The Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema has SIX feature-length documentaries to enjoy! We have teamed up with Toronto distributor Blue Ice Docs to offer curated online streaming of great feature-length documentaries which are not available to watch on any other streaming platform in Canada. Half of the net proceeds from the on-demand streaming fee of $9.99/film supports the Reel Shorts Film Festival which would have opened on Tuesday, May 5th, but was postponed until April 26 to May 3, 2021 because of COVID-19.
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Watch TRAILERS below.
All the Wild Horses – $9.99
All the Wild Horses (14+ Coarse Language) presented by High Moon Equine & Canine Sports Therapy – an adventure documentary about the Mongol Derby, the longest horse race in the world, that takes viewers on a wild ride, from a dramatic start with casualties medivaced off the field to an unexpected, nail-biting finish. Spanning a network of 28 horse stations across 1000 km of Mongolian wilderness over 8 days, the race recreates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan. Riders from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands navigate with GPS as they battle extreme heat, swollen rivers, and wild dogs. Director Ivo Marloh rode the complete race twice in order to film the action first-hand and to find out what compels riders to face such arduous risks on the backs of wild horses in one of the last true wildernesses on Earth. Won Best International Feature Documentary at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh among other awards. Watch the TRAILER below.
Free Lunch Society – $9.99
Free Lunch Society (5+) presented by Pizza Hut – a globe-trotting documentary that looks at the surprising history of a concept that, to some, seems like an idealistic fantasy: “What would you do if your income were taken care of?” Inspired by Star Trek’s utopian vision of a future without need, Austrian Director Christian Tod examines the concept of unconditional basic income – money for everyone as a human right without service in return – and finds it to be more reality than science fiction, an idea which has garnered intense discussions in all political and scientific camps. Are we ready for a free lunch society? Watch the TRAILER below.
Ballet Now – $9.99
Ballet now (14+ Coarse Language) presented by Beauchamp Photography – an inspiring documentary that follows New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer Tiler Beck as she creates a one-of-a-kind dance extravaganza for The Music Center’s famed BalletNOW program. As she tries to execute her vision of mashing together the worlds of tap, hip-hop, ballet and even clown artistry, Tiler faces the mounting pressures of not only dancing in multiple pieces, but also directing this high profile event. With only a few days of rehearsal, the success of the performances rests squarely on her shoulders. Will she pull it off? Watch the TRAILER below.
Beyond Moving – $9.99
Beyond Moving (10+) presented by PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association) – an uplifting documentary that follows rising ballet star Siphe (Siphesihle) November on his remarkable journey from his small township in South Africa, where he was discovered as a young boy dancing with his brothers, to his move at age eleven to train at Canada’s National Ballet School. As he visits his childhood home after graduating, he reflects on where he came from and what lies ahead as he enters the world of professional ballet. Watch the TRAILER below.
To read Anne Dion’s April 9, 2020 column, “From South Africa to Canada, to the Big Screen: Siphesihle November, National Ballet second soloist, profiled in Beyond Moving”, in The Dance Current (Canada’s Dance Magazine), click HERE.
The Booksellers – $9.99
The Booksellers (PG) presented by Grant Berg Gallery – a captivating documentary that takes a lively, behind-the-scenes look at the the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it, featuring interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers. It is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book. Watch the TRAILER below.
This Is Not a Movie – $9.99
This Is Not a Movie (14A) presented by CW Xteriors – a powerful documentary that profiles the groundbreaking reporting of legendary foreign correspondent Robert Fisk who has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. Canadian Director Yung Chang captures Fisk, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war. In an era of fake news, Fisk’s determination to witness reality on the ground in real time has become an obsessive war to speak the truth. Watch the TRAILER below.
OUR PRESENTING SPONSORS
All the Wild Horses
High Moon Equine & Canine Sports Therapy (Shauna Wells, REMT) specializes in massage therapy, fascia work, stretching, soft tissue manipulation and joint play for equine or canine companions or competitors.
Free Lunch Society
Pizza Hut has a full menu of pizza, pasta, and wings, as well as sides (salads, breadsticks, fries, P-zones), desserts (brownies, cookies, ice cream, Cinnabon Mini Rolls and Cinnaparts), and a variety of beverages. Order online for contactless delivery and carryout orders from locations in Grande Prairie and across Canada.
Beauchamp Photography (Chris and Laura Beauchamp) specializes in commercial photography, product photography, headshots, industry and editorial photography.
PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association) supports and develops independent media arts in the Peace Region by providing a media equipment rental service, workshops (filmmaking, directing, acting, film crafts), 48-hour filmmaking challenges, and networking opportunities.
Grant Berg Gallery’s bright new gallery in 214 Place is open for walk-in traffic. Representing over 45 artists from Grande Prairie and across Western Canada, the focus is on original artwork; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; stone, bronze, and steel sculpture; and limited edition photographs.
This Is Not a Movie
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New feature documentaries will be added to our Virtual Cinema until at least the end of May.
HOW TO STREAM
The first time that you click on any of the STREAM NOW links above which take you to our Virtual Cinema on the Eventive website, you’ll be prompted to set up an account with your email address and password, or to log in. Then click on the “Unlock now” button to pay the $9.99 on-demand streaming fee. After unlocking, you’ll have 7 days to begin watching. Once you click “Watch now”, you’ll have unlimited access for 5 days.
You can stream the films above with any device that’s connected to the Internet. One way to watch on TV is to connect your laptop to your TV with an HDMI cable. You can watch content on PCs running Windows 7+, and Intel-based Macs running macOS 10.12+. You can also watch films on Android tablets and phones using Chrome, and on iPhones and iPads using Safari.
If you have an Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Firestick or any similar device or smart TV, set your computer or mobile device to “airplay” or “cast” to the TV device. Details can be found HERE where you can also Launch live chat support or send an email if you need help.
Once you have an Eventive account, you can click on one of the STREAM NOW links above to go to our Virtual Cinema. If you are logged in, you’ll see your initials at the top right. Click on your initials to see a drop-down menu where you can access your content library, account settings, TV app setup, and Help.