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Award Finalists Announced For 10th Annual Air Canada enRoute Film Festival

This past July, the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival began its 10th anniversary with a free screening of 20 Canadian short films in Vancouver. This followed with screenings in other select Canadian cities, as well as on Air Canada flights around the world. These shorts also competed for a number of awards, including Best Short Film, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation, and Achievement in Documentary.

Five finalists have now been selected for these awards and are as follows:

  • Clouds of Autumn– Trevor Mack and Matthew Taylor Blais, BC
  • The Constant Refugee– Derrick O’Toole, PC Barfoot and Leila Almaway, ON
  • Feathers– Hands on Deck, ON
  • French Kiss at the Sugar Shack– Emmanuelle Lacombe, QC
  • Robeth– Kevin T. Landry, QC

Air Canada enRoute Film Festival

A free public screening of these nominated short films will take place in Montreal on Monday, November 14 at the Phi Centre at 7:30 p.m. and in Toronto on Thursday, November 17 at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto at 7 p.m.

The winners will be awarded at a private ceremony, hosted by Etalk Reporter Liz Trinnear, at The Fifth Social Club on 225 Richmond Street West after the public screening in Toronto. Achievement Award winners will receive an all-inclusive trip for two to the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, courtesy of Air Canada. The winner of Best Short Film will also receive a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of presenting sponsor, Cineplex Entertainment.

“This year marks the festival’s 10th anniversary and what makes it so exceptional is that for the first time we’ve taken the festival truly coast to coast adding more cities and helping to boost awareness of our incredibly talented emerging Canadian filmmakers,” said Andrew Shibata, Managing Director, Brand at Air Canada. “I look forward to a continued growth of the festival and discovering new ways we can help highlight Canadian content creators.”

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival supporters include Cineplex Entertainment, TELUS Optik Local/STORYHIVE, Sterling Wines, CTV’s Etalk, Spafax, Entertainment One, VICELAND, Telefilm Canada, Directors Guild of Canada, William F. White International Inc., National Film Board of Canada and Hot Docs.

Congratulations to all the finalists. A big thank you goes to Air Canada and to all of the supporters of the film festival and of Canadian short films. Fans of Canadian shorts definitely are grateful for chance to access and watch these films, whether at a festival or in the sky. Thanks also for the continued support of Canadian filmmakers and for fostering Canadian content.

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‘Never Happened’ Spends The Night Advancing To The Final Round On ‘Short Film Face Off’

Summer is typically the time of year when we can slow down a little and relax outside, whether at the cottage or at the beach. Summer is also an opportunity to watch new blockbuster movie releases from Hollywood or to catch up on old favourites via downloads or rentals through cable TV.  If you are looking for the latest in Canadian short films, however, look no further than CBC-TV’s Short Film Face Off. Now in its ninth year, Short Film Face Off comes to you for four weekends in a row with nine filmmakers hoping to win one fantastic filmmaking prize.

The sought-after prize is a $45,000 film production package with $30,000 coming from Telefilm Canada and an additional $15,000 contributed by William F. White International Inc. The prize will be awarded at the end of this season’s fourth and final episode.

Face Off went through some changes since it last aired in the fall of 2015. Firstly, the show’s broadcast dates were moved to the summer months of June and July. Secondly, William F. White became the newest contributor to the prize awarded to the show’s winner. And, thirdly, filmmaker Nadia Litz made her debut as one of the show’s panelists.

This newest and ninth season of Face Off took place on June 18th. Steve Patterson resumed his role as host of the program. Joining Nadia Litz on the panel of judges were veteran Face Off panelists Mohit Rajhans and Eli Glasner.

SFFO 16 - Ep 1Tonight’s contestants were Jennifer Walden (Painted Girl), Mark Slutsky (Never Happened) and Ross Moore (The Woman in White). Painted Girl looked at the transformation of a young woman by the arrival of her grandfather’s painting kit in the mail; two business colleagues attempt to wipe away the memory of their affair in Never Happened; a young girl and an older man talk about their sibling rivalries in The Woman in White.

Painted Girl picked up 11.5 votes, while both Never Happened and The Woman in White earned 13.0 votes. After a tie-breaker huddle by the panel, Never Happened won and became the first short film of the season to advance to the final round.

These three shorts were a powerful way to start the ninth season of Face Off. It was very encouraging to see the woman determined to keep going with her painting despite the abuse she suffered in Painted Girl. With her strong memories of her grandfather and a growing talent in painting, it came as no surprise that she connected with the subjects that she painted. In Never Happened, you can definitely feel the anticipation and attraction between the two colleagues. Using their phones to delete the affair from their memories was a clever commentary on how technology has become pervasive in our personal lives. The Woman in White showed us how deeply sibling relationships impact our lives in some way. However, it also reminded us to remember the good times we had with our siblings when an unexpected turn happens to that relationship.

A well-deserved ‘congratulations’ goes to Jennifer, Mark and Ross. Good luck to Mark in his quest for the $45,000 production award. Visit the CBC Player to watch the entire episode again or each film separately.

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Guest Post: Canadian Short Films From An Immigrant’s Perspective

It’s always good to receive comments from Short Film Fan readers and it’s equally a pleasure to read them. One of SFF’s newest subscribers, Angela Perez, recently sent in some of her thoughts about Canadian shorts. Angela immigrated to Canada from Colombia a few years ago and has been working and raising her family here ever since. Passionate about languages and cultures outside of her native Colombia, Angela enjoys learning more about the different cultural aspects in Canada. Here’s what she had to say:

 

“What could possibly be a better way for an immigrant like me to get immersed in a culture than watching some locally-made short films?

I came across Short Film Fan one year ago and I loved the idea. These short films are a very fun and quick way for me to learn about the different aspects of the prolific Canadian culture. One thing that I find so charming about Canada is the diversity of the population. As fascinating as it is to know people from all around the world in one of Canada’s cities, it is also interesting to explore the very own Canadian way of living and those everyday occurrences in people’s lives than bring them together.

The films on Short Film Fan focus on a variety of topics, which is one of many things that I like about the blog. In addition, I really enjoy the way that it engages the viewer. Participating in the selection of the best films keeps you not only captivated, but also fills you with anticipation about the next film that will be posted.”

 

Thanks, Angela, for letting us know why you like Canadian shorts and how they’re helping you learn more about Canada. Thanks also for being a Short Film Fan subscriber!

Would anyone else like to write or comment about Canadian shorts or the blog? You can share your thoughts directly on any blog post or send in your note to mkul1973@yahoo.ca. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Show Your Support For Canadian Shorts With A March Tweet-Out

The Canadian Screen Awards is approaching fast. Fans of Canadian television, film and digital media will be tuning in to CBC-TV on March 13th to watch the winners accept their well-deserved awards that night. Canadian short films will also be a part of the week-long celebration; a total of 15 Canadian short films were nominated in three categories. Information about the films and categories were listed in January’s post, 2016 Canadian Screen Awards Short Film Nominees Announced. Here’s where you, Canadian short film fans, can show your support for these shorts while having some fun in a Tweet-Out!

During the month of March, the CBC-TV program Canadian Reflections will be screening four of these CSA-nominated shorts before and after the March 13th broadcast of the awards ceremony. The shorts and their broadcast dates are as follows:

  • Roberta (March 6th)
  • Autos Portraits (March 13th)
  • The Little Deputy (March 20)
  • She Stoops to Conquer (March 27)

Whether you decide to watch Canadian Reflections when it’s on-air or if you would rather record the program and watch it at your convenience, be sure to Tweet-Out which film you watched by using this phrase:

Just watched CSA-nominated (film title) on @CBC #CanadianReflections @karenteezang #CdnScreen16 #cdnfilm #shortfilm

If one of the above films is a winner at the CSA, use this Tweet:

Just watched CSA short film winner (film title) on @CBC #CanadianReflections @karenteezang #CdnScreen16 #cdnfilm #shortfilm

Note to Short Film Fan subscribers outside of Canada: you won’t be able to view Canadian Reflections in your country. But, you still may be able to view these four films by finding and streaming them separately online. We hope you’ll still be able to participate with us.

Don’t have a Twitter account? No problem! If you have a Facebook page, you can still join in the fun. You can use the above-mentioned Twitter messaging to come up with your own Facebook post. Remember to tag the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and CBC in your post so that they know they’re being mentioned!

Check your local TV listings to find out when Canadians Reflections will be broadcast. You can also watch the show at http://www.cbc.ca/player/tv/Canadian%20Reflections

A big ‘thank you’ goes out to Karen Tsang, Development Manager and Canadian Reflections Programmer at the CBC, for her support and enthusiasm behind this Tweet-Out. Don’t forget to include her Twitter handle in your Tweets: @karenteezang

Have fun  watching the shorts and Happy Tweeting!

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2016 Canadian Screen Awards Short Film Nominees Announced

If you’re a Canadian short film fan and ever wondered if any of these quality films and their passionate filmmakers are acknowledged and awarded, look no further than the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Canadian Screen Awards.

The Canadian Screen Awards will be celebrating the best in Canadian television, film and digital media during Canadian Screen Week from March 7th to 13th this year. The fun culminates on March 13th at 8 p.m. with the 2-hour broadcast of the awards ceremony on CBC-TV.

A total of 15 shorts are nominated in three categories and are as follows:

Best Short Documentary:

  • Bacon & God’s Wrath – Sol Friedman
  • The Little Deputy – Trevor Anderson, Blake McWilliam
  • Quiet Zone – David Bryant, Julie Roy, Karl Lemieux
  • Rebel/Bihttoš – Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Laura Good
  • World Famous Gopher Hole Museum – Chelsea McMullan, Douglas Nayler

Best Live Action Short Drama:

  • Blue Thunder/Bleu Tonnerre – Philippe-David Gagné, Jean-Marc E. Roy
  • Mynarski Death Plummet – Matthew Rankin, Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette
  • Overpass/Viaduc – Patrice Laliberté
  • Roberta – Catherine Chagnon, Caroline Monnet
  • She Stoops To Conquer – Zack Russell

Best Animated Short:

  • Autos Portraits – Claude Cloutier, Julie Roy
  • The Ballad Of Immortal Joe – Hector Herrera, Pazit Cahlon
  • BAM – Howie Shia, Michael Fukushima, Maral Mohammadian
  • In Deep Waters – Sarah Van den Boom, Julie Roy, Richard Van den Boom
  • The Sleepwalker/Sonámbulo – Theodore Ushev

Hopefully during the television broadcast we’ll get to see clips of all the shorts, as well as a chance to see the filmmakers in the audience. Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards ceremony!

Tweet With Canadian Reflections and SFF in March: As an added bonus to Canadian short film fans, some of these nominated shorts will also be broadcasting on the CBC-TV short film program, Canadian Reflections, in March. Stay tuned to Short Film Fan for details on which films will be aired on the show and for information about some fun Tweeting that you can participate in!

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Build Your Film Career With Training From The National Screen Institute

You’re a Canadian film maker. You want to make short films that will capture the public’s interest and help grow your career. But, you’re not sure where to turn to for the right training and guidance. Look no further than the National Screen Institute. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and nestled in the city’s historical Exchange District, the NSI has provided film, television and digital training to over 720 graduates for close to 30 years. Many Canadian shorts can be found on the NSI Online Short Film Festival, which runs year-round on their website.

nsi_logo_header1Recently, Short Film Fan got in touch with Brendon Sawatzky, director of programming at the NSI. Brendon directs the development of all of NSI’s new programs and is accountable for the delivery of its courses. Brendon has a rich film and television producing background, with a vast array of credits to his name. He held a previous role at the NSI as a program manager before leaving to join the Winnipeg Film Group and the National Film Board later on. Now back at the NSI, and also as chair of Film Training Manitoba, Brendon explained how the NSI helps Canadian film makers develop their skills and talents to become leading-edge storytellers.

Short Film Fan: In what ways does the NSI help Canadian filmmakers and the short films that we get to watch?

Brendon Sawatzky: Our market-driven courses have led to employment and successful careers for graduates by giving them a competitive edge. According to our 2013 alumni survey, 87% of respondents are working in the film and TV industry. After nearly 30 years, and hundreds of alumni, NSI continues to develop and deliver courses to meet the industry’s needs. We produce works that appeal to Canadians and help advance careers that will grow the Canadian industry, while contributing to the regional and national economies stimulating employment for the long-term.

NSI also leads in the design and delivery of programs that provide training to Canada’s visible minority and Aboriginal screen professionals.

SFF: The NSI’s Online Short Film Festival features a lot of different shorts. How does a short filmmaker get his or her film shown there?

BS: We put out calls for short film submissions four times a year. We have a call open now, with filmmakers welcome to submit their shorts through December 11, 2015. We accept shorts made in 2010 or later by Canadian writers, directors, or producers. You can find out more about submission and eligibility requirements here.

SFF: After a short film gets the chance to be shown on the Online Short Film Festival, what happens next for the filmmaker and the film?

BS: The films in our festival are eligible for cash awards four times a year. We generally
require that short films screen on our website for a minimum of three months. After the three months, filmmakers are free to withdraw their film from our fest. They can also choose for it to stay on our site as a promotional and visibility tool. You can read more about our short film festival prizes here.

SFF: In terms of short films, how far have NSI grads gone on in their careers?

BS: NSI grads’ films have screened and won awards in festivals all over the world. nsi_logo_footerMany filmmakers have gone on to participate in our upper-level NSI courses including NSI Features First, NSI Totally Television and Movie Central Script to Screen in association with NSI and make successful features and TV series.

SFF:  Would the NSI consider putting on a short film festival at local theatres for the broader public sometime in the future?

BS: If the right opportunity presented itself, the NSI would consider public presentations of its alumni’s work and has done so in the past.

 

Short films made by NSI-trained producers have been enjoyable to watch and to comment about. Short Film Fan has proudly reviewed a number of these films such as Rhonda’s Party, Bagged and CEO in previous posts, and they can currently be found on the NSI Online Short Film Festival. The festival itself is a convenient and accessible platform to view new and previously released Canadian shorts. With a new year coming up, Canadian short film fans are looking forward to what these grads will produce and distribute next.

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Guest Post: Katy Swailes Shares Sneak Peek Into ‘Short Film Face Off’

Comments and opinions about the articles posted at Short Film Fan are always appreciated. Similarly, anyone who would like to share his or her thoughts about Canadian short films is invited to submit an article to Short Film Fan as a guest. This week’s post is the first-ever written by a guest contributor. Katy Swailes manages social media for the CBC program, Short Film Face Off.  In her article, Katy gives us a sneak peek into what viewers can expect to see in this season’s episodes.

 

Behind-the-scenes on Short Film Face Off

Katy Swailes 4Earlier this year, nine filmmakers from across Canada gathered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to tape the eighth season of Short Film Face Off. The series showcases a selection of shorts and directors over four episodes, with the ultimate aim of winning a $45,000 production package. Each episode ends with one film—as determined by the judges—advancing to the final round. You the viewers will vote for the winner when the show airs this month on CBC Television.

I was at the heart of the action, monopod-mounted iPhone in hand, bringing a taste of production week to our fans on social media. And with host Steve Patterson (The Debaters) and an eclectic group of filmmakers hailing from six regions of Canada, there was no shortage of shenanigans to capture over four days. Check out some of the antics that went on when THE cameras weren’t rolling, but mine was.

IMG_5765_cropped1These shoes were made for W-A-L-K-ing, and that’s just what Montreal’s Anna Sikorski did on day one of the Face Off, donning the actual heels worn by actor Madison McAleer in Anna’s endearing, coming-of-age film W-A-L-K. If Anna is nervous about facing the judges, we definitely can’t tell. Here she strikes a pose in the hair and makeup room right before hitting the set.

Catch the stompers in action when W-A-L-K airs alongside Emily (Joshua Demers) and The Toll (Scott Simpson) in the Short Film Face Off premiere this Saturday.

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We get into show biz for the glory but we stay for the craft services, amirite? The green room is well stocked but not even Maynards can compete with James McLellan’s Period Piece, a clever homage to filmmaking with a twist that had us gasping and laughing in one breath.

From Manitoba, James shares the stage with Quebec’s Allison Coon-Come (Eddie) and Newfoundland’s Martine Blue (Me2) in episode two on September 19.

This year, Short Film Face Off production took place in the new CBC Halifax complex, a space that used to be a Hudson’s Bay store. Here, Steve pokes fun at some vintage-looking equipment found in the otherwise shiny new facility.

It’s all shorts and giggles until the gloves come off and the elbows go up. Amid the CBC IMG_6005Atlantic News teleprompters, Yukon’s Nina Reed (Nervous Poo), Toronto’s Patrick Hagarty (The Golden Ticket) and Winnipeg’s BJ Verot (Loss of Contact) get duly acquainted before hitting the studio to tape episode three, airing September 26.

We promise no directors were harmed in the making of this show; but only three will advance to the final round. Tune in each week to find out who makes it—and then it’s YOUR turn to vote for the winner! You have 24 hours to cast your vote online or by phone after episode three airs on September 26. And with $45,000 in cash and services up for grabs, this just might be the most important ballot you cast all fall.

Follow @cbcshortfilm on Twitter and like our Facebook page for many more behind the scenes reveals. Watch all the films and episodes, starting this Saturday, on CBC Television or online at cbc.ca/shortfilmfaceoff.

Ed note: All photos and videos provided by kind courtesy of Katy Swailes/ CBC Short Film Face Off

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15th Annual Gimli Film Festival To Screen Shorts July 24th And 25th

The month of July is upon us and that means one thing: Gimli Film Festival is back!  In many of the Canadian short films presented this year, Manitoba will have played a part in them in some form or another. You will even have a chance to see former household tools that have taken on new lives as musical instruments.

Gimli FiGimli FF logolm Festival will take place July 22-26, 2015 in Gimli, Manitoba. This year marks the festival’s 15th year in operation and is Manitoba’s premiere film festival. It is best known for its feature film showings on Gimli Beach. On July 24, a variety of Canadian shorts will be held at the Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  For more of a Manitoba focus, the theatre will also host the Manitoba Short Film Series on July 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., as well as Manitoba Youth Short Films along with TIFF Top 10 Student Films earlier that day from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Short Film Fan caught up with Aaron Zeghers, the festival’s film programmer, to get some more insight into the shorts planned for the weekend. For a list of the scheduled shorts, click on this link: http://gimlifilm.com/calendar/online/?filter-1735=9284

 

Short Film Fan: Why were these six Canadian short films chosen, in particular?

Aaron Zeghers: The six Canadian films were culled from our open call.  We had tonnes of films submitted from all corners of the country and it was a difficult job to narrow it down to just one single program.  Many of the films have a Manitoba connection, which I thought would be interesting for the local audience; even though all but one of the films are made by filmmakers living elsewhere.

  • Vancouver film maker Catherine Parke will be in attendance at the screening with her film Very Good Dirt. Her film sifts through the sentimental memories of a long-lost Manitoba town and contrasts them to the practical life of the farmer who now owns and works the land. The resulting film is a poetic meditation on the meaning of place, all set in the great emptiness of the Canadian prairie.
  • Back again is Calgary-based film maker Cameron Macgowan whose film Liebe played as part of our Canadian program last year.  His latest film Backstreets follows a young drag racer who has to choose between his love of racing and his love for a young woman.
  • Former Winnipegger Megan Turnbull has what I think is her best and certainly most personal film to date: Of Them.  When both her grandmothers are diagnosed with early dementia, Turnbull felt a strong compulsion to return to Winnipeg and make a film about their lives. And the resultant film is a truly beautiful and touching piece of personal cinema.
  • From the NFB comes a world-class animated film Me and My Moulton by Norwegian-born Canadian film maker Torill Kove, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2015. In the film, a seven-year-old girl whose parents are hopelessly unconventional modern architects envies other normal Norwegian families of the sixties. There is unexpected drama the summer she and her sisters ask her parents for a bicycle!
  • Newfoundland director Justin Oakey crafts a truly east coast tale of two rival fishing communities forced to take shelter from a storm together for one night. In Flankers, tensions boil but the rival east coasters are forced to set aside their disputes when a conflict arrives.
  • Closing out the program will be Manitoba power house film maker Mike Maryniuk’s latest film that premiered at the last TIFF. Home Cooked Music profiles Lorne Collie, an imaginative inventor and craftsman from the Interlake region who makes whimsical stringed instruments out of unlikely items: shovels, rakes, baseball bats and stop signs become beautiful and functional guitars, violins, banjos, and fiddles. Through weathered doc footage and hand-crafted animation, this film offers a folksy, one-of-a-kind portrait of Collie’s spirit and talent. Both Mike Maryniuk and Lorne Collie will be present for the screening and available for questions and demonstrations of his musical instruments after the screening!

SFF: Will there be any discussions about these six shorts or a ‘fan choice award’ of some kind?

AZ: There is no Audience Choice prize this year for the Canadian shorts (there is for the Manitoba shorts). But, yes; Catherine Parke, director of Very Good Dirtand Mike Maryniuk and his subject Lorne Collie will all be in attendance and available after the screening for a Q&A!

SFF: Will any of the Manitoba short film makers be on-hand for the Manitoba Short Film Series?

AZ: Guaranteed there will be a number of Manitoba short film makers in attendance for the Manitoba Short Film Program. I know Jaimz Asmundson (Ed Note: of the Winnipeg Film Group) will be there. But, guaranteed most of the film makers will probably be there for a Q&A after the screening.

 

We wish Aaron Zeghers and everyone involved at Gimli Film Festival all the best. For more information about the programming, ticketing or accommodation, go to their website at www.gimlifilm.com. You can also like them on Facebook and follow the festival on Twitter @GimliFilm for instant updates.

Enjoy the shorts and have fun at the festival!

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Manitoba and Canadian Shorts to Shine at Gimli Film Festival

Planning to head out to Gimli, Manitoba between July 23 and 27 for the Gimli Film Festival?

Make sure you visit Gimli Theatre (Venue 1) on July 25 for the ‘Manitoba Short Films & Global Choice Awards’ at 2 pm.  Fifteen Manitoba-made short films will be screened, with an introduction by film maker Curis L. Wiebe and a Q & A session with the Winnipeg Film Group‘s Dave Barber. Click on the link to view the short film listings: http://www.gimlifilm.com/films-archive/2014/manitoban-short-films-global-audience-choice-award/

Want to see more Canadian short films after that? The Aspire Theatre (Venue 3) will be the place to be on Sunday, July 27 at 12 noon for shorts produced by various Canadian film makers. Full listing of films can be found by clicking: http://www.gimlifilm.com/films-archive/2014/canadian-short-films/

There will also be international shorts by Icelandic film maker Runar Runarsson and from the TIFF Film Circuit.

Gimli Film Festival is in its 13th year and presents feature films, documentaries and shorts from Manitoba, Canada and the world. The festival hosts films at four indoor film venues, as well as on its famous beach screen. Seminars and workshops are also scheduled during the festival. Check out http://www.gimlifilm.com/ for more info. You can give Gimli FIlm Festival a ‘like’ on Facebook and follow them on Twitter: @GimliFilm

(News source: Gimli Film Festival website: http://www.gimlifilm.com)

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Chef Reminds Us Who Is Worthy Of Respect in ‘Pour Retourner’

‘Pour Retourner’ (2014) was directed by Scooter Corkle and written by Zack Mosley. In this film, a prison chef gets a chance at a new life in society when he’s released and finds a chef’s job at a local fine restaurant. The restaurant owner used to work under the wing of the former prison inmate, and is skeptical about hiring an ex-con. But, he takes him on regardless as his new chef.  Things get heated in the kitchen when the restaurant owner becomes verbally abusive to his new employee. As a result, the ex-con chef winds up back at the prison kitchen.

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To me, this film had a couple of messages. The first was managing one’s frustration with authority figures. No matter how hard we work to do our best, we can never please everyone. But, it can get extremely frustrating when it is someone in authority (whether it’s a boss, client, parent, etc.) who isn’t happy with us.  The main character did an excellent job at keeping his cool – up until his breaking point.

The second message that I picked up on was respect: everyone wants to be respected. Although the main character did his best to earn respect, he didn’t receive very much of it from the abusive restaurant owner. In fact, he got more respect from the hardened inmates than a ‘civilized’ member of the general public. It’s as though his place in life really was in prison, not in free society.

This was a great short film. The tension between the ex-con and the restaurant owner was very powerful – a stark reminder that workplace conflict exists in all sorts of environments. On the flip side, you got a sense that his inmate friends were always accepting of him. It was nice to see them welcoming  our main character back so warmly upon his ‘retourner’ to prison. It’s a nice feeling of camaraderie that can make a workplace feel like a true home.

 

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