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Around the World with Ontario Filmmakers

Ontario is rich with filmmakers who have taken their storytelling talent around the world. Venture across continents, over and below the sea, from a guitar shop in New York City to the mountains of Turkey – all through the lens of these Ontario films.

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Series runs Until March 31

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Carmine Street Guitars

Ontario-born director Ron Mann spotlights Carmine Street Guitars, the little Greenwich Village shop where master guitar maker Rick Kelly and apprentice Cindy Hulej make instruments for music legends including Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Patti Smith. Featuring a cast of prominent musicians, the film captures five days in the life of the shop that remains a pillar of New York bohemian culture.  
  • D: Ron Mann
  • Canada
  • 2018
  • 81 min
  • Closed Captions
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Celtic Soul

In this feel-good documentary, Canadian actor and funny man Jay Baruchel embarks on an epic journey to trace his family roots and fulfill a lifelong dream—see a football match in Celtic Park. Joined by Irish soccer journalist Eoin O’Callaghan, Jay ventures to his ancestral home of Ireland before making it to Glasgow, Scotland for the game of a lifetime.  
  • D: Michael McNamara
  • Canada
  • 2016
  • 86 min
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Dolphin Man

From Ontario producer Ed Barreveld comes a philosophical and visually stunning journey into the life story and legacy of Jacques Mayol, the first person to free dive 100 metres below the sea. Interviews with Mayol’s closest friends, family and fellow world-class divers paint an intimate portrait of a man who reached the limits of the body and mind, paired with breathtaking underwater photography.
  • D: Lefteris Charitos
  • Canada
  • 2017
  • 80 min
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The Messenger

Ontario filmmaker Su Rynard transports you in a visually stunning ode to the beauty and importance of songbirds. Witness the human impact on bird populations from the Boreal forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey. Rynard delivers a powerful and poetic message about conservation and the deep connection between humans and birds.
  • D: Su Rynard
  • Canada
  • 2015
  • 90 min
  • Closed Captions
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Subjects of Desire

Ontario filmmaker Jennifer Holness explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics. Suddenly ‘booty,’ full lips and spray-tanned skin are in, but is it about celebration or appropriation? A must-watch film told from the perspective of Black women unafraid to challenge conventional beauty standards.   
  • D: Jennifer Holness
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 103 min
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