New film festival debuts next month

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Docs on the Bay, a new documentary film festival to be held annually in Stephenville, is the first film festival in Atlantic Canada dedicated solely to the presentation and promotion of documentary cinema.

Docs on the Bay will launch its festival with two documentary films by award-winning Newfoundland and Labrador filmmaker, Anne Troake, who will be in attendance. The first film is "My Ancestors Were Rogues and Murderers" (2005) and the second is "Up the Anti - Voices of Sealing People" (2007).

The National Film Board of Canada said Rogues and Murderers is "a thoughtful contribution to the ongoing debate on Canada's seal hunt, Newfoundland artist Anne Troake offers an insightful and beautifully crafted study of traditional Newfoundland outport culture."

This film received the Best Newfoundland Documentary Award at the 2005 Nickel Film Festival held in St. John's.

Anne Troake

Docs on the Bay, a new documentary film festival to be held annually in Stephenville, is the first film festival in Atlantic Canada dedicated solely to the presentation and promotion of documentary cinema.

Docs on the Bay will launch its festival with two documentary films by award-winning Newfoundland and Labrador filmmaker, Anne Troake, who will be in attendance. The first film is "My Ancestors Were Rogues and Murderers" (2005) and the second is "Up the Anti - Voices of Sealing People" (2007).

The National Film Board of Canada said Rogues and Murderers is "a thoughtful contribution to the ongoing debate on Canada's seal hunt, Newfoundland artist Anne Troake offers an insightful and beautifully crafted study of traditional Newfoundland outport culture."

This film received the Best Newfoundland Documentary Award at the 2005 Nickel Film Festival held in St. John's.

Up the Anti is a short documentary film which puts forth the thesis that sealers, who work with the land on a daily basis, and who are bound to the health of the seals and the fish, are the true environmentalists.

The screenings take place on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the College of the North Atlantic (DSB Fowlow Building). After the screenings, there will be a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker. A post-screening reception will then be held in Cobham's Lounge, with live entertainment.

During her visit to Stephenville, Troake will also be giving workshops to students in the film and video Program, and to students in the Digital Animation Program at the Bay St. George Campus of the College of the North Atlantic.

Docs on the Bay is a celebration of non-fiction cinema, with a specific focus on presenting documentary films which address the issues of rural communities, not only in Newfoundland and Labrador, but across Canada and the world.

This festival hopes to promote the art of documentary filmmaking to the public, through screenings, panel discussions and public forums. It will also offer documentary filmmakers the opportunity to hone their craft through master classes, workshops and the exchange of ideas.

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, National Film Board of Canada, DSB Fowlow Building

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada, Stephenville St. John's Cobham

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