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  • Dorothea Mitchell - A Reel Pioneer

    A documentary film about a little known pioneer of Canadian film and the group of modern day filmmakers who discover and finish her last silent film.

  • Four Keeps Dakáake

    This short essay film is based on Crow/Apsaalooke tribal cosmology in which wind characterizes one of the four cardinal points and when called upon represents for the tribe a powerful blessing in endurance and return. In this film dakaake (Apsaalooke for bird) signifies both wind and child. A non...

  • My Madness is My Love: Impressions of Vaslav Nijinsky

    A film based on ‘The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky’. All of the text coming from a most sensitive artist genius who, being confronted with the horrors of war, betrayal, and inhumanity of society, - could no longer exist as the person he had been.

    Based on ‘the Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky’
    Choreography:...

  • Woman in No Man's Land

    Mary Riter Hamilton was as a Canadian artist. In 1919, she painted the battlefields of France and Belgium, recording the aftermath of World War One.

  • Kiri's Piano

    Inspired by Canadian folk singer James Keelaghan's 1988 song of the same name, the film chronicles one woman's sacrifice in the face of rampant prejudice tearing her Japanese-Canadian family apart.

  • The Fatal Flower

    The Port Arthur Amateur Cinema Society produced three films in the 1920s. "A Race For Ties" (1929) was Canada’s first feature-length amateur film. Its success led to "Sleep Inn Beauty" (1929) and "The Fatal Flower," which began production in 1930, but was left unfinished. 75 years later, a group ...

  • Hommage: l’art de guerre de Pascal Boillet

    Pascal Boillet et un artiste peintre illustrateur, dont l'art tourne autour des deux grandes guerres et le monde merveilleux peuplé de dragons, elfes, nains et créatures fantastiques

  • Violin Whisperer

    David Ludwik Rapkievian is a master instrument maker, musician, and folk dancer, who works in the Russian, Polish and Armenian traditions. As an instrument maker, David crafts violins in his Washington Grove, MD workshop. While growing up in Detroit, David discovered a love of music through his P...

  • Long Walk Home- The Incredible Journey of Sheila Burnford

    A documentary about Sheila Burnford, a writer and adventurer who had her debut novel, “The Incredible Journey,” translated into two dozen languages and made into a Disney film.

  • Sleep-Inn Beauty

    The second film produced by the Port Arthur Amateur Cinema Society, Sleep-Inn Beauty is a comedy involving a bathing beauty contest and is based on a story adapted by Dorothea Mitchell. The Port Arthur Amateur Cinema Society produced the first feature-length amateur film in Canada in 1929. Mitche...

  • Visiting Day

    Born in Toronto and raised in Winnipeg, Scott Nolan hasn’t been without an instrument in his hands as far back as he can remember. His efforts in several bands, including Leadhouse and Motel 75, soon directed him toward a strong solo career that has secured him in a place in the ranks of the coun...

  • Empty Under Sky

    Empty Under Sky, was made in response to Robin Starbuck receiving the Middlebury New Filmmakers Award for Best Music with Film Integration. It was made in collaboration with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra composer in residence, Matt LaRocca, and it screened with the orchestra during their fall 20...

  • Sirpa Särkijärvi - Joe Nease Gallery

    An interview with Sirpa Särkijärvi on the occasion of her exhibition at Joe Nease gallery in Duluth in 2019.

    Sirpa Särkijärvi's (b. 1974 in Muonio) paintings are reflections of time. They contemplate human existence and examine relationships of power, gender, behaviour, norms, marginalisation ...

  • Sirpa Särkijärvi Joe Nease gallery

    An interview in Finnish with English subtitles Sirpa Särkijärvi on the occasion of her exhibition at Joe Nease gallery in Duluth in 2019.

    Sirpa Särkijärvi's (b. 1974 in Muonio) paintings are reflections of time. They contemplate human existence and examine relationships of power, gender, behav...