cinema politica

fredericton, nB

 
 

Their songs are melodies for the masses, filling subway platforms and street corners, yet the singers remain unknown. Some are homeless, others “home free.” Their personal histories vary as much as their voices, but their music unifies their point of view from the margins of society. Inspired by depression-era recordings of early American folk songs, filmmaker Shelley Saywell and singer and activist Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club set out to document a new catalogue of songs and stories from five of Toronto’s modern troubadours. Their lyrics are honest, heartfelt and passionate, but their freedom to perform is threatened by the city’s bureaucratic busker system. Shining a light on the struggles they face—be it in shelters, with social programs, with their addictions and abuse—a soundtrack evolves from the island ferry docks and freeway underpasses, rooming houses and rooftops, showing us that music is the common language in this empowering celebration of survival


housing and social services

kingston, on


ywca

toronto, on

Spokesperson and activist Lorraine Segato lead a private screening at the Toronto YWCA. Katt Budd enriched the audience with her beautiful songs and lyrics and we were there to answer questions about the film, impact, and musicians. Thank you to Lorraine and Stephanie (YWCA) for organizing this truly heart warming event!


HOUSING CENTRAL CONFERENCE

RICHMOND, BC

Lowdown Tracks | Screenings

Nov 20th, Nov 21st, and Nov 22nd

 

Beach united church

toronto, ontario

Nov 26th, 2016 | 7PM | Beach United Church

Join us for the screening of Lowdown Tracks, a moving documentary profiling homeless musicians and their struggle to find a place to live. Free admission, donations welcome. Donations will support Fred Victor housing initiatives. 

performance by MARYANNE EPP


national housing day

saint john, new brunswick

When: Tuesday, November 22nd, at 7:15pm.

Where: Mary Oland Theatre, NB Museum, 1 Market Sq, Saint John NB


housing appreciation event

dufferin county, ONTARIO

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a community-based program that relies on communities to determine their own needs and to develop appropriate projects. The HPS supports 61 designated communities and some small, rural, northern and Aboriginal communities to develop local solutions to homelessness. Dufferin County is a designated community where the Federal Government has made a commitment to maintain annual funding for housing and homelessness from 2014-2018. 

Our community is served by a Community Advisory Board (CAB), a steering committee that develops a Community Plan (CP). The CP priority is: “To reduce homelessness through a Housing First (HF) approach.” HF focuses on moving people who are experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness as rapidly as possible from the street or emergency shelter into permanent housing with supports that vary according to client need. The CAB committee plays a vital role as a champion for the continuum of care for housing and homelessness in our community.


starry nights

toronto, ontario

KATT BUDD

VE'AHAVTA GALA 2016

Katt was one of the highlights of Starry Nights. Her performance contributed to a highly successful gala, during which we raised $100,000 towards Ve’ahavta’s poverty alleviation programs. 

Click play button to hear Katt Budd!


national housing day

yellowknife, northwest territories

LOWDOWN TRACKS 

Nov 21st, 2016 | Capitol Theatre | Yellowknife, NWT | 7:00PM

Attended by Mayor Mark Heyck


caeh housing conference

london, ONTARIO


grand river film festival

cambridge, ontario

Join us as we kick off our 10th anniversary festival with our Opening Night Film + Party featuring LOWDOWN TRACKS and special performance by Maryanne Epp and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra! LOWDOWN TRACKS is a powerful documentary that celebrates music, survival and those living on the outside. 

Juno award-winning musician and activist Lorraine Segato began this project when she did a benefit concert for the homeless relief and discovered amazing talent on the streets of Toronto. In LOWDOWN TRACKS she begins recording their stories and songs wherever she finds them: along abandoned tracks, beneath bridges, inside shelters, rooming houses, rooftops and alleyways. 

The evening will start with a special performance from the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and end with a special live performance by Katt Budd.

Emcee Bio: Gayle O’Brien graduated from the Broadcasting – Radio and Television Arts Program at Conestoga College. Her work in television includes CTV’s Canada AM, CBC Toronto and for close to a decade at Citytv’s BreakFastTelevision. Gayle returned to Waterloo Region to take a morning show position with Corus Entertainment’s radio division – eleven years ago. Gayle currently produces and hosts the Morning Buzz with Gayle, Darryl and Brad on 107.5 DaveFM

CAMBRIDGE SHELTER

CAMBRIDGE SHELTER

 

ANTIGONISH FILM FESTIVAL

antigonish, NOVA SCOTIA

Lowdown Tracks | 2015 | Canada

Dir. by: Shelley Saywell & Deborah Parks

Year Presented: 2016

Both social commentary and a celebration of the power of music and survival, Lowdown Tracks is shot and recorded inside shelters and rooming houses, on rooftops, in alleyways and along abandoned tracks, tellingthe story of a disparate group of street musicians in Toronto. Homeless, home free, or living on the margins, they are the very talented balladeers of the ‘lowdown’: telling it like it is.

Sponsors: Heatherton Group Home, Knights of Columbus


DOCS FOR SCHOOLS

OFFICIAL SELECTION

"The fall/winter season of Docs For Schools draws from an extensive catalogue of past Hot Docs selections to offer quality documentaries on a range of subjects for in-theatre and in-school screenings throughout the school year..." [WEBSITE]


Mental Film Festival

CALGARY, ALBERTA

FEATURED FILM

Globe Cinema | 617 8 Ave SW | Calgary | May 5th | 7:00 pm

In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association Mental Health Week and the www.7cities.ca Housing and Homelessness Conference.


university of toronto

toronto, ON

Centre for Community Partnerships

Date | Tuesday March 15th

Location | 569 Spadina Ave. | Koffler House Room 113

Time | 5:30pm

 


bellville downtown doc fest

bellville, ON

Sat Mar 5, 2016 | 4:30pm | CORE Screen 1 Canada | 2015 | 87 min

Directed by: Shelley Saywell

Homeless, home free or living on the margins, a group of desperate street musicians tell it like it is. At a time of extreme social inequality, the balladeers of the ‘lowdown’ possess talent, passion and a unique view of society, as seen from the curb. How did they get there and how do they survive?

Sponsored by: Community Advocacy and Legal Centre

BELLVILLE DOWNTOWN DOC FESTIVAL


A Night of Arts For Social Action

Toronto SCREENINg

Thank you for attending the event and believing in the healing power of music! Fill in the form below to receive a copy of the Lowdown Tracks recording project.


just film festival

vancouver, BC

Thursday, February 11 | 7:00 pm | Shelley Saywell, Canada, 2015, 86 min.

Music is an expression of the spirit for everyone. But for some who survive on the periphery of society, it can also be a life-saving coping mechanism and the last stand of their dignity. Emmy-winning Director Shelley Saywell’s moving and inspiring documentary was created with singer/activist Lorraine Segato. It captures the music and stories of five musicians who are homeless or on society’s margin. The causes, from abuse to mental health to simple bad luck, are all touched on in their stories in the film. But at its heart, Lowdown Tracks is about bringing into focus the heartache and the beautiful potential we should see when we walk by someone on the street. In the end, it is a celebration of the power of music and survival. Second Place Audience Favourite Film at Hot Docs 2015

 

Sponsored by the BC Non-Profit Housing Society, CEO Tony Roy will facilitate a discussion and relate the issue of homelessness in the film, which was filmed in Toronto, to Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

JUST FILM FESTIVAL


reframe film festival

peterborough, ON

Homeless, home free, or living on the margins, a group of desperate street musicians tell it like it is. At a time of extreme social inequality, the balladeers of the “lowdown” possess talent, passion and a unique view of society, as seen from the curb. How did they get there and how do they survive? Inspired by field recordings from the Great Depression, Toronto musician Lorraine Segato (Parachute Club, Rise Up) launches a modern-day project to record the songs of these buskers. As she finds the music, the filmmakers simultaneously record their stories. Shot and recorded from abandoned tracks, beneath bridges, inside shelters, in rooming houses, on rooftops and in alleyways, this film reveals both the music and the stories of its subjects, celebrating creativity and survival. Top 10 Audience Award (2nd Place), Hot Docs, Toronto, 2015

 

Sponsored by Active Minds; Canadian Mental Health Association of Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge; CCRC – Community Counselling & Resource Centre; George Street United Church; Peterborough Zippity Doo Dah Community Soul Chorus; Seeds of Change; Thomas A. Stewart (TASS) Arts Council; YES Shelter for Youth and Families

 

REFRAME FILM FESTIVAL


NB Non-Profit Housing Group

Fredericton Screening

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING DAY (2015) Fredericton | NB


region of waterloo housing services

Waterloo screening

The STEP Home Participant Advisory Group (PAG) and Homelessness & Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG) is pleased to present a special screening of Lowdown Tracks, a documentary that celebrates music and survival with people who have experienced homelessness. Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Shelley Saywell of Bishari Films, Lowdown Tracks was the second place winner of the Audience Choice award at this year’s Hot Docs International Film Festival.

"We had great attendance at our event with many new faces who don't normally participate in housing stability events in the community. Not only did the general attendees report being very moved and inspired by the film, people with lived experience who participated also identified getting alot out of viewing and discussing the film."

Marie Morrison | Manager | Region of Waterloo Community and Housing Services


regent park film festival

toronto

 
 

CAEH Annual Conference

montreal screening

The CAEH conference in Montreal lead to an offer of housing for all the musicians in the film. A Month later, Bruce and Woody were moved into their own units!


EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

EDMONTON

Saturday, October 10 @ 4PM | Director: Shelley Saywell | 86’ | Canada | 2015 

Doc Central. Their songs are melodies for the masses, filling subway platforms and street corners, yet the singers remain unknown. Some are homeless, others “home free”. Their personal histories vary as much as their voices, but their music unifies their point of view from the margins of society. Inspired by depression-era recordings of early American folk songs, filmmaker Shelley Saywell and singer/activist Lorraine Segato (The Parachute Club), set out to document a new catalogue of songs and stories from five of Toronto’s modern troubadours. Shining a light on the struggles they face—be it in shelters, with social programs, with their addictions—a soundtrack evolves from the rooming houses and rooftops, showing us that music is the common language in this empowering celebration of survival. Beautiful.


MOVIE MONDAY

VICTORIA

Monday 26 Oct 2015 | Lowdown Tracks

Their songs are melodies for the masses, filling subway platforms and street corners, yet the singers remain unknown. Some are homeless, others "home free." Their personal histories vary as much as their voices, but their music unifies their point of view from the margins of society. Inspired by depression-era recordings of early American folk songs, filmmaker Shelley Saywell and singer and activist Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club set out to document a new catalogue of songs and stories from five of Toronto's modern troubadours. Their lyrics are honest, heartfelt and passionate, but their freedom to perform is threatened by the city's bureaucratic busker system. Shining a light on the struggles they face-be it in shelters, with social programs, with their addictions and abuse-a soundtrack evolves from the island ferry docks and freeway underpasses, rooming houses and rooftops, showing us that music is the common language in this empowering celebration of survival. Q&A with director Shelley Saywell.


YUKON FILM SOCIETY

YUKON SCREENING

Friday, July 10, 2015 | @ 5:30pm | Venerable Globe Theatre | Atlin, BC

A Top 10 Audience Favourite at Hot Docs 2015, this illuminating doc portrays the lives and music of buskers living on the margins of Canada’s largest city. Singer and activist Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club travels the shelters, parks, freeway underpasses, rooming houses and industrial spaces to document a catalogue of songs and stories from five of Toronto’s modern troubadours. Their songs are melodies for the masses, filling subway platforms and street corners, yet the singers remain unknown. Some are homeless, others “home free.” Shining a light on the struggles they face—be it in shelters, with social programs, the city’s bureaucratic busker system, with their addictions and abuse—a soundtrack evolves that demonstrates that music is the common language in this empowering celebration of survival.


ALTIN ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

ALTIN, BC


CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK FILM FESTIVAL

TORONTO


hot docs film festival

toronto world premiere

 
 

Voted 2nd place Audience Choice Award (2015)

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

The Globe and Mail - 3/4 stars

NOW Magazine - 4/5 stars, "An inspiring ode to the power of music."

Toronto Sun - Feature, Hot Docs 2015: "What you should see at this year's festival" 

Calgary Sun - Feature BlogTO - Top 20 Picks Cinema Axis - "Heart-wrenching."

Wylie Writes - "Heartfelt and engrossing."

Inside Toronto - Feature Sean Kelly on Movies - 4.5/5 stars

One Movie, Five Views - "Powerful."

CHCH News/The Watchlist - Hot Docs Picks: Brigitte


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