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Nickel Independent Film Festival – Saturday, June 18 at 1pm

June 18

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 Saturday at 1pm

From crib to coffin, we live our lives in boxes. With a masterful blend of live action and stop-motion animation, Unboxed poses the question, “but what if you’re not into squares?” Director: Sara Caldwell • USA • 4 mins

The Southern Wind
In the face of rural exodus, life seems to be dissolving in the village of Val Gagné, Ontario. The future is uncertain, but these Franco-Ontarian villagers are soon blessed with a wind of hope and renewal. Director: Aucéane Roux • Quebec • 16 mins

It’s a ritual we all know well: We return from the grocery store, put away the results of our modern hunting and gathering, and begin preparing our next meal. Our protagonist’s routine is suddenly disrupted, however, when his package of chicken presents him with an unexpected surprise. Director: Sathya Miele • USA • 5 mins

The Borer and the Basket
The ash trees of the Wabanaki Forest bear spiritual, ceremonial, and economic importance to Indigenous people in the area, but an invasive beetle species is currently decimating these trees and threatening a way of life. This film weaves personal stories with hard science, following the basket makers and scientists who are trying to preserve the forest before it’s too late. Director: Desmond Simon • New Brunswick • 7 mins

A mutual passion for soccer threatens to drive a wedge between two brothers — unless they can find a way to for it to bring them closer together. Directors: Ali Lavarimonfared, Nazafarin Hassanpour • Iran • 15 mins

Amidst lockdowns and physical distancing, a bizarre encounter leads to an unusual but heartwarming relationship. Their story eventually attracts widespread media attention, and to people around the globe they become symbols of hope, love, and friendship during a time of overwhelming isolation and loss. We’re honoured to introduce acclaimed filmmaker and performer Cheryl Allison and Honk, celebrity goose. Director: Cheryl Allison • USA • 47 mins


June 18


Nickel Independent Film Festival


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