FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 14

Alfie, the Little Werewolf

Joram Lürsen Netherlands 2012 98min

ORIGINAL TITLE: Dolfje Weerwolfje

LANGUAGE: Dutch with English subtitles

PRECEDED BY: Kali le petit Vampire

When the full moon rises on the night of his seventh birthday, strange things begin to happen to shy little Alfie: he suddenly grows sharp claws and white fuzzy hair, and begins to howl at the moon. Alfie soon realizes he is no longer a regular kid — he has turned into a werewolf! Only his brother Timmie knows, but with Alfie attacking his neighbour’s chickens and biting a bully in the leg, it won’t be long until his secret is revealed. Alfie just wants to be an ordinary boy again, but with the help of his loving family and a mysterious, hairy stranger, he may learn that what makes each person different is also what makes them special. The film is based on a series of popular children's books by Dutch author Paul Van Loon.

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Themes: celebrating differences, recognizing talents, growing up, feeling alone, bullying

Content Advisory: minimal comedic violence, unseen animal death (eaten), biting

Rating: PG ( Violence)

Recommended for ages 8 to adult

Awards:
Awarded European Children’s Film Award at the 17th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience in Schlingel, Germany

Following the film,  you are invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cutouts will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

This workshop is offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program, in French or English.

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Joram Lürsen studied film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. His graduation film De Finales (1990) won multiple awards including a Mention DE Qualite at the Césars ( the French Oscars). His credits as a director include several TV series and films including Alles Is Liefde.

Gattu

Rajan Khosa India 2011 79min

LANGUAGE: Hindi with English Subtitles

Subtitles will be read aloud by an experienced reader on Sunday, April 14

Gattu is an orphan who works at his guardian's scrap yard in a small Indian town. Though he's small in stature, Gattu has big ambitions - namely, defeating the mysterious black kite Kali, which dominates the sky above his kite-obsessed community. Needing to reach higher ground so that his kite can go head-to-head with Kali, Gattu impersonates a student at the local school so that he can gain access to its rooftop. Yet Gattu's determination to take down Kali will lead him to make other discoveries, to find new friends, and realize that what happens in the classroom can be just as wondrous as anything happening in the skies.  

Themes: poverty, hardship, literacy, ambition, inventiveness, education

Content Advisory: threats of physical violence, instances of an adult slapping a child

Rating: G ( Violence)

Recommended for ages 7 to adult

Awards:

Audience Award and Honorable Mention Award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012
Special mention under Best Film category , Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Following the Saturday, April 13, screening, you are invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cutouts will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

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Rajan Khosa is an Indian writer-director-producer who has worked between the UK, Europe and India for the last decade. His most noted film, Dance of the Wind (1997),starring Kitu Gidwani in the lead role, won many national and International film awards, including Audience Award London Film Festival 1997 and Best Director British Asian Film Festival 1998.His latest film Gattu, won accolade at Berlinale and was named Best film at New York Indian Film Festival 2012.

Kali le Petit Vampire

Regina Pessoa Canada 9min

Little Kali, a vampire who lives in the shadows and inspires fear, feels the pain of being different. One day he breaks out of his isolation to try to make friends with boys his age playing beside the train tracks.

Rating: G

Mere Phantoms Interactive Shadow Installation & Workshop

Jaimie Robson, Maya Ersan Canada 90min

In this 90-minute workshop participants will work with paper and light to explore how three-dimensional object translate into two-dimensional shadow based imagery. Each participant will create a three-dimensional paper cutout modeled after the techniques employed by Mere Phantoms in their interactive shadow installations.

In the first segment of the workshop Mere Phantoms media artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process. The pieces made by the group will be combined with examples by Mere Phantoms to create a small-scale paper-based installation.  In the second segment of the workshop participants will use Mere Phantoms hand-held light wands to explore how their pieces translate in light and shadow.

Mere Phantoms has been featured in galleries and art spaces across Canada. The workshop will be hands-on and experiential, and will play on scale, light and shadow, and the creative use of negative and positive space.

Recommended for ages 6+ with parents, grandparents, or guardians. Instruction is available in both French and English. Workshop by pre-registration only. Please contact education@r2rfestival.org or call 604-224-6162.

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Mere Phantoms is the Montreal-based creative studio of artists Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson. In their work as Mere Phantoms, Maya and Jaimie draw on traditions of shadow puppetry, animation, and early cinema to create interactive installations and performances using light and shadow as their primary medium. Exploring the ephemeral qualities of time-based media, these installations are site-specific and respond to the character of the given venue. They present this interactive work at outdoor street festivals, educational settings, and in gallery and museum spaces. In their interactive installations, they invite the audience to take on an active role in animating the work. Using hands-on creation to activate memory and the imagination, each of Mere Phantoms installations responds to a particular theme. Some examples of previous work include history and the city (Montreal in Shadow, 2011-2012); and the sense of loss as it relates to urbanization (Suspended Narratives, 2012).

Moon Man

Stephan Schesch - Ireland, France, Germany, 2012 92min

LANGUAGE: English

PRECEDED BY: The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk

If only Moon Man knew just how much children loved him. But he's not even remotely aware, he's just sitting on the moon, bored stiff, in his lonely silver sphere. One night, a shooting star appears, whizzing through outer space towards the moon. Moon Man seizes his chance, grabs the speeding comet by the tail, and hitches a ride to earth. Earth's arrogant president regards this as "an attack from outer space." He is absolutely furious. He has only just conquered the last speck of earth, and defeated all his enemies. Now aliens from another planet are attacking his dominion. The only traces they find of the intruder are silvery footprints near the edge of the crater’s impact. Meanwhile, the world's children are unable to sleep without seeing the Moon Man in the night sky, leading him to seek help from a kindly scientist who lives in a castle by the sea full of charming Rube Goldberg-like devices. While escaping the president and his soldiers, Moon Man sets off on a long journey, where he marvels at the many wonders the earth has to offer and realizes how much children love and need him.

Based on the bestselling book by Tomi Ungerer, the film's well-chosen moon tunes include Louis Armstrong’s Moon River. Moon Man is co-produced by Le Pacte and the Oscar-nominated Irish production company Cartoon Saloon, responsible forThe Secret of Kells (R2R, 2009). The animation - by Irish animators Fabian Erlinghauser (The Secret Of Kells), Sean McCarron (Song Of The Sea) and Marie Thorhauge (Old Fangs) – is impressively true to Ungerer’s style.

Themes: lonliness, adventure, difference, understanding and acceptance

Rating: TBA

Recommended for ages 7 to adult

Moon Man is also our Opening Night Gala. Following the film Gala presentation the audience is invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cut-outs and giant projection screens will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

This film is also offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program.

Stephan Schesch was born in Munich, studied at Munich Academy of Film, and began his career as a writer for television. He decided to specialize in animation during an internship at Film Roman (The Simpsons) in 1995. He has produced animated television series and feature films, including Hood (2001), The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005) and The Three Robbers (R2R, 2007). He has produced over a dozen animation films and television series, and headed the animation studios Odeon, Ellipse and Animation X. Moon Man is his feature directorial debut.

Path Waves: An Indigenous Showcase

various USA, Australia 40min

This collection of stories about families and friendships offers a dynamic insight into First Nations culture, history, and identity from a youth perspective. Co-presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian & Longhouse Media.

This is a FREE screening - So bring your friends and family, its on us!

Recommended for ages 4+
 

Featuring:

Hoverboard (Sydney Freeland, USA)

Super Brotha: Urban Surfing (Rima Tamou, Australia)

Chased: Version #2 (SuperFly 2011 – Longhouse Media, USA)

How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes (Tulalip Heritage School – Longhouse Media, USA)

Injunuity: Tongues (Adrian Baker, USA)

Neil Discovers the Moon (Steven Judd, USA)

Interview with Einstein (Velma Craig and Dustinn Craig, USA)

Minnie Loves Junior (Andy Mullins and Matt Mullins, Australia)

 

Co-presented with:

The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk

Celest Koon Canada 14min

Combining live action and stop motion animation, this film tells the magical story of nine-year-old Cleo, an eccentric self proclaimed space adventurer, who takes it upon herself to outdo modern medicine after an accident lands her best friend Anouk in hospital, broken and shocked. The world can be a tough place; sometimes you need to escape it entirely. This is the adventure of two young girls as they travel from one galaxy to the next in their homemade washing machine box spaceship, attending alien discotheques and zoos, and descending volcanoes in search of secret medicinal berries. This age-old story of bonding through space travel is a mixture of out-of-this-world whimsy and real life drama.

Rating: G

Precedes: Moon Man