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Twenty Feet From Stardom

(2013, 89 mins, DCP)
Classification: 19+


Nov 16 08:15 pm

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 Feet From Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

"Nails the sense of joie de vivre these extraordinary artists put into every note-a tribute to doing it for the love of the expression over stardom that provides incalculable amounts of inspiration." David Fear, Time Out New York

"You may never hear the Rolling Stones’s Gimme Shelter the same way again after hearing Jagger’s and Clayton’s separate accounts of the recording of the song." Liam Lacey, Globe & Mail

"I have rarely seen a movie that better expressed the revivifying nature of music." Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Reflecting the City (Redux): Movies from the City of Vancouver Archives

(120 mins)
Classification: 19+


Nov 15 07:15 pm

Back by popular demand, the City of Vancouver Archives returns to the big screen with an archival presentation originally screened in 2013. Experience Vancouver’s outdoor pastimes in the 1940s. Flash back to the 1960s with a rain dance in Kitsilano. Take a bicycle ride though Vancouver in the 1970s. Witness the city’s transition leading up to Expo ’86.

With commentary provided by historian Michael Kluckner, this screening includes home movies, City-commissioned films, television shows produced by local stations and the community, and local advertisements. Those movies originally produced without sound will be accompanied live by pianist Wayne Stewart.

They Live

(1988, 93 mins, DCP)
CAST Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster
Classification: 19+


Oct 31 10:00 pm

When a drifter discovers a very special pair of sunglasses, it gives him a whole new perspective on life. See, these are a kind of x-ray specs. They reveal the true nature of the world we live in: the power elite is in fact an alien race, feeding off our apathy through the promotion of rampant consumerism. Far-fetched? Tell that to Donald Trump…

Screening here in tribute to the late Roddy Piper, who passed away this summer. See also Ghost Materialities presentation on Thurs 29 October.

Render: The Vancouver International Music Video Festival 2015

(2015, 180 mins)
Classification: 19+


Nov 06 08:00 pm
Nov 07 02:00 pm

Render: The Vancouver International Music Video Festival is an annual event that showcases the art of the music video and the creativity of the filmmakers involved in producing them.

Render’s focus is on innovative and cutting-edge music videos that push the creative boundaries of the art form. The music video is often seen as a supplement to the music in the video: Render turns this understanding upside-down, championing the videos, the work that goes into them and the people who make them.

Little Shop of Horrors

(1986, 94 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
CAST Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Levis Stubbs (voice), Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Vincent Gardenia. John Candy, James Belushi
Classification: 19+ (late show) PG-13 matinee


Oct 30 10:30 pm
Oct 31 04:00 pm

"Feed me!" Levi Stubbs from the Four Tops provides the vocal chords for Audrey, a personable plant with vampiric tendencies in this irrepressibly dark but gleefully funny musical comedy. Screening here in the even darker director’s cut (Warner Bros balked and it’s not hard to see why), Little Shop of Horrors is deliciously macabre, but also oddly loveable. Steve Martin has a show-stopping turn as a sadistic dentist, but even he is upstaged by Bill Murray’s masochistic patient - while Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene are unexpectedly, genuinely, touching as the lovers caught up in mayhem.

Showing here in both the darker, Director’s Cut (late show, 19+ only) and the original PG 13 theatrical release (Saturday matinee).

"The kind of movie that cults are made of." Roger Ebert

The Creeping Garden

(2014, 81 mins, DCP)


Oct 30 08:40 pm
Oct 31 06:00 pm
Nov 01 05:10 pm
Nov 05 06:30 pm

It’s not a plant, not a fungi, and not an animal. It has no brain… yet it’s alive, it feeds, makes decisions, and it moves. It dates back to primordial times, can survive for decades, and it is all around us: in forests and urban lawns, in tropical jungle canopies and under your feet. Welcome to the world of slime mold - an entity so strange scientists speculate it may be a visitor from outer space.

Artists find slime mold is an inspired collaborator, producing fabulous, intricate cellular patterns as it stretches out to ingest cannily placed oat flakes, while computer and robotics engineers are seeking to integrate it in organic intelligence systems. In some labs slime mold is even composing music…

Amazing how rich and fascinating a single cell organism can be! This infinitely curious and sometimes creepy documentary melds trippy, hallucinogenic imagery evocative of shlock movies like The Blob and Phase IV with an inventive electronic score by Jim O’Rourke, and an eccentric gallery of biologists, graphic artists and robotic engineers into a uniquely diverting whole.

"Imagine if Stanley Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull were tasked with making a 1970s educational science film about the pods from Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers and you’re some way to understanding The Creeping Garden." James Marsh, Twitch

"Improbably delightful." Dennis Harvey, Variety

"A trippy philosophical exploration of our place in the world and the really weird things just beneath us." Norman Wilner, Now Toronto


(2014, 100 mins, DCP)
CAST Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Jack Fox, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiye
Classification: 14A


Nov 06 04:30 pm
Nov 07 06:10 pm
Nov 08 05:15 pm
Nov 10 06:30 pm
Nov 11 12:30 pm
Nov 12 02:00 pm

The Arabian Desert, 1916. Theeb (whose name translates as Wolf) lives with his Bedouin tribe in a remote corner of the Ottoman Empire. Like other young boys he’s prone to mischief, and when custom compels his older brother to escort a British Army officer (a comrade of TE Lawrence, no doubt), to the next water hole, Theeb tags along after them. By the time they realize he’s there it’s too late to send him back, but there is no guarantee he will be better off with them. Since the outbreak of the First World War this harsh desert terrain has become the hunting ground of Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries and outcast Bedouin raiders. If Theeb is to survive he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal. He must live up to the name his father gave him.

Léon - The Professional

Program Running Time 110 min.

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