Festival program

* subject to change *

Sunday April 19, 2020

10:00 AM  Chasing Ice (2012, 75 min)

The efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) to publicize the effects of climate change. A series of jaw dropping time-lapse photos depict the drastic erosion and disappearance of enormous, ancient glaciers.

1:30 PM Tim's Vermeer (2013, 80 min)

A controversial documentary about inventor Tim Jenison's efforts[ to duplicate the techniques of Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer (best known for his painting The Girl with the Pearl Earring), in order to test his theory that Vermeer painted with the help of optical devices.

4:00 PM Payback (2011, 86 min)

Based on Margaret Atwood's bestselling book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth filmmakers Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal (Watermark, Manufactured Landscapes) offer a fascinating look at debt as a mental construct and traces how it influences relationships, societies, governing structures and the fate of the planet itself.

7:30 PM Nanook of the North (1922, 80 min) With live musical accompaniment.

Arguably the most famous film ever shot in Canada, Robert J. Flaherty's film was first shown in New York in the summer of 1922. It caused an immediate sensation with its real-life depiction of the people of Canada's North and their struggle to survive the harsh landscape. It influenced the development of documentary films worldwide and was the first film to successfully combine documentary footage with the art of storytelling in cinema.