Thursday, August 15, 2019

Talent Trust Partners with FIN Atlantic International Film Festival for a Special Program

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival has partnered with us to showcase Talent Trust almuni, Gwyneth Christoffel, Chris Spencer-Lowe, Bretten Hannam, Ann Verrall, and Becka Barker as they bring you drama, documentary, animation, experimentation, poetry, music, and drawings, that expand the borders of cinematic story-telling with a special short film program curated by Dr. Shannon Brownlee.

Then, Now, Change: 
Visions of Nova Scotia

Thursday, September 19
at 9:10 p.m.

Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane, 
Theatre 1
5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax

Curator Shannon Brownlee writes:
This is a land of many traditions. The first are those of the Mi’kmaq, whose ancestral and unceded land we all occupy. More recently, Scots, African Nova Scotians, Irish, French, and many other people have brought their traditions to these shores.

This is also a land of vibrant youth, of exploration and inventiveness, of openness to change. These talented filmmakers remind us that the past is knitted into our bones but that tradition and innovation are not mutually exclusive.

Through the visions of children, collaborative filmmaking, and the re-envisioning of personal and public histories, these films expand our understanding of ourselves and each other, and where we may go from here.

Join us for the screening of the following short film program:

Transfer (Chris Spencer-Lowe, 2014) 17 mins
BUOY (Becka Barker, 2017) 7 mins
E’sekati (Bretten Hannam, 2017) 4:30
Deep End (Bretten Hannam, 2011) 6:30
Assembled (Becka Barker, 2006) 5:30
Torture by Sound (Gwyneth Christoffel, 2016) 4:30
Rain (Ann Verrall, 2000) 19 mins
And When Alone, Repeat (Becka Barker, 2017) 5:30

Filmmaker Bios

Becka Barker won NS Talent Trust scholarships in 1999 and 2000 for Super8 and 16mm film. Her work has screened across North America and throughout several countries across East Asia. She focuses on hand processes and collaboration.

The animated work of Gwyneth Christoffel has been screened in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. She held a film and video NS Talent Trust scholarship from 2013 to 2015.

Bretten Hannam is the writer, director, and producer of the feature film North Mountain (2015) and several shorts, which have been screened throughout North America and in Australia. He won a 2006 NS Talent Trust Scholarship in screenwriting.

Filmmaker and media artist Chris Spencer-Lowe’s films have been screened throughout Europe and North America. He is the winner of a 1996 NS Talent Trust directing scholarship.

Ann Verrall earned a NS Talent Trust directing scholarship in 1996. Her work has been screened in festivals in North America, the UK, and Australia has been broadcast on several television channels.

Curator Bio
Shannon Brownlee teaches in the Cinema and Media Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies programs at Dalhousie University. She researches animated film and film adaptation.

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In 2019, the Talent Trust is celebrating its 75th  anniversary featuring former scholarship recipients with a travelling art exhibition, pop-up events in theatre, music, and dance, film screenings and more.

The 75th anniversary activities are supported by the province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, The Craig Foundation, Canadian Federation of Musicians, and Margaret and David Fountain. 

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