Talent Lab 2023

Films for High School Students

FEATURE FILMS IN-PERSON

This is an excellent field trip opportunity for grade 8-12 students to learn about films and cultures from around the world. These weekday screenings of award-winning feature films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker or a discussant. Study guides are provided to all participating teachers, offering useful questions, activities and additional resources for integrating each program’s content into the curriculum.

What: 2 feature films – Polaris and Goodbye, Don Glees! (see below)
When
: Friday, March 31 (Polaris) & Thursday April 6 (Goodbye, Don Glees!), 2023 at 12:30PM
Where: Vancity Theatre, Vancouver

To REGISTER: FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW

COST: $7 per student (film + study guide)

SHORTS ONLINE

When: 2 short films programs (see below) available online from March 28 – April 6, 2023 for students in grades 8 to 12
Where: Available online across British Columbia

To Register: Fill out the form here

Teen misfits Roma, Toto, and Drop call themselves the “Don Glees,” an informal name for their backyard adventures. One day, when the trio fears they may be blamed for a nearby forest fire, they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. As disaster strikes their expedition, tensions flare between the friends and they realize that growing up has taken them on wildly different paths in life. Following up her critically acclaimed series A Place Further Than the Universe, director Atsuko Ishizuka delivers her first original feature film, and what a remarkable anime it is! With luminescent hand-drawn work and lush backdrops, Goodbye, Don Glees! is a tender coming-of-age story about the fearlessness of being young and the bittersweet journey of self-discovery.

The year is 2144 and the earth, as far the eye can see, has frozen over. Sumi, a young human child with a supernatural connection to the stars, has survived this harsh landscape by the paternal care of a polar bear, affectionately known as Mama. Though Sumi is non-verbal, and asserts with mostly gestures and grunts to communicate, her expressions carry deep emotional resonance. Disrupting their quiet and blissful world together, a gang of hunters has tracked them with the intent to kill. Though Sumi is brave and chooses to fight, she narrowly escapes a surprise attack and is spiraled into an existence of solitude in this vast winter wasteland. Now at the threat of being trapped by these Morad warriors, Sumi must engage with other humans to survive. An unlikely friendship with a girl who seems to be from another world invites Sumi to expand her world and trust more than the polaris star that has guided her all these years.

Decisions, Decisions

**Only Available Online**
Being a teen is tough sometimes. Existential dilemmas, ego, intrusive thoughts, negative images of self-worth, or even a lack of information can all get in the way of making the best choice. In our complex ways of being, we find the perfect imperfections that make us human. It’s in processing our darkness, our ignorance, and our trauma that we are invited to show up for ourselves and make those all important and conscious decisions.

En Français, in Canada

**Only Available Online**
A cross-section of Canada’s best French language short films, pre-packaged for young audiences on the West coast! This collection of provocative and compassionate stories demonstrates the exceptional talent rising out of “La belle province.” Boasting award winners and hidden gems, this program is not to be missed and will complement any social studies class or philosophy discussion.

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