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