The Fort Frances Public Library is gearing up for its annual “February Film Festival.”
To help celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday, the library is showcasing Canadian filmmakers; in particular local directors or films that speak to our area.
“A Good Indian” was produced and directed by former Fort Frances resident Andrew George.
The scenario in “A Good Indian” could take place in Northwestern Ontario or anywhere else in the world.
“We created this film to examine the prejudice that seems to exist today in regards to our indigenous people, but to also examine mixed culture and identity,” George noted.
“A Good Indian” is a short narrative that has been included in the Manitoba curriculum.
George currently is looking to take his experience and skills to the field of education, with a focus on creating instructional materials for 21st-century learners.
“Where’s Barry?” is a comedy directed by Graeme Morgan and Roy Tighe that features a former five-pin bowling child prodigy who hasn’t rolled a game in years since dethroning the champ.
But when his old buddies get in over their heads with a local hustler, he’s got to face his demons and get back on the lanes to save them.
Tighe and Morgan are Fort Frances natives who have been working together creatively since 2009.
They began work on “Where’s Barry?” in 2012. With a crew of Vancouver film industry friends, they started a two-year journey to make a film based on a short that Tighe and Morgan had made the year earlier.
Both Tighe and Morgan have continued their careers in a creative capacity.
“Sleeping Giant” is the debut film of Andrew Cividino, a Canadian film director and screenwriter.
It tells the story of 14-year-old Adam, who is spending the summer in a small beach community on the north shore of Lake Superior.
But his dull summer routine shatters when he meets local boys–a pair of smart alecks who fill their long days with adventures and reckless stunting.
“Sleeping Giant” premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
At the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016, Cividino was a nominee for best director for “Sleeping Giant,” which also garnered three other nominations, including best picture.
Cividino lost the best director award to Lenny Abrahamson for “Room.”
And “Nestor” by Dan Robinson is a film about one man–made by one man–exploring the themes of loneliness, creativity, and the drive to keep moving forward.
After graduating from film school, Robinson wanted to make a movie and didn’t know how else to do it other than by doing everything himself.
The result not only is impressive because of the technicality behind it but because it’s well done.
Robinson doesn’t hold the audience’s hand through the proceedings, but trusts the audience cares enough to follow along, though the mystery alone is enough to keep one engaged.
“Nestor” was included in the Whistler Film Festival last year.
The local film festival will run the week of Feb. 13. For a complete schedule of show times, visit the library’s website at ffpltc.ca
Please note these films are not rated and may not be appropriate for some viewers (viewer discretion is advised).