What does “Common Threads” mean to you?

On September 14th, join Reel Causes for our second annual Common Threads screening of short films. Common Threads is a celebration that showcases the graduate films of Intersections Media Opportunities For Youth Society and other established local filmmakers. This year’s event includes a new collection of Messages to Younger Selves (a series of 11 animated shorts made by youth), a preview screening of Save Space Nugget (a locally-made environmental documentary from director Trish Neufeld), Mobilize and Sisters & Brothers (two films from the National Film Board of Canada) and Sweet Night. There will also be a post-film Q&A with the filmmakers.

We asked Chris Hindle (director of Intersections Media) and Trish Neufeld (director of Space Save Nugget) what we should expect on September 14th and what “Common Threads” means to them.

Messages to Younger Selves

Tell us about Message to Younger Selves
Chris: Film is a form of visual storytelling that is used to connect with others, but it can also be a way for youth to empower themselves. Message to Younger Selves is a series of short animated films that have helped many of our youth explore their issues in a highly creative format. The collection is a testament to what young individuals are capable of when they are equipped with sufficient tools for self-expression.

What does the theme “Common Threads” mean to you?
Chris: Regardless of who we are as individuals, the one thing we all have in common as humans is our need be heard and to know what we are saying matters. The theme “Common Threads” reflects this universal desire, by suggesting a communal space for localized and disparate voices. It also evokes the reconciliation of differences, setting aside age, gender and station, in favour of issues and ideas that resonate with everyone, not only on a personal, but a public level.

Save Space Nugget

Tell us about Save Space Nugget
Trish: The movie is a truly unique story of our times. A major corporate entity working with a small community for a mutual benefit…when does that happen? There are many challenges, stereotypes and perceptions that each side has to overcome. It’s also the story of a community reinventing itself, who we are and how do we want to grow, what values do we share as a collective. It’s a film you haven’t seen before.

What does the theme “Common Threads” mean to you?
: Each one of us faces life challenges on a daily basis. We seek approval, love, appreciation. We struggle with relationships, boundaries, balance. Films are a wonderful way to share the stories of our lives. They make us feel like we are not alone and that there are “Common Threads” that connect us altogether, be it on a personal level or for a collective purpose.

On September 14th, you’ll also get to see…
Mobilize (Part of the NFB’s Souvenir series, this film takes us on an exhilarating journey from the Far North to the urban south, capturing the perpetual negotiation between the traditional and the modern by a people moving ever forward).

Sisters & Brothers (Part of the NFB’s Souvenir series, this short film draws parallels between the annihilation of the bison in the 1890s and the devastation inflicted on the Indigenous population by the residential school system).

Sweet Night (A young Métis woman reconnects with her Indigenous ancestry and begins a journey of self-discovery when she learns about sweet grass from her non-Native friend).

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