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Fractured Land

Program Running Time 80 min.

Nov 20 08:30 pm
Nov 21 08:30 pm
Nov 22 08:30 pm
Nov 25 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher
(Canada, 2015, 80 mins, DCP)

"Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with." Meet Caleb Behn, one of the new generation of First Nations leaders, a charismatic and articulate young Dene lawyer grappling with the contradictions between tradition and modernity embodied in his own life by the examples of his mom (an oil and gas executive) and his dad (an environmentalist). Caleb’s dilemma will reverberate with anyone with a conscience.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Program Running Time 145 min.

Nov 09 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brett Morgan
(USA, 2015, 145 mins, DCP)

Described by Rolling Stone as "the most intimate rock doc ever" this is about as complete and insightful a portrait of Kurt Cobain as we are likely to see. Granted access to the family’s home movies, director Brett Morgan (The Kid Stays in the Picture) goes from the ground up, but never shies away from probing questions or difficult emotional terrain. It’s a must-see.

Movies for Mommies: MILK (Born Into This World)

Program Running Time 90 min.

Oct 19 11:30 am

Films in Program

Directed By: Noemi Weiss
(Canada, 2015, 90 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Through an intimate and artistic lens, Milk brings a universal perspective on the politics, commercialization and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding over the canvas of stunningly beautiful visuals and poignant voices from around the globe. Inspiring, informative, provocative and sensitive, Milk celebrates bringing a new life into this world with a strong call to action and reflection.

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Program Running Time 75 min.

Nov 20 06:30 pm
Nov 21 06:30 pm
Nov 22 06:30 pm
Nov 23 06:30 pm
Nov 25 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Charles Wilkinson
(Canada, 2015, 75 mins, DCP)

If you have never visited Haida Gwaii then this is a great place to start. Wilkinson’s stunning cinematography vividly captures the raw beauty of this very special part of the world. It is also, of course, a battlefield, though Wilkinson finds reasons to hope that First Nations’ long-view of environmental sustainability can prevail over short-term economic interest. Granted this is a complicated and paradoxical struggle, and Wilkinson hears firsthand from those figuring out their own way forward in practical, not ideological, terms. It’s an inspiring film for that, and a worthy conclusion to a fine trilogy.

American Leafblower

Program Running Time 86 min.

Nov 14 01:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Bill Jeffries
(Canada, 2015, 86 mins)

This experimental feature from Vancouver-based curator Bill Jeffries has three elements: text, visuals, and score. The visuals consist of long, surprisingly soothing takes of autumn leaves chased from the lawns and sidewalks of our own fair city. The text, appearing as superimposed captions, comes in the form of satirical imagined memos from VP Dick Cheney to President George W Bush, and touch on the major issues of that administration. Meanwhile the soundtrack is given to Mahler, his glorious 2nd Symphony. Filmmaker in attendance.

Vancouver: A Distant Mirror (from the City of Vancouver Archives)

Program Running Time 120 min.

Nov 15 03:00 pm
Nov 29 03:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Various
(Canada, 120 mins)

The latest screening from the City of Vancouver Archives features newly digitized films that focus on the city’s transportation, landmarks, industry, and domestic and public spheres. From Vancouver’s last interurban streetcar ride to its first Grey Cup Parade, from Obon in Oppenheimer Park to barrelmaking on False Creek, spend a Sunday afternoon reliving Vancouver’s past from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Local historian and artist Michael Kluckner will provide commentary during the projection. The silent films will be accompanied live by renowned jazz pianist, Wayne Stewart.