Movie Trailers 2021

Narrative Feature Films

Available 6PM Friday Feb 19 - 6PM Sunday Feb 21

John, a man haunted by his beginnings, struggles with finding meaning and worth in his life. This leads him to choose a path of selfishness and drug abuse. Consequently there’s a breakdown of relationships with his family and his wife. When things start to crumble all around him, John gets the wake up call that he needs in the form of a caring new friend, and others in his life that reach out to him in ways they hadn’t before. God working through them and reaching out to John, guides him on a path of recovery and discovery about where his worth and value truly come from and the abundant life that can be experienced in Christ. (105 min)


When a jet bound from South America to Paris disappears in the Atlantic, Milwaukee investigative reporter Nicola Wilson asks to be put on special assignment. After her editors refuse she quits to begin blogging the search for the missing plane and its victims, including her close friend, producer Helen Brocart, who had been working on a flight safety exposé. Even though she refuses to fly, knows little about aviation and doesn't speak French, Wilson scoops the world media as the search continues. (114 min)


After spending several months in a slump with no friends in her corner and a tarnished reputation to boot, Autumn Academy’s Student Body President Charlotte St. Germain must clean up her act and assemble a new campaign team in order to win another term against popular yearbook editor Jonathan Grant. (117 min)


Available 6PM Friday Feb 19 - 6PM Sunday Feb 21

A Missionary from Africa comes to the United States and shares with a concerned Christian how he feels the church in America is being deceived and in great danger. The Christian is very convicted by what he hears, makes a significant change in his life, and then sets forth a plan to reach his city with the gospel. He faces unexpected challenges, costs and struggles to execute his idea, plus the uncertainty of knowing if his effort will produce any results. This movie is about the power of Hollywood and the media, and how it affects your life. (90 min)


Tired of being bullied, Cassandra Evans prays that her nemesis, Katie Sharp, the queen bee of social media, would know what it's like to walk a day in her shoes. Her prayer is answered in an unexpected way when they get "Switched." (105 min)


Sparks fly between a famous model and a farmer with a young daughter when she visits her childhood home. The town is in danger of losing their beloved Santaland festival, but miracles can happen with a little love, family, and faith. (91 min)


Historical drama set in the tumultuous Meiji period about Yamamuro Gunpei, who devoted his life to saving others, and his comrades. Directed by Tojo Masatoshi of 9/10.
Born into a poor farming family in Okayama, Gunpei (Morioka Ryu) was adopted by pawnbroker's family at age nine and went off on his own at age fifteen. His dream of becoming a person who can help others leads him to Tokyo, where he encounters Christianity and becomes convinced that it is the best way to save others. He continues pursuing his own path, overcoming hardships and his own ambivalence along the way. (105 min)

Documentary Feature Films

100 years after the tipping of a streetcar resulted in Bloody Saturday during the Winnipeg General Strike, a work of Art rises out of the sidewalk of Winnipeg to commemorate it. (44 min)


Sitting in the warmth of the Eagle and Child pub, where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien once gathered, Kevin Sorbo and Prof. Lennox begin a journey to discover how the Christian faith stands against atheism. As the conversation continues through the university hallways of Oxford and Cambridge, Lennox opens his faith to examination, discussing the intersection of science and Christianity. Prof. Lennox examines the consequences of an atheistic worldview, as he recounts his travels in Soviet Europe. He brings this experience to his debates with prominent atheists, including Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. As Kevin Sorbo and Prof. Lennox walk where Jesus taught-from the top of Mount Precipice to the Sea of Galilee-they dive deeper into the story of Christianity. Standing at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, they reach the crux of their conversation: do science and history refute the Bible? (112 min)


This story follows the life of a young pilot in Alaska’s frontier arctic. You’ll experience the front-seat thrills of bush planes that operated in the most dangerous conditions on earth, airborne among the magnificent mountains, glaciers and rivers that only Alaska has to offer. Includes true-life experiences of accidents, comradeship, humor, heartbreak and life in early Alaska, gone forever when dismantled into parks in the 1980’s. Filmed on location, Alaska Long Hunters opens with an early history of the Great Land and those that lived in it, leading to his eventual use of a new tool of transport – the single engine airplane, but not without extracting a terrible price. Experience what it was like to grow up among the dangerous game, hunting the massive caribou herds and absorbing the greatness of the county. Pilots will gain from the flying experiences related, and every boy, man and aviator will be compelled to grapple with its final truth, concluding with a crisis encounter that forever changed the pilot's life. (53 min)


A Pineapple Republic deals with the people and actions that developed the industry and the islands into what we see today.  The film dives into a brief history of first contacts between Hawaiians and the outside world. A look at how the pineapple industry developed with highlights on major contributors. The people who came to work the fields and the canneries. It is the rise and fall of pineapples in Hawaii and how the industry helped develop modern-day Hawaii. (96 min)


“K2 is a savage mountain that tries to kill you.” That is how climber George Bell described the infamous peak after the first American expedition in 1953–forever giving the mountain its nickname–The Savage Mountain. Sixty-six years later, Eddie Bauer mountain guides Adrian Ballinger and Carla Perez aim to summit the 8611-meter peak and join a community of explorers fewer in number than those who have been to outer space. Even more incredible, they both will attempt the feat without the use of supplemental oxygen. Every step of the way the team faces hazardous conditions, terrifying setbacks, and crushing misfortunes. But as Ballinger puts it, “I go until the mountain tells me I can’t go anymore.” (46 min)


In short episodes Handmade in Bangladesh tells the stories of average working people who live in a rich cultural heritage of artisan handicraft and creativity. They invent many ways of recycling in order to make a living out of basically nothing, looking at it from the perspective of the affluent West, in the sense that “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In this way Handmade in Bangladesh offers an alternative point of view to the often one-sided, negative media image of this young, independent country. (76 min)


A filmmaker explores his Mennonite roots & identity. (59 min)


INterDEPENDENCE gives a voice to people who often have very little say in their own lives; a group that any of us could suddenly join at any time. And many of us will.
As if having a disability wasn’t enough in and of itself, they face a society that treats them as, in the words of one interviewee, “second class citizens”. A dozen people with disabilities from around Wisconsin share their experiences and perspectives in this documentary. (55 min)


Justified Journey follows a Wisconsin man as he discovers his heritage within America’s still-unresolved slave history. Alex Gee tells his story, the story of many African Americans, that began forty years ago as a boy watching the TV series, “Roots”. Decades later, he resumes his journey in earnest and it takes him to the painful origins of his family. But from that experience he makes the poignant discovery that alters his perspective on the past and the future. As he reflects on his story, Gee reveals how it embodies the wider struggle for black equality and equity in America and what must be done to affect real change. (41 min)


Life Jacket is a powerful documentary that takes us on a journey through the most traumatic times in the lives of the refugees stranded on the Greek Island of Lesvos. From surviving the war in their countries to crossing the Aegean Sea, trusting only a simple and flimsy Life Jacket to keep them safe as they hope to reach a safer future. Depleted of human dignity, little do these refugees know that they will end up in Moria Camp – where they're forced to live a different and ongoing trauma on that small Greek Island. Life Jacket offers the voices, screams, and torments of the refugees as they struggle for their basic human rights – To be treated with respect and dignity, to have better living conditions and to get the education they missed, in a future without war. (70 min)


Mr. Emancipation is the story of Walter L Perry’s determination to put on a celebration that would transcend divisions of race and class. He staged an Emancipation Day festival that was where everyone wanted to be. Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr, Jesse Owens all headed there because, as civil rights activist Dick Gregory said "The largest Juneteenth celebration was not in America, it was in Windsor, Canada.” (60 min)


Open Hearts is an intense “week in the life” of a medical mission with doctors from around the world working together to heal 12 Haitian children through pediatric heart surgery. From logistical coordination, to the symphony of open heart surgery, this film will arrest your senses and challenge what it looks like to lend a hand. Dr. Jeff Kempft from Akron Children’s Hospital (Ohio, USA), and doctors from the USA, Italy, Haiti, and France, demonstrate a new way of helping as they attempt to complete 12 complicated operations while simultaneously challenging conventional wisdom by building up the staff and facilities at St. Damien’s Hospital (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) to become self sufficient. (59 min)


Experts who were interviewed for The Great Disconnect, described our time as the “age of loneliness.” Despite Western advances in technology, living conditions, education and healthcare, we as a society, are isolating ourselves from one another and because of this, facing a health crisis that affects all ages, genders, races, and cultures. But how have we become so disconnected? And what can we do to change the status quo and fulfill our potential for health and well-being? (61 min)


The Science Fiction Makers is a feature documentary that examines the unique story of the Christian Science-Fiction sub-genre and three writers that played a role in its emergence. Beginning with Victor Rousseau, an obscure writer during the first part of the Twentieth-Century, the film then moves through the lesser known Science Fiction works of C.S. Lewis and finally to Madaleine L’Engle’s best-selling children’s novel, A Wrinkle In Time. Stories by these authors uniquely mixed science and theology and continue to influence new writers.

Part of the Faith In Imagination Series by Refuge 31 Films which includes the award winning film, The Fantasy Makers. (90 min)


A feature documentary examining the story of the Russian Mennonite refugees who fled west with the retreating German Army during World War Two, desperate to escape the horror of Stalin’s Soviet Union.

The Mennonites, with no where to go, would end up stranded in refugee camps throughout Holland and Germany in an unfolding two-year saga.

Eventually a risky plan, involving the American Military, multiple governments, aid organizations and the Queen of the Netherlands would come together. It all would hinge on an old transport ship called Volendam…

Told through personal interviews, reenactments and never before seen archival footage. (85 min)

Narrative Short Films

A young girl struggles to come to terms with finding her own place in life after losing her sister. Being overwhelmed with grief, we follow the story of how she wishes to fulfill her sister’s dream of creating 1000 origami cranes to be granted any wish she wants, in hopes to receive any form of closure or even one last moment with the one person she loves the most. (9 min)


Nestled between a beautiful lake and the Himalayas, Ashmina, 13, lives with her family at the outskirts of Pokhara Nepal, paragliding capital of the world. The remote and traditional town is also a busy tourist destination where the locals are profoundly affected by the swarms of tourists who visit it daily. Forced to skip school, Ashmina helps her family make ends meet by working at the landing field, packing the parachutes of foreign pilots in return of small change. (16 min)


How do I know I love someone? Boje and his father live in a remote cottage by the sea. With no one but each other. A boy longing for answers. A father struggling for words. When suddenly the silence between them is penetrated by the waves of a choppy sea. Answers magically find their way to Boje – as father and son find a way to talk. (10 min)


FROM A LIGHT WITHIN (2019) is a heartwarming story of brotherly love at the darkest time of year. Each year, despite his challenges, Bill decorates his house with Christmas lights. Memories of days gone by guide his work. This year Bill decorates with special purpose: his brother is coming! (10 min)


A killer for hire accepts a job from an unknown client at Canada's most infamous and violent intersection, Higgins and Main. Tensions rise as his anxiety does, leading to a series of mishaps as the cycle of violence rolls on. (8 min)


As 14-year-old Hollie sews her first dress with her mother, she faces the decision all Mennonite girls must make when they reach adulthood. Will she put on the dress and become a full member of the Mennonite church and assume her role as a mother, or will she join the wider world? (25 min)


A suspicious man silently trails behind a young woman. A red note is mysteriously left at her door. Secrets long buried return to haunt a family living in Tokyo. (15 min)


The day before he leaves for grad school, Junior gets a call from his estranged father who asks him to visit him for the first time in years. (5 min)


A romantic comedy about a mime performer who meets a girl in a park. (7 min)


More than a Manger is a nativity film that follows 4 journeys to one King; the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Follow Jesse (a young carpenter), the Shepherds, Wisemen, Mary and Joseph as they witness the birth of a King. More than a Manger is a captivating film with an all kids cast, and a beautiful musical score including live music performed by Centerpoint Church band. (41 min)


A young woman is battling against herself as her mental health begins to take over and push her over the edge. (8 min)


Numb

This film follows a teen in isolation, looking at things in their room, like pictures and things that used to make them happy, and trying to relive memories, but then falling back into their state of monotony of doing the same thing everyday: online school in their room. This film was a portrayal of what a lot of youth are feeling these days, and how it has been the past couple months. (3 min)


“Once Upon a Pandemic” is the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of a young girl Maddie (played by Maddie Murphy-Northcott), self-isolated in her home during a global pandemic while her Mom (played by Kristin Booth) is in strict quarantine away from the family. Maddie leans on her Dad (played by Writer/Director Ryan Northcott) for guidance, but finds that he can’t always be there for her, so she learns to cope with a heartbreaking twist with the resiliency only a child has. (15 min)


"Operation: Clean Slate" follows four very different teens that hatch a plan to break into city hall to wipe their parking tickets clean, in hopes to save their summers. (21 min)


A girl makes a life-changing discovery during quarantine. Life-changing in a practical sense, that is. (5 min)


A son sets out on his late father's motorcycle to recreate a photograph that his mother has always treasured. (13 min)


In the midst of the housing crisis, a young single mother struggles to provide her charitable daughter with a more stable home than she had. (14 min)


We were inspired by a warm summer night that seemed to last forever, bringing back old memories of being in Junior High and High School. A time when we were too young to truly understand anything but the present. Our film hopes to capture that nostalgia. (4 min)


Sarah, a young woman struggling with severe depression, has been caught in a nightmare of self harming, which she has used as a coping mechanism. Her mental health has deteriorated to the point where she has attempted suicide. When we first meet Sarah she is lost in a forest of confusion and despair, has a profound sense of worthlessness and is desperate to gain control of her life. She feels alone, but there is a man, a loving FATHER reaching out and offering her a pathway to Hope. As she struggles to take control of and eliminate the pain and fear that leaves her feeling lost and alone, Sarah rejects the man, this father, because she doesn't recognize who he is. Is he her parent...or a father figure...or is he even real? Sarah isn't sure but she speaks of the man as someone she would like to know better. "He's kind of relentless" Sarah says. "In my mind he never stops chasing after me. And I don't mean in a bad kinda way. But when I'm in a dark place he's there to bring me out." (16 min)


The Mirror tells the story of Suzi, a 13-year-old girl who has come to her grand mother's house, an ailing, cantankerous old-woman and also a survivor of the Holocaust. When Suzi ventures down into the basement and discovers a mysterious antique mirror, she somehow opens a portal between time that allows her to cross over into war-torn Nazi occupied Poland, where she befriends a young Jewish girl in hiding. (22 min)


In late 2019, while attending DePaul University I was challenged to create a short film between two characters in one location. What ultimately materialized was "The Single Line Theory". While riding the CTA train into work one morning, thinking about what I wanted to say, I thought about the paralyzing nature of public discourse today. One of the great hurdles we must overcome if we want to improve as a society is rejecting familiar complacency and embracing a challenging future (particularly in regards to the issue of climate change.) In the course of one sitting, I wrote the first draft that imbued both sides of the argument into two characters and used the Rod Serling approach to cloak the discussion in a sci-fi setting. What resulted is a story I am very proud of and represents the kind of films I want to make: Fully realized emotionally driven characters who represent important arguments greater than their individual selves. (11 min)

Documentory Short Films

Amazing Grace is about a young girl, who is homeless and addicted to pills.  Lost and nowhere to turn, she finds shelter on a cold rainy night under a church's awning.  The father of the church reaches out to this young girl to lead her to hope and salvation. (19 min)


In North America, we have access to the highest level of medical care. Consider if you lived in a part of the world without quality hospitals, clinics, not even one medical professional in the rural areas. Myanmar (Burma) is such a place. It suffers at the bottom globally for medical care. In the 1980’s Frontier Labourers For Christ (FLC), based in Thailand and serving tribal peoples from Burma, began the Barefoot Doctors training- a grassroots medical program. FLC’s team of volunteer medical professionals trains pastors, missionaries, and community leaders from the most remote areas of Burma in essential medical care. In the short documentary, Barefoot Doctors FLC, we hear from the medical and leadership staff, and students how this innovative program saves lives, transforms communities, and brings the Gospel to unreached people. (38 min)


Produced by David Iwaasa and the National Association of Japanese Canadians, Bitter Sweet Trail follows a group of multi-generational Japanese Canadians on a bus tour as they rediscover their historical roots of injustice, pain and perseverance in the sugar beet fields of Southern Alberta. The short film documents the history of Japanese Canadian sugar beet farmers of Southern Alberta, their experiences of internment and dispossession during and after World War II, and the importance of remembering such stories of persistence for future generations. (23 min)


When Keira “Boom Boom” Bond passed away at age 10 from cancer, her family and ringette community would rise up to to honour and celebrate her unique spirit. R31 thanks CBC, the Bond family and St James Ringette Association for helping us tell this story. (6 min)


Available 6PM Friday Feb 19 - 6PM Sunday Feb 21

Garden Shark breaks through the hopelessness and loss of a dementia diagnosis by giving people living with dementia and their caregivers a new way to connect and find joy. It explores improv’s ability to teach people to live in the moment, communicate, and learn to laugh in spite of their struggles. Garden Shark highlights couples’ individual experiences and shows how beautifully partners living with dementia respond to the risk free, playful and hilarious environment created by Inside Out Theatre’s Village Improv for Alzheimer’s program. (27 min)


Guardians of the Grasslands is a short documentary created by a group of dedicated conservationists, ranchers and Canadian filmmakers. The film explores the current state of one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems, the Great Plains grasslands, and the role that cattle play in their survival. (13 min)


How Great Thou Art -- Elvis Presley's friends and family give testimony to the singer's love of spiritual music. Featuring interviews with Billy Blackwood, Donna Presley, T.G. Sheppard, and members of the Stamps Quartet. (11 min)


A childhood flled with laughter and friends, singing and games—cut short by the circumciser’s knife. In her early teens, Messania walked the same path as millions of other young girls around the world, frst undergoing female genital mutilation to make her marriageable before she was sold of to a stranger many years older than herself. Listen as Messania tells her story from her rural Kenyan home to see how this strong woman— who could have remained just a statistic—found the determination to escape abuse, challenge harmful cultural norms, and sing a new song of freedom, for herself and for girls like her everywhere. (20 min)


Nestled in the beautiful pristine foothills of the Rocky Mountains lies a small town called Grande Cache. Once a year the town hosts one of the most infamous ultra-marathon races in all of Canada, "The Great Canadian Death Race". Undefeated captures the stories of 4 athletes who decide to face their personal demons and take on this unique challenge. (28 min)

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