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Remembering Charles Officer: Nurse.Fighter.Boy Screening

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free
a black and white photo of charles officer with the movie poster overlaid

Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute remember late Toronto filmmaker Charles Officer (1975-2023) with a special screening of his first feature, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, which was inspired by his sister’s struggle with sickle cell anemia and nominated for 10 Genie Awards.

Following the screening, a distinguished panel of Charles’s collaborators and friends will reflect on his impactful life and career. Panelists include Yazmeen Kanji, Araya Mengesha, R.T. Thorne, Jake Yanowski, and Nurse.Fighter.Boy co-writer and producer Ingrid Veninger, moderated by Desmond Cole.

Sunday, March 3 at 3pm
Town Hall, Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave
Register for this free event below.

Source: Canadian Film Centre

Charles Officer was born and raised in Toronto. He was a fashion model, hockey player and began his film career as an actor appearing on stage, film, and television productions, before making his directorial debut at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with his short film When Morning Comes. Soon after, he continued to amaze audiences through the release of his short films, Short Hymn, Silent War (2002), Pop Song and Urda/Bone (2003), and a music video for K’naan’s “Strugglin.” Throughout his career, Charles always displayed great versatility, and was often regarded as a leader in Black Canadian independent film, a title that will remain as part of his legacy. His 2008 feature, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, which was produced while he was a resident at the CFC, premiered at TIFF and was nominated for 10 Genie Awards, sparking world renowned interest and intrigue in the then upcoming filmmaker.

In the span of his career, Charles continued to deliver on his promising talent with features including The Skin We’re In, Unarmed Verses, and his latest, crime-noir, Akilla’s Escape. Charles also directed four episodes of the CBC/BET+ drama, The Porter, which follows railway workers from both Canada and the United States who come together to create the world’s first Black union. The Porter went on to win 12 awards at the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards, which earned Charles awards for Best Direction, Drama Series and Best Dramatic Series. The Porter is Canada’s largest Black-led television series, and demonstrates Charles’ commitments to nurturing Black talent and contributing to the increased representation of Black creators. Charles served as a trailblazer for Black creators by championing stories through his roles as the co-founder of Black Screen Office, an organization that supports Black Canadians working throughout the screen industries to build their careers, networks, and more. Additionally, he was the Founder of the award-winning independent production company, Canesugar Filmworks.

Find the Black Screen Office’s tribute to Charles here. 

Synopsis | NURSE: Jude is a single mother who descends from a long line of Jamaican caregivers. FIGHTER: Silence is a “past his prime” boxer who fights illegally to survive. BOY: Ciel is a boy who delves into music, conjuring dreams for his mother. During the last week of summer, a late-night brawl finds the fighter in the nurse’s care causing their three fates to be forever entwined.

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Details

Date:
March 3
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
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Venue

Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave (Room IN112)
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J5 Canada
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Details

Date:
March 3
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
,

Venue

Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave (Room IN112)
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J5 Canada
+ Google Map
View Venue Website