By Brendan Lee
Kingsway (dir. Bruce Sweeney, Canada)
A sure-fire local favourite set amidst the streets of Vancouver, Kingsway tackles the awkward yet all too relatable nature of love and relationships. With an authentic score from a variety of local independent musicians, Bruce Sweeney crafts a tale that’s sure to set emotions spinning.
Freaks (dirs. Adam Stein, Zach Lipovsky, Canada)
If Stranger Things met Room, you very well might end up with something along the lines of Stein and Lipovsky’s Freaks. This psychological sci-fi thriller follows seven-year-old Chloe as she explores the world outside her front door for the first time, and finds things more inexplicable than she’d ever dreamed.
Edge of the Knife (dirs. Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown, Canada)
An ode to a culture as intertwined with storytelling as it has rapidly threatened to disappear, Edge of the Knife breaks brand new ground. Entirely shot on BC’s pristine Haida Gwaii, and the first feature film created entirely in the Haida language, this epic story, set in the 1800s, clearly has a piece to say.
When the Storm Fades (dir. Sean Devlin, Canada/Philippines)
This is what it’s like to shelter, survive, rebuild. Sean Devlin’s docudrama showcases rare authenticity, shot with vibrant colour on location in Tacloban, Philippines, three years after Typhoon Haiyan. The film takes a real-life look at what it’s like for a family to start again, all through the framed lens of the camera.
Mouthpiece (dir. Patricia Rozema, Canada)
An adaptation of the award-winning play written by the film’s co-stars, Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava. The two actresses play the singular part of Cassandra, and portray her duplicitous nature as she wades through preparations for her mother’s funeral.
Roads in February (dir. Katherine Jerkovic, Canada/Uruguay)
This Canadian-Uruguayan co-production tells the story of Sarah, a woman wandering backwards in time, as she visits her paternal grandmother in a small village in Uruguay and searches for answers to any one of life’s great questions.
Totally Indie Day (September 29)
Join fellow film enthusiasts and professionals alike for an action packed day of thought-provoking panels and networking. With a broad variety of topics, ranging from pitching your web series or pop-culture documentary to the prevalence of style in production design, there’s bound to be a little piece of something for the whole family (or film crew).