Getting Here
September 29, 2012 (Afternoon)

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 2pm
Bonne Bay Marine Station
Norris Point, Newfoundland
My Ancestors were Rogues and Murderers

My Ancestors were Rogues and Murderers

 Director:Anne Troake
 Agency:National Film Board of Canada
 Runtime:56 minutes
"It was a PR coup that launched the animal rights movement onto the international stage.”

It's 1977 and Brian Davies, head of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, has brought Brigitte Bardot to Newfoundland to protest the seal hunt. The villains of the piece are the inhabitants of the island's northern outports, their image transmitted to the world as the epitome of brutality.

My Ancestors Were Rogues and Murderers tells their story. In a thoughtful contribution to the debate on Canada's seal hunt, artist Anne Troake celebrates the unique culture of Newfoundland's outports. She explores the notions of ecology and conservation through the story of her extended family, descendants of 18th century settlers from the English West Country. In a society shaped by the environment and seasons, sealing became one of many activities that sustained them. Blending poetic ethnography with politics, Troake weaves her argument into a meditation on a resilient people and their special place in the world. A remarkable interview with her grandmother infuses the film with wry wisdom and a bright sense of life's possibilities.

Phantoms of the French Shore

Phantoms of the French Shore

 Director:Barbara Doran / Jerry McIntosh
 Agency:Morag Loves Company & McIntosh Media
 Runtime:45 minutes
"This is a project lovingly woven on film by [filmmakers] who know a good epic when they see one.”

Inspired by 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, French artist Jean Claude Roy weaves the history of the French Shore into a 216ft long embroidered piece of storytelling cloth. Discover how this beautiful tapestry captures the Newfoundland landscape.

Vive La Rose

Vive La Rose

 Director:Bruce Alcock
 Agency:National Film Board of Canada/Global Mechanic Inc.
 Runtime:6 minutes
Based on the last recording by one of Newfoundland's foremost traditional music performers, Emile Benoit's tender delivery of the 18th century French song is the heart of Vive la rose.
The story of unrequited love and tentative obsession throughout the beloved's life, sickness and early death is the narrative focus, accompanied by an emotional interpretation of Benoit's strong Newfoundland French accent and wavering old man's voice. Vive la rose is animation on location, rooting the film in a location that evokes the past, and combines ink drawings with a variety of romantic and associative elements and objects.