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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: A71 Entertainment Inc.
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2012
Available in French: No

BLACKBIRD is a feature film about a troubled teen, Sean Randall, who is falsely accused of planning a Columbine shooting scenario.

It all begins when an unlikely bond forms between Sean (Connor Jessup) and a preppy teenage girl named Deanna Roy (Alexia Fast). Deanna’s boyfriend is deeply threatened by Sean and Deanna’s friendship, resulting in a violent confrontation. Seeking to protect himself, Sean issues a death threat online, and is swiftly arrested.

When the police raid Sean’s home, they find rifles, shotguns, knives and ammunition – all property of Sean’s father Ricky (Michael Buie), an avid hunter. They also find a supposed “revenge plan” targeting over twenty people who have tormented Sean.

The authorities and the media proclaim another Columbine situation has been narrowly averted, and soon Sean faces a terrifying imprisonment in a youth detention facility. Sean’s only hope is to overcome his dark image, and prove his innocence to Deanna and to his community.
 
BLACKBIRD is a film that explores the power, and the danger, of social media and cyber-bullying, while showing that the worst prisons are often the ones we create for ourselves.

“Buxton's direction is never heavy handed, leaning toward spareness over sentiment at almost every point.”
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
 
“From director-writer Jason Buxton, Blackbird is powerful, surprising film about bullies, teen killers and a young man caught in a cycle of fear and isolation.”
4 out of 5 - Eli Glasne – CBC News, The Buzz

GRAPHIC SCENES AND SOME LANGUAGE.
 


Awards:

WINNER:
CANNES ECRANS JUNIOR 2013 - Grand Prize
SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 – Best World Feature
SEATTLE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2013 - Special Jury Prize - Best Futurewave Feature
TIFF 2012 - Best Canadian First Feature
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012 - Best Canadian Film
ACCT CLAUDE JUTRA AWARD 2012 - Best feature film by a first-time film director - Jason Buxton
ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL 2012 - Best Atlantic Film
ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL 2012 - Best Writer - Jason Buxton
ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL 2012 - Best Director - Jason Buxton
 
 
NOMINATED:
TIFF 2012 - Discovery Award - Jason Buxton (Director)
TIFF 2012 - International Critics' Award - Jason Buxton (Director)
CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS - Original Screenplay - Jason Buxton (Writer)
CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS - Achievement in Editing - Kimberlee McTaggart (Editor)
 
SCREENED AT:
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL - POLAND
ROME FILM FESTIVAL - Alice nella città Program
CINEFEST SUDBURY
WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
THE CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL - NORTH BAY


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