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After a series of impressive short dramas, typically about strained family relations, SFU grad Keith Behrman made an arresting long-form debut with Flower & Garnet, a haunting, meditative film about grief and broken family bonds. Garnet (Colin Roberts, superb), a young boy burdened by the knowledge that his mother died giving birth to him, lives with his uncommunicative, emotionally-distant father Ed (Callum Keith Rennie), who resents him, and his beloved teenaged sister Flower (Jane McGregor), who has more or less raised him. When Flower starts to make a life for herself outside the family, it threatens Garnet and forces Ed to make up for lost time. Behrman’s confident, delicate, observant film, shot in B.C.’s interior and making evocative use of its landscapes, won a host of B.C. and Canadian honours, including nine Leo Awards and the Genie for best first feature.
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Canada 2005. Dir: Hubert Davis. 29 min. DCP
In this moving, Oscar-nominated documentary short, filmmaker Davis, the mixed-race son of a Vancouver woman and a Harlem Globetrotters basketball player, examines the complicated personal decisions made by his father that affected families in two countries.
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Guest in attendance: Keith Behrman