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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.