Friday, March 5, 2021
OFFA is celebrating International Women’s Day all month long with the launch of the International Women’s Day (IWD) Film Series Film buffs across the country get a front row seat to the premieres of four movies that have been curated for this event with partial proceeds from the sale of a full access pass being donated to the United Way Halton/Hamilton: Women United.
Each Friday, a different film will be screened at 7:30pm. Starting at 7:15pm EST, attendees will be treated to a pre-show virtual cocktail mixer with cocktail making and a toast by Zirkova Vodka and featuring a musical performance by a different Canadian female performing artist each week, including: Bolu, Sydney Mae, Semiah Smith, and Rozette .
Each film will be followed by a Q& A with some of the directors, screen-writers, actors or others affiliated with the film production. Films are available to watch for 7 days after their initial screening date.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5: SUGAR DADDY
Ontario digital festival Premiere- Helmed by Vancouver Director Wendy Morgan and written by actor Kelly McCormack who also stars in the film opposite Colm Feore. Sugar Daddy follows the story of Darren – a talented and unconventional young musician who dreams of making music like nobody has ever heard before. But she’s broke, juggling multiple part-time jobs, and has no time to create. Desperate for cash, she signs up to a sugar daddy paid-dating website and throws herself down a dark rabbit hole that forces her to grow up fast, shaping her music, and how she sees the world. According to Director Morgan, the film reflects “feminism in the modern consciousness”.
Director Wendy Morgan, writer/actress/producer Kelly McCormack, assistant director Lauren Guyatt and Gemini-award winning actor Colm Feore are confirmed for the Q&A.
FRIDAY, MARCH 12: MY SALINGER YEAR
An Canada/Ireland co-production, this film focuses on the personal growth of a young female poet who works for Salinger’s publishing house. Writer Joanna Rakoff crafts a nostalgic, engaging coming-of-age story that personalizes the maturation process of a young female writer. The film stars Margaret Qualley (daughter of actress Andie MacDowell) Oscar-nominee Sigourney Weaver, Gemini award-winner Colme Feore ( Chicago, Bon Cop, Bad Cop ), and Hull, Quebec born Director Philippe Falardeau.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19: LITTLE ORPHANS
An exceptional drama from St. Johns, Newfoundland which focuses on 3 sisters dealing with childhood abandonment by their mother, and issues of substance abuse and personal growth. This incredible film is the first feature for Director Ruth Lawrence and writer Emily Bridger, who also stars in the film opposite Marthe Bernard (Republic of Doyle) and Rhiannon Morgan (Black Conflux).
The Q&A includes Director Ruth Lawrence, producer Jennifer Hawley, and actresses Marthe Bernard and Rhiannon Morgan.
FRIDAY, MARCH 26: SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
Canadian digital festival premiere. Based on a true story, Judi Dench plays a British woman headmistress of a finishing school for girls, a boarding school that houses daughters of the leaders of the Third Reich (German girls- innocent of any crimes) during the time leading up to the declaration of the Second World War.
A pre-taped Q&A will be shown after the screening due to UK participants
For more information about this screening of Sugar Daddy, visit offawomensfilm.eventive.org.