• ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate

  • ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate

  • ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate

  • ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate

  • ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate

  • ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate

ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate: PT 2

Wakefield Doc Fest is delighted to be a co-presenting festival in ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate, an excellent initiative of Water Docs Film Festival, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. It begins on Tuesday, November 9th!!

A COMPLETE FESTIVAL PASS IS ONLY $25

This unique, breakthrough project unites film festivals and others from across Canada to co-present a one-of-a-kind water- and climate-themed virtual documentary series. View the full film program, purchase passes, and learn more about ReSurge at www.waterdocs.ca

Lights, Camera, Climate Action!

As a co-presenting festival in Water Docs’ 10th anniversary initiative, ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate, Wakefield Doc Fest ‘co-hosts’ one of the 15 programs of films + events in this brilliant ‘festival of festivals.’ Films from Sweden, Greece, Italy, the UK, Chile, the USA and Canada are all included in our co-presented program. Here is a listing of the films:

WATER AND THE ARTS 

Available ON DEMAND November 9th – November 30th

PRECIOUS BALANCE WALK | FELICIA KONRAD & JOHAN HAUGEN
SWEDEN | 2020 | 13.5 min | North American Premiere
PRECIOUS BALANCE WALK is a film with 6 Nordic performance artists invited to perform in and with water. 

Filmed and performed in the waters of The Sound Örsund, the Ribersborg Beach, Malmö, southern Sweden, August 2019.

ONE DAY WE WILL DANCE WITH YOU | ALKIS PAPASTATHOPOULOS & KATE ADAMS
GREECE | 2020 | 10 min | World Premiere
ONE DAY WE WILL DANCE WITH YOU tells the story of two women creating a dance to celebrate water. They imagine dance moves, and argue about science and whether a celebration can still be sad. 

MADE IN PARADISE | YANG YANG
USA | 2019 | 34 min | Canadian Premiere
As his idyllic homeland turns into an imagined paradise for outsiders, Balinese artist Made Bayak reveals the other side. Using plastic as a medium, Made’s creative language and education activism bring us on a ride from holy peaks, sacred waters and his religious family life, all the way to the luxurious resort zones, questioning the state of Balinese culture in Bali’s mass tourism development.

KOA TALKING TO ME | DAVID EHRENBERG
USA | 2020 | 4.5 min | Canadian Premiere
KOA TALKING TO ME by the National Park Service, follows a Hawaiian man’s love for one of the rarest and most threatened trees in the world. Junior’s connection with koa trees on his native island compels him to conserve and honour the spirt of fallen trees that would normally be wasted. His way of using the trees connects him to one of the oldest Hawaiian traditions.

IMMERSION | EDWARDS SIMON & NATASHA DETTMAN
UK | 2020 | 3.5 min | Ontario Premiere
IMMERSION is an exploration of the human mind’s ability to overcome adversity and find a balance in a seemingly inhospitable environment. A group of dedicated woman swim in these waters all year round. They believe that cold sea swimming is physically and mentally transformative… a spiritual connection between humans and the natural environment.

DEEP FEARS | RYAN CHU
USA | 2020 | 3.5 min | Ontario Premiere
DEEP FEARS is an animated short film about a sea otter who is afraid of the ocean. He is challenged to face his fears when he loses his precious pink shell necklace at sea. He is met by two other animals, a crab and a seal, who react differently to the sea otter’s unusual predicament.

WATER SILHOUETTES (SILUETAS DE AGUA) | VIOLETA PAUS
CHILE | 2020 | 30 min | North American Premiere
In Chile, the social and environmental catastrophes are huge: water is being stolen by the lack of law enforcement, the amount of waste increases on a daily basis, and the so-called “sacrifice areas” for industrial purposes are destroying ecosystems. And, as always, poor people and women are the first victims. This film is focused in the new national and global water reality, shown through the lens of the shortage of water, pollution of water by industrial chemicals, and the contamination of water by the massive waste of garbage. 

CAI DWR APA TUK | MATTEO PASSERINI
ITALY | 2019 | 5 min | International Premiere
Water in the mountains, which gushes from the wellhead, becomes a stream, quenches the thirst of plants and animals. A fundamental element of life, its source and nourishment, but also – its antithesis – destruction. A constant sound which becomes jagged, harsh one moment and conciliatory the next, just like its pronunciation in various languages, open or hard.

THE LOST SEAHORSE | BENJAMIN FIESCHI-ROSE & KIRSTEN BRASS
CANADA | 2021 | 10 min | Not a Premiere
THE LOST SEAHORSE is a stop-motion short film about one small creature struggling to fit in. But it is set in front of a much larger backdrop of ecological change. This film will take audiences on a journey through a striking underwater world, and along the way, remind them of the importance of our oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.

This is but one of 14 screening programs, six of which are in ‘live’ time during the festival, Nov 9 – 14, and include events and discussions. The other eight (including Wakefield Doc Fest’s) are ‘on demand’ and available anytime, Nov 9 – 30… and… A COMPLETE FESTIVAL PASS IS ONLY $25

Passes and information about all of programming, events and screenings of this completely virtual festival are available at www.waterdocs.ca

Wakefield Doc Fest will return to in-person screening with its 12th anniversary festival, coming soon in the New Year!!

ReSurge

Wakefield Doc Fest is proud to be a co-presenting festival in the very, very worthy undertaking, ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate. This ‘festival of festivals’ is organized and curated by Water Docs film fest in Toronto, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. 

It’s an entirely online festival, a unique, breaththough initiative, uniting film festivals from across Canada to host a one-of-a-kind water and climate-themed virtual documentary and event series to promote serious action to avert further climate crises. 

A festival pass is offered at the remarkably low price of $25. That’s 14 screening programs, along with events and discussion with filmmakers and others, for one incredibly low fee. Information about the ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate festival, the participant festivals and links to programming and for pass purchase are available at www.waterdocs.ca/resurge. 

More news about the particular screening that Wakefield Doc Fest is co-presenting will follow shortly!

KEEPING ON KEEPING ON

The weekend of October 16 – 18, 2020 would have been our 5th Annual Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend. Sadly, like so many other festivals and events, we’ve had to cancel this, our autumn weekend festival.

But there is such a thing as counting blessings. Wakefield Doc Fest was so fortunate in the timing of our main festival this year. It ended March 1st, pretty much JUST before the COVID-19 boom lowered, putting us all back on our haunches, scratching our collective heads in wonder, fear and confusion.

And so, what can we do but set our sights forward with hope and a perservering spirit? In the face of the dire ‘second wave’ stories – not to mention the daily horror stories about the racial divide and the climate emergency – we are stepping forward with determination to make our February festival both strong and beautiful. And we’ll continue on this planning path unless or until circumstances force us to cancel and/or postpone.

We strongly believe we need documentary film. We need to gather together to watch and discuss. It’s important to community and to the world.

Wherever you are: stay safe, stay healthy.

Graphic nicked from The Guardian

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