Award-winning short documentary film celebrating the legacy of civil rights lawyer and freedom fighter, Charles Roach (1933-2012).
Presented by Ryerson University and the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project
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The Railpath Hero (2013) (formerly, The Arena)
Starring Stephan James (Selma, Race, Shots Fired)
The Railpath Hero (formerly The Arena) 2013
Director: Laurie Townshend
Produced by Ripplestone Productions and Sofina Media
Under the bright lights of Toronto’s West End Railpath, aspiring hockey star, Damon, tries to bury a painful secret. The Railpath Hero is a gripping portrait of the threads of resilience and hope that hold a young man’s life together in the wake of childhood sexual abuse.
The Railpath Hero Productions Stills (photos: Powys Dewhurst)
Hairstory: a loc doc (2008)
Before Chris Rock’s, Good Hair, filmmaker Laurie Townshend explored the roots of her emotional attachment to her chemically processed hair in Hairstory. This short documentary (official selection of Toronto’s Mpenzi International Film and Video Festival) grants audiences an intimate look inside one woman’s struggle to shed a lifetime of uncertainty and self-doubt and to define beauty once and for all.
Promotional poster for Mpenzi Black Women’s International Film & Video Festival (2008)