Skip to main content

CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala

CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala
Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
Advanced Screening – September 16, 2011

It is a true testament to filmmakers who can tell a complete, impactful story within a matter of minutes. The CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala showcases such talent in nine, local and Canadian short films, ranging from 3 to 16 minutes in length. The variety of genre, resources and technique reflected from the collection will stretch your mind in many different directions.

Victim is brilliantly shot and told in time warp fashion and provokes utter disbelief; the quality of the piece may surprise viewers that it was produced by NSCC students just beginning of their craft. Oliver Bump’s Birthday Party combines humour, powerful visuals, emotional depth, a beautiful soundtrack and promising acting on the part of young Jason Spevack to tell the story of a boy destined to die on his 13th birthday.

From the gut-busting hilarity of animated Astronoobs to the touching story of a man embracing the qualities of his heart donor in Heart of Rhyme, the Shorts Gala offers something for every sort of taste.

Short films seem to fall through the cracks of popular culture. But a night of motion picture vignettes will allow you to witness the diversity and flair of Canadian filmmakers and prompt you to discuss each piece briefly with your neighbour until the next, anticipated one starts.

Michelle Brunet

CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala: Tuesday, September 20 7:00PM ~ Oxford Theatre

Popular posts from this blog

Charles Hsuen

Even after almost 30 years as the voice of jazz in Halifax, Charles Hsuen shows no signs of slowing down. His passion to preserve and promote the genre to listeners of all ages cannot be overstated. Recently we spoke with Hsuen about his roots, and his life-long love of big band, bebop, swing, Sinatra and more.
What are your own roots? My roots derive from a rather mixed background. My father is of Vietnamese / Tibetan / Chinese heredity, but grew up in India, before immigrating to Canada in 1967. While my mother’s roots stem from Indo-China, she grew up in Brunei before immigrating to Canada in 1969. Both extended families ultimately settled in Toronto and my parents met and married in the early 1970's. The last name “Hsuen” (now XUAN), pronounced “Schwen,” comes from the Last Emperor of China Henry Pu Yi who ruled using the name Xuantong from 1909 until his forced abdication in 1912. The story was of a tumultuous reign, his forced resignation and eventual attempt to reclaim his ti…

Danny Bilsborough

Danny Bilsborough, NSCC alumna and owner of Danny B Studios, has spent most of her days consulting various clients on software options for their new business endeavours. 
Although she’s been involved with assessing some really exciting projects, nothing makes her happier than grabbing her brush and splashing colour on a canvas. That’s why she’s decided to take the plunge into becoming a full-time artist.
“I was always so scared to try using colour, but when my daughter was born and the opportunity came to incorporate these new palettes into her life, they quickly found their way into mine,” she says.
Colour brings light to many things and gives people a sense of enjoyment. Markus Maier explained in his academic journal titled Color Psychology that colour carries great meaning and can have an important impact on people's affect, cognition and behaviour.
Bilsborough’s favourite pieces to create are those of nature and animals – a quick look at her online Etsy page confirms this. She be…


Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley, International World-Champion Elvis tribute artist, Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings, will perform seven shows throughout the Maritimes over the coming months. Recently we spoke with the King of Kings about his passion and profession.
What are your roots? I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. I've lived everywhere from California to Toronto but Moncton always has had a special place in my heart. My musical roots have always been early Rock and Roll and also old Country and Western like Buck Owens and Stonewall Jackson. I’ve always been a huge Jim Morrison fan. He had a lot of similar traits to Elvis.
What first inspired the Elvis tribute? I always loved the man and I’ve had people tell me I looked like him and in early bands I was in people would say I sounded like him. I had a few months leading up to the decision to do it where it seemed every time I turned on the TV there was Elvis, the radio would be playing Elvis…