Kingston Canadian Film Festival Announces 2021 Line-up for Its First Digital Edition
By Madeline Lines
Pandemic or not, you can still get your fix of homegrown Canadian films at the 2021 Kingston Canadian Film Festival. KCFF is the largest showcase of Canadian films, rounding up Canadian perspectives from the national and international festival circuit. This year’s festival will be happening online, and the recently announced line-up has plenty of docs to choose from.
Longtime documentarian Tracey Deer’s dramatic debut, Beans, heads the feature lineup. The film takes the events of the Oka Crisis, forever immortalized in Alanis Obomsawin’s Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, and retells them through a coming of age story, partially inspired by her own upbringing in the area. Another notable dramatic feature is the intense Anne at 13,000 ft, which casts a verité style eye on a woman on the edge of a breakdown.
The fest kicks off with a doc this year – Suzanne Crocker’s First We Eat, which chronicles her family’s mission to live off locally-sourced food for a year in the Yukon. It was in the top five for the Rogers Audience Award at Hot Docs. KCFF 2021 is hosting the world premiere of new doc Mouth Congress, about the Kids In the Hall -adjacent “wild ‘gay punk’ band,” directed by and named after the band itself. The world premiere picks up where the film’s run left off, as last year’s KCFF was cancelled due to COVID before the film could debut.
The posthumous portrait of trans jazz musician Billy Tipton, No Ordinary Man, will also be screening at the fest after winning the award for Best Canadian Film at Inside Out. Another story about a remarkable artist, The Paper Man, is bringing the tale of Claude Lafortune, aka Quebec’s Mr. Rogers, to KCFF after winning the audience award at Whistler Film Festival.
You can also catch Call Me Human, the portrait of renowned Innu poet Joséphine Bacon which won the awards for Best Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Calgary International Film Festival. Other docs in the lineup include Workhorse, which considers the history of the relationship between horses and animals, and The Magnitude of All Things, which grapples with the suffocating grief of impending climate change.
POV is proud to co-present a screening of No Visible Trauma, the bombshell doc that exposes experiences of police brutality in Calgary. The film has sparked conversations at film festivals across the country, including the Calgary Underground Film Festival, where a police officer attempted to halt the screening. It didn’t work, and the doc won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at CUFF.
No Visible Trauma will screen at KCFF on Sunday, February 28th at 3:00 pm, followed by a livestream Q&A at 4:40 pm. Directors Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal will be available to discuss the making of the film and its reception. Stay tuned for a chance to win tickets!
Many of the films will be accompanied by livestream Q&As with Canadian creators, which will also be uploaded afterwards to be watched at your leisure. For help navigating the whole online festival thing, KCFF has put together a handy digital festival FAQ page here. Passes and tickets for KCFF go on sale starting today – Friday, February 5.
The 2021 Kingston Canadian Film Festival runs Feb 26 – March 7.
Get tickets and passes here.