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DGC Master Class: Catherine Hardwicke

Program Running Time 90 min.

Aug 06 03:00 pm

Films in Program

(90 mins)

Catherine Hardwicke’s directorial debut, Thirteen, garnered numerous awards and nominations including the Director’s Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Catherine has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the blockbuster franchise. Other credits include Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown and her most recent film, Miss You Already starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, and Jaqueline Bisset. Catherine has also directed episodes for TV shows such as Hell on Wheels and Reckless.

Life, Animated

Program Running Time 89 min.

Aug 05 06:30 pm
Aug 06 08:00 pm
Aug 09 06:30 pm
Aug 10 08:30 pm
Aug 11 04:40 pm
Aug 14 04:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Roger Ross Williams
(USA, 2016, 89 mins, DCP)

The incredible true story about how The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Peter Pan (among other Disney favourites) helped a young boy with austism to connect with his family and the outside world.

Life, Animated

(2016, 89 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind
Classification: PG

Showtimes

Aug 05 06:30 pm
Aug 06 08:00 pm
Aug 09 06:30 pm
Aug 10 08:30 pm
Aug 11 04:40 pm
Aug 14 04:45 pm

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life, language, and emotion mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? That’s the strange reality for Owen Suskind, a young man who turned mute at the age of three and was diagnosed with autism. Years later, his father, Ron, was amazed when Owen blurted out a complete sentence. It was a line from a Disney animated feature, yet it seemed strangely apposite. Could this be a breakthrough? Yes and no. The Suskinds would endure many more years of hardship and frustration, but remarkably Owen’s affinity for Disney movies would prove to be a tool from which he could learn to understand social cues and to express himself, building a ladder on which he could climb towards independence and adulthood.

Based on Ron Suskind’s bestselling book, this documentary by Academy Award-winner Roger Ross Williams evocatively interweaves classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life in order to explore how his identification and empathy for characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel gave him a means to understand his feelings and allowed him to interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations offer rich insights into Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity as a member in a tribe of sidekicks.

"Incredibly moving… .It’s an educational achievement masquerading as a feel-good documentary, and a must-watch." The Guardian

"Captivating." Justin Chang, Variety

"A joyful film about the true power of cinema… Touching, thoughtful and heartwarming." Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

DGC Master Class: Catherine Hardwicke

(90 mins)

Showtimes

Aug 06 03:00 pm

Launched in 2016, the Directors Guild of Canada is pleased to present a series of Master Classes in partnership with VIFF. The DGC Master Class Series features multiple award-winning speakers from some of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed films and TV shows. The year-round sessions are designed to educate and inspire everyone from established to emerging directors, screenwriters and producers. Plus: the sessions are also open to the general public.

Following the success of our previous DGC Master Class sessions with Adam Arkin and Rachel Talalay, we are thrilled to announce our next guest speaker, the award-winning director and production designer CATHERINE HARDWICKE. Her directorial debut, Thirteen, garnered numerous awards and nominations including the Director’s Award at the Sundance Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Holly Hunter. Catherine has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga. Twilight landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records for the female director with the biggest box office opening weekend. Other credits include Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown and her most recent film, Miss You Already starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, and Jaqueline Bisset. Catherine has also directed episodes for TV shows such as Hell on Wheels and Reckless.

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