Midnight Shine ~ Lonely Boy ~ music video ~ Dir. Cliff Hokanson & RoseAnna Schick ~ Winnipeg, Canada ~ 4:23
The song Lonely Boy, written by Adrian Sutherland from the remote Cree community of Attawapiskat, is about the loss of his father - not an easy experience to capture in a music video. Production took place over three days, with three cameras, at three different locations in Winnipeg, with actors and extras, and full-band performance by Midnight Shine. But it’s the last-minute addition of an adorable four-year-old on the final shoot day that just might steal the show. And all the hearts.
Whiteface ~ Dir. Everett Sokol ~ Edmonton, Canada ~ 15:45
Using explosive movement and satirical humour, two indigenous performers tread the timeline of appropriation of Indigenous bodies, from cowboys to Coachella, exploring concepts of identity and colonization. Through movement, mask, and the subversion of the performance of Red Face, a history of social masks comes alive in this timely and impactful performance devised by Todd Houseman and Lady Vanessa Cardona.
Swap Therapy ~ Dir. Nicolas Le Du ~ Neuilly-sur Marne, France ~ 9:10
One evening, a middle-age couple is having fun with a smartphone. A new voice and facial recognition app gives the opportunity for a challenge of absurd imitations. But the game becomes unsettling and even dangerous when they decide to imitate each other and then confront their own self-image.
Ghost Theory: A Modern Dating Conspiracy ~ Dir. Ethan Gillis ~ Mississauga, Canada ~ 9:00
BETH believes she has found her soulmate on the popular dating app Ember, but when DAVID suddenly ceases all contact, the lack of a definitive breakup launches her into the depths of despair. When her conspiracy theory obsessed roommate SYBIL steps in, she convinces Beth that perhaps not all is as it seems.
Cruel World ~ Dir. Dylan Mask ~ Toronto, Canada ~ 16:01
As he drives down an old dirt road John has one thing on his mind: "Reunite with the woman he loves".
The journey is prolonged when his SUV runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Luckily a mysterious old man intervenes and points him in the right direction.
He arrives at a campground in search of gas and is introduced to the fiery and sarcastic store clerk Taylor, who is less than impressed by his blatant rudeness.
When two drunken customers arrive and start trouble John is forced by something beyond his control to intervene.
It seems fate has different plans for John today.