Alumni to Watch, Look and Listen for this May

Posted: Apr 30, 2020

Production may still be at a standstill, but there is no shortage of awesome alumni CanCon to keep you occupied and entertained this May. Here are some alumni films, TV series and music to watch, look and listen for this month, as well as some exciting alumni industry news from April to catch up on.


A woman, who looks distraught and has mascara running down her face, leans against a metal pole

Tammy’s Always Dying


  • The highly anticipated indigenous zombie horror flick, Blood Quantum, from writer/director Jeff Barnaby (produced by John Christou, and starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs) was released on digital and on demand on April 28
  • Buzzed about black comedy Tammy’s Always Dying, from director Amy Jo Johnson, producer Jessica Adams, writer Joanne Sarazen, editor Bryan Atkinson and composer Casey MQ, will be available on digital and on demand May 1
  • Horror-comedy She Never Died, directed by Audrey Cummings, was released on VOD platforms in Canada on April 14 (available through Apple TV, Bell, Rogers, Sasktel, Shaw and Telus)
  • Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, executive produced by Peter Raymont, is now available to stream on Crave
  • Kathleen Hepburn launched her first documentary Perfumed Dreaming, exclusively created for the NFB’s Facebook page
  • Jordi Mand co-wrote the April 27 episode of Cardinal, catch up here
  • Actors Conservatory alumna Annie Murphy and current Slaight Music resident TiKA participated in the special broadcast presentation Stronger Together on Sunday, April 26, supporting Canada’s frontline workers and Food Banks Canada; watch (or re-watch) it here
  • If you haven’t already, catch Actors Conservatory alumna Zahra Bentham in Netflix’s limited series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, available to stream on Netflix Canada
  • Canadian Strain, from writer/director Geordie Sabbagh, is available on digital and on demand in Canada
  • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, from alumnae co-writers and co-directors Kathleen Hepburn and ElleMáijá Tailfeathers and produced by Lori Lozinski, is available in Canada on Apple TV and iTunes
  • James vs His Future Self,co-written/directed by Jeremy LaLonde and produced by Jordan Walker, is now available on digital and on demand (iTunes, Bell and Shaw)
  • CFC co-presented a watch party of alumnus Charles Officer’s NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY (developed and produced by CFC Features) for National Canadian Film Day on April 22; it’s not too late to watch the film on CBC Gem
  • Yung Chang‘s documentary This is Not a Movie is available to stream at Hot Docs

A woman in a red dress poses at the top of a rope climbing structure

Adaline, Dear Illusion


  • Armen Bazarian’s new single “Sight Lines,” released on April 10, 2020
  • Ingrid Veninger on CBC Radio Q talking about the Exquisite Cadaver project
  • New podcast from CFC alumnae Annelise Larson and Jill Golick, STORY + AUDIENCE!
  • New releases from The Darcys, featuring The Slaight Family Music Lab alumnus Jason Couse, who recently launched a cover series where the streaming profits will go to Unison Benevolent Fund to support the Canadian music community. First two releases here and here.
  • Dear Illusion, the new album from Slaight alumna Adaline; give it a listen here

A collage of 10 different female filmmakers

Exquisite Cadaver Project


  • Alumna and prolific filmmaker Ingrid Veninger is teaming up with filmmakers around the world, including fellow alumnae Jennifer Podemski, Slater Jewell-Kemker, Isa Benn and Mina Shum, on Exquisite Cadaver Project: An International Collaboration. The project will feature ten 10-minute films – one from each of the filmmakers involved – using whatever resources they have around them, made in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Alumni film Tammy’s Always Dying (directed by Amy Jo Johnson, written by Joanne Sarazen, produced by Jessica Adams, edited by Bryan Atkinson and featuring music by Casey MQ) was picked up by Quiver Distribution
  • Read: an interview with Amy Jo Johnson on Tammy’s Always Dying, turning Canuck and finding a perfect suicide bridge with Google Maps (Original Cin)
  • Bretten Hannam is one of 11 Indigenous films selected to receive development funding from Telefilm Canada for his project Skite’kmujua’kik
  • Lauren Grant’s Clique Pictures is one of the production companies attached to the project Ojiibikaan, which has been selected as one of this year’s 22 Hot Docs Forum projects
  • The Book of Distance, from writer/director Randall Okita, executive produced by Anita Lee and featuring music from Menalon (Joseph Murray and Lodewijk Vos), is part of this year’s Hot Docs
  • Jennifer HolnessSubjects of Desire, and Yung Chang’s Red Stars are among the 15 films selected by Telefilm for their theatrical doc program
  • Measure, a CFC short film written and directed by Karen Chapman, produced by Elizabeth Melanson, edited by Chris Melanchan, with music by Jason Couse, is one of nine projects selected for the 11th Annual WIFT-TShowcase

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