Screening presented by ­Elinor Gill Ratcliffe

I Heard the Birch Tree Whisper in the Night

Following Newfoundland artist Gerry Squires as he works to complete his final painting before succumbing to his illness, filmmaker Kenneth Harvey shapes this moving documentary with candid footage of conversations with Squires’ close family and friends, fellow artists, and the artist himself.

When Gerald Squires passed in Fall 2016, he left an enormous body of work that was rooted fully in the Newfoundland landscape. Though he received many honours for his lifetime contribution of artistic work, perhaps one of the best gifts comes to us through this documentary as Gerry shares his insight on mortality, spirituality and the ongoing quest of the artist to explore the emotional landscape of living and dying. An excellent companion piece for the Gerald Squires retrospective exhibit currently showing at The Rooms Gallery. Director, Writer & Producer: Kenneth J Harvey • NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR • Runtime: 44 Mins

Gerald Squires photo credit: Kenneth J Harvey

SHORTS

“Madeline” — Lookalike
(Dir. Jana Gillis • Winner of 2016 Nickel/MusicNL 48-Hour Music Video Challenge)NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

Deadly View
When a man pulls over to the secluded roadside, a shovel and bag suggest nefarious intentions. The unexpected punchline in this mystery thriller is found in its title. Winner of the 2016 Kerry Connection Award. Director & Writer: Malcolm Willis • Country: Ireland • Runtime: 3 Mins

Shattered Mind’s Eye
A lonely widower leaves his house one afternoon with no intention of returning. A chance encounter with a precocious, but troubled young girl, shifts his outlook,but will she also shift his plans? Director & Writer: Emily Corcoran • Producer: Jacqueline Hynes • NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR • Runtime: 10 Mins

Der Glöckner
A 16mm homage to German Expressionism, Der Glockner follows an aged Bellringer (Glockner) as he witnesses the ravages of the First World War on his village until a ghostly young girl leads him to transcendence through loss and beauty. One of several shorts from the Winnipeg Film Group. Director, Writer & Producer: Chrystene Ells, Berny Hi • Country: Canada • Runtime: 15 Mins

Sundays
A short film disguised as a music video about one man’s quest for knowledge. Shot over the course of a year incorporating all four seasons in Newfoundland. Shot with 99% practical lighting and effects with a first-time crew over the course of a year, Sundays showcases the beauty of all four seasons in Newfoundland. Director, Writer & Producer: Benjamin Noah • NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR • Runtime: 7 Mins

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