- Runtime: 46 minutes
When Longshots premiered in 1994, the film was recognized as being at the forefront of a whole new movement of putting filmmaking into the hands of documentary subjects.
The film careens through six unpredictable weeks in the lives of a group of street-kids, as they learn to make films in a video workshop. The streetwise subjects, ranging in age from 17 to 23 years old, are a tough bunch: sometimes they don’t show up at all, and one has to be bailed out of jail.
But they have a passion to create and tell stories. As they work at documenting their experiences on videotape, we discover their world and learn about their hidden dreams.
“These are passionate, committed film makers who are determined to follow their characters into challenging physical and emotional territory, no matter how treacherous the journey.”
– Jerry McIntosh, former Director of Independent Documentaries, CBC
- Chris Award, Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 1995
- Best Picture Editing, Hot Docs!, 1995
- Best Social Issues Documentary (nomination), Hot Docs!, 1995
- Golden Sheaf Award, Yorkton, 1994