Nominated for the Director's Guild of Canada Awards' Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, 2018
A beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking reflection on the creative process and the things that make us human.”
-- Jonathan Lethem
Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World”, GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. An intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labour in service of our gifts, and a celebration of the imagination.
By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. Widely available again after twenty-five years, this book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An illuminating and transformative book, and completely original in its view of the world, The Gift is cherished by artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. It is in itself a gift to all who discover the classic wisdom found in its pages.
“The best book I know of for talented but unacknowledged creators. A masterpiece.”
“No one who is invested in any kind of art can read The Gift and remain unchanged.”
—David Foster Wallace
“Few books are such life-changers as The Gift: epiphany, in sculpted prose.”
Director, Producer, Writer
GIFT is Robin’s first feature documentary. Currently, she is directing a short film with the National Film Board for the Governor General’s Awards for the Performing Arts – and finishing Thanadoula, a short animated documentary fairytale about a girl’s search for her older sister and the “crow magic” connecting them. She is producer/co-director of Medicine, a feature documentary in post-production, about ayahuasca, medicine and healing.
Robin began making films with La Course destination monde. Her film The Great War Experience won Yorkton Film Festival’s Founders’ Award in 2007. Her cinematography credits include City of Borders (Berlinale, Hot Docs 2008) and The Take with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis (AFI Best Documentary, 2004.) She is an alumnus of Hot Docs Doc Lab, and has been a filmmaker-mentor with Wapikoni Mobile.
Ina Fichman, Intuitive Pictures, has been producing award-winning documentaries, fiction films, and youth series for more than 25 years, and is one of Canada’s pioneers in cross-platform media projects. In collaboration with partners worldwide, Ina has produced films which have premiered at international festivals, distributed in theatres in Canada and the United States, and broadcast on major networks including CBC/Radio-Canada, ARTE, Canal Plus and PBS. Recent credits include The Wanted 18, Monsoon (TIFF People’s Choice Award 2014), Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt, and Game Fever. Daniel Sivan’s The Patriot, is currently being released in theatres in the US. Most recently, The Oslo Diaries, in co-production with Medalia Films, Israel, had its world premiere at Sundance 2018 where it sold to HBO, and Laila at the Bridge will premiere at the prestigious CPH-DOX. Intuitive Pictures is currently in production with feature docs Abortion 2.0, Blue Box, and Inside Lehman Brothers.
Mahi Rahgozar has been editing films in all genres for the past 20 years. She has an impeccable sense of story and pace and a relentless eye for detail. In Denmark, Mahi edited the short comedy This Charming Man which won an Oscar in the “Best Short Live Action” category at the 2002 Academy Awards. She since has edited a number of award winning films, both documentary and fiction – including the feature documentary Bee Nation, opening night film of the 2017 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival. Mahi now lives in Toronto, Canada.
Mark is best known for his work on Deepak Rauniyar’s Nepali co-production White Sun (produced by Joslyn Barnes/Louverture Films) which took Best International Film at Venice, Silver Screen Award for Best Film at the Singapore Film Festival and the New Voices/New Visions award at Palm Springs in 2017. Mark co-directed and shot Tawai: A Voice From the Forest which premiered in 2017 in the UK. Also released in 2017 was the award-winning fiction feature Venus.
Past work includes This Changes Everything by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, Yung Chang’s The Fruit Hunters, The Take (AFI Best Feature), Rip – A Remix Manifesto (Audience Award at IDFA) which he co-directed, and Big Sugar (Prix Gémeaux for best documentary). More recently, Mark shot ultra high-speed visuals for the Montreal Opera’s presentation of Pink Floyd’s The Wall – and created visuals for Crystal, the latest show by Cirque De Soleil.
Nicolas Canniccioni is an award-winning cinematographer, based in Montreal, Quebec. His credits include The Demons, Gerontophilia, Come Worry with Us!, Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves, and The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches – and others shown at Cannes, Berlinale and festivals worldwide.
Sylvain Bellemare was born on February 20, 1968 in Montreal. He began working in film in 1993 as assistant to the team’s film Love and Human Remains by Denys Arcand. He won his first prize in 2011 Gemini Award for best sound on the movie La part de l’ombre. He has worked several times with French director Bertrand Bonello and Quebec directors André Turpin, Philippe Falardeau, Stéphane Lafleur and Denis Villeneuve. In 2016, he won an Academy Award for his sound work on Arrival.
After years of successfully matching imagery to his music for his group Pawa up First, Serge Nakauchi Pelletier is returning the favor and demonstrates today that he has also mastered the art of marrying his music to images.
His interest in and passion for visual arts has led him to provide his own music for projects such as: Le Pacte des Anges (2016), Lâcher Prise (2016), Waseskun (2016), Le Coeur Régulier (2016), Le Démantèlement (2013), Whitewash (2013), Dolorès (2011), Tromper le silence (2009), and documentaries like La Reine malade (2011, Prix ÉcoCaméra), La vérité du pouvoir : Bernie Ecclestone (2010). He has also collaborated with Beast, Ariane Moffatt, Xavier Cafeine, Camaromance, Boogat, Akido, Alexandre Désilet et Betty Bonifassi.
OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
NOTE: WITH SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING WITH AUTHOR LEWIS HYDE & DIRECTOR ROBIN MCKENNA IN-PERSON ON THE EVENING OF THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
34 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 07470
OPENS IN LOS ANGELES ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
Laemmle's Monica Film Center
1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
OPENS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (MULTIPLE VENUES) ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Landmark's Opera Plaza Cinema
501 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas
2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
OPENS IN BOSTON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Landmark's Kendall Square Cinema
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
OPENS IN DENVER, WASHINGTON DC, SANTA FE, AND YORK PA ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
OPENS IN MINNEAPOLIS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Dozens More Markets Nationwide / Theaters TBA Soon