2011 film guide

Melchor Vendiola

With a rope, a skateboard, and a quarter, a young Lummi boy visits his grandmother, and hopes to offer her a special gift and spend an unforgettable evening together.

In June 2010, 50 youth gathered in Seattle for the annual SuperFly challenge: in 36 hours they created 6 films, based on a script by acclaimed film director Peter Bratt, each resulting in their own distinct style, artistic edge, and surprising components.

Ann Marie Fleming

An adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s acclaimed illustrated memoir, this inventive animation weaves together a political and personal history using the healing power of humour. Thursday, April 14, 9:45 AM VancityTheatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Ayelen Liberona

Fort Chipewyan is downstream from the Alberta Tar Sands, the most environmentally toxic industrial project in the world. Members of this community are dying of rare forms of cancer. The fish and moose meat test positive for highly toxic levels of arsenic, and the water is not drinkable. On their own initiative, children came together to protest.

Jocelyn Forgues

While Julie dreams of leaving her small Ontario town to become a great filmmaker, she crosses paths with Mr. Claude Provost, owner of the general store and WWII Veteran.

Jaye Davidson

South Florida, 1962. While the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to incinerate North America, divorce looms over the Shaw family. Thirteen-year-old Miles must protect his little brother Danny from the fallout. He has it all figured out. However, there are always casualties in war—even the cold ones.

Ozcan Alper

This is a charming film about a boy, a girl and a lot of snow.

Bernd Neuburger, Nadja Seelich

In the hospital after a minor soccer injury, Danny forms a bond with Lu Wei, who invites Danny to spend summer vacation at his grandfather's house on Hainan Island, off the southern tip of China. Hearing about the upcoming trip, Danny's elegant Mozart marionette stows away in his suitcase, and the fun begins. Every night, the mischievous and talented Mozart comes alive to pursue new Asian melodies and inspiration. When Lu Wei and Danny learn that Grandfather is in danger of losing his home, they decide to put on a show to raise money - with Mozart's help, of course! Watch as loyalty is tested, respect is earned, and shadow puppets are brought to life in this enchanting story that seamlessly brings together music and cross cultural exchange! In German and Mandarin with English subtitles. Rated: G Saturday, February 19, 3:00 pm Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver Thursday, February 24, 10:00 am Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Nikila Cole

Set in the garment district of 1940′s Montreal, this story takes a heartfelt look at a family who has escaped the Nazis in Paris and arrived penniless in Canada. As Noah struggles to provide for his family in this bewildering new world, 10 yr. old Jacov has the shock of his life when he discovers his father is not the super hero he thought him to be. Based on a short story by Jack Engelhard. In English, French, Yiddish with English subtitles.

Steve Kopera

Gerald, a socially-awkward young man whose best friend, Peter, a monkey puppet, teaches him how to interact with strangers.

Nguyen-Anh Nguyen

A young Vietnamese boy adjusts to life in Canada when he meets and befriends a girl at his new school. This film reveals the challenge and the beauty of discovering a whole new world.