5 Canadian Film Stories in Search of a Title

Everyone has heard about Denis Villeneuve’s thriller Sicario screening at Cannes (where he’s presented four other works of his, so Cannes is not a new city for him — get it?), but Canadian films and filmmakers are meeting the world in many other places this Monday morning.

Northernstars looks at Robert Cohen’s  light documentary Being Canadian and other homegrown films at HotDocs, which includes a dedicated Canadian Spectrum program.

Three films produced by Margot Hand, originally of St. John’s, are on show at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, one of the biggest independent film festivals in the world, the CBC reports.  What’s more, “two of her productions are on the top 20 list of what to see during the event.”

And then there are some only-in-Canada type film news stories that are every bit as interesting . . .

Sgt. Bill is the working title for “a quirky romantic comedy” due to start filming in Saskatchewan in June, according to Debra Pinkerton of  The Grenfell Sun/Broadview Express.   Bill is Saskatchewan’s most famous goat, a military mascot during World War I and eventually a taxidermied display. The 15-minute film fictionalizes his story, portraying an introverted young man who inherits a mounted goat. Saxon DeCocq of Bamboo Shoots is writer and director.

Though it tours all over the world, including 100 cities in Canada, the Reel Paddling Film Festival is produced by Rapid Media of Ontario and deals with something that’s been a part of this country from the beginning. In  The Sudbury Star, Bruce Heidman reports on its visit to the city and on how the festival operates.

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