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WEIRD SEX & SNOWSHOES: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche

A must see for any movie-lover and/or Canadian citizen that plays off the clichés that often tag Canadian cinema.

                                                            Lauren Graham, ART SCENE

 

Hold the dark coffee. You won’t need it to get through this one. The hour will be gone before you know it!

Y Zacharias, CAN WEST

 

LEO AWARDS NOMINEE – BEST ARTS DOCUMENTARY  

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD- WHISTLER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Fresh, fast-paced, and funny—Weird Sex and Snowshoes is a documentary loosely based on the acclaimed book (published by Raincoast Books) by film critic Katherine Monk. A smorgasbord of interviews and film clips, Weird Sex gives 21 celebrated Canadian directors the chance to sound off on “just what is Canadian cinema”? Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin, Denys Arcand, Robert Lepage and Lynne Stopkewich, to name a few, reveal opinions as diverse as their filmmaking styles. The 60 minute doc is created and produced by Gabriela Schonbach (Life and Times of Daniel Igali, Quiet Mind); directed by Jill Sharpe (CultureJam, In the Company of Fear); written by Dianna Bodnar, edited by Jean Baillargeon, composed by Graeme Coleman and Associate Produced by Sauching Ng, for Omni Film Productions.

“In Canada, there’s one common thing in cinema and that is this northern light. And it changes everything. It changes the way we see time, our way of framing shots …the themes we choose.” — Robert Lepage

Unique characteristics of our cinema emerge as the film unfolds: a fascination with the outsider and with survival, unusual protagonists, a willingness to take artistic risks with narrative structure, the ever-present influence and reaction against the behemoth south of our border, and, it goes without saying, weird sex.

As scenes from over 70 Canadian films such as Mon Oncle Antoine, New Waterford Girl, Atanarjuat, Rude, My American Cousin, Jesus of Montréal, The Saddest Music in the World, The Red Violin, Flower and Garnet, and Goin’ Down the Road rocket across the screen, the notion of a unified Canadian cinema begins to take shape.

 

Weird Sex and Snowshoes is entertaining, sexy and smart. It’s a documentary that will open our eyes to what’s under our noses: Great cinema with a perspective all our own.

Weird Sex and Snowshoes

grateful appreciation to
Denys Arcand
Keith Behrman
Michel Brault
Manon Briand
Gary Burns
Atom Egoyan
Thom Fitzgerald
François Girard
Piers Handling
Zacharias Kunuk
Norman Jewison
Robert LePage
Guy Maddin
Katherine Monk
Don McKellar
Léa Pool
Patricia Rozema
Mina Shum
Lynne Stopkewich
Bruce Sweeney
Denis Villeneuve
Clement Virgo
Anne Wheeler

created and produced by
Gabriela Schonbach

based on the book
“Weird Sex and Snowshoes”
by Katherine Monk
published by Raincoast Books

director
Jill Sharpe

writer
Dianna Bodnar

editor
Jean Baillargeon

associate producer
Sauching Ng

executive producer
Michael Chechik

director of photography
Bongo

opening title sequence
Erwin Chiong

music by
Graeme Coleman

executive for Mpix and The Movie Network
Michelle Marion

executive for Super Écran
Zoé Crabtree

manager, documentaries independent production
CHUM Television
Charlotte Engel

research & rights clearance supervisors
Sauching Ng
Paula Sawadsky

production manager
Leigh Badgley

research consultant
Elizabeth Klinck

consultants
Katherine Monk
Joyce Thierry

publicity
Helen Yagi
Jude Weir

stills photography
Bongo
Katie Yu

research & rights clearance
Lea Moss
Corinna Hagel
Lucie Bourgoin
Deborah Rees-Lee
Zanna Downes
Christine Cowern
Galit Mastai

assistant production co-ordinator
Mariette Pilon

production assistants
Anneli Ekborn
Darba Wakefield
Michael Kelly
Rani K. Sandhu
Romeo Ripoli
Beverley Haffner
Jonathan Viens
Evan Godfrey
Calvin Kuch

additional camera
Ian Kerr

camera assistants
Paul Hill
Etienne Boilard
Scott Wilson
Denise Curry
Mike Myrden
Agostino Urso
David B. Bradshaw
gaffer

Paul J. Cooper
sound recordists
Adrian Tucker
Lincoln Mulcahy
David Finch
Jeff Henschel
Eric Harwood Davies
Chris Aikenhead
Igal Petel
Marvin Polanski

post production supervisor
Janet Kendrick

additional editor
Neil Thompson

assistant editors
Andrew Notman
Brian Harris

online editor & colour correction
Allan Pinvidic

video post production services
Finale Editworks

sound design
Tony Gronick
Jo Rossi

audio post production services
Airwaves Sound Design

transcriber
Darba Wakefield

transcribers/translators
Mariette Pilon
Lynka Bélanger

additional transcribers
Nicole Dargère
Julia Doherty
Paul Jamieson

additional translator
Manon Boivin

business affairs
Andrea Droege

legal counsel
Kim Roberts

production accountant
Catarina Da Silva

bookeeper
Julia Itkin

special thanks
Howard Storey
Mercedes Watson
Stephen Waddell
Louise Thérrien
Colin Robertson
Carole Henson
Monic Lavallée
Carolyn Rohaly
Sharon McGowan
Graham Peat
Ron Renault
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society
Pacific Cinémathèque
Railway Club
Vancouver International Film Festival
Videomatica

A PROBLEM WITH FEAR
a film by Gary Burns
excerpts courtesy of Burns Film Ltd.
featuring
Paulo Costanzo as Laurie
Camille Sullivan as Michelle

ARARAT
a film by Atom Egoyan
excerpts courtesy of Serendipity Point Films Inc.
featuring
David Alpay as Raffi
Elias Koteas as Ali/Jedvet Bey
Arsinée Khanjian as Ani
Bruce Greenwood as Martin/Clarence Ussher

ATANARJUAT: THE FAST RUNNER
a film by Zacharias Kunuk
excerpts courtesy of Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc.
featuring
Natar Ungalaaq as Atanarjuat
Sylvia Ivalu as Atuat
Peter Henry Arnatsiaq as Oki
Felix Alaralak as Tulimaq

BACK TO GOD’S COUNTRY
a film by David M. Hartford
excerpts courtesy of the National Archives of Canada
featuring
Nell Shipman as Dolores LeBeau
Wheeler Oakman as Peter Burke
Charles Arling as 'Sealskin' Blake

BEGONE DULL CARE
directed by Norman McLaren & Evelyn Lambart
excerpts courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada

BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE
a film by Anne Wheeler
excerpts courtesy of Rave Film Inc.
featuring
Wendy Crewson as Lila
Karyn Dwyer as Maggie
Cantata from Giunone, composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Canadian Opera Company Chorus and Orchestra
Wendy Nielsen, Soprano
Conducted by Richard Bradshaw
Courtesy of CBC Records / Les Disques SRC

BLACK ROBE
a film by Bruce Beresford
footage compliments of Alliance Atlantis Communications
featuring
Lothaire Bluteau as Laforgue
Sandrine Holt as Annuka
Jean Brousseau as Champlain
François Tassé as Father Bourque

BOLLYWOOD / HOLLYWOOD
a film by Deepa Mehta
excerpts courtesy of Bollywood/Hollywood Productions
featuring
Rahul Khanna as Rahul Seth
Lisa Ray as Sue (Sunita) Singh
Moushumi Chatterjee as Mrs. Seth (Rahul's mom)
Dina Pathak as Mrs. Seth (Rahul's grandmother)

BYE BYE BLUES
a film by Anne Wheeler
excerpts courtesy of Anne Wheeler
featuring
Rebecca Jenkins as Daisy Cooper
Chad Krowchuk as Richard Cooper, age 5

CHAOS AND DESIRE
a film by Manon Briand
produced by Max Films
featuring
Pascale Bussières as Alice Bradley
Jean-Nicolas Verreault as Marc Vandal
Vincent Bilodeau as Simon Deslandes
Norman Helms as Michel
Eric Aubin as Sauveteur

COWARDS BEND THE KNEE
a film by Guy Maddin
excerpts courtesy of Guy Maddin
featuring
Darcy Fehr as Guy Madden
Melissa Dionisio as Meta
Amy Stewart as Veronica
Louis Negin as Dr. Fusi
Victor Cowie as Madden Sr.
Hockey Players: Ricardo Alms, Craig Aftanas, Jim Crawford,
Mike Silver, Bob Unger, Mark Yuill, Caelum Vatnsdal, Matt Holm

CRASH
a film by David Cronenberg
excerpts compliments of Alliance Atlantis Communications
featuring
Rosanna Arquette as Gabrielle
James Spader as James Ballard
Deborah Kara Unger as Catherine Ballard

CUBE
a film by Vincenzo Natali
excerpts courtesy of The Feature Film Project
featuring
Julian Richings as Alderson

DANCE ME OUTSIDE
a film by Bruce McDonald
excerpts courtesy of Shadow Shows Inc.
featuring
Kevin Hicks as Robert McVey
Adam Beach as Frank Fencepost
Ryan Rajendra Black as Silas Crow

DEAD RINGERS
a film by David Cronenberg
excerpts courtesy of Morgan Creek Productions
featuring
Susan Markle as Nurse
Jonathan Haley and Nicholas Haley as Beverly and Elliot, age 9
Marsha Moreau as Raffaella
Geneviève Bujold as Claire Niveau
Nick Nichols as Leo

DIRTY
a film by Bruce Sweeney
excerpts courtesy of Dirty Productions
and Les Film Séville Pictures Inc.
featuring
Babz Chula as Angie
Tom Scholte as David

DOUBLE HAPPINESS
a film by Mina Shum
produced by First Generation Films
excerpts courtesy of Les Films Séville Pictures Inc.
featuring
Sandra Oh as Jade Li
Stephen M.D. Chang as Father Li
Frances You as Pearl Li
Allanah Ong as Mother Li
Callum Keith Renni as Mark

ELDORADO
a film by Charles Binamé
excerpts courtesy of Cité-Amérique International
featuring
Pascale Bussières as Rita

EMILE
a film by Carl Bessai
excerpts courtesy of Raven West Films Ltd.
featuring
Ian McKellen as Emile
Deborah Unger as Nadia

EXOTICA
a film by Atom Egoyan
© Ego Film Arts
featuring
Mia Kirshner as Christina
Bruce Greenwood as Francis Brown
Elias Koteas as Eric

FALLING ANGELS
a film by Scott Smith
A Triptych Media Production in association with Minds Eye Entertainment and Wild Bunch
clips courtesy of Triptych Media

FAR SIDE OF THE MOON
a film by Robert Lepage
excerpts courtesy of Films FCL and Media Principia
Featuring Robert Lepage as Phillippa / André
“Moonlight Sonata: Adagio Sostenuto” composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
courtesy of Naxos of America

FLOWER & GARNET
a film by Keith Behrman
excerpts courtesy of Screen Siren Pictures Inc.
and Ministry of Extreme Circumstances Films Inc.
featuring
Jane McGregor as Flower
Colin Roberts as Garnet
Dov Tiefenbach as Ronnie

GINGER SNAPS
a film by John Fawcett
excerpts courtesy of Oddbod Productions Inc.
and Lions Gate Entertainment
featuring
Katharine Isabelle as Ginger
Emily Perkins as Brigitte

GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD
a film by Donald Shebib
excerpts courtesy of Donald Shebib
featuring
Doug McGrath as Peter McGraw
Paul Bradley as Joey Mayle
Nicole Morin as Nicole

HARD CORE LOGO
a film by Bruce McDonald
excerpts courtesy of Shadow Shows Inc.
featuring
Bernie Coulson as Pipefitter
Benita Ha as Pipefitter's girlfriend
John Pyper-Ferguson as John Oxenberger
Hugh Dillon as Joe Dick
Julian Richings as Bucky Haight

HIGHWAY 61
a film by Bruce McDonald
excerpts courtesy of Shadow Shows Inc.
featuring
Valerie Buhagiar as Jackie Bangs
Don McKellar as Pokey Jones
Earl Pastko as Mr. Skin (aka Satan)

HINTERLAND WHO'S WHO: THE WOODCHUCK
excerpts courtesy of Canadian Wildlife Service / Environment Canada

I'VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING
a film by Patricia Rozema
excerpts courtesy of Some Films Inc.
featuring
Sheila McCarthy as Polly Vandersma
Paule Baillargeon as Gabrielle St. Peres

JESUS OF MONTREAL
a film by Denys Arcand
produced by Max Films
featuring
Lothaire Bluteau as Daniel
Roy Dupuis as Marcel Brochu
Claude Blanchard as Sergeant Bastien
Rémy Girard as Martin
Robert Lepage as René

KISSED
a film by Lynne Stopkewich
excerpts courtesy of Lakeshore International LLC
and Les Films Séville Pictures Inc.
featuring
Molly Parker as Sandra Larson
Hamish Wilson as Gurney Goner, cadaver
Andrew Guy as Coffin Deceased, cadaver

LAST NIGHT
a film by Don McKellar
excerpts courtesy of Rhombus Media Inc.
featuring
Don McKellar as Patrick Wheeler
Sandra Oh as Sandra
David Cronenberg as Duncan
Callum Keith Rennie as Craig Zwiller

LÉOLO
a film by Jean-Claude Lauzon
Produced by Les Productions du Verseau Inc.
and Flach Film
Featuring
Maxime Collins as Léolo
Giuditta Del Vecchio as Bianca
Julien Guiomar as Grandfather

LOST AND DELIRIOUS
a film by Léa Pool
Excerpts courtesy of Les Films Séville Pictures Inc.
and TF1 International/2000
Featuring
Piper Perabo as Pauline 'Paulie' Oster
Mischa Barton as Mary 'Mouse' Bradford
Jessica Paré as Victoria 'Tori' Moller
“TEMPTATION” composed and performed by Tom Waits
with the authorization of Island Records Inc.

MAELSTRÖM
a film by Denis Villeneuve
Produced by Max Films
Featuring
Daniel Turcot as Infernal fishmonger
Pierre Lebeau as Fish (voice)
Marie-Josée Croze as Bibiane Champagne

“LE GRAND TELEPHONE BLANC”
Le Quartier des Papillions Souterrains: (Guy Pelletier, Jean-Philippe Savard, Benoit Touchette)
With percussion by Le Quartier des Papillions Souterrains

MAMBO ITALIANO
a film by Émile Gaudreault
Excerpts courtesy of Cinémaginaire Inc.
Featuring
Michael Romano as Angelo Barberini as a boy
Luke Kirby as Angelo Barberini
Paul Sorvino as Gino Barberini
Ginette Reno as Maria Barberini

MARGARET'S MUSEUM
a film by Mort Ransen
Excerpts courtesy of Les Films Séville Pictures Inc.
Featuring
Helena Bonham Carter as Margaret McNeil
Clive Russel as Neil Currie
Craig Olejnik as Jimmy McNeil
Kate Nelligan as Catherine MacNeil
Paul Young as Doctor 1
Sean Hewitt as Doctor 2
Matt Zimmerman as Doctor 3

MARION BRIDGE
a film by Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Excerpts courtesy of Sienna Films and Idlewild Films Inc.
Featuring
Molly Parker as Agnes
Rebecca Jenkins as Theresa
Stacy Smith as Louise

MY AMERICAN COUSIN
a film by Sandy Wilson
Excerpts courtesy of Okanagan Motion Pictures Limited
Featuring
Margaret Langrick as Sandra ‘Sandy’ Wilcox
John Wildman as Butch Walker
Richard Donat as Major John Wilcox
Jane Mortifee as Kitty Wilcox

MY UNCLE ANTOINE
a film by Claude Jutra
Excerpts courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada
Featuring
Olivette Thibault as Aunt Cecile
Lise Talbot as The Fiancée
Jean Duceppe as Uncle Antoine
Michel Talbot as The Fiancé
Claude Jutra as Fernand, Clerk
Jacques Gagnon as Benoit

NEIGHBOURS
a film by Norman McLaren
Produced by National Film Board of Canada
Featuring
Grant Munro as Neighbour on Right
Jean-Paul Ladouceur as Neighbour on Left

NEW WATERFORD GIRL
a film by Allan Moyle
Excerpts courtesy of Sienna Films Inc. and imX Communications Inc.
Featuring
Liane Balaban as Moonie Pottie
Tara Spencer-Nairn as Lou Benzoa
Susan Laney Dalton as Sandra
Stacy Smith as Lisa
Krista MacDonald as Betty-Anne Pottie
Blair Boone as Referee
Aaron Armstrong as Sandy MacPhee,
Cathy Moriarty as Midge Benzoa

NIGHT ZOO
a film by Jean-Claude Lauzon
produced by Max Films
Featuring
Gilles Maheu as Marcel
Roger Le Bel as Albert


a film by Robert Lepage
produced by In Extremis Images
Featuring
Alexis Martin as Michel
Anne-Marie Cadieux as Wife
Marie Brassard as Hanako

PARSLEY DAYS
a film by Andrea Dorfman
excerpts courtesy of Andrea Dorfman
Featuring
Mike Le Blanc as Ollie
Megan Dunlop as Kate

PAS DE DEUX
a film by Norman McLaren
excerpts courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada

POSSIBLE WORLDS
a film by Robert Lepage
excerpts courtesy of In Extremis Images
Featuring
Tilda Swinton as Joyce

ROLLERCOASTER
a film by Scott Smith
excerpts courtesy of Scott Smith

RUDE
a film by Clement Virgo
excerpts courtesy of The Feature Film Project
Featuring
Sharon M. Lewis as Rude
Maurice Dean Wint as General
Richard Chevolleau as Jordan
Rachael Crawford as Maxine
Michael Greyeyes as Spirit Dancer
music by Aaron Davis and John Lang

SCTV “Garth and Gord and Fiona and Alice”
excerpts courtesy of Second City Entertainment and Fireworks Entertainment
Featuring
John Candy as Garth
Joe Flaherty as Gord
Andrea Martin as Fiona

SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS
a film by Jean-François Pouliot
produced by Max Films
featuring
Pierre Collin as Yvon Brunet
Benoît Brière as Henri Giroux
Louis Philippe Dandenault as “Le coureur”

SPEAKING PARTS
a film by Atom Egoyan
© Ego Film Arts
featuring
Gabrielle Rose as Clara

STRAIGHT FOR THE HEART
a film by Léa Pool
excerpts courtesy of Cinémaginaire Inc.
featuring
Matthias Habich as Pierre Kurwenal,
Johanne-Marie Tremblay as Sarah
Michel Voïta as David

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS
a film by Denys Arcand
excerpts courtesy of Cinémaginaire Inc.
featuring
Stéphane Rousseau as Sébastien
Marie-Josée Croze as Nathalie
Rémy Girard as Rémy
Sylvie Drapeau as Marlene Dupire

THE CONFESSIONAL
a film by Robert Lepage
excerpts courtesy of Cinémaginaire Inc.
featuring
Patrick Goyette as Marc Lamontagne
Suzanne Clément as Rachel

THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE
a film by Denys Arcand
excerpts courtesy of Les Films Séville Pictures Inc.
featuring
Pierre Curzi as Pierre
Yves Jacques as Claude

THE EVENT
a film by Thom Fitzgerald
excerpts courtesy of Thinkfilm Inc.
featuring
Rejean J. Cournoyer Rory Metzler
Ian Gilmore Second Little Maid
Chris Barry Third Little Maid
Don McKellar as Matt Shapiro
Jane Leeves as Mona Rothschild
Chaz Thorne as Chris Devivo

THE HANGING GARDEN
a film by Thom Fitzgerald
© 1997 Triptych Media Inc.
Galafilm Productions Inc.
Emotion Pictures Inc.
featuring
Peter MacNeill as Whiskey Mac
Kerry Fox as Rosemary

THE MOONTRAP
a film by Pierre Perrault and Michel Brault
excerpts courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada

THE ORDERS
A film by Michel Brault
excerpts courtesy of Filmoption International
featuring Claude Gauthier as Richard Lavoie

THE POLYGRAPH
A film by Robert Lepage
excerpts courtesy of In Extremis Images
Featuring
Patrick Goyette as Francois
Marie Brassard as Lucie

THE RED VIOLIN
a film by François Girard
excerpts courtesy of Rhombus Media Inc.
and Fine Line Features
© MCMXCVII New Line Productions Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
featuring
Samuel L. Jackson as Charles Morritz
Colm Feore as Auctioneer
Carlo Cecchi as Nicolo Bussotti
Christoph Koncz as Kaspar Weiss
Greta Scacchi as Victoria Byrd
Jason Flemyng as Frederick Pope
Eva Marie Bryer as Sara

THE REPUBLIC OF LOVE
a film by Deepa Mehta
© Triptych Media Inc., The Film Consortium, Dan Films Ltd.
featuring
Bruce Greenwood as Tom Avery
Victoria Fodor as Suzanne
Kristen Thomson as Charlotte

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD
a film by Guy Maddin
Excerpts courtesy of Rhombus Media Inc.
Featuring
Isabella Rossellini as Lady Port-Huntley
Maria de Medeiros as Narcissa
Ross McMillan as Roderick

THE SNOWSHOERS
a film by Gilles Groulx and Michel Brault
Excerpts courtesy of National Film Board of Canada

THE SNOW WALKER
a film by Charles Martin Smith
excerpts courtesy of Lions Gate Films Corp.
featuring
Barry Pepper as Charlie Halliday
Annabella Piugattuk as Kanaalaq

THE SWEET HEREAFTER
a film by Atom Egoyan
© Ego Film Arts
featuring
Sarah Rosen Fruitman as Jessica
Marc Donato as Mason
Bruce Greenwood as Billy
Sarah Polley as Nicole
James D. Watts as Younger Mitchell
Fides Krucker as Younger Klara
Magdalena Sokoloski as Young Zoe

THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD
a film by François Girard
excerpts courtesy of Rhombus Media Inc.
featuring
Colm Feore as Glen Gould

VOLLEYBALL
a film by Denys Arcand
excerpts courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada

WAYDOWNTOWN
a film by Gary Burns
excerpts courtesy of Burns Film Ltd.
featuring
Fab Filippo as Tom
Don McKellar as Brad

produced in association with
MPIX Astral Media
www.mpix.ca

produced in association with
The Movie Network Astral Media
www.themovienetwork.ca

produced in association with
Super Ecran, Astral Media
www.superecran.ca

produced in association with
Bravo! Canada,
Star! – The Entertainment Information Station,
Book Television,
and Canadian Learning Television,
divisions of CHUM Limited

produced with the participation of the
Canadian Television Fund
created by the Government of Canada
and the Canadian cable industry
Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program
CTF: Licence Fee Program

produced with the participation of the
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

Province of British Columbia
Film Incentive BC

produced with the participation of
STAR CHOICE COMMUNICATIONS INC.

produced with the participation

of
THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO FUND

dedicated to the
collaborative spirit of
the Canadian film industry

UBCP
UDA
ACTRA
Writers Guild of Canada
Directors Guild of Canada
Academy of Canadian Television
CFTPA

An OMNI FILM PRODUCTION
© Omni Film Productions Ltd., 2005

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