Amateur Sumo wrestling, street dancing friends, a felt turtle and copious cats remind us that stories of the unexpected are everywhere.
Patrick Ng | USA 2011 | 13:00
It’s inevitable–friends drift apart. But when your former BFF treats you like a chump, it’s time for some ‘real talk’ from the streets of Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood.
Patrick Ng is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in film directing. His thesis film, Real Talk, won the prestigious Wasserman/King Award. Patrick was raised in South Orange, New Jersey and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Alisi Telengut | Canada 2012 | 6:00
This meticulously painted animation reveals a unique traditional Mongolian burial practice.
Alisi Telengut is a student in the animation program at the Concordia Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.
LITTLE MISS JIHAD
Stephanie Law* and Jessica Wu* | Canada 2012 | 14:00
Afghani Canadian Sally Khan is an average 10-year-old girl who wants to be just like her daddy. But her curious career aspirations lead to paranoia amongst her cul-de-sac community.
Stephanie Law is a Film/TV/Transmedia writer and story editor. She received her BFA Honours in Film Production and Screenwriting from York University, and was recently chosen for the CFTPA (Canadian Film and Television Producer’s Association) National Production Program. She won Reel Asian’s 2011 So You Think You Can Pitch? competition in the Emerging Category.
With a background in social sciences and documentary editing, Jessica Wu has developed a taste and style of the dramatic comedy of life. Little Miss Jihad is her directorial debut.
THE LOST YEARS
Vivienne AuYeung* | Canada 2011 | 2:15
An epic journey from land to sea is depicted through mixed forms of animation using felt and cellophane in this adorable short about never giving up.
Vivienne AuYeung graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in animation, and studied film directing in Prague at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts.
Xiao Yang | Canada 2011 | 9:00
As usual, it’s a dark and snowy Friday night in Montreal, and cats are everywhere at the shelter where the filmmaker volunteers every week. Tonight, though, director Yang explores what the noise is coming from upstairs in this documentary about cats, community and thin walls.
Xiao Yang is a Chinese filmmaker based in Montreal, who studied film at Concordia University.
THE SPIRIT OF NIHONMACHI
Greg Masuda | Canada 2012 | 28:00
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is infamous for crime and poverty. It is also the home of the Powell Street Festival, a cultural event devoted to celebrating and preserving Japanese Canadian culture that also commemorates the city’s pre-internment Japanese Canadian community. Through food, music and sumo wrestling, this doc shows the lasting legacy of community on two men who live in the neighbourhood.
Greg Masuda is a documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. He has participated in a number of National Film Board of Canada development initiatives, been honoured with the Hot Docs TDF Scholarship, attended IDF Academy, and pitched at the 2010 VIFF Storyville Forum.
* Directors in attendance