The Atlantic Film Festival presents REEL EAST COAST


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The Atlantic Film Festival is proud to partner with the CBC in Atlantic Canada to present REEL EAST COAST, a showcase of the best Atlantic Canadian short films, hosted by Allan Hawco. Featuring four episodes, REEL EAST COAST premiered on CBC (Atlantic Region) on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9 p.m. AST.  

REEL EAST COAST is a primetime television series that showcases the highest quality selection of short films from Atlantic Canada. Over four episodes, audiences will receive a warm and welcoming East Coast invitation to an incredible range of film and filmmakers. Down-home hospitality combined with dedicated talent, this is what REEL EAST COAST is all about.

REEL EAST COAST, EPISODE ONE

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Allan Hawco presents outstanding short films from Atlantic Canada. In this episode the romantic comedy Not Over Easy directed by Jordan Canning where two eggs represent a love affair gone bad. Also from Newfoundland and Labrador is Life Doesn’t Frighten Me in which a thirteen year-old girl must come to terms with womanhood in spite of her well-meaning grandfather played by Gorden Pinsent.
From Nova Scotia the romantic comedy Wing Man, where Cupid himself finds love. And in When Fish Fly a young girl struggles to overcome grief in a very imaginative way. 

Featuring:        Not Over Easy, Jordan Canning, Newfoundland
                        Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, Stephen Dunn, Newfoundland
                        Wing Man, Jesse Harley, Nova Scotia
                        When Fish Fly, Lisa Rose Snow, Nova Scotia
 

 

REEL EAST COAST, EPISODE TWO

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Allan Hawco presents outstanding short films from Atlantic Canada. In this episode the thriller Game – three hillbillies get more than they bargained for when they kidnap a woman. Also from Nova Scotia, The Fiddler’s Reel – a Gaelic language story about a depression era farm girl who falls in love with a mysterious wandering musician. Howard and Jean is a story of companionship between a mature woman and her small dog. From Newfoundland and Labrador, Kathy provides a look at early teenage society and discovers that mean girls aren’t always what they seem. 

Featuring:        Game, Josh MacDonald, Nova Scotia
                        The Fiddler’s Reel, Marc Almon, Nova Scotia
                        Howard and Jean, Heather Young, Nova Scotia
                        Kathy, Mark O’Brien, Newfoundland
 

 

REEL EAST COAST, EPISODE THREE 

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Allan Hawco presents outstanding short films from Atlantic Canada. In this episode, Seconds – a man’s life flashes before our eyes as he faces possible death. Sadie, is a drama about an orphan struggling in a Newfoundland out port.  A young girl acts like a crow in Queen of the Crows from PEI director Harmony Wagner.  And a woman gets herself cloned to ease the pressures of work and household chores in Me2 but the results are not what she expected. 

Featuring:        Seconds, Jordan Canning, Newfoundland
                        Sadie, Latonia Hartery, Newfoundland
                        Queen of the Crows, Harmony Wagner, PEI
                        ME2, Martine Blue, Newfoundland
 

 

REEL EAST COAST, EPISODE FOUR

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Allan Hawco presents outstanding short films from Atlantic Canada. In this episode, a nursing home resident plans an elaborate party for her friend’s 100th birthday celebration in Rhonda’s Party. In Heart of Rhyme a mature man takes an unexpected plunge in the world of Hip Hop after receiving a heart transplant. Would be bank robbers try to decide on the best way to rob a bank in the Hold Up. And Cancergirl tells the story of a teenager who gets a cancer diagnosis as she approaches her high school graduation. 

Featuring:        Rhonda’s Party, Ashley McKenzie, Nova Scotia
                        Heart of Rhyme, Cory Bowles, Nova Scotia
                        The Hold Up, Struan Sutherland, Nova Scotia
                        Cancergirl, Allison White, Newfoundland



 

HOST BIOGRAPHY: ALLAN HAWCO
 


Allan Hawco is a Newfoundland born actor and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal.

Most recognized from his lead role as ‘Jake Doyle’ on the CBC hit TV series, Republic of Doyle, Allan also served as the Co-Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, and Head Writer for the Gemini-nominated series.

Prior to Republic of Doyle, Allan starred in some of the most acclaimed television productions in Canada including ZOS: Zone of Separation (The Movie Network, 2008), political thrillers H2O (CBC, 2004) and Trojan Horse (CBC, 2007), as well as the World War II drama Above & Beyond (CBC, 2006).

Beyond television, Allan has maintained his roots in the theatre as the co-founder of Toronto-based theatre company, “The Company Theatre”, where he garnered rave reviews as the star in its inaugural production of Tom Murphy’s Whistle in the Dark as well as critical acclaim for both his roles in Festen and Belleville.

Allan’s feature film credits include a starring role in Love & Savagery (2009), directed by John Smith, and supporting lead in Sir Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring (2007) with Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine.

Allan’s major accolades include such awards as the Gascon Thomas Award from the National Theatre School, an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Television Hall of Fame, a Gemini Nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series (Republic of Doyle), and an ACTRA Nomination for Best Male Actor (Love & Savagery).

He stars opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in the CBC miniseries, The Book of Negroes and is a lead actor in Paul Gross’ next film, Hyena Road.

Viewers can see REEL EAST COAST online at www.cbc.ca/player