Filipina filmmaker Joella Cabalu debuts new film

By Ted Alcuitas
Award-winning filmmaker Joella Cabalu is debuting a new film – FIXED! , this time as a producer.

FIXED! will have its world premier at DOXA documentary Film Festival in Vancouver on May 8. Screenings will be at 9:30 PM at the Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St. A repeat screening is scheduled for May 11 at 3:00 PM at The Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour St. Producer Joella Cabalu will be in attendance.

Joella Cabalu is a Filipino-Canadian Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with an Art History degree from the University of British Columbia (2008) and a graduate of the Documentary Film Production Program at Langara College (2013).

She has been selected to participate in numerous professional training programs, including the inaugural 2015 Hot Docs Shaw Media Diverse Voices, the 2014-2015 BC Arts Council Early Career Development, and the 2016 CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators.

In June 2015, Cabalu delivered her first broadcast documentary It Runs in the Family as a producer, director and writer, winning Audience Choice Awards at the 2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival and the 2016 Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

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The 2016 Hot Docs Short Film Pitch winner and BravoFACT sponsored short documentary FIXED! is her first venture working solely as a producer, alongside emerging director Cat Mills.

The short documentary is a celebration of repair solutions as an antidote the throwaway culture and features Toronto’s Repair Café.

Globally, we throw out 50 tons of household waste every second. Much of that waste is not garbage but items that can be given a second life through repair.

FIXED! challenges our throw-away culture in a lighthearted and empowering way.

The Repair Café is an international movement where volunteers gather together once a month and fix broken items from the community…for free.

After winning first prize at the 2016 Hot Docs Short Film Pitch, the short documentary debut follows the activities of the Repair Café in Toronto, an eclectic group of volunteers who fix broken items from the community for free. We meet volunteer “Fixers” and visitors and join them as they succeed or fail in repairing cherished items, including a vibrating hairbrush and a singing robotic turtle. Unlike many environmental films, FIXED! is a lighthearted look at a solution-based, empowering, global movement – one that is growing rapidly and inspiring people around the world.

Vancouver is a leading city in the environmental movement and has several active repair groups, like Frameworq and the Vancouver Fix-It Collective.

The film will have its national broadcast premiere on Bravo in December 2017.

Awards & Festival Screenings
Winner, Hot Docs Short Film Pitch
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Toronto, ON Canada, May 2016

Buy tickets here:
http://www.doxafestival.ca/film/fixed
http://www.doxafestival.ca/film/stuff-shorts-program

A ‘Fixer’ made this toy turtle walk again to the delight of its owner. (Provided)