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CCU to host National Canadian Film Day activities on April 20

April 12, 2022
CCU will host a variety of activities in recognition of REEL CANADA’s ninth annual National Canadian Film Day on Wednesday, April 20.

Coastal Carolina University will host a variety of activities in recognition of REEL CANADA’s ninth annual National Canadian Film Day on Wednesday, April 20. Activities include the showing of four Canadian-centered films; Q&A sessions with international award-winning director Stephen Campanelli (Indian Horse) and stage, television, and movie star Colm Feore (Bon Cop, Bad Cop and The Red Violin); Canadian Food Day in Hicks Dining Hall; and a social media awareness campaign featuring mascots Maurice the Moose, of National Canadian Film Day, and Chauncey, of CCU.

Coastal Carolina President Michael T. Benson will host a campus visit by Deputy Consul General Kirk Duguid of the Consulate General of Canada – Atlanta. While on campus, Duguid is scheduled to visit an Intermediate French class to discuss environmental issues in Canada, and the University’s newly-established Intelligence Operations and Command Center. He will also meet with Chief Harold Hatcher and Vice Chief Cheryl Cail of the Waccamaw Indian People; and President/CEO Karen Riordan of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Canada is the largest international tourism origin market to the area, the fourth largest origin market for CCU students, and South Carolina’s number two export market,” said Darla Domke-Damonte, CCU’s associate provost for global initiatives. “The idea to host the day here at CCU came from two CCU colleagues, Brad and Tanja Warren, and we are appreciative of the collaborative sponsorship and involvement of so many public and private organizations in bringing about this day to share Canadian cultures and perspectives.”

Campanelli will be working with the University’s theatre and film studies students and faculty throughout the day and will participate in a discussion after the film Indian Horse. CCU film students will be documenting the day’s activities for REEL CANADA and the Canadian media.

For more information about CCU’s National Canadian Film Day activities, click here. The following films will be shown in The Coastal Theater, Lib Jackson Student Union, A-110. Admission is free and open to the public, and tickets can be reserved via the Wheelwright Auditorium Box Office.

Guibord S’en Va-T-En Guerre (My Internship in Canada)

10-11:50 a.m.

11:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Q&A session

Independent politician Steve Guibord is in the hot seat! He’d better make up his mind, as he holds the swing vote on Canada’s decision to go to war in the Middle East, and the pressure’s on from both sides of Parliament – and from his wife and daughter. With all eyes on him, Guibord’s closest ally becomes Souverain, his naïve intern from Haiti, who commands the situation with playful quips, charming idealism, and a good dose of humor.

The Red Violin

12:45-2:55 p.m.

3-3:35 p.m., Q&A session

The Red Violin tells the tale of a very special instrument: a perfectly crafted 17th-century violin finished with a mysterious red glaze. The final masterpiece of a virtuoso craftsman, the violin sits in a Montreal auction house waiting to be sold. The violin’s history is revealed through four interconnected tales spanning 300 years. Passing through the hands of musicians in Italy, Vienna, London, and Shanghai, the violin fills its owners’ lives with romance, adventure, intrigue, and tragedy. The Red Violin won eight Genies and an Oscar for Best Original Score.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop

3:45-5:45 p.m.

6-7 p.m., Q&A session via Zoom with lead actor Colm Feore

A box-office smash, Bon Cop, Bad Cop is an action-packed comedy about two policemen who are thrown together to solve a crime committed on the border between Quebec and Ontario. Ward and Bouchard couldn’t be more different: one is an English-speaker from Toronto, the other is a French-speaker from Montreal; one never deviates from established procedure, the other is a rebel who refuses to play by the rules. The detectives soon learn that if they are to solve this lurid crime, which is linked to the world of hockey, they need to stop bickering and work together.

Indian Horse

6:45-9 p.m.

9-10 p.m., Q&A session with film director Stephen Campanelli

Adapted from the much-celebrated novel by the late Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, Indian Horse is a powerful drama that delves deep into the shameful history of Canada’s residential schools. Saul, the young protagonist of Wagamese’s saga – brought to the screen by a team that includes director Stephen Campanelli, screenwriter Dennis Foon, and executive producer Clint Eastwood – comes to know the worst of the system’s abuses after a series of family tragedies leave him in the care of authorities in Manitoba of the late 1950s. When one of the priests – played by Michiel Huisman of Game of Thrones – recognizes Saul’s hockey talents, a potential pathway opens up before the youngster. But, like so many survivors of the schools, he remains haunted by the traumas of the past.

CCU’s National Canadian Film Day activities are presented by the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Center for Global Engagement, along with REEL CANADA, Consulate General of Canada – Atlanta, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please contact Domke-Damonte at 843-349-2129 or


REEL CANADA is a charitable organization that promotes the diversity of Canadian film and its power to spark important conversations about what it means to be Canadian. Through its core programs – Our Films in Our Schools, Welcome to Canada, Reel Opportunities, and National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) – REEL CANADA has reached millions of students, new Canadians, and general audience members.

About Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University, located in Conway, S.C., offers baccalaureate degrees through more than 95 majors. Among CCU’s graduate-level programs are 27 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and two doctoral programs: the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science, and the Ph.D. in education. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research, and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online. More than 10,000 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA Division I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 180 student clubs and organizations.