True Stories


Accessible on our online festival platform July 24 – 25
Q&A with the directors live-streamed Sunday July 25 at 4pm

Co-presented by Carleton University Art Gallery

Meet the people who make the world a more interesting place in this collection of short documentaries.


IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINES
Anne Koizumi, Canada, 2020, 8 min.

An animated short documentary about a difficult father-daughter relationship. Drawing on childhood memories, Anne Koizumi explores her upbringing with her Japanese immigrant dad, who was also the janitor at the elementary school she attended. The film explores the idea of shame and how it can shape and define us while also concealing who we can truly become.


SOKINAA’ PASSKAAN AASSISSTOI (HEALING BELLS)
Taylor Crowspreadshiswings, Canada, 2020, 4.5 min.

This film is inspired by true events. Through an emotional approach, we discover resiliency through dance.


AWAKE
Lucy Cameron, Canada, 2021, 8 min.
Ontario festival premiere

A short documentary about insomnia filmed during the global pandemic.


VERY PRESENT
Conor McNally, Canada, 2020, 6 min.
World festival premiere

How does prolonged confinement shape our experience of time? Filmmaker Conor McNally explores the question in the company of his brother Riley, a young man who is learning to cope with a new, yet strangely familiar reality.


THE SECRET HISTORY OF DONNELLY
Mike Scholtz, USA, 2021, 15 min.
World festival premiere

A personal story about the filmmaker’s immigrant ancestors becomes something much weirder when he discovers the true origins of Donnelly, Minnesota.


WALK WITH MY SPIRITS
Tyler Jacobs, Canada, 2018, 5 min.

Dancer and fashion designer Tyler Jacobs asks us to tag along on his journey to reclaiming his two-spirit heritage and knowledge.


TAILOR MADE
Alexander Griffith, Canada/Italy/Germany, 2021, 17.5 min.
North American festival premiere

A young African migrant dreams of becoming a model in Sicily.