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THEATRICAL BEGINS JUNE, 2017
Kelowna Film Society - Film Circuit (Kelowna, BC)
October 11, 2017
2016 - USA - 90 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY LINDA SAFFIRE, ADAM SCHLESINGER
An intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, over the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky; many roles were made specifically for Whelan.
THEATRICAL STARTS JULY 2, 2017
2017 - 75 MINUTES
A FILM BY BY ALI WEINSTIEN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RON MANN
A feature documentary about the powerful allure of a universal myth. MERMAIDS immerses audiences in a world where fantasies come to life. Following the stories of five extraordinary tail-donning women who are part of a growing "mermaiding" subculture. Audiences voyage between mermaid theme parks, conventions, tail-making studios, and deep into the ocean where escaping reality and transforming into the empowered icon of the mermaid is possible.
THEATRICAL MAY 12, 2017
Renfrew Film Association - Film Circuit (Renfrew, ON)
October 1 - 4, 2017
Fredericton Monday Night Film Series (Fredericton, NB)
October 30, 2017
Reel Alternatives Huntsville (Huntsville, ON)
November 6, 2017
Ancaster Film Fest (Ancaster, ON)
November 6, 2017
Ottawa Film Society at the Mayfair Theatre (Ottawa, ON)
November 7 - 9, 2017
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival (Vancouver, BC)
November 9, 2017
Brantford Film Group (Brantford, ON)
November 16, 2017
The Reel Thing Film Series (Richmond Hill, ON)
November 20, 2017
ISREAL - 110 MINUTES
IN HEBREW WITH ENGLISH/ FRANCH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY RAMA BURSHTEIN
Michal is 32 years old. She became religious 12 years ago, and only now is she getting married. A month before the wedding, while checking out the catering for the event, the groom has a change of heart and the wedding is called off. Michal feels she's unable to go back to ordinary life, to the usual course of matchmaking. She feels this is the moment to change something very basic in her personality. A simple belief that God is good and sweet; that He wants to give and is only waiting for her to wish it. Michal goes on a month-long journey up to the planned wedding day: "I have the venue, the dress, the apartment; God can easily come up with my groom".
One Night Only! - Capitol 6 Theatres (Victoria, BC)
September 20, 2017
First Ontario Place (St. Catharines, ON)
October 13, 14, 15 + 20, 2017
2017 - USA - 84 MINUTES - COLOUR - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY DUSTIN GUY DEFA
PRINCIPAL CAST: ABBI JACOBSON, MICHAEL CERA, TAVI GEVINSON, PHILIP BAKER HALL, BENE COOPERSMITH, GEORGE SAMPLE III
During a single day in New York City, a variety of characters grapple with the mundane, the unexpected, and the larger questions permeating their lives. An investigative reporter struggles with her first day on the job, despite help from her misguided boss; a rebellious teen attempts to balance her feminist ideals with other desires; and a young man seeks to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend, even as her brother threatens revenge. Meanwhile, an avid music lover traverses the city in search of a rare record for his vinyl collection.
2017 - 91 MINUTES - ENGLISH - USA
A FILM BY JOSH GREENBAUM
A unique documentary/narrative hybrid chronicling the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service" (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next six Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down.
WEIRDOS - Winner! Canadian Screen Award, 2017
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Molly Parker
Original Screenplay - Daniel MacIvor
THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 17, 2017
CANADA – 2016 - BLACK AND WHITE - 84 MINUTES
A FILM BY BRUCE MCDONALD
WRITTEN BY DANIEL MACIVOR
FEATURING: ALLAN HAWCO, MOLLY DUNSWORTH, JULIA SARAH STONE AND DYLAN AUTHORS
Nova Scotia. 1976. The weekend of the American Bicentennial. When 15-year-old Kit decides that living with his father is too repressive, he hits the road to move in with his mother. Accompanied by his girlfriend Alice, Kit will explore his very core - his sexuality, his sense of place and self - in an attempt to find a place to call home.
THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 1, 2017
2016 - USA/ GERMANY - 108 MINUTES - COLOUR
A FILM BY MARCIE BEGLEITER
Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization.
2017 - 88 MINUTES - CANADA/ UNITED KINGDOM - IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY KYOKO MIYAKE
PRODUCERS: EYESTEEL FILM + BRAKELESS LIMITED
Walking down the streets of Tokyo, it is difficult to escape the gaze and the voice of the ‘idol’ girls - Japanese pop singers. They are everywhere, looking down from advertising panels and singing out of shops’s loudspeakers. With an innocent virgin look and piercingly high-pitched voice, they are the ultimate expression of Japanese cuteness.
THEATRICAL BEGINS DECEMBER 17, 2016
CANADA – 2015 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY PAUL SHAPIRO
FEATURING: MEGAN FOLLOWS, RICK MORANIS, GAIL YOUNGS
When a young girl wants to join her high school's hockey team as goalie, she meets with resistence, but also gets support, especially from the star forward of the team.
THEATRICAL BEGINS DECEMBER 2, 2016
FRANCE/ GERMANY – 2016 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY MIA HANSEN-LØVE
FEATURING: ISABELLE HUPPERT, ANDRÉ MARCON, ROMAN KOLINKA, EDITH SCOB, SARAH LE PICARD, SOLAL FORTE, ELISE LHOMEAU, LIONEL DRAY, GRÉGOIRE MONTANA-HAROCHE, LINA BENZERTI
Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.
IRAN / GERMANY / SWITZERLAND – 2015 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ROKHSAREH GHAEM MAGHAMI
WITH SONITA ALIDAZEH
Sonita is an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$ 9.000.
THEATRICAL BEGINS NOVEMBER 4, 2016
2016 - USA - 108 MINUTES - COLOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE
A FILM BY JIM JARMUSCH
FEAURING: JIM OSTERBERG AS IGGY POP, RON ASHETON, SCOTT ASHETON, JAMES WILLIAMSON, STEVE MACKAY, MIKE WATT, KATHY ASHETON, DANNY FIELDS
Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s.
LIMITED THEATRICAL BEGINS NOVEMBER 2, 2016
USA – 2016 – 91 MIN – COLOUR - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ZACH CLARK
FEATURING: ADDISON TIMLIN, ALLY SHEEDY, KEITH POULSON, PETER HEDGES, KRISTIN SLAYSMAN, MOLLY PLUNK, BARBARA CRAMPTON
October, 2008. Young nun Colleen is avoiding all contact from her family, until an email from her mother announces, “Your brother is home.” On returning to her childhood home in Asheville, NC, she finds her old room exactly how she left it: painted black and covered in goth/metal posters.
2016 - USA - IN ENGLISH - 96 MINUTES
A FILM BY KEITH MAITLAND
On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, TOWER reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
UNITED STATES – 2016 – 86 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY GREG KWEDAR
FEATURING: JOHNNY SIMMONS, GABRIEL LUNA, CLIFTON COLLINS, JR.
On a remote desert highway a makeshift Border Patrol checkpoint is manned by three agents: Flores (Gabriel Luna): with an uncanny ability to track; Davis (Johnny Simmons): joined the Border Patrol with dreams of romancing señoritas and riding on horseback; Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr): one of the old guards who believes a college degree can’t stop a bullet. It's like most boring days, but soon the contents of one car will change everything. What follows is a journey to uncover the surreal, frightening secrets hidden behind the facade of this lonely outpost. The end of the path may cost them their lives along a border where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself.
USA/ 2015/ IN ENGLISH/ 85 MINUTES
A FILM BY KYLE RANKIN
FEATURING: MARIA THAYER ,MICHAEL CASSIDY, RAY WISE, CHRIS MARQUETTE
Deb Clarington is a hardworking 30-year-old gal, not a stickler for hygiene and holding a terrible track record with men. That all changes when she wakes up on the Fourth of July in the apartment of the most attractive man she’s ever seen. Unfortunately neither she nor Ryan can explain exactly why they spent the night together, and there is some debate over how much even happened.
2015 - IRELAND - IN ENGLISH - 90 MINUTES
A FILM BY RACHAEL MORIARTY, PETER MURPHY
FEATURING: KILLIAN SCOTT, JOHN BRADLEY, NIKA MCGUIGAN, PETER O'MEARA, BARRY KEOGHAN
It’s a dog beat dog world out there after the latest financial crisis, and those who were bloodthirsty in their quest for making money are now looking for a new sport in the Irish film TRADERS.
USA/ CANADA – 2015 – 82 MIN - FEATURE
A FILM BY LAURA ISRAEL
The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to the present, is intimately registered in his now formidable body of artistic gestures.
USA – 2015 – 92 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY CHRIS HEGEDUS AND D A PENNEBAKER
Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his lebgal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filling the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a "thing" with no rights to a "person" with legal protections.
USA – 2003 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY CRAIG HIGHBERGER
SUPERSTAR IN A HOUSEDRESS examines the life and legend of Warhol transvestite superstar Jackie Curtis who was a poet, playwright, performer, and one of the great personalities of his time.
USA – 2015 – 83 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY LEAH WOLCHOK
VERY SEMI-SERIOUS is an offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel. The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades.
USA – 2015 – 101 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY DANIAL RAIM
NON-THEATRICAL: AVAILABLE FOR TV, VOD & FILM FESTIVALS ONLY
For sixty tumultuous years, Harold and Lillian weathered personal and professional setbacks while working on hundreds of films, many of them now classics, including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket. Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited.
Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and interviews (including candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, and Francis Coppola), home movies, and rare production art, HAROLD AND LILLIAN lovingly chronicles a remarkable relationship and two extraordinary careers spanning six decades of movie-making history.
2015 - GREECE - 99 MINUTES - DCP - COLOUR - IN GREEK WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
WITH SAKIS ROUVAS, VANGELIS MOURIKIS, PANOS KORONIS
A FILM BY ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI
A buddy movie without the buddies...
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear upon his little finger the victorious signet ring: the “Chevalier.”
I AM THE BLUES
CANADA – 2015 – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY DANIEL CROSS
From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I AM THE BLUES travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends.
I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in there 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Little Freddie King, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil’ Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.
THE DEVIL'S HORN
CANADA – 2016 – 86 MIN – COLOUR - 5.1 - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN
From Adolphe Sax’s workshop of the 1840's to the legendary era of jazz and bebop, it was forbidden by Nazis and Communists and banned by the Pope – gradually conquering all music genres. Throughout its 175-year history the saxophone has been both the most seductive and most feared instrument. Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Larry Weinstein illuminates and mythologizes the story of the saxophone, featuring its most legendary players as well as astonishing discoveries. The Devil's Horn explores the sax's longstanding curse that stemmed from the difficult life of its mad inventor, and is still said to affect saxophonists who fall prey to the instrument’s dark powers.
2015 - GERMANY/ FRANCE/ THE NETHERLANDS - 87 MINUTES - IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ALEXANDER SOKUROV
June 1940: German troops march into Paris. Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff Metternich worked together to protect and preserve the treasure of the Louvre Museum. Alexander Sokurov tells their story. He explores the relationship between art and power, and asks what art tells us about ourselves, at the very heart of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever known.
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR
THAILAND – 2015 – DCP - 122 MINS - 1:1.85 - 7.1 AND 5.1 SURROUND SOUND - IN THAI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL
Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including coloured light therapy, to ease the mens’ troubled dreams.
CHINA - JAPAN - FRANCE – 125 MIN – COLOR – 1.33 / 1.85 / 2.39 – 5.1 – 2015
A FILM BY JIA ZHANGKE
China, 1999. In Fenyang, childhood friends Liangzi, a coal miner, and Zhang, the owner of a gas station, are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually marries the wealthier Zhang and they have a son he names Dollar.
2014. Tao is divorced and her son emigrates to Australia with his business magnate father.
Australia, 2025. 19-year-old Dollar no longer speaks Chinese and can barely communicate with his now bankrupt father. All that he remembers of his mother is her name.
USA – 1983 – 82 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY CHARLIE AHEARN
A documentation of the earliest days of hip-hop in the boroughs of New York, everything in WILD STYLE is authentic — the story, style, characters, and most of the actors, are drawn from the community. It features a pantheon of old-school pioneers, including Grandmaster Flash, Fab Five Freddy, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and more.
USA – 2001 – 72 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY EDO BERTOGLIO
DOWNTOWN 81 is a feature film starring the legendary American artist Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988.) Basquiat was a 19 year old painter, graffiti artist, poet and musician when he played the lead in this film, which vividly depicts the explosive downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81.
GERMANY – 2012 – 80 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
FILM BY PEACHES
Following the advice of a 65 year old stripper, Peaches makes music that is sexually forthright. Her popularity grows and she becomes what her fans expect her to be — transsexual. She soon falls in love with a beautiful she male, but Peaches gets her heart broken and has to realize who she really is.
BELGIUM / NETHERLANDS – 2012 – 111 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FLEMISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY FELIX VAN GROENINGEN
THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN tells the love story between Elise and Didier. She has her own tattoo shop, he plays the banjo in a band. It is love at first sight, in spite of major differences. He talks, she listens. He is a dedicated atheist, although at the same time a naïve romantic. She has a cross tattooed on her neck, even though she has both feet firmly on the ground. Their happiness is complete after their little girl Maybelle is born.
USA – 2010 – 84 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY RICHARD PRESS
“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Anna Wintour about Bill Cunningham, the 80-year-old New York Times photographer and unlikely man-about-town. Cunningham has two weekly columns in the Style section of The New York Times: “On The Street,” in which he identifies fashion trends as he spots them emerging on the street; and “Evening Hours,” his ongoing coverage of the social whirl of charities that benefit the cultural life of the city. The result is far from simple picture taking — it is cultural anthropology.
CANADA – 2010 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JAY CHEEL
An apt mix of humour and humanity, BEAUTY DAY is a feature length documentary which chronicles the life and times of cable television star Ralph Zavadil.
USA – 2013 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JESSE MOSS
Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.
In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, even for those who do find gainful employment.
FRANCE – FEATURE - 2014 – 131 MIN – COLOUR - FRENCH & ENGLISH - DCP
A FILM BY MIA HANSEN-LØVE
FEATURING: PAULINE ETIENNE, GRETA GERWIG AND BRADY CORBET
In the 90’s, french electronic music is developing at a fast pace. in the exciting Paris nightlife, Paul is taking his first steps as a DJ. With his best friend he creates a duo called “Cheers”, and they rapidly find their au- dience. They are quickly caught up in a euphoric and short-lived rise to fame and Paul, blinded by his pas- sion, overlooks his own life.
USA – 2013 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
WITH BRIT MARLING, HAILEE STEINFELD, MUNA OTARU, SAM WORTHINGTON, KYLE SOLLER,
A FILM BY DANIEL BARBER
Based on Julia Hart’s revered 2012 Black List screenplay, and directed by Academy Award® ￼Nominated Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), The Keeping Room is a tense and uncompromising ￼tale of survival that also shatters both gender and genre conventions.