40 Years of NIFCO

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Time: 12:00 am

The National Film Board (NFB) and the Arts and Culture Centres (ACC) have partnered to create a touring series of all Newfoundland and Labrador films, in celebration of the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative (NIFCO)’s 40th anniversary. These are some of the most iconic, interesting and regionally-specific films to have ever been made in and about our province. Please join us as we transform the Arts and Culture Centre into a movie theatre to watch our stories being told on the big screen!


Some information about the films:

54 Hours (2014)

54 Hours is a remarkably vivid account of the 1914 tragedy in which 132 men were stranded on the ice during a severe snowstorm off the coast of Newfoundland. Seventy-eight men froze to death on the ice pack. The last of the wooden steamers in an industry already dominated by steel ships, the Newfoundland couldn’t break ice like the newer ships, and had no radio equipment. Still, men came from across the province to work on the ship; some came for the money, some for the adventure. They slept on the skins of seals they had killed, their clothes caked in blood and grease. That spring in 1914, with the ship unable to reach a seal pack, 132 men were ordered off the boat and onto the ice, to hunt. They spent two unbearable nights on the ice. Survivor testimony, striking archival materials, weather visualizations, inventive animation and puppetry are seamlessly blended to recreate this harrowing ordeal.

Vive La Rose – Bruce Alcock, 2009

Based on the last recording by one of Newfoundland’s foremost traditional music performers, Emile Benoit’s tender delivery of the 18th century French song is the heart of Vive la rose. The story of unrequited love and tentative obsession throughout the beloved’s life, sickness and early death is the narrative focus, accompanied by an emotional interpretation of Benoit’s strong Newfoundland French accent and wavering old man’s voice. Vive la rose is animation on location, rooting the film in a location that evokes the past, and combines ink drawings with a variety of romantic and associative elements and objects.

Song For Cuba – 2014

This short experimental documentary about memory and music follows a young Cuban couple charting a new course for their lives on an island in the North Atlantic. The film features the original music of Patrick Boyle and the songs “Preferi Perderte” by Benny Moré and “Suavecito” by Ignacio Piñeiro.

White Thunder – Victoria King, 2002

This feature documentary introduces a dashing Manhattan filmmaker, Varick Frissell, who travels to the wilds of Newfoundland in the 1920s. Backed by Paramount Pictures, Frissell was setting out to make the early sound feature The Viking, an astonishing record of Newfoundland’s perilous seal hunt. White Thunder tells this remarkable tale in detail, bringing us back to the undulating icy seas where Frissell would eventually meet his tragic fate.

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