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Brotherhood gets screening at Shadows

This article was posted originally in the Sault Star on December 28, 2019 10:10 AM EST by Brian Kelly reposted with permission.


Neve Campbell stars in Castle on the Ground, a Canadian film about opioid addiction. KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
Neve Campbell stars in Castle on the Ground, a Canadian film about opioid addiction. KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

A historic drama based on a true story, and shot in Michipicoten First Nation, is part of the 21st annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival.

Brendan Fletcher (Cardinal, Air Bud) and Brendan Fehr (CSI: Miami, Roswell) star in Brotherood, directed by Richard Bell (Eighteen, Two Brothers and Two Others).

Bell’s film, shot in September 2017, is based on a 1926 incident involving a group of teen boys attending an Anglican summer camp who get caught in a storm during a canoeing expedition.

Brotherhood joins more than two dozen titles expected to be screened between Feb. 24 and March 1. The festival’s mandate is to show movies that deal with mental health, addiction and other social topics.

The Grand Theatre hosts a gala screening of Arab Blues on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. An after party follows at nearby Sault Ste. Marie Museum where a film-related exhibition will be featured.

Manele Labidi’s feature directing debut was nominated for best film at Stockholm Film Festival and Vaddadolid Film Festival.

“It’s a light comedy with a little bit of a bite to it,” co-director Bill MacPherson told The Sault Star.

Tickets to the film and social cost $45. A gold pass, selling for $220, includes Arab Blues and after party.

The festival box office opens Feb. 10 near Station Mall’s Dennis Street entrance. Single admission is $14. Vouchers for five films for $60 can be purchased at The vouchers must be exchanged for tickets on the festival’s website or the box office.

The 2020 lineup also includes The Bet, also shot in the Sault, Castle in the Ground, a Canadian film about opioid addiction starring Neve Campbell (Party of Five) and Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), and the sexual abuse documentary Rewind. With about a third of titles confirmed, MacPherson is still trying to firm up the screening of five to six shorts nominated for Academy Awards in 2020. Seven films with be shown at Galaxy Cinemas, with most screened at The Grand Theatre.

Additional movies to be shown will be announced starting the third week of January.

“You don’t want to be too dark, but you want to be real,” said MacPherson of the lineup, as festival brass plan to “entertain, but educate at the same time.”

The festival, for the first time, sold more than 4,000 tickets in 2019. The program included Giant Little Ones and The Guilty. MacPherson called the amount of box office traffic “a milestone.

The 21st Annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival

The 21st Annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival is set to run Feb. 24 to March 1, 2020 in Sault Ste. Marie with a gala film and after party planned for Saturday, Feb. 22. The Festival committee is pleased to announce this kickoff event will be in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Museum and that the film Arab Blues has been confirmed for the gala screening. This modern comedy set in Tunisia has an irresistible charm that does not sidestep the bigger questions of culture and gender.

The gala film screening will take place at The Grand Theatre on Queen followed by the after party at the Sault Ste. Marie Museum. The catered event will be held amidst the Museum exhibit Through the Lens: A History of Film and Photography in Sault Ste. Marie.

While titles are still in the process of being selected and confirmed, several films shot in the North have been secured for the 2020 lineup, The Bet, filmed in Sault Ste. Marie in the summer of 2017, will make its Canadian premiere at Shadows. This is the first screening of a film by director Joan Carr-Wiggin, who has shot five movies in the Sault since 2012. The film Brotherhood, based on a true story, was shot in Wawa and plans are in the works to have director Richard Bell in attendance at the screening.

Cost saving five movie vouchers are currently available online by visiting the Shadows of the Mind website. Movie tickets will go on sale online and at the Shadows Box Office in the Station Mall starting Feb. 10.

The volunteer committee invites the community to come out of the cold for this long standing winter festival. Shadows has grown from a three-day to a seven-day festival featuring Oscar buzz and critically acclaimed films and documentaries from around the world. Over 4,000 filmgoers attended last year.

Movie buffs are encouraged to follow on Facebook and Instagram as the film titles are confirmed and to keep checking here for updates.

Hot Docs Showcase: Sault Ste. Marie

As we get closer and closer to “Shadows Season”, we’d like to remind you that there is another Film Festival in Sault Ste. Marie worth checking out. This years edition of Hot Docs Showcase: Sault Ste. Marie takes place on November 13th, 19th, 20th and 21st at the Sault Community Theatre Centre.

For more information, please visit

***This festival is not affiliated with Shadows of the Mind Film Festival***

Thank you for supporting the arts in Sault Ste. Marie!

Fans of Sherlock Holmes like what they see

This article was posted originally in the Sault Star on February 26, 2019 10:10 AM EST by Brian Kelly reposted with permission.


The Doctor's Case co-director Len Pearl, director James Douglas and actor Joanna Douglas attend a screening at The Bootmakers of Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Supplied Photo)

James Douglas prepared for a tough crowd when his film about Sherlock Holmes was screened in Toronto last Saturday.

He’s the director of The Doctor’s Case, a short film about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson that’s based on a story by American horror writer Stephen King.

The Doctor’s Case was screened to about 100 members of The Bootmakers of Toronto, the branch of the international Sherlock Holmes Society in the provincial capital.

“Members of The Bootmakers meet regularly to discuss their hero and to critique any treatments of the Holmes legend that come to their attention,” said Douglas in a release. “I had prepared answers to 10 questions and/or criticisms I thought might be expressed during the (question and answer) by potentially disappointed fans. To my surprise and delight, not one of the comments was negative.”

He also received praise for detailing “the close and intricate relationship” between Holmes and Watson.

Douglas was joined at the screening by co-director Len Pearl and his cousin, and Sault Ste. Marie native, Joanna Douglas, who appears as Tabitha Hull.

The director’s father, Tom Douglas, is a former Sault Star reporter and editor of Shopper News, now Sault This Week. Douglas and his wife, Gail, served as historical consultants.

Music written by the director’s aunt, Sault resident Nancy Fairburn, is performed over the closing credits.

Shadows of the Mind screens The Doctor’s Case on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Admission is by donation to benefit Northern Fringe Festival.

Fairburn will attend the screening. Katie Short, a Sault resident who helped back the film’s financing, is a possible attendee.

The festival screening of The Doctor’s Case will be dedicated to the memory of Short’s parents, Perry and Janet, who were active with Sault Theatre Workshop.