TALENT LAB

TALENT LAB - for High School (grades 8-12)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | VANCITY THEATRE

Talent Lab is an excellent opportunity for youth to develop media literacy, cultural awareness, and global understanding.These weekday matinee screenings of thought-provoking films are followed by a Q&A and panel with the filmmakers, producers and actors for further in depth discussion about content, message and aesthetic.

This year’s theme is youth activism. The panelists will discuss the potential of media to inspire social change.

Viewing guides are provided for most films to all participating teachers, providing useful questions, activities and additional resources for integrating each program's content into the classroom.

 

TALENT LAB - for Elementary School (grades 4-7)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | VANCITY THEATRE 

This is an excellent fieldtrip opportunity for youth to learn about films and cultures from around the world. These weekday matinee screenings of award-winning feature films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, discussant or Festival Director.  All films are accompanied by a study guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities, and resources. There are grade recommendations for each film. The Talent Lab program includes the option of attending the How to Make an Animated GIF workshop (see the bottom of this page for workshop details). The workshop is available to school groups and home-learners by pre-registration. 

Militant Mothers – Beating the Power Brokers

Sometimes being on the side of right is a difficult place to be. In 1971, a group of mothers from the Raymur Housing Project found that out when, for the sake of their children’s safety, they were forced to take on the school board, city council and a national railway company. After phone calls, petitions and speeches got them nowhere, they took one last courageous act.

Predeceds: True Son

length: 
3min
screens: 
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:20
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 18:30

The Outlaw League

In French with English subtitles

Twelve-year-old Nicolas, the son and grandson of fishermen, lives alone with his mother and sister in a village overlooking the sea. A terrible storm snatched his father a few years earlier. Nicolas must not only deal with his loss, but also the slow disintegration of his grandfather, Jérémie, who has started drinking too much to ease the pain of the death of his son.

Summer vacation is the opportunity for Nicholas to resume his greatest pleasure: playing baseball with his friends. A major obstacle greets the children who assemble at the village baseball field: the town council has decided to convert the field into a municipal dump.

With Nicolas as their leader, the village children resist the mayor’s manipulation with ferocity and, to their surprise, they receive the support of Jérémie and his old buddies.

La gang des hors-la-loi 

Nicolas, fils et petit-fils de pêcheurs, a douze ans et il habite avec sa mère et sa sœur dans un village qui surplombe l’océan. Après l’orage dévastateur qui a enlevé son père il y a quelques années, Nicolas doit faire face à sa perte et à la détérioration graduelle de son grand-père, Jeremie, qui boit trop pour alléger le chagrin d’avoir perdu son fils. 

Les vacances d’été donnent à Nicolas l’occasion de s’adonner à nouveau à son plus grand plaisir: jouer au baseball avec ses amis. Mais quand ils se rejoignent pour jouer, les enfants se retrouvent avec un gros problème: le conseil municipal a décidé d’utiliser le terrain en tant que dépotoir. 

Sous la direction de Nicolas, les enfants du village résistent férocement aux projets du la mairesse et reçoivent une belle surprise quand Jeremie et ses vieux potes se rassemblent pour les aider.  

Recommandé pour 10 ans et plus

Note: Ce film édifiant contient quelques mots frustes et une représentation franche d’un grand-père alcoolique mais amoureux.

Themes: baseball, sports, friendship, grief, working together, creatively approaching challenge

Classification:  PG - Coarse Language

Recommended for ages 10+

Note: This uplifting film includes a few coarse words and a frank depiction of an alcoholic but loving grandfather.

The Outlaw League screens as part of TALENT LAB for Elementary Schools.

length: 
91min
screens: 
Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:00

All the Time in the World

In search of a new perspective, a family of five leaves the comforts of home to live in the remote Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter. The parents leave their jobs and take their three children (ages 10, 8 and 4) to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, electricity, running water, Internet, TV or phone. The film is noteworthy for offering the unique perspectives of the children as they connect with both their parents and nature.  Particularly poignant is the family’s solution for celebrating Halloween when the nearest neighbour is a hundred kilometers away…

WINNER - MOST POPULAR CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY - Vancouver International Film Festival
WINNER - GREEN SCREEN AWARD - Planet In Focus Film Festival (Toronto) and Harold Greenberg Fund
WINNER - AUDIENCE FAVOURITE AWARD - Victoria Film Festival

Themes: nature, taking time, family, back to basics, survival, and wilderness

Classification:  G - no advisory

Recommended for ages 8+

WebsiteTrailer  

Note: Filmmaker Suzanne Crocker will be in attendance with the subjects of the film, her family.

All the Time in the World screens as part of our TALENT LAB for Elementary Schools program. 

   
   

 

length: 
88min
screens: 
Sat, 04/11/2015 - 16:30
Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:20

True Son

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

This passionate and inspirational documentary follows 22-year old Michael Tubbs and his campaign for a seat on City Council in Stockton, California, a city riddled with financial crisis and crime rates rivaling Afghanistan. For Michael, a Stockton native born to a teenage mother and incarcerated father, engaging with youth is crucial to solving Stockton’s problems. After graduating from Stanford University, Michael returns home and rallies hundreds of youth to join his movement to Reinvent Stockton.

Themes: racism, abuse of power, community building, grassroots organizing and activism, family, self-determination, and poverty

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Classification: PG - Coarse Language 

Recommended for ages 13+

Preceded byMilitant Mothers

Note: This film screens as part of TALENT LAB for Secondary Schools. The Talent Lab screening of True Son is followed by a discussion with Militant Mothers filmmaker Gordon McLennan, and Kevan Cameron a Vancouver poet, community organizer and creative director of Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective and contributor to the Black Strathcona project. Michael Tubbs, Stockton City Councilor and subject of the documentary True Son will also be available post-screening to answer questions via Skype. True Son is in competition and will be adjudicated by an adult jury and a youth jury, it is also R2R's Closing Night Film. 

The community sponsor for this program is:

 

 
length: 
71min
screens: 
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:20
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 18:30

The Way He Looks

Leonardo is a 15 year-old blind student with a caring best friend named Giovana. When a new student, Gabriel, shows up the three become very close. It is only a matter of time until they have crushes on each other.

In Portuguese with English subtitles

The Community Sponsor for this progam is Out on Screen.

length: 
17min
screens: 
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

Alex

Alex was adopted at birth. Now that she has come of age, her biological mother has agreed to meet her. She has to choose between declining this opportunity, or getting to know her mother. On the journey, Alex strives to overcome the fear of losing something precious.

In Spanish with English subtitles

length: 
15min
screens: 
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

Teenage Dance

A lonely teenager tries to decide: dress to express yourself or dress for the expectations of others.

The Community Sponsor for this progam is Out on Screen.

length: 
2min
screens: 
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

Being a Teen is Tough

A youth from Haida Gwaii shares some challenges of - and solutions to - being a teenager.

In Haida with English subtitles

length: 
2min
screens: 
Sat, 04/11/2015 - 20:30
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

Sissy

When Idunn stays home alone for the first time, her brother Even has big plans for her. Even thinks that his sister is the biggest sissy on the planet. Will this ordinary winter day be the scariest day in Idunn's life? Or are things not as scary as they seem? And who is really the biggest sissy?

 

In Norwegian with English subtitles

length: 
12min
screens: 
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

Under the Rainbow

This documentary features Shawnee Gaffney, a queer high school student facing family rejection, hunger, and homelessness. After being thrown out of her home, she finds herself couch-surfing with strangers and living a life of daily insecurity and vulnerability. It is through Shawnee’s story of resilience, combined with insights from service providers and researchers, that we learn of the many root causes that contribute to the high incidence of poverty in queer and trans communities in BC. 

Note: Filmmakers and cast will be in attendence for the Talent Lab screening only, to participate in a post-screening discussion with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.

The Community Sponsor for this progam is Out on Screen.

length: 
16min
screens: 
Sat, 04/11/2015 - 20:30
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00
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