Rob Stewart is a 47-year-old journeyman Canadian actor. The ups and downs of his career have been extreme. After 20 years in the biz, the one-time CBS TV star finds himself living with his parents after being forced to move from Los Angeles back to Brampton, Ontario.
It’s late 2008 and Stewart’s son introduces his father to Facebook where a quick vanity search yields an astonishing discovery: Rob Stewart is wildly famous... in Serbia. With little else on his agenda, Rob decides to travel to the Balkan state to find out more.
Wonder of wonders. Rob's long-forgotten starring role as Nick Slaughter -- a pony-tailed beach-bum detective on the 1990s American TV series Tropical Heat (aka Sweating Bullets) -- is by far the most popular show in the history of Serbian television. But it gets even more bizarre -- Stewart learns of the student protests against former Serbian Dictator Slobodan Milosevic and how the character of Nick Slaughter became a symbol of freedom and democracy for the movement that eventually led to his downfall. A whole generation of Serbians grew up watching the show and a punk rock band called Atheist Rap had even written a song about Rob's character: “Nick Slaughter, Serbia Hails You.”
On the top left corner of North America an energy bonanza of unimaginable proportions is taking place – far away from the eyes of the world. In Canada's vast Peace River region the mega-projects include a major new dam, tens of thousands of hydro-fracked shale gas wells, a nuclear power plant, and the Tar Sands.
On the positive side of the ledger, countless jobs are being created, resource revenues are pouring in, schools and hospitals are staying open. Alternatively, there are credible charges that multi-national corporations are despoiling an area the size of Florida, converting public assets into private fortunes and leaving a wake of Mordor-like destruction. Who to believe?
Peace Out seeks to engage those of us who do not connect our daily decisions with global land use issues. It focuses on the North Western Canadian wilderness, however the issues are universal. The film engages hydro and natural gas energy executives, oil company reps, nuclear spokesmen, scientists, academics and activists in an intelligent debate that leaves the viewer to decide. The film presents a beautiful, thought provoking look at a rapidly transforming landscape.
“Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage” is a documentary that highlights the reflective side of Canadian musical icon and social activist, Bruce Cockburn. The film concentrates on a six-month period in 2008, in which cameras followed Bruce as he toured, recorded his first-ever live solo album, and participated in two benefit concerts. It also features never before seen solo acoustic live performances by Bruce.
This is the first time that Bruce has allowed cameras on his tour bus and backstage during a tour. In between performances, a relaxed and reflective Cockburn talks about his career, fatherhood, musical influences, politics, ageing, religion, and the environment among other topics.
Also highlighted are two benefit concerts that took place within the shooting of the documentary; One in Victoria B.C., as Bruce and Lt. General, Romeo Dallaire teamed up to bring attention to the issue of child soldiers. Closer to his current home just outside of Kingston, the second benefit featured Bruce, Michael Ondaatje, and Sarah Harmer. The benefit was for Aboriginal Professor Bob Lovelace who was jailed for blocking prospector access to a proposed uranium mine site in Northern Ontario.
“Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage” gives viewers never before seen insights into Bruce’s life on the road, as a performer, master guitar player, activist and song-writer
The final scenes and interviews of the documentary are present day. We peek into rehearsals for the recent Luminato tribute for Bruce, and interview Bruce at his home. During this final interview, Bruce reflects about his life and career, and where he sees himself going in the future.
Featuring appearances by: Jackson Browne, Colin Linden, Michael Ondaatje, Sarah Harmer, Lt. Gen Romeo Dallaire, Sylvia Tyson, Bono, Bernie Finkelstein and best selling author William Young.
“Life and work for me is this sense of being part of a process, being part of something that is always evolving.”
- Bruce Cockburn
"Lovers in a Dangerous Time" is about the solace found in childhood love. Todd Timmins (the boy that stayed) and Allison Adamson (the girl that left) are two former childhood friends that are reunited at their high school reunion. Being around each other again triggers all the regrets of growing older, all the fears and pain they’ve held since youth and the longing to just escape from all of it. To further complicate matters they have feelings for each other that are lost somewhere between sharing a bathtub at three, teenage angst and their adult fear of commitment. Their only refuge is to hang on to their youth for as long as they can.
Two former childhood friends, Todd and Allison, embark on a romantic yet dangerous journey from being reunited at their ten year high school reunion, to sorting out what it means to have shared a bathtub at three, where raging brotherly feuds, teenage bush parties and childhood memories only delay their impending return to adulthood. (But don’t think they'll go without a fight!)
"Moon Point" is the charming, quirky story of Darryl Strozka, an ambitionless 24-year old who travels hundreds of miles in a wagon hooked onto the back of his friend’s electric wheelchair. He embarks on this quest in hopes of tracking down Sarah Cherry, his elementary school crush, now an obscure B-movie actress shooting a horror film in Moon Point. Darryl believes that taking Sarah to his cocky cousin’s upcoming wedding will finally prove to his family that he isn’t as worthless as they make him out to be.