view title on IMDB.comAnjar: Flowers, Goats and Heroes
In 1979 at the peak of the Lebanese Civil War, a young Armeinan girl's life in a small village becomes forever linked to a group of heroes, the survivors of the 20th century's first genocide.

Growing up in Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War, the filmmaker's life in a small Armenian village becomes forever linked to a group of 1915 genocide survivors. Through rare photos and archival footage the feature documentary lyrically travels between two war-torn eras, leaving the viewer with the impression that history is never that far away.

view title on IMDB.comAway from Everywhere

Owen Collins (Shawn Doyle) is plagued by childhood demons, the ghosts of failed relationships, and a pernicious sense that his life lacks meaning. Destitute and fresh out of rehab, Owen accepts his brother Alex’s (Jason Priestley) invitation to stay with his wife (Joanne Kelly) and family following a long estrangement. What feels like a new beginning becomes one last wrong turn and Owen suffers devastating consequences. Abandoned and isolated in his father’s cabin in rural Newfoundland, Owen is left to face a final heartbreaking revelation.

view title on IMDB.comBad City

Bad City is on the edge of falling into the hands of a madman, you dig? A strange and funky new party drug is killing kids left and right and that jive-ass, crooked city councillor Dominic Kincaid is behind it all.

view title on IMDB.comBig News from Grand Rock

Small ­ town journalist Leonard Crane starts making up stories in his hometown paper, but gets in trouble when one of his fabricated news pieces attracts the attention of a big city reporter.

view title on IMDB.comBike City, Great City

David, a city councillor in Canada’s capital, is determined to make his hometown a better city for cycling. He wants his city — and every city — to strive for gold, and he’s going to take us on a ride to find out how it can be done. He’ll show us how Copenhagen set the gold standard for cycling and quality of life, and look at what some North American cities are doing right.

Directed by David Chernushenko. Produced by Terry Kimmel and Tucker House Renewal Centre

view title on IMDB.comThe Blade of Tunis (Le Challat de Tunis)

In pre-revolution Tunis, a moped rider, razor blade in hand, prowls the streets, slashing the most beautiful buttocks of women walking the streets. His name, “The Challat”. Ten years later a young female director seeks him out to make him answer for his crimes.

view title on IMDB.comCitizen Marc

A witty, irreverent biopic about famed Canadian pot activist Marc Emery, who just finished serving 5 years in a US penitentiary for selling marijuana seeds to Americans over the Internet.  Emery is remarkable both for his astonishing ability to garner attention for himself and his cause as well as for the millions in profits from his marijuana seed sales that he has poured into the legalization fight across North America. Together, these efforts have made Emery arguably the most influential marijuana activist of his generation and a target for the United States government. But unlike virtually all materials on Emery, which see him as a martyr and champion of Canadian sovereignty, CITIZEN MARC submits Emery and some of his politics to significant scrutiny, wondering how Emery’s openly narcissistic quest for fame and avowedly pro-capitalist politics influenced his activism.

view title on IMDB.comCool Daddy

The story of a man desperately trying to be a good father after a lifetime spent trying to be a great star. Featuring the late legendary Canadian jazz singer, Kenny Coleman.

view title on IMDB.comDown Here

A growing number of murders targeting young women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver have left law enforcement with little to go on. Into this world enters ROY HARRIS (Dean Wray) an alcoholic detective wracked with the guilt of crippling his daughter while drunk behind the wheel. When the lines between Roy's professional life and his addiction begin to blur, he finds himself under the scrutiny of his boss SUPERINTENDENT WILEY (Brent Stait) and the department psychiatrist DR. MILLER (Michael Rogers). A chance meeting with STELLA MITCHELL (Tantoo Cardinal) may provide Roy with the understanding he needs to get his life on track, however when the body of another victim turns up, Roy crosses the professional line and in doing so endangers the safety of his trusted partner DET. TIM BOWN (Martin Cummins). Relieved of his badge, Roy takes to the streets in search of the killer and with the help of YVONNE (Teach Grant) a transvestite hooker, he just might find the redemption he is looking for, but will he embrace sobriety in time?

view title on IMDB.comEddie - the Sleepwalking Cannibal

Lars Olaafsen (Thure Lindhardt), once a young celebrity in the art world is slipping away fast into the land of has-beens. Ronny (Stephen McHattie), his long-time art dealer wants his meal ticket back but Lars refuses to paint. His creativity comes at too high a cost. His inspiration is carnage, blood, guts and limbs and he's vowed to never go down that dark road again. An overly eager Ronny arranges a job for Lars teaching art in a small town. It's a therapeutic measure a means to conquer his need to paint while in the safety of a country retreat. Despite the odd assortment of local eccentrics (and a couple of hostile teachers) things look promising overall for Lars at his new job. That is, until he meets 30-year-old Eddie (Dylan Smith), a brawny mute who attends the school and harbours a dark and sordid secret of his own.

*Black Tulip Award 2012 – Amsterdam, Tribeca Film Festival 2012, Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival 2012, Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival 2012, Fantasia Film Festival 2012

The Funeral... Again!

Sometimes there is life after death. Charlie Habberstock was 56 when he died for the first time. Otherwise a rather unexceptional man, he went on to die three more times, much to the chagrin of his wife, his friends and neighbours.

Directed by Matt West
view title on IMDB.comColour, English, 11 minutes

view title on IMDB.comHouse of Luk

Three lives are about to change ... three fortunes are about to unfold ... three cookies are about to be eaten ...

House of Luk is more than just a Chinese Restaurant. It's where people talk about their problems, fall in love and learn about life. Follow the comic misadventures of three men as they figure out what it means to eat at the House of Luk.

Starring Pat Morita
Directed by Derek Diorio

Colour, English, 114 minutes

view title on IMDB.comThe Kiss of Debt

A comedic romp about an Opera obsessed Mafia Don who’s used to having people sing from his song sheet. The libretto changes when a florist, a widower and a budding tenor unwittingly come together to undo him. Starring Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch, Marty) and break-out star Tyley Ross (Tommy, Miss Saigon).

*Screened at the 2003 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Starring Ernest Borgnine
Directed by Derek Diorio

English, 99 minutes

view title on IMDB.comThe Maiden Danced to Death

The story of two brothers – two dancers – in post-Communist Hungary. One left, the other stuck it out. One gave his soul to commerce, the other to the Party. After twenty years, they meet again. And the dance begins.

Steve (Endre Hules), a dancer-turned-impresario, returns from Canada to his native Hungary after 20 years. He finds that the Communist regime that expelled him is gone, but his brother, Gyula (Zsolt Laszlo), hasn’t changed. He still works with the same cash-strapped dance company they started together and is married to Steve’s former sweetheart, Mari (Bea Melkvi). The two men’s rivalry is triggered instantly, but Mari challenges them to revive their last success together, a dance on the ballad “The Maiden Danced to Death”. If Gyula can make Steve’s exacting standards, Steve will promote a world tour, breathing new life into the sagging careers of both brothers. The film combines dramatic scenes with dance and music, seamlessly slipping from one into another. Where words fail, the dance takes over revealing long-held secrets and emotions the protagonists kept even from themselves. “The Maiden Danced” is a reckoning with old shadows, and an examination of the individual’s social responsibility in old and new Europe.

Beautifully filmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, A.S.C, and featuring the Budapest Dance Company, this title has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. Winner of the Golden Eagle Award, the film was also considered as Hungary’s nomination for Best Foreign Language at the 85th Academy Awards.

*Golden Eagle Award 2012, Hollywood Film Festival 2012, Montreal World Film Festival 2011, Calgary Int’l Film Festival 2011, Oldenberg 2011, Kolkata 2011, Sevilla 2011, Pune 2012, Vilnius 2012…

view title on IMDB.comMann to Mann

The story of the Mann sisters, blustery Veronica (Tori Hammond), who insists on being called "Ronnie" and beleaguered Victoria (Lorraine Ansell), who insists on being called "Victoria". When their father, Alfred "Bud" Mann, lapses into a coma, his living will dictates that Victoria, the eldest run Hot Shots - the male strip club that is the family cash cow. Victoria, a scion of rectitude who works at a reputable law firm, is appalled. Her sister Ronnie is incensed. The club should have gone to her - an opinion she maintains despite a past that includes alcoholism, bankruptcy and allegedly, arson. Forced despite her best efforts to helm Hot Shots, Victoria soon finds herself in over her head. Ronnie comes to the rescue and the two are forged into a reluctant partnership. Alternately helping and hindering are Jerry Riggins (Patrick McKenna), the small time talent agent who provides the strippers ... Ty Lennox (Chris Clements form "Catwalk"), a high maintenance feature who would rather dance in "Stomp" on Broadway ... and Billy Broadfoot (Yuk Yuk's Don Kelly), a.k.a. Billy Two Jokes, a native stand up who plays MC. Watch the Mann sisters as they try to "take it all off": familial obligation, dysfunctional behaviour, the cursed and comic compromises of conducting business; struggles that pit Ronnie and Victoria "Mann to Mann".

Powerful: Energy for Everyone

Challenging where our energy comes from and who profits from it can seem a little eccentric… After all, not everyone has solar panels bolted above the doorstep. Green economy educator David Chernushenko does, and they generate more than enough energy to go around. So why can’t he share it? New technologies mean that energy security is within our grasp, but harsh resistance is still being met. Debunking some of the spin of the big energy lobby, David embarks on a global journey to discover what a sustainable future might actually look like.

*Honourable Mention – Planet in Focus 2011, Toronto (Green Screen Award) -Official Selection, Green Film Festival Seoul, South Korea 2011 -Official Selection, Projecting Change, Vancouver, Canada 2011 -Official Selection, Real Earth 2011, New Zealand -Official Selection, Colorado Environmental Film Festival 2010
view title on IMDB.comColour, English, 95 minutes

A documentary by David Chernushenko

view title on IMDB.comPunch & Judy

In the seedy world of Rock bars and booze cans, Punch is known as a pint-sized bouncer with a big reputation. To Judy, who’s notorious for misreading people, he has the gentle demeanor of a Teddy Bear. Punch and Judy are a tale of love and misunderstanding.

Starring Pierre Brault and Brigitte Robinson as well as Pat McKenna (Traders, Red Green Show), and acclaimed actor Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves, Thunderheart).

Directed by Derek Diorio

English, 90 minutes

Party like there's no tomorrow
view title on IMDB.comRavers

When a contaminated energy drink turns an illegal rave into a nightmare, a germaphobic journalist has to overcome her deepest fears to get her friends out alive. Starring Georgia Hirst (Vikings), and Natasha Henstridge (Species), Olivier "the Dutch Giant" Richters. Featuring original beats by Maceo Plex.
In Theatres 18.09.2020
Canada / U.S.A.

A Taste of Jupiter
view title on IMDB.comA Taste of Jupiter

Everybody and their brother in Little Italy has a story. But few bring together a celestial event, a one of a kind ring, a mysterious man in a white suit, petty jealousy, loving larceny, a would be gondolier, a duel, and a very full spittoon. Eight people’s lives are about to change as Jupiter and Venus come together in the night sky for a once in a lifetime event. A Taste of Jupiter is a whimsical romance set under the stars. Co-starring acclaimed actor Eli Wallach (The Magnificent Seven, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Keeping the Faith) and featuring comedienne Teri Garr (Tootsie, Mr. Mom).

Starring Eli Wallach
Directed by Derek Diorio

Colour, English, 97 minutes

view title on IMDB.comUnleashed! A Dog Dancing Story

Unleashed! A Dog Dancing Story follows the journey of an amateur dog dancing troupe and an aspiring theatre director as they attempt to mount the first ever dog dancing and indoor kite flying theatrical performance.

The film captures the challenges the women face in their personal lives as well as on the stage, and is as much about the trials and tribulations of producing an amateur theatrical performance as it is about the amazing bond between handler and dog. The group spends over two years realizing their first time director’s vision as they write scripts, build sets, raise funds and rehearse to the point of exhaustion. As tension mounts and hurdles pile on, the resolve of these spirited women and their dogs is constantly tested while the director’s patience is pushed to the brink. Unleashed! A Dog Dancing Story is a captivating look into the lives of those who dance with their dogs, not for fame, but simply for the love of it.