Festival program

* subject to change *

Friday April 17, 2020

7:00 PM George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011, 208 min)  TBC

George Harrison
Opening Night gala with reception.

Martin Scorsese directs this award-winning documentary about music legend George Harrison. Using never-before-seen images and clips it spans his early life in Liverpool, the "Beatlemania' phenomenon, his travels to India, the influence of "Krishna Consciousness" movement in his music, and his relevance and importance as a member of The Beatles.

Saturday April 18, 2020

10:00 AM  Four Wings and a Prayer (2007, 81 min)

Four WingsA visually stunning and multiple award-winning documentary about one of the world's most beautiful and mysterious creatures: the Monarch butterfly.  Filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier follows its epic 3000 km journey from Canada to Mexico.

1:30 PM Lost in La Mancha (2002, 93 min)

Lost in La Mancha chronicles Director Terry Gilliam's (Monty Python, The Fisher King) doomed attempt to get his film,  "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" (2018) off the ground. A hilarious and sometimes bittersweet look at the behind the scenes drama of filmmaking that critic Leonard Maltin has described as one of the best films about the art and artistry of moviemaking.

4:00 PM Sky Ladder: The art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016, 79 min)

The story is told both through Cai Guo-Qiang's own words, as well as family, friends and observers of his craft, spanning from the artist's childhood in Mao's China just starting out, all the way to present day highly-publicized public art performances on a global scale using fireworks and gunpowder.

7:30 PM Sand Wars (2013, 74 min) Followed by interview with the filmmaker *
Sand WarsDenis Delstrac's award-winning documentary reveals our global dependency on sand and how it has become a vital commodity for our modern economies: we use it in our toothpaste, detergents, and cosmetics, and computers and mobile phones couldn't exist without it. Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fuelled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining?


Sunday April 19, 2020

10:00 AM  Chasing Ice (2012, 75 min)

The efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) to publicize the effects of climate change. A series of jaw dropping time-lapse photos depict the drastic erosion and disappearance of enormous, ancient glaciers.

1:30 PM Tim's Vermeer (2013, 80 min)

A controversial documentary about inventor Tim Jenison's efforts[ to duplicate the techniques of Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer (best known for his painting The Girl with the Pearl Earring), in order to test his theory that Vermeer painted with the help of optical devices.

4:00 PM Payback (2011, 86 min)

Based on Margaret Atwood's bestselling book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth filmmakers Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal (Watermark, Manufactured Landscapes) offer a fascinating look at debt as a mental construct and traces how it influences relationships, societies, governing structures and the fate of the planet itself.

7:30 PM Nanook of the North (1922, 80 min) With live musical accompaniment.

Arguably the most famous film ever shot in Canada, Robert J. Flaherty's film was first shown in New York in the summer of 1922. It caused an immediate sensation with its real-life depiction of the people of Canada's North and their struggle to survive the harsh landscape. It influenced the development of documentary films worldwide and was the first film to successfully combine documentary footage with the art of storytelling in cinema.