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Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Women in Film and Television Festival

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Mar 06 06:30 pm

Women instrumentalists have made major contributions to American jazz, and this film captures many of the lost stories, from the early 1920s to the 1970s, including the development of numerous all-female jazz ensembles. Join Peggy Gilbert, Marian McPartland, Carline Ray, Quincy Jones, Jane Sager and many others in this important remembering of our musical past.

Preceded by short films: Chantarelle Rain (4 min), Entrain (7 min) and Glinda (10 min)

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1982
Series:
Northwest Horror Show

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Mar 21 11:30 pm

"A psychopathic killer stalks a Boston campus, brutally slaughtering nubile young college co-eds, collecting body parts from each victim to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old!

Pieces is a wild, unrated gorefest, with enough splatter and sleaze to shock the most jaded horror fan."

Grindhouse Releasing

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 13 06:20 pm
Mar 15 03:00 pm
Mar 15 07:20 pm
Mar 16 06:30 pm
Mar 17 08:45 pm
Mar 18 01:00 pm
Mar 26 04:30 pm

Not just a celebration of the New York Review of Books (though it is certainly that), Martin Scorsese and David Tedescho’s documentary chronicles many of the historical, political and cultural landmarks of the past half century, through the prism of that august publication’s intellectual insight and rigour. Along the way, they interview (or unearth archival footage of) some of the finest minds of the period, including Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, Noam Chomsky, Stephen Jay Gould, Andrei Sakharov, Vaclev Havel, Oliver Sacks and James Baldwin. As you might expect, the film sparkles with wit and wisdom, erudition and elucidation.

"A bracing film about the value of radical ideas and the importance of being courageous enough to consider them." — Norman Wilner, Now

(The Breach)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Sea Shepherd Presents

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Mar 09 06:30 pm

Given their almost mythical abilities to swim upstream and overcome unthinkable obstacles in order to perpetuate their species, wild salmon seem unlikely symbols of fragility. However, by weaving together interviews, archival photos and underwater footage, Pacific Northwest filmmaker Mark Titus spins a damning tale of human stupidity, selective memory and a looming ecological crisis so dire that viewers will be left praying that it’s all just a fish story.

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 10 10:40 pm

Imagine a punk Freddy Kruger let loose in Office Space… Or don’t, that’s the kind of lazy daydream which keeps cynical scam artist Marty (Jason Burge) busy during his temp job at a bank. That is, when he’s not figuring out dumb ways to embezzle from his employers. This dark and melancholy tragi-comedy signals the maturation of a singular new voice in American independent cinema.

"A vigorous and strangely compelling character study, a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time." — Calum Marsh, Village Voice

"The movie, though it is aggressively satirical and sometimes shocking, is in the end hauntingly sad." — AO Scott, New York Times

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 13 01:00 pm
Mar 26 02:45 pm

Yogananda was the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. This unconventional documentary has won critical plaudits everywhere it has screened.

"Fittingly enlightening, Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West." — Michael Rechtschaffen, LA Times

"Gentle sitar music, languorous camerawork and soothing narration ... This could be a good movie to do yoga by." — The New York Times

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 27 10:40 pm
Mar 28 10:40 pm
Mar 29 09:30 pm
Apr 03 10:40 pm
Apr 04 10:30 pm

Something wicket this way comes… In this terrifying cult movie in the making, a teenager is stalked by a shape-shifting nemesis, and the only escape is to pass this walking vendetta onto somebody else - through sexual congress.

"The most exciting film in Cannes ... Tender, remarkably ingenious and scalp-pricklingly scary.” — Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Apr 03 08:40 pm
Apr 04 08:30 pm
Apr 05 09:15 pm
Apr 06 06:30 pm
Apr 09 08:40 pm

Inspired by the true story of a Japanese office worker who travelled from Tokyo to wintery North Dakota to dig up the loot buried by Steve Buscemi at the end of Fargo, this piquant gem is a funny but poignant portrait of madness and obsession. It also opens up an intriguing dialogue between the Zellner Brothers’ brand of humane comedy and the Coens’ quirky original.

"Inspirational and devastating." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Sea Shepherd Presents

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Mar 30 06:30 pm

Wrenched reveals how author Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, director ML Lincoln captures the outrage of Abbey’s friends who were the original eco-warriors. With tree-spiking, forest occupation and high-profile publicity stunts such as the cracking at Glen Canyon Dam, this group became the eventual target of FBI infiltrators, leading to the arrest of various members.

Duration: 60 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 14 11:00 am

Micah Smith’s 2013 Honor Diaries “is the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls.  Honor Diaries is more than a movie, it is a movement to save women and girls from human rights abuses around the world.” This event is $5 and includes a panel discussion/Q&A and snacks/beverages.

Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 16 04:15 pm
Mar 17 02:30 pm
Mar 25 09:00 pm

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her.

"The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller." — Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

"This patient, beautiful, painful, engrossing film pits husband and wife against each other and their world in a series of extended conversations/confrontations." — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

"Tense and frightening ... a primal political fable for the digital age." — New York Times

Duration: 50 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 14 02:00 pm

Directors Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott’s 2013 film “chronicles ‘America’s leading environmentalist,’ Bill McKibben, in a David-vs-Goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.” This event is $5 and includes a panel discussion/Q&A and snacks/beverages.

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2008
Series:
Music Mondays

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Mar 30 08:30 pm

Like 50 Feet From Stardom this is the story of unsung heroes, the session musicians who made the 60s swing. Guaranteed, you will never hear pop from that era the same way again. Touching on everyone from the Beach Boys to Elvis, Sinatra to Sonny & Cher, this is an astonishing glimpse behind the scenes at the hey day of American pop. "Wonderful, touching and hilarious." Elvis Costello

"A treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ’60s pop classics, The Wrecking Crew is a well-nigh irresistible treat for aficionados of music from the era when acts like the Beach Boys, the Association and the Monkees were topping the charts. Pic celebrates a loose-knit group of largely unknown (except by industry insiders) session musicians, many of whom supplied the defining licks and backbeats — and in some cases, actually played instruments for band members — on legendary recordings." Joe Leydon, Variety

USA, Iran

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Iran, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Mar 11 08:45 pm

The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

"Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus. The director combines elements of film noir and the restraint of Iranian New Wave cinema with the subdued depictions of a bored youth culture found in early Jim Jarmusch ... The comparisons go on and on, but the result is wholly original." —Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"A wildly inventive Iranian vampire movie that grabs you by the throat with its dark, moody style, pulsating soundtrack and offbeat love story." —David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Various

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Various,
Series:
Northwest Horror Show

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Mar 21 09:30 pm

“When Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski and his team at Grindhouse Releasing ask if you want to see a custom-curated, all-35mm collection of the rarest vintage trailers on planet Earth, you say "YES".

Prepare for a feature-length onslaught of the wildest, weirdest and most actionpacked face-rippers to have ever (dis)graced drive-in screens — all culled from GR’s vast archive of golden-age exploitation. Blaxploitation, sexploitation, horror, mondo, martial arts and more mix with mutant subgenres, freakish fiascos and other brain-bludgeoning, eye-blasting two-minute masterpieces not seen since the flea-ridden heydays of 42nd St."

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