Weekend Picks

Canadian Film Ed.

Enjoy some very choice northern selections this weekend.

Wishing you a wonderful Canada Day and a safe and fun summer.

See you for more Weekend Picks in August!

Geoff

The Grand Seduction

A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor’s time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction.

Gabrielle

The musically gifted but developmentally challenged Gabrielle lives in a group home with four other adults who have similar disabilities. Like all young women, Gabrielle wants her independence, but of course her situation is exceptional. When she falls in love with a similarly challenged young man in her choir, she discovers that both the families and the social workers are alarmed; can these two handle an adult relationship?

 

Reel Injun

Hollywood has an impressive track record, one that spans more than 4,000 films, of blatantly misrepresenting Native people and their cultures. Featuring interviews with filmmakers and activists such as Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch and Russell Means, Reel Injun delves into the fascinating history of the Hollywood Indian with razor-sharp insight and humor, tracing its checkered cinematic evolution from the silent film era to today.

C.R.A.Z.Y

A story of two love affairs. A father’s love for his five sons. And one son’s love for his father, a love so strong it compels him to live a lie. That son is Zac Beaulieu, born on the 25th of December 1960, different from all his brothers, but desperate to fit in. During the next 20 years, life takes Zac on a surprising and unexpected journey that ultimately leads him to accept his true nature and, even more importantly, leads his father to love him for who he really is.

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Bon Cop, Bad Cop

Martin Ward, an English police detective from Toronto, and David Bouchard, a francophone detective from Quebec couldn’t be more different. One obeys the law, the other makes his own. When they are forced to work together on an investigation their differences both threaten the investigation and ultimately solve the mystery.

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Strange Brew

All the McKenzie brothers want is a free case of beer and a quiet place to belch, so they put a mouse in a beer bottle and go to the Elsinore Brewery to complain. There they encounter the diabolical Brewmeister Smith who has concocted a scheme to rule the world by contaminating Elsinore Beer with a mind-controlling chemical.

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Jesus of Montreal

A group of actors putting on an interpretive Passion Play in Montreal begin to experience a meshing of their characters and their private lives as the production takes form against the growing opposition of the Catholic church.

Crash

James Ballard, a bored film director who explores new realms after a near-fatal car accident introduces him to a world of sexually obsessed car crash enthusiasts. Unsatisfied by his marriage, Ballard joins Dr. Helen Remington and begins to explore the eroticism of the car the sexual violence of auto accidents.

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I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing

Awkward, shy and delightfully funny, Polly Vandersma is an “organizationally impaired” temporary assistant who finally gets her first permanent job at the age of 31. While she works for the curator of an art gallery, Polly narrates her own story, sharing the comical and bittersweet pretensions of the art world. At the same time, she reveals a special part of her own private world, taking the viewer to enchanted places in this quiet assault on the notion of authority everywhere.

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Enjoy this important and entertaining collection of films that reveal who were, who we are, and the places we could go as Canadians. Films can be treated free of charge or downloaded for personal use for a small fee.

Seniors Book Club | July Selection

Molly of the Mall
by Heidi L.M. Jacobs

eBook | Print

The Seniors Book Club continues to meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 2:00 PM via Zoom.

Registration to discuss the 2020 winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal, Molly of the Mall is now open.

“Heidi L.M. Jacobs has created a delightfully whimsical protagonist in Molly. Always informed by the characters from literature she loves, she approaches life in her own unique, and fanciful, way. Such fun to follow the retail nightmares and romantic comedy mishaps of this Austenian heroine of mid-90s Edmonton.”

~ Dina Del Bucchia, author of It’s a Big Deal!
Further Reading
Audio & Video

Monday Evening Book Club | July Selection

Molly of the Mall
by Heidi L.M. Jacobs

eBook | Print

The Monday Evening Book Club continues to meet on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM via Zoom.

Registration to discuss the 2020 winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal, Molly of the Mall is now open.

“Heidi L.M. Jacobs has created a delightfully whimsical protagonist in Molly. Always informed by the characters from literature she loves, she approaches life in her own unique, and fanciful, way. Such fun to follow the retail nightmares and romantic comedy mishaps of this Austenian heroine of mid-90s Edmonton.”

~ Dina Del Bucchia, author of It’s a Big Deal!
Further Reading
Audio & Video

Tuesday Afternoon Book Club | July Selection

Molly of the Mall
by Heidi L.M. Jacobs

eBook | Print

The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club continues to meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM via Zoom.

Registration to discuss the 2020 winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal, Molly of the Mall is now open.

“Heidi L.M. Jacobs has created a delightfully whimsical protagonist in Molly. Always informed by the characters from literature she loves, she approaches life in her own unique, and fanciful, way. Such fun to follow the retail nightmares and romantic comedy mishaps of this Austenian heroine of mid-90s Edmonton.”

~ Dina Del Bucchia, author of It’s a Big Deal!
Further Reading
Audio & Video

Weekend Picks

Indigenous Cinema Ed.

Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day with some of the best films in our collection. If that’s not enough for you, the NFB has a deep and carefully crafted collection of Indigenous cinema that is easy to access.

So this weekend, take the time to be very entertained and more educated about the shape of our shared history.

The Lesser Blessed

An eye-opening account of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in the modern world. Through the eyes of Larry Sole, a First Nation teenager filled with bravado and angst, comes the story of three unlikely friends isolated in a small rural town discovering what they can of life and love and racial tensions, in a world by a dark mystery from his past.

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Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 18 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax”, keeping her out of St. Ds. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed.

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Indian Horse

An adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people.

The Grizzlies

In this inspiring true story, a group of Inuit students in a small, struggling Arctic community is changed forever through the transformative power of sport.
Follows the lives and relationships of three sisters as they attempt to start their own business. Of American Indian ancestry, but adopted by white foster parents as young children, each sister has her own identity issues and each has chosen a very different career path. This is the first film about Native American women written, directed, produced and starring Native American women.

 

Weekend Picks

Pride Ed. Vol.2

Don’t stop now! Keep celebrating Pride with more acclaimed and engaging flicks!

Saturday Church

In this New York Times Critics’ Pick, A 14 year old boy, struggling with gender identity and religion, begins to use fantasy to escape his life in the inner city and find his passion in the process.Nominated for Best Actress and Best US Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. Winner of Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film at Outfest.

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Nasty Baby

Nasty Baby centers on Freddy, a Brooklyn-based artist who, with his boyfriend, Mo, and their best friend, Polly, is trying to have a baby. As this trio deals with the complications of conception and creating the “new normal” family, their bliss is clouded by a series of confrontations with an annoying neighbor who just might be a madman.

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Martyr 

For Hassane, a young man from an impoverished neighborhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization and hopelessness. Hassane’s strange sudden drowning at Beirut’s rocky shore sparks a mob procession and strips apart the bond of youth and friendship, forcing his friends to grapple with loss and powerlessness, and with the cold heavy truth of their friend’s dead body. The funeral is transformed into a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of life, youth, friendship, and love.

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Call Her Ganda

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case; an activist attorney, a transgender journalist, and Jennifer’s mother, galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.

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Weekend Picks

Pride Ed.

Hey folks, this weekend check out some thoughtful and entertaining flicks in celebration of Pride Month!

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the titular character (Chloe Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.

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Call Me By Your Name

It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

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Any Day Now

Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own.

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We Were Here

An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the “Gay Plague” in the early 1980s.

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United in Anger: A History of Act Up

An inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.

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Monday Book Club June Selection

One Native Life
by Richard Wagamese
eBook|eAudiobook

The Monday Evening drop-in book club will continue to meet via Zoom. Registration is required.

Begin Registration

Celebrate National Indigenous History Month and one of the foremost Indigenous authors and storytellers, Richard Wagamese. With the option to download both the eAudiobook and eBook, you’ll have no problem experiencing  Richard’s luminous connection to life this month.

“For Wagamese the land is sacred, and his passion for its healing powers is so contagious that readers may well find themselves inspired to tuck his book under one arm and carry it outside.” Winnipeg Free Press

Further Reading

Milkweed| Bibliography, Bio, & Interview

CBC|Book Review & Interview 

Now Toronto|Who gets to tell Indigenous stories?

Obituary

Globe & Mail

BC Book Look

Video

“An immaculate measure of grace.” Richard’s powerful speech from the Matt Cohen Awards.

Richard reads from One Native Life

 

 

Seniors Book Club June Selection

One Native Life
by Richard Wagamese
eBook|eAudiobook

The Seniors drop-in book club will continue to meet via Zoom. Registration is required.

Begin Registration

Celebrate National Indigenous History Month and one of the foremost Indigenous authors and storytellers, Richard Wagamese. With the option to download both the eAudiobook and eBook, you’ll have no problem experiencing  Richard’s luminous connection to life this month.

“For Wagamese the land is sacred, and his passion for its healing powers is so contagious that readers may well find themselves inspired to tuck his book under one arm and carry it outside.” Winnipeg Free Press

Further Reading

Milkweed| Bibliography, Bio, & Interview

CBC|Book Review & Interview 

Now Toronto|Who gets to tell Indigenous stories?

Obituary

Globe & Mail

BC Book Look

Video

“An immaculate measure of grace.” Richard’s powerful speech from the Matt Cohen Awards.

Richard reads from One Native Life

 

 

Tuesday Book Club June Selection

One Native Life
by Richard Wagamese
eBook|eAudiobook

The Tuesday drop-in book club will continue to meet via Zoom. Registration is required.

Begin Registration

Celebrate National Indigenous History Month and one of the foremost Indigenous authors and storytellers, Richard Wagamese. With the option to download both the eAudiobook and eBook, you’ll have no problem experiencing  Richard’s luminous connection to life this month.

“For Wagamese the land is sacred, and his passion for its healing powers is so contagious that readers may well find themselves inspired to tuck his book under one arm and carry it outside.” Winnipeg Free Press

Further Reading

Milkweed| Bibliography, Bio, & Interview

CBC|Book Review & Interview 

Now Toronto|Who gets to tell Indigenous stories?

Obituary

Globe & Mail

BC Book Look

Video

“An immaculate measure of grace.” Richard’s powerful speech from the Matt Cohen Awards.

Richard reads from One Native Life