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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.

‘We don’t have to fit in these boxes’: Giant Little Ones creator shuns labels in new film

This article was posted original on SooToday on by: James Hopkin, rereposted with permission.


Writer and director Keith Behrman was on hand for the screening of his film Giant Little Ones during the Shadows of the Mind gala at the Sault Community Theatre Centre Saturday night. The film was shot in Sault Ste. Marie in 2017. James Hopkin/SooToday

Writer and director Keith Behrman was happy to be back in Sault Ste. Marie Saturday night, where his film, Giant Little Ones, was screening as part of the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival gala.

“It’s great to be back here and screening the film here in Sault Ste. Marie, because we did have a really special time making the film here,” Behrman told reporters before the screening of Giant Little Ones at the Sault Community Theatre Centre. “Everyone was so helpful and co-operative and supportive, so it feels really nice to be back here and sharing the film with people here.”

Behrman says his film — shot in Sault Ste. Marie in the summer of 2017 — is a tale involving three high school boys that came to him in a dream about five years ago.

“I realized I wanted to make a film that was about love and about family, and about acceptance, and just being true to yourself,” he said.

Behrman and producer Allison Black chose to shoot the film in Sault Ste. Marie in July 2017 in order to give the film the backdrop Behrman felt it needed.


“I always knew I wanted to be outside, and I wanted it to be in a sunny, warm environment,” Behrman said. “I wanted them to be moving around the streets, riding their bikes — a very open, energetic kind of thing — so I wanted to be some place where there’s a lot of greenery.”

Behrman says that his conservative, prairie town upbringing in Shaunavon, Sask., ultimately helped mould Giant Little Ones.

“I was always very uncomfortable with the very hard lines around masculinity and what it meant to be a man,” Behrman said. “It felt very restrictive, so as I grew up, I always just kind of struggled with that.”

“When I was ready to make this film, that was one of the things that I wanted to express — you know, the hard definitions we have around who we are, and the labels we have for ourselves, and the labels we have for everybody else, and the way we’re supposed to be,” he continued. “Human beings are way more complex than that, way more nuanced and layered.”

So far, Behrman’s film — starring Maria Bello and Kyle MacLachlan — has premiered all over the world, including at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In addition to the film-festival circuit, Phillips’ film has been screened commercially in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

Additional screenings are being considered in Calgary and on the East Coast, he said.

The Shadows of the Mind Film Festival is organized by a coalition of local agencies. It offers films that touch on the facts and mythologies surrounding mental health and addictions.

For full information about the festival, click on the SooToday logo at the top left of this screen and them click on the Shadows of the Mind link.

In a surprise development, organizers announced Saturday night that they’re adding a second screening of Julien Temple’s Pandaemonium, which was shown in connection with a gala opening on Thursday night.

The second screening will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the Galaxy Cinemas.