

DIRECTOR - Vivek Anand B<br />

Runt im e - 11:22

Short s <strong>Program</strong> 2<br />



To Do List<br />

She has a long list of things to get done. He has<br />

a long story to tell. Her list just got longer.<br />

DIRECTOR - Ryan Aust in<br />

Runt im e - 9:20<br />

Line Sit t ers<br />

See what happens when two passionate brothers<br />

explain the fine Art of Line Sitting. Line Sitting is<br />

waiting for tickets for concerts, new technology,<br />

etc. While they visit the local store to buy some<br />

sitting equipment things get out of control.<br />

DIRECTOR - Myles Vosylius<br />

Runt im e - 4:30<br />

Full Met al Racket<br />

Matt DiRico is a student filmmaker extraordinaire, but his<br />

talents become challenged when he is forced to work with a<br />

film crew for the first time<br />

DIRECTOR - Gem m a Eva<br />

Runt im e - 5:53<br />

#BasicBaes<br />

The girls have gotten so used to connecting through<br />

their phones, getting together proves more difficult<br />

than it should. And when they finally do succeed in<br />

showing up to a much needed boozy-brunch... it?s a<br />

little bit #Awkward.<br />

DIRECTOR - Dennis Nicholson<br />

Runt im e - 12:44

Short s <strong>Program</strong> 2<br />



Talking Heads<br />

A frightening surrealist fable about the lengths to<br />

which a woman will go to be beautiful.<br />

DIRECTOR - Alyx Melone<br />

Runt im e - 10:03<br />

Tim e Out<br />

While on a trip to Milan, a couple pretends to<br />

meet as their younger selves, to determine their<br />

future together.<br />

DIRECTOR - Navin Ram asw aran<br />

Runt im e - 9:59<br />

Eart hling House Hunt ress<br />

An optimistic young real estate agent is on a quest to help<br />

extraterrestrials find their forever homes in the Greater<br />

Toronto Area, however bizarre, perplexing or impossible<br />

their housing needs.<br />

DIRECTOR - Sim one St ock<br />

Runt im e - 6:45

Docum ent ary<br />

Friday Aug 31 - 7:30<br />

DIRECTOR - Derrick Belcham<br />

PRODUCER : A St ory Told Well<br />

Runt im e : 1 hour 4 m inut es<br />

At Noon Fell A Darkness is a poetic profile of 15 prominent Icelandic musicians and poets as they<br />

travel home to Reykjavik for Sigur Ros's inaugural Norður og Niður festival in the winter of 2017-18.<br />

The film follows acclaimed and award-winning artists such as Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Sóley<br />

Stefánsdóttir, Bára Gísladóttir, Sigrún Jónsdóttir, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, Kórus, Mammút, Úlfur<br />

Hansson, Alex Somers, Gerður Kristný, Fríða Ísberg and Arngunnur Árnadóttir to lighthouses,<br />

abandoned pools, the feet of mountains and to volcanic beaches to create an experimental<br />

documentary of a contemporary moment in the history of Icelandic art.<br />

Thank you t o our local sponsors

Documentary :<br />

Sist er of Savannah<br />

Sat Sept 1st - 12:30<br />

DIRECTOR / WRITER - Mark & Cait lin St arow icz<br />

PRODUCER - Cait lin St arw oicz, George Flakm<br />

Mark St arow xicz, Diana Warm é<br />

Runt im e : 53 m inut es<br />

Lions, elephants, and baboons: Three sisterhoods of the savannah, where the mothers rule, and<br />

the daughters inherit the wilderness.<br />

Documentary filmmaker, producer and journalist Mark Starowicz created some of Canada?s most<br />

influential current affairs and documentary programs, as well several international documentary<br />

series.<br />

An award-winning writer, producer and director, Caitlin Starowicz works on projects at the creative<br />

forefront of digital content creation.<br />

As a father-daughter directing team, this was a very special film to make together. Strong females<br />

have always been a theme in our work, and the opportunity to film three of the greatest<br />

matriarchal societies on Earth was inspiring.<br />

Sat Sept 1st - 12:30<br />

A grandparent in generally involved in their<br />

grandchildren's life but when your grandchild has a<br />

disability, the rules are different and everyone has to<br />

adapt. Love is steadfast.<br />

Producer/ Int erview er : Krist en (Wood) Huys<br />

Direct ors: Raina and Wilson<br />

DP : Jonat han St aav<br />

Edit or : John Gallagher<br />

Runt im e - 4 m inut es 39 seconds

Short s <strong>Program</strong> 3<br />

St ringers and Tear Jerker<br />

Sat Sept 1st - 2:15<br />

Sunday Sept 2nd - 5:30<br />

Habit at<br />

In the last few years I traveled to different parts of our<br />

planet, from the intimidating vast arctic north, to the<br />

tropical rich rainforest's in Costa Rica.<br />

Ironically It?s been those places far away from human<br />

civilization that taught me the most about us.<br />

DIRECTOR - St effen Krones<br />

Runt im e - 2:15<br />

An Int rovert<br />

A short film about connecting to people in<br />

an increasingly digital world, and the<br />

consequences of the distance it creates.<br />

DIRECTOR - Trevor Wilson<br />

Runt im e - 2:00<br />

SAVE<br />

Dawn. A baby breaks the silence.<br />

"54 International Awards. More than 300<br />

official selections."<br />

DIRECTOR / WRITER - Iván Sáinz-Pardo<br />

Runt im e - 3:54<br />

Aw ay Hom e<br />

A man returns to his family home on the East<br />

Coast of Canada to unite his family and say<br />

goodbye to his terminally ill mother.<br />

DIRECTOR - Jana St ackhouse<br />

Runt im e - 21:16

Short s <strong>Program</strong> 3<br />

St ringers and Tear Jerker<br />

cont inued<br />

Accident als<br />

An estranged father and daughter come to terms with their<br />

frayed relationship during a tense road trip as they each limp<br />

towards the realization that neither of them is doing okay on<br />

their own.<br />

DIRECTOR - Nat alie Now ak<br />

Runt im e - 11:00<br />

Basic Inst inct<br />

This story revolves around an auto rickshaw driver<br />

who has the same mindset wherein he gets an<br />

opportunity to wrong another person and gain profit<br />

out of it. What he does at that particular instinct is<br />

what every person?s basic instinct is.<br />

DIRECTOR - Johnny Aangraj<br />

Runt im e - 12:11<br />

Aux bat t em ent s du parloir (Jail quart ers)<br />

Five pieces of life showing the path of a young man<br />

from childhood to his twenties, as he visits his<br />

imprisoned father with his mother.<br />

DIRECTOR / WRITER - Pascal Marc<br />

Runt im e - 13:30

Docum ent ary :<br />

Living Proof<br />

Sat urday Sept 1 - 4:00<br />

DIRECTOR Mat t Em bry<br />

Writ ers : Mat t Em bry, Tyler McLeod<br />

Runt im e : 1 hour 33 m inut es<br />

When a young man is diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease with no cure, he and his<br />

father go on a journey to find answers and hope.<br />

Filmmaker Matt Embry and his family are devastated when he is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.<br />

Having previously directed documentaries on Theo Fleury, Jann Arden, Ian Tyson and WP Kinsella,<br />

Embry allows cameras into his own life as he and his father, Dr. Ashton Embry, embark on a quest<br />

to find insight into the incurable disease. Instead, they discover controversy, confusion and even<br />

allegations of conflicts of interest between Big Pharma and MS charities. ?<br />

?<br />

From England to Iowa, Embry encounters other MS-sufferers who share their own information and<br />

question if neurologists, Big Pharma, academia, government and multiple sclerosis charities are<br />

keeping MS patients from accessing alternative treatments for the sake of profit and greed.<br />

?<br />

In the vein of Roger and Me and League of Denial, Living Proof stylistically blends first-person<br />

investigative filmmaking, hard science and a compelling, heartfelt story of a father and son?s fight<br />

to discover the truth and save lives.


7:30<br />

Shiraz<br />

A young Canadian travelling to Iran has a<br />

conversation with an older Persian man. While<br />

neither speak the other person's language, over the<br />

course of an afternoon they find ways to connect.<br />

DIRECTOR - Nat hanael Draper<br />

Runt im e - 12:40<br />

A Monologue in t he Int erm ission<br />

?A Monologue in the Intermission? is a documentary movie,<br />

portrait of the prima ballerina Vessa Tonova. The movie is<br />

filmed for six hours only, during the play ?Swan lake? in Sofia<br />

Opera and Ballet in 2014. During this short time, filled with<br />

adrenaline and stress, Vesa Tonova makes the most sincere<br />

confession of her life. Her whole confession is filmed in her<br />

dressing room, during the intermission and between the<br />

scenes she doesn?t play in.<br />

DIRECTOR - Peter Vulchev<br />

Runt im e - 24:44<br />

The Tim es and Tales of Tw o Beirut s<br />

A son goes to see his father in Beirut to help him prepare his<br />

first photography exhibition, recalling the golden days of the<br />

city (1960-1975). In that time, the son will get to know a new<br />

side of this city, this country - and his father.<br />

DIRECTOR - Teym ur Faris<br />

Runt im e - 27 m inut es

Official Event s Sponsor<br />

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Before t he Plat e<br />

Sun Sept 2nd - 2:15<br />

Docum ent ary<br />

DIRECTOR - Sagi Kahane-Rapport<br />

WRITER / PRODUCER - Dylan Sher<br />

PRODUCER - A St ory Told Well<br />

Runt im e - 1 hour 35 m inut es<br />

Before the Plate is a feature length documentary that follows a single plate of food backwards to<br />

the farms its ingredients came from, upsetting modern myths about farming and revealing the<br />

challenges the industry faces as it moves forwards. Starring John Horne, executive chef of the<br />

downtown Toronto restaurant Canoe, Before the Plate showcases 10 ingredients from planting to<br />

cooking (and every step in between) to help better connect the modern consumer with their<br />

food.<br />

Thank you t o our local sponsors


Riverm ill Park<br />

Aug 31 - Sept 2nd<br />

8pm<br />

Locom ot ive 8 - Encore<br />

An astronaut travels deep into a black hole to<br />

find a way to save his dying love.<br />

DIRECTOR - Sean Janisse<br />

Lava Fizz - Yout h is Dead<br />

A brief reunion with the lost<br />

youth.<br />

DIRECTOR - Javier Mazuelas<br />


Sm oot h At t ack -<br />

DIRECTOR - Dom inik Fehr<br />

St ing of t he Cact us<br />

In this fun-filled slice of musical life, stop-motion<br />

animator and cartoonist Bekky O'Neil captures<br />

singer-songwriter's Ori Dagan's journey in jazz,<br />

from the streets of Toronto to the world stage.<br />

DIRECTOR - Bekky O'Neil

Cinem uskoka Charit y Part ner<br />

Cinem uskoka Aw ard Cerem ony<br />

Sunday Sept 2nd - 7pm<br />

@ The Algonquin Theat re<br />

Aw ards m ade by

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