Reality Check

2012 Festival

Sat, May 5 @ 3:00 pm

The reality of the situation and their perceptions of it are entirely different things for the characters in this light-hearted collection of films. Grande Prairie filmmaker Dion Burry (The Last Laugh) and his son Joseph Burry will participate in a 15-minute Q&A following the films.

Films in this package

When a middle-aged couple visit Mick on his birthday, the cruel irony of age becomes apparent as they express concern about whether Mick and his brother are capable of looking after themselves.  Won the Jury Award for Best Director and Best Actor Performance at the 2011 Paris Cinema Festival.

Just the thought of eating the baked beans his father has prepared for lunch is enough to give a boy nightmares. There’ll be a Q&A with Dion Burry and son Joseph Burry after the screening.

A man phones a company to cancel his contract and doodles as he becomes increasingly frustrated.

A man works feverishly at his computer, ruled by the clock and a deadline, until the line between the computer world and reality begins to blur.

A man has a problem with drinking too much coffee.

A musical comedy starring Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld) as a long-suffering screenwriter who makes a round of calls to the Hollywood elite with drastic results.  In this semi-autobiographical film by Sony staff editor Jay Kamen, all of the Hollywood executives, directors and producers portrayed are played by themselves: Amy Pascal, Sid Ganis, Joe Roth,…

In this sequel to Nash Edgerton’s hugely popular short film Spider which was in our 2009 festival, Jack’s in trouble with his new girlfriend for apparently forgetting her birthday.  Nominated for a Palm d’Or for Best Short Film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

A mother and father fret over the lack of services for their special needs son.  They’re finding it difficult to cope with his unusual “disability.”  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Rubicon Films.