Carts of Darkness


The treacherous mountain roads and discarded shopping carts of North Vancouver become the rivers and boats of self-exploration for a group of homeless “free birds” who have few chances at joy. Murray Siple’s documentary adopts the tropes of extreme sports filmmaking; fluid flowing cinematography, intense music, visceral pulse pounding action and irreverent characters unbounded by society’s constrictions, to bring viewers deep into a world and deep into people they would normally look away from.

Shot in stunning high-definition, and featuring the music of Vancouver bands such as Black Mountain and Ladyhawk, Carts of Darkness is a story of endurance that captures the risk and intensity of life lived on the very edge.

“Former snowboarder and filmmaker Murray Siple sets his sights on a group of bottle collectors in mountainous North Vancouver who take ordinary grocery carts laden with empties down some of the steepest hills in Western Canada. The result is a strange
mix of high-octane action, delicate social probing and charismatic characters that’s hard to ignore, and incredibly fun to watch.”
Katherine Monk, Vancouver Sun.

Presented in co-operation with the National Film Board of Canada, DOC BC, and the Vancouver International Film Centre
ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS (admission for DOC members is not free on these days)
April 29, Tues: 9:15pm, May 1, Thurs: 7:30pm

Free for DOC members only
on Monday April 28, 7:30pm
Canada 2008 // Director:
Murray Siple // 63 min //

Kathaumixw: A Thousand Voices, A Single Passion

KATHAUMIXW: A Thousand Voices, A Single Passion
Dynamic music and song celebrates the human spirit

June 4, 7:30 pm at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymor St. at Davie, Vancouver, BC)
Admission is free for DOC BC members and $9 for non-members.

The Documentary Organization of Canada, BC chapter presents Kathaumixw: A Thousand Voices, A Single Passion, by
producer and director, Tony Papa, as part of DOC SCREENS , its new monthly screening series, which features the work
of its members, documentary filmmakers in British Columbia.

The film will be preceeded by a dynamic performance by Nettwerk recording artists Aliqua, as well
as Vancouver Choir, Enharmonium. This 70 minute feature Doc won “Best Overall Sound at the Leo’s last year and has
been touring the world to rave reviews.

Every second summer, choirs from around the world, converge on the edge of British Columbia’s coastal wilderness to
celebrate the splendor of their love for singing. KATHAUMIXW: A Thousand Voices, A Single Passion, directed by Gemini
Award winner Tony Papa interweaves the heart of the choral experience with explosive performance from international
choirs. Kathaumixw (pronounced Ka-thou-mew) is a local Coast Salish First Nations word meaning: “a gathering of
different peoples.” The film won a Leo Award for Best overall Sound, and has traveled the world through festival

The film features the Taipei National University of the Arts Orchestra and Chorus; Powell River Academy Chamber Choir,
Canada; Christ the King Church Choir, Uganda; Aliqua, Canada; Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir, China;
Taipei National University of the Arts Chorus, Taiwan; Adelaide Chamber Singers, Australia; Seycove Chamber Choir,
Canada; Coro de Camara de la Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Mexico; Philippine Saringhimig Singers,
USA; and St. Margaret’s AGS, Australia.

DOC SCREENS will showcase the work of BC producers and directors and provide a forum for discussion and
presentation. Films will be long and short, commissioned or labours of love, very new (even works-in-progress that need
feedback) or older. DOC Screens will take place every month. Locations will vary, check for details.
“The film is a celebration of the human spirit as expressed through music and song. We’re thrilled to share this wonderful
experience through this documentary,” said DOC BC co-chair, Julia Ivanova.

For more information and photos please contact:
Maia Iotzova
Julia Ivanova

Children of Armageddon

The Documentary Organization of Canada, BC chapter presents the premiere screening of Children of Armageddon at the Vancity Theatre, September 3 at 7:30 pm as part of its DOC SCREENS program that features the work of BC documentary filmmakers.

Join Vancouver-based director, Fabienne Lips-Dumas, as she steers steadfastly into the wake of a nuclear legacy launched in Japan and stretching into the South Pacific, exploring the human side of a string of very unnatural disasters. With contributions of world-renowned experts Noam Chomsky, Hans Blix, Arjun Makhijani and Douglas Roche and others, Children of Armageddon is a passionate, deeply moving film which explores the legacy of nuclear arms around the world through the experiences of three young women and set against the backdrop of a potential nuclear renaissance.

The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the International Film Festival South Africa, an Official Selection at the Non Violence International Film Festival, and has been screened at the Kansas International Film Festival, the Globians Film Festival, the REEL EARTH Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival and the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival. Children of Armageddon was produced by Vancouver’s Red Letter Films, one of a select few francophone production companies outside of Quebec and France.

Produced with the participation of Société Radio-Canada, and of the Réseau de l’Information (Radio-Canada), the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry, Rogers Documentary Fund, the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC. Developed with the participation of British Columbia Film.

For more information and photos please contact:
Sylvie Peltier, (producer)
Fabienne Lips-Dumas (director)