Fern Film


Powerful Women       June 7

We are a grade 7 class representing Fern Ave P.S. by presenting a film festival for the Roncesvalles community. As you know, we are presenting true stories and historical fiction films about powerful women. Our goal is to give a different perspective through the medium of film representing the life and struggles of women around the world. We have decide that our films must pass the Bechdel Test. In addition to films we will be hosting workshops about sexism and gender violence around the world. 

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Fern Film Festival Presents: 

Hannah's Story

9:30 a.m.           29 mins

At the age of 5, Hannah Taylor spotted her first homeless person in the back alleys of Winnipeg. This experience not only troubled her, but it drove her to do nothing less than change the world. The Ladybug Foundation, the charity Hannah helped establish, has raised over a million dollars to date. With her huge heart and can-do attitude, she preaches a simple message of "Share a little of what you have and always care about others." As this short documentary proves, we all have a lot to learn from Hannah's story.

Director       Juanita Peters 

Fern Film Festival presents: 

A Conversation with Cecilia Copeland and Perla Martinez

11 a.m.        1 hour

Writer Director Cecilia Copeland  Lennis J. Holm Scholarship at the Writers Workshop. Winner of the NYWIFT New Works Lab with a reading starring Golden Globe Winner Regina Taylor. Winner Best TV Pilot Screenplay LA Femme International Film Festival. Kilroy’s Nominee. Semi-Finalist MADE IN NY WRITERS ROOM among others. Copeland was the Founding Artistic Director of NYMadness Theatre Company producing over 200 “madness” festivals all over NYC from 2010-2017. She remains an Advisory Board Member.
Executive Producer Perla Martínez     Twice nominated for the Golden Nymph Award as Best Producer & Best Series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival and winner of the Crystal Screen as Best Production & Best Film, Perla Martinez has more than 20 years of experience and has produced over 30 films and TV series. Former Netflix Executive, she has worked as a Production Consultant in many projects and as guest-expert, has held masterclasses, workshops and lectures in several Forums and Industry Events.
Fern Film Festival Presents: 

Fire and Fury

11:00 a.m.             16 mins

A fire started on the night of April 10, 1734. By the early hours of the morning, half of Montreal had been destroyed including the hospital, the convent and the houses of many of city's wealthy elite. Marie-Josèphe- Angélique, a young black slave, was accused of setting the fire despite the lack of evidence against her and sentenced to death by hanging. Was Angélique really guilty as charged? What would have been her motives? Fire looks at the story of Angélique through the eyes of 3 people who knew her. Each sheds a very different light on the woman and the days leading up to the fire.

Director Nadine Valcin                                                                                        Starring     Awaovieyi Agie, Karen Glave, Adrian Griffin

Fern Film Festival Presents: 

Status Quo - The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

1:15 p.m.            1 hour and 30 mins 

Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today? This feature documentary zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress we have truly made on these issues. Rich with archival material and startling contemporary stories, Status Quo? uncovers answers that are provocative and at times shocking.

Director       Karen Cho 

Followed by conversation about feminism in Canada

Fern Film Festival Presents: 

Spirit Glitch

2:30 p.m.            8 mins

In her lowest moment, Alice spirals, focusing on her worst memories and exposes the glitches in her spirit. Piece by piece, this negativity eats away at her, threatening to leave an empty shell. With every ounce of willpower, she must find the strength to face the reality of another day.

Director/Writer               Mary Galloway                                                          Starring                            Jessica Parker Kennedy

Q&A with Mary Galloway following the screening