CFC Alumni Share Films, VR and More at Regent Park Film Fest

By Margaret DeRosia ● November 07, 2018 15:30

We are excited to see a number of our talented alumni from various CFC programs participating in the upcoming Regent Park Film Festival, running from November 14-17 at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto.

The Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s longest running free community film festival, celebrating its 16th anniversary this year. It showcases local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting those from low income and public housing communities. Free admission and free onsite childcare is available throughout the festival, with programming that breaks stereotypes and shows that no one place or person has just one story.

CFC alumni and projects participating in this year’s festival include:

Marsha Greene Speaks at Emerging Directors Spotlight

Bell Media Prime Time TV Program alumna Marsha Greene will be participating on the “talkback” panel at the Emerging Directors' Spotlight, a series of short films.

Wednesday, November 14
7:30 to 10 p.m

Feature with Free Breakfast for Kids: The Breadwinner

The Academy Award-nominated animated feature, The Breadwinner, returns for this special morning screening and free breakfast, specially directed to children.

Co-written for the screen by the CFC’s Late Fragments’ director-alumna Anita Doron and produced by Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers’ Lab alumni Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen from Deborah Ellis’s novel, The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, she disguises herself as a boy to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive.

Saturday, November 17
Free Breakfast: 9 a.m.
Screening: 10 a.m

Feature Film-Political Satire, Black Cop

Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors’ Lab alumnus Cory Bowles directed Black Cop, a political satire in which one officer struggles between duty and moral obligation. Things take a drastic turn when he is profiled by his colleagues off‐duty, pushing him over the edge. Armed with the power of his badge, he then decides to target the privileged community he’d been sworn to protect.

In addition to Bowles, two other CFC alumni were involved in the production: CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Sophia Walker stars, with music by Slaight Music Residency alumnus Dillon Baldassero.

Friday, November 16, 6-8 p.m.

CFC Media Lab’s VR Experience Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity

CFC Media Lab and Network Connect company Cinehackers co-produced the VR experience, Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity, which will screen as part of the Virtual Space Program. No advance tickets or reservations are required to attend. Comprised of photographs and virtual reality volumetric testimonials, Made This Way is an 18-minute interactive mixed-media documentary that explores how transgender subjects are challenging gender norms and redefining traditional masculinity. Creators Irem Harnak and Elli Raynai will be in attendance in the gallery, which includes other innovative VR experiences such as Biidaaban: First Light, Reunion; self-determination of the Black American South and where now?

Thursday, November 15, 4 to 8 p.m.
Friday, November 16, 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Photo of Marsha Greene by David Leyes.