The miraculous discovery of a whale bone during the excavation of a new subway line in downtown Toronto during the 1980s set the city all aflutter. The bone found in a landfill about 20 meters below the surface did not belong there. There existed no recorded history of whales ever having made it to the city on Lake Ontario. Could it be that the bone was pre-historic? Would it re-write the history of the Great Lakes? Did the greatest beast ever to live on earth swim in the shadows of the city? Was there a pre-historic ocean beneath the city? What other mysteries might the bone hold? It was difficult to tell who was more excited, the media, the general public or the scientific community. The story died down and the whalebone disappeared into a drawer into the basement of the Royal Ontario Museum. Until Now! Until Now!
Fierce Light explores the meteoric rise of spiritual action that is exploding around our planet.
In these times of raging wars, corporate greed, and environmental collapse, people everywhere are wondering, “why am I here?”.
Millions believe that another world is possible, and they are answering the call to take positive, peaceful, powerful action. With their individual action, and the understanding that we’re all in this together, they are creating the largest global movement in history.
Fierce Light is the story of this human sunrise. These ‘warriors of the heart’ that show us what is possible when human beings are at their absolute best.
Gandhi called it 'Soul Force'
Martin Luther King Jr. called it 'Love in Action'
we're calling it Fierce Light.
This one-hour documentary is a filmmaker’s investigation into hallucinations experienced during sleep paralysis. Is it a brush with something beyond our physical world, or a psychological enigma that taps our most primal fears? SYNOPSIS Five percent of the world's population have had the experience of awaking paralyzed while a supernatural entity climbs onto their chest suffocating them, inducing a level of fear that is beyond imagination. These attacks have been known to erupt in epidemics, resulting in mass panic, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sudden unexplainable death. Even the baffled scientific community is divided between psychological and metaphysical explanations. In Roman times the entity was called The Succubus. In Russia it was known as The Vampyr. In Newfoundland it is called The Hag. The Vikings simply called it Night Mara, meaning “The crusher that comes in the night”. Its face and name may change but it has always been with us lurking in the shadows, waiting for us to fall asleep. Haunted by his own encounter with The Nightmare, documentary filmmaker Adam Gray sets out on a journey to understand this terrifying phenomenon. From the foggy shores of Newfoundland to the steaming jungles of Zanzibar we will see where the Nightmare has left its mark. Hear from those who have survived the experience, and the families of those that did not. Meet the scientists, psychologists, and folklorists on the front lines of the battle for understanding how something without material form can traumatize and even kill those that encounter it. The Nightmare is a fascinating exploration of a phenomenon that suggests that the only difference between hallucination and the supernatural is belief.
One camera travels across North America in search of that elusive entity; love. From prostitutes to priests, the wealthy to the poor, the aging to the very young a rainbow of intriguing characters reveal their perspectives on the one trait that binds us all. There is no one who has nothing to say about love.
Seen from the handlebars of a bicycle, the world is a lot smaller than he ever thought. Leaving behind his office with no windows, a young Canadian dreams up an adventure to travel halfway across the planet at a human pace and experience the story of the road. From the mountains of Patagonia, through Latin American mega-cities and small-town America, to the sparse reaches of the Canadian arctic, the people and places he comes to know will forever change his perspectives about the world and the choices he decides to make.
If you could go back and speak to your 12-year-old self, what would you say? Philippine-born filmmaker Lester Alfonso attempts to answer this question by interviewing twelve diverse subjects, each of whom moved to Canada at age 12, like himself. On the cusp of teenage hormones, 12-year-olds often experience emotions with more intensity. Adapting to a new country at this age can be overwhelming. In collecting other people's stories, Lester is forced to face the demons from his own past. Will this journey finally set him free?
When Silence is Golden follows the film`s director in her quest to lift the silence on the gold mining activities of a Canadian mining company near a small town in Western Ghana. Through her journey, we meet the inhabitants of this town who, despite efforts by the government to silence them, cannot hide their anger and are eager to express their grievances.
Forgetful Not Forgotten A documentary by Chris Wynn In 1999, at the young age of fifty-seven, my father became one of the nearly 100,000 Canadians diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Forgetful Not Forgotten is our family’s story. Having watched and recorded my father from the day he was diagnosed I know how horrific a disease it is. Alzheimer’s destroys the brains ability to remember. At first it may simply be a forgotten name or place. But eventually the brain forgets to tell the body how to function and death quickly follows. My Dad is a great guy and I know he and I are a lot alike. I just hope we don’t share the disease. Having spent so much time with my father, I’m not sure if I’m just “worried well” or if my concerns are founded. So now, at the age of thirty-seven, I question every time I misspell a word or forget someone’s name. When I started to record my Dad’s struggle with the disease we were father and son as time went on we became best friends. Forgetful Not Forgotten intertwines the development of our relationship with my search for answers about my own health. Chris Wynn Director/Producer Curran Lake Films 514.482.6153 Mitch Azaria Executive Producer Good Earth Productions firstname.lastname@example.org 416.766.7816
In A Present Distance … explores the complex terrain of motherhood, through an experimental documentary about a woman/filmmaker, who travels by train to Quebec City to do research on a film that she is making (March 2005). While on the train, fragments of her life emerge and speak subtly and sublimely to the journey of life: of grieving and loss, of happiness and sadness as well as the joyful and reverent gestures of living. At the heart of this film is the woman/filmmaker’s child, shown at various times and spaces in his development as he explores the world around him. It is through him and his growth and discovery that we are lead through a palimpsest of love and a woman’s transformation, to a non-linear awareness of time through the claiming of the past, present and future. This film can be viewed online at www.tracygerman.com