11 Bravo!FACT-Funded Short Films and a Bravo! Documentary to Screen at
the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
TORONTO, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - CTV is pleased to celebrate today's announcement
that 11 of the 41 short films, a whopping 27%, selected to screen at this
year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) were funded by CTV's
Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent). As well, one of Bravo!'s
upcoming documentaries, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould was also
selected to screen at TIFF.
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A one-hour version of the documentary, Genius Within: The Inner Life of
Glenn Gould, is set to air on Bravo! in the 2009 - 2010 broadcast season as a
part of Bravo!'s GREAT CANADIAN BIO SERIES. A collaboration between
award-winning documentary director Peter Raymont and award-winning editor
Michèle Hozer, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould explores these
questions and humanizes the icon. An enigmatic musical poet, world-renowned
pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate twenty-seven years after his
untimely death. Intimately revealing the man behind the myth, Genius Within:
The Inner Life of Glenn Gould casts a fresh light on the mysterious pianist
whose ideas were as controversial, and his private life as passionate as his
music. Raymont's previous documentaries Shake Hands with the Devil: The
Journey of Roméo Dallaire and A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of
Ariel Dorfman have also screened at TIFF.
2009 marks the tenth year that Bravo!FACT shorts will screen at TIFF.
Since 1998, a total of 61 shorts funded by Bravo!FACT have been selected to
screen at TIFF. This year's selections, which come from across Canada are:
Danse Macabre (Pedro Pires), Tungijuq (Paul Raphael, Félix Lajeunesse), Found
(Paramita Nath), The Island (Trevor Anderson), Unlocked (Mio Adilman),
Pointless Film (Peter Wellington), Record (Dylan Reibling), 5 Dysfunctional
People in a Car (Pat Mills), fish in barrel (Randall Okita), Sixty Seconds of
Regret (Ed Gass-Donnelly), The Armoire (Jamie Travis). Detailed descriptions
can be found below.
In addition to the honour of being selected to screen at TIFF, the
festival has selected six shorts to stream online at www.TIFF.net, including
three Bravo!FACT-funded shorts (Pointless, The Island, Record). Finally, eight
(out of only 25) Bravo!FACT grant awardees (past and present) will be
participating in this year's TIFF Talent Lab - Trevor Anderson (The Island),
Annie Bradley (Tongue Bully, End of Nevermind), Jamie M. Dagg (Waiting, Her
Disappearing Theme), Walter Forsyth (Old Saint Nick, How to be Alone), Sarah
Galea-Davis (I Made a Girlfriend), Gloria Ui Young Kim (Rock Garden: a Love
Story), Michelle Latimer (Choke), and Ayelen Liberona (Becoming).
This short film from writer/director Pedro Pires explores the intimate
journey of a body after its death. Set to the Casta Diva from Bellini's Opera
Norma sung by Maria Callas, Danse Macabre is director Pedro Pires's second
Bravo!FACT-funded short. Concept: Robert Lepage; Performer/Original Idea:
AnneBruce Falconer; Producer: Catherine Chagnon (Québec)
From directors Paul Raphael and Félix Lajeunesse, Tungijug is an epic
encounter between hunter and prey. Computer-generated video mixes live action
and computer animation for an organic expression of Inuit culture and
traditional practices with music by throat singer Tanya Tagaq as she
transforms from human to animal. Actors: Tanya Tagaq, Zacharias Kunuk; Music:
Tanya Tagaq, Jesse Zubot; Producers: Stéphane Rituit, Igloolik Isuma
Paramita Nath's Found is an impressionistic journey told through old
photos, text, animation, and home movies. It begins when Toronto poet
Suvankham Thammavongsa discovers her father's discarded scrapbook that
documents the family's escape from Laos in the 1970s. Poet/Performer:
Souvankham Thammavongsa; Actor: Kevin Au; Animators: Tomasz Dysinski, Vincent
Marcone, Producer: Ted Biggs.
Inspired by a piece of "fan mail," that's really homophobic hate mail
suggesting "all you faggots" be shipped off to an island; this short film from
Trevor Anderson explores the idea of a homo-utopia. With the help of
animation, Anderson imagines his Northern Alberta home transforming into a
whimsical paradise of sand, sun, cocktails, and gay men. Animators: Jeff
LeDrew, Rat Creek Design; Producers: Julia Rosenberg, Tyler Levine, January
In his directorial debut, Mio Adilman's Unlocked is a series of three
short films about a man, his bicycle, and his temper. Three times a man finds
someone else's bike locked to his own, and each time his reaction is different
while his neurotic mother uses his anger as a jumping off point for a nervous
breakdown of her own. Actors: Jean Yoon, Bobby Del Rio, Paul Hyung Sun Lee;
Producer: Aeschylus Poulos.
The latest short film from well-know Canadian film and television
director Peter Wellington features a funny if frustrating negotiation over the
sale price of a used futon. Tensions rise as the seller and buyer try to agree
on a price. It's a dramatization of a scenario of trivial stakes, so keenly
observed that they become thrilling. Actors: Noam Jenkins, Oliver Dennis;
Producers: Jennifer Weiss, Simone Urdl, The Film Farm.
From writer/director Dylan Reibling, Record is based on the true story of
a sidewalk record sale. Derek, an avid vinyl enthusiast, sells records in
front of his house on weekends. Things take an emotional turn when he plays
what he thinks is an appropriate album at the site of three Russian friends
out for a Saturday stroll. Actors: Peter Pasyk, Daniel Matmor; Producer:
Equation of Design.
5 Dysfunctional People in a Car
Everyone in the car has a secret: the professional woman dating someone
half her age, the 13-year-old who gives herself hickeys with a vacuum cleaner,
even Grandma. Written and directed by Pat Mills, 5 Dysfunctional People in a
Car is a witty short about a dysfunctional family dropping Grandma off at a
retirement home against her wishes. It's Mills' second short to screen at
TIFF. Actors: Eileen Sword, Chantelle Wilson, Curtis Lazar, David Kinsman,
Liam Stockla, Lori Read, Sarah Butcher, Shannon Ford; Producer: Julie
Edelstein, Ryan Dias.
fish in barrel
fish in barrel combines elements of sculpture, photography, and video to
slow time and visually explore the idea of internal conflict. This
psychological struggle is extended into an underwater environment that can be
seen as nurturing, dangerous, inhospitable, safe, or distant. It is director
Randall Okita's second Bravo!FACT-funded short to screen at TIFF. Actors: Leif
Nygaard, Brendan McLeod, Roberta Cenedese; Producers: Darcy Van Poelgeest,
Absitomen Media, Life is Short Entertainment.
Sixty Seconds of Regret
Written, directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Ed
Gass-Donnelly, Sixty Seconds of Regret is a visual experiment about loneliness
and regret. Inspired by the rural frankness of William Eggleston's photographs
as the dreamlike aesthetics of photographers Mona Kuhn and Uta Barth, the film
is a wordless moment of silent reflection as an old man ponders an event from
his distant past. This is Gass-Donnelly's fifth Bravo!FACT-funded short.
Actors: Jock McLeod, Aaron Poole, Kat Germain; Producer: 3 Legged Dog Films.
The Armoire is producer Mark Montefiore's third Bravo!FACT-funded short
and his first time with a film at TIFF. From writer director Jamie Travis is
an exploration of the dark recesses of suburbia that is comedy, a horror, and
a melodrama at once. It begins with a game of hide-and-seek after which
Aaron's friend Tony is never found. The mystery of their relationship - and of
their queer attachment to the armoire in Aaron's bedroom - can only be
revealed, it turns out, through hypnosis. At once a comedy, a horror and a
melodrama, Jamie Travis' The Armoire is the finale to his Saddest Children in
the World trilogy. Actors: William Cuddy, Ricardo Hoyos; Producers: Mark
Montefiore, Triptych Media.
CTV's Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established
in 1995 by the national cable arts channel Bravo!. The foundation is the
largest funder of shorts in Canada. Since its inception, $15-million have been
awarded in grants for the production of over 1,400 shorts across the country.
The shorts are broadcast in Canada during the half-hour show Bravo!FACT
Presents in prime-time on Bravo! and 'A', and are often honoured at local,
national and international film festivals. Watch for celebrations of
Bravo!FACT's 15th anniversary in 2010, including retrospective screenings and
special editions of Bravo!FACT Presents. For more information, please visit
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