Dr. Heidi Janz is a writer, an academic, and a feisty independent woman. Her daily routine of getting dressed, eating breakfast, and getting to work on time is not that much different from other people’s working mornings, with the exception of her wheelchair and care aids. But the arrival of a letter from the Government of Canada throws into light the perceptions of ability. -DW
For anyone who ever dreamed of glory on the b-ball court. Well, perhaps not glory, but just basic competence, here come the Pistol Shrimps! A moribund women’s intramural basketball league in Los Angeles is the unlikely setting for a Hoosiers-style sports story, but stranger things have happened in the City of Angels. As actress and Shrimps team member Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) explains in an interview with Jimmy Fallon: “We’re a really serious basketball team. We love to ball and we ball hard. No Hatrz allowed!”
When director Juan Manuel Sepúlveda first began to hang out in Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver, he was planning to make a film about Latino gangs. But over the course of two years, the idea began to shift.
The Seven Fires Prophecy is an ancient Anishinaabeg story that predates, and even predicted the arrival of European settlers. The prophecy acts as the bedrock of Zack and Adam Khalil’s debut feature, a palimpsest of animation, candid interviews, and hallucinatory performances.
Kathryn Calder, a singer and keyboard player in the indie supergroup The New Pornographers, was at the peak of her career when she received the news of her mother’s ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) diagnosis. Calder’s decision to take time off from the road — to write and record her first solo record at home with her mother in the next room — was the beginning of an entirely new chapter in her life and her music.
Wizard Mode is the story of Robert Gagno, a pinball champion who has overcome a few extra obstacles; Gagno is autistic and did not speak until he was almost 10 years old. Through home movies, tape recordings, and interviews with his parents, we see Gagno’s childhood, where milestones such as walking and communicating proved challenging.
For almost 15 years, the youth-run arts and activism space, the Purple Thistle, has been home for a variety of activities, from guerilla gardening to DIY publishing and screen-printing. Common Notions: Handbook Not Required is not only a celebration of the Thistle’s achievements, it’s a manifesto for the youth liberation movement.
Capitalism, red in tooth and claw, is the basis of Claire Simon’s comic tragedy of business heartbreak. The brainchild of a former diplomat turned entrepreneur, Navigation Systèmes makes ready-to-eat meals for supermarkets. The business is barely a year old, but is already in major trouble.
Made entirely using 3-D models, The Final Passage is an uninterrupted journey through the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave that approaches the experience of the first humans who spent time in the cave 36,000 years ago.
DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences.