Watch the Canadian Screen Award Nominees for Best Short Documentary

Frame 394

By Pat Mullen

The shorts are often the hardest nominees to watch for any awards season completist. Fortunately for Canadian Screen Awards fans, three of the nominated short docs are already available online. (See the full list of the Screenies’ documentary nominees here.) Doc fans can stream this river, Tshiutien, and the likely frontrunner in the category, Frame 394, which could easily be an Oscar nominee next Tuesday. Clips and trailers are available for fellow nominees The Road to Webequie and Stone Makers, but we’ll add them in full if and when they surface online. Get streaming for a headstart on your Screenie pool!

Frame 394
-Nominees: Rich Williamson, Shasha Nakhai, Ed Barreveld
Synopsis: Frame 394 follows a young man from Toronto who entangles himself in one of America’s most high-profile police-involved shootings.

Stone Makers
-Nominees: Jean-Marc E. Roy, Colette Loumède, Denis McCready, Claudia Chabot

Synopsis: A routine workday in a granite quarry turns surreptitiously into a captivating industrial symphony. While men work in the background, different equipment and machines perform for the camera as if they are individual dancers in a contemporary ballet.

Stone Makers (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

The Road to Webequie
-Nominees: Ryan Noth, Tess Girard
-Synopsis: In the remote island home to Webequie First Nation, a nearby mining development poses new hopes and threats for the local community. A new all-season road would bring cheaper access to food and infrastructure, and a mine new job opportunities for this fly-in community.
Review from TIFF!

this river
-Nominees: Katherena Vermette, Erika MacPherson, Alicia Smith, David Christensen

Synopsis: This short documentary chronicles the efforts of Drag The Red, a volunteer organization that searches the Red River for clues relating to missing members of the Indigenous community in the Winnipeg area. Kyle Kematch and Katherena Vermette have both experienced this heartbreak. Kyle has a sister who went missing over five years ago. He now works with Drag the Red. Katherena is a poet and writer whose work stems from a family tragedy that happened over 20 years ago. Though their stories are different, they each exemplify the beauty, grace, resilience, and activism born out of the need to “do something.”

This River, Erika MacPherson & Katherena Vermette, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

-Nominees: Caroline Monnet, Eric Cinq-Mars
Synopsis: Take a ride through Nothern Quebec and Labrador on Canada’s first First Nations-owned railway.

Which Screenie short gets your vote?