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2012/13 REEL YOUTH

The Reel Youth Film Festival empowers young media makers to express their creativity, entertain audiences, and share their stories. The festival tour kicks off at the Vancouver International Film Festival and goes on to tour in partnership with youth media organizations, high schools, community groups and other established film festivals across Canada and around the world. [more]

Touring Films:

Blueberry Haiku
Directed by: Sam Massooleh & Shay Alford
Coquitlam, BC, 8.5 min
It all started with a poem. An unbearably ironic poem, a pompous English teacher, and a classroom full of would-be intellectuals.

WayOut Anthem
Directed by: Josta Hops, Sinbob, Shargwan & Brian McAndrew (WAYout)
Sierra Leone, 4 min
ClergyMan, SinBob and Shargwan were “lost in the dark” - but these Sierra Leone ex-street youth write, sing, and film their way out.

What Would You Do?
Directed by: Lauren Lindberg (The Factory, Bay Area Video Coalition)
California, USA, 2 min
How would $260,000 change your life?

Directed by: Luke Allard
West Vancouver, BC, 6.5 min
Will is searching everywhere for a piece of tape, but keeps getting distracted along the way.

Pay the Price
Directed by: David An, Johny Nugun and Dylan Woods (Templeton Secondary School)
Vancouver, BC, 1 min
Smokes cost more than you may realize.

What We Are
Directed by: Robin Thunholm
Sweden, 2.5 min
A sumptuous journey into the nature of what we are.

Instructions for a Bad Day
Created by: Vanier Secondary School students
Courtenay, BC, 6 min
Envisioned and created in response to local youth suicides, this touching short follows a young man as he navigates high school, encumbered by his struggles with isolation, loneliness, and despair. Spoken word by poet Shane Koyczan and scored by Corwin Fox.

Le Petit Chef
Directed by: Sara Martin
USA, 1.5 min
A short story of boy meets food.

Journal D'un Sevrage (A Diary of Withdrawal)
Directed by: Marie-Pascale Michel, Rosy Vollant (Wapikoni Mobile)
Quebec, 5.5 min
A glimpse, through the diary of a young woman, into a life of addiction and recovery.

The Misunderstood Gentleman from the Black Lagoon
Directed by Nathaniel Loman with the Rooms Animation Club
St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1 min
Not every swamp-dwelling monster is what it seems….

She Who Is
Directed by: Siarrah Kane, Christie Kay, Jakub Markiewicz, Alia Youssef (Reel Youth, CitizenU)
Vancouver, BC, 3 min
Exposing surprising ways that women perpetuate their own and sisters' oppression.

Night Shift
Directed by: Veronika Kurz, Chloe Langmaid, Bryce Lefebvre, Aaron Pequin, Christian Bailey, Miranda Leask & Tobias Ulrich (Powell River Digital Film School)
Powell River, BC, 5 min
A boring night shift for Dave and Carl suddenly changes when a hooded stranger makes an appearance.

How to Talk About Sex
Directed by: Jesse Ogen, Colleen Amut, Wendy Tom, Hailey Chapman, Kara Jean Jognson, Brian Rivard & Denell Greyeyes (YouthCO, Reel Youth)
Maple Ridge, BC, 3.5 min
Parents aren't always the best at talking about sex. Based on a true story, a mother’s plan backfires, and opens up an uneasy conversation.

Directed by: Louis-Philippe Moar, Valerie Flammand, Atos Ottawa, Oshim Ottawa (Wapikani Mobile)
Quebec, 4.5 min
To a frenzied beat, Louis-Philippe remembers his love.

Faith in London
Directed by: Tariq Chowdhury
London, England, 3 min
What thread is common to the world’s major religions? London’s sacred temples give backdrop to the answer.

Between Us Two
Directed by: Eli Rezik
Israel, 3 min
A symbolic and silent relationship unfolds between two very different people.

Beautiful Bravery
Directed by: Andrea Pothiboon, Savanna Todd & Gvna Estillore (Reel Youth & CitizenU)
Vancouver, BC, 4.5 min
An intimate story of love and shame between two young women.

My Name is Vang A Lu
Directed by: Anna Malee Mühlichen, Dehaja Cheyenne Senanayake, Tae Jun Park (Reel Youth/UN International School of Hanoi)
Vietnam, 2011, 2.5 min
Meet Vang A Lu, a Black H’mong hill tribe boy with big dreams.

The Wastepages
Directed by: Krysta Cowling, James Leard & Lia Haleem (Reel Youth/Environmental Youth Alliance)
Vancouver, BC, 2 min
Do we really need phone books? An animation.

To Walk Alone
Directed by: John Dube, Eric Wu & Cortland Thibodeau (Port Alberni Secondary School)
Port Alberni, BC, 2 min
Red walks alone, faceless, speechless, and friendless. What does it take to walk free of fear?

Directed by: Moses Caliboso, Joshua Fernandez, Grace Zhang, Danielle Sherwood & Gene Cole (Pacific Cinematheque’s Summer Visions Film Institute)
Vancouver, BC, 5.5 min
Sara, a charismatic and starry-eyed teen, sets out to document herself falling in love.

2012/13 Screening Locations:

Sept 20 - Hanoi, Vietnam - at United Nations International School of Hanoi
Sept 13 - Hanoi, Vietnam - at United Nations International School of Hanoi
June 17 - Surrey, BC - W.E. Kinvig School with Surrey Safe Schools
June 17 - Invermere, BC - at David Thompson Secondary School
June 8 - Vancouver, BC - at the FRAMES Film Project Graduation Ceremony
June 3 - Vancouver, BC - Vantech Secondary School with Fresh Roots Urban Farm - 3:45pm
June 2 - Brampton, ON - Greenway Retirement Village, 100 Ken Whillans Drive - 2-4pm
                                   with the Brampton Board of Trade, United Achievers, and
                                   Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School.
                                   Featuring films from the Connecting Youth Film Program
June 1 - Summerland, BC - at Action Fest, with FutureSummerland
May 28 - Brampton, ON - Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School
                                   with the Brampton Board of Trade, United Achievers, and
                                   Greenway Retirement Village.
                                   Featuring films from the Connecting Youth Film Program
Apr 18 - Vancouver, BC - at the Real2Reel Youth Filmmaker Showcase - 4:30-6:30pm
                                   Vancity Theatre at 1881 Seymour St. [select films]
Mar 22 - Vancouver, BC - at the Youth Against Racism & Classism Conference
                                   presented by McCreary Centre Society and citizenU [select films]
Mar 9 - Cortes, BC - Manson's Hall
Mar 7 - Kamloops, BC - in partnership with the Aboriginal Friendship Centre
Feb 6 - Ottawa, ON - Warm up and Chill Out youth event at Winterlude 2013
                                   featured films: Ignite My Flame and Where I'm From - Leona
Nov 29 - Victoria, BC - University of Victoria, Bob Wright Centre (SCI), Room B150 - 7pm
                                   a UVic student leadership fundraiser for Kiwanis House. [more info]
Nov 28 - Vancouver, BC - Breaking Down Discrimination, Building Up Consciousness
                                   CentreA Gallery, 2 West Hastings St. - 5-8pm
                                   with Peace it Together and CitizenU (select films)
Nov 17 - Courtenay, BC - as part of Reel Tasty film screening and fundraiser - 6pm
                                   at Joe's Garage, 115 5th Street
Nov 17 - Rossland, BC - Rossland Miners' Hall - 12-3pm
                                   part of the Rossland Mountain Film Festival         
                                   in partnership with Rossland Council for Arts and Culture
Oct 13 - Fort Liard, NT - in partnership with the Hamlet of Fort Liard
Oct 10 - Vancouver, BC - Reel Youth Film Festival PREMIERE! - Pacific Cinematheque
                                   in partnership with the Vancouver International Film Festival
Oct 9 - Vancouver, BC - Reel Youth Film Festival PREMIERE! - VIFF's VanCity Theatre
                                   in partnership with the Vancouver International Film Festival

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