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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Magpie Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 72 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2007
Available in French: No

Scouts are Cancelled is an intriguing documentary on the life of Nova Scotia born writer and poet John Stiles. Stiles once worked as a telemarketer in Toronto and developed colourful voices and accents while trying to keep customers on the phone long enough to hear his sales pitch. He later used those voice characters and practised his poetry in open-mike readings. These performances led to two published books of poetry and to literary tours throughout Eastern Canada and New England. Audiences have fallen in love with Stiles' energizing performances that are animated with sounds and the distinct characters and dialect of his home community in rural Nova Scotia.

“John Stiles ....An original artist with an unsurprisingly obtuse relationship with the world, he has become the subject of a film - made by his close friend John Scott - that is both true to the poet's art and understanding of the person's idiosyncrasies.”
- Geoff Pevere, The Toronto Star (Scouts are Cancelled was chosen by the Star as on of its 13 recommended films at Hot Docs 2007.)

“A stylized look at the life of a man who thrives on chaos, Scouts Are Cancelled presents the curious life of the unpredictable Nova Scotia native...”
- Jason Buchanan, NY Times

“A fascinating film about a fascinating subject.” - The Canadian Film Institute

“It's a literary portrait you won't soon forget.” - Henrietta Walmark, Toronto Globe and Mail

  • Hot Pick, Hot Docs 2007
  • Hot Pick, Rex Tasker Documentary Award, Atlantic Film Festival 2007
  • Top Jury Award for Documentary at the University Film and Video Assn Juried Screenings
  • Finalist for Canada’s top Ten Films of 2007

Screened at:
  • The Canadian Film Institute 2007
  • Festivaletteratura (Italy) 2007
  • Indie Cinema Series
  • York University 2007
  • The Rhode Island International FIlm Festival 2008 -
  • The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 2008

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