Blackbird

Director Jason Buxton
Year 2012
Run Time 103min
Genre Drama
Troubled teen Sean (Jessup) is misunderstood, alienated and bullied at school. When he establishes an unlikely friendship with preppy Deanna (Fast), her angry and threatened boyfriend forces a confrontation. In an attempt to protect himself, Sean makes a fateful online mistake, and is soon falsely accused of planning a Columbine-style school shooting. Thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, Sean must now overcome stereotypes, prejudices and the mistrust of his community and prove his innocence to the town, and especially to Deanna.

Tense, challenging and told with a great deal of emotional honesty, Blackbird is a powerful film with a breakout lead performance by Jessup.

Director

Jason Buxton

Writer

Jason Buxton

Cast

Connor Jessup, Alexia Fast, Michael Buie

Producers

David Miller, Marc Almon, Jason Buxton

Genre

Drama

Interests

Bullying, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Le sens de l’humour (A Sense of Humour)

Director Émile Gaudreault
Year 2011
Run Time 110min
Genre Comedy
Luc (Houde) and Marco (Côté) are two comedians who tour second-rate theatres around Quebec. Every night, they choose some poor sap in the audience to ridicule to the delight of the other spectators. One night in a small town, the sap is Roger (Gendron), a mild-mannered fry cook. Unfortunately, Roger turns out to be the wrong guy to pick on, and the unlucky duo wake up in a cage, with madman Roger plotting his revenge.

With little to trade for their freedom other than their comedy skills, the duo offer to teach Roger the art of comedy and make him a local star. Thinking it might help him win the girl of his dreams, Roger accepts, and the hilarity and hijinks begin.

Director

Émile Gaudreault

Gaudreault co-wrote Louis 19, le roi des ondes, which Ron Howard adapted into EDtv. Gaudreault both co-wrote and directed De pere en flic (the highest-grossing French-language film in Canadian history), Le vrai du faux, Le sens de l’humour and Mambo Italiano, which earned six Canadian Comedy Award nominations. He also wrote and directed De père en flic 2, and most recently, the comedy Menteur. He also co-wrote the upcoming Lignes de fuite, and is producing the English-language remake of De père en flic, Fathers and Guns.

Writers

Émile Gaudreault, Benoît Pelletier

Cast

Michel Côté, Louis-José Houde, Benoît Brière, Anne Dorval

Producers

Daniel Louis, Denise Robert

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Bullying

Original Language

French

Babine

Director Luc Picard
Year 2008
Run Time 112min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

In the small village of Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, whenever something bad happens, the villagers blame Babine, the son of the village witch. Babine was born an outsider, and has spent his life being teased. When the local church burns down, the new priest becomes determined to find the culprit, and puts the blame on Babine, deciding he must be punished once and for all.

Babine is an offbeat comedy and a charming fairy tale filled with eccentric characters and has a strong message of acceptance that will resonate with audiences of all ages.

Director

Luc Picard

Luc Picard is a celebrated actor with over 50 film and television credits and two Jutra Awards to his name. He has directed Audition, Babine, Ésimésac, and a segment in the anthology film 9. Les rois mongols earned six Canadian Screen Award nominations. His latest film is Confessions and he recently starred in Arsenault & Fils and French Girl.

Writer

Fred Pellerin

Cast

Vincent-Guillaume Otis, Luc Picard, Alexis Martin, Isabel Richer, René Richard Cyr

Producer

Lorraine Richard

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interest

Bullying

Original Language

French

And That’s Remarkable

Director Linnea Ritland
Year 2013
Run Time 1min
Genre Animation, Drama
“It’s remarkable how easily a human spirit can be broken,” this punchy short about bullying laments. But, as the animation assures us, it’s just as remarkable how it can be fixed.

Director

Linnea Ritland

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Bullying, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

The Basketball Game

Director Hart Snider
Year 2011
Run Time 5min
Genre Animation, Drama

When nine-year-old Hart attends Jewish summer camp, his group must play an epic basketball game against the students of a notorious Holocaust denier. What awaits him on the court? 

Director

Hart Snider

Writer

Hart Snider

Producer

Yves J. Ma

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Bullying, Discrimination, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

Funny Boy

Director Deepa Mehta
Year 2020
Run Time 109min
Genre Drama, Romance
This heartbreaking tale of love and loss follows Arjie (Nand as a child, Ingram as an adult), a Tamil child in Sri Lanka, who is referred to as a “funny boy” by his family, because he doesn’t behave like the other boys. He draws inspiration from his free-spirited Canadian cousin to explore his identity, and goes on to pursue his crushes on the boys in his class. When he reaches adulthood, his life, family, and his first real love are all threatened as the Sri Lankan Civil War breaks out and brings about life-changing tragedies and upheavals.

Based on the celebrated novel by Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy was nominated for nine Canadian Screen Awards, winning for directing, screenplay and score.

“An attractive journey, gilded in summery light throughout by Douglas Koch’s camera.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

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. 

Writers

Deepa Mehta, Shyam Selvadurai

Cast

Brandon Ingram, Arush Nand, Nimmi Harasgama, Agam Darshi, Ali Kazmi

Producers

Hussaini Amarshi, Lodi Butler, Gopi Darmaratnam, David Hamilton, Neil Mathieson

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Snow

Director Kim Barr
Year 2017
Run Time 10min
Genre Drama
A young girl who recently immigrated to Canada encounters racism from her classmates when she reacts to seeing snow for the first time. When a new friend helps her see how beautiful a snowfall can be, she learns to identify with it and embrace her uniqueness.

Director

Kim Barr

Writer

Kathy-Ann Thomas

Cast

Hannah Chantée van Herten

Producers

Kathy-Ann Thomas, Kim Barr

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

La course des tuques (Racetime)

Directors François Brisson, Benoit Godbout
Year 2018
Run Time 89min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Racetime is the sequel to the highly successful animated film Snowtime!, which was the highest-grossing film in Canada in 2015.

This fun and action-packed sequel is a wild romp through the trials and tribulations, passionate joys and little victories of childhood. Frankie and Sophie are teaming up for a spectacular sled race through the village, and this time they’ve got some new friends along for the ride, including the mysterious Zac and his musical cousin Charly.

Directors

François Brisson, Benoit Godbout

Writers

Paul Risacher, Claude Landry, Maxime Landry

Cast

Mariloup Wolfe, Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc, Sophie Cadieux, André Sauvé

Producer

Marie-Claude Beauchamp

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Interests

Bullying, Sports

Original Languages

English, French

To This Day

Director Shane Koyczan
Year 2013
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation

In this collaborative online project, 12 animators and 80 “motion artists” bring their unique styles to Koyczan’s poem about bullying. Content Note: Coarse language

Director

Shane Koyczan

Genre

Animation

Interests

Arts and Culture, Bullying, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Pudge

Director Annie Bradley
Year 2008
Run Time 15min
Genre Drama
Twelve-year-old Violet just wants a winter coat that fits, but what she gets is an unusual friendship that fits her best of all.

Director

Annie Bradley

Writer

Tina Cooper

Cast

Anne Anglin, Laytrel McMullen

Producers

Ani Baravyan, Avi Federgreen, Antonella LaCaprara

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English