5 days, 2 cultures, 1 beat. Capitalizing on the popularity of Hip Hop, Social Worker and longtime B-boy Stephen Leafloor has brought positive Hip Hop workshops to the north, this time to the remote Hamlet of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. While dancing to the beat, kids are encouraged to blend their rich, ancient culture with a modern one. Between backspins and body-waves, they discuss bullying, body image and suicide. Five days later they emerge not only better dancers, but more confident kids, who have a clearer idea of how to balance their cultural identity with modern times.
An intimate, gritty and poetic adventure following the lives of carnies, travelling fairground workers who have abandoned the security of the "real world" for the refuge and variety of the road. Deep pain is masked behind the huge grin of Hairy, the charismatic lesbian cotton-candy seller. Through her eyes, we see a world of unlikely Romeos, easy love and fierce friendships that obscure personal hardship and troubled pasts. Often from an underclass that has few options, the carnies struggle with addiction, loneliness, poverty and shattered dreams, finding solace only in the company of their own, who accept them as they are. Some have worked the fairs for more than 50 years, some were born or escaped into it, but all are gripped by the romance of the bright midway lights lyrically captured in lush interludes of Kodachrome Super 8.