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Hard Light

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In Hard Light, filmmaker Justin Simms uses Michael Crummey’s seminal piece of Newfoundland literature as a lens to examine cultural change and modern relationships.

At its most basic level, the film serves as a portrait of Newfoundland and its people.  As in Crummey’s collection of poems and stories, there is a decisive theme of the artist investigating his ancestors to discover himself. Hard Light also questions the function of art in human understanding: the power of storytelling to, as Crummey says in an interview near the end of the film, “pin something long enough, to make it hold still long enough for us to be able to see it for what it is.”

Crummey’s stories are dramatized in atmospheric, carefully composed black-and-white sequences overlaid with voiceover readings from the works themselves, read by Simms. Character is built through an accumulation of detail.

The dramatizations are broken up by Crummey’s own ruminations in conversation with Simms. The writer’s childhood memories tell us where the spirit of the stories, and in some cases their subjects, came from; his thoughts on the process of creating the book tell us why they matter.

A beautiful cinematic blending of old and new, Hard Light is a timely reflection on compassion and the art of living.

2012, 54 min 50 s

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Founder's Award
Festival de film de Yorkton
Du 23 au 26 mai 2013, Yorkton - Canada

Prix du Jury
FIFA / Festival international du film sur l'art
Du 14 au 24 mars 2013, Montréal - Canada

Mention honorifique pour le Prix ONF Colin Low
Doxa - Documentary Film and Video Festival
Du 4 au 13 mai 2012, Vancouver - Canada

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