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The film

Six Primrose is a feature-length documentary film about the power of food to build community.

Filmed on location at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, Six Primrose takes us into a community where strengths are highlighted, people are welcomed, and food is included in every engagement. Labels of single mother, new immigrant, disabled, addict, poor are left at the door. This is a community where lives are celebrated and opportunities are explored.

By tracing the lives of community members, Six Primrose chronicles the dramatic impact accessing healthy food and a social network has had on the people of this community, revealing the Food ​Centre's deep effect on the entire neighbourhood.

Having that space in a community; where people can come together, [where] they don't have to be registered or pay for something –a more organic way of being with your neighbours– has a huge impact on mental health and emotional well-being.

-Deborah Dickey, Manager DNCFC

has been creating impactful films for over a decade.

Dartmouth-based duo Hannah Minzloff and John Hillis are dedicated in supporting people and organizations that make positive social and cultural change.

the trailer

2020 screenings

Seacoast Mission | March 1 | Cherryfield, Maine USA

New Glasgow Public  Library | March 31 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm | New Glasgow, Nova Scotia | FREE drop-in event

Past screenings

Devour! The Food Film Fest | Oct 26, 2018 | World Premiere | Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Food4Good, Trinity Food Justice | Nov 2, 2018 | Edmonton, Alberta

Alderney Landing Community Cultural Centre | Nov 8, 2018 | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Food For All Symposium | Nov 16, 2018 | Musquodoboit Rural High, Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia

Dartmouth North Community Food Centre | Dec 5, 2018 | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Dartmouth North Community Food Centre | Jan 30, 2019 | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Foodie Friday, Living Earth Council | Feb 22, 2019 | Truro, Nova Scotia

NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre | Mar 20, 2019 | Winnipeg, Manitoba

Halifax Central Library | Mar 21, 2019 | Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Table Community Food Centre | Mar 31, 2019 | Full Circle Theatre, Perth, Ontario

Food Summit, Community Food Centres Canada | Apr 7, 2019 | Toronto, Ontario

Terroir Symposium | May 6, 2019 | Toronto, Ontario

The Local | May 16, 2019 | Stratford, Ontario

Hamilton Community Food Centre | June 25, 2019 | Playhouse Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario

Movie Monday | July 15, 2019 | Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre, Victoria, British Columbia

Urban Farm | July 19, 2019 | Outdoor Theatre, Spryfield, Nova Scotia

South End Kids Community Garden | Tri-County Women's Centre, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Strathcona County Library & Strathcona County Garden Club | Sept 20, 2019 | Strathcona County Library, Sherwood Park, Alberta

Washington Food Coalition Conference | Sept 23-25, 2019 | Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, Washington USA

Critical Dietetics Conference | Oct 3, 2019 | Mount Saint Vincent University, Bedford, Nova Scotia

Sustenance Festival | Oct 16, 2019 | presented by The Cathedral Community Food Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Department of Human Nutrition, St FX University | Nov 6, 2019 | St James United Church, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Marda Loop Social Justice Film Festival | Nov 17, 2019 | River Park Church Auditorium, Calgary, Alberta

Red Deer Justice Film Fest | January 25, 2020 | RDC's Welikoklad Event Centre, Red Deer, Alberta

The filmmakers

John Hillis
Director | Producer | Editor

John is co-owner of Truefaux Films.  As a filmmaker he approaches each project with an interest in the the small events that make up the story; capturing the subtleties, the details, and the heartfelt moments which stay the longest in people's minds. 

Hillis has been the recipient of numerous Arts NS and Canada Council grants, has been a finalist and semifinalist in the prestigious Final Draft Screenwriting Competition, and was selected to be a participant in the Praxis Screenwriting workshop. His script Niagara Falls (And Other Stories) won the 33rd Atlantic Film Festival's Script Development Award. He's a producer of Joe which won Silver Award for Experimental Film at the Crested Butte Film Festival. As a writer, director and producer, Hillis' films have screened across Canada and internationally including Clermont-Ferrand, France, Zinebi 44, Spain, and Krakowski Festiwal Filmowy, Poland.

photo ©2018 Adrian Schaap

Hannah Minzloff

Co-owner of Truefaux Films, Hannah is a dynamic community leader living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She thrives in leadership situations requiring collaboration, pro-active decision-making, strategic planning and direction, high-impact communication, and human resources engagement. She is tri-lingual, speaking English, French and German.

photo ©2018 Sherry Devanney MacVicar

Mark Flowerdew

Mark Amadeus Flowerdew is a mild-mannered composer and multi-instrumentalist who approaches a multitude of creative projects with childlike glee. With a background in Applied Science and Music Production, Mark seeks out sounds that are colourful, iconic, and fascinating.

Nicola Davison

Nicola Davison is a fiction writer and people photographer based in Dartmouth. Finding that revealing moment, the one that tells the story, that’s what she strives for in her work. For the past couple of years she has been a fly-on-the-wall at the DNCFC, documenting the growth of the Centre and its community of people; a place filled with characters and stories. What could be better?

Tim Clarke
Tim Clarke
Graphic Designer

Tim is a cynical optimist currently serving his 32nd year of a life-sentence in Advertising and graphic design, while quietly wondering why he wasn’t born with eyebrows.

photo ©2018 Yuliana Puspitosari

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SixPrimrose is a Truefaux Films Inc production.   ©2020 All rights reserved.