THE BIG PICTURE CINEMA (Formerly the Projection Booth)
1035 Gerrard St E Toronto, ON M4M 1Z6
The Oblate – Short Screenplay Top 3 Winner
A short screenplay by Beth Hoover & Gary Hoover
The Story: In this pop culture comedy, a young novice sets off a mini-insurrection in a monastery when he lets it slip during morning prayer that he thinks the monastic life really kinda sucks.
The Inspiration: We had been googling around for no particular reason one morning when we came upon Gregorian music — the deep, resonant chanting of certain religious orders of the Middle Ages.
As we listened to (and started humming along with) the monophonic melodies, we began to wonder: What if someone took the strict, cadence of the Latin text and replaced it syllable for syllable with the silly musings of a young novice monk who accidentally expressed his disenchantment with the monastic lifestyle. Aloud. So in our over-caffeinated state, the liturgical “… Et/cum/speer/ee/too/too/oh …” soon became “… I/like/eat/ing/cheer/ee/ohs …” “… I/miss/all/my/tee/vee/shows …” And it was all downhill from there.
Del Otro Lado
14:30 Dominican Republic, France
Dir. Yanillis Pérez
In Santo Domingo, when some are dreaming of pursuing another life in the United States, Miguel, a young Dominican who earns a living by selling food on the street, dreams of building his household on his island with his childhood love Laura, a young Dominican who lives under her grandmother’s authority.
Keywords: Family Drama, Romance, Social Issues, Hispanic, Latino, Youth/Teen
1:23:00 (India, New York, NY USA)
Dir. J. J. Kelly, Dir. Josh Thomas
Emmy nominated and multiple-award-winning filmmakers Josh Thomas and National Geographic’s J.J. Kelley have made a name for themselves traveling across Alaska’s vast and remote stretches of wilderness. They thrived where few would dare venture. In a fish out of water tale, the two adventurers take their survival skills to a natural wonder, which hosts a population of 400-million. From the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, where it empties into the Indian Ocean and enduring the impossible, J.J. and Josh attempt to travel the length of the planet’s most populated, holy and polluted river – India’s Ganges River.
Keywords: Adventure, Comedy, Documentary, Cultural Issues, Religion,