SATURDAY

HUMAN CONSTRUCTION/ ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION: FILMS THAT URGE US TO ACT

 

Location: The Bourbon Barrel Saloon | 140 King St. (corner of King and George, beside The Venue) | 

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Water contamination, resource extraction, corporate construction and indigenous treaty land exploitation—these are all changing our climate and threatening our future, and the future of other living species.

This year ReFrame hosts three filmmakers who take us to distant places and uncover the devastating destruction that can be caused when humans change the natural landscape. Their films offer us room to act and space to hope.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher, Victoria Lean and Su Rynard together with Caleb Behn, the subject of one of the films, all are making our world better and more critically conscious through their art and commitment. ReFrame Board member and anthropologist Julia Harrison will moderate the panel discussion.

 

CALEB BEHN is Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne Za/Cree from the Treaty 8 Territory of Northeastern BC. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a Juris Doctor degree and is among the first UVic Law students granted the Concentration in Environmental Law and Sustainability. Prior to law school, Caleb was the Oil and Gas Officer for the West Moberly First Nations and a Lands Manager for the Saulteau First Nations. He is the subject of the documentary film, Fractured Land, which focuses on the impact of hydraulic fracturing in Canada and Aotearoa, New Zealand. Fractured Land can be seen Saturday, January 30, 7:30 p.m., Showplace.

 

VICTORIA LEAN is an award-win- ning filmmaker and creative industries consultant. Her first feature documentary, After the Last River, is screening in festivals across Canada, including Planet in Focus and DOXA where it won the Nigel Moore Award. She holds an MFA in Film Production and MBA in Arts and Media Management from York University. Her work explores

notions of time and national identity, and the complex interrela- tionships that define them. After the Last River can be seen Saturday, January 30, 3:00 p.m., at Showplace.

 

FIONA RAYHER is a media producer based in Vancouver, BC. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Gen Why Media Production Company. Fiona is particularly inspired by democracy through collaborative and community-based media, and the power of optimism throughout this process. Fiona has been involved with social justice activism for several years. She has a specific interest in human rights issues around the operations of Canadian mining companies abroad and in Canada. This passion stems from time she spent living with a community affected by Gold Corp in Guatemala in 2005. Most recently, Fiona was the co-director on the film Fractured Land. Fractured Land can be seen Saturday, January 30, 7:30 p.m., Showplace.

 

SU RYNARD is a Toronto based filmmaker who has earned wide acclaim for her films and media art. Her work is often inspired by science, and most recently ecology. Her dramatic feature film Kardia (2006), a meditation on the human heart, was awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize (USA). Rynard was one of ten filmmakers selected from across

Canada to be a resident at the Canadian Film Centre in 1996. She was also selected as one of four filmmakers to participate in the innovative 2011 CFC/NFB Documentary Development Program. She attended York University, Facult of Fine Arts, and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. Rynard has a substantial body of media-based installation art that has been exhibited in galleries including the MOMA in New York and the National Gallery of Canada. Her films have won numerous accolades and awards at home and internationally. Her latest film The Messenger can be seen Friday, January 29, 7:30 p.m., at Showplace.

 

SUNDAY

FROM THE STAGE TO THE STREETS: MAKING PASSIONATE MOVING-IMAGE PORTRAITS OF MUSICIANS AND POETS

Location: The Bourbon Barrel Saloon | 140 King St. (corner of King and George, beside The Venue) | 

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Art can sustain us. Art makes our lives richer, more vibrant and meaningful. It is no wonder that filmmakers find enraged and inspired artists to be fabulous film subjects.

Peterborough’s Rob Viscardis follows the Weber brothers’ unwavering commitment to music and slam poet Prufrock Shadowrunner’s fury at racism. Brian Johnson reflects on Al Purdy’s deep, unconventional and community-building influence on the Canadian literary scene. Shelley Saywell and Deborah Parks, capture undiscovered talent—from Wendell Cormier to Maryanne Epp—on Toronto streets.

Media arts curator and consultant Su Ditta will lead the discussion on the joys and challenges that filmmakers face in capturing the essence of artists’ impact.

BRIAN JOHNSON is one Canada’s leading film critics and cultural commentators. He is also an author, filmmaker, musician and broadcaster. He is president of the Toronto Film Critics Association where he created the annual TFCA Awards gala in 2008, now home to the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. From 1985 to 2014, he was a Senior Writer with Maclean’s magazine where he remains a Contributing Editor. Johnson has produced and directed two BravoFACT shorts, Tell Me Everything (2006), a montage of hands at work and Yesno (2010), based on a book of poetry by Dennis Lee. Al Purdy Was Here can be seen Saturday, January 30, 7:30 p.m., Markethall.

 

SHELLY SAYWELL is a Toronto based producer, director and writer of documentary films. She developed a social conscience at a young age and believes it was important to search for truth and accountability even when it was uncomfortable to do so. Her films have won numerous international awards including an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism as well as being short-listed for the Academy Awards. Her films have been broadcast in more than 30 countries and invited as official selections to numerous international film festivals. In 2003, Saywell was in the spotlight as Director in Focus at Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival. She has been honoured with UNESCO’s Gandhi Silver Medal for promoting the culture of peace. Shelly began her career working as a researcher on The Ten Thousand Day War chronicling thirty years of war in Vietnam. Her first directing job was a two-part special called The Green Peace Years co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada. Since 1992, she has produced and directed her own films through her company Bishari, with the exception of Rape a Crime War, which she directed for the National Film Board of Canada. Many of their films have won Canadian and international recognition including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for Crimes of Honour 1999, and a top ten finalist for the Academy Awards for the documentary film A Childs Century of War. Shelly’s most recent film Lowdown Tracks can be seen Sunday, January 31, 2:15 p.m., Showplace.

 

DEBORAH PARKS is a dedicated documentary film producer and has spent 30 years working in the television and film industry. She began her career as an independent producer/cinematographer in 1988 when she and director/writer Shelley Saywell set off for the Sahara Desert to document the elusive nomadic Bishari Tribes of Egypt. Their first film was nominated for two Gemini Awards. Deborah was the first woman to win the Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Photography in a Documentary. Saywell and Parks continue to work together sharing over 18 films in 23 years on topics borne from conflict and social injustice. Deborah has also worked with and continues to work with many of Canada’s  Top Documentary Film makers. Lowdown Tracks can be seen Sunday, January 31, 2:15 p.m., Showplace.

 

ROB VISCARDIS is a Peterborough-based filmmaker and musician. His latest film, Before We Arrive: The Story of The Weber Brothers is his first feature documentary film. Since 2014, Rob has produced, directed, shot and edited over a dozen music videos. His passion for local music is evident in his work as a freelance media arts professional. Before We Arrive: The Story of The Weber Brothers can be seen Saturday, January 30, 11:45 a.m., at Showplace.