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Full Program for July 14 Screening

July is the month we celebrate Canada Day, and for the very first time, we’re featuring an all-Canadian lineup. We’ll have a few of the filmmakers present for a post-screening Q&A, and after that, we’ll be walking over to Lou Dawg’s Southern BBQ (76 Gerrard St. E.) for food, beverages, conversation, and an acoustic performance by Logan Brown (courtesy of Indie Week Canada). We’d love it if you could join us!

Thursday July 14th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from The Ballad of Immortal Joe

THE BALLAD OF IMMORTAL JOE

Dir: Hector Herrera
Canada – 2015

The Ballad of Immortal Joe is the third “chapter” of Beastly Bards, written with a nod to traditional cowboy songs and to the northern ballads of Robert W. Service. “Immortal Joe” puts a haunted twist on a tragically romantic Western.

  • Official Selection – CBC Short Film Face Off
  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • Best Animated Short – Canadian Screen Awards

Duration: 6:00


Still from Ironied

IRONIED

Dir: Tyler Parr
Canada – 2015

Donald wakes up late for work and goes through an unfortunate series of events. After finally arriving, he meets his first client who puts things into perspective.

  • Brian Linehan Award, Best Actor (Tyler Parr) – National Screen Institute

Duration: 12:00


Still from Mobilize

MOBILIZE

Dir: Caroline Monnet
Canada – 2015

Guided expertly by those who live on the land and driven by the pulse of the natural world, Mobilize takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 4:00


Still from Footprints

FOOTPRINTS – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Kevin Saychareun
Canada – 2015

Deep in the forest, Cahng, an injured hunter, searches for his family who are being hunted by a supernatural force.

  • Official Selection – Toronto Youth Shorts Festival

Duration: 14:00


Still from Never Happened

NEVER HAPPENED

Dir: Mark Slutsky
Canada – 2015

Two colleagues hook up while on a business trip, and then decide it would be best if it “never happened.”

  • Official Selection – CBC Short Film Face Off
  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival

Duration: 8:00


Still from The Middles

THE MIDDLES

Dir: Madison Thomas
Canada – 2015

The jocks, the theatre kids, the young loves. Everyone remembers them from school, but what about the kids that blend into the background? What about the Middles?

  • Official Selection – ImagineNative Film Festival

Duration: 12:30


Still from Boy

BOY

Dir: Connor Jessup
Canada – 2015

Boy follows the spirit of a boy who dies in a bicycle accident and then silently trails a classmate home from school.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Palm Springs Shortsfest

Duration: 14:00


Show us your shorts and we’ll show you ours! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) $10, and door tickets are just $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂

Full Program for April 11 Screening

It’s time to announce the full program for our screening on Thursday April 11, 2013. We have scoured the world to bring you this selection of excellent short films from Canada, Sweden, Spain, Iceland, the UK, and the US. If you like what you see, why not save some money and get your advance tickets now?


Still from Typesetter Blues

TYPESETTER BLUES

Dir: Hector Herrera (Director will be in attendance for a Q&A)
Canada – 2012

Beastly Bards is a collection of animated shorts featuring loveable monsters. Each short is a distinct piece, written in rhyming verse and inspired by the poetic styles of Edward Lear, Shel Silverstein and Robert Service. The animation features clean lines with a textural mixed-media approach and incorporates a classic mid-century modern esthetic. The shorts are narrated by some of the best voices of the Canadian stage and screen: Gordon Pinsent, Jayne Eastwood, and Kenneth Welsh.

Typesetter Blues is the first “chapter” of Beastly Bards and debuted at TAAFI 2012. Set in a printshop, it is familiar story of heartbreak on the job, with a humorous spin. Narrated by Gordon Pinsent.

  • Official Selection – Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
  • Finalist – Adobe Design Achievement Awards (Animation)

Duration: 3:00


Still from Half-A-Pantaloon

HALF-A-PANTALOON

Dir: Hector Herrera (Director will be in attendance for a Q&A)
Canada – 2012

Half-A-Pantaloon is the second “chapter” of Beastly Bards. In the style of a public service announcement, it warns the viewer of the perils of wearing shorts in professional situations. Even charming monsters can’t get away with sartorial blunders. Narrated by Jayne Eastwood.

Duration: 5:00


Still from Voice Over

VOICE OVER

Dir: Martin Rosete
Spain – 2012

I-will-not-tell-you-whose voice leads us through three extreme situations that are actually the same… Will you survive?

From Luis Berdejo, the writer of REC and REC 3: Genesis comes this ten minute epic, which has screened at more than 80 film festivals around the world and picked up more than 30 awards.

  • Best of the Fest – New York City Shorts Festival
  • Audience Award – Couch Fest

Duration: 10:00


Still from Friend of Flies

FRIEND OF FLIES

Dir: Emil Gustafsson Ryderup
Sweden – 2011

For want of friends, a little boy seeks fellowship among flies. Once he has gained their confidence, he finds himself in possession of endless power. But the power is not the solution to everything, and how is a child to master such responsibility? Using only three colours, black, white and red, Friend of Flies deploys a striking visual aesthetic to tell a melancholy tale about the loneliness of childhood.

  • Official Selection – Fantasia Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Chicago International Film Festival

Duration: 13:00


Still from Las Palmas

LAS PALMAS – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Johannes Nyholm
Sweden – 2011

A middle-aged lady on a holiday in the sun tries to make new friends and have a good time. The role is played by a one year old girl (the director’s daugher Helmi), the rest of the cast are marionette puppets.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival

Duration: 13:00


Still from Dragon Baby

DRAGON BABY

Dir: Patrick Boivin
Canada – 2012

In this Kill Bill-inspired short short, the filmmaker’s son Romeo takes on a stuffed dragon with some awesome kung-fu moves. This has been viewed more than 26 million times online, but don’t go looking for it yet. You want the big screen experience!

Duration: 1:00


Still from Belly

BELLY

Dir: Julia Pott
UK – 2011

I can feel you in my Belly.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – South by Southwest Film Festival
  • Official Selection – AFI Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Worldwide Short Film Festival
  • Canal+ Award – Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

Duration: 8:00


Still from The Pirate of Love

THE PIRATE OF LOVE

Dir: Sara Gunnarsdóttir
Iceland – 2012

Daniel C, a truck driver, records an entire CD of ballads for Sherry. Can his music conquer his loneliness?

  • Official Selection – New Directors/New Films
  • Official Selection – AFI Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Telluride Film Festival

Duration: 10:00


Still from Penny Dreadful

PENNY DREADFUL

Dir: Shane Atkinson
USA – 2012

The story of a kidnapping gone horribly wrong.

  • Audience Award – Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

Duration: 17:00


This will also be the first screening where we award one of our filmmakers with a $100 prize. Be there to have your vote count! Buy your tickets now!

Poster and First Films for April 11

April 2013 Screening Poster (Design by Alex Kittle)

Here it is, folks! The first of our specially designed posters. This one, announcing our April 11, 2013 screening, was designed by film writer Alex Kittle (she’s @filmforager on Twitter). In addition to writing about film, she also makes excellent movie posters which she sells on Etsy. Rumour has it that she might be selling a limited edition run of this poster, too, so don’t miss it!

In addition to confirming that our next screening will be held on Thursday April 11th at 7pm at the Carlton, I wanted to give you a sneak peek at a few of the films that we’ll be showing too. And just so you know, tickets are already on sale! Get yours!

Still from Friend of Flies

Friend of Flies (Sweden, 2011, Director: Emil Gustafsson Ryderup, 13 minutes)

For want of friends, a little boy seeks fellowship among flies. Once he has gained their confidence, he finds himself in possession of endless power. But the power is not the solution to everything, and how is a child to master such responsibility? Using only three colours, black, white and red, Friend of Flies deploys a striking visual aesthetic to tell a melancholy tale about the loneliness of childhood.

Still from Voice Over

Voice Over (Spain, 2012, Director: Martin Rosete, 10 minutes)

I will not tell you whose voice over leads us through three extreme situations that are actually the same. Will you survive?

Still from Typesetter Blues

Typesetter Blues (Canada, 2012, Director: Hector Herrera, 3 minutes)

Typesetter Blues is a 3-minute animated short starring a likeable monster named Harold. In this melancholy love story, Harold falls for a new coworker, who unfortunately falls harder for someone else. Voiced by Canadian legend Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her, Pillars Of The Earth) Typesetter Blues is written in the nonsense poetry tradition of Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein.

We have lots more in store for this screening, which we’ll be revealing in the weeks to come. I hope you will join us!