Ninth time 'round for Nickel

Justin Brake
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The Nickel Independent Film Festival is about to liven up its ninth consecutive summer in St. John's.

Though locally run, festival co-ordinator Janelle Hickey says the Nickel has lined up a series of films from around the world which will screen during the June 23-27 event.

"The program comes from an existing collection of over 70 films from all over the world, including films from Australia, Ireland, Israel, the U.S., Germany, just about everywhere," she explains. "And we're very very proud to program 29 homegrown films.

Local filmmaker Christian Sparkes' short comedy "Ten Days" will be among the 29 "homegrown" films screened at this year's Nickel Independent Film Festival. - Submitted photo

The Nickel Independent Film Festival is about to liven up its ninth consecutive summer in St. John's.

Though locally run, festival co-ordinator Janelle Hickey says the Nickel has lined up a series of films from around the world which will screen during the June 23-27 event.

"The program comes from an existing collection of over 70 films from all over the world, including films from Australia, Ireland, Israel, the U.S., Germany, just about everywhere," she explains. "And we're very very proud to program 29 homegrown films.

"Our programming committee chose a completely diverse collection of films.

"We have three feature lengths to a wide range of shorts, including cutting-edge animation, thought-provoking experimentals, really funny comedies, just about everything you can think of."

In a move to bolster the festival's appeal some new programming has also resulted in two additional screenings and a pair of notable workshops.

The late night "Short and Giggly" and "Arts Matinee" screenings have been added to the regular daily events throughout the festival and the "Intermediate Screenwriting" workshop with veteran film and television writer Noel Baker of "Hard Core Logo" fame and "Filmmaking Masterclass" with 2009 Oscar-shortlisted director Chris Jones round out the fortified lineup of workshops.

But the programming isn't the only aspect of the Nickel that's been subjected to change. Last year, the films screened at LSPU Hall, but due to the venue's current renovations the screenings have been moved from downtown to Memorial University's INCO Innovation Centre.

"It was really challenging to find a venue because quality of screening is really important to us when you put somebody's work up ... and that's been a constant challenge," explains festival chair Baptiste Neis. "To find a venue like that in town is challenging, but the INCO centre is by far the best room.

"I think the biggest challenge is actually directing people to (the INCO building)," adds Nickel executive director Ruth Lawrence. "We're trying to find some inventive ways to point people in that direction, letting them know it's the old Thomson Student Centre because for anyone over 30-ish, that's what they think of," she laughs.

A promising highlight this year includes last year's hugely successful Nickel Filmmaker Panel and Luncheon, which takes place at The Casbah restaurant on Cathedral Street June 26 and will include a limited seating lunch with various filmmakers.

"The panel luncheon ... we're hoping to make it even bigger and better this year," Lawrence says. "We actually have quite a few visiting filmmakers this year. They're going to be sitting on the panel along with some of our locals."

Among the local filmmakers whose films will screen this year are established names like Sherry White, Roger Maunder, Jordan Canning, and Gerry Rogers, as well as a selection of the province's emerging contingent, like Christian Sparkes, Justin Madol, and Darcy Fitzpatrick.

Sparkes, who earned a pair of awards at the Nickel with his debut short film two years ago, will premiere his sophomore effort "Ten Days," an 18-minute comedy about Donny Fowler, a young loner who gets conned into joining his university's wrestling team.

"It's pretty validating," says Sparkes, when asked about the significance of having his film in the Nickel. "You put in all this work and you're always telling people about the film ... there's only so much you can really tell them. Really, you have to show up and see it."

The young St. John's-based filmmaker says he also plans to take in the Filmmaking Masterclass with Jones.

"This guy certainly knows what he's doing, so to be able to talk with a successful filmmaker and someone whose work you really respect - sometimes it's just nice to sit down and shoot the shit with these people, talk the craft and see how they came to be where they are. There's often a lot of common threads with independent filmmakers. You find you can really relate on a lot of different topics ... and realize you're not actually alone. These people have all the same struggles that I have."

Gerry Rogers, whose feature length documentary "Ferron" is among the festival's most anticipated films, jokes that she's "a bit of a workshop slut," saying she plans to take in some of the director/filmmaker-oriented events.

But on the whole, says Rogers, "The wonderful thing about film is it takes you to places you otherwise might not go on your own. So the Nickel every year gives a big, fat, juicy gift to the people of our city."

Tickets for this year's Nickel are $10 for regular screenings, $7.50 for late night shows, and $5 for the June 27 children's matinee.

Festival passes are $60. Tickets and passes are available at the Holy Heart box office 12-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by phone at (709) 579-4424.

Darcy Fitzpatrick will also maintain and update the festival's official blog throughout the week. "SignalBlog" can be viewed at signalblog.ca.

For more information on the Nickel Independent Film Festival, including a full schedule of events and workshops, visit www.nickelfestival.com.




Nickel Schedule

Tuesday, June 23
7:30 p.m.
1 - "Shame of The North Atlantic"
2 - "Baby Boots"
3 - "Gokh-Bi System 'Rap Tassu"'
4 - "Interpretation"
5 - "Record"
6 - "8MM Films"
7 - "Whatever Turns You On"
8 - "Cut From The Same Cloth"
9 - "Reach"
10 - "Gone Fishing"
Wednesday, June 24
7:30 p.m.
1 - "Words, Words Words!"
2 - "Vulnerable Heart - She Plays"
3 - "Rewind"
4 - "The Morning Party"
5 - "Questions"
6 - "Countdown"
7 - "Melting Lands"
Late Night Short & Giggly 10 p.m.
01 - "I Always Fall in Love"
02 - "The Legend of Ol' Goldie"
03 - "I Was the DJ"
04 - "Sleep Lab"
05 - "A Gentlemen's Guide to Kidnapping a Lady"
06 - "Throw Me to The Rats"
07 - "Shuya Show"
Thursday, June 25
7:30 p.m.
1 - "All This Way"
2 - "Travel Anywhere"
3 - "Bark"
4 - "Desert Trains"
5 - "Strays"
6 - "Out of the Blue"
7 - "Wisemen on the Rock"
8 - "Mr. Brooklyn"
10 p.m. Late Night Horror Show
1 - "Crystal"
2 - "Pelley"
3 - "X-Mess Detritus"
4 - "Sapsucker"
5 - "Date With The Dead"
6 - "Singularity"
7 - "Deadspiel"
8 - "Remote"
Friday June 26
7:30 p.m.
1 - "Heartless Disappearance in Labrador"
2 - "Liminal"
3 - "Nightwalking"
4 - "Ferron: Girl on a Road"
Saturday June 27
1 p.m. Children's Matinee
1 - "Ugly Girl"
2 - "A Pickle"
3 - "Rooms Animation Series"
4 - "Hand Marks"
5 - "The Audition"
6 - "Viewfinders' Series"
7 - "Elephants"
8 - "Detention"
3 p.m. Arts Matinee
1 - "A Hidden Place for Fragile Things"
2 - "Magritte Moment"
3 - "Decalage"
4 - "Sun in My Hands"
7:30 p.m.
1 - "Our Wonderful Nature"
2 - "Land Gewinnen (Gaining Ground)"
3 - "The Optician"
4 - "Spoiled"
5 - "Solitude"
6 - "Ten Days"
7 - "Of Best Intentions"
All screenings at the Inco Innovation Centre at Memorial University

Organizations: INCO, The North, Gone Fishing Late Night Short & Giggly

Geographic location: St. John's, Australia, Ireland Israel U.S. Germany Labrador

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