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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.

They Live

Program Running Time 93 min.

Oct 31 10:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: John Carpenter
(USA, 1988, 93 mins, DCP)

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…

GHOSTS... of the Civil Dead

Program Running Time 93 min.

Oct 29 08:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: John Hillcoat
(Australia, 1988, 93 mins)

Long in rights limbo (and never issued on bluray), GHOSTS… Of The Civil Dead is a near legendary Australian prison drama co-written and starring Nick Cave, and the feature debut of director John Hillcoat (The Road; The Proposition). Hard-hitting doesn’t begin to do it justice, this is an intense, scary, provocative film, but one that seems more relevant than ever judging by the mini-industry in prison-building that has taken over North America in the interim.

Ghost Materialities: Undisclosed Forces and the Neoliberal Subject

Program Running Time 75 min.

Oct 29 07:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jem Noble
(75 mins)

An essay-performance and screening by Jem Noble, featuring artist-edits of Ghosts of the Civil Dead (John Hillcoat) and They Live (John Carpenter).

The full length version of Ghosts of the Civil Dead will screen after Noble’s presentation; They Live screens Oct 31.


Program Running Time 80 min.

Nov 14 04:00 pm
Nov 15 05:30 pm
Nov 16 06:30 pm
Nov 19 01:00 pm
Nov 19 09:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jessica Edwards
(USA, 2015, 80 mins, DCP)

“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend – a vow the movie delivers aplenty. Guided by her father, Pops, The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s; sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s; and topped the Billboard charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 1970s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking. You’ll have a blast.

Render: The Vancouver International Music Video Festival 2015

Program Running Time 180 min.

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

Films in Program

Directed By: Various
(Various, 2015, 180 mins)

Render’s focus is on innovative and cutting-edge music videos that push the creative boundaries of the art form. Check for program updates.


Program Running Time 105 min.

Oct 30 06:30 pm
Oct 31 07:50 pm
Nov 01 03:00 pm
Nov 01 07:00 pm
Nov 02 01:00 pm
Nov 03 06:30 pm
Nov 03 08:40 pm
Nov 04 06:30 pm
Nov 04 08:40 pm
Nov 05 08:10 pm
Nov 08 03:00 pm
Nov 09 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Little Shop of Horrors (Director's Cut)

Program Running Time 94 min.

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

Films in Program

Directed By: Frank Oz
(USA, 1986, 94 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

"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. 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 Who: Lambert & Stamp

Program Running Time 117 min.

Sep 21 08:40 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: James D Cooper
(GB, 2014, 117 mins, DCP)

In one of the year’s best, but underseen, music docs, James D Cooper tells the story of The Who through the eyes of the men who discovered, mentored and managed them: Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp.

"Illuminates the glory and tumult of the band’s rise with unexpected candor.. it’s the rare truthful and beautiful film about the rock ’n’ roll life." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Ayotzinapa:Chronicle of a State Crime

Program Running Time 101 min.

Sep 14 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Xavier Robles
(Mexico, 2015, 101 mins)

The night of September 26, 2014, in the city of Iguala, Guerrero, in Mexico, more the 100 young students were attacked by police forces, resulting in 3 students dying, more then 20 injured, and 43 kidnapped by the police. The Mexican military is also implicated in this crime. In their testimony two student survivors of the Iguala massacre reconstruct the climate of impunity, corruption, and criminality that exists, not only in the state of Guerrero but in the entire country. Copresented with Solidaridad con Ayotzinpa Vancouver/Vancouver Solidarity with Ayotzinapa