Antisocial Limited, a long form documentary film, centres on Ojibway Chris Hoard, a streetwise ex-convict who wants to escape the abuse, the crime, the addictions, the racism, the lies And while he’s not one to reconcile his past, Chris’s past soon comes to reconcile with him. Antisocial Limited is a sequel to Dransfeld’s Gemini Award winning documentary Broke. Intimate and multilayered, the film tells a very tragic, but also beautiful story of a man trying to find love and a place where he belongs.
The film’s director and producer, Rosie Dransfeld was awarded the 2014 Edmonton Film Prize, the 2014 Global Visions Award for Best Alberta Documentary and has recently been nominated for eight 2015 Rosie Awards, Alberta’s equivalent of Academy Awards, in the category of Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes and seven other categories including best director, camera and editing.
Antisocial Limited is described as: “gritty and upfront: an observational portrait, supported by a sophisticated and accessible narrative, excellent technical execution and confident, original editing”, according to the jury of the 2014 Edmonton Film Prize
First Nations Chris Hoard has spent half of his life behind bars. But now, the charismatic and streetwise ex-convict wants to ‘do the right thing’, as they say. Leave it all behind – the crime, the addictions, and the lies.
You know you’ve screwed up in live when you can rate every prison in Canada on a five star basis.
Abandoned and abused by the people who were supposed to love and protect him, Chris was traumatized from the day he was born. He became timid and lonely, unsure of people’s intentions. It is not a surprise that he’s been diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD).
People with this label often end up in prison and most likely they will stay there. 47 percent of male inmates in Canada suffer from ASPD. So it’s a bit of a miracle that Chris manages to break through the vicious cycle. Highly intelligent and determined, he quits drinking and using, and decides to use the business skills he acquired as a drug dealer to start an all-Native company, totally legal, to do renovations and construction, with the intent of beautifying his impoverished neighbourhood in downtown Edmonton/Alberta.
Filmed over the course of three years, Chris stumbles from one adventure to the next, facing everything from racism to disaster to simple chaos. Life ain’t easy when you’re poor. It’s even more complicated when you are Aboriginal.
This intimate, character-driven reality drama chronicles the trials and triumphs Chris is facing in his endeavors of finding jobs and making his all-native/exconvict construction company a success story. It doesn’t last long. The trauma of his childhood catches up with him. Soon he is caught in a self-destructive cycle of anger and alienation. Until he learns, that not everybody from his past is out there to hurt and hate him.
As with her Gemini-winning documentary Broke, the Director is masterful in casting real-life characters and making no apology for them. The protagonist of Antisocial Unlimited is markedly open with the camera, translating into a grip on the viewer that never lets go. The film aggressively establishes a narrative arch in the opening sequences, before unfolding, tightly crafted and perfectly paced in its pay-offs. At times difficult to watch and often darkly humorous, the viewer is pulled deeply into the story of a man struggling to overcome his past.
About Rosie Dransfeld and ID: Productions
ID: Productions is a Gemini Award winning documentary film and digital media company dedicated to using cinema as a catalyst for social and political change. Our mandate is to create films and media strategies that empower and inspire.Over the years, ID Productions has worked with a wide range of partnersincluding NFB, CBC, TVO, KNOWLEDGE, CTV, ARD, ZDF AND ARTE.
ID: Productions was founded by German-born producer, director and writer Rosvita Dransfeld in 2000. In a body of work that includes more than 300 short films and documentaries, Dransfeld searches for ‘the truth behind the curtain, balancing on a thin line between laughter and tears”. Her films are powerful pieces of poetry on the
In 2010 Broke was nominated for two Geminis and won the Donald Brittain Gemini Award for best social-political documentary.
In 2012 Dransfeld directed the NFB production WHO CARES, a powerful account of street prostitution. The feature documentary had its world premiere at Hot Docs, Toronto, in early May 2012 and is now available at www.nfb.ca/whocares and on Netflix Canada.
In 2013 ID produced the feature documentary Antisocial Limited for TVO and Knowledge, and the three-part series Call of the Yukon for OMNI TV and ZDF – Germany. Currently she’s working on a one-hour documentary for CBC and the CBC doc channel about organ transplantation, entitled The Ward.
See more about ID: Productions at: http://idproductions.ca