Dan and Linda are two ex-revolutionaries from Vancouver, now living
underground and off the grid in Toronto. To survive they scavenge through garbage and cruise garage sales for buried treasures they can sell “cash-only” on the internet. Bound together by misdeeds of the past, the once passionate pair have become ambivalent about their political beliefs and feelings for each other. To numb the pain of past mistakes and hide from the sad reality of their current circumstances, Dan and Linda smoke weed – a lot of it – all day.
Dan and Linda’s lives are turned upside down when an enigmatic, young radical named Susan, who trades in ‘green beans’ enters the scene just as their dope dealer is busted. As Dan and Linda grow closer to Susan, they come to learn about revolutionary activities she is involved with that could threaten them. As it turns out, Susan’s guerilla antics are nothing compared to what she eventually learns about the past Dan and Linda have been hiding from.
David Kressen is a prodigy roboticist that has been at work for the past decade creating Adam, an advanced artificial intelligence indistinguishable from a human. Joy Andrews is the reporter given an exclusive week of access to interview them. As she and David grow closer during their week together, the robot exhibits startling emergent behavior in the form of jealousy and anger. As relationships between all three parties reach a boiling point, secrets are revealed and technology is both revered and reviled.
Bizarre: A Circus Story is a magical tale about passion, triumph, and heartache. Part portraiture, it centers around the fantastic life and legacy of Master Lu Yi, revered as the father of modern acrobatics, and army of circus lovers who share is dream of a thriving US circus industry. Master Lu Yi is a wise, jolly, and infectious man. From his rise among the Communist Party as an acrobatic leader to his time as a prisoner during China’s Cultural Revolution, Master Lu Yi’s triumph to freedom is nothing short of a miracle. His life story is an exceptional one, full of hardships and grief, but his love for circus arts keeps him young and motivated.
Based at the Circus Center in the heart of San Francisco, Master Lu Yi has been an innovating force behind the growing international circus community for decades. Known among his students as “Johnny Appleseed,” he’s like a living circus encyclopedia with over 50 years of circus knowledge. But he would be nothing without the vast network of circus lovers that he’s amassed along the way and continues to grow to this day. With the help of advocates like Master Lu Yi, circus in the United States isn’t about animals or cheap thrills anymore, it’s about showmanship, athleticism, and pure magic.
Just like a circus, Bizarre: A Circus Story aims to inspire and delight. It features breathtaking performances by members of the local circus community, from world-renowned performers to youth artists, who have dedicated their lives to this special art form. These enchanting interludes portray circus artists in a totally new way and provide a rare glimpse at the raw strength, talent and poise it requires to be a true performer. However, it takes more than just talent and training to survive in the circus. It’s grueling, competitive, and painful. Yet circus arts is growing and more popular than ever, specifically in the United States. This extraordinary story is proof that this ancient tradition not only continues to thrive, it’s evolving in the modern world. But what does this evolution mean for the performers of the future? What new challenges will they face? Circus is about freedom, love and wonder, and there’s room for everyone.
17-year-old Emily’s father Thomas snapped eight years ago, and murdered a dozen people including his very own son, a toddler. Emily and her mother survived the horrific tragedy.
Today, the anniversary of these events, is a particularly tough day for Emily to bear the antagonizing of her peers. Today is a tough day for Emily to be picked upon for her dark doodles, and today is a tough day to be suspended. But today is about to get tougher, for a dangerous maniac has escaped, and that maniac appears to be Tom, Emily’s dear old Daddy. Tom is coming back to finish the job, as Emily spends the night home alone caring for her mute little brother, Jeremy.
Or is he? The horrific visions we have of Tom come to us through Emily and her drawings. He may be no more than a fantasy, as he murders a farmer and his wife who conspired to abuse him for profit.
hen Tom appears at the door, the dark fantasy turns deadly and Emily is forced to confront her demons once and for all.
As the world rages in war and civil strife, CIA agent Carmen Reese arrives at a secret underground prison to interrogate a time-traveling terrorist who is responsible for the unfolding catastrophe. Her immediate task is to investigate the mysterious death of her predecessor - a talented interrogator and former lover. Was it suicide as the evidence suggests? Or was it murder? Carmen knows that the answers to these questions are linked to bigger, more important questions: Is the prisoner who he claims to be? And what is his real agenda? It’s now a race against the clock as Carmen and the prisoner engage in a battle of wills to see whose version of the future will triumph.