Saturday 27th September
Acting for the Camera
C50m @ 9:00am
This intensive workshop for film acting will be held in Yellowknife from September 27th - September 30th (full weekend days and weekday evenings). The course, led by actor and teacher Larry Reese with actors Ben Nind and Jesse Wheeler, will give chosen participants the tools they need to feel confident acting in front of the camera. Audition applications are due September 24th and can include a video Audition posted online such as a 30 second monologue or a written statement of why its important for yout to attend the workshop.
The workshop will focus on how an actor works in front of a camera, introduce technical aspects of what an actor must be aware of, and include scene work direction and critique. Participants will receive copies of their best scenes as well as professional headshots intended to be used to secure film acting work.
Sunday 28th September
Monday 29th September
Tuesday 30th September
Pitcher Perfect workshop
NACC @ 1:00pm
We all have great ideas, but a major challenge for most of us is how to convey them in a short, compelling way that is easy to understand and meaningful to the person(s) we are talking to.
Whether one is a producer, Director or Writer - this workshop strengthens the project and the package, and perfects pitching and communication skills. This workshop is being held in conjunction with the Yellowknife Film Festival. It is free and is great for anyone who has never pitched, or already has masses of experience.
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Wednesday 1st October
NACC @ 6:00pm
In the NACC lobby prior to the first screening.
NACC @ 6:30pm
2014, CAN , France Benoit, 11 min
Kiri’s Piano is the story of one woman’s sacrifice while rampant prejudice tears her Japanese Canadian family apart during the Second World War. Kiri’s once joyful piano music turns bitter when forced relocation and internment take away her husband, her home and her family’s simple fishing life along the B.C. coast. But her beloved piano proves a powerful ally in her quest to retain her dignity and personal freedom. Kiri's Piano was filmed entirely on location in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
NACC @ 8:30pm
2013, CAN , Michel Poulette, 102 min
IN THE AFTERMATH OF A BLOODY CONFRONTATION BETWEEN HER BAND, THE INNU TRIBE, AND THE INUIT, THE “MEN FROM THE LAND OF ICE”, MAÏNA, DAUGHTER OF GRAND CHIEF MISHTENAPEU, FINDS HERSELF ON A MISSION THAT WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF HER LIFE. IN ORDER TO FULFILL A PROMISE MADE TO HER FRIEND MATSII AS SHE LAY ON HER DEATHBED, MAÏNA HAS TO FOLLOW THE TRAIL OF HER ENEMIES TO RETRIEVE NIPKI, MATSII’S 11YEAROLD SON WHO HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY THE INUITS. SHE IS TAKEN CAPTIVE HERSELF BY NATAK, THE INUIT CLAN’S LEADER, AND FORCED TO TRAVEL WITH THEM TO THE LAND OF ICE. TAKING PLACE BEFORE CONTACT WITH EUROPEANS, MAINA INTRODUCES US TO TWO FASCINATING CIVILIZATIONS THAT FOUNDED AMERICA.
Thursday 2nd October
NACC @ 4:00pm
2013, CAN (Northwest Territories), Marc Fafard, 84 min
This feature documentary shines a spotlight on Johnny May, the first Inuk bush pilot in Nunavik—and a legend among his people. During the 34,000 hours of flight time he’s logged, May has lived through extraordinary adventures and has had a unique view of the transformation of the Arctic from his perch in the sky. He has watched as the Inuit went from nomadic life to a sedentary existence, and as climate change has melted the permafrost. But one thing remains constant: May’s deep love for his wife Louisa. Since his earliest days in the air, his plane has sported the same Inuktitut message for her: "Pengo Pally", which means “I miss you.” The Wings of Johnny May is an airborne documentary that highlights a unique culture through the eyes of an exceptional man.
NACC @ 6:30pm
2013, CAN , John Walker, 85 min
Set in the dramatic and alluring landscape of the north, Arctic Defenders tells the remarkable story that began in1968 with a radical Inuit movement that changed the political landscape forever. It lead to the largest land claim in western civilization, orchestrated by young visionary Inuit with a dream the governance of their territory the creation of Nunavut. The story reveals Canada’s misguided attempts at sovereignty in the north and finds hope and inspiration from determined people who changed the rules of the game.
NACC @ 8:30pm
2014, USA, Jeff Barnaby, 88 min
Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna's. That means being at the mercy of "Popper", the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.
Friday 3rd October
NACC @ 4:00pm
2014, CAN , Steve Patry, 86 min
Every month in Canada, hundreds of detainees gain their freedom after serving their sentences. What happens to these detainees once released? And what freedom do they find on the other side of the bars? From prisons to prisons documents the life of different excons who are trying to reintegrate society. From the small recidivist thief, to the drug dealer, to the person who committed homicide, this documentary provides an opportunity for different excons to speak about their precarious daytoday, their uncertain future and troubled past. Straight forward, without artifice, complacency or voyeurism, the film reflects this fragile moment when the hope of a new beginning can turn to the best or the worst.
NACC @ 6:00pm
2013, CAD (Northwest Territories), Melanie Carrier, 80 min
Melanie and Olivier go on a cycling trek along the North Shore of the St.Lawrence, with the aim of better understanding the complex relations between Quebec’s aboriginal and nonaboriginal peoples.
NACC @ 8:30pm
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Saturday 4th October
Casting Director Workshop
NACC @ 1:00pm
Casting Director workshop for Actors
Saturday Afternoon Early
NACC @ 3:30pm
NWT short Films
2014, CAD (Northwest Territories), Michelle Swallow, 6 min
Told by celebrated storyteller Jim Green and animated by northern artist, Jillian Mazur, Prince of the Buffalo Hunters is the wild adventure of Charlie-Peter Desjarlais on his quest for a mountain of meat in the shape of a buffalo. Follow Charlie-Peter as he makes his way down the Slave River and in his Chipewyan skiff and his ‘old-as-the-hills 18-horse Johnson outboard motor. “Prince of the Buffalo Hunters” is Michelle Swallow’s 2nd short film, and was made possible through a grant from the Western Arctic Moving Pictures.
2014, CAD (Northwest Territories), Andrew Silke, 18 min
Matt and Messy is a short comedy about ideals versus reality, set in the northernCanadian town of Yellowknife. Messy, as her name suggests, is a cluttered soul who seeks an escape. She discovers it in the form of Matt: A doortodoor light bulb salesmen, humble and charming, but not yet adjusted to the social norms of adult life. The encounter of these two strangers provides hope for the awkward couple, however brief, as it is soon made clear that life is not always able to compete with one’s ideal world.
2013, CAD , Zoe Leigh Hopkins, 17 min
A Mohawk man starts a midnight running club to honor the life of a friend he lost to suicide. Together with his buddies, Grant carries on his departed friends love of... streaking all over the reserve.
2014, CAD , Community Action Research Team (CART), 10 min
In an active Tlicho community in the Northwest Territories, sixteenyearold Ori's life becomes chaotic when her secret becomes harder to keep silent. Breaking The Silence tells the story of Ori, a sixteenyearold Tlicho girl from the Northwest Territories who is a victim of a violent assault. The film explores the lives of young aboriginals living in the North as they struggle with finding their identity in a world that is quickly spiralling out of control.
2014, CAD (Northwest Territories), Artless Collective, 10 min
A short film by Pablo Saravanja and Jay Bulckaert Starring YouTube celebrity Andrew Stanley, CONIBEAR is a surreal meditation on the life of trappers as they navigate the strange and often times dark wilderness they call their home.
2014, CAD, Kelvin Redvers, 19 min
A little girl is left alone in a mountainous desert canyon after her father is bit by a rattlesnake and dies. She's left to face the loss of her father, while figuring out what to do with herself.
2014, CAD , Pat Braden, Terry Woolf, Gary Milligan, min
In the track titled “Hangin’ with the Con Kids” Pat Braden tells a warm and evocative story from his youth. A time of innocence and wonder, when a bicycle, a summer day and a small mining town was a young boys entire world. Using a live performance, video reenactments and archival photos we intend to create a video that portrays this story.
Premier! Video & Live Performance
Saturday Afternoon Late
NACC @ 5:00pm
2014, CAD (Northwest Territories), Nicolas Paquet, 73 min
On the shore of the Great Slave Lake, The Dene survived more than 100 years of colonialism. Even today, they have to face massive challenges in order to regain pride and the connection to the land. Through encounters with young Dene, this documentary illustrates how they still try to live the Dene way of life. "Living like the land” gives an authentic look at the life of the Dene people, the last indigenous of Canada to deal with the white settlers.
Saturday Evening Early
NACC @ 6:30pm
2014, CAD , Xavier Dolan, 139 min
A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.
Winner Jury prize 2014 Cannes Film Festival
Saturday Evening Late
NACC @ 9:00pm
2012, Denmark, Joshua Oppenheimer, 115 min
A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
Sunday 5th October
Casting Director workshop for Producers / Directors
NACC @ 12:00am
Casting Director workshop for Producers/Directors
Learn how to make your own iPad animation with the NFB!
NACC @ 2:00pm
Workshop Language: French and English
Age range: anyone!
Learn how to make your very own animated film using the NFB's brand-new iPad app "NFB StopMo Studio".
Our team of education specialists are here in Yellowknife for a limited time, fully-equipped with all the equipment, supplies and experience to make your animations and stories come to life! An exclusive opportunity not to be missed.
NACC @ 4:00pm
2014, CAD , Jon Riera, 8 min
When a young man realizes his lover does not want a monogamous relationship, he decides to involve his exgirlfriend in order to find balance in the equation eventually realizing that in love, what you want is not always what you need.
2014, Italy, Filippo Fraternali, 15 min
In a world of ordinary people obsessed with the size of their chest and with their mobile phones, Riccardo tries to achieve true wisdom together with his imaginary friend Socrates. While seeking the advice of the wise bouncer of the Olympus disco, he meets Jane, a person who shares his concerns about wisdom and democracy. However, their relationship only brings him to realize the futility of his research. After getting rid of all his friends, imaginary and not, he understands that rocket science is the only escape route.
2013, South Korea, Kyungsu Kim, 13 min
A lady who had been composing a musical piece for a gayageum performance is seen busily preparing dinner. However, the image of the happy figure soon fades away, and in her place the exhausted and tired features of an old woman appear inside the mirror. At that moment, the wind blows the sheet music into the room, and the elderly woman chases after it and finds the musical competition she dreamed in her youth taking place. In her makebelieve world, she is a young woman performing her gayageum on stage with great passion. But as her performance reaches its climax, Japanese soldiers appear, sneering and throwing 99 yen worth of coins at her, the amount paid as welfare pension for the victims of the Japanese military sexual slavery.
2013, France, Clèment Gonzalez, 8 min
In a near future, all the teachers made their classes through a web cam. But a history teacher will see his routine change when a student came to his class…
2014, CAD , James Brylowski, 15 min
Foster brothers Tom and Mark set out on a mission to break the world record for the longest journey in a twoperson costume. They will travel by foot from Toronto to Venice Beach, California in a twoperson donkey costume. For three months, they will not leave the costume.
2013, CAN , Neil Christopher, 9 min
According to Inuit oral history, long ago animals had the power of speech, could shift their appearances, and could even assume human form. In The Orphan and the Polar Bear, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder. Under the bear's guidance, the little orphan learns the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself.
2014, CAN , Stephen W. Martin, 17 min
A young mortician will give his heart away to find true love. A whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung fu, and biker werewolves.
NACC @ 6:00pm
2014, CAN (Northwest Territories), Neil Christopher, 7 min
Two young friends are spending a day away from their camp. Unfortunately for them, an ancient land spirit an amautalik is also in the area. Luckily for them both, one of the children's difficult life has taught him to think quickly.
2014, CAN , Ole Gjerstad, 46 min
Tony Kalluk should have been long dead. Instead, he’s on a rocky road to redemption, and his story reverberates throughout Nunavut. From a horrendous childhood, Tony grew up to be a violent criminal, spending 20 years in the prison system by the time he turned 40. High on pills, he attempted “suicide by police” but was was only wounded. Then, against the odds, Tony returned home to Clyde River, where he was helped by people he had formerly frightened, and found a vocation as a community counsellor, using his life experience to guide others. But his demons are still close by, watching as Tony makes headway towards a new life.
NACC @ 7:30pm
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