Shining a light on the Northwest Territories: Kirsten Carthew & The Sun at Midnight (article also available in French)

For Kirsten Carthew, her first feature film The Sun at Midnight was an opportunity to show off more than just her skills as a writer, producer and director. This was an opportunity to show the world the spectacular landscape, colours and beauty of Canada’s Northwest Territories – an area which has been hidden from the feature film world until now. “I wanted to make the film because I love that part of the Northwest Territories, and I really wanted to show it and share it with other people, it’s so cinematic,” Carthew told Canada Down Under. “This is first feature film from the Northwest Territories, and really it was just an amazing opportunity to make a film, supported by Telefilm Canada, which is the Government of Canada, as well as our territorial government and our partners with the Gwich’in Tribal Councils.” Her film tells the story of an unexpected friendship between 16-year old runaway urban princess Lia, played by Devery Jacobs, and Gwich’in hunter Alfred, played by Duane Howard. With central themes of environment and indigenous rights, Carthew said it was vital she got support from the local community to make then film.   Read full article here:...

NEO-NOIR FEATURE FILM ‘RESIDUE’ TO BE RELEASED ON VOD IN CANADA AND THE US ON JULY 18, 2017

The creative horror film, featuring an impressive ensemble cast, will also have a limited engagement screening in Vancouver on July 9 IndustryWorks Studios will be releasing the buzzed-about gritty, action/crime horror film Residue in Canada and the US on VOD on July 18th, 2017. But if you want to see this future/noir film on a bigger screen, see it for a limited time at The Rio theatre in Vancouver on July 9th, 2017. Cast and crew in attendance, doors open at 3pm. The indie film stars James Clayton (‘Candiland’, ‘The 100’, ‘Timeless’), Taylor Hickson (‘Deadpool’, ‘Aftermath’), Costas Mandylor (‘Saw’ Franchise, ‘The Pledge’, ‘Picket Fences’), Gemini Award nominated Matt Frewer (‘Orphan Black’, ‘Watchman’, ‘Max Headroom’), Elysia Rotaru (‘Arrow’, ‘Girl House’, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’), Blaine Anderson (‘Scary Movie 4’, ‘Final Destination 5’), Michael Matic (‘Candiland’, ‘Down The Line’), and William B. Davis (‘The X Files’, ‘Continuum’, ‘The Tall Man’). Residue is distributed by IndustryWorks Studios worldwide. The film is written and directed by Rusty Nixon. Blaine Anderson and James Clayton of Motorcycle Boys Productions produced the film, with Executive Producer Evan Tylor of IndustryWorks Studios Read full article here:...

The Sun At Midnight – The Kirsten Carthew Interview

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: The vast, magnificent country of Canada’s Northwest Territories is home to the Gwich’in people, an indigenous population whose relationship with the flora and fauna of the unforgiving landscape dates back many centuries. In The Sun at Midnight, director Kirsten Carthew utilises the backdrop of the land and its people to tell a deeply affecting coming-of-age tale, in which a teenage girl of Gwich’in ancestry (played by Devery Jacobs) must reconnect with her heritage to survive in the Arctic Circle wilderness. “Immersion in nature supports self-discovery and mental wellness,” says Carthew, whose semi-autobiographical narrative and stunning imagery represents a remarkable debut feature. Ahead of her film’s Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, Kirsten Carthew (pictured, below) spoke with SCREEN-SPACE from Berlin, where she is accompanying the film on its international festival rollout… Full...

Indie Tuesdays: White Raven

Old friends Pete (Steve Bradley), Jake (Aaron Brooks), Kevin (Andrew Dunbar), and Dan (Shane Twerdun) are about to get together for their yearly guys weekend. It’s a chance for them to reconnect, as well as getting away from the problems of their everyday life. Jake is dealing with job loss that is putting stress on his marriage. Dan has been avoiding relationships by hooking up with waitresses at his work, but he’s gotten one of them pregnant and he’s not sure what to do. Kevin is pretty sure that his wife has been cheating on him, and Pete is still dealing with the break up of his last relationship, even though it’s been 3 years. Once the men reach the vast wilderness, one of them slowly starts to lose his grip on reality, threatening to take himself and the rest of his friends down a dangerous path. Writer/director Andrew Moxham delivers a slowly paced, but unnerving thriller with White Raven. The film may not hide its secrets very well, and it’s rather obvious who the unstable character is going to be, but with strong performances and a very natural script, the end result is quite satisfying. Full...