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Apocalypse WW1: Panels

Program Running Time 90 min.

Films in Program

Honest Liar

Program Running Time 91 min.

Films in Program

(USA, 2014, 91 mins)

Renowned for outing psychics and faith-healers as frauds, James "The Amazing" Randi makes no bones about being a "liar, cheat and charlatan." But such honesty doesn’t necessarily mean he has nothing to hide. This fascinating film investigates the famed debunker’s own deceptions.

"Directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom apply the same relentless scrutiny to their subject that Randi brings to bear on the phonies he exposes."NOW Toronto

"(The filmmakers) turn a standard bio-doc about an extraordinary man into a rumination on the blurred line between trickery and truth."Toronto Star

Divide in Concord

Program Running Time 82 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Kris Kaczor
(USA, 2013, 82 mins)

While campaigning to have plastic bottles banned in her Massachusetts hometown, an irrepressible 84-year-old is confronted by an array of adversaries, including local merchants, silver-tongued pundits and the International Bottled Water Association. Undaunted, this courageous senior proves to be the consummate activist.

"The stuff great films are made of… Haunting." Huffington Post

Paths of Glory

Program Running Time 88 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick
(USA, 1958, 88 mins, DCP)

Stanley Kubrick made the definitive WWI movie in 1958: a rigorous, trenchant commentary on the class inequities that allowed officers on both sides to treat their troops as nothing more than cannon fodder. Kirk Douglas is Colonel Dax who sees the waste and senselessness at first hand.

"Arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick’s best film." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick’s best film." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Word Cup Soccer: Brazil v Croatia free on the big screen

Program Running Time 150 min.

Halfmoon Files: A Ghost Story

Program Running Time 87 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Philip Scheffner
(Germany, 2007, 87 mins, Digital Betacam)

"A beautiful experimental film… I was crying at the end." The People’s Paper (India)

"The Halfmoon Files is a gift – a generous gift and an invitation. An invitation to journey to distant lands that turn out to be very close after all, to seek the unexpected, to listen to the noises of an old barrack or a landscape that gradually emerges from the fog, and to observe closely the many possible images of a voice. A film as invitation to follow ghosts and at the same time a modest but nonetheless intense call to think.” Nicole Wolf

Gathering Festival Film Program

Program Running Time 30 min.

FREE SCREENINGS: Short Films screening at 12.30, 1.30 & 2.30

The “Gathering Festival” is a multidimensional and multi-day community festival that celebrates the diversity and unique make up of Vancouver’s Downtown South with four weeks of free public art workshops and programs leading to three days of celebrations at Emery Barnes Park (Davie and Seymour St.) around the summer solstice on Saturday June 21, 2014.

Where the Canoe Takes Us: The Story of Pulling Together

(Kryshan Randall, Canada, 2014) 8.39 min

Canada’s treatment of its First Nations people has increasingly come under scrutiny by the United Nations and challenged by movements such as Idle No More. Yet for the past thirteen years, Police and Government Public Service agencies have partnered each year with First Nations Communities with a focus on the youth. Together, they embark on eight to ten day canoe journeys through hundreds of kilometres of British Columbia’s waterways. The goal is simple: reconciliation by learning and understanding of each others’ cultures. Each journey is fraught with emotional, spiritual and physical challenges, yet joyful singing, dancing and laughter by all participants becomes the lasting memory. Where The Canoe Takes Us: The Story of Pulling Together spotlights the 2013 journey, for which over four hundred participants faced one of their most challenging and rewarding voyages yet.

The Fast

(Colin Van Loon, Canada, 2013) 15:35 min

The Fast is about one young man’s journey to reconcile his indignity with the complexities of modern life. Jeremy Thunder Crow will face spirits and tricksters on The Fast and ultimately himself.

Films in Program

Directed By: Various
(Canada, 2014, 30 mins)

The “Gathering Festival” is a multidimensional and multi-day community festival that celebrates the diversity and unique make up of Vancouver’s Downtown South with four weeks of free public art workshops and programs leading to three days of celebrations at Emery Barnes Park (Davie and Seymour St.) around the summer solstice on Saturday June 21, 2014.

112 Weddings

Program Running Time 92 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Doug Block
(USA, 2014, 92 mins, DCP)

Over the past two decades, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Doug Block has supported his career with a side business of videotaping weddings. Long curious about how their marriages have turned out, he tracks down and interviews some of the more memorable of his 112 wedding couples - with funny, insightful and deeply moving results.

"Quirky, entertaining, and heartwarming." Toronto Film Scene

"Simple in execution, but unmistakably rich in dialogue of the complexities of married life, Doug Block has lensed a wonderfully playful, startlingly tragic film that will surely move anyone who’s ever been in love and question anyone considering marriage themselves." Jordan M Smith, Ion cinema

"Block finds the extraordinary in the patient observation of everyday life." Michel Gondry

I Am Big Bird

Program Running Time 85 min.

Films in Program

(USA, 2014, 85 mins, DCP)

Intimate interviews and never-before-seen home videos conjure up a beautiful, accomplished and surprisingly moving portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for over 40 years.

“3.5/4 stars: thoroughly entertaining…a joy to watch.” Globe and Mail

“The triumphant tearjerker of this year’s Hot Docs film festival…speaks to the heart of a viewer and brings out the softie in everyone” POV Magazine

“One of the most emotionally effective performing arts docs that’s ever been made." Dork Shelf

Apocalypse WW1

Program Running Time 552 min.

Commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of what British propagandists dubbed both "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars", Apocalypse is a monumental undertaking, French-Canadian co-production led by French documentarians Isabelle Clark and Daniel Costello. Culled from more than 500 hours of archival material, this is WWI as you have never experienced it before: artfully colorized in a painstakingly researched process that brings the footage to life with unprecedented impact.

Unfolding in five 52-minute installments, Apocalypse WWI takes us to the battlefields, inside the minds of those who govern, and to the heart of the everyday life of civilians behind the lines. It transports us from the trenches in northern France to the front lines of Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Palestine and the Arabian deserts.

In the first part, Fury, we examine the root causes of the conflict, kickstarted by the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, June 28, 1914. In Fear (episode 2), Germany repels the Russian advance at the Battle of Tannenberg, but the Germans are themselves bogged down by the French at the Battle of the Marne, and the imperial powers call in colonial troops to make this truly a global war. In Hell (episode 3), the devastating consequences of modern technology lay waste to millions of lives throughout the years 1915 and 1916, culminating in the bloody carnage of the Battle of the Somme, where British losses top 30 000 in just a few hours.

In Rage (episode 4) mutinies begin to break out on all sides, and the US enters the war. General Pershing lands in France, June 1917. In July, the senseless slaughter continues at the Battle of Passchendaele. Finally, in Deliverance (episode 5), American troops swing the conflict decisively away from Germany, and on November 11, 1918, armistice brings the fighting to an end.

Producer Josette D Normandeau will join us to introduce these special screenings, and participate in two panel discussions over the weekend.

Tickets are available for programs of two episodes back to back at our standard prices, or as a $20 ticket pack for all 5 episodes. Panel discussions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Co-presented by VIFF Vancity Theatre, the Consulate general of France of Vancouver and Idéacom International.

Fri 13

6.30 Apocalypse FURY + Apocalypse FEAR followed by Q&A and Reception

Sat 14

1.30 Apocalypse FURY + Apocalypse FEAR followed by 1 hr break

4.30 Apocalypse HELL + Apocalypse RAGE

7.00-8.30 Panel: Remembering World War I

Moderator: Colin Browne, SFU.

Participants: Josette Normandeau, CEO and producer - Idéacom International

8.45 Apocalypse DELIVERANCE

Sun 15

5.00 Apocalypse HELL + RAGE

7.00 Panel: History Now: New Media and the Ever Present Past

Moderator: Jeannette Kopak, Centre for Digital Media.

Participants: Josette Normandeau, CEO and producer - Idéacom International ; Matthew Toner, CEO Zeroes to Heroes

8.30 Apocalypse DELIVERANCE

Films in Program

(2014, 260 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

It was the "War to End All Wars", a global conflict with obscure causes and no great gains that claimed the lives of nearly 20 million soldiers and civilians. This monumental documentary uses expertly colorized archival footage to bring WWI to life with unprecedented immediacy and impact. Unfolding in five 52-minute episodes, packaged here in double bills, Apocalypse is a landmark commemoration of a vast man-made catastrophe.

Producer Josette D Normandeau will join us to introduce these special screenings, and participate in two panel discussions over the weekend.

Tickets are available for programs of two episodes back to back at our standard prices, or as a $21 ticket pack for all 5 episodes. Panel discussions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday June 13

6.30 Apocalypse FURY + Apocalypse FEAR 

Sat 14

1.30 Apocalypse FURY + Apocalypse FEAR followed by 1 hr break

4.30 Apocalypse HELL + Apocalypse RAGE

7.00-8.30 Panel: Cinema, War, Commemoration, Memory and the Archive

8.45 Apocalypse DELIVERANCE

Sun 15

5.00 Apocalypse HELL + RAGE

7.00 Panel: History Now: New Media and the Ever Present Past

8.30 Apocalypse DELIVERANCE

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