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Nickel Independent Film Festival – Saturday, June 18 at 7pm

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 7pm

Gay, Asian, Immigrant
With a nod to the tropes of American situational comedies, a privileged gay Asian immigrant lands a job by perpetuating a harmful stereotype. It comes home to roost when his boss shows up at his doorstep, and he keeps up the pretence in front of his lover. Ultimately, he must make a choice to maintain the illusion or reveal the truth. Director: Ushmey Chakraborty • USA • 10 mins

Coin Slot
A young man tries not to unravel as the anniversary of a traumatic attack looms closer. Coin Slot captures the many shades of trauma and healing through fragmented moments of honesty and vulnerability. Director/Writer: Scott Jones • Producer: Aly Kelly • Nova Scotia • 16 mins

Love is grand. Love hurts. Sometimes, love is a battlefield. Finally — although events might suggest otherwise — love is all around. So if you’re searching for love, it might be a good idea to get out of the house and take a look. Director: Lorne Warr • Producer: Bruce Brenton • Newfoundland and Labrador • 9 mins

I Want To Love You In Analogue
A poem by Paula Harris exploring romantic passion within the context of yearning is brought to life with a nod to melancholic longing — where one desires something more than what currently is. Director: April Lampre • Writer: Paula Harris • New Zealand • 3 mins

Evan’s Drum
What a joyful visit to a loving home and an uplifting story of cultural pride. After generations of silence, the rhythm of the traditional Inuit drum has returned to Labrador, and seven-year-old Evan is part of the new generation that will keep its heartbeat strong. Director: Ossie Michelin • Producers: Kat Baulu, Rohan Fernando, Latonia Hartery • Newfoundland and Labrador • 14 mins

The White Whale
A young soldier loses his friends in an air attack on a river. Thirty years later, he still searches for their remains with a white whale as the only sign. Director: Amir Mehran • Iran • 10 mins

Mudder’s Hands
With a dash of youth, a pinch of age, and an unrecorded recipe, this charming love letter to a mother — disguised as a superb documentary film — lifts our hearts like a pan-full of dough. Centred around baking raisin bread, “Mudder’s Hands” shines a light on arthritis, while blending laughter, loss, and memories into baking tips. Director: Clint Butler • Producers: Clint Butler, Karen Shopsowitz • Newfoundland and Labrador • 15 mins

The Savior
Following the death of her mother, a girl’s only companions are her pet turtle, and the fish in the nearby river. She begins to behave in a manner that justifiably upsets her father, who understands her motivation, but is unable to condone it. Loss, grief, compassion, and kindness are brilliantly woven together with imagination, sensitivity, and a sense of wonder, into a film that is sure to remain with us long after the end credits. Director: Soheila Pourmohammadi • Iran • 15 mins


June 18


Nickel Independent Film Festival


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