Wild Life

Directors Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby
Year 2011
Run Time 14min
Genre Animation, Drama
This Oscar-nominated animated short tells the story of a dapper young remittance man who is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context.

Directors

Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby

Producers

Marcy Page, Bonnie Thompson

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Female Filmmaker, History, Newcomer Stories

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Refuge in the Rockies

Director Kaio Kathriner
Year 2018
Run Time 12min
Genre Documentary
A look at how Columbian refugee Anderson Losada’s dreams of skiing on the Canadian Paralympic team helped to change an obscure law that barred him from pursuing Canadian citizenship.

Director

Kaio Kathriner

Writers

Kaio Kathriner, Tom Malenica

Producers

Matt Drake, Tony Cerciello, Kaio Kathriner

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Global Experiences, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

Very Nice, Very Nice

Director Arthur Lipsett
Year 1961
Run Time 7min
Genre Experimental

An avant-garde collage of photography and sound that looks behind the business-as-usual face we put on in life, showing anxieties we’d rather forget.

Director

Arthur Lipsett

Producers

Colin Low, Tom Daly

Genre

Experimental

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

The Ghosts in Our Machine

Director Liz Marshall
Year 2013
Run Time 93min
Genre Documentary

In a film that explores the rights of non-human animals through the compassionate lens of international photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we meet individual animals living within — and rescued from — the machine of our modern world. 

Director

Liz Marshall

Writer

Liz Marshall

Producers

Nina Beveridge, Liz Marshall

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT

Super Duper Alice Cooper

Directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Reginald Harkema
Year 2014
Run Time 98min
Genre Documentary

In this found-footage Dr. Jekyll–and–Mr. Hyde tale, the former is revealed as Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son from Detroit, Michigan, who transforms into Alice Cooper, a veritable rock-and-roll legend.

Directors

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Reginald Harkema

Writers

Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen

Producers

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Canada: A People’s History

Year 2000
Run Time 150min
Genre Documentary

Dramatic and gripping, this popular series illustrates pivotal moments in Canada’s history, bringing a compelling intimacy to grand, historic developments. From the stories passed down through oral tradition to the first encounters between Indigenous peoples and Europeans, through the battles that engulfed the continent and the formation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, to the modern era of feminism, multiculturalism and globalization, this captivating series brings to life the moments that have shaped our nation, telling Canada’s story through the eyes of the people who lived it.

Canada: A People’s History won the Gemini Award for Best Documentary Series and attracted over 14 million viewers. It is a collaborative production between the CBC and Radio-Canada and is available in both English and French.

Students can explore Canadian history further by delving into the series’ award-winning website (www.cbc.ca/history), which features behind-the-scenes footage, games, puzzles, lesson plans and links to other historical resources.

Each 105 minute episode is made up of several 10-to-15-minute segments, which can be shown independently. For a more detailed breakdown of the topics covered in each episode, please see www.cbc.ca/history.

 

SERIES 1: 15,000 B.C. to 1800 A.D. For centuries, the territory now known as Canada is home to over 50 Indigenous nations, each with unique traditions and culture. In the 16th century, European explorers arrive, creating Canada’s first colonies, and forever changing the landscape and the lives of the First Peoples.

SERIES 2: 1670 to 1873 By the 1800s, British exploration opens the West to settlement, laying the foundation of a new nation, but also displacing and devastating Indigenous inhabitants. Confederation soon follows, with the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867.

SERIES 3: 1873 to 1940 Canada’s early years are fraught with economic depression, rebellions and tension between English- and French-speaking Canadians. Immigration, rapid growth and sociopolitical change follow, ending abruptly with World War II, a pivotal moment in Canada’s quest for autonomy that comes at the enormous cost of 60,000 lives.

SERIES 4: 1940 to 1990 The end of the Great Depression and the flames and ravages of World War II give way to a new era of peace, progress and prosperity, as well as free trade, globalization, feminism, Indigenous land claims, multiculturalism, Québec nationalism and the explosion of computer technology.

Directors

Writers

Hubert Gendron, Mark Starowicz, Gene Allen

Producer

Mark Starowicz

Genre

Documentary

Interests

History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

CBC

The Street

Director Caroline Leaf
Year 1976
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Drama

An award-winning adaptation of a story by Canadian author Mordecai Richler about how families deal with older relatives, and the emotions surrounding a grandmother’s death.

Director

Caroline Leaf

Writer

Mordecai Richler

Producer

Guy Glover

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Classics, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Strange Invaders

Director Cordell Barker
Year 2001
Run Time 9min
Genre Animation, Drama

Roger and Doris get more than they bargained for when a peculiar child appears at their doorstep. Nominated for an Oscar.

Director

Cordell Barker

Writer

Cordell Barker

Producers

Jennifer Torrance, Cordell Barker

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

The Sand Castle

Director Co Hoedeman
Year 1977
Run Time 13min
Genre Animation

A man made of sand makes other sand creatures in this inventive, Oscar-winning stop-motion film.

Director

Co Hoedeman

Producer

Gaston Sarault

Genre

Animation

Interest

Classics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Nails

Director Phillip Borsos
Year 1979
Run Time 13min
Genre Documentary
This documentary explores the manufacturing of nails and the gulf between the skilled labour of traditional tradespeople and modern mechanization.

Director

Phillip Borsos

Borsos was a four-time Canadian Film Award, Genie Award winner, and an Oscar nominee. He released his debut feature, The Grey Fox, to much acclaim in 1982, at age 27. He also directed The Mean Season, One Magic Christmas, Bethune: The Making of a Hero and Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog, before his tragic death from leukemia at age 41.

Producer

John Taylor

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, History

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Me And My Moulton

Director Torill Kove
Year 2014
Run Time 13min
Genre Animation
In this Oscar-nominated short, a seven-year-old girl asks for a bicycle, knowing that her loving yet unconventional parents have other ideas. 

Director

Torill Kove

Writer

Torill Kove

Producers

Lise Fearnley, Marcy Page, David Verrall

Genre

Animation

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Enfants de choeur! (The Choir Boys)

Director Magnus Isacsson
Year 1999
Run Time 76min
Genre Documentary, Drama
A documentary focusing on the relationships between a choir of homeless men in Montreal and their founder and choirmaster, Pierre.

Director

Magnus Isacsson

Genres

Documentary, Drama

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

If I Was God

Director Cordell Barker
Year 2014
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation
In this darkly whimsical animation from two-time Oscar-nominee Cordell Barker, a student dissecting a frog in his biology class daydreams about omnipotent powers.

Director

Cordell Barker

Writer

Cordell Barker

Producers

Michael Fukushima, David Christensen

Genre

Animation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Home Cooked Music

Director Mike Maryniuk
Year 2014
Run Time 9min
Genre Documentary
Is there anything more Canadian than a moose-antler electric guitar? After having a near-death experience, a retired machinist finds meaning by making whimsical stringed instruments from strange objects.

Director

Mike Maryniuk

Writer

Mike Maryniuk

Producer

Brendon Sawatzky

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Gloria Victoria

Director Theodore Ushev
Year 2012
Run Time 9min
Genre Experimental

Recycling elements of surrealism and cubism, this Genie-nominated animation explores relationships between art and war. Content Note: Violence

Director

Theodore Ushev

Producer

Marc Bertrand

Genre

Experimental

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Flux

Director Christopher Hinton
Year 2002
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation, Drama
A whimsical piece that plays with both the significant and mundane events in the lives of a large family.

Director

Christopher Hinton

Writer

Christopher Hinton

Producer

David Verrall

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Family Relationships, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Dimanche (Sunday)

Director Patrick Doyon
Year 2011
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Drama

A young boy is bored during a visit to his grandparents’ house in small-town Quebec, so he goes outside in search of adventure. Nominated for an Oscar.

Director

Patrick Doyon

Writer

Patrick Doyon

Producers

Marc Bertrand, Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

The Danish Poet

Director Torill Kove
Year 2006
Run Time 14min
Genre Animation, Drama

In this Oscar-winning short, a young woman tells the story of how the Danish poet Kasper Jørgensen found inspiration and ultimately caused her parents to find one another.

Director

Torill Kove

Writer

Torill Kove

Producers

Lise Fearnley, Marcy Page

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey

Directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise
Year 2005
Run Time 96min
Genre Documentary

A lifelong heavy metal fan, Canadian anthropologist Dunn travels around the world to explore the origins of the genre as well as the controversy that sometimes accompanies the culture of the music and its fans.

Directors

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise

Writers

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise

Producers

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

The Stone of Folly

Director Jesse Rosensweet
Year 2002
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation, Drama
In this twisted short involving strange doctors who cure bizarre ailments, laughter proves to be the best medicine. 

Director

Jesse Rosensweet

Writers

Alastair Dickson, Jesse Rosensweet

Producer

Jesse Rosensweet

Genres

Animation, Drama

Original Language

English