ReFrame Film Festival’s ‘Mission Miniseries:’ One month of free community screenings

The black and white logo of ReFrame Film Festival.
The ReFrame Film Festival is running for a month in Peterborough. Photo provided by ReFrame.
Edward Sweeney - CFFF - PeterboroughON | 05-09-2023
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Beginning on August 31, ReFrame Film Festival is presenting the Mission Miniseries – a month of four free public film screenings. ReFrame has been hosting their mid-winter documentary film festival focused on social justice, human rights and environmental responsibility since 2005. This year, they are partnering with community organizations to provide some additional film screenings in the late-summer, separate from their winter festival.

Each of the screenings has been curated to educate about a specific social justice-issue; and each are being held in partnership with a local organization which shares an interest in that evening’s issue.

The Mission Miniseries opened on August 31 with a presentation of four short films at Nicholls Oval Pavilion. This evening’s partner was GreenUP, a local organization primarily focused on climate-action. The four films were chosen to compliment GreenUP’s Summer Ride Club program.

“We are opening the event with these four shorts that celebrate the freedom, expression, and sustainability of the bicycle,” describes ReFrame Creative Director Eryn Lidster.

The second event of the Mission Miniseries will take place on September 8, at 6p.m., at Artspace in downtown Peterborough. In collaboration with Peterborough Action for Tiny Homes (P.A.T.H.), they will show Zack Russell’s Someone Lives Here.

On September 19, at 6p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library, ReFrame and Peterborough-Nogojiwanong Pride will show Lulu Wei’s Supporting Our Selves. This film, being screened during Peterborough Pride Week, “explores how and why the queer community in Toronto has grown and evolved over the past 40 years,” according to ReFrame.

To finish the Mission Miniseries, ReFrame has partnered with both the New Canadian’s Centre, and the Peterborough Chapter of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG). The final feature is Miguel Drake-McLaughlin’s film titled Hummingbirds, and it will be shown at the Jalynn Bennett Amphitheatre at Traill College on September 28th at 7PM. Hummingbirds is a film set in Texas at the Mexican border, and looks at the immigration process in a politically divided America, says ReFrame.

Each Mission Miniseries screening will be shown with free admission – which supports the core values of ReFrame.

“We try to be a social justice organization both in what we are showing and how we are showing it,” says Lidster.

To be able to provide events throughout the year, and not just during the winter festival, ReFrame is supported by various community sponsors. To find more information about the festival, its sponsors, or the films being shown, visit their website.