Presented by FIN Campus and Telefilm Canada, North of 49 Movies on Campus is a series of post-secondary screenings at universities across Atlantic Canada. Each film is tied to one of the Atlantic provinces and seeks to strengthen and expand awareness of regional filmmaking. All screenings are free for students to attend.

This season we showed two exceptional films that were selected from past Atlantic International Film Festival programming.  

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PLAY YOUR GENDER 

5% of music producers are women even though many of the most bankable pop stars are female. Only 6 women have ever been nominated for the ‘Producer of the Year’ Grammy, and no woman has ever won. In Play Your Gender, Juno award-winning producer Kinnie Starr is on a quest to find out why this disparity exists by speaking to music industry stars and veterans about the realities of being a woman in the recording studio.

Director: Stephanie Clattenburg

Producer: Sahar Yousefi

Cinematographers: Kevin Fraser, Melani Wood

Editor: Sarah Byrne 

Country: Canada

Runtime: 80 minutes

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MAUDIE

Maudie (Sally Hawkins) is a high-spirited but physically impaired woman who yearns to be independent. She lives with a disgruntled aunt after her parents pass on, before answering a live-in housekeeper ad for the stern and solitary Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke). They marry in due course and Maudie begins to cover their tiny home with colorful paintings. Even with worsening arthritis she steadily produces exuberant compositions for modest sale. Despite, or perhaps because of all this, Everett, a hardened man who grew up an orphan and lives as an outcast, falls in love with the little, bright-eyed woman who sees nothing but color and beauty in the world. Maudie charts a 40 year span of Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her international rise to fame as a folk artist.

Director: Aisling Walsh

Writer: Sherry White

Producers: Bob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Susan Mullen

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan, Zachary Bennett

Cinematographer: Guy Godfree

Editor: Stephen O’Connell

Country: Canada / Ireland

Runtime: 115 minutes