Firehall Films

Fri, January 7, 2011

7pm – Eleven in Motion: Abstract Expressions in Animation

Toronto Animated Image Society, Canada, 2010, 60 min

In tribute to the1950s Toronto-based Painters Eleven Group of abstract artists, 11 Canadian animators were commissioned to create an homage to a work by the Painters Eleven Group that inspires them. Screens with recent Yukon animations by Edward Westerhuis, Dan Sokolowski, and Sophie Fuldauer.

9pm – Fubar II

Michael Dowse, Alberta, 2010, 85 min

In the sequel to the 2002 cult comedy, hoser headbangers Terry and Dean are back to celebrate Deaner’s 5 year anniversary of being cancer free. Things turn interesting when they get evicted from their Calgary bungalow and find jobs up in The Mac, meaning the oil sands of Fort McMurray.

Wed, December 8, 2010

7pm – Look at What the Light Did Now

Dir. Anthony Seck, Canada, 2010, 77 min

Arty music doc follows Feist during the making of her LP, The Reminder, and her visual and musical collaborators through an impressionistic array of flickering scenery, echoing stadiums, puppet workshops, a crumbling mansion, concert performances and candid interviews.

9pm – Tales of the Golden Age

Romania, 2009, 113 min

Five directors adapt the most popular myths of the Ceausescu communist regime period, recapturing the humorous spirit that kept Romanians alive during their darkest hour. Written and co-directed by the filmmaker who won the 2007 Palme D’Or at Cannes for 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days. In Romanian with English subtitles.

Thurs, September 9, 2010

7pm – Winnebago Man

2009, 87 min

Jack Rebney sold RVs in 1980s commercials. A VHS tape of out-takes of his angry, foul-mouthed outbursts circulated in the 1990s before it went viral on Youtube. An hilarious and poignant documentary about unintended internet celebrity. “Hysterical and piss-your-pants funny! At the same time, a tragically touching look at the real man behind the legend” ~Chris Gore, Film Threat

9pm – Carcasses

2009, 72 min

Denis Côté’s Carcasses focuses on Jean-Paul Colmor, who runs a junkyard in rural Quebec, repairing what others have discarded. Into his peaceful, cluttered sanctuary come four teenagers with Down syndrome seeking refuge. A blend of fact and fiction, the provocative, hauntingly beautiful Carcasses evokes Quebec film’s direct cinema roots, while posing troubling questions about how a society assesses the value of things. The innovative Côté crafts intricate, subtle movies, usually on a shoestring budget, and his latest may be the most daring film in his increasingly influential career. Voted to TIFF’s Top Ten Canadian feature film list for 2009.

Fri, August 6, 2010

5pm – Last Voyage of the SS Keno

1960, 29 min

Fiftieth anniversary of the last Yukon River sternwheeler trip from Whitehorse to Dawson. Free admission.

8pm – La Dolce Vita

1960, 174 min

Fellini’s classic turns 50. Marcello is a tabloid journalist who falls in with a crowd of decadent aristocrats in Rome, in a lifestyle that mocks his search for meaning in his life. La Dolce Vita earned the Palme d’Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Thurs, August 5, 2010

7pm – Picturing the Yukon 2010: New Works

Short films. Total length: 70 min

Animated, dramatic and documentary films by fourteen artists from Whitehorse, Dawson City, Vancouver and Old Crow.

8:45pm – Soundtrack for a Revolution

2009, 82min

Multi award-winning documentary about the history of the US Civil Rights movement through interviews, archival footage and contemporary performances of the songs that fueled the freedom fighters. A celebration of the power of music to give strength and hope, Soundtrack for a Revolution is a vibrant, soul-stirring experience.

Wed, August 4, 2010

7pm – Picturing the Yukon: Working in the Yukon

Short films. Total length: 82 min

Four recent shorts by Yukon artists, plus 1966 CBC Vancouver classic, The Small World of Edith Josie, and a 1970 industrial film about the former asbestos mine at Clinton Creek, Yukon - Beyond the Forty Mile.

9pm – Babies

2009, 79 min

Observational doc about the first year in the life of four tots born in very different cultures: Namibia, Mongolia, California and Japan.

“The most striking thing about ‘Babies’ isn’t any one image or moment. It’s how moviegoers react to the film. People are riveted.” ~

“Joyous and bouyant. Irresistible.” ~ LA Times

“Extraordinary! Delivered with refreshing immediacy and joyful humor.” ~ USA Today

Thurs, July 8, 2010

7pm - CBQM

Dir. Dennis Allen, NWT/Yukon, 2009, 66 min

CBQM is an entertaining and insightful look at the Gwich’in community of Ft. McPherson, NWT as seen through the studio window of the town’s busy radio station. Whitehorse-based filmmaker, Dennis Allen, has crafted a detailed and generous observational portrait of life in an arctic town. Winner of the Alanis Obomsawin Best Feature Doc Award at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival 2009.

9pm – The Big Lebowski

Dir. Joel Cohen, USA, 1998, 118 min

Jeff Bridges’ recent Oscar win for his role in Crazy Heart was payback after the Academy neglected to even nominate him for his outstanding performance as ‘the Dude’ in the Cohen brothers enduring comedy classic. In a case of mistaken identity, a couple of thugs break into the Dude’s apartment and steal his favourite rug. Now, Jeffrey ‘the Dude’ Lebowski–who doesn’t want any drama in his life–must embark on a quest with his crazy friends (bowling buddies, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman) to make things right and get his rug back. Also starring Julianne Moore and John Turturro.

March 20 to 26 at the Old Fire Hall

Prince George Métis Elders Documentary Project

Prince George Métis Elders Documentary Project

An interactive video installation by Stephen Foster with producer Mike Evans. A project that represents four years dedicated to documenting the culture, stories and lives of Métis elders and their families.

Friday, March 19
Opening Reception, 5pm (with refreshments)
Artist Talk with Stephen Foster and Mike Evans, 6pm

Gallery Hours
March 20 to 26 at the Old Fire Hall

Noon – 5:30pm
Free Admission

This exhibition is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery.

February 5, 2010

A tribute to documentary pioneer and Canadian filmmaker, Allan King, who passed away in June, 2009.

For more about Mr. King, visit

7pm - Warrendale

Dir. Allan King, Canada, 1967, 100 min

As explosive today as when it was released forty years ago, Warrendale is a masterpiece of cinéma vérité. Considered one the world's great modern documentaries, this internationally renowned film chronicles seven weeks in the lives of twelve emotionally disturbed children in the treatment centre of the same name. Warrendale was both an experiment and a frontier in pioneering the now common practise of treating children in a family-like setting where they could feel safe to express their feelings. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, who commissioned the film in 1966, refused to air it. Although it was released theatrically to huge international acclaim, it was banned from television for thirty years until TVOntario screened it in early 1997. It attracted a deeply appreciative audience of record size.

9pm -EMPz 4 LIFE

Dir. Allan King, Canada, 2006, 113 min

A bullet blasts a hole in a family’s front window – the target was their son. And a tireless community leader tries to get through to him. “They are trying to kill you. Did you see your mother’s face? This can only end two ways.” Allan King, master of the documentary form and pioneer of cinéma-vérité, turns his attention to the high-risk young men from Toronto’s suburbs, and to the forceful and committed men fighting to safeguard their futures. Brian Henry is a volunteer for HOODLINC, a youth agency. He is tough on the kids themselves and relentless on their behalf. “You are succeeding at keeping the black race in prison,” he bluntly says to one. His dedication is echoed by that of mathematician and writer John Mighton, who volunteers in the same community. The tireless commitment of the film’s protagonists is matched by that of King. His trademark depth of vision is fully present here as he thoughtfully observes these young men. Without narration or interview, King allows the eloquence of his subjects’ actions to reveal the complexity of this world with an immediacy and urgency that is characteristically immersive. – Marguerite Pigott, 2006 Toronto International Film Festival

Film Trailer

January 8, 2010

7pm - The Cove

Dir. Louie Psihoyos, USA, 2009, 92 min

Winner of Audience Awards at film festival the world over.

In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan lies a shocking secret that a few desperate men will stop at nothing to keep hidden from the world. In Taiji, Japan, former dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O'Barry who captured and trained the 5 dolphins who played the title character in the international television sensation "Flipper." One fateful day, a heartbroken Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures must never be subjected to human captivity again. This mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast. But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and "Keep Out" signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The nature of what they do is so chilling and the consequences are so dangerous to human health that they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.

Film Website

9pm - Prairie Tales 11

Short drama, personal essay, documentary, animation and experimental films make up this strong collection of sixteen new Albertan works on film and video extensively reflecting the diverse, expanding culture of film and media art creation in the beguiling prairie province.

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December 4

7pm - Three Documentaries


Dir. Julie Lee, British Columbia, 2007, 26 min

Eleven children from a remote First Nations coastal village in BC (Lax Kw'alaams, or Port Simpson) collaborate with a group of acclaimed artists on a multi-media exhibit for a Vancouver art gallery.

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Ghosts and Gravel Roads

Dir. Mike Rollo, Québec, 2008, 16 min

The lost memories of old photographs and artifacts found in the bleached landscape of Saskatchewan serve as a metaphor for displacement.

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A Year at Sherbrooke

Thomas Hale, Saskatchewan, 2009, 54 min

Two artists work with residents in a long-term care facility in Saskatoon to explore how creativity can transform people?s lives. An honest and unflinching window into the lives of people living and working in a care facility. Co-presented with the National Film Board of Canada.

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9pm - Pow Wow Highway

Jonathan Wacks, USA, 1989, 87 min

Buddy (A Martinez), is a quick-tempered activist battling greedy developers who are making a suspicious land-grab for mining interests. Philbert (Gary Farmer) is a serene hulk of a man guided by sacred visions. He desperately wants to find his tokens from the spirits, and starts his journey to become a warrior by trading some marijuana, booze, and a few bucks for his 'war pony' - a beat up '64 Buick he names 'Protector.' The two Cheyenne men are thrown together for a road trip from their Montana home to New Mexico to fight the wrongful imprisonment of Buddy's activist sister. Canadian actor, Gary Farmer, is excellent in this enduring film about understanding the past, fighting for the future and discovering surprising truths along the Pow Wow Highway.

October 23

7pm - Waterlife

Dir. Kevin McMahon, Canada, 2008, 109 min

The source of drinking water, fish and emotional sustenance for 35 million people, the Great Lakes are under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, dropping water levels and profound apathy. Some scientists believe the lakes are on the verge of ecological collapse. Waterlife follows the cascade of the Great Lakes from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, telling the story of the last huge supply of fresh water on Earth. Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, Waterlife is a cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted. Narrated by Gord Downie, lead vocalist of The Tragically Hip and Waterkeeper's Trustee of Lake Ontario. Featuring music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Rós, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.

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9:15pm - Ugetsu

Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1953, 97 min

Often appearing on lists of the ten greatest films of all time, called one of the most beautiful films ever made, or the most masterful work of Japanese cinema, Ugetsu comes to us awash in superlatives. In the civil wars of 16th century Japan, two ambitious peasants want to make their fortunes. The potter Genjuro intends to sell his wares for vast profits in the local city, while his brother-in-law Tobei wishes to become a samurai. Their village is sacked by the marauding armies, but Genjuro's kiln miraculously survives, and they and their wives head for the city. A ghost story like no other.

Co-presentation with Japanese Association of Canada - Yukon

Door prizes and snacks donated by Baked Café and Sakura Sushi.

Film Trailer

October 2

7pm - Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez

Dir. Robert Cornellier, Canada, 2008, 99 min

Twenty years after the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska the citizens of Cordova are still dealing with the environmental and social fallout.

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9pm - Tulpan

Dir. Sergey Dvortsevoy, Ger/Kzn/Pld/Rus/Swz, 2008, 100 min

A young man returns from the Russian navy to his home on the extraordinary Kazahk steppe in hope of getting his own farm. Before his brother-in-law will entrust him with land, however, he must first find a wife. Winner of 11 international film festival awards, including Cannes.

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September 11

7pm - Act of God

Dir. Jennifer Baichwal, Canada, 2009, 75 min

A documentary meditation on chance and destiny through the stories of survivors of lightning strikes.

9pm - Dead Man

Dir. Jim Jarmusch, USA/Japan/Germany, 1995, 121 min

Johnny Depp is William Blake, an accountant from Cleveland, is aided by an Indian called Nobody (Gary Farmer) and on the run from bounty hunters through the woods of the American frontier in Jarmusch's classic 'Acid Western.'

August 13

7pm - Picturing the Yukon 09: Life, Death, and Steamboats

73 min

Alice in Shopping Land. Jessica Hall, 2005, 5 min
smallfilm. Richard Lawrence, 2007, 14 min
Play My Favourite Number. Dawn Macdonald, 2006, 5 min
All We Like Sheep. Daniel Janke, 2002, 8 min
Our Town Faro. Mitch Miyagawa & David Oppenheimer, 2005, 8 min
Die, Die... Don't Die!. Ian Basso, 2009, 8 min
Last Voyage of the SS Keno. Gillingham/ CBC Vancouver, 1963, 29 min

8:30pm - Picturing the Yukon 09: New Works

60 min

Mayfly Days. Natalie Edelson & John Overell, 2008, 5 min
A Fossiled Life. Clayton Carlick, 2007, 6 min
Painting Red Square. Max Fraser, 2009, 5 min
Brain Clever. Lulu Keating, 2009, 5 min
Writers Block. Andrew Sharp, 2009, 2 min
No Fixed Address. Naomi Mark, Whitehorse, 2008, documentary, 4 min
Sock Hop. Suzanne Crocker, Dawson City, 2009, animation, 2 min
Closer to Thee. David Curtis, 2009, experimental, 1 min
Chum. Abbott, Crelli, Crocker, Hawkins, Mayer, Perry, 2008, comedy, 9 min
Dog=God. Lulu Keating & Karen Hines, 2009, experimental, 5 min
How People Got Fire. Daniel Janke, Yukon, 2009, animation, 14min

August 12

8pm - Brokeback Mountain

Dir. Ang Lee, 2005, USA, 134 min

The contemporary classic that shatters mythologies about the Strong, Silent male and cowboy culture. A love story based on the short story by E. Annie Proulx.

Film Website

Read the essay 'Death of the Strong, Silent Type: The Achievement of Brokeback Mountain' by Christopher Sharrett, as published in Issue 37 Flimint Journal, which inspired the programming of Giant and Brokeback Mountain.

Click here to view the essay in a PDF with images, from Intellect Books.

July 16

7pm - Circumpolar Shorts

73 min

Recent films from Russia, Norway, Iceland, Alaska, NWT, Yukon.

Frozen Poem, Last Stop for Miles, Dog, Varde, Prevention of Repeated Crimes, Drum Practice, Tell Us the Truth Josephine, and Sikumi (on the ice).

9pm - Picturing the Yukon 09 : Reconciliation Films

(Dir. James Marsh) United Kingdom, 2008, 90 minutes

My Own Private Lower Post. Duane Ghastant' Aucoin, 2008, 32 min
Shipyards Lament. Andrew Connors, 2002, 40 min
Tending Toward Silence. Arlin McFarlane, 2007, 9 min
Dinji Shik Trat Tat Gwich'ii (The Man Who Lives in the Bush). Mary Jane Moses, 2009, 8 min.

July 15

8pm - Giant

Dir. George Stevens, 1956, USA, 201 min (with intermission)

The Texas epic with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean that challenges the myths of the American West and the expansionist utopia of John Ford and John Wayne. Dean's last role sees him explore the 'strong silent type' persona, though as a contradiction of the american male - a man at war with himself.

Film Trailer

June 7


Co-presented with the Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon.

Sponsored in part by Janus Films/The Criterion Collection.

Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1961, 110 min

Kurosawa's anti-hero "western" Yojimbo stars Toshiro Mifune as a crafty ronin who comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. This picture, shot in widescreen 'Tohoscope', was a direct influence on director Sergio Leone and the spaghetti western genre.

Doors open at 7:30pm. Refreshments and door prizes.
Tickets $7/$5 YFS or JCAY Members

April 8

Recent films by Winnipeg's Deco Dawson

Filmmaker in attendance.

Filmmaker's website

March 7

YFS salutes the 10th Anniversary of the Dawson Intl Short Film Festival

Four short films from the first 10 years of the Yukon's landmark International short film festival. Programmed by co-founder and festival director, David Curtis.

7pm - Program 1: Humans + Animals, 100 mins

I Could Have Been Human, Business, Tommy, My Indian Bum, At The Quite Hotel, The Terms, La Photo, A Shift in Perception, Shipyards Lament

9pm - Program 2: Loadstars, 105 mins

Mushum, Mumuring Sound of Running Water, Aydaygooay, A Life to Live, Drift, Help, Trygve With His Heart In the Mailbox, My Name is Pochsy, Crummy 841

February 7

8pm - Black History Month Program - 120 minutes

Black Soul (Âme noire)

(Dir. Martine Chartrand) Québec, 2000, 10 min

BLACK SOUL/ÂME NOIRE is an exhilarating immersion into the heart of Black culture via a whirlwind voyage through the defining moments of Black History.

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Echoes in the Rink: The Willie O'Ree Story

(Dir. Tony Merzetti/Errol Williams/Chris Campbell) New Brunswick, 1997, 26 min

Willie O'Ree, a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, made sports history on January 18, 1958, when he donned the gold and black jersey of the Boston Bruins. That night he broke the colour barrier in hockey and would forever be known as "The Jackie Robinson of Hockey." This compelling portrait of Willie O'Ree includes behind-the-scenes interviews with well-known Bruins players, and coach Milt Schmidt.

Remember Africville

(Dir. Shelagh Mackenzie) Nova Scotia, 1991, 35 min

Africville, a small black settlement, lay within the city limits of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the 1960s, the families who lived there were uprooted and their homes demolished in the name of urban renewal and integration. Former residents, their descendants and some of the decision-makers, speak out and, with the help of archival photographs and films, tell the story of that painful relocation.

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The Journey of Lesra Martin

(Dir. Cheryl Foggo) British Columbia, 2002, 46 min

Lesra Martin was poor, illiterate and struggling on the violent streets of Brooklyn when a chance encounter with a group of Canadians shattered the confines of his life. Pulled from the chaos of the inner city and given a fresh start in Canada, Lesra became a hero when he helped to bring justice to wrongfully imprisoned American boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter. Finding the courage to change his own life, today Lesra is a lawyer and motivational speaker on the world stage.

February 6

7pm - The Forgotten Woman

(Dir. Dilip Mehta) Canada, 2008, 91 minutes

Following the international success of Deepa Mehta's Oscar-nominated film Water, Ms. Mehta received thousands of letters from the audience. After viewing the film, many wanted to know more about the state of widows in India today. The Forgotten Woman was made in direct response to this interest and aims to bring about an understanding of the destitution and marginalization of many of the millions of widows in India today, who are forced by age-old traditions to live out their remaining years isolated from and shunned by the society at large. In Bengali/Hindi/English with English subtitles.

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9pm - Man on Wire

(Dir. James Marsh) United Kingdom, 2008, 90 minutes

On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. James Marsh's documentary brings Petit's extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself, and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as "the artistic crime of the century." Documentary Feature nominee for the 2009 Academy Awards®.

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January 10

8pm - The U.S. and Us

(Dir. Quinn) British Columbia, 27 min

Visiting artist, Quinn will lead a discussion about Canada/ U.S. relations, Canadian sovereignty and multilateral trade agreements.

screens with Manhattan Odyssey

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January 9

7:30pm - Atlantic Filmmakers Film 5+ Short Films

A collection of 11 shorts produced at the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative in Halifax, NS. Thom Fitzgerald, Andrea Dorfman and other maritime bright lights.

9pm - The Last Waltz

(Dir. Martin Scorcese) 1978, 117 min

Long before he shined the light on the antics of Henry Hill and Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas, and before he guided Robert De Niro to an Oscar-winning performance in Raging Bull, Martin Scorcese directed a documentary on the music group The Band. Considered to be one of the best music documentaries ever made, Last Waltz documents The Band's famous last show-and presents some of the finest musicians of the 1970s.

December 13

7pm - Only

(Dir. Ingrid Veninger + Simon Reynolds) Punk Films Inc, 2008, 73 min

Fresh from screenings at TIFF, VIFF and Festivale Internationale Cinema di Roma, this charming indie feature is about the only day two 12-year olds have to kick around together.

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9pm - Two views of the Baffin Island Region

Quviasukvik (Happy Day)

(Dir. Igloolik Isuma - Zacharias Kunuk, Paulossie Qulitalik, Norman Cohn) 1995, Inuktitut w English subtitles, 29 min

It's almost a month since the sun disappeared. Back in the stone house everyone wakes up to Christmas Day. Today for Inuit Christmas is a strange mix of ritual; some from the old life and some from the new. Either way, with lots of meat from a good year hunting, and a warm shelter against the blowing cold, this is a joyful time for celebration and stories. One of a series of films depicting the old ways of the Inuit, by the creators of Atanarjuat and the Journals of Knud Rasmussen.

Edge of Ice

(Dir. William Hansen/NFB) 1986, 56 min

An outstanding natural history of the intricate ecosystem along the edge of the Arctic ice. Edge of Ice uses stunning footage shot underwater, on the surface and even inside ice crystals. It reveals a magnificent world and the creatures that inhabit it: from microscopic algae and tiny arthropods, to seal, walrus, whale and humans. The film's two narrators, one white and one Inuit, present complementary viewpoints.

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