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Vancouver author/filmmaker Katherine Monk’s new doc Rock the Box now online at NFB.ca. MORE THAN 60 NEW FILMS AVAILABLE ONLINE AND FREE OF CHARGE, STARTING THIS WEEK.



September 2, 2016 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Rock the Box, the directorial debut of Vancouver film critic and author Katherine Monk, can now be streamed free-of-charge on NFB.ca, as more than 60 new films come to the National Film Board of Canada’s acclaimed online screening room this fall.

In her 10-minute film, Monk focuses on Rhiannon Rozier, a 29-year-old UBC grad with degrees in Spanish language and literature and Latin American studies, who battles to break into the male-dominated world of DJing.

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is the most lucrative sector of the music industry, but it’s a world dominated by men, who represent 100 percent of the genre’s top earners. Rhiannon Rozier wanted to break into that world, but the Vancouver-raised DJ says she ran into the glass ceiling. She couldn’t make it to the next level, so she did something she never thought she would do: she posed for Playboy.

Rock the Box is written and directed by Katherine Monk, produced by Shirley Vercruysse and Selwyn Jacob, and executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse for the NFB’s BC and Yukon Studio in Vancouver.

Formerly the national movie critic for Postmedia News, Katherine Monk is a regular contributor to CBC Radio, Global Television, and Corus Radio, and has lectured and taught film at various institutions, including McGill’s Centre for Canadian Studies, Simon Fraser University and Capilano University. She is the bestselling author of Weird Sex and Snowshoes and Other Canadian Film Phenomena—later produced into a documentary feature directed by Jill Sharpe—as well as Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell.

All of the NFB’s new online films are grouped together at nfb.ca/new, with more new free films added weekly through the fall. A new selection of French-language titles is also available, at ONF.ca.


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