Common Threads: short films from the heart of our city

October 20, 2016
Doors: 6:30 | Show Time: 7:00
Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre, SFU Woodward’s Location: 149 West Hastings

Reel Causes is thrilled to contribute this program of locally made short films to the pre-festival line up of the Downtown Eastside’s Heart of the City Festival. The anchor for this event are the incredible, inspirational and complex works of Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth, including the delightful collection of animated shorts Messages to Younger Selves.

Leo award winning drama Victory Square had its world premiere at in the shorts corner at the Cannes Film Festival and is inspired by director Jacquie Gould’s own intersections with Vancouver’s DTES. Having lost her grandfather to opium addiction and after supporting a niece currently struggling with mental illness and addiction on the DTES, Gould set out to make a film that captures the complex realities of the DTES: homelessness, mental illness, addiction, gentrification, community spirit, and in turn reveal the invisible, and often permeable line between “us” and “them.”

Love Intersections is a creative love note from a group of hopeful millennials creating short films and other artistic endeavours. Co-founded in 2014 by Jen Sungshine and David Ng, both artist-activists based in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded, occupied and ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Nations. Love Intersections is a work in progress that thrives in queerness. In this program Reel Causes is pleased to find our common threads in the films Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits, and Carla and Hayfa. Duane Stewart shares his story as a First Nations queer person, who identifies as “Two Spirited” in Regalia. Duane talks about the importance of culture in his life, and his journey coming out to his family. Carla & Hayfa investigates the impact of historical trauma on communities of refugees and their queer family members through an intimate and touching lens of looking at the relationship between a mother and her queer daughter.

Kate Green’s touching local documentary, Not a Stranger, profiles one man’s attempt to create real-life human connection. By striking up impromptu conversations with a new stranger every day over 365 days, the film chronicles and weaves together the common threads that connect us all.

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Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society is a non-profit charitable organization founded by the late Bill Vince, an Oscar-nominated Vancouver filmmaker and advocate for youth at risk. Their program offers a digital media and life skills workshop and work experience opportunity to youth facing multiple barriers to employment. Through the unique and familiar medium of art and digital filmmaking as well as involvement in group-based projects, Intersections participants gain the experience and confidence for long-term attachment to the workforce. Bill’s life is our ongoing inspiration and our programming is his legacy. Bill believed in the potential of youth and the power of helping others help themselves. There are many ways in which you or your organization can become involved with helping Intersections, including equipment or funding donations, and work experience placements.

Reel Causes is pleased to highlight Intersections Media and their work in association with the Heart of the city Festival, which runs from October 26 to November 6, 2016 and features over 100 events at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside. This year, to recognize the abundance of talent, wisdom and power of our home community, the theme of the festival is ‘Living on Shared Territory’. As we face the challenges and opportunities of the coming years, we are inspired by the neighbourhood’s indigenous stories and feel proud of the art forms, artists, values, heritage and exciting community-engaged art generated in Vancouver’s founding community.

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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.