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NFB docs and animation featured at the Charlottetown Film Festival Includes local premiere of John Hopkins’ Bluefin



October 20, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The PEI premiere of John Hopkins’ documentary Bluefin is part of a stellar selection of five National Film Board of Canada (NFB) films at the 2nd annual Charlottetown Film Festival, taking place at the City Cinema from October 28 to 30.

Winner of the award for Best Atlantic Filmmaker at the Lunenburg Doc Fest for Bluefin, Hopkins immerses audiences in a tale of epic stakes set in North Lake, PEI, the “tuna capital of the world,” where the giant mature bluefin is the key to replenishing the decimated stocks of the largest tuna species in the world. Bluefin will screen in Charlottetown on Sunday, October 30 at 7 p.m. along with another NFB doc about the fate of a key Atlantic fishery, HAND.LINE.COD., a short documentary set in Fogo Island, by Newfoundland and Labrador director Justin Simms.

The NFB’s festival lineup kicks off Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m. with Mystery of the Secret Room, a young girl’s journey of adversity through the power of imagination, directed by Newfoundland’s Wanda Nolan, with New Brunswick’s Claire Blanchet as art director. Presented in the same program will be Halifax filmmaker Rachel Bower’s animated short The Singing Lumberjack, bringing the talent and gregarious personality of Maritimes vocalist Charlie Chamberlain back to life.

Screening at the Charlottetown Film Festival on October 30 at 4 p.m. is Zimbelism, a Studio Shoot/Bunbury Films co-produced documentary about the work of humanist photographer George S. Zimbel. Jean-Francois Gratton and George’s son, Matt Zimbel, co-directed this 90-minute film, which is distributed by the NFB.


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