The Granite Man of Gilmour

After an extraterrestrial encounter in 1975, David Hamel embarked on a 30-year mission to build a flying saucer in his backyard, ultimately failing to do so yet leaving behind a mysterious legacy that only the residents of his small town can unravel.

A Certain Texture

Alex Unger, aka ELMS, lives a double life: he creates haunting music, and farms cattle. In this short, he explores how one influences the other, what drives his art, and how one of these lifestyles is more of a privilege than he thought.

locked in a way

This short film explores the confining and isolating landscape of grief. It features the last recorded conversation between Victoria and her mother Renate Mohr, as they speak about a creative collaboration they are not able to finish before Renate’s death. Locked in a Way offers a brief intimate space wherein a mother’s voice and a daughter’s body connect across time, space, and even death.


When there is nowhere else to go in the middle of winter, when all of the shelters are full, the Warming Room serves as last resort for people living on the streets of Peterborough, Ontario. For a community which, since the 2008 recession, has had one of the highest unemployment rates in Canada, homelessness has become a daily, graphic reminder of the cycle of poverty, mental illness, and addiction affecting so many. Follow the stories of five people connected to the shelter – four current and former guests, and one staff member - as they search for housing, security, and new hope in this raw and unflinching documentary.

The Masjid

November 14, 2015: arson at the only mosque in Peterborough. The hate crime, on the heels of the Paris terrorist attacks, became a national tragedy, putting the Masjid Al-Salaam in the spotlight. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lamented the attack, but praised the community’s and nation’s reaction to it: $110,000 was crowdfunded for the mosque in less than two days. But this film also tells the story of what happened after the media lost interest: most of the money was donated back to the community. This is a story of everyday racism, and the shared values needed to overcome it.

Tilco Striker

In the 1960s women workers at a factory in Peterborough, ON went on strike. In the middle of winter. This is the story of the Tilco strikers, and their effort to fight against a tyrannical employer.

Tonight is for the Trees

Tonight is for the alley cats that jump from fence to roof. A short poetry video.


After many years away, Kate returns home to investigate her mother's disappearance, which may be the result of extraterrestrial contact.

The Rib Thief

Man steals ribs. Cooks them on the victim's BBQ. In the plastic. Based on a true story.

Tom Quixote

Family funeral director Tom Crean has spent the last 30 years tilting at windmills. Tom Quixote tells the story of his struggle against the corporate takeover of the North American funeral industry, during which he has had a run-in with Hollywood, saved a cemetery and beaten the conglomerates at their own game.

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