Film/TV

The Herd

  The Herd traces the true-life tale of Andy Bahr’s reindeer drive across 2,400 km of hostile and unmapped terrain. The 62-year-old set out from Alaska in 1929 with a small team of Inuit and Sami herders. And 3,000 reindeer! They were heading for the Northwest Territories.

A Whale of a Tale

Filmed on location across Canada and the U.S.-from Cape Cod, Grand Manan Island and Ile Verte in the St. Lawrence River to Telegraph Cove, B.C., Niagara Falls and Toronto-this “shaggy whale story” is the latest stream-of-heightened-consciousness from Lynch, a Canadian auteur whose style-heavy approach is often compared by critics to that of Werner Herzog.

Dem Bones

Inspired by the feature documentary A Whale of a Tale, Dem Bones is a short dance film by Peter Lynch; a bold, exhilarating trip that is cinematically emotional and conceptually rich. The story deals with a primordial enigma as the film’s characters are transported and transformed through mammalian evolution of time and space.

Arrowhead

Arrowhead
 tells
 the
 story
 of
 one
 Ray
 Bud,
 a
 suburban
 punk/amateur
 archaeologist/ hoser
 raconteur
 who
 takes
 us
 on
 a
 tour
 of
 the
 neighbourhood
 in
 which
 he 
grew 
up.

Project Grizzly

In this feature-length documentary, Troy James Hurtubise goes face to face with Canada’s most deadly land mammal, the grizzly bear. Troy is the creator of what he hopes is a grizzly-proof suit, and he repeatedly tests his armour – and courage – in stunts that are both hair-raising and hilarious. The film has become a cult classic in the United States and is rumoured to be a favourite of director Quentin Tarantino.

Cyberman

While the title sounds like a bad Saturday-morning cartoon, Cyberman is actually a fascinating and often funny documentary about a very real, albeit very strange, person. Steve Mann is a Toronto inventor, U of T professor, social activist and the world’s first cyborg. Looking like a Borg from Star Trek, he is the ultimate techno-geek, sporting sunglasses equipped with cameras and a wearable computer linked to the Internet. His goal is to have people not only see his world, but live it with him.

A Short Film About Falling

This
 startling
 meditation
 on
 the
 act
 of
 falling
 (as
 a
 fundamental
 step
 in
 development,
 as
 succumbing,
 as
 a
 method
 of
 understanding)
 mixes
 personal
 memoir
 with
 fiction
 and
 performance.
 The
 centrepiece
 and
 dominant
 image
 of
 the
 film
 is
 Dean’s
 robotic
 chair,
 which
 collapses 
and 
then 
reconstitutes 
itself
–
each
 time 
in 
a 
different
 way.