On April 19, 2017, students across the country will log in to RCtv – an innovative livestream event featuring interactive Q&As with Canadian stars and filmmakers, and lots of online fun exploring Canadian identity, culture and storytelling.

What is RCtv?

  • Celebrate the sesquicentennial by watching and discussing great Canadian films
  • Participate in Q&As with stars via our games, social media and web tools
  • Talk to Vinay Virmani, star of BREAKAWAY, and other surprise guests
  • Amplify school spirit and national pride
  • Compete with other schools in real time on a national leaderboard, updated live
  • See your class on the big screen with student-submitted videos

Best of all, participating is completely free!

Schools Will Receive:

  • A free DVD copy of the film they’re screening (BREAKAWAY or THE TROTSKY) – which the school can keep!
  • Lesson plans tied to the curriculum.
  • An exclusive Screening Party Kit full of goodies, games and giveaways.
  • An incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience as part of the biggest film festival in the world. Ever!

About The Films

Rajveer Singh (Vinay Virmani) is struggling to balance the wishes of his traditional Sikh family and his own true passion for hockey. Raj and his friends play only for fun, held back by the prejudice and mockery of other teams as their turban-clad crew steps onto the ice. Enter Coach Dan Winters (Rob Lowe) and soon the Speedy Singhs are competing in a real tournament, while Raj is falling in love with the coach’s beautiful sister, Melissa (Camilla Belle). A cross-cultural story of self-discovery, BREAKAWAY is a heartwarming, action-filled comedy, bringing a dash of Bollywood to Canada’s favourite sport.

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Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) isn’t an average Montreal high school student. For one thing, he’s convinced that he is the reincarnation of early-20th-century Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. When Leon starts a hunger strike in his father’s (Rubinek’s) clothing factory, he is sent to public school as punishment. Once there, Leon sets out to change the world, immediately butting heads with his new principal (Colm Feore). Getting his apathetic peers to stand up to the school’s repressive administration proves more difficult than Leon first imagines, leading him to resort to some extreme and often hilarious tactics.

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WHEN: RCtv broadcasts live on National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. Watch a feature film that morning, or a day or two in advance.

If you live in…… tune in to the broadcast at…..

(PDT) British Columbia, Yukon: 9:30 – 10:30 am
(MDT) Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Western Nunavut: 10:30 – 11:30 am
(CDT) Manitoba, Central Nunavut, some parts of western Ontario: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
(EDT) Majority of Ontario, Quebec, Eastern Nunavut: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
(ADT) New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Labrador: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
(NDT) Newfoundland: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

WHO: High school classes grades 9 to 12. Groups can range from a single class to a few hundred students.

EQUIPMENT: School must have capacity to screen the film. To participate in the live-stream Q & A, your computer must have an internet connection, and the stream must be displayed on a screen large enough for all the students to see.

HOW: Signing up is easy! Just email contactus@reelcanada.ca with the subject heading “RCtv – Your School Name – Your City” or call 1-855-733-5709 ext. 211.

Note: As with all REEL CANADA events, we will request some written feedback and demographic data following the event.

Already registered?

Please check out our previous newsletters for next steps.

Check out the rest of the site for more information about NCFD 150. And if you want to participate or have questions about any of these programmes, don’t hesitate to email contactus@reelcanada.ca or call 1-855-733-5709 ext. 211.

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