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WIFTV: 70% Dark (short films)

Program Running Time 99 min.

Chaos Management

Directed by: Michelle Muldoon, BC (3 min) Canadian Premiere

An exhausted professional deals with an early morning distraction in her own unique way. What seems an innocuous beginning transforms into the revelations of a surprising character.

Grace

Directed by: Karen Nielsen, BC (10 min) BC Premiere

Screened at festivals around the world, this BC film shows us a disturbing glimpse of a post-apocalyptic landscape. When a stranger joins a young girl and her dog, the child’s fierce will and strategy to survive are revealed.

Shear the Sheep

Directed by: Eli Berg, USA (4 min) World Premiere

She is beautiful, adventurous, and everything you could ever want to be. Most of all, she is a psycho who targets bearded men and confounds the detectives pursuing her. A dark and funny play on appearances.

Pequeno

Directed by: Beatriz M. Calleja, Spain (15 min)

Being alone is not a problem for Lucia, but is the passion for her hobby, bug collecting, spiralling out of control? This is a sinister look at childhood obsession achieved through imaginative production and sound design.

Chiral

Directed by: Karen Lam, BC (10 min)

Sometimes the line between the mundane and the impossible is invisible… yet easy to cross. On the opening night of his new art gallery, Hank crosses that line with horrifying consequences. Prepare to sit on the edge of your seat as you enjoy this new work, winner of the Best Short Award at The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival.

The Cursed Days

Directed by: Emilija Gasic, Serbia (16 min) Canadian Premiere

When an 18th century Serbian village faces invasion from the Turks, father and eldest son leave the family home and go off to war. The rejoicing is brief when the son returns without the father. This film builds suspense in a world riddled with superstition and fear, and the daughter is forced to flee.

Seirēn

Directed by: Kat Threlkeld, Ontario (18 min)

Abigail, a beautiful and well-adjusted model, is bitten by an unknown creature during a seaside photoshoot. In the days that follow, her very being unravels as she undergoes an unwanted metamorphosis. An unrestrained and powerful performance reveals the spine-chilling change.

Summoned

Directed by: Victoria Angell, BC (6 min) World Premiere

In this eerie drama we witness a young girl conversing with a demon. She realizes too late that demons don’t negotiate, and must endure the bloody consequences of her own revenge.

Bruised

Directed by: Jennifer Campbell, BC (17 min) BC Premiere

Amelia is a self-employed house cleaner struggling with a work injury. As the unrelenting stress on body and mind continues, the line between reality and delusion blurs. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, she descends into a spiral of self medication and alcohol abuse. Worthy winner of several awards, this accomplished film reveals the dark trajectory of a character in decline.

Mar 11 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Various
(99 mins)

WIFTV: When Giants Fall

Program Running Time 78 min.

Mar 13 03:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Leslie Griffith
(USA, 2015, 78 mins, DCP)

Witness the magnificence of the African elephant and experience the gentle souls that lie within their awesome grey bulk. They roamed all of Africa a century ago, but now are left with tiny parcels of land and nowhere to run as they face extinction. These charismatic giants are under constant threat by fierce and unrelenting human predators from the worldwide yet illegal ivory trade. The documentary examines and exposes the elephant poaching crisis in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, including the militarization of the anti-poaching response. Revealing painful truths, this documentary not only points to the damage humanity is inflicting upon both elephants and itself, but furthers the discussion regarding the possibility of conservation and sustainability.

Preceded by the short films: Sniff! The Art of Tasting (5 min) + Norma’s Story (5 min)

This screening will feature a panel discussion.

WIFTV: Brides

Program Running Time 93 min.

Mar 12 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Tinatin Kajrishvili
(Georgia, 2015, 93 mins, DCP)

Nutsa, a young mother, lives with her two children in the suburbs of Tblisi in Georgia. Her partner Goga is in prison. They, along with other prison couples, must “officially” marry to gain visiting rights. But the routine of prison visits begins to change the meaning of their separated lives. The stress becomes unbearable, and even the conjugal visit acts to reinforce the bars between them. This is an austere yet compelling film where the characters are captured with sensitivity and compassion.

WIFTV: Kinderwald

Program Running Time 87 min.

Mar 12 06:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Lise Raven
(USA, 2015, 87 mins)

A quietly lyrical film filled with genuine suspense, Kinderwald is set in 1854 Pennsylvania. Flora, her two children and her dead husband’s brother, John, have arrived to homestead. When the young boys disappear without a trace, the neighboring community first helps, seeking them in the surrounding landscape. However, it isn’t long before suspicions arise, and the young couple must search for the boys alone. Troubling interferences and a brutal attack from criminal elements lead to a trial of faith for both Flora and John, which the film explores with a realism that steps beyond the real.

Preceded by the short film: Blood (12 min)

WIFTV: End of Days, Inc

Program Running Time 82 min.

Mar 11 09:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jennifer Liao
(Canada, 2015, 82 mins, DCP)

Under the guise of a farewell party with cash bonuses to come, a group of unenthusiastic employees is tricked into working all night for a company closing shop. Between work breaks filled with bizarre, childish and completely mandatory party games, the employees begin to realize that their work is having catastrophic consequences on the outside world.  As the bribes turn into threats, and when quitting is no longer an option, will this smorgasbord of antiheroes have what it takes to save the world?

This delightfully bizarre and genre-bending comedy comes with strong performances and memorable production design.

WIFTV: Crushed

Program Running Time 111 min.

Mar 11 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Megan Riakos
(Australia, 2015, 111 mins)

Her father’s death brings Elliot back to the family home and business, a 100-year-old vineyard on the brink of bankruptcy. Here, she unravels the mystery of his death by facing her own traumatic past. The film explores themes of loss, memory, and renewal, while paralleling the disintegration of a family with the corporate abuse of a landscape. This “environmental thriller” has been enthusiastically received by juries and audiences alike, screening at the Montreal, Napa Valley and Melbourne Underground film festivals.

WIFTV: FSM

Program Running Time 91 min.

Mar 10 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Melanie M. Jones
(Canada, 2015, 91 mins, DCP)

Samantha, a talented and up-and-coming underground DJ in Vancouver, experiences alienation and isolation, despite the progressively integrated world of music, computers, telephones and social media in which she lives. Confined to a small group of friends and disillusioned with online dating, she seeks a meaningful connection. The film chronicles her journey through the streets of Vancouver, and introduces newcomer Vanessa Crouch in a memorable performance.

Preceded by short: Rock the Box (10 min)

Preceded by short: I Wanna Date U (15 min)

WIFTV: The Birdwatcher

Program Running Time 89 min.

Mar 09 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Siobhan Devine
(Canada, 2015, 89 mins, DCP)

Hit with a diagnosis of cancer, Saffron wants to ensure the well-being of her children. With a lack of reliable friends and a deadbeat ex-boyfriend, she resorts to her last hope - finding her biological mother. This emotionally nuanced film builds on a strong female lead, one capable of facing reality, no matter how daunting, and charting a path towards hope and reconciliation . This mother-daughter drama shines with stellar performances by actors Gabrielle Rose and Camille Sullivan.

Plus short film: The Vocation (7 min)

WIFTV: Adrien

Program Running Time 87 min.

Mar 09 06:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Renée Beaulieu
(Canada, 2015, 87 mins, DCP)

Adrien runs a garage in a small Quebec town. He needs a new kidney, but that won’t be happening any time soon. Through the recurring cycles of dialysis and ebbing energy, he quietly struggles to balance his work and marriage.  Things take an intriguing turn when he hires a young man to help around the garage, and reconsiderations of his past help him move forward. Screened at many festivals around the world, this atmospheric and moving film explores inner strength and personal dignity, capturing compelling characters in an exquisite rural landscape.

WIFTV: Bearded Ladies – The Photography of Rosamond Norbury

Program Running Time 52 min.

Mar 09 03:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Sharon McGowan
(Canada, 2015, 52 mins, DCP)

Bearded Ladies is an engaged and engaging documentary about Rosamond Norbury, a self-described “omnisexual” Vancouver photographer who explores gender and identity with a playful ‘wink and a nod’. The film follows Norbury as she creates her most recent show, a series of surprising and often hilarious portraits of women donning male drag for the first time.

Plus short films Kanada Girl (11 min) and Synesthesia (20 min)

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