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Fractured Land

Has world premiere at Hot Docs on April 28, 2015

March 19 2015

Toronto, ON (March 19, 2015) -- "Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with." That's how renowned climate activist Bill McKibben describes Caleb Behn, the charismatic subject of the Canadian feature documentary Fractured Land, which will have its world premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on April 28 at 9:00 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

With some of the world's largest fracking operations on his territory, Caleb Behn, a young indigenous leader and lawyer confronts the fractures within his community, his family, and himself as he struggles to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.

The coming-of-age story, produced and directed by first-time feature filmmakers Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher, follows Behn, a young First Nations lawyer from northeast BC as he grapples with the impact of hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") on his territory. Caleb's mother is a high-ranking oil and gas officer trying to make change from the inside; his father a residential school survivor and staunch environmentalist. Intelligent, articulate and speaking with conviction, Caleb has learned how to straddle these two different worlds, whether hunting beaver, throwing hatchets or studying legal briefs.

"This is not an environmental or 'issue' film," notes filmmaker Gillis. "Yet through Caleb's intensely personal journey, we're able to delve deep into important topics like fracking, resource politics and Canada's dark colonial legacy."

Vancouver-based co-director/co-producer Rayher adds: "Caleb is such a compelling and inspiring character. It's fascinating to watch him blend modern tools of the law with traditional knowledge, while providing great insight and access to his world."

Executive producers of Fractured Land are Mark Achbar and Charlotte Engel. The film will have its broadcast premiere on CBC's documentary Channel later this year.

SOL, a documentary about youth suicide in Nunavut

Has World Premiere at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival

October 20 2014

TORONTO, ON - October 20, 2014 - - Arnait Video Productions is proud to announce the World Premiere of SOL at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival on Friday, October 24, 2014. Co-directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Susan Avingaq, this riveting and emotional film will also screen at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) on November 18 and 21.

SOL is a moving tribute to Solomon Tapatia Uyarasuk, a charismatic young Inuk, an amateur acrobat, musician and poet, who was found dead in the Igloolik police station in 2012. He was 26. The police suggest suicide, but two years after Solomon's death, his family and friends are still waiting for an official answer regarding the circumstances of his death.

This compassionate portrait examines the underlying issues of youth suicide in Canada's North while investigating the truth behind Solomon's tragic death. As the documentary sheds light on the tragedy's causes and consequences for a small Arctic community in Nunavut, a region claiming one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world, it demands justice for Canada's Indigenous peoples. At the same time it depicts the resilience of the Inuit and their determination to create a better future for their people.

Annie Sloan launches new Chalk Paint™ Colour - "Burgundy"

A rich, deep, warm red

October 19 2014

TORONTO, Ontario, October 29, 2014 - The latest colour in Annie Sloan's legendary decorative paint range is 'Burgundy - a rich, deep warm red, the colour of dark cherries (www.anniesloan.com).

Leading decorative paint expert and author of more than 20 books on the subject, Annie Sloan explains: "Burgundy is a timeless favourite, a regal colour that works well on its own, or with my own favorite pairing for this colour - Chateau Grey. Add a little 'Old White' and the colour takes on a more contemporary personality becoming a delicious, raspberry pink giving a little shocking jolt to a room!"

« Burgundy » La nouvelle teinte de la gamme Chalk Paint™ d'Annie Sloan

Un rouge riche, chaud et intense

October 08 2014

TORONTO (Ontario), 29 octobre 2014 - Découvrez la plus récente couleur de la célèbre gamme de peinture décorative d'Annie Sloan - « Burgundy » - un rouge riche, chaud et intense, la couleur des cerises noires (www.anniesloan.com).

Spécialiste de la peinture décorative et auteure de plus de 20 livres sur le sujet, Annie Sloan souligne: « Burgundy est une teinte appréciée depuis toujours, une couleur noble et belle en soi, mais que j'aime particulièrement combiner avec la teinte "Chateau Grey". Il suffit d'y ajouter une touche de "Old White" et elle devient plus moderne; elle prend alors une tonalité rose framboise qui peut ajouter une touche de pep dans une chambre ! »

Shekinah - The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women

Premiere screenings to take place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

May 02 2014

Theatrical play dates in Toronto at the Carlton and Elgin Mills Cinemas May 16 - 22, 2014.

Shekinah - The Intimate Life Of Hasidic Women, a documentary directed by the Montreal-based, award-winning filmmaker Abbey Jack Neidik (Dark Lullabies, The Cola Conquest). will play at the Carlton Cinema and at the Elgin Mills Cinema from May 16 - 22. Premiere screenings will take place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on May 12 at 3:30 and 6:30 PM followed by panel discussions with director Abbey Neidik and the main participant of the film, Chanie Carlebach. The film will also have theatrical openings in New York and LA this June with additional Canadian play dates to follow in 2014.

« An eye-opening portrait of a misunderstood community, Neidik offers viewers a rare glimpse into a world that few outside of it understand and fewer still have ever penetrated. »
- Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette