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Thursday July 19: American Dreams and Nightmares

This month we’re proud to present a curated programme of notable American short films from the past decade or so. These films have played festivals around the world and we’re happy to bring them to you here in Toronto. Please join us and bring a friend or two!

Thursday July 19th 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 CRYSTAL LAKE

CRYSTAL LAKE

Dir: Jennifer Reeder
USA – 2016

Crystal Lake is about a group of girls who take over a skate park, forming an all-female force field on the half pipe. There on the ramp, with no boys around, they are thriving and visible. This is an anthem for young feminists which presents female friends as a means to survive adolescence. EVERY GRRRL-SHAPED BREATH IS A BATTLE CRY.

Duration: 16:00


Still from STRYKA

STRYKA

Dir: Emily Carmichael
USA – 2015

Stryka is an awesome reptile woman from another planet who does heists and odd jobs with her (literal) partner in crime, Callen. But she has a secret: she’s been stealing with somebody else. (She just wants a partner who cleans up well enough to pull off a fancy jewel heist once and a while–is that so wrong?) Anxious about her career in thievery and torn by her loyalty to competing thieves, Stryka has to figure out where she belongs. Luckily, she has a highly advanced robot therapist to talk it over with.

Duration: 8:00


Still from THE PROCEDURE

THE PROCEDURE

Dir: Calvin Lee Reeder
USA – 2016

A man is tranquilized on the street and wakes to find himself tied up in empty room. But what is that thing coming down?

Duration: 4:00


Still from AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLARK LANE

AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLARK LANE

Dirs: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
USA – 2007

While on their way to a mariachi recital, a devastating car crash forces a mother and her two sons to confront the truth about their past.

Duration: 10:00


Still from FRY DAY

FRY DAY

Dir: Laura Moss
USA – 2017

An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989.

Duration: 16:00


Still from DARLING DARLING

DARLING DARLING

Dir: Matthew Lessner
USA – 2005

Meeting your date’s parents is never a comfortable experience, but the event is taken to unexpected levels of surreality in Matthew Lessner’s directorial debut starring Michael Cera as an awkward and flustered everyteen forced to make small talk with his prom date’s bizarre father.

Duration: 12:00


Still from MEN DON'T WHISPER

MEN DON’T WHISPER

Dir: Jordan Firstman
USA – 2017

After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton decide the only way to regain their confidence and prove their masculinity is to sleep with some women. When they meet fellow conference attendees and pleasure seekers Beth and Dominique, it seems like a perfect match. Unfortunately sealing the deal is easier said than done.

Duration: 21:00


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

Full Program for October 12 Screening

Our sixth great season wraps with a selection of award winners from this summer’s Scruffy City Film and Music Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. Oh, and one local gem, too. We’d love it if you could join us!

P.S. We have a pair of tickets to give away courtesy of imagineNATIVE to their LOVE STORIES shorts program on Saturday October 21st at 5:45pm. One raffle ticket free with admission. Others are just $1 each!

Thursday October 12th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

 


 

Still from LAST CALL LENNY

LAST CALL LENNY – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

Dir: Julien Lasseur
USA – 2016

Lenny Upton combines euthanasia with his used furniture business to provide suicide assistance to melancholy customers with a death wish. Armed with a briefcase full of weapons and an eye for antiques, he custom designs a personalized death experience for his one-time clients. All sales are final in this short film that takes a darkly comic evaluation of the value of life and used furniture.

  • Best Narrative Short – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 12:30

 


 

Still from PRELUDE

PRELUDE

Dir: Isaiah Stratton
USA – 2016

With the help of an intuitive therapist and the love of a woman that he does not remember, a damaged musician fights through the loss of his memory.

  • Audience Award, Short Film – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 10:00

 


 

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THE OTHER SIDE

Dir: Griselda San Martin
Spain – 2016

The Other Side is the story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.

  • Best Documentary Short – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 6:00

 


 

Still from CHANGE

CHANGE

Dir: Isaac Kerlow
Singapore – 2016

Constant change is a natural part of Earth’s life, and its interconnected systems can easily adapt to slow change. But the natural balance gets disrupted when changes happen rapidly. Our growth and prosperity are changing Planet Earth, and some of those changes may be forever.

  • Best Animated Short – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 5:15

 


 

Still from A LOVE STORY

A LOVE STORY – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

Dir: Anushka Naanayakara
UK – 2016

A powerful tale about love faced with darkness.

  • Best Student Film – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival
  • BAFTA Award – Short Animation

Duration: 7:00

 


 

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WISHING BOX

Dir: Lizzie Zhang
USA – 2016

The pirate Derek and his monkey sidekick, after years of sailing the high seas, finally find a treasure chest, a magic box that makes wishes come true.

  • Best Director – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 5:30

 


 

Still from SILENCE

SILENCE

Dir: Dejan Mrkic
Australia – 2016

A sensuous portrait of a young musician who begins to tackle the fragility of her own identity when her hearing starts to fade into a seemingly muted existence. NOTE: Contains nudity and sexual content.

  • Best Actress, Best Sound Design – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 14:30

 


 

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WOMAN WITH AN EDITING BENCH

Dir: Karen Pearlman
Australia – 2016

Inspired by the woman who edited Man with a Movie Camera (1929), Woman with an Editing Bench reveals the personal impact of Stalin’s censorship of cinema on a woman navigating politics, bureaucracy and the impetuous outbursts of collaborators to create something beautiful despite the odds.

  • Best Editor – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 15:00

 


 

Still from URBAN AUDIO SPECTRUM

URBAN AUDIO SPECTRUM

Dir: Marina Schnider
Germany – 2016

An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of video recordings in the city of Berlin.

  • Best Music Video – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 4:00

 


 

Still from POLLYANNA

POLLYANNA – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

Dir: Roman Gubin
Canada – 2017

A young girl’s internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.

Duration: 1:30

 


 

It’s time to celebrate six seasons! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) just $10, and door tickets are only $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂

Full Program for April 13 Screening

Spring is here (maybe) and we’ve got a great lineup of (mostly) funny films to brighten your April. We’d love it if you could join us!

Thursday April 13th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from ANIME

ANIME

Dir: Arnaud Brisebois
Canada – 2016

We showed Arnaud Brisebois’ first short film Trotteur way back in April 2012, so it’s a pleasure to welcome him back in 2017. Anime follows two young people through a post-apocalyptic cityscape as they scavenge for food and shelter. Brisebois’ sense of visual style is stronger than ever.

Duration: 12:00


Still from THE COMMITTEE

THE COMMITTEE

Dirs: Gunhild Enger and Jenni Toivoniemi
Norway/Finland/Sweden – 2016

Three delegates from Sweden, Norway and Finland are gathered in Lapland to decide on an art piece, which is to be placed where the three borders meet geographically. But the committee is in for a surprise.

  • Official Selection – Locarno Film Festival

Duration: 14:00


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SECOND TO NONE – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Vincent Gallagher
Ireland – 2016

Frederick Butterfield is tired of always being runner up. When he becomes the world’s second oldest person, he hatches a plan to claim first place.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 7:00


Still from TEN METER TOWER (HOPPTORNET)

TEN METER TOWER (HOPPTORNET)

Dirs: Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck
Sweden – 2016

A ten meter diving tower. People who have never been up there before have to choose whether to jump or climb down.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 16:00


Still from AUDIBLE STATIC

AUDIBLE STATIC

Dir: Sai Selvarajan
USA – 2016

Thaddeus is a teenager in love. Love comes with panic. Silence. Racing thoughts, but no words. Just, audible static. In the last days of analogue, Thaddeus finds a way to cheat the system.

Duration: 11:00


Still from 3 WAY (NOT CALLING)

3-WAY (NOT CALLING)

Dir: Molly McGlynn
Canada – 2016

A couple decide to spice up their sex life with a threesome. Now where can they find the willing third?

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 11:00


Still from A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINCESS X

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINCESS X

Dir: Gabriel Abrantes
France/Portugal/UK – 2016

A supercharged history of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s infamous “Princess X,” a futuristic bronze phallus that is actually a bust portrait of Napoleon’s equally infamous great grand niece, Marie Bonaparte.

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

Duration: 7:00


It just might be shorts weather again, so we’ll show you ours if you’ll show us yours! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) just $10, and door tickets are only $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂

Full Program for January 12 Screening

We’re kicking off our SIXTH great season next month and we’d love it if you could join us. We have an amazing lineup of films and after that, we’ll be walking over to Lou Dawg’s Southern BBQ (76 Gerrard St. E.) for food, beverages, and post-screening conversation. We’d love it if you could join us!

Thursday January 12th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from OBJECT

OBJECT

Dir: Paulina Skibińska
Poland – 2015

Object is a creative and abstract image of an underwater search. The action takes place in the dimensions of two worlds – ice desert and underwater. The story is told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver entering the water all covered by ice, and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore.

  • Winner, Short Film Special Jury Prize for Visual Poetry – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 15:00


Still from PEACE IN THE VALLEY

PEACE IN THE VALLEY

Dirs: Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher
USA – 2015

Peace in the Valley follows the town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas on the eve of a groundbreaking vote for LGBT rights. As the polls close, citizens on all sides of the issue grapple with the roles faith, sexuality and commerce play in their personal lives and community. Meanwhile, at the largest outdoor production of the life of Christ in the USA, the audience is waiting and the show must go on.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 15:00


Still from SUNRISE ON THE TOTAL CHAOS

SUNRISE ON THE TOTAL CHAOS

Dir: Craig Norris
Canada – 2016

An experimental short that surrealistically transports viewers to the deck of the Total Chaos, a lobster fishing vessel on the magnificent Bay of Fundy at sunrise.

Duration: 5:00


Still from THE SHINING STAR OF LOSERS EVERYWHERE

THE SHINING STAR OF LOSERS EVERYWHERE – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

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..

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 18:00


Still from ROUGH WATERS

ROUGH WATERS

Dir: Claire Imler
USA – 2016

Submerged in the darkness of her depression, Katie struggles to stay afloat the rough waters in her life, but uncovers what matters most in her journey to recovery.

Duration: 6:30


Still from THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS

THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS

Dir: Dan Taberski
USA – 2016

The uncompromising voice behind the first gay-themed country music album – 40 years after its release.

  • Official Selection – Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival

Duration: 16:00


Still from UNDERDOG

UNDERDOG

Dirs: Naomi Mark and Vivian Belik
Canada – 2016

With economic and physical challenges in the way, a young Japanese expat prepares to compete in a 1000 mile dog sled race to fulfill her mother’s dying wish.

Duration: 10:00


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

Full Program for October 13 Screening

Hoping to add one more film before next week, but wanted to get the rest of the lineup out there today. Thanks for your patience!

We’re wrapping up our FIFTH great season next week and we’d love it if you could join us. We’ll have at least one 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, and post-screening conversation. We’d love it if you could join us!

Thursday October 13th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from ROKSANA

ROKSANA

Dir: Shaina Pakravan
USA – 2016

Roksana, a young Iranian-American twentysomething with obsessive-compulsive tendencies, nervously prepares to meet her suitor and his family for the first time.

Duration: 5:00


Still from HER FRIEND ADAM

HER FRIEND ADAM

Dir: Ben Petrie
Canada – 2016

A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 16:00


Still from LUCY IN MY EYES

LUCY IN MY EYES

Dir: Megan Park
Canada – 2016

On the eve of her wedding, Lucy has a conversation with her six year old self.

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Official Selection – Austin Film Festival

Duration: 11:00


Still from POP MUSIC

POP MUSIC – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

Dir: Patrick Muhlberger
USA – 2016

Trevor’s been helping his niece prepare a dance for her middle school crush. But when the DJ doesn’t play the correct song, Trevor grabs his samurai sword and decides to confront him. What ensues is an all night trek across suburbia in a tale of love, loss, and freak dancing.

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Official Selection – Short of the Week
  • Staff Pick – Vimeo

Duration: 15:30


Still from STEMS

STEMS – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

Dir: Ainslie Henderson
UK – 2015

Making puppet making make music.

  • Official Selection – TIFF Kids Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Fantasia Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Edinburgh International Film Festival

Duration: 2:30


Still from THE REPUBLIC OF ENCHANTERS
THE REPUBLIC OF ENCHANTERS

Dirs: Fanny Liatard and Jeremy Trouilh
France – 2016

Ghislaine dances on the roof, Kamel makes himself look smart, and Salomon lies to his brother. Their three stories recount an entire high-rise block, a Republic of Enchanters.

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Special Jury Prize – Festival Côté Court

Duration: 13:00


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? 🙂