All posts by James McNally

About James McNally

James McNally is the founder and Director of Programming for Shorts That Are Not Pants.

Thursday June 21: Short Waves Festival Travelling Programme

This month we’re proud to present the travelling programme from Poland’s Short Waves Festival. In partnership with Ekran, Toronto’s Polish film festival, we’ll be presenting five award-winning short films from Poland, a country with a storied history of filmmaking, including such luminary directors as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Roman Polanski, and Agnieszka Holland.

Thursday June 21st at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks – $5 tall cans courtesy of Woodhouse Brewing Co.)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

Short Waves Festival
Ekran Polish Film Festival


Still from VOLTA

VOLTA

Dirs: Monika Kotecka, Karolina Poryzała
Poland – 2017

Zuzia (12) has been training vaulting for two years and has an extraordinary role topping the acrobatic pyramid. She is a “flyer” lifted by the stronger and more experienced vaulters. Another intensive season begins. During the training sessions it becomes apparent that the girl has lost some of her grace and lightness. At first the coach blames the lifters but they admit that Zuzia is now too big to lift. It becomes clear that she is “just growing” and her role is given to a younger girl.

Duration: 14:00


Still from HEIMAT (HOME)

HEIMAT (HOME)

Dir: Eli Buchwald
Poland – 2017

Five members of a rather peculiar family meet at the police station. Three grown-up children have to testify against the man who beat up their father.

Duration: 24:00


Still from DREGS

DREGS

Dir: Kordian Kądziela
Poland – 2017

Beata is a telephone fortune teller and she’s advising thousands in her work. Her life changes drastically when one of her readings almost leads to a tragedy.

Duration: 28:00


Still from NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Dir: Damian Kocur
Poland – 2017

Michal lives in the country and works at a cattle farm. At the end of the day, he comes back home, has dinner and rests. Every day in his life is the same. One day, a girl he met on the Internet visits him.

Duration: 25:00


Still from THE WIZARD OF THE U.S.

THE WIZARD OF THE U.S.

Dir: Balbina Bruszewska
Poland – 2017

Social satire based on the story by L. Frank Baum. A mysterious tornado grabs Dorothy and takes her to an unusual place. She follows the yellow brick road to the wizard who will surely make her dreams come true.

Duration: 23:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!

Thursday May 24: Not Short on Talent (Canadian Shorts)

Our curated monthly screening for May is a selection of the top Canadian shorts of 2017 as selected by Telefilm Canada. The Not Short on Talent lineup travels to Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, and other prestigious festivals each year, so these are worthy of your attention. Not to mention that Woodhouse Brewing Co., our Official Beverage Sponsor, is back with $5 tall cans. Join us at 6pm for a frosty cold beer in the lobby and we’ll share our plans for upcoming screenings and our festival in November!

Thursday May 24th at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks – $5 tall cans courtesy of Woodhouse Brewing Co.)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from FOUR EYES

FOUR EYES

Dir: Michael Clowater
Canada – 2017

Brian is an awkward, bespectacled and, ever-so-slightly autistic 12 year-old boy caught between getting literally beat up by a neighbourhood thug and figuratively beat up at home by his stressed out mother.

Duration: 15:00


Still from THE BLUE JET

THE BLUE JET

Dir: Lawrence Le Lam
Canada – 2015

Baptized in blue denim, Blue Jet is a rebellious radio DJ who broadcasts forbidden rock n’ roll in 1970s Taiwan. The country has been under martial law for the past two decades, and the KMT Secret Youth Police seek out the long-haired instigators of “hippie” culture. Hear the untold story of a legend, remembered by an old fan who recalls his first time walking on the wild side.

Duration: 15:00


Still from INUK HUNTER

INUK HUNTER

Dir: George Annanack
Canada – 2017

A poetic and contemplative film about an Inuk man hunting for northern lights with his camera.

Duration: 4:00


Still from LE FILS DU CAPITAINE

LE FILS DU CAPITAINE (linked film is in French with no subtitles)

Dirs: Emmanuelle Landry, Albénie Delacôte, John Jerome
Canada – 2017

The captain’s son died after devoting his life to photography. He left his strange little universe behind and his daughter is now exploring this mysterious legacy. She can finally start getting to know her father.

Duration: 14:00


Still from MIDWIFE

MIDWIFE

Dir: Blake Salzman
Canada – 2017

In a bleak future where women are dying rapidly, a female survivor must counsel, interrogate and mother those responsible to find answers.

Duration: 23:00


Still from HOW TOMMY LEMENCHICK BECAME A GRADE 7 LEGEND

HOW TOMMY LEMENCHICK BECAME A GRADE 7 LEGEND

Dir: Bastien Alexandre
Canada – 2017

Ophelia is a whip-smart 12 year-old girl who must solve a vexing problem: she’s never been kissed. There are several candidates in her class, but none have Tommy Lemenchick’s smile. Baiting him with the hottest new videogame, Ophelia manages to get Tommy on the old family couch and claims her coveted prize. But, Tommy has more than a nice smile; he also has a big mouth.

Duration: 11:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!

Thursday April 26: Animation Showcase

Our curated monthly screening for April is all about animation. Two of our films are presented by KinoFilm Manchester (special thanks to Iris Bagola), and we also have some great raffle prizes from Elevation Pictures and Mongrel Media. Not to mention that Woodhouse Brewing Co., our Official Beverage Sponsor, is back with $5 tall cans. Join us at 6pm for a frosty cold beer in the lobby and we’ll share our plans for upcoming screenings and our festival in November!

KinoFilm Manchester

Submit your film to Kinofilm’s 2018 edition now!

Thursday April 26th at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks – $5 tall cans courtesy of Woodhouse Brewing Co.)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from IF YOU FALL

IF YOU FALL

Dir: Deb Tisha Pillai
India/Canada – 2017

8 year-old Lila takes on the daunting task of learning how to cycle, as she faces an unfamiliar parental role-reversal at home.

  • Official Selection (Student Shorts) – Canada’s Top Ten

Duration: 6:00


Still from DEATH IN SPACE

DEATH IN SPACE

Dir: Tom Lucas
UK – 2016

WARNING: When in space there are many ways in which to meet an untimely end…

  • Official Selection – Encounters Film Festival

Duration: 1:00


Still from SYMPHONY NO. 42

SYMPHONY NO. 42

Dir: Réka Bucsi
Hungary – 2013

47 short scenes linked together through their common theme of irrational connections between humans and nature.

Duration: 10:00


Still from MIN BÖRDA (THE BURDEN)

MIN BÖRDA (THE BURDEN)

Dir: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden – 2017

A dark musical enacted in a modern market place, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues, portrayed as animals, deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 14:00


Still from AFTER ALL

AFTER ALL (presented by KinoFilm Manchester)

Dir: Michael Cusack
Australia – 2016

After All is said and done. A man clears out his childhood home, remembering past conversations.

Duration: 13:00


Still from CHICKENS

CHICKENS (presented by KinoFilm Manchester)

Dir: George Wu
UK – 2016

A story about the friend zone where colleagues Adam and Emma’s feelings manifest themselves into a cute but unavoidable problem.

Duration: 4:00


Still from MANIVALD

MANIVALD

Dir: Chintis Lundgren
Canada/Estonia/Croatia – 2017

Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother and spends his days learning piano while she makes his coffee and washes his socks. It is an easy life, but not a good one. Their unhealthy co-dependence is about to collapse when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it, and them.

Duration: 13:00


Still from THE PLANETS

THE PLANETS

Dir: Andy Martin
UK – 2014

An animated short film in twelve parts.

Duration: 12:00


Still from QUARTERS

QUARTERS

Dirs: Virginia Findlay, Tiya Zhong, Emily Millard, Brad Flowers, Karliegh Ivens, Maude Ashby, Una Di Gallo, Yingqi Wu, Airin Budiman
Canada – 2017

We only know of our neighbours what we eavesdrop. Isolation is impossible in a building with thin walls and sooner or later, its inhabitants will know more about each other they’d care to. Quarters is a flippantly animated portrait of typical flat denizens who live together, yet apart.

  • Official Selection (Student Shorts) – Canada’s Top Ten

Duration: 5:00


Still from HAPPINESS

HAPPINESS

Dir: Steve Cutts
UK – 2017

The story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment.

Duration: 4:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!

Thursday March 29: Rockin’ Doc Shorts

Our curated monthly screening for March is a partnership with Hot Docs, which celebrates its 25th edition from April 26 – May 6 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and at several other venues around the city. We’re pleased that we’ll have a representative from the festival to talk up this year’s selection of films ahead of our screening, as well as to give away an awesome Festival 10-pack of tickets as a raffle prize. We’re also delighted to announce Woodhouse Brewing Co. as our Official Beverage Sponsor, with $5 tall cans available at all of our screenings. Join us at 6pm for a frosty cold beer in the lobby and we’ll share our plans for upcoming screenings and our festival in November!

Hot Docs 2018: April 26-May 6, 2018Woodhouse Brewing Co.

Thursday March 29th at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks – $5 tall cans courtesy of Woodhouse Brewing Co.)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from KUNSTGLASER

KUNSTGLASER (ART GLAZIER)

Dir: Ben Proudfoot
USA/Canada – 2016

In Pleasantville, Nova Scotia, Norbert Sattler works as a master craftsman in stained glass, working with artists to bring their visions to light.

Duration: 9:00


Still from TAKING STOCK

TAKING STOCK

Dir: Duncan Cowles
UK (Scotland) – 2017

Filmmaker Duncan Cowles shows us some footage he’s trying to sell to stock video agencies.

Duration: 4:00


Still from COMMODITY CITY

COMMODITY CITY

Dir: Jessica Kingdon
USA – 2017

An observational documentary which takes place in the Yiwu Markets, the largest wholesale consumer goods market in the world.

Duration: 11:00


Still from THE SHINING STAR OF LOSERS EVERYWHERE

THE SHINING STAR OF LOSERS EVERYWHERE

Dir: Mickey Duzyj
USA – 2016

The strange but true story of how Japanese racehorse Haru Urara became a nationally celebrated symbol of perseverance while enduring a losing streak of epic proportions. Director and artist Mickey Duzyj traveled to Japan to uncover the story behind the horse’s unlikely rise to celebrity, and presents this animated short as the answer to how an undersized horse who vowed to “Never Give Up” became known as The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere.

Duration: 19:00


Still from POP UP PORNO: F4M

POP UP PORNO: F4M

Dir: Stephen Dunn
Canada – 2015

A woman recovering from breast cancer tries to reclaim her sexuality through online dating.

Duration: 4:00


Still from A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN

A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN

Dir: Marshall Curry
USA – 2017

In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A Night at the Garden uses striking archival fragments recorded that night to transport modern audiences into this gathering and to shine a light on the disturbing fallibility of seemingly decent people.

Duration: 7:00


Still from THE FORGER

THE FORGER

Dirs: Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, and Pamela Druckerman
USA – 2016

In 1944 Paris, 16 year-old Adolfo Kaminsky tries to avoid capture as the notorious Paris Forger, creating false passports and travel documents for Jews trying to flee the Nazis.

Duration: 16:00


Still from POP UP PORNO: M4M

POP UP PORNO: M4M

Dir: Stephen Dunn
Canada – 2015

A man visiting New York City launches Grindr on his phone and sees something vaguely familiar.

Duration: 4:00


Still from ROCK THE BOX

ROCK THE BOX

Dir: Katherine Monk
Canada – 2015

Critic-turned-filmmaker Katherine Monk trains her lens on DJ Rhiannon Rozier in this short film about breaking the glass ceiling in a music industry dominated by men. The Vancouver-raised, university-educated Rozier was so intent on making a career in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene that she did something she never thought she’d do: she posed for Playboy.

Duration: 10:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!