Local Heroes Night
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trl
A series of shorts that provide an intriguing look at the faces and places that make Scarborough great.
The Rising PoetDirected by Will Murphy. 2016, Canada, 10 minutes. When Randell Adjei was only 12 years old, he had already faced three arrests and numerous suspensions. Through poetry, he found a way to share his story and a way to help those around him. Director Will Murphy introduces us to the founder of Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E), a community-led by youth, that provides a much-needed safe space and encourages free self-expression and healing through performing arts.
The Voice of the ViolinDirected by Jamie Day Fleck. 2016, Canada, 13 minutes. In English and Armenian with English subtitles. Meet Hratch Armenious, luthier. For over 45 years, Armenious has been making violins of exquisite quality. With simple tools and 400-year-old techniques, he turns rough pieces of wood into beautiful and elegant musical instruments. Piece by piece, the wood is transformed into an object that is light and airy, yet also strong and resonant.
The WexfordDirected by Michael Barry. 2016, Canada, 9 minutes. Nearly 60 years ago, Tony and Tommy Kiriakou founded The Wexford Restaurant. For generations, its welcoming atmosphere, hot coffee, and freshly squeezed OJ has ensured its position as the cornerstone of the local community. Director Michael Barry's first film is an intimate and charming introduction to this Scarborough institution.
Love StinksDirected by Alicia Harris. 2016, Canada, 17 minutes. It's the 1980's; Jay is thirteen years old and she's managed to get her hands on a Playgirl magazine. She is absolutely positive that it holds the key to unlocking womanhood for herself and her friends—if only they can muster the courage to open it. Alicia Harris' hilarious coming of age short film is an all-too-relatable story about the awkward precipice of puberty.
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