BIFF Year ‘Round 2019-20
Wed October 16th, 2019 – 6:30 pm | Hendricks Center for the Arts
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Miranda de Pencier
Canada | 104 min | 2018
THE GRIZZLIES is an inspiring true story based on a group of Inuit students in the small Arctic town of Kugluktuk.
Suffering from widespread drug use, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world, this northern community is periled by the legacy of colonialism.
The students are naturally skeptical when Russ Sheppard, yet another ignorant and unprepared white rookie teacher, arrives from the South on a one-year teaching contract. With much to learn, but deeply shaken by the death of one of his students, Russ introduces his class to the sport of lacrosse in an effort to help lift the dangerous fog of trauma existing in his students.
While initially resistant, the students gradually come together to embrace the sport, form Team Grizzlies, and find inspiration to make shifts in their own lives. Together with Russ, the team gains the support of a deeply divided town and eventually negotiates its way to the National Lacrosse Championships in Toronto. Despite their ultimate defeat, The Grizzlies discover that success doesn’t lie in the outcome of a lacrosse game; but instead, in the spirit of community.
Miranda de Pencier
Miranda de Pencier was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She studied Theatre Performance and Philosophy at Concordia University and majored in Acting at New York University. After 15 years in a successful acting and singing career that spanned television, film and the stage, including playing “Josie Pye” in the Emmy Award winning “Anne of Green Gables” and performing in the original Canadian premiere stage productions of “Les Miserables” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Aspects of Love”, de Pencier turned to producing. She was the Director of Development of Robert Redford’s company Wildwood where she was involved in developing a number of film projects including “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “Spy Game” before forming her own company, Northwood Productions.