David Rimmer From 1942 to 2023

Director David Rimmer
Run Time 101min

Head/​End (2 min. 1967)

Landscape (8 min. 1969)

Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper (8 min. 1970)

Fracture (10 min. 1973)

Bricolage (11 min. 1984)

Narrows Inlet (10 min. 1980)

Migration (11 min. 1969)

Canadian Pacific I & Canadian Pacific II (9 min. 1974–75)

Local Knowledge (30 min, 1992)

Head/​End (2 min, 1967)

Director

David Rimmer

Original Language

English

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The Great Salish Heist

Director Darrell Dennis
Year 2024
Run Time 95min
Genre Action/Adventure
Steve Joe is a traditional archaeologist with the Moquohat Nation. Down on his luck, with bad things befalling him and others, Steve wants to set things right. The ancestors demand the repatriation of sacred artifacts so loved ones can finally be at rest, including a loved one whose tragic death haunts Steve in his sleep. Alas, the artifacts are in the hands of the dreaded Royal Western Canadian Museum, who's shipping the First Nations exhibition to Europe so "white peoples can gawk." So, turning to others on the Rez, Steve assembles a crack team of burglars while trying to bamboozle a wealthy and diabolical Russian mobster obsessed with collecting artifacts.

Director

Darrell Dennis

Writers

Leslie D. Bland, Harold Joe, Darrell Dennis

Cast

Graham Greene, Darrell Dennis, Tricia Helfer

Producers

Leslie D. Bland, Harold Joe

Genre

Action/Adventure

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Rematriation

Director Alexi Liotti
Year 2022
Run Time 67min
Genre Documentary
British Columbia's Old Growth forests are virgin forests, untouched since the last ice age. They represent one of the last lines of defense against climate change, and contain scientific properties we barely understand - yet mismanagement and greed have left less than 2.6% of them standing. Only one of hundreds of valleys (outside of parks) remains entirely uncut on Vancouver Island - Fairy Creek (Ada'itsx). An indigenous led movement to prevent the cutting of this last Old Growth watershed has now become Canada's largest act of civil disobedience, and the government response has been alarming. The publicly funded Royal Canadian Mounted Police are aggressively disbanding and arresting the peaceful protesters blocking industry access to these ancient forests, despite numerous recent political conservation commitments to protecting at risk Old Growth forests in B.C. Rematriation follows concerned B.C. citizens exploring the confluence of scientific, cultural, economic and sociopolitical perspectives, as they take a stand to protect the last big trees from being cut down. Like peeling layers back from an onion, the lessons we take away reach far beyond the forests, permeating the very social fabric of Canadian identity.

Director

Alexi Liotti

Writers

Alexi Liotti, Colm Keating

Producers

Therese Goulet, David Keiss

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Good Girls Don’t

Director Ana de Lara
Year 2018
Run Time 15min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family

A Filipino girl is constantly told by her parents that only boys play sports, and only a divine intervention will change their mind.
Content Note: Graphic Content & Religious Themes

Director

Ana de Lara

Writer

Ana de Lara

Cast

Lorne Cardinal (Cree), Jane McLean, Evryle Ebora

Producer

Michelle Morris

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

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Grandfather on the Prairies

Director Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo & Ojibway)
Year 2018
Run Time 3min
Genre Animation, Experimental, Family

Jason meets his great-great-greatgrandfather and soon finds himself in a hilarious debate about what it means to be a hunter.

Director

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo & Ojibway)

Writer

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo & Ojibway)

Cast

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo & Ojibway)

Producers

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo & Ojibway), Lisa Genaille (Sto:lo & Ojibway), Robert Genaille (Sto:lo & Ojibway)

Genres

Animation, Experimental, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, History, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

SARS-CoV-2

Director Andrew Huculiak
Year 2021
Run Time 4min
Genre Documentary

We have been changed in innumerable ways by the historical event of SARS-CoV-2. Ways that we haven’t begun to comprehend. In this short, an individual reflects on the chaos and monotony of the past year.

Director

Andrew Huculiak

Writer

Andrew Huculiak

Cast

Emily Schoen

Producer

Josh Huculiak

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Global Experiences

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

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Shin-Chi’s Canoe

Director Allan Hopkins (N’quatwua)
Year 2018
Run Time 13min
Genre Drama

Through his father’s gift of a secret and tiny hand-carved cedar canoe, an Indigenous child discovers the strength and resilience to endure his first year at a residential school.

Director

Allan Hopkins (N’quatwua)

Writers

Allan Hopkins (N’quatwua), Kate Kroll

Cast

Zayne Jasper

Producers

Kate Kroll, Allan Hopkins (N’quatwua)

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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Eve and the Firehorse

Director Julia Kwan
Year 2005
Run Time 92min
Genre Drama
A precocious 9-year-old with a wild imagination grows up amid her traditional Chinese immigrant family in Vancouver.

Director

Julia Kwan

Writer

Julia Kwan

Genre

Drama

Interests

Asian Filmmaker, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

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Portraits from a Fire

Director Trevor Mack (​​Tsilhqot'in)
Year 2021
Run Time 92min
Genre Comedy, Drama

Tyler (Lulua), a young aspiring filmmaker, spends his days comedically documenting life on the Tl’etinqox Reserve where he lives, but everything changes when he meets the mysterious Aaron (Koostachin) who encourages him to tell a new kind of story. What starts out as a personal project about his family soon leads to the reveal of a shocking secret that threatens to unravel his life. 


A coming of age story that is often funny and surreal, this debut feature from director Trevor Mack is also a poignant look at the importance of family and being in touch with one’s ancestry.


Portraits from a Fire boasts some superb production values… wrapped around a simple, heartfelt tale that is clearly close to the heart of its 29-year-old director.” – Chris Knight, The National Post

Director

Trevor Mack (​​Tsilhqot'in)

Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot'in filmmaker. His first short film, The Blanketing, screened at festivals across North America, including the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. He has also directed numerous shorts, including Clouds of Autumn, which won the award for best Canadian short at imagineNATIVE. Portraits from a Fire is his first feature. He is currently working on his next film, Journey of a Drop.  

Writers

Trevor Mack (​​Tsilhqot'in), Derek Vermillion (Cree), Manny Mahal

Cast

Nathaniel Arcand (Plains Cree), William Magnus Lulua (​​Tsilhqot'in/Secwépemc/Cree), Asivak Koostachin (Cree/Inuk), Pauline Bob-King (Tsilhqot'in)

Producers

Trevor Mack (​​Tsilhqot'in), Kate Kroll, Rylan Friday (Saulteaux Ojibway/Plains Cree)

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Photon Films

The Grey Fox

Director Phillip Borsos
Year 1982
Run Time 92min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama

After going in and out of prison for over 30 years after a career of stagecoach robbing, Bill Miner is released in 1901 to a completely new reality. Lost about what to do next, Miner finds his inspiration for his next great adventure from the film The Great Train Robbery. His plan to commit the first ever train robbery leads to a thrilling heist and an intriguing tale full of twists and turns. 

Based on the true story of William Miner (nicknamed the Gentleman Bandit), The Grey Fox won 4 Genie Awards including Best Picture and has been included on TIFF’s top 10 list of the Best Canadian Films of All Time.

Director

Phillip Borsos

Borsos was a four-time Canadian Film Award, Genie Award winner, and an Oscar nominee. He released his debut feature, The Grey Fox, to much acclaim in 1982, at age 27. He also directed The Mean Season, One Magic Christmas, Bethune: The Making of a Hero and Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog, before his tragic death from leukemia at age 41.

Writer

Jonathon M.B. Hunter

Cast

Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Ken Pogue

Producers

David Brady, Peter O'Brian

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama

Interests

Biography, Classics, History

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Films We Like

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Directors Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier
Year 2018
Run Time 87min
Genre Documentary

In 2016, scientists declared that the Earth has entered a new geological era, one that is entirely the consequence of humanity’s abuse of the planet. This documentary goes around the world illustrating the variety of ways that humanity has affected its environment.

In Kenya, authorities set fire to mounds of elephant tusks to protest the illegal ivory trade, resulting in a devastating display of the impact of poaching. In Russia and Germany, mining operations transform the land into an otherworldly wasteland. The unfathomable scale of the images created by these moments are equal parts beautiful and disturbing.

Following Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier conclude their award-winning trilogy with an urgent message to all the citizens of the world to see the consequences of our actions, before it’s too late.

Directors

Jennifer Baichwal

Baichwal and de Pencier are known for their CSA-winning docs, Manufactured Landscapes, Watermark and Anthropocene. They are frequent collaborators, with Baichwal directing and de Pencier as her cinematographer and producer. Their credits include The Holier it Gets, Act of God and Payback, and their newest film together, Into the Weeds.

Nicholas de Pencier

Baichwal and de Pencier are known for their CSA-winning docs, Manufactured Landscapes, Watermark and Anthropocene. They are frequent collaborators, with Baichwal directing and de Pencier as her cinematographer and producer. Their credits include The Holier it Gets, Act of God and Payback, and their newest film together, Into the Weeds.

Writer

Jennifer Baichwal

Cast

Alicia Vikander

Producer

Nicholas de Pencier

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Asian Filmmaker, Environment

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

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Because We Are Girls

Director Baljit Sangra
Year 2019
Run Time 85min
Genre Documentary

Three Punjabi-Canadian sisters await the verdict from the trial of the cousin charged with abusing them as children. In this heavy-hitting documentary, the sisters confront the culture that allowed the abuse to happen, including parents who encouraged their silence.

Director

Baljit Sangra

Writer

Baljit Sangra

Producer

Selwyn Jacob

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Asian Filmmaker, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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Beeba Boys

Director Deepa Mehta
Year 2015
Run Time 103min
Genre Drama

Gang violence and a maelstrom of crime rock Vancouver in this flashy, dangerous thriller about the Indo-Canadian underworld. Starring Randeep Hooda and Ali Momen. 

Director

Deepa Mehta

Mehta gained acclaim for her trilogy, Fire, Earth and the Oscar-nominated Water. Her adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children was nominated for eight CSAs. She has also directed Bollywood/Hollywood, Beeba Boys, Anatomy of Violence, and many others. Her most recent film Funny Boy has also won multiple awards, including the CSA for best direction. Most recently, she directed an episode of the series Yellowjackets. She has numerous projects in development as a writer, director and producer. 

Writer

Deepa Mehta

Cast

Randeep Hooda, Ali Momen

Producer

David Hamilton

Genre

Drama

Interests

Asian Filmmaker, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

Sisters & Brothers

Director Carl Bessai
Year 2011
Run Time 90min
Genre Drama
The final film in Carl Bessai’s Family X trilogy — following 2008’s Mothers & Daughters and 2010’s Fathers & Sons — tells thoughtful emotional truths touching on themes of jealousy, despair, affection and forgiveness. But this is a comedy, and it mines real relationships for honest laughs as four sets of siblings reunite, none of whom have been close in some time.

With a stellar cast (all of which collaborated on the film's script) including the late Cory Monteith, Gabrielle Miller and Amanda Crew, this lovably dysfunctional story presents a funny, off-kilter vision of familial connections and their intricacies.

Director

Carl Bessai

Writer

Carl Bessai

Cast

Cory Monteith, Gabrielle Miller, Amanda Crew, Tom Scholte, Dustin Milligan

Producers

Emily Alden, Carl Bessai, James Brown

Genre

Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Photon Films

The Snow Walker

Director Charles Martin Smith
Year 2003
Run Time 110min
Genre Drama
When Arctic bush pilot Charlie Halliday (Pepper) is given two rare walrus tusks by a group of Inuit, he agrees to fly a mission of mercy, transporting a sick girl (Piugattuk) to a hospital. It’s the early 1950s, and the brash pilot has flown through the Arctic for years without seriously thinking about the people who live there or how they survive.

Everything changes when Charlie’s plane goes down in the wilderness, leaving him alone with the young girl. Forced to rely on each other, the two form a bond of friendship as the summer months quickly end and winter’s harsh conditions begin to take hold. Based on a story by acclaimed Canadian author Farley Mowat, this is a beautifully rendered tale, set in the gorgeous but desolate Arctic. Director Smith played a key role in an earlier Mowat adaptation, Never Cry Wolf.

The Snow Walker is a powerful, poignant and transcendent film.” — Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies

Director

Charles Martin Smith

Actor/director Smith is known for roles in the 1973 classic American Graffiti and The Untouchables. He has directed episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Da Vinci’s Inquest, and his films include Stone of Destiny and Dolphin Tale. He directed A Dog’s Way Home, and most recently A Christmas Gift From Bob. He is currently completing the film Maybe This Time.

Writer

Charles Martin Smith

Cast

Barry Pepper, Annabella Piugattuk, James Cromwell

Producers

Rob Merilees, William Vince

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, ESL, Literary Adaptation, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

The Sweet Hereafter

Director Atom Egoyan
Year 1997
Run Time 111min
Genre Drama
A lawyer (Holm), pursued by concerns of losing a daughter to drugs, comes to a Canadian town where 20 children have died in a school bus accident. He wants the parents to sue to make those at fault pay. Told partly in flashbacks that dramatize the days leading up to the accident, this heart-wrenching story follows the lawyer from family to family as he coaxes each to join the lawsuit.

As momentum for the case builds, he finds himself squaring off against the lone survivor of the accident (Polley), battling against the power of long-held family secrets. Based on the bestselling novel by Russell Banks, this shattering film won eight Genie Awards and garnered two Oscar nominations for Egoyan.

“Cuts to the bone and stays there long after its end credits have finished rolling.” — Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com

Director

Atom Egoyan

Egoyan received the Governor General’s award in 2015 for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. He was the first-ever Canadian director to earn two Oscar nominations (for The Sweet Hereafter). His award-winning films include Exotica, Ararat and The Captive. His most recent film, Guest of Honour, premiered at TIFF 2019.

Writer

Atom Egoyan

Cast

Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood, Arsinée Khanjian, Tom McCamus

Producers

Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg, Robert Lantos, Andras Hamori

Genre

Drama

Interests

Classics, Family Relationships, Literary Adaptation, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole

Director Gil Gardinal (Métis)
Year 2003
Run Time 70min
Genre Documentary

In 1929, the Haisla people of British Columbia returned from a fishing trip to find their tribe’s nine-metre mortuary pole — otherwise known as the G’psgolox — missing, severed at the base. The pole’s fate was a mystery for over 60 years until it surfaced in a Stockholm museum, where members of the Haisla Nation journeyed to in order to get it back in 1991.

Mixing interviews, location photography and awesome footage of Haisla carvers, this unique documentary takes an incredible story and weaves in important commentary on the issue of cultural appropriation and art history.

Director

Gil Gardinal (Métis)

Writer

Gil Gardinal (Métis)

Producers

Jerry Krepakevich, Graydon McCrea, Bonnie Thompson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

The Whale

Directors Michael Parfit, Suzanne Chisholm
Year 2010
Run Time 85min
Genre Documentary, Family
This touching documentary, narrated by Ryan Reynolds, tells the story of a young killer whale, Luna, who gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to the community with his determination to make contact, leading to many unexpected consequences.

The Whale charts the community’s struggle to deal with Luna, since whales who are separated from their pods rarely survive in the wild. Raising more questions than it can answer, the film is a truly compelling exploration of our relationship with animals.

“The issues surrounding the emotional lives of animals — and the often presumptuous assumption of humans that they comprehend them — are explored in The Whale with a quiet dignity and gorgeous images.” — Andy Webster, New York Times

Directors

Michael Parfit

Parfit co-founded the BC-based Mountainside Films with Suzanne Chisholm, which Realscreen once named among the world’s 100 most influential production companies. Their work has aired on CBC, CNN, PBS, BBC and National Geographic. Their latest film is Call of the Baby Beluga and they recently executive produced the doc Doeville.

Suzanne Chisholm

Chisholm co-founded the BC-based Mountainside Films with Michael Parfit, which Realscreen once named among the world’s 100 most influential production companies. Their work has aired on CBC, CNN, PBS, BBC and National Geographic. Their latest film is Call of the Baby Beluga and they recently executive produced the doc Doeville.

Cast

Ryan Reynolds

Producer

Suzanne Chisholm

Genres

Documentary, Family

Interests

Environment, ESL, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

levelFILM

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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Directors Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Kathleen Hepburn
Year 2019
Run Time 105min
Genre Drama

Two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding on an East Vancouver sidewalk when domestic violence forces one of them, a pregnant teen named Rosie (Violet Nelson), to flee her home.

Àila (Tailfeathers) swiftly offers her shelter, and as their intimate yet challenging encounter develops, the women weave a fragile bond, and must face their own unique struggles with the complexities of motherhood, class, race, and the ongoing legacy of colonialism.

Directors

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Kathleen Hepburn

Writers

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Kathleen Hepburn

Cast

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Violet Nelson (Kwakwakaʼwakw)

Producers

Alan Milligan, Tyler Hagan, Lori Lozinski

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

levelFILM

The Corporation

Directors Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
Year 2003
Run Time 120min
Genre Documentary

For more than a hundred years, US corporations — including giants like Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Nike — have been treated as “persons” under the law.

But if a corporation is a person, what kind of person is it?

In answering this question, this provocative film takes a mischievous approach. Because the pursuit of profit is behind every corporate decision, corporations fit a classic psychiatric profile: They are psychopaths.

This unexpected conclusion prompts many moral, political and social questions. Full of interviews with corporate insiders and critics, this often humorous documentary is packed with fascinating insights.

Winner of 26 international awards, including 10 Audience Choice awards at film festivals around the world.

Directors

Jennifer Abbott

Abbott has edited the docs Let It Ride, Under The Poison Tree and I Am, and directed the docs The Film That Buys The Cinema, Us and Them, and most recently The Magnitude of All Things. She co-directed The Corporation.

Writers

Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott, Harold Croosk

Producers

Mark Achbar, Bart Simpson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media