Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film, Fine Art, Uncategorized

HFF (HD Set) Visually Stunning Movies Sun 3pm Main Theatre

T O in 24 -Over the course of 24 hours, we take a cinematic journey across a landscape of rituals, traditions and everyday miracles that define us as human beings. dir. Dale Hildebrand Toronto

The Umbrella Project -Two women fall in love while their husbands are away at war.

dir Bryan Kowalsky Canada

The Beginning

Distilled Love – – Hoping to fix the crack in their relationship, Rene locks himself and his hipster girlfriend, Emma, in their apartment.  His personal remedy for their woes is a weekend-long detox for Emma.  But as she experiences withdrawal, the couple discovers addiction is not the only problem they need to face. dir. Joe Kicak Canada

Announcement, Events, Workshop

HFF (Panel): Comedy On Film Sun 3pm Bright Room

Comedy on Film (panel / workshop)

It’s not easy making people laugh. Its even harder when you write and film something just hoping it will pay off. Come to this panel / workshop and get some comedy advice on making people laugh, on film, buy the people who have done it on the indie film circuit.



Ken Turner  & Paul J. Boresky- Poor Fishy Films co-founders Ken Turner and Paul J. Boresky are Hamilton Film Festival veterans, with eight films selected over the past four years. Their comedy short, The Yard Sale, nabbed the Audience Choice award in 2009 and they were also invited to kick off the JUXT film experiment. They have been called “the Coen Bros. of Hamilton” thanks to the diversity of their films and style of humour. Paul has over ten years work experience in the film industry and Ken teaches Film Studies at a local high school.


Gary Reid – Gary Reid has been a life long student of comedy. From the Marx Bros to Mitch Hedberg and all the good stuff in between, Gary has focused his energy in the world of laughter. Investing years of improvising and performing with his comedy sketch troupe, Gary can always shed humour on a situation.


Asher Hunter – Ash is not water soluble. Ash is no longer infected. Ash is served with mashed or baked potato. Substitute side caesar for an extra $1.50.

Documentary, Film

HFF (Feature): Music From the Big House, Sun 7:30pm Main Theatre

From acclaimed director Bruce McDonald, teaming with Emmy and Oscar nominated documentary producer Erin Faith Young and her producing partner Jennifer St. John, comes a rare and exclusive musical journey. Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her to a historic jailhouse performance with inmates serving life sentences for murder, rape, and armed robbery.

This musical journey is a glance into what used to be the bloodiest prison in America, but now gives lifers something to live for through the power of music. In contrast to sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their love of music radiates humanity and redemption on their quest for forgiveness.

Rita Chiarelli will be in attendance for a Q&A after the movie and will be bringing soundtracks that will be for sale.

Announcement, Drama, Theatre

R&D Prod. Presents East of Berlin Nov 11,12,18 and 19 at 8pm

Do monsters breed monsters? That’s the question we’re forced to ask when Rudi discovers, in his teens, that his father served as an SS Doctor at Auschwitz. Set in 1970, Rudi the young adult stands outside of his father’s study revisiting the major events in his life. From the discovery of this secret, to his friendship with Hermann, and a relationship with the daughter of a Jewish survivor, Rudi tries to come to terms with a horrific past that he had no part of. With love, guilt, redemption and sins unimaginable, East of Berlin examines hidden victims of the Holocaust.

More Info from Hamilton Spectator

Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film, Fine Art, Science Fiction, Uncategorized

HFF (student Films): Various Titles Sat 3pm Main Theatre

These films are not rated. Viewer discretion is advised.

Asylum – When denied asylum in Canada, a soviet defector becomes increasingly alarmed about subsequent threats to his family – but the danger may not be as real as he believes. dir. Viki Posidis

For God and Ulster -A former terrorist seeks redemption from his therapist. dir. Gregory Breen, CANADA

Det. Mark Waters

Slug Gargantuwon – A giant mutant slug is on the loose! dir. Wendel Brooks Owen Sound ON

Reflections – A man is cheated on by his wife and suffers with questioning of self worth, regrets, and reflections on the life he has lived. In association with Kings Christian Collegiate. dir. Jonathan Atkins & Robbie Southward Mississauga ON

Requiem Judgement for one soul. dir. Marcello Mercanti

Finding ODO

Tinder -A struggling farm family deals with the aftermath of a drought. dir. Bryan Kowalsky CANADA

Plus the best from the Westdale Film Festival!

Several filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A after the films.

Announcement, Events, Film, Workshop

HFF (Panel): Acting for Camera Sat 3pm Bright Room

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA – Panel / Workshop


Come to this panel / workshop and be prepared to do a Mock Audition or just sit and listen to the advice given by our expert panel. Sides will be provided. There will also be a discussion where the experts will talk about their craft and experiences in this business.


Christina Bellamy Payne – Christina Bellamy Payne is a Second City Grad, director and has been teaching Acting & Improv as well as hosting Corporate Improv workshops for over 15 years. Teaching all over North America and for the last 5 years has been teaching & creating A Performing Arts Certificate program at Mohawk College and loving every minute of it! Please feel free to contact Christina for more program info or a private coaching session at


David Amito – David studied acting at the Methodica Studio in Vancouver and The Lee Strasberg Theatre in New York.  He has the leading role in several award winning films.


Elisabeth Lagerlof – Born in New Brunswick, graduated from the American Musical and Dramatics Academy in New York, Elisabeth is currently working in Toronto.


Derek Dwyer (T.V., indie-film & N. American stand-up credits/ student at Stella Adler Los Angeles)


Sides selection from the feature screenplay Atmosfear by local screenwriter / actor Derek Dwyer.

Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film

HFF (Feature): Goldirocks Sat 7pm Main Theatre

Goldirocks, – Wannabe rock star Goldi lands in a house of three musicians, one too hot, one too cold, and a third who seems just right. They let her sing with their band, and she romances them one at a time, thinking she’s found her new home. But when she unleashes her own songs on the guys, they cut her out of their scene, forcing her to discover that real success means becoming your own rock and roll hero) dir. Paula Tiberius Toronto, ONWith a great soundtrack featuring Hamilton’s own Teenage Head song hit “Let’s Shake,”

preceded by the music video Rot Rises to the Surface dir. Khalm H’erbin (Hamilton)

Announcement, Drama, Film

HFF (Feature): Lucky Seven, Sat 9:30pm Theatre B

Leaving town was easy…coming back was murder.

This gritty neo-noir film is set in Hamilton featuring all the beauty and darkness the city offers up. dir. Stephen Hayes”Lucky 7″ is set in Hamilton where the Mob families that run the Province are jockeying for power in a changing landscape. Patrick Farley (Lucky 7) had left town years ago to keep a secret safe for the family, and no one could know anything about it. That’s the way the Mob wanted it as part of the deal to keep Lucky’s fathers name intact and the family still in control of The Emerald Isle Club.

Nine years later and thought to be dead, Lucky 7 has the money to set things right with mob boss Lucano, but when an old acquaintance, The Reverend, arranges a meeting for Lucky 7 to pay back his debt, things don’t go quite according to plan.

His mob debt isn’t the only one Lucky 7 has to pay when he gets back to town. The other debt is to his family for leaving them without a word. The family runs The Emerald Isle Club, the old pub Lucky’s dad started in the 50’s, and that’s the first place Lucky heads to upon his return. His brothers Brian and Alan are quick to accept him back but an old love named Sharon isn’t quite so ready. Neither is Frankie, Lucky’s younger brother who has committed himself to a life of crime.

Below the Emerald Isle Club is a storefront church where Lucky 7 falls for Julia, a beautiful organist who plays there and a few other places in town. Julia doesn’t care about his past and is only concerned about the here and now and she is willing to risk everything to help Lucky clear his name. The fire that burns within her helps light his way back home.

Can Lucky come to terms with choices he made in the past and build a better future?

Director Stephen Hayes and several cast / crew will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film