What: Forest City Film Festival
When: Oct. 25-28
Where: Wolf Performance Hall, Fanshawe College’s Good Foundation Theatre and Museum London.
Details: Visit forestcityfilmfest.ca for information on tickets, films, workshops and other events
FEATURE FILMS IN COMPETITION
- She Has a Name, filmed in Thailand and written by Andrew Kooman who moved to London five years ago. It’s described as “a riveting fast-paced political thriller” about a lawyer who poses as a john to build a case against a pimp trafficking girls in Thailand and the girl who was forced into prostitution who helps him. This film will be screened Oct. 24 on Preview Night ahead of the festival opening Oct. 25
- The Drawer Boy, a film adaptation of Michael Healey’s classic Canadian play, written by Healey and the film’s co-director Arturo Pérez Torres, and co-directed by Aviva Armour-Ostroff. In it, a young theatre actor from Toronto, Miles, arrives at the Huron County home of brothers Angus and Morgan, aging bachelor farmers, to gather stories about rural life for a play. Miles’ involvement in the brothers’ lives leads to life-altering events. Filmed in Huron County, it will be screened Oct. 26 at the Lerner’s Opening Night Bash
- Firecrackers, selected for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and one of four winners of its rising star award. Written and directed by Jasmin Mozaffari, it tells the story of two young people, Lou and Chantal, whose plan to leave their isolated small town and move to the city is thwarted when Chantal is assaulted by a jealous ex-boyfriend and they seek revenge. One of the actors, Callum Thompson, is from London and the film was partially shot in the city and surrounding area.
FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES IN COMPETITION
- Masters of Resonance: The story of a drum kit made from a 1,500-year-old Romanian bog oak played by Rush drummer Neil Peart on the band’s final tour. Special effects and nature scenes were shot in London.
- What Walaa Wants: The story of a young Palestinian girl living in the Gaza Strip and her struggle to make a difference, directed by London native Christy Garland, whose previous films Cheer Up and The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song have been critically acclaimed and screened in London. What Walaa Wants won the Special Jury Prize at Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Fest this year.
- The Power of Grayskull: Award-winning director Robert McCallum, a London native whose documentary films Kittie: Origins/Evolutions (2017), Missing Mom (2016) and Nintendo Quest (2015) have been screened here, tackles the story of He-Man, the cartoon and action figure character that spawned a multi-billion dollar empire built on toys, comic books, cartoons and live-action movies.
- Death by Metal: This documentary directed by former Londoner Felipe Belalcazar tells the story of the heavy metal rock band Death, which pushed the boundaries of the genre. Fanshawe College students helped with the production.
- Me, the “Other”: This film tells the stories of a diverse group of college and university students in Michigan and their personal stories of prejudice and diversity. The script supervisor Catherine Chapman is from London.
- There are 11 short feature films, 10 short documentaries and seven animations competing in the festival.
- Seven films will be screened out of competition including The Breakfast Club, The Unicorn and 22 Chaser, which feature Londoner John Kapelos in principal roles. The others are Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, Cardinals, Game Changers and Catwalk.