Independent Films

 
 

Pushback (2017)

Pushback is a feature-length documentary film about poverty and homelessness in Peterborough, Ontario – a community which has had, since the 2008 recession, one of the highest rates of unemployment in Canada. The film focuses on five people from the Warming Room, a homeless shelter of last resort that runs every night from 8:30pm till 8am, during the cold winter months. The Warming Room has literally saved lives, but like similar initiatives, it’s been plagued from the start by a lack of funding. It serves an essential need in Peterborough, and is our window onto the ways in which people push back against the invisible world of homelessness in Canada. LEARN MORE

The Masjid (2016)

November 14, 2015: arson at the only mosque in Peterborough. The hate crime, on the heels of the Paris terrorist attacks, became a national tragedy, putting the Masjid Al-Salaam in the spotlight. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lamented the attack, but praised the community’s and nation’s reaction to it: $110,000 was crowdfunded for the mosque in less than two days. But this film also tells the story of what happened after the media lost interest: most of the money was donated back to the community. This is a story of everyday racism, and the shared values needed to overcome it.

Milkweed (2016)

After many years away, Kate returns home to investigate her mother's disappearance, which may be the result of extraterrestrial contact.

Winner:
Best Film, Snowdance Film Festival

Official Selection:
EBE Film Festival
McMinnville UFO Film Festival
Auburn Indie Student Film Festival

Tilco Striker (2015)

In the 1960s women workers at a factory in Peterborough, ON went on strike. In the middle of winter. This is the story of the Tilco strikers, and their effort to fight against a tyrannical employer.

Winner:
London Labour Film Festival Short Film Competition

Official Selection:
Canadian Labour International Film Festival
Hamburg International Short Film Festival
Brazilian International Labour Film Festival
ReFrame Film Festival
Cinema Spectacular
Nextfest Filmfest
Boise International Student Film Festival

The Rib Thief (2014)

Man steals ribs. Cooks them on the victim's BBQ. In the plastic. Based on a true story.