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Welcome! Welcome to the 11th annual Available Light Film Festival! The 30 screenings at ALFF 2013 have been painstakingly selected to bring you a sample of contemporary cinema. This year’s program shines a light on The Yukon with six screenings of work that was either made by Yukoners or depicts an element of Yukon life. There are also excellent films from other northern regions: Nunavut, Chukotka (Russia), Alaska, James Bay, and Greenland. You’ll also find compelling, hilarious and challenging cinema from around the world: Indonesia, Denmark, France, Switzerland, India, Italy, USA, United Kingdom, and Antarctica. One of the fun things about transforming the Yukon Arts Centre into the best digital cinema in the region is that you get to experience nearly every film on the big screen in full surround sound. This amps up the experience of seeing this year’s three music films: My Father and the Man in Black, The Tragically Hip in Bobcaygeon, and Neil Young Journeys. Be sure to check out the free lunchtime Fire Hall Film Talks with visiting filmmakers at the Old Fire Hall. These talks were very popular in 2012. And if you’re curious about the creation and business end of film and digital media, pop in to any one of the free admission Forum sessions. Please join me in thanking all the festival guests for sharing their experiences and their moving pictures at the Festival and Forum. It’s with great excitement and honour this year that we will host, Alanis Obomsawin, a documentary filmmaker whose contribution to cinema and our understanding of the history and experiences of Aboriginal people in Canada is arguably the most significant of any filmmaker, ever. In light of the enthusiasm, and debate that Idle No More and Chief Spence have sparked, I don’t think you'll want to miss this year’s opening film. Gunalchîsh, Mahsi cho, merci, and thank you for your enthusiasm for ALFF. Andrew Connors, Festival Director

ALFF Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Documentary Available Light Film Festival presents $1000 to the director of the film that is the winner of the ALFF Best Canadian Documentary Award. Festival audiences select the winner. The award will be announced before the audience at the closing film on Sunday, Feb 10. Get your ballots in the Yukon Arts Centre lobby. Eligible films: The End of Time My Father and the Man in Black Team Bones The Fruit Hunters Cold Paradise

Bear 71 Bobcaygeon Stories We Tell Land of the Chartreuse Moose The People of the Kattawapiskak River

Yukon Gold Kivalina vs Exxon The World Before Her Vanishing Point

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Welcome to the Yukon Film Society’s 11th Annual Available Light Film Festival, Canada’s largest feature film festival north of 60. The Government of Yukon, through the Yukon Film & Sound Commission, is a proud supporter of the festival, which demonstrates first-hand the skill, dedication and talent of Yukoners and results in numerous benefits to the industry. Yukon’s media production industry is a valued contributor to our territory’s economy and a key player in its diversification. Over the next few days, Yukon film industry members will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of screenings and to participate in valuable professional development activities to further their careers. This also marks the third year of the highly successful Yukon Media Industry Forum, bringing together Yukon media creators and filmmakers, and Canadian media industry representatives. On behalf of the Government of Yukon, I extend my best wishes for a memorable week of fine cinema, networking and professional growth. Sincerely,

Economic Development Minister Currie Dixon Government of Yukon

On behalf of the City of Whitehorse, I would like to thank the Yukon Film Society for their continued efforts in making the Available Light Film Festival a success in our community. It’s events like this that help make our community so vibrant. Sincerely, Dan Curtis Mayor, City of Whitehorse 6


Festival Info Individual Tickets: $12/$10 YFS members, seniors, youth under 16 Five Film Pass: $50 (includes $2 box office fee) NEW for 2013: Five Film Pass includes your 2013 YFS Exhibition Membership! Show your

pass at the YFS Info table located in the lobby to pick up your membership card. Online: www.yukontickets.com Yukon Arts Centre Box Office: 867-667-8574, Mon to Fri, 10am to 3pm Arts Underground: 305 Main Street, lower level, Hougen’s Centre At the door: The box office is open throughout the festival. We encourage you to pick your films and get tickets *between the films or at less busy times*. This enables us to start the films at their scheduled time, which makes everybody happy. Thanks! How the Five Film Pass works

The Five Film Pass is a voucher for five films that you choose. It’s not an entry ticket for the film. Use the pass to redeem tickets at the Yukon Arts Centre box office or at Arts Underground. You can purchase your pass and choose your films at the same time (if there’s a long line-up, see above). If you wish, you can redeem a portion of your tickets and choose the remaining films later. The box office staff will punch one of the numbers on your pass and issue you a ticket for the film(s) you choose. You then show that ticket to the usher. The Five Film Pass is not transferable. Hold onto it, we can’t replace them. Venues

Yukon Arts Centre theatre, unless noted. Check schedule on pages 24 and 25. ALFF Industry Forum is at the Old Fire Hall (1105 First Ave). All seating is general admission, except The People of the Kattawapiskak River. No food or drink is allowed in the Yukon Arts Centre theatre. Please turn off cell phones. No recording devices allowed. ALFF Production Team

FInd out what we’re up to.

Festival Director: Andrew Connors

212 Lambert St (off 3rd Ave) Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1Z4 867-393-3456 yfs@yukonfilmsociety.com yukonfilmsociety.com alff.ca YukonFilmSociety YukonFilm ALFFYukon

festival coordinator, Guest Travel: Vivian Belik Graphic Design, Marketing: Guiniveve Lalena Industry Forum Coordinator: Neil Macdonald yfs executive director: Stéphanie Chevalier Projectionists: Dave Haddock, Jayden Soroka Technical coordinator: Jayden Soroka

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Telefilm Canada is proud to be associated with the 11th Annual Available Light Film Festival, a wonderful opportunity to discover the best in current Canadian cinema. Our filmmakers have stories to tell that are original, relevant, entertaining and compelling – stories that enjoy increasing success here at home and shine on the international scene. Canadian films are official selections at film festivals worldwide, winning major awards – and the hearts of audiences wherever they are shown. At Telefilm this is great news, since the success of Canada’s film industry is our primary purpose. Our funding and promotion programs support dynamic film companies and talented creative artists everywhere in Canada. We are all working together to make sure Canadian films are in the spotlight, both here at home and internationally. Telefilm hopes that this event will help you enjoy Canadian cinema – your cinema, which you can now access on many platforms. Congratulations to the organizers of the Available Light Film Festival, and happy viewing! Michel Roy Chair of the Board, Telefilm Canada

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Yukon Arts Centre Gallery + Yukon Film Society present

Recent media art works by Dawson-based artist David Curtis Old Fire Hall March 12-18, 2013 Open daily Noon to 6pm Reception and Artist Talk Mon, March 11, 5pm to 8pm

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YFS Annual Support


Thank You Ingrid Veninger, Michael Hale, Jonathan Holiff, Justin Ferbey, Greg Karias, Julia Ivanova, Steve Martindale, The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, Hans-Peter Willi, Christopher Griffiths, Moira Sauer, Cinematronix, John Dippong, Vancouver International Film Festival, DOXA Festival, Montréal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Mongrel Media, Kinosmith Distribution, e One Entertainment, Films We Like, High Latitudes Ltd, Jane Gutteridge, National Film Board of Canada, EyeSteelFilm, Leanne Allison, Tom Alexander, Chris Emery, Cold Paradise Productions, Na Ho Productions, Benjamin Greené, David Hamilton, Out Yonder Productions, Regular Horse Productions, Studio AKA, Jill Pangman, Meltwater Media, Red Snapper Films, New Chapter Productions, Story Engine Pictures, Louise Productions Sàrl, Loki Films. The staff and volunteers of the Yukon Arts Centre and the Old Fire Hall. YFS Board of Directors; Daniel Janke, Victoria Kennedy, Noel Sinclair, Fiona Griffin, Dan Sokolowski, Scott Westerlaken. Our festival volunteers, sponsors, supporters, guests and audiences over the last 11 years.

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Welcome ALFF 2013 In 2009, Nova Alberts fell in love with interactive media. She has since designed concepts for and/or consulted on dozens of interactive projects. Nova was responsible for creating and delivering the Digital Media Initiative for the Saskatchewan Motion Pictures Industry Association (SMPIA) which aimed to provide support for content creators in the development, production and exhibition of interactive media experiences in Saskatchewan. Prior to her work at SMPIA, Nova spent over 12 years producing factual-based television. In 2005, her project Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option received a Gemini nomination. Nova very recently become the Yukon Film & Sound commissioner.

Monty Bassett is a Smithers, BC-based documentary producer. His film The Land of the Chartreuse Moose: The Life and Legacy of Ted Harrison screens at ALFF 2013. “In retrospect, there is nothing in my background that would suggest I’d become a documentary filmmaker. And yet it is because of my background that I did. Since my carefree youth in the wilds of Wyoming, I have had a number of eclectic jobs: a mountain guide, ski instructor, journalist in South America, a soldier, university instructor, executive director of a wildlife research foundation and even a rodeo clown. But it is filmmaking that will be my last, for it is the one job in which I can legitimately justify doing all of the rest.” Allan Code is a Gemini-award winning director/cinematographer/producer based in Whitehorse. His documentary works include: Nuhoniyeh, Fitness and the Father, Dugout, and Team Bones (ALFF 2013). Allan left Ontario for northern Manitoba in 1972 and lived in the Dene community of Tadoule Lake for many years before attending University of Manitoba. Allan, his partner, Mary, who is his frequent filmmaking collaborator, and their family moved to Whitehorse in 1990.

John Galway is the president of the Harold Greenberg Fund with 20 years of experience in film and television. His experience ranges from film festivals, to production and financing. Since joining The Fund in 2005, he has overseen the organization’s support of over 500 projects, including Away from Her, Barney’s Version and One Week. John has also worked on several industry boards, juries and advisory committees and recently co-founded the Toronto Irish Film Festival.

John Gill is CEO of the National Screen Institute. He was previously an independent media consultant providing strategic, business and programming consultation to various organizations. He also worked as senior vice president, dramatic content for Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc; launched BBC Canada and BBC Kids; has directed the programming for the National Geographic Channel; and was director of network scheduling at TV Ontario. John’s educational credentials include a MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a BA from Queen’s.

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Festival Guests Andrew Johnson has been with the Shaw Factual Production team since 2011 as executive producer. Prior to his time with Shaw, Andrew was a Commissioning Editor for CBC’s The Lens and was a Senior Producer for CBC’s The Passionate Eye. Award-winning filmmaker, Lulu Keating has over 25 years of professional experience as a writer, director and producer. She works in all genres and media, making animated, dramatic and documentary films. Keating directed her first documentary about Canadian singing legend Rita MacNeil in 1985. Her first feature The Midday Sun—shot entirely in Zimbabwe—was released in 1989. Her CBC Newsworld commissioned animated documentary, The Moody Brood, turns the camera on Keating’s eclectic family where Lulu is one of 11 children. Keating lives in Dawson City, YT where she is developing several features, a television series and celebrating the release of her second feature Lucille's Ball. In addition to making the Juno Award-winning Sarah Harmer concert doc Escarpment Blues,

Toronto-based documentary filmmaker, Andy Keen made the Gemini Award-nominated documentary, Seven Painters Seven Places and Know Your Mushrooms (directed by Ron Mann), on which he was director of photography. Keen has worked as director and cameraman on numerous television commercials and music videos, and in 2010 was honoured with a Webby Award in the category of Activism for a series of online videos he produced for The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation. In the summer of 2011 Keen directed and produced the feature documentary Bobcaygeon about Canadian rock giants, The Tragically Hip.

Maureen Levitt has been the creative development representative for British Columbia and the Yukon, for Superchannel from 2007 to present. Maureen works with regional producers from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon, NWT and Nunavut, to develop a large portfolio of documentary and some drama. Many have received notable awards including an Emmy, Geminis and gold at such festivals as Amnesty International, Columbus International, Dreamspeakers, Hot Docs, Prix Leonardo 2000 and Chicago International. Heather McIntosh recently moved to Los Angeles from Athens, Georgia. House cellist for the Elephant 6 Collective, she has played with Of Montréal, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Music Tapes, Gerbils, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Apples in Stereo, Great Lakes, and The Ladybug Transistor. Heather performs live accompaniment with the NFB interactive documentary Bear 71. Raymond Massey has produced, executive produced and/or supervised some 27 feature films, movies-of-the-week and miniseries ranging in budget level and degree of commercial success. His narrative feature film credits as producer include Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity, Suspicious River, Whale Music, and You Kill Me. He is currently focused on 11


Welcome ALFF 2013 developing and acquiring screenplays and literary properties to co-produce and co-finance with Chinese partners. In addition to independent activities, he frequently produces for hire, line produces or supervises feature films for a variety of parties based in Canada and the United States.

Jeremy Mendes is a Vancouver-based artist with over 10 years experience working on interactive projects. He specializes in art direction, creative direction, design and illustration. He is currently working freelance on interactive projects with the National Film Board of Canada. These interactive projects capitalize on his collective experience and draw on his strong understanding of story, culture, art and design. And importantly, how these elements are conveyed through interactive experiences. Peter Mettler is known for a diversity of work in image and sound mediums – foremost for his films such as Picture of Light, The End of Time (ALFF 2013) and Gambling, Gods and LSD but also as a photographer and groundbreaking live audio/visual-mixing performer. His work bridges the gap between experimental, narrative, personal essay, and documentary. He has collaborated with an extensive range of international artists and has been honoured with awards and retrospectives worldwide.

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, began her illustrious career as a singer, model and storyteller and remains an icon of Indigenous and Canadian cinema. Alanis joined the National Film Board of Canada in 1967 where she has directed, written and/ or produced over 30 films. Having recently celebrated her 80th birthday, Alanis continues to pursue documentary filmmaking with the same vigour and sensitivity she has employed in her craft for decades. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was honoured with a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. In 2004, she was awarded imagineNATIVE’s Milestone Award. Starting in 1983, fresh off a Master’s Degree from the Annenberg School of Communications,

David Paperny began his career producing current affairs programmes at CBC Television. David co-founded Paperny Films in 1994, shortly after his documentary on a young doctor dying of AIDS was nominated for an Academy Award. Over the years, under David’s leadership, Paperny Films has become one of the preeminent television production companies in Canada. Whether in a personal session, a workshop or through her writing, writer and story consultant

Fernanda Rossi supports and guides filmmakers with proven methodologies in the

creation and improvement of rough cuts, fundraising trailers, synopses, treatments, scripts and pitches. She has doctored over 300 documentaries, fiction scripts and work samples, including two Academy Award nominees. 12


Festival Guests Stephen Smith has spent most of his life amongst the human and wildlife inhabitants of the polar regions as a biologist conducting research. In 2004 he was expedition leader for Abandoned in the Arctic, a feature-length documentary retracing the footsteps of the late 19th-century polar explorer, Adolphus Greely. In 2008 he co-directed Arctic Cliffhangers, a documentary about the life history of Arctic seabirds commissioned for the Canadian International Polar Year. Bearing witness to the modern-day challenges facing the arctic’s indigenous hunting culture, Vanishing Point is his latest feature documentary. Janice Stein is managing director for CBC North, based in Yellowknife, NWT. CBC supports independent TV producers through a regional programming development fund that is administered by CBC regions across the country. The fund helps develop music, documentary and comedy programming. The content is broadcast in many regions primetime on Saturdays throughout the summer, and is also broadcast nationally on Absolutely Canadian. Julia Szucs has been involved in filmmaking since 2004, when she worked on the polar adventure feature documentary, Abandoned in the Arctic. Julia’s formal film training includes the Gulf Islands Film and Television School, and the Emerging Producer’s Program at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She is the co-director/co-producer of: Life Lines, winner of Best Picture and Best Documentary at the 2008 Eyelens Film Festival, Pick Up Sticks which screened at the 2009 Banff Mountain Film Festival, and Arctic Cliffhangers. Her experience in film editing includes production of four instructional components for Inuit and First Nations caribou hunter-assisted veterinary research. Matt Toner began work in the new media industry (when it actually was new) as a co-founder of CanApple New Media, a founding executive of We Media Inc, and Managing Director of Oven Digital’s Canadian office. More recently, he has worked on more than two dozen entertainment productions ranging from convergent television projects to immersive digital experiences to triple-A videogame franchises to independent film. As president of Zeros 2 Heroes, Matt has driven the company’s business vision and assembled a team whose skills range from the arcana of database architecture to the intricacies of six-panel layout for mobile comics.

Werner Walcher is a Whitehorse-based producer/director and president of the production company Fresh From The Yukon Inc. His work combines the beauty of the North with worldwide socially relevant stories, which are very attractive to a national and international audience. Werner’s documentaries have been broadcasted on OMNI TV, APTN, CBC North and CBC Country Canada.

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available Light Film Festival Opening film

Director Alanis Obomsawin in attendance

Monday, Feb 4 Yukon arts centre Dakhkรก Khwรกan Dancers performance 5:45 pm Screening 6 pm screening sponsors mehaffey

consulting inc.

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ALFF Industry Forum Available Light Film Festival, with the generous support of the Yukon Film & Sound Commission, presents

The 2013 ALFF Industry Forum Sunday, Feb 3 - Thursday, Feb 7 Old Fire Hall, 1105 First Ave at Main Street Free to attend (except where noted). Open to all. Learn about the changing face of the Canadian media landscape in the digital age. Meet the people who are taking part in its development. Network and build relationships with industry players in a relaxed environment. Present your projects for feedback in group discussions and one-on-one meetings. Expand your professional vision for your film and content-making projects and goals.

The ALFF Industry Forum is designed to bring the experience of established media professionals to Yukon filmmakers and media producers. Our guests come to the forum to support local growth, expansion through shared knowledge of the industry and professional feedback and support. The forum will feature panel discussions, one-on-one meetings and pitch sessions. In addition to the main forum, ALFF will also include a workshop on Sunday, Feb 3 with renowned story consultant Fernanda Rossi and a documentary master class on Thursday, Feb 7 with acclaimed filmmaker, Peter Mettler. Please note

Those wishing to participate in the one-on-one meetings and Presenting The Yukoners session should contact our Industry Forum Coordinator Neil Macdonald directly at 867-335-3515 or macdonald.n.a@gmail.com.

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ALFF Industry Forum Sunday, Feb 3, Old Fire Hall 2:00-6:00pm — How to Package your Documentary for Fundraising Fernanda Rossi Story Doctor Workshop

Pitch, proposal and trailer! They can be a moneymaking trio for your documentary film or the cause of every rejection letter you’ll ever get. In this four-hour workshop you will learn how to best represent your project verbally, in writing and with audiovisual material. The workshop will touch on:

The definition and function of pitches, loglines, synopses and fundraising demos. Different models of story structure for all of the above. Analysis of loglines, synopses and trailers, with before-and-after case studies. Tools and tips to improve the written materials and demo. Screening of successful demos. Register: yfs@yukonfilmsociety.com
 Max Participants: 30 Cost: $80/$60 YFS Production Members. Please present your YFS Production Member card

when purchasing or picking up your ticket. Payment must be received at the YFS office to hold your spot. Registrants are given priority to the ten 15-minute one-on-one consultation meetings with Fernanda on Monday, Feb 4. About Fernanda Rossi Internationally renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda

Rossi has doctored more than 300 fiction scripts, fundraising samples and documentaries, including two of which have been nominated for the Academy Award and many that went on to receive funds from ITVS in the U.S. and NFB in Canada. She has given workshops and lectures in more than 12 countries for more than 40 film organizations and at all major world markets and conferences, including Hot Docs in Canada, SilverDOCS in the United States, and Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK. She is the author of the book that, according to industry professionals, is the bible on demo production, Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary Fundraising Demo. www.documentarydoctor.com. 7:00-8:00pm — Exploring Digital Media With Yukon Film & Sound Commissioner Nova Alberts

Yukon Film & Sound Commissioner Nova Alberts will give a presentation designed to provide a snapshot of a number of different ways that storytellers are embracing digital technologies to help tell and promote their stories across multiple mediums.

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ALFF Industry Forum Monday, Feb 4, Old Fire Hall 9:30-11:45am — Roundtable Discussion: Getting Northern Stories Told

The North has become a popular subject of late, with recent features, dramatic TV series, documentaries and factual programming being set and shot in the North. This roundtable will explore how Yukon producers can use this current trend to help launch their projects. Filmmakers, producers, broadcasters, and funders will share insights into how Yukoners can get northern stories told. With Nova Alberts, John Galway, John Gill, Maureen Levitt, Raymond Massey, Janice Stein, Allan Code, Werner Walcher, Stephen Smith. Moderator: Daniel Janke. 12:00-12:45pm — Fire Hall Film Talk, Alanis Obomsawin

Acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin will screen clips of her latest documentary, The People of the Kattawapiskak River, and discuss why and how it came to be made. 1:30-4:30pm — One-on-One Sessions

Twenty-minute meetings between guests and Yukon patricipants. By appointment only. Fernanda Rossi, John Galway, John Gill, Maureen Levitt, Raymond Massey, Andrew Johnson, Janice Stein, Stephen Smith, Matt Toner, Nova Alberts 5:00pm — Festival Opening Reception at Yukon Arts Centre

Tuesday, Feb 5, Old Fire Hall 9:00-11:30am — Roundtable Discussion: Presenting the Yukoners Pitch Session

Five Yukon participants will have 20 minutes each to present their project to a roundtable of industry reps and receive feedback and advice on how to further develop their project. This is not a formal pitch session. This is a chance to build confidence, develop your pitch, and get feedback on your project's potential from industry professionals. With John Galway, John Gill, Maureen Levitt, Raymond Massey, Andrew Johnson, David Paperny, Matt Toner. 12:00-12:45pm — Fire Hall Film Talk, Yukon Gold

The creators of the upcoming documentary series, Yukon Gold, will screen clips from several episodes and discuss how the series came about, and the challenges and benefits of filming in the Yukon. With David Paperny, Andrew Johnson. 1:00–2:30pm — Roundtable: Yukon Gold Case Study

The creators of the upcoming History Channel documentary series, Yukon Gold, produced by Paperny Entertainment, will examine how the series was created and why they chose to make 17


ALFF Industry Forum a show in the Yukon. Both the broadcast commissioning editor and producer of the show will be in attendance and discuss how they developed the show and brought it to air. With David Paperny, Andrew Johnson. 2:45-4:00pm — Panel: Working with Funders, Broadcasters, and Distributors

In the new digital age getting your project funded is becoming harder and harder. Hear from funders, broadcasters, and distributors what they are looking for, why they choose projects, and how to secure that elusive deal. With Andrew Johnson, John Galway, John Gill, Maureen Levitt, Janice Stein, Nova Alberts. Moderator: Daniel Janke.

Wednesday, Feb 6, Old Fire Hall 9:30-11:30am — Panel: Interactive, Web, and Digital Storytelling

The web is becoming a larger part of the storytelling landscape and filmmakers can no longer ignore the necessity and opportunity of digital media in the screen based industries. Our panel will demystify the process and the technology of creating interactive storytelling for the web and explore how interactive and web based media is changing the game. With Jeremy Mendes, Matt Toner, John Gill, Stephen Smith. Moderator: Neil Macdonald. 12:00-12:45pm — Fire Hall Film Talk: Animism, Matt Toner

Matt Toner, president of the interactive entertainment company Zeros 2 Heroes Media, will screen portions of the animated series Animism and demonstrate how the interactive components help engage the audience and enrich the show’s entertainment experience. 1:30-3:30pm — Roundtable: Animism and the West Was Lost Case Studies

APTN animated series, Animism, has received international acclaim for the interactive content that accompanies the show. With a mobile app, alternate reality game, and social networking site Animism is on the forefront of TV shows with an expansive interactive experience. Matt Toner the President of Zeros 2 Heros Media, the Vancouver–based company that created Animism’s interactive content, will discuss how filmmakers can develop an interactive campaign that will engage audiences, and take their project to the next level. With Matt Toner, John Galway. Moderator: Neil Macdonald. 5:00-7:30pm — Forum Mixer at Dirty Northern Public House

A chance for forum participants and industry guests to meet and network in a relaxed environment.

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Fire Hall Film Talks Free admission lunchtime events at the Old Fire Hall, 12:00-12:45pm.

This popular ‘meet the filmmaker’ discussion series returns for a second year. See clips from films in the festival and hear the filmmakers and interactive media producers discuss the process behind making their projects. Sponsored by Northwestel Community Cable 9. Monday, Feb 4 Tuesday, Feb 5 Wednesday, Feb 6

Alanis Obomsawin, The People of the Kattawapiskak River David Paperny, Andrew Johnson, Yukon Gold Matt Toner, Animism

Master Class Thursday, Feb 7, Old Fire Hall 9:00am–1:30pm — Documentary Master Class with Peter Mettler

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker and cinematographer, Peter Mettler, will instruct a one-day documentary master class. This master class gives participants insight into Peter’s filmmaking process which combines experimental, narrative, and personal essay elements. The workshop will include a sharing of stories, ideas and work approaches based on some samples of work Peter has created over his 30-year career. “Peter Mettler is an incomparable talent in Canadian cinema. The innovation and audacity of his work, his dedication to the cinematic art form, and his ability to conjure up images that remain permanently etched in one’s mind, secures his place as one of this country’s most distinguished contemporary filmmakers.” ~ Piers Handling, Director of the Toronto International Film Festival Selected filmography as director or cinematographer:

The End of Time (2012), Petropolis (2009), Manufactured Landscapes (2006), Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002), Picture of Light (1994), Tectonic Plates (1992), Family Viewing (1988), Next of Kin (1984) Register: YAC Box Office, Arts Underground, www.yukontickets.com Max Participants: 20 Cost: $60/$40 YFS Production Members. Please present your YFS Production Member card

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Monday Feb 4

The People of the Kattawapiskak River

The People of the Kattawapiskak River

The People of the Kattawapiskak River

Director, Alanis Obomsawin

Fire Hall Film Talk The People of the Kattawapiskak River 12:00pm

Director, Alanis Obomsawin, discusses the making of her latest NFB documentary. Best known for her definitive documentary from inside Oka during the 1990 siege, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, her new film continues her life’s work of documenting the complex culture and experiences of First Nations peoples in Canada. Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, began her illustrious career as a singer, model and storyteller and remains an icon of Indigenous and Canadian cinema. Alanis joined the National Film Board of Canada in 1967 where she has directed, written and/or produced over 30 films. Having recently celebrated her 80th birthday, Alanis continues to pursue documentary filmmaking with the same vigour and sensitivity she has employed in her craft for decades. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was honoured with a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. In 2004, she was awarded imagineNATIVE’s Milestone Award. Selected filmography: Waban-aki: People from Where the Sun Rises (2006), Our Nationhood (2004), Is the Crown at War with Us? (2002), Rocks at Whiskey Trench (2000), Spudwrench (1997), Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), Incident at Restigouche (1984), Mother of Many Children (1977), Christmas at Moose Factory (1971).

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Monday Feb 4

The People of the Kattawapiskak River

5:00pm

The People of the Kattawapiskak River

ALFF 2013 Opening Reception

Kick off the 11th Anniversary Available Light Film Festival with guests. The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers will perform in the theatre at 5:45pm!

6:00pm

Opening Film: The People of the Kattawapiskak River

Dir. Alanis Obomsawin, can, 2012, 76 min

In 2011 Theresa Spence, chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation, declared a state of emergency in her community in northern Ontario. The housing conditions on the reserve made international headlines and revealed the often hidden realities of extreme poverty in one of the world’s wealthiest countries. Plywood walls. Unsanitary drainage systems. No water, no electricity. Outside, the temperature can reach minus 50. In the 1970s, the community was home to 600 people; today, there are nearly three times as many residents, adding new layers of complexity to already serious housing and public health problems. Acclaimed NFB documentarian Alanis Obomsawin (she’s made 37 films with the NFB over the past 40 years) journeyed to the shores of the Kattawapiskak River before the media frenzy. Her film introduces us to the residents of the beleaguered community. Through the filmmaker’s gentle, yet unflinchingly honest lens, we are taken inside the overcrowded homes and make-shift shacks as the residents speak of their hardships while revealing hope for the future. The version of the film being presented includes two epilogue chapters. The first is a visit with some of the people who moved into new housing brought into the community in the spring of 2012, and the second details Attawapiskat’s legal claim that the Canadian government’s imposition of a third-party-manager to oversee the community’s finances was unlawful and unreasonable. This claim made its way to the Federal Court of Appeal and the hearing was documented by Obomsawin. Q&A with the director to follow screening. Screening Sponsors: Carcross Tagish Management Corporation/Council of Yukon First Nations/ Chief Isaac Development Corp/Mehaffey Consulting/Vuntut Gwitchin Government

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Monday Feb 4

Bear 71

Bear 71

Bear 71

Bear 71

8:45pm

Bear 71

Dir. Leanne Allison/Jeremy Mendes, can, 2011, 60 min

Bear 71 is an award-winning interactive NFB interactive web documentary about the intersection between animals, humans and technology. The story, told from the point of view an omniscient grizzly bear, explores how people have become disconnected from nature and their natural instincts. The documentary marries a linear story line with a nonlinear visual user experience using images from a webcam surveillance set in the Bow Valley in the Canadian Rockies. Codirected by Leanne Allison (Being Caribou), written by J.B. MacKinnon (The 100-mile diet), and narrated by actress Mia Kirshner (Exotica, 24). Bear 71 is a unique and powerful way of telling the story of a bear under the influence of human technology, using that same technology as the medium. By adding viewers as markers on the map alongside the video feeds from animals and fellow visitors to the site, Bear 71, allows its audience to watch surveillance of fellow participants while at the same time being subject to surveillance. The pervasiveness of observation throughout the story helps to bring the viewer deeper into the story, nurturing a deeper sympathy and connection with the wild’s wired animals. The theatrical screening version is presented live by co-director, Jeremy Mendes with cello accompaniment by Heather McIntosh. The performance is followed by a 30-minute artist demonstration of the interactive elements of the website. Screening Sponsor: Yukon Conservation Society 22


Tuesday Feb 5

Yukon Gold

The End of Time

12:00pm

Fire Hall Film Talk: Yukon Gold

David Paperny, executive producer of a factual series set in placer mining camps in the Yukon, discusses the project and screens clips from several episodes of a new series that premieres on History Television in March. 45 minutes.

4:30pm

Yukon Gold: Episode 1

Dir. David Paperny, can, 2013, 45 min

Watch the world premiere presentation of episode one of History Television’s Yukon Gold. This original new series by Paperny Entertainment follows four mining crews as they try to strike it rich during northern Canada’s extremely short mining season. Yukon Gold was shot in locations across the Yukon and is scheduled to premiere in March 2013. Q&A with producer, David Paperny and guests to follow the screening. All tickets for this screening: $5

6:15pm

The End of Time

Dir. Peter Mettler, Sui/can, 2012, 114 min

Working at the limits of what can be easily expressed, acclaimed filmmaker Peter Mettler takes on the elusive subject of time and once again turns his camera to filming the unfilmable. From the CERN particle accelerator in Switzerland, where scientists seek to probe regions of time we cannot see, to lava flows in Hawaii which have overwhelmed all but one home on the south side of the Big Island; from the disintegration of inner city Detroit, to a Hindu funeral rite near the place of Buddha’s enlightenment, Mettler explores our perception of time. A hypnotic and personal documentary that brings to mind the films of Werner Herzog and Terrence Malick. Q&A with the director to follow screening. Screening Sponsor: Consulate General of Switzerland Vancouver

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ALFF 2013 Schedule YAC Yukon Arts Centre, 300 College Drive OFH Old Fire Hall, 1105 First Ave at Main Street * Free Event

Monday, February 4

Venue

Page

9:30am–4:30pm ALFF Industry Forum

OFH*

17

12–12:45pm

Fire Hall Film Talks – Alanis Obomsawin The People of the Kattawapiskak River

OFH*

20

5pm

Opening reception with The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers

YAC

21

6pm

The People of the Kattawapiskak River

YAC

21

8:45pm

Bear 71

YAC

22

Tuesday, February 5 9am–4pm

ALFF Industry Forum

OFH*

17

9:30am

Elementary School Show – Bear 71

YAC

22

12–12:45pm

Fire Hall Film Talks – David Paperny, Andrew Johnson Yukon Gold

OFH*

23

4:30pm

Yukon Gold: Episode 1 (Tickets: $5)

YAC

23

6:15pm

The End of Time

YAC

23

9pm

Blackbird

YAC

26

9:30am–3:30pm ALFF Industry Forum

OFH*

18

12–12:45pm

Fire Hall Film Talks – Matt Toner, Animism

OFH*

27

12pm

Team Bones (Tickets: $5)

YAC

27

4:30pm

Picturing the Yukon: Spotlight on shorts (Tickets: $5)

YAC

27

6pm

Cold Paradise

YAC

28

8pm

Midnight's Children

YAC

28

Wednesday, February 6

Thursday, February 7

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9am-1:30pm

Documentary Master Class with Peter Mettler

OFH

19

12pm

Survival Prayer (Tickets: $5)

YAC

29

4:30pm

The Land of the Chartreuse Moose: Life and Legacy Ted Harrison (Tickets: $5)

YAC

29

6:15pm

Stories We Tell

YAC

30

8:30pm

Bobcaygeon

YAC

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Trailers at alff.ca Friday, February 8

Venue

Page

10am

The Tundra Book

YAC

31

12pm

Italy: Love It or Leave It

YAC

31

3:30pm

Kivalina v. Exxon

YAC

32

6pm

The Fruit Hunters

YAC

32

8pm

Inch'Allah

YAC

33

10:15pm

Neil Young Journeys

YAC

33

Saturday, February 9 9:30am

Gruffalo's Child and Lost and Found (Free admission!)

YAC*

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11am

The World Before Her

YAC

34

1pm

Vanishing Point

YAC

35

4pm

Lucille's Ball

YAC

35

6:30pm

My Father and the Man in Black

YAC

36

9pm

Holy Motors

YAC

36

Sunday, February 10 10:30am

Winter Nomads

YAC

37

12:30pm

Rust and Bone

YAC

37

3pm

The Act of Killing

YAC

38

5:15pm

The Angel's Share

YAC

38

8pm

Detropia

YAC

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Yukon Film Society Memberships Exhibition Membership $5 (NEW for 2013: Free with your Five Film Pass) Discount on YFS film screenings

Film Lover’s Membership $20 Discount on YFS film screenings Free borrowing of YFS’ DVD & BluRays

Production Membership $50 Discount on YFS film screenings Free borrowing of YFS’ DVD and BluRays Discount on YFS Film and Media Arts Workshops Access to production and post-production equipment Mentorship on production and project development

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Tuesday Feb 5

Blackbird

Blackbird

Blackbird

Blackbird

9:00pm

Blackbird

Dir. Jason Buxton, can, 2012, 103 min

In an era of heightened anxiety over cyber-bullying and school violence, Jason Buxton’s debut fiction feature packs a heavy punch. Blackbird offers a disturbing and perceptive look at the culture of fear that has arisen in the wake of Columbine and other horrific school shootings — a pervasive paranoia that reads typical teen angst and alienation as the stirrings of murderous intent. Featuring a riveting, under-stated performance by 18-year-old Connor Jessup (Falling Skies). The film is at turns chilling, tense and outrage inducing. “Buxton is unflinching in his depiction of psychological torment and institutional cruelty, but this is far from a hopeless film. It’s a story of violent upheaval from without and gradual change from within. Sean’s hardships—undeserved on every level—threaten to break him. His strength is not physical or institutional but internal: the kind that is easiest to lose. He will be tested by legal manipulations, social ostracizing and brutal violence, with only his courage and his conviction in himself to bring him through. The suspense is not just story-based, but moral and psychological—and it’s very powerful.” ~Vancouver International Film Festival 2012 Winner of Best Atlantic Feature at Atlantic Film Festival, best first feature at Toronto International Film Festival and best Canadian feature film at Vancouver International Film Festival. Screening Sponsor: Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund

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Wednesday Feb 6

Team Bones

12:00pm

Picturing the Yukon: grace and beauty

Fire Hall Film Talk: Animism

Utilizing the medium of motion comics and artistic talent from around the world, transmedia and video game producer, Matt Toner, talks about what’s behind a new series for APTN: Animism, an adventure-drama aimed at teens drawing on First Nations mythology in a modern context.

12:00pm

Team Bones

Dir. Allan Code, can, 2013, 57 min

This documentary looks at the nature of trauma, disability and competition. The film focuses on Michael, an amputee, orthopedic surgeon and solo kayaker from the UK, as he competes in the world’s longest paddle race: The Yukon River Quest. The paddlers race a mighty river that is mostly wilderness: 740 km from Whitehorse to Dawson City. As Michael reveals his story, and the front-running canoe teams from Northern Saskatchewan (Team Dene) and Texas duel in a competition of cultures and wills, we’re drawn into the personal challenge solo paddlers create for themselves. These people are not racing other people, they’re in a conflict with themselves. Q&A with the director to follow screening. World premiere. All tickets for this screening: $5 Screening Sponsor: Northwestel Community Cable 9

4:30pm

Picturing the Yukon: Spotlight on shorts

Dir. Various, can, 2011-2012, 60 min

Featuring outstanding recent Yukon short films, including: Fragments by David C. Hamelin/Neil MacDonaldriver by Daniel Janke; The Provider by Moira Sauer; Walks Like a... by Arlin McFarlane; Grace and Beauty by Lorraine Purvin-Good/Paula Pawlovich/Julie Robinson; Working Cats Guide to the Klondike by Veronica Verkley; Yukon Boy by Jessica Hall; Memoriam: For A.P. by Dan Sokolowski; and Little John Country by Max Fraser. All tickets for this screening: $5 Screening Sponsor: Northwestel Community Cable 9 27


Wednesday Feb 6

Cold Paradise

6:00pm

Midnight’s Children

Cold Paradise

Dir. Werner Walcher, can, 2013, 50 min

Many Yukoners only know the Filipino community through the communities’ annual Canada Day tent and the Whitehorse businesses that employ temporary foreign workers. This film introduces us to the pioneers of the community who moved to the Yukon 20 years ago and offers a rare insight into the lives and hardships temporary foreign workers and immigrants from the Philippines face when they leave behind young children and other family members to live in a culture and climate very unfamiliar to them. Q&A with the director to follow screening. World premiere. Screening Sponsor: Canadian Filipino Association of the Yukon

8:00pm

Midnight’s Children

Dir. Deepa Mehta, can/gbr, 2012, 146 min

The hotly anticipated collaboration between Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta (Fire, Earth, Water, Bollywood/Hollywood), and Salman Rushdie is based on Rushdie’s Booker Prize winning novel. At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India’s whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters. An irreverent epic of Shakespearean proportions, shot through with moments of arresting intimacy, Midnight’s Children is a production of truly impressive scope. In English, Hindu and Urdu with English subtitles. One of ‘Canada’s Top Ten films of 2012’ as chosen by a panel assembled by Toronto International Film Festival. Screening Sponsor: Air North, Yukon’s Airline

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Thursday Feb 7

Survival Prayer

12:00pm

The Land of the Chartreuse Moose

Survival Prayer

Dir. Benjamin Greené, can/USA, 2012, 70 min

Survival Prayer follows individual food harvesters on Haida Gwaii as they gather and prepare for the winter. The gorgeously photographed documentary celebrates the modern lifestyles of an island indigenous community and bears witness to a profound relationship between individuals and the land that sustains them. Haida Gwaii’s diverse geography supports an unusual abundance of animal and vegetable life that has sustained its inhabitants for countless generations but commercial logging, over-fishing, and invasive species have compromised the availability of traditionally-harvested foods and threatened the long-term viability of these practices. All tickets for this screening: $5 Screening Sponsor: Arctic Star Printing Inc.

The Land of the Chartreuse Moose: The Life and Legacy of Ted Harrison

4:30pm

Dir. Monty Bassett, can, 2012, 52 min

When Jack London came to the Yukon in search of gold in 1893, he found a land raw and inhospitable, where, as he wrote “man is the sole speck of life in a frozen ghostly waste.” Just 60 years later an art teacher from northern England came to the Yukon, but what he found was a land of abundance and beauty, the Source for the Aboriginal people who’d inhabited it for thousands of years. Through his art and understanding of the rhythms of the land, he would become one of Canada’s most popular artists. Narrated by CBC Sunday Morning’s Michael Enright, and including interviews with Robert Bateman and Harrison at his Victoria home, we come to understand just why Harrison’s work has become the visual shorthand of the Yukon in the minds of many Canadians. Q&A with the director to follow screening. Screening Sponsor: Omni Productions

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Thursday Feb 7

Stories We Tell

6:15pm

Bobcaygeon

Stories We Tell

Dir. Sarah Polley, can, 2012, 108 min

Sarah Polley’s voyage into the world of documentary is a personal essay on the intractable subjects of truth and memory. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Using a combination of archival footage, still photos and testimonials in a captivating visual assemblage, Polley examines the disagreements and varying narratives of a single family as they look back on decades-old events that impacted Polley’s own understanding of the circumstances of her birth. One of ‘Canada’s Top Ten films of 2012’ as chosen by a panel assembled by the Toronto International Film Festival, and ‘Best Canadian Film’ chosen by the Toronto Film Critics' Association. Screening Sponsor: Sequoia Kitchens

8:30pm

Bobcaygeon

Dir. Andy Keen, can, 2012, 100 min

It was one of the most anticipated events in the history of Canadian music: the Tragically Hip, Canada’s most beloved rock band, was headlining a festival concert in Bobcaygeon—the small Ontario town, population 2,500, that inspired one of the group’s most popular and enduring songs. Twenty five thousand fans from across North America and Europe would make the pilgrimage. The band responded by playing many of the songs that generated their rise to fame. This is the story of a monumental concert, told through intimate footage of devoted Hip fans, the townspeople who embraced them, and of the inimitable band who have come to represent the soul—and Grace, Too—of Canadian rock. Q&A with the director to follow screening. Screening Sponsor: CKRW The Rush

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Friday Feb 8

The Tundra Book

10:00am

Italy: Love it or Leave it

The Tundra Book: A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock

Dir. Aleksei Vakhrushev, Rus, 2011, 105 min

In the magnificent landscape of Russia’s Chukotka Peninsula, just across the Bering Strait from Alaska, 72-year-old patriarch Vukvukai leads his Indigenous family in caring for their herd of 14,000 reindeer. Living in isolation except for their wind-up two-way radio and occasional visitors, the family depends on their reindeer for food, shelter and clothing. Through the seasons, unflagging Vukvukai alternates between chuckling and barking orders at his sons and grandchildren, instilling in them the practical knowledge and spiritual traditions that have allowed the Chuckchi to survive for thousands of years. Change is coming quickly for the family, however, as the grandchildren are forced to go to a residential school in the city. Beneath the film’s humour is an undercurrent of concern for the disappearance of a way of life that's under constant threat from industrialization and ostensible progress. In Russian with English subtitles. Screening Sponsor: Tle’ Nax T’awei Group

12:00pm

Italy: Love it or Leave it

Dir. Gustav Hofer/Luca Ragazzi, Ita/Ger, 2011, 75 min

Luca and Gustav are two young Italians who over the past few years have witnessed the exodus of many of their friends to Berlin, London or Barcelona. Creative, talented people who don’t see a future in their country. They’re fed up with the high cost of living, the lack of job security, the feudal university system, the generally reactionary attitudes and indifference to human rights, the clear sense that you don’t get anywhere just on merit. Gustav believes the time has come for them to go abroad too, while Luca wants to convince him that there are many good reasons to stay. They agree to give themselves six months to see if they can fall in love with their country again. They will go on a journey across the land in an old Fiat 500, in search of emblematic stories, anecdotes and people, discovering a country much divided, run through with contradictions, but on the edge of significant change. Funny, illuminating and made with great style, this is a smart and highly entertaining documentary. In Italian with English subtitles. Screening Sponsor: Driving Force 31


Friday Feb 8

Kivalina v. Exxon

3:30pm

The Fruit Hunters

Kivalina v. Exxon

Dir. Ben Addelman, can, 2011, 90 min

The winter sea ice that once protected the 400 residents of Kivalina, Alaska is receding at an unprecedented rate, exposing this Inupiat village, perched on a small barrier island on the Chukchi Sea, to the battering ram of fall and winter storms and putting the village’s buildings and infrastructure in imminent danger of falling into the sea. Kind of like what’s happening in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. This documentary portrays the epic struggle of the community to save their village, and by filing a lawsuit against two dozen of the world’s most powerful oil, coal and power companies, seek to force the world’s worst polluters to pay for the consequences of global warming. Screening Sponsor: Northern Climate ExChange

6:00pm

The Fruit Hunters

Dir. Yung Chang, can, 2012, 93 min

You can find them deep in the jungles of Borneo, in the hills of Umbria and perhaps even in your own backyard. They are fruit hunters, the subjects of the new film from acclaimed director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight) and Montreal’s dynamic documentary production house, EyeSteelFilm (Last Train Home, Taqwacore, RIP-A Remix Manifesto). The Fruit Hunters travels across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our guides are devoted fruit fanatics. Veteran actor Bill Pullman’s obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. Two adventurers scour the jungle for rare mangoes, hoping to intervene before the plants are steamrolled by industrialization. A pioneering scientist races to breed bananas resistant to a deadly fungus that threatens the worldwide crop. And fruit detectives investigate Renaissance-era paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost fruits. This is a beautifully made documentary, and its mouth-watering, globe-trotting fun makes a clear case for preserving the earth’s biodiversity over paving it with monocultures of food crops. Screening Sponsor: Yukon North of Ordinary 32


Friday Feb 8

Inch’Allah

8:00pm

Neil Young Journeys

Inch’Allah

Dir. Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, can, 2012, 102 min

Produced by the same team behind the Academy Award–nominated Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar, Inch’Allah (Arabic for “God willing”) is an intense, politically charged drama that explores the impact and ramifications of Israel’s separation barrier on the divided populations of the West Bank. Pointedly, the film does so through the perspective of an outsider: a Québecois doctor who works in a women’s health clinic on the Palestinian side of the barrier but resides in an apartment on the Israeli side. Though Chloé has adjusted to the daily grind of passing through the heavily guarded checkpoints to get to and from work, she is also constantly aware of the simmering violence that surrounds her. In French, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. Screening Sponsor: Association franco-yukonnaise

10:15pm

Neil Young Journeys

Dir. Jonathan Demme, usa, 2011, 87 min

In May of 2011, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall, where he played the last two nights of his solo world tour. Employing some new sonic tricks he learned from Daniel Lanois, Young careens through a thunderous set that includes songs from the Lanois-produced album Le Noise mixed with classics like Ohio, My My Hey Hey and I Believe in You and two previously unreleased songs. Part documentary about Young’s childhood and part concert film, Journeys is the third, and arguably the best, in a trilogy of films Young and Demme have made together. Through the tunes and tales, Demme portrays a personal retrospective look in the heart and soul of an artist. Screening Sponsor: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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Saturday Feb 9

Lost and Found

9:30am

The World Before Her

Lost and Found & Gruffalo’s Child

The Gruffalo’s Child

Free admission screening

Dir. Heidschötter/Weiland, gbr/Ger, 2011, 27 min

Based on the best-selling children’s book, The Gruffalo’s Child tells the delightful tale of a little Gruffalo who ignores her father’s warnings and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. Featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.

Lost and Found

Dir. Philp Hunt, gbr 2008, 24 min

Based on the international best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found tells the unforgettable story of a little boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep. Although at first he is unsure what to do, the Boy becomes determined to help the Penguin find his way back home… even if that means rowing all the way to the South Pole. Screening Sponsor: Ordish & Ordish Chartered Accountants

11:00am The

World Before Her

Dir. Nisha Pahuja, can/Ind, 2012, 90 min

In the lobby of a modest Bombay hotel, 20 young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp. They are the hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant, the ultimate glamour event in a country that has gone mad for beauty contests. Meanwhile, the filmmakers take us to another corner of India: a camp for young girls run by the Durgha Vahini, the women’s wing of the militant fundamentalist Hindu movement. Moving between the transformative action at both camps and the characters’ private lives, The World Before Her creates a provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical moment of transition. One of ‘Canada’s Top Ten films of 2012’ as chosen by a panel assembled by Toronto International Film Festival, and jury-award for Best Canadian feature at Hot Docs 2012. In English and Hindi with English subtitles. Screening Sponsor: Yukon Women’s Directorate

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Saturday Feb 9

Vanishing Point

1:00pm

Lucille’s Ball

Vanishing Point

Dir. Stephen Smith/Julia Szucs, can, 2012, 82 min

Navarana is an Inughuit elder, a Polar Inuit from the most remote corner of the planet: the northwest tip of Greenland. Thanks to her ancestor, an Inuit shaman who led an epic journey across the High Arctic in the 1860s, she is connected by blood to a group of Canadian Inuit. Today Navarana worries about the future of her people, as they face the greatest social and environmental challenges in their history. This gorgeous documentary follows her on hunting journeys with families in two communities—one on southern Baffin Island, the others in neighbouring Greenland—and discovers that while the two groups share common values, they are adapting differently to outside influences and to the inescapable changes that affect their way of life. In Inuktitut with English subtitles. Q&A with the directors to follow screening. Screening Sponsor: Alayuk Adventures

4:00pm

Lucille’s Ball

Dir. Lulu Keating, CAN, 2013, 82 min

Combining animation and live action, writer/director Lulu Keating (Dawson City) brings us the story of a young woman who is raised in a Catholic family and comes of sexual age in the rebellious 1970s. Determined to take advantage of the new freedom offered by The Pill, Lucille explores and experiments with women and men, straight and gay, at home and abroad. As her career as a musician advances, Lucille’s wild lifestyle and haunting past derail her. With the support of her gay roommate and her first woman lover, she puts her ghosts to rest and comes into her own. Featuring an excellent performance by up-and-coming Vancouver actor, Britt Irvin, in the lead role. World theatrical premiere. Q&A with the director to follow screening. Screening Sponsor: What’s Up Yukon

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Saturday Feb 9

My Father and the Man in Black

6:30pm

Holy Motors

My Father and the Man in Black

Dir. Jonathan Holiff, CAN, 2012, 90 min

The Man in Black was, of course, Johnny Cash. Saul Holiff was his long-time agent, a dedicated, remote, sometimes cruel man who died of suicide and left his son with a lot of unanswered questions. Jonathan Holiff ’s disarmingly honest documentary is an investigation of his father’s life and that of the celebrity who dominated it for years. The London, Ontario-based Saul was a self-made man, an ambitious hustler with a love of music that brought him together with one of the great figures of 20th-century pop culture. Using dramatic re-enactments, and many fascinating archival materials such as Saul’s tape recordings of his phone conversations with Johnny Cash, this documentary tells a riveting story with creative means. Q&A with cast member, longtime Yukoner, and Saul Holiff ’s son, Joshua Robinson to follow the screening. Screening Sponsor: Baked Café

9:00pm

Holy Motors

Dir. Léos Carax, fra/Ger, 2012, 116 min

This cinematic fever-dream is a deliriously entertaining and defiantly strange journey of the soul that careens through the streets of Paris exuding comedy, mystery, romance, intrigue and melodrama. Holy Motors is a love letter to both the City of Lights and the flickering lights of movie magic through the years, as embodied by one of the most mischievously original screen protagonists in memory. In French with English subtitles. “FIVE STARS! Weird and wonderful, rich and strange—barking mad, in fact. It is wayward, kaleidoscopic, black comic and bizarre; there is in it a batsqueak of genius, dishevelment and derangement; it is captivating and compelling.” ~ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian Winner at Cannes and Chicago International Film Festivals and on many film critic's top 10 lists for ‘Best Films of 2012.’ Screening Sponsor: Association franco-yukonnaise

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Sunday Feb 10

Winter Nomads (Hiver nomade)

10:30am

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os)

Winter Nomads (Hiver nomade)

Dir. Manuel von Stürler, Sui, 2012, 90 min

In this lovely vérite documentary, Pascal, 53, and Carole, 28, are shepherds. In the month of November, they embark on their long winter transhumance: four months during which they will have to cover 600 km in the Swiss-French region, accompanied by three donkeys, four dogs and a flock of eight hundred sheep. An exceptional adventure begins: they brave the cold and the bad weather day in, day out, with a canvas cover and animal skins as their only shelter at night. This saga reveals a tough and exacting profession requiring constant improvisation and unflinching attention to nature, the animals and the cosmos. In French with English subtitles. Special jury mention at the Locarno Film Festival. Screening Sponsor: Consulate General of Switzerland Vancouver

12:30pm

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os)

Dir. Jacques Audiard, Fra/Bel, 2012, 120 min

Broke, homeless, and drifting, Ali scrambles to make a living for himself and his young son: he steals food, sleeps on the streets, and finally relocates to the French Riviera to live with his estranged sister in her cramped apartment. All too happy to let his sister watch the boy, Ali focuses on his burgeoning career as a back-alley boxer, dreaming of making it big as a mixed martial artist. Taking work as a nightclub bouncer, he crosses paths with Stéphanie, who works as a killer-whale trainer at an amusement park. After Stéphanie suffers a terrible accident, the unlikely pair falls into a tender, tentative courtship. Powerful melodrama featuring two of the most talked about performances of the year. In French with English subtitles Screening Sponsor: Partenariat Communauté en Santé

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Sunday Feb 10

The Act of Killing

3:00pm

The Angel’s Share

The Act of Killing

Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer/Christine Cynn/Anonymous, DEN/Nor/GBR, 2012, 116 min

This chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), examines a country (Indonesia) where killers are celebrated as heroes and the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to re-enact their reallife murders in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the Toronto and Telluride International Film Festivals, The Act Of Killing is an unprecedented film and according to CNN, “could well change how you view the documentary form.” In Indonesian with English subtitles. Screening Sponsor: Films We Like

5:15pm

The Angel’s Share

Dir. Ken Loach, GBR, 2012, 101 min

Veteran English director Ken Loach’s old-fashioned caper-comedy, set in Scotland, is about a scheming youngster determined to break into a distillery and make off with some extremely pricey malt whiskey. Robbie has been given a sentence of community service for some petty criminal activity and comes under the tutelage of good-hearted supervisor Harry. When Harry, a fancier of fine whiskey, decides to do a field trip to the distillery Robbie displays a surprisingly discerning nose for the good stuff. That’s where he discovers that distilleries make allowances for evaporation—the “angels’ share”—and decides to skim a little off the top of a premium cask to sell to unscrupulous buyers. In Glaswegian with NO subtitles. Screening Sponsor: Yukon Brewing

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Sunday Feb 10

Detropia

Detropia

Detropia

Detropia

8:00pm

Closing Film: Detropia

Dir. Rachel Grady/Heidi Ewing, Usa, 2012, 90 min

The city of Detroit has become an especially sad symbol of the very real impacts of economic crisis on the way we live. It has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century— the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now…the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette, unforgettable characters and haunting score, Detropia sculpts a dreamlike docu-poem of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. Directed by the team behind the AcademyAward nominated Jesus Camp. “A potent snapshot for a potential future for many American cities.” ~ Variety Winner of the Editing Prize at 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and winner of Grand Jury prizes at: Independent Film Festival Boston, Traverse City Film Festival, The Tel Aviv International Film Festival and Indianapolis Film Festival. Screening Sponsor: Pixelbox Studio

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3:30pm 5 Broken Cameras Dir. Emad Burnat/Guy Davidi, Pal/IsR/Fra/Ned, 2012, 94 min

When his fourth son is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first video camera. In his village, Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle led. Very soon it affects his family and his own life: daily arrests and night raids scare his family; he, his friends, and brothers are either shot or arrested. As one camera after another is shot at or smashed, each tells a part of Emad’s story. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. 6pm Searching for Sugar Man Dir. Malik Benjelloul Swe/GBR, 2012, 86 min

In the early 1970s, Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with two non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, he became a pop music icon and inspiration for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Long rumoured to be dead by suicide, a few South African fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero’s fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story rendered in this inventive documentary. Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 2013 Academy Awards. 8pm The Lesser Blessed Dir. Anita Doron, CAN, 2012, 82 min

Starring Benjamin Bratt and based on the powerful, beat-influenced novel by Fort Smith, NWT - raised story-teller, Richard Van Camp. Larry is a Tlicho teenager who loves heavy metal music, his Tlicho roots and Juliet Hope, the high school “hottie”.Larry is an appealing mixture of bravado and vulnerability. His past holds many terrors: an abusive father, and an accident that almost killed him. An eye-opening depiction of what it is to be a young Aboriginal man in the modern world. Richard Van Camp in attendance. Q&A to follow the screening. Richard Van Camp’s travel is sponsored by Tle’ Nax T’awei Group. 44


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Available Light Film Festival 2013 Programme  

A carefully selected festival of Canadian and International feature fiction and documentary films. 30 screenings, guest filmmakers, workshop...

Available Light Film Festival 2013 Programme  

A carefully selected festival of Canadian and International feature fiction and documentary films. 30 screenings, guest filmmakers, workshop...

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