Corner Gas: The Movie

Director David Storey
Year 2014
Run Time 95min
Genre Comedy, Family
Times get tough in Dog River, Saskatchewan when Mayor Fitzy (Cunningham) blows the town’s budget on a risky investment. With no electricity, no water and local businesses dropping like flies, the town’s residents have no choice but to pull together to keep their beloved hometown from going under.

Suddenly, the normally apathetic Brent (Butt) is spurred into action, buying the shuttered town pub and entering Dog River into the “Quaintest Town in Canada” competition. With a chance to win $75,000, the townsfolk make one last rally to best their arch-rival town of Wullerton, head off big corporate investors and “quaintify” the town. Will their efforts be enough?

Based on the Canadian Comedy Award–winning TV series — with all of your favourite characters returning for this big-screen reunion — the latest tale of Dog River is sure to charm, amuse and delight.

Director

David Storey

Storey began his career as a musician, then moved into directing music videos and eventually television. He served as an executive producer, director and writer on the Corner Gas television series, which garnered him four Gemini Awards and two Canadian Comedy Awards. He is currently producing and directing the Corner Gas animated series.

Writers

Andrew Carr, Andrew Wreggitt, Brent Butt

Cast

Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Fred Ewanuick, Eric Peterson, Janet Wright

Producers

Brent Butt, David Storey, Virginia Thompson

Genres

Comedy, Family

Interests

ESL, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Still Mine

Director Michael McGowan
Year 2012
Run Time 102min
Genre Drama
A touching drama set in St. Martins, New Brunswick about life, love and our enduring drive to do things for ourselves.

Craig (Cromwell) shares an idyllic life in rural St. Martins with the love of his life, Irene (Bujold). When Irene’s health begins to fail, Craig is forced into a conflict with a pesky government inspector who refuses to let him build a new home that will be more suitable for her. Stubborn and used to fierce independence, Craig decides to put his carpentry skills to good use in spite of the inspector’s efforts to shut him down.

As a showdown between the two becomes imminent, Craig also struggles to cope with the unmistakable deterioration of his beloved wife’s memory, and her diminishing ability to manage on her own. Based on true events, Still Mine is an affecting love story and a funny tale about the battle between old and new ways of doing things.

Director

Michael McGowan

McGowan made his film debut as a writer, director and producer with My Dog Vincent, and directed Saint Ralph, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical and Still Mine, which was named by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top 10 films in 2012. He recently directed TV shows Reign and Between and wrote the film The Etruscan Smile. His most recent film, All My Puny Sorrows, premiered at TIFF 2021.

Writer

Michael McGowan

Cast

Geneviève Bujold, Campbell Scott, James Cromwell, Rick Roberts

Producers

Jody Colero, Tamara Deverell, Avi Federgreen, Michael McGowan

Genre

Drama

Interests

ESL, Family Relationships, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

The Grand Seduction

Director Don McKellar
Year 2013
Run Time 113min
Genre Comedy, Drama
A funny and fresh English-language adaptation of the 2003 Quebecois comedy La grande séduction, this film tells the tale of a small fishing village in Newfoundland that must secure a new doctor in order to keep the community alive.

When city doctor Paul Lewis (Kitsch) arrives for a court-ordered trial residence, the townsfolk rally to charm and hoodwink him into staying. Under the guidance of an unemployed fisherman (Gleeson), they go to hilarious lengths to fabricate all the amenities of the big city and make it seem as though their sleepy town has everything Dr. Lewis could possibly want. Will the good doc fall for their tricks, or will he see through them to the truth about small town life?

Director

Don McKellar

McKellar is a prolific filmmaker and actor whose work has garnered numerous awards. He wrote Highway 61, The Red Violin and Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, and wrote, directed and starred in Last Night (which won the Prix de la jeunesse at the Cannes film festival), and Childstar, and has directed several other films. He recently starred in Meditation Park, Crimes of the Future, and directed Sensitive Skin. Currently, he is writing episodes for Park Chan-wook’s The Sympathizer, which he is also executive producing.

Writers

Michael Dowse, Ken Scott

Cast

Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Gordon Pinsent, Liane Balaban

Producers

Barbara Doran, Roger Frappier

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interest

ESL

Original Language

English

Anne of Green Gables

Director Kevin Sullivan
Year 1985
Run Time 199min
Genre Drama, Family
On turn-of-the-20th-century Prince Edward Island, siblings Matthew (Farnsworth) and Marilla Cuthbert (Dewhurst) decide to take in an orphaned boy to help them on their farm. Instead, they get freckle-faced, red-haired Anne Shirley (Follows). The stubborn and outspoken 11-year-old girl’s fiery spirit and imagination are sure to turn life upside down on the peaceful island, and add a lot of love into the Cuthberts’ lives.

So begins Anne of Green Gables, one of the most beloved stories in Canadian literature for readers of all ages. This mini-series adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s series of novels — one of the highest-rated broadcasts in Canadian television history — features Megan Follows in the title role, who has since gone on to become one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed actors.

This trophy-sweeping Genie Award-winner is a charming, family-friendly affair that is sure to delight.

Director

Kevin Sullivan

Writers

Joe Wiesenfeld, Kevin Sullivan

Cast

Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth, Jonathan Crombie

Producers

Ian McDougall, Kevin Sullivan, Trudy Grant

Genres

Drama, Family

Interests

Classics, Family Relationships, Literary Adaptation, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Run Woman Run

Director Zoe Leigh Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk)
Year 2021
Run Time 100min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Single mother Beck (Hebert) finds her life upended when she faces a health scare and is forced to make big changes to the way she lives. Beck decides to start training for a marathon to prove to herself and her family that she’s able to get back on track.

Guided by the ghost of her ancestor, legendary long distance runner Tom Longboat (Koostachin), she sets out on a journey that is both emotional and inspiring. Told in a lighthearted and charming way, Run Woman Run is a feel-good anti-rom-com about a woman who has to tackle the ghosts of her past before she can run toward a better future. Winner of the Audience Choice Award and Moon Jury Prize at imagineNATIVE.

“It’s one of the year’s best” – Alex Heeney, Seventh Row

 

Director

Zoe Leigh Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk)

Hopkins is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, and has directed numerous shorts, including Button Blanket, Mohawk Midnight Runners, Impossible to Contain and a segment of The Embargo Project. She has directed the features Kayak to Klemtu and Run Woman Run, which won the Audience Choice award at imagineNATIVE 2021. She is currently writing and directing the series Little Bird. 

Writer

Zoe Leigh Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk)

Cast

Lorne Cardinal (Cree), Braeden Clarke (Cree), Asivak Koostachin (Cree/Inuk), Jayli Wolf (Anishinaabe), Dakota Ray Hebert (Dene)

Producers

Paula Devonshire (Mohawk), Pj Thornton, Laura Milliken (Ojibway)

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Interests

BIPOC Stories, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Sports

Original Language

English

The Grizzlies

Director Miranda de Pencier
Year 2019
Run Time 106min
Genre Drama

Based on an inspiring true story, The Grizzlies is a powerful film about the determination and resilience of a group of Inuit youth struggling with the legacy of colonization.

When Russ Sheppard (Schnetzer) moves to Kugluktuk, NU, to be a teacher, he is shocked by the challenges facing the community, most especially the ongoing epidemic of teen suicide. Russ introduces a lacrosse programme and gradually wins the trust of his students. Together, the youth find a sense of pride and purpose in themselves and their community.

The Grizzlies was called “transcendently moving” by The Hollywood Reporter and has won multiple awards and been screened to acclaim at film festivals around the world. Cast members Paul Nutarariaq and Anna Lambe earned Canadian Screen Award nominations for their performances.


* Please note that this film has Indigenous producers, but not an Indigenous director. imagineNATIVE defines an Indigenous-made film as one directed or co-directed by an Indigenous person.
 

Director

Miranda de Pencier

De Pencier is a director and producer whose first short film Throat Song won four awards including a CSA for Best Live Action Short. The Grizzlies won the DGC’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement Feature Film Award. She has produced several films, including Cake, Beginners and Thanks for Sharing and episodes of Anne With an E. She is currently producing the film The Chocolate Money.

Writers

Graham Yost, Moira Walley-Beckett

Cast

Emerald MacDonald (Inuk), Paul Nutarariaq (Inuk), Anna Lambe (Inuk), Ben Schnetzer, Ricky Martin-Pahtaykan (Plains Cree/Stoney Nakoda)

Producers

Stacey Aglok MacDonald (Inuk), Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Inuk), Damon D'Oliveira, Miranda de Pencier, Zanne Devine

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Discrimination, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

J.A. Martin photographe (J.A. Martin Photographer)

Director Jean Beaudin
Year 1997
Run Time 100min
Genre Drama
It’s no secret that much of an artist’s craft is spent in solitude. For photographer J. A. Martin (Sabourin) in late 1800s Quebec, solitude is found in the countryside during the summer, when he travels around taking beautiful photographs to sell.

After 14 years of marriage, Martin’s wife (Mercure) decides to accompany him on one of his summer tours, using it as an opportunity to try to rekindle their relationship as they explore the uniquely beautiful landscapes of rural Quebec.

Winner of three Canadian Film Awards (including Best Feature Film) and the Best Actress award for Monique Mercure at the Cannes Film Festival.

Director

Jean Beaudin

Writers

Jean Beaudin, Marcel Sabourin

Cast

Marcel Sabourin, Monique Mercure, Luce Guilbeault, Jean Lapointe

Producer

Jean-Marc Garand

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography

Original Language

French

The Captive

Director Atom Egoyan
Year 2014
Run Time 112min
Genre Drama, Thriller
In this acclaimed thriller from Atom Egoyan, Matthew (Reynolds) spends years searching for his daughter Cassandra, who was abducted from his car in a parking lot under his watch. Spanning the eight years since her disappearance, this twisting and turning narrative follows Matthew’s story, along with those of his estranged wife, the detectives assigned to the case, and Cassandra herself.

Anchored by Ryan Reynolds’ Canadian Screen Award nominated performance, The Captive is an edge-of-your-seat mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

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

Ryan Reynolds

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Original Language

English

Sleeping Giant

Director Andrew Cividino
Year 2015
Run Time 89min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama
Teenager Adam (Martin) is spending a lonely summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior, near Thunder Bay. His routine is shattered when he befriends Riley (Moffett) and Nate (Serino), smart aleck local boys who pass the time with reckless, potentially dangerous fun.

A shocking revelation sets in motion a series of events that tests the bonds of friendship and changes the boys forever. With gorgeous location photography and unerring authenticity, Sleeping Giant highlights that critical moment in adolescence when everything seems possible and every dare is an opportunity to test one’s limitations, regardless of the consequences.

Nick Serino won a Canadian Screen Award for his supporting role.

Director

Andrew Cividino

Writers

Andrew Cividino, Blain Watters, Aaron Yeger

Cast

Jackson Martin, Reece Moffett, Nick Serino

Producers

Andrew Cividino, Karen Harnisch, Marc Swenker, James Vandewater, Aaron Yeger

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama

Interest

LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

First We Eat

Director Suzanne Crocker
Year 2020
Run Time 101min
Genre Documentary
How hard would it be for you not to get any food from the grocery store for a whole year? Filmmaker Suzanne Crocker decides to take on this experiment with her family and eat only locally sourced food – just 300 km from the Arctic Circle. What begins as a challenge soon becomes an opportunity to discover and celebrate the farming community in the Yukon, and to reflect on the barriers that stand in the way of a more sustainable lifestyle.

This thought-provoking environmental documentary won the Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Documentary at the Hot Docs festival in 2020.

Director

Suzanne Crocker

Writer

Suzanne Crocker

Producer

Suzanne Crocker

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Environment, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English