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network 15/10/2015 - 10:00AM

Local Spotlight: Cinema Politica Fredericton

CP Fredericton

With so many dedicated and tireless groups, organizations and volunteers running all the Cinema Politica locals that make up our network, we thought it would be apropos to help paint a picture of the sprawling abstract thing known as "Cinema Politica" by zooming in to individual locals. Periodically we will hear from many of our locals about their activities, histories, challenges, triumphs, and more. For our seventh spotlight, we asked one of our longest-running locals, CP Fredericton, to send us their thoughts. Their response, which was written collectively by the local, is below.

One of the network’s most vibrant and active locals, CP Fredericton has been around for almost a decade already. The group usually meets from September to April at Conserver House, 180 St. John St., Fredericton. The space is a lovely cozy old Victorian structure that houses the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, one of the oldest environmental organizations in Canada. 

Although the group changes slightly every year, with new people arriving and others moving on, there is a core group who regularly attend the screenings and participate in the lively discussion. At the first screening this fall, one attendee brought a basket of juicy cherry tomatoes from his garden to pass around, and friendships (and more) often develop as a result of such acts. Depending on the topic of the film, the room can either feel too big, or be standing room only.

For the last 7 years, the organizational team has consisted of two assiduous volunteers, Tracy Glynn, an activist and community organizer who is also a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick and Sophie Lavoie, a professor from the University of New Brunswick. Tracy was among the founders of the Fredericton local for CP, along with a group of people who have mostly all moved on from N.B.’s capital since then but have left a lasting legacy with this organization. 

Tracy and Sophie handle all the CP responsibilities: room set-up and take-down, film choices (with input from regulars), weekly publicity, social media, finding cohosts, asking for donations from organizations, and moderating the discussions. They also collect donations weekly in order to pay the network membership fees. Regulars are always helpful when they can be. 

Along with a great selection of network films, this year, CP Fredericton is thrilled to be able to screen a few local films in which some of its regulars might be stars. The Fredericton local’s second collaboration with “What’s up docs?” will allow the screening of films made by high school students in the area, who just may be the next leading filmmakers in the future, given their talent. The project’s initiator, Matt Rogers is curating a selection of 2015’s best films for the event.

Project Power - Guilda: Elle est bien dans ma peau - Tracing blood - We were children

The local is also pleased to present Jon Mann’s documentary PROJECT POWER, on the grassroots fight against the N.B. government that erupted in 2010 when the provincial government threatened to sell the public utility, NB Power, to Hydro Québec and eventually led to the Liberal Party’s electoral defeat the same year. Mann hopes to attend the screening that is sure to attract much attention.

Fredericton will also be screening the English-language World premiere of Acadian filmmaker Julien Cadieux’s award-winning documentary, GUILDA: ELLE EST BIEN DANS MA PEAU, which was subtitled into English by the filmmaker for the occasion. Guilda tells the story of the extraordinary transvestite from Montreal’s cabaret scene. This screening will occur during the Silver Wave Film Festival, a collaboration that developed a few years ago between the two organizations.

Promising emerging filmmaker Lisa Jodoin’s beautiful short, TRACING BLOOD (2014), about indigenous identity, will also be shown in a special evening double bill with WE WERE CHILDREN, a documentary about the Canadian government’s abusive residential school system and its resulting trauma on the indigenous population. Jodoin’s roots are Innu from Quebec and she works in Fredericton for the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network that will be cosponsoring the event.

Cinema Politica Fredericton is excited about all the films it shows and hopes to elicit insightful thought and progressive change in its community.


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