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Nickel Independent Film Festival 2022 – Monday, June 13 at 7pm

June 13

Presented by CBC Newfoundland and Labrador 

The majority of the Nickels’ festival screenings will be available to watch both in person at the LSPU Hall or online on demand. Both methods will follow the same schedule. For example, the Horror Night screening will take place in person at the LSPU Hall on Thursday at 9:30pm, and that screening will also become available to watch on demand online at that time.


All in-person screenings will take place on the main stage at the LSPU Hall at 3 Victoria Street, St. John’s. Because space is limited we recommend booking your seats in advance, and you can do that by phone at 709-753-4531 or online. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Any amount is appreciated to help us with filmmaker screening fees and other festival expenses. If you purchase tickets online for in-person shows, there are designated Pay-What-You-Can-Amounts in increments of $5. If you call in or come in person to buy tickets, you can indicate how much you wish to pay regardless of the online increments. 

Film Descriptions for Monday 

Bistro Girls
At Nickel 18, Jenna Marks charmed us with her poetic animated film, “How You Turned into a Fish.” This time, with a potpourri of sparkles, musical numbers and documentary interview, her Bistro Girls is sure to win us over again, using animation to explore the inescapable passion that drives artists, no matter their walk of life. Writer/Director/Producer: Jenna Marks • Nova Scotia • 5 mins

Father Like Son
In this national winner of the 2021 BMO 1st Art Award, we take a brief yet intimate look into the generational life of a small family farm. Director: Anna Kuelken • Alberta • 17 mins

In his poem “Trickle Drops”, American poet Walt Whitman, perhaps ashamed of his sexuality, felt that this shame could be released through the spilling of blood. Shame pulsed through his body, tainted his writing, to be discharged and “stain every page.” Director: Kenneth J. Harvey • Producers: Kenneth J. Harvey, Katherine Harvey • Music: Andrew Staniland • Newfoundland and Labrador • 7 mins

A Girl Who Asked Why
Inspired by her own experience, Shon Mehta’s “A Tale of a Fairy Tale” and other stories, Marjan Khatibi creates a world where ignorance lives underwater, while dignity, fairness, equality and respect are found on land. Although short, this powerful film exemplifies animation as compelling storytelling for women’s rights. Director: Marjan Khatibi • United States • 3 mins

The Common Thread
Lisa Shannon’s book A Thousand Sisters led Kingston artist Heather Haynes to a life-altering trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Amidst violence, war, and unspeakable cruelty, she found a community of strong women, children and families fighting for peace. Her connection to these people inspired her 15-foot painting entitled “The Common Thread.” Director: Braden Dragomir • Ontario • 20 mins

Dad and the Fridge Box
Based on a poem by Agnes Walsh and set during a wake inside the family home, this heartwarming film pays a memorable tribute to a time when nothing was disposable. Director: Mary Walsh • Producers: Mary Walsh, Gill Dawe • Newfoundland and Labrador • 9 mins

At six years old Janan should have been asleep long ago, but how can she sleep in anticipation of her mother joining her to bring Shakespeare’s Hamlet to life? Director: Ali Gitinavard • Iran • 13 mins

On The Surface
A young Black woman goes swimming in the Icelandic sea, reflecting on her experience of raising a child in a country that feels nothing like home. As she enters the freezing water, she relives her traumatic pregnancy, but being in the wild, and facing her fears, is helping her heal. Director: Fan Sissoko • Iceland/USA • 4 mins

Nalujuk Night
Exhilarating and sometimes terrifying, Nalujuk Night is a beloved Labrador Inuit annual tradition, an exciting chance for young and old to prove their courage and come together as a community to celebrate. It’s a winter night like no other, and so is the film that captures it, taking home Best Short Documentary at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. Director: Jennie Williams • Producers: Latonia Hartery, Kat Baulu, Rohan Fernando • Newfoundland and Labrador • 13 mins


June 13


Nickel Independent Film Festival


The LSPU Hall
3 Victoria Street
St. John's, NL Canada
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