Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2013 ReelWorld Film Festival, Apr 9-14

The 13th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival kicks off tonight in Toronto with the North American premiere of Contract by Shirley Frimpong-Manso. A reception takes place at 5pm, followed by the gala screening at 7pm at Canada Square Cinema.

The closing screening will be Aayna Ka Bayna by Samit Kakkad. Other festival screenings taking place include La Playa D.C. by Juan Andrés Arango, Made In Canada by Scott Boyd, A Decent Arrangement by Sarovar Banka, Lost Lagoon by Rob Leickner, Orisha Suite by Nicole Brooks, Windows of Hope by Evelyn Cindy Magara, Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings by Jade Castro, Sunset Stories by Ernesto Foronda and Silas Howard, Cairo 678 by Mohamed Diab, Croker Island Exodus by Steven McGregor, AKP Job 27 by Michael L. Suan, Hoodrush by Dimeji Ajibola, and My Last Round (Mi Ultimo Round) by Julio Jorquera.

The 13th ReelWorld Film Festival continues to April 14 at Canada Square Cinema at Yonge and Eglinton.

2013 ReelWorld Film Festival Schedule

Contract – April 10, 2013 at 5:00pm
Director: Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Principal cast: Hlomla Dandala, Yvonne Okoro

Contract is a romantic comedy featuring a rich entrepreneur who wants to become a father without dealing with “mama drama”.
Presented by TD Bank Group.
Aayna Ka Bayna – April 14, 2013 at 4:00pm
Samit Kakkad
Principal cast: Sachin Khedekar, Amruta Khanvilkar

Aayna Ka Bayna is about nine juvenile delinquents in a detention centre run by a tyrant warden. They dance for passion, for hope and for their dreams to come true.
NBC Universal ReelSpeak and The Good Life – April 11, 2013 at 6:00pm
Christopher Nolen
Principal cast: Tangi Miller, Christian Keyes

ReelSpeak features a candid discussion (The Actor’s Studio – style) with Actress and Producer Tangi Miller (Felicity) followed by a screening of Christopher Nolen’s The Good Life, a film that gives us a more realistic view of the “perfect couple”.
ReelWorld Music Video Night – April 12, 2013 at 9:00pm

The ReelWorld Music Video Night is presented on April 12 at 9pm (pre-reception at 7:30pm) by TD Bank Group and features 24 of the best music videos and a one-on-one conversation with award-winning music video artist Davin Black.

Presented by TD Bank Group.
Free Family Screening of Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights and Calcutta Taxi – April 13, 2013 at 1:00pm
Principal cast: Shyamal Bhattacharya
Shayamal Uncle: Turn Off the Lights, follows a family patriarch as he fights the bureaucracy of India to have his street lights turned off during daylight hours.

Calcutta Taxi
Vikram DasguptaPrincipal cast: Anand Rajaram, Vipin SharmaCalcutta Taxi unravels the story of three lives that coincide and affect each other, each one having lost and found some things in this chance encounter of life. Presented by Shaw Media.
A Decent Arrangement – April 12, 2013 at 6:00pm
Director: Sarovar Banka
Principal cast: Shabana Azmi, Adam Laupus

A Decent Arrangement follows Indian-American Ashok Khosla as he arrives in India intent on following cultural traditions to find a suitable wife through an arranged marriage.
AKP: Job 27 – April 13, 2013 at 8:30pm
Director: Michael L. Suan
Principal cast: Tyce P. Phangsoa, Roxanne Prentice

A Japanese hit man searches everywhere for the love of his life.
Cairo 678 – April 13, 2013 at 5:30pm
Director: Mohamed Diab
Principal cast: Bushra, Nelly Karim

Cairo 678 brings the reality of women’s issues to the forefront, showing the widespread and undisguised sexual harassment in Egypt.Cairo 678 is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 Film Series.
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Croker Island Exodus – April 13, 2013 at 6:00pm
Director: Steven McGregor
Principal cast: Alice Briston, Netta Cahill

Croker Island Exodus is the story of how 95 Aboriginal children and missionaries travelled 5,000 miles by foot, boat, canoe, truck and train over 44 days in 1942, while the Japanese bombed northern Australia.
Echoes – April 12, 2013 at 4:00pm
Director: Sun-Kyung Yi

Echoes looks at the emotional toll on mothers and their children as a result of controversial child birth policies in China.
Elza (Le Bonheur D'Elza) – April 11, 2013 at 5:00pm
Director: Mariette Monpierre
Principal cast: StanaRoumillac, Vincent Byrd Le Sage

Elza (Le Bonheur D'Elza) is the story of a young woman in search of the father she’s never known.
Fondi '91 – April 13, 2013 at 6:00pm
Director: Dev Khanna
Principal cast: Raymond Ablack, Remo Girone

Fondi ’91: An Indian teenager goes to Italy for a soccer tournament. He falls in love, and witnesses a horrible crime.
Presented by: ACTRA
Goodness in Rwanda – April 13, 2013 at 4:00pm
Director: Gord Rand, John Westheuser
Principal cast: Gord Rand, Tara Hughes

The internationally-acclaimed theatre production "Goodness" (from Toronto-based company Volcano Theatre) performs their play in Rwanda.
Hoodrush – April 13, 2013 at 8:30pmDirector: Dimeji Ajibola
Principal cast: OC Ukeje, Bimbo Akintola

Hoodrush is a musical thriller detailing the travails of two brothers closely bonded by their love for music; but deeply separated by their means for success.
La Playa D.C. – April 11, 2013 at 7:00pmDirector: Juan Andrés Arango
Principal cast: Luis Carlos Guevara, Andrés Murillo

It is the story of a young black teenager trying to survive on the streets of Colombia. La Playa D.C. was originally presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
Lost Lagoon – April 12, 2013 at 6:30pmDirector: Rob Leickner
Principal cast: Diana Bang, Daniel Deorksen

A Korean girl starts to learn English in Canada. Her journey leads her through a path of megalomaniac school administrators, crazy boyfriends, new friendships and old sibling rivalries.
Made in Canada – April 12, 2013 at 2:30pm
Director: Scott Boyd
Principal cast: Scott Boyd

Made in Canada offers an insider’s look at Canada’s film and television industry as an emerging filmmaker (Scott Boyd) struggles to figure out how he can make a success of filmmaking.
My Last Round (Mi Último Round) – April 13, 2013 at 8:30pmDirector: Julio Jorquera
Principal cast: Roberto Farías, Héctor Morales

In the south of Chile, a love story is born between successful boxer Octavio and Hugo. Moving to the Capital, they expect to fulfill their dreams and live their love, until Hugo meets Jennifer and Octavio makes a new attempt at what he does best: boxing. It could be his way out, or his very last round.
Mongolian Bling – April 12, 2013 at 4:30pm
Director: Benj Binks
Principal cast: Quiza Gee, Gennie

Mongolian Bling jumps into the thriving music scene in Mongolia's capital city and shows how a handful of artists are using hip hop to try and salvage their country's flailing democracy.
Modest Reception (Paziraie Sadeh) – April 13, 2013 at 3:00pm
Director: Mani Haghighi
Principal cast: Taraneh Alidoosti, Mani Haghighi

Modest Reception (Paziraie Sadeh) follows Leila and Kaveh as they travel from Tehran through the countryside trying to give bags of money to "needy" people who aren’t readily accepting their generosity. A Modest Reception is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 Film Series.
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Sam’s Story (Samige Kathawa) – April 11, 2013 at 4:30pmDirector: Priyankara Vittanachchi
Principal cast: Jagtha Chamila, Nilmini Buwenake

Siriratne (Sam) is the eldest of two children born to a poor family in a remote village in Sri Lanka. Sam has different abilities, and his innocence and dreams keep him going.
Sunset Stories – April 13, 2013 at 4:00pmDirector: Ernesto Foronda, Silas Howard
Principal cast: Monique Gabriela Curnen, Sung Kang

Sunset Stories introduces May, a high-strung and overly meticulous nurse, who returns to Los Angeles to retrieve bone marrow for a transplant. Soon after her trip begins, her world turns upside down when she runs into her ex-boyfriend, and subsequently loses the cooler containing the bone marrow. The two set off through the streets of L.A. to find it.
Windows of Hope – April 12, 2013 at 9:00pm
Director: Evelyn Cindy Magara
Principal cast: Anthony Itwara, Nyakake Harriet

When the thin line between love and hate gets blurred for Alinda (Nyakake Harriet) and Nyanzi (Akwehaire Steven), their child Barugahara (Itwara Anthony) feels the pain. He is rejected, unloved, uncared for and robbed of his inheritance. Barugahara courageously faces life, only keeping hope alive.
Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings (Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington) – April 12, 2013 at 9:30pm
Director: Jade Castro
Principal cast: Martin Escudero, Lauren Young, Kerbie Zamora

Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings (Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington) is a comedic and fun journey where Remington sashays into an adventure that will unravel a mystery of murders, spirits, curses, and gay zombies roaming the streets.

ACTRA Toronto’s YEAA Shorts – April 14, 2013 at 1:30pm
A unique creation project between ACTRA Toronto’s young emerging actors assembly and ReelWorld, this series of short films was specifically created for the ReelWorld Film Festival.
YEAA members are professional actors who play anywhere from 18 - 27 on-camera, and they have partnered with (or become) talented young filmmakers to create an original showcase.

"Get Away Car" / Created by: Kristina Esposito / Dir. Ryan Fisher/ Running time: 5 min 21 sec.
A young woman's day takes a turn for the worse when she's found in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"A Man is a Man is a Man"/ Created by: Brian Mifsud / Dir. Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi/ Running time: 10 Minutes
Who gets the girl? It's a RACE to the finish.

"The Change" / Created by: Sam Coyle / Dir. Sam Coyle / Running time: 11 minutes
To follow the crowd, To be safe or Take the biggest risk of your life. Watch Ashi decide.

"The Sound that Broke the Silence" / Created by: Philip Stonhouse / Dir. Nathalie Younglai / Running Time: 11 Minutes
When silence falls on the world and tragedy strikes how will those that remain create a new beginning.

"The New Domain" / Created by: Ryan Kotack / Dir. Andre Rehal / Running Time: 7 Minutes
A new short film about the Internet reshaping Canada's definition of multiculturalism.

"Audition Day" / Created by: Richard Young / Dir. Spencer Spencer Idenouye / Running time: 6 Min
What happens when two actor friends compete for the role of a lifetime?

"To Hell With Love" / Created by: Sarah Hansen / Dir: Gavin Michael Booth / Running time: 10 minutes
A guilt-ridden man manipulates modern medicine to answer religions biggest question; is there an afterlife?

"The Haircut" / Created by: Imogen Grace / Dir. Carrie Adelstein / Running time: 11 minutes
A young Muslim man, Ali, enters a Chinatown salon, he becomes captivated by the reflection of the delicate Chinese hairdresser as
she works.

"BEJIDE" / Created by: Clara Pasieka / Dir. Joel Keller / Running time: 11 minutes
A Rwandan refugee and a young, white schoolteacher in St. James Town struggle to see eye to eye while the fate of a 7 year old boy hangs in
the balance.
2: A Short Film, Part of Shorts Program 1,
April 11 at 4:30pm
Director: Kegan Sant
Principal cast: Andrew Prashad, Aniko Kaszas

Chris and Liv struggle with the loss of their 18-month-old child. We follow them as they continue on with the ritual of the second-year ‘birthday party’. Will they be able to cope and heal together?
1937, Part of Shorts Program1
April 11 at 4:30pm
Director:Svetozar Golovlev
Principal cast: Eva Aveeva, Ivan Pachin
1937. A young couple is going to baptize their child secretly. A train with convicts passes by and a letter falls out of the window. Should they post it? It can be regarded as collaborationism.
ALIVE - April 12 at 6:30pmDirector: RT!
Principal Cast: Kaitlyn Leeb, Melinda Shankar, KC Collins, Shawn Desman
ALIVE is the first joint venture TV movie from Universal Records and MuchMusic. A fusion of film, music video and dance, it tells the inspirational story of Liv, a small-town dancer, who dreams of a bigger stage than the community centre of Fergus, Ontario.
Baby Half Lie, Part of Shorts Program 1
April 11 at 4:30pm
Director: Kimberly Miller-Pryce
Principal cast:Asha Bromfield, Arnold Pinnock, Samantha Kaine

Fourteen-year-old Amanda recently gained a new baby brother. But since the birth her mother hasn’t been the same. When her mother accuses her of being raped by her step-dad and rushes her to the hospital for tests, it becomes unclear who is telling the truth. Slowly things between the family begin to unravel as Amanda tries to find stable ground.
Behind The Curtain - Screens April 12 at 4pmDirector: Jullian Ablaza
Principal cast: Bladimir Santos, Jay Nunns, Ninon Parent, Karen De Luna, Chris Murdoch

Behind the Curtain is a documentary about modern day circus that uses motion graphics and match-movie to help tell enhance the visual narrative. It takes a journey into the psychology of various aspects of circus.
Call Her Temilola for Short - April 12 at 9pmDirector and Principal Cast: Avionne Akanbi Call Her Temilola For Short tells the story of the Jenkins family, an upper middle-class African American family, dealing with unpredictable, and rather humorous predicaments of having people constantly mispronounce their very different sounding names. They soon find out that other members of the town experience the same hilarious, but eye-rolling situations, regardless of race, or cultural background.
CEO, Part of Shorts Program 2,
April 11 at 7pm
Director: Jennifer Liao
Principal Cast: Maria del Mar
A fallen corporate executive spending her last moments in her office makes a fleeting connection with the security guard tasked with escorting her from the building.
Doggoned, April 13 at 6pm Director: Arshad Khan
Principal Cast: Ulka Simone Mohanty, Karl Philip Werleman, Steve Marsh, Andrei Fasola
Maria is living her dream life in the beautiful city of Montreal. When her work permit is denied, Maria must find creative ways to make ends meet.
Daadi, Part of Shorts Program 1
April 11 at 4:30pm
Director: David Andrew Stoler
Principal cast: Laj Bedi, Rizwan Manji, Purva Bedi, Nana Mensah
She was a star during Bollywood’s Golden Age; now, she’s an 87-year-old grandmother living in a senior home in Harlem. Daadi is the true story of magic and memory, and the difference between living and being alive.
Eneme, April 12 at 4pmDirector: Chris Abell
Principal cast: Edsson Morales, Leonardo Grasselli, Sebastian Cordoba, Jennifer Polansky
After the recent death of his son, Boyd is deciding between his own life and death. In Eneme, we watch as his inner turmoil and the “demon” drive him toward suicide, until he is “visited” by his son. What will happen? Will the boy’s encouraging words help Boyd fight against the demon and choose life?
Howard, Part of Shorts Program 2
April 11 at 7pm
Director: Carolyn Wong Carolyn Wong tells the life story of the brilliant and generous uncle she never knew.
In Between Life, Part of Shorts Program 2
April 11 at 7pm
Director: Sharon Lewis
Principal cast: Melanie Nicholls-King, Kim Roberts, Catherine Bruhier

Three friends take time out of their difficult lives to have a girls’ night.
Little Mao - April 13 at 4pmDirector: Allan Tong
Principal Cast: Kevin Wang, Ariyena Sorani, Isaac Pilozo, Alysha Bauer, Julian Klimczyk
Little Mao tells the life story of Mao Tse-Tung through 12-year old Bobby Tung and his baseball team. After a pop fly liberates shy Bobby, the Chairman emancipates the neighbourhood kids from their chores and leads them to victory on the field. However, does Chairman Bobby take his power too far?
MacPherson, Part of Shorts Program 2
April 11 at 7pm
Director: Martine Chartrand
Principal cast: Félix Leclerc
In Quebec during the early 1930s, poet Félix Leclerc befriended Frank Randolph Macpherson, a Jamaican-born chemical engineer who inspired him to write a song about the log drives.
Modern Romance: The Affair - April 13 at 6pmDirector: Omii Thompson
Principal Cast: Sima Sepehri and Omii Thompson
Battling one’s desire is a battle of attrition. N.N finds himself confronted by the object of his desires in this summer night’s noir tale.
Mom, Part of Shorts Program 1
April 11 at 4:30pm
Director: Ryan Singh
Principal cast: Cheryl Nelson Singh, Enid Singh, Ryan Singh
Learning he will be a father of twins, Ryan seeks advice from the only people he knows to have the answers: his mother and his wife. Realizing all the men have been missing from their lives, he investigates how these women have lived and coped with the missing fathers of their children.
NGUTU, Part of Shorts Program 2
April 11 at 7pm

Directors: Felipe Del Olmo and Daniel Valledor
Principal Cast: Malcolm Sitã

A newspaper street vendor comes up with a creative idea to sell more papers.
Nicoleta, Part of Shorts Program 1
April 11 at 4:30pm

Director: Sonia Liza Kenterman
1951: In the mountains of Greece still full of the hatreds of the civil war, a boy, as the head of his family, is responsible for the destiny of his baby sister. Carrying the baby on his shoulders, he treks the inhospitable mountains and braves the dangers of unforgiving people in the hope of escaping poverty
Nico’s Sampaguita, Part of Shorts Program 2
April 11 at 7pm

Director: Aaron Woolfolk
Principal cast: Esperanza Catubig, JD Charisma, Darion Basco, Jon Jon Briones, E. Anderson, W. A. Steele
A family bond using music to grieve the passing of a father and husband.
Opposites Attack, Part of Shorts Program 2
April 11 at 7pm
Director: Richard B. Pierre
Principal cast: Eric McDonald, Danielle Barker

An awkward blind date
Reiko’s Hina Dolls, Part of Shorts Program 1
April 11 at 4:30pm

Director: Komaki Matsui
Principal cast: Rika Kim, Ami Fujimoto, Toshiaki Koike, Steve Redmond

It’s 1935. a Japanese family making their start in Canada receives a beautiful set of Hina dolls. The dolls take on a conflicted meaning as the family struggles to adapt to their new home. When war breaks out with japan, the family is faced with a punishing choice.
Shawn, Part of Shorts Program 2
April 11 at 7pm
Director: Mark Zanin
Principal Cast: Sarah Jean Hodginkson

Ray and Nora are downhearted to be attending the funeral of a shared acquaintance, Shawn. As they reminisce about the good times that they once shared, they realize not only was Shawn secretly a bisexual, but he was also secretly sleeping with the two of them at the same time.
The Hipster and the Cat - April 12 at 6:30pm
Director: Anthony McLean
An unlucky bachelor wins a chance at love when he finds a beautiful girl’s lost cat.
The Orisha Suite - April 12 at 6:30pm
Director: Nicole Brooks
Principal cast: COBA, collective of Black Artists, Asah Brooks

The Orisha Suite is a celebration of the spirit of enslaved africans, who were able to preserve some of their culture and ritual practices in the new lands where they were taken to by force. journeying through spirit to a period of ancestor reverence and ritual, a little boy experiences history on the shores of the ocean, through song, dance and rhythm. the film pays homage to the orishas, and celebrates one of the rich cultural legacies of the caribbean.
This is My Family - April 11 at 5pm Director: Frederick Kigozi
Principal cast: Dick Mayanja, WassWa Mutesa, Ronald Kasanyo, Nalwoga Sara

Dick and Mutesa are two brothers living in Kampala, Uganda. They have a great relationship but face one major challenge: they have the same father but different mothers, who do not get along. They struggle to deal with the complication of their parents’ relationships. can they reconcile themselves to the reality of living in a polygamous family?
Welcome Yankee, Part of Shorts Program 2
April 11 at 7pm
Director: Benoit Desjardins A couple flees to Canada by stowing away in a shipping container.

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