Monday 6 Jan 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Experimental Eskimos
In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three 12-year-old Inuit boys, Peter Ittinuar, Zebedee Nungak and Eric Tagoona, were sent to live with White families in Ottawa, to be educated in White schools. The consequences for the boys, their families, their identity, and their culture were brushed aside.

The bureaucrats who brought the boys South did not anticipate the outcome of their experiment. The boys grew up to become leaders of their people, and lifelong thorns in the side of the government. The battles they fought and won were instrumental in the establishment of aboriginal rights in Canada, and led to the creation of Nunavut, the world’s largest self-governing aboriginal territory. But it all came at enormous personal cost.

The Experimental Eskimos is the untold story of how an experiment in assimilation, not only changed three boys, but changed a nation. Pg

Featured at Hotdocs, "Best Feature Documentary" at Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, and Directors Guild of Canada Prize Winner: "Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary"

Veteran filmmaker Barry Greenwald will join us for a Q&A to update the story and fill us in on the considerable impact the film has made.

Another great film from White Pine Pictures, makers of MM favourites: Westwind, Genius Within, and Winds Of Heaven films about Tom Thomson, Glenn Gould and Emily Carr - and many other powerful Canadian and international stories.

Thursday 9 Jan 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Beaver
Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with Mel Gibson in The Beaver - an emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can't seem to get himself back on track... until a beaver hand puppet enters his life. Pg13 some disturbing scenes.

Monday 13 Jan 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Love Is All You Need
Love Is All You Need is a warm, funny, heartfelt meditation on the birth pangs of starting a new life. Set at a picture-perfect summer wedding in Sorrento, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as Philip, a lonely, crotchety middle-aged English widower, and a Dutch woman who is recovering from illness and a broken marriage. The fates of these two bruised souls intertwine as they embark for Italy to attend the wedding of their children. The bumpy path towards the union of their children, and the clashes and faux pas of their wedding guests, force Philip and Ida to reevaluate all their notions of family, love and happiness. R

Monday 20 Jan 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
At the age of 65, Tom Luckey accidentally tumbled through a window in his bathroom and became paralysed below his neck. After months in rehab, and despite being able to move only his head, Tom emerged with the same verve he always had. He was determined to get on with life and finish the enormous climbable sculpture he had been commissioned to build prior to the accident.

In the course of the film, through moments of anger, joy, and breathtaking ego, the sculpture is finally built. From trying to re-spark his mojo with his wife Ettie, to keeping his work going with Spencer, his son, Tom wrestles with his new condition as a person. Implementing his artistic vision while maintaining independence and sanity becomes an intricate balance for all involved. The film is the portrait of a family in crisis and one man's efforts to create a new life in the wake of a devastating accident. Pg13

Thursday 23 Jan 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
What About Bob?
A comedy with Bill Murray and (now out bipolar) Richard Dreyfuss exploring the patient/psychiatrist relationship (gone sideways).

Monday 27 Jan 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
In Search Of Blind Joe Death
The Saga Of John Fahey
Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American folk music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz.

In Search of Blind Joe Death combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist and provocateur. Interviewees include The Who's Pete Townshend, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Calexico's Joey Burns and renowned radio personality Dr. Demento. By Canadian filmmaker James Cunningham. Pg 13

Wednesday 29 Jan 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Under African Skies
This story is especially timely with the passing of Nelson Mandela. For the 25th anniversary of "Graceland," Paul Simon returns to South Africa for a historic reunion concert - and a look at his landmark album's turbulent birth. Interviewing anti-apartheid activists and music legends like Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney and David Byrne, Berlinger's (Crude, Paradise Lost) new doc explores both the anatomy of a musical masterwork and the responsibilities of art. The novel framework for the documentary has Paul Simon sitting down with Dali Tambo, the son of ANC leader Oliver Tambo and the head of Artists Against Apartheid, the most vocal faction against Simon's endeavour. The two men have a long, reasonable, open discourse a quarter of a century after their initial debate.

This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society

Wednesday 30 Jan 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
All The Time In the World
Do you enjoy watching documentary films? Have you ever wanted to be a film critic? Invitation to the Rough Cut Screening: All The Time In the World. Disconnecting to reconnect.

The story of a family that chooses to leave its busy life and spend fall, winter and spring in the complete wilderness of the Canadian North.

Monday 3 Feb 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
My Father and the Man in Black
Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul...

Following his father's suicide, director Jonathan Holiff discovers hundreds of letters and audio diaries, including recorded phone calls with Johnny Cash during his pill-fueled 1960s, triumphs at Folsom and San Quentin, marriage to June Carter, and his conversion in the early 1970s to born-again Christian.

An intense personal adventure that happens to feature one of 20th-century music's greatest icons, My Father and the Man in Black tells the inside story of 'bad boy' Johnny Cash, his talented but troubled manager, Saul Holiff, and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend. Pg13

Thursday 6 Feb 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Patient Voices
Patient Voices - a collection of short impactful video pieces chosen as inspiring teaching devices and an intro to several leaders in the MH recovery movement.

Monday 10 Feb 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that features Jack Black's best performance ever. In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. How could things go so wrong? Richard Linklater cleverly tells this story using actors mixed with colourful real-life characters. Pg13 (you must stay for credits on this one!)

Monday 17 Feb 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Big Lebowski
With celebrity presenter Victoria's "Dude" Big Mike Raymer with The Riffriders How could this classic not have graced the MM screen till now? Mr Raymer's immediate choice. The Big Lebowski is a 1998 film about an amiable unemployed slacker, The Dude, and his close friends, all fond of their nights at the local bowling alley, who are drawn into a Chandleresque plot involving the missing younger wife of a millionaire namesake. R

Thursday 20 Feb 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Fetching Cody
Fetching Cody uses magic realism in telling a Vancouver DTES addiction story, investigates in a novel way what contributes to a addiction.

Monday 24 Feb 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Here One Day
In 1995, after a 20-year struggle with bipolar disorder, Nina Leichter, a 63-year-old mother of two, Senator's wife, took her own life. Sixteen years would pass before her daughter Kathy felt ready to listen to delve into her story. She found a sometimes difficult marriage, her sadness over her estrangement from her son, and her difficulties with mental illness. Audio recordings her mother left would ultimately form the backbone of this extraordinarily moving documentary. Driven by the need to understand and forgive Nina, and to explore the repercussions of her mother's illness and death on her family, Kathy's journey leads ultimately to a place of acceptance and letting-go. Pg13

Special Guests: Phone in Q&A with filmmaker Kathy Leichter from New York City and Richard Pendree, a IMCRT* nurse who also has been a leader in suicide intervention training
*IMCRT - Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team (Emergency Mental Health) Island Health Authority

Wednesday 26 Feb 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Ron Hynes: Man of a Thousand Songs
Here's a totally intriguing portrait of a Canadian icon, as told by himself and his intense and articulate nephew novelist Joel Thomas Hynes. It's been a 35 year long and winding road, with failed relationships, battles with an alter ego and drugs – a turbulent life in search of the perfect song. “Sonny's Dream” is one of those. We'll celebrate this NFLDer's recent recovery from a serious bout of throat cancer. Some terrific music and story telling! Pg

This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 3 Mar 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Marion Bridge
Three estranged sisters reunite to care for their dying mother and old conflicts and secrets return to the surface. It's an entertaining drama set in Nova Scotia that broaches topics like sibling rivalry, addiction, family secrets and relationships - starring Molley Parker, Rebecca Jenkins, Stacy Smith, introducing Ellen Page, written by Daniel MacIvor. Pg13

"Marion Bridge is one of the most confident and clearly directed features to be made in Canada. Every element of this impressive production is completely integrated and beautifully performed." – Atom Egoyan, Director

In collaboration UVic's IdeaFest 2014 - The Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC).

Guest presenters include Cecilia Benoit, Scientist CARBC, Professor, Sociology Uvic, Rachel Philips, Postdoctoral fellow CARBC, Lenora Marcellus, Assistant Professor, Nursing Uvic.

Thursday 6 Mar 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
William Kurelek's The Maze
Kurelek, a revered Canadian artist who went through a deep depression touching on psychosis, explores the roots of his crisis and recovery. A newly reworked version of a 40+ year old documentary that is an artwork in itself.

Monday 10 Mar 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Asian Canadian short films
A special program of Asian Canadian short films with Toronto filmmaker, Victoria native, Carolyn Wong.

She'll present her film Howard (18 min, 2012) which won Best Canadian Short in the Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2013. An estranged uncle is murdered. The niece he never knew uncovers his complex, conflicted life as a gay man and muses about his life and death in an attempt to comprehend what it means to her.

Plus her Beat Truths (3 min, 2004) about a Toronto bucket drummer.

Also, State of Yo (9 min, 2007) by Jason Karman about Harvey Lowe (incidentally Carolyn Wong's Great Uncle!) who won the world's first Yo-Yo championship in 1932.

Others: a drama by Jason Karman, Kimchi Fried Dumplings (14 min, 2012) and a MM favourite, Kimchi According to my Kun-Umma! (18 min, 2002) by Samuel Kiehoon Lee - fun, family, and food are the focus of this charming and informative look into Korean culture.

Monday 17 Mar 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who's convinced he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. A black and white film chock full of colourful characters. R for language

Monday 24 Mar 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
In The Family
In The Family with local film reviewer Jason Whyte and writer, director, lead actor Patrick Wang by phone from New York In a heartfelt story woven around child custody, two-dad families, loss, interracial relations, the American South, and the human side of the law, the nature of what it means to be a family is explored with ambitious and rewarding nuance. This amazing first feature was written, directed, and lead role played by Patrick Wang. 169min 2011 Pg13 Robert Ebert said: " 'In the Family' is a long film... I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. [I was and you will be too. B] What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own." Read about the filmmakers next film.

Wednesday 26 Mar 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
20 Feet From Stardom
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director 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. 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. This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 31 Mar 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
A Hand To Stand
A Hand To Stand (21 min) focuses on the Bella Bella Community School within the Heiltsuk First Nation reserve on B.C.'s coastal Inside Passage. Teacher engages group of teenagers craft their own Stand Up Paddleboards, a modern version of a traditional practice. G

By Victoria filmmaker Matthew Miles and Lindsay Marie Stewart. Matthew will be with us for Q&A

... and Crazywater (56 min, 2013), a first person documentary about alcoholism in First Nations communities, told through the lens of an Aboriginal filmmaker, Whitehorse based director Dennis Allen. Stories are shared without apology or laying of blame. It is a 'sober' look at a devastating, and sometimes fatal, addiction. Pg13

"...if you think about it, not one substance, force, or event from residential schools to the deadly epidemics of smallpox and influenza have had such a powerful effect on us. Like many aboriginals, my own life has been effected by alcohol abuse, my own and others. This is my thesis for my masters in life." Dennis Allen

With guest Monique Gray Smith about her and her recent book "Tilly".

Monday 7 Apr 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives
Birth Story celebrates Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other's babies in 1970. "Warm, spirited and occasionally slathered in goo, "Birth Story" is a celebratory tribute to the endangered art of midwifery and its most influential practitioner, Ina May Gaskin. A disarming example of documentary filmmaking that stakes out an opinion with plain-spoken, commonsensical wisdom, this insightful effort from directors Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore doubles as a defense of natural childbirth and an affectionate look back at the movement's '70s countercultural roots.".

with guest Eva Bild, Mothering Touch, Childbirth Educators are Lamaze-Certified childbirth educators, breastfeeding educators and DONA-trained doulas.

Monday 14 Apr 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Good Ol' Freda
Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenaged fan when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her.

Freda remained a staple in the Beatles’ world for 11 years because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles' devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history.

In Good Ol' Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. The film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music. Freda has a refreshing integrity that is uncommon in our tell-all celebrity world. Pg13

Monday 21 Apr 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin, at the recreation centre where they are choir members, they have been inseparable. However, because they are 'different,' their loved ones are fearful of their relationship. As the choir prepare for an important music festival, Gabrielle does everything she can to gain her independence.

Canada's bid for Best Foreign Film at this year's Oscars. French Canadian (subtitled) R

Monday 28 Apr 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Last Dogs of Winter
Shot entirely in Churchill, Manitoba The Last Dogs of Winter is the incredible and controversial story of rebel outsider Brian Ladoon's efforts to preserve and breed Canadian Eskimo dogs in the harsh Northern landscape. The dogs, ala Qimmiq or Inuit Sled Dogs were once indispensible to human life in the Canadian arctic. Today, the breed faces extinction. Stunning footage of polar bears and dogs interacting and a window for us comfy Southerners into that rugged environment and the equally rugged individuals who choose to live there. Pg13

New Zealand filmmaker Costa Botes will take our call for more about the making of this film!

Wednesday 30 Apr 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making.
This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 5 May 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Anonymous People
A feature documentary film about people living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. An American film, local context. Pg 13

Monday 12 May 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Judy Dench is priceless in this role as a woman who lost her child to an Irish convent that dealt with unwed mothers back in the early 50s. She never stopped searching and with the help of a world-weary political journalist (Steve Coogan, who produced and wrote the screenplay as well) learned her child’s fate late in life. A lovely, surprising story. Pg13

Monday 19 May 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
All Is Lost
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. A film with just a few words and one actor. Immerse yourself! Pg13

Monday 26 May 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
The film illuminates our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China's Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world—the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where 30 million people gather at the same time for a sacred bath in the Ganges. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometres deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia.

This boldly cinematic film shows the magnitude of our need and use of the world's most precious resource - from award-winning Victoria-born filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky marks their second collaboration after 2006's Manufactured Landscapes.

Wednesday 28 May 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
Topp Twins - Untouchable Girls This film is the most fun I've had at the movies for years. These NZ yodelling twins have been performing since they were girls and, with brilliant humour and music, have tackled everything from Aboriginal rights, nuclear weapons proliferation, GLBT issues. Even breast cancer succumbs to their spirit and their special brand of silliness.(more fun than a possum up your trousers) Pg13
This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 2 Jun 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Importance Of A Forgiving Heart: The Bill Williams Story
A documentary about the important topic of forgiveness, focused around the treatment of First Nation Peoples in Canada. The documentary explores Bill's story of abuse and the process of forgiving his abusers.

Tuesday 3 Jun 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Importance Of A Forgiving Heart: The Bill Williams Story
A documentary about the important topic of forgiveness, focused around the treatment of First Nation Peoples in Canada. The documentary explores Bill's story of abuse and the process of forgiving his abusers.

Monday 09 Jun 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Before Sunrise & Before Sunset
In the first two charming romantic dramas in a trilogy of films by the same actors, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater, we drop in on pivotal days, each 9 years apart.

In Before Sunrise (105 min, 1995) R (language), a young American meets a French girl on a train to Vienna where they get to know each other overnight before he leaves on his flight home. In the second, Before Sunset (80 min, 2004) R (language), they meet again after 9 years.

You'll want to see these two together. In a month, we'll show the third, Before Midnight (2013), that continues this fascinating relationship of both fictional characters and creators in this hopefully ongoing series.

Monday 16 Jun 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Oil Sands Karaoke
Forget about Sudbury Saturday night; Thursdays at Bailey's Pub in Fort McMurray, Alberta, is the place to be. Oil sands workers by day become divas and country superstars when the sun goes down, encouraged by a few drinks and a dream. Director Charles Wilkinson goes beyond the songs to dig deeper into stories of those who work in the often-lonely place to make top dollar by asking them to consider the ethics of working in one of Canada's most controversial industries.

Monday 23 Jun 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Wagner's Dream
The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, the world'sgreatest singers, and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner's Ring cycle. An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera's most monumental work, the film chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner's dream of a perfect Ring. A Bob Eisenhardt Susan Froemke Film.

Wednesday 25 Jun 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Muscle Shoals
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 30 Jun 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Going: Remembering Winnipeg Movie Theatres
For nearly a century, from the invention of movies to the rise of home video and the Internet, going to the theatre was the major form of entertainment in cities like Winnipeg. In their heyday, there were almost fifty theatres operating in the city at one time, from the big showpiece venues downtown to the many more modest neighbourhood houses. And over the entire century, well over one hundred theatres came and went.

In my documentary Going: Remembering Winnipeg Movie Theatres, two dozen Winnipeggers reminisce about an experience which largely disappeared as traditional theatres closed, to be replaced by multiplexes and other forms of entertainment – people whose families owned theatres, people who worked in theatres, and most of all people who just loved to sit in the dark entranced by the images up there on the big screen.

Monday 7 Jul 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Before Midnight
Following our double feature screening of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset here is the third in the trilogy. Nine years on we catch up with our couple. Things are settled in, (worn in?), and shaded with some touches of Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. Will their relationship survive? Like its predecessors, the film was directed by Richard Linklater. Co-written by Linklater, Hawke and Delpy. Like the others widely acclaimed and nominated for Academy Award for screenplay.

Wednesday 9 Jul 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Huntington's Dance
Huntington's Dance chronicles the life of film maker Chris Furbee from childhood to age 47 as he at first attempts to make sense of the strange movements and behaviors of his grandfather, and a few years later those of his mother. Upon learning that his family carries the genetic material for a disease called Huntington's Disease he begins to wonder if he too is at risk for developing the disease. (Huntington's is the disease that claimed the life of legendary folk singer and writer Woody Guthrie.) Making of this film spans an 18 year period of Chris' life.

The film premiered at the Slam Dance Film Festival in January 2014 where it won a Special Jury Award. The Hollywood Reporter calls the film "compelling, suspenseful and deeply moving, enhanced by a lyrical musical score". This is a story of love and compassion between mother and son, the need to know and the simultaneous need not to know and how one learns to navigate the array of emotional experience that at any moment threatens to sweep ones very life away. Huntington's Dance is a rare look inside the mind and life of a man courageous enough to pull back the veil of ignorance in order to reveal the future. Pg13 official web site

This one time screening is a special Fund Raising event to assist in the launch of Huntington's Dance. The suggested minimum gift to the film is $15-20 at the door. Director Chris Furbee will join us by phone from California after the screening and producers Gene Furbee and Sarah Kendall will be with us in person.

Monday 14 Jul 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Andre Gregory: Before And After Dinner
This portrait of groundbreaking director, actor, and artist André Gregory by Cindy Kleine (who is also his wife, pictured here) is a delightful, ruminative appreciation of one man's life and work. A brilliant and often hilariously funny raconteur, Gregory discusses the making of My Dinner With André (1981 – an early MM choice). He speaks warmly of his lifelong friendship with Wallace Shawn, his co-writer/star in that film and life-long collaborator. And there's his problematic relationship with his European parents, described as "Jews who forgot to tell their children they were Jews" and, "like the insane rulers of a little Balkan country." André Gregory is a master storyteller, whose own life encompasses compelling passions, fears, and mysteries worthy of his theatrical mentors.

Monday 21 Jul 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Finding Vivian Maier
This film is my choice of Best Doc of 2013, right up there with 2012's Searching For Sugar Man, as an exciting discovery of a hidden life and stunning late-discovered talent. A mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century's greatest photographers. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. A sparky young man, co-director, John Maloof, uncovers the mystery and reveals it in a most entertaining way.

Wednesday 23 Jul 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist who finds himself without a job. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.

Monday 28 Jul 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Sports documentary Linsanity follows the career of NBA point guard Jeremy Lin – born in Los Angeles to Taiwanese parents – who came off the bench as an unknown in February, 2012, to lead the struggling New York Knicks to the NBA playoffs. The term "Linsanity" was coined for he phenomenal rise and performance.

Along the way, he became an international symbol of Asian-American progress and hero to underdogs everywhere. With plenty of archival footage from his childhood games and a couple of jaw-dropping clips from his sizzling month in 2012, Linsanity offers lots for b-ball fans," but also makes for a very thrilling film experience even for those, like me, who never have watch a game.

Monday 4 Aug 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Jack Hodgins' Island
This very BC film, made by NFB 33 years ago, is a fond trip back in the past to writer Jack Hodgins' Vancouver Island, the community that inspired his breakout short story collection, Spit Delaney's Island, and many others in his long and illustrious career. This almost forgotten gem of a film features beautiful background of his family of origin, other hard working Island folks, the industry and logging sports days around his north island Merville home, his life and times – a portrait of the artist as a young man, now 76 and a Victoria resident. G

Plus some other good stuff from Hodgins' career.

With special guest Jack Hodgins.

Monday 11 Aug 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Of Two Minds
The great thing about "Of Two Minds," a documentary on bipolar disorder, is that it doesn't dwell on the clinical or pharmaceutical. We hear from the experts, and we learn about medications and health insurance nightmares. But this is a film about people, brave souls willing to reveal personal stories of the torment raging inside their brains. Writer-directors Doug Blush and Lisa Klein (whose late sister suffered from bipolar disorder), took great pains and untold hours documenting a wide range of folks who share their histories and emotions through interviews, videos, artwork and journals." - Clint O'Connor, The Plain Dealer - Cleveland

This documentary is a fantastic starting point for discussion with the Co-Leads on an exciting new collaborative project with youth who live with bipolar disorder: The Bipolar Youth Action Project!

Dr. Erin Michalak of the UBC Dept. of Psychiatry and Andrea Paquette, the renowned Bipolar Babe and Executive Director of the Bipolar Disorders Society of BC, will join us for a lively conversation about mental health, to share information about the Bipolar Youth Action Project and how you can get involved, and, especially, to answer your questions.

A great starting point for discussion with guests from CREST BD, Bipolar Babe and Mood Disorders Association of BC

Monday 18 Aug 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
A conniving but hapless DJ (played brilliantly by Steve Coogan) finds himself in the middle of a hostage taking by a disgruntled fellow employee at his station. Here's his chance to be a hero, if he wasn't such a self-serving coward. Best fun I've had in the theatre in years when I caught it at VFF, but I heard someone say when the lights came up and laughter subsided, "Don't really like British humour..." If you do, don't miss this treat. R

Monday 25 Aug 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Ping Pong
8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. Terry (81) having been given a week to live, gets in sight of winning gold. Inge (89) has used table tennis to train her way out of the dementia ward she committed herself to. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity in this rarefied world and Texan Lisa Modlich, a new-comer at 85 years old, is determined to do whatever it takes to win her first gold. This film is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is a meditation on mortality.

Wednesday 27 Aug 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Song For Marion
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 8 Sep 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Lunchbox
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Delicious and charming visit to India. Pg

Monday 15 Sep 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Walking The Camino
Walking the Camino is an up-close look at one of humanity's most time-honored traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind, we witness the Camino's magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.

This film plays to packed houses whenever it screens. We'll have pilgrims for Q&A.

Monday 22 Sep 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Northern Grease
Not a European destination Northern Grease follows skateboarder/snowboarder/surfer dudes, Beyond Boarding, as they travel in a vegetable oil fueled bus throughout British Columbia and Alberta on a mission to understand Canadian resource extraction projects, visit industrial towns, interview the people involved with and affected by resource extraction, and learn about some of the problems presented by practices like fracking and building transmission lines. They find a complex and disturbing landscape, against which environmental stewardship is threatened by misinformation and biased marketing. Along the way, the boys spend time with the people who, using alternative and renewable energy sources, lead lifestyles that present solutions. All in all, Northern Grease tells a story of awareness, criticism, and forward thinking, against a backdrop of our country's beautiful wilderness, (amazing boarding, skiing, surfing footage) and fascinating people. Pg

Wednesday 24 Sep 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Good Will Hunting
The most brilliant mind at America's top university isn't a student, he's the kid who cleans the floors. Will Hunting is a headstrong, working-class genius who is failing the lessons of life. After one too many run-ins with the law, Will's last chance is a psychology professor, who might be the only man who can reach him. Finally forced to deal with his past, Will discovers that the only one holding him back is himself.
This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 29 Sep 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
While that cat's away, (Bruce is on holiday), Mark Clarkson, philosopher and MM concession guy, and Gene Furbee, film producer (Huntington's Dance), Laughing Yoga practitioner and psychotherapist, will present a favourite film of theirs - HER.

Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man, becomes intrigued with a new advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," (voiced by Scarlet Johansson), who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. R

Monday 6 Oct 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Two films from Victoria's Angus Adventures: The Yenisey River Expedition & Beyond The Horizon
The Yenisey River Expedition The Yenisey River is born in the heart of Mongolia and flows north, through Siberia, and on to the Arctic Ocean. It is the fifth longest river on the planet, and at the arrival of the new millennium no one had ever navigated its entirety. Colin, along with his adventuring friend, Ben Kozel, and two others, endeavored to be the first to run the Yenisey. The 5,500 km river is frozen for more than half the year, so the small team would have just a five month window to accomplish this feat. During the course of their expedition, Colin became separated from the team in remotest Mongolia. He had no shirt, no shoes, no wallet, no passport, and it would be 12 days before he would see his companions again. Best Adventure Film - Telluride Mountain Film festival.

and Beyond The Horizon In June, 2004, a team of three, including Colin Angus and his fiancée (now wife), Julie Wafaei, left Vancouver on their bicycles. Nearly two years later, they rolled back in, looking like castaways, and having completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe - a feat involving rowing unsupported across two oceans and trekking through 17 countries. The team cycled, skied, canoed, hiked and rowed a route that took them to Alaska, across the Bering Sea and the Siberian winter, across Europe from Moscow to Portugal, then across the Atlantic to Costa Rica-a 156-day rowing odyssey. From there it was a ‘short' 8,300 kilometre ride back to Vancouver.

Best Adventure Film - Taos Mountain Film Festival named National Geographic Adventurers of the Year NPR story.

With special guest Colin Angus, half of this amazing adventuring couple now living in Victoria raising their young family. Other adventures: Amazon From Source to Sea, biking and rowing from Scotland to Syria, and most recently, a journey to reveal the history of the olive. Julie's book "Olive Odyssey: Searching For Secrets of the Fruit that Seduced the World" highlighted in August 2014 Focus Magazine.

Monday 13 Oct 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Romantics Anonymous
Romantics Anonymous tells the story of Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate-maker whose uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents. Struggling chocolatier Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde), who also suffers from a similar case of awkward bashfulness that threatens to drown his company, hires Angélique as his new sales associate. Realizing she's attracted to her boss, Angélique decides to anonymously develop a new line of chocolates to save the company. With the future of the business hanging in the balance, Angélique and Jean-René must overcome their limitations and confess their sweet affections for one another in this delectable comedy.

Wednesday 15 Oct 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Complaints Of A Dutiful Daughter + Grief Loss And Dementia
Complaints Of A Dutiful Daughter - a favourite that shows a complex mother/daughter relationship as it evolves as daughter becomes caregiver and the issue of moving mum to a care facility looms. Made by the deeply caring and complaining daughter 44 min 1994

Grief Loss And Dementia is a local, Island Health Authority-made, documentary – not a catchy title but an excellent and helpful film. (And it provides some examples of men with dementia and their caring spouses, in our women heavy film examples)

Caregivers share their journeys. This new educational film is an honest, poignant conversation with the spouses and children of people with dementia. Their emotional journey is full of bumps and unpredictable turns, as well as surprising beauty, even humour. Their insights are an education for anyone who is involved with someone with dementia, whether as a family member or a health care professional. In four 8-11min segments which will fit in here and later sessions 2011 Pg
This was an 'Insights' film.

Monday 20 Oct 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Bound For Glory
Woody Guthrie's early days are portrayed in a wonderful, evocative screenplay that avoids the pitfalls of biopic to present a moving, complex portrait of a creative spirit. Guthrie became the voice of a difficult time in American history - from the dust bowl and the Great Depression. His voice rallied exploited workers and his songs spoke to all about minority rights and what America could be. “Riding the rods” was his escape. David Carradine is great as Woody. Pg

Wednesday 22 Oct 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
This moving film captures the remarkable relationship of acclaimed writer, Iris Murdock, and her husband, soulmate, and also writer/teacher, John Bayley – their young summer season of their lives together and the winter as Iris succumbed to dementia.
This was an 'Insights' film.

Monday 27 Oct 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Cavedigger and Inocente
Inocente - an Oscar winning short film about a girl from a homeless family with an incredible talent and drive to create.

and Cave Digger an equally determined outsider artist Ra Paulette digs other-worldly, sculptural caves using nothing but hand tools. whose medium is underground sandstone cathedral-like spaces he carves in the New Mexico hills.

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Les Misérables
Les Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. In the English-speaking world, the novel is usually referred to by its original French title. Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.
This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 3 Nov 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Armstrong Lie
A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace. He was a brilliant, heroic cyclist, with a consuming drive to win. recovered from a serious bout with cancer and became the ultimate poster boy; an ambassador for recovery and beating the odds. And he was an incredibly convincing liar. The film, made by a documentarian who started a film about Armstrong comeback 2009 Tour De France challenge ended up sitting down with Armstrong and colleagues to try to understand how it all happened. The film also has a great insight to the amazing world of bike racing. Pg13

Q&A with special Guest Jon Watkin

For 3 years (1989 to 1992), Jon raced with an elite amateur team in Germany and continued racing in Canada/USA in from 1993 to 2001. Since 2003, Jon has been involved as an active supporter and organizer of cycling events in British Columbia. He is the co-founder of the Victoria International Cycling Festival and Race Director of the Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series which features the annual Bastion Square Grand Prix. He is also the General Manager of the Accent Inns/Russ Hay's Cycling Team, which claimed the 2013 Canadian National Time Trial Cycling Championship title, and the 2014 Grand Prix Cycliste Quebec Sprint Challenge.

As a Pro Cycling consultant Jon has represented his employer, Schneider Electric, in the pursuit of marketing opportunities in the sport. He has been a VIP guest at major events such as the Tour de France, Tour of California, Tour of Alberta, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Most recently, he has liaised a sponsorship deal between the US Based Smartstop Pro Cycling Team and Schneider Electric as part of a cross-promotion strategy with BMW's electric vehicle business.

Monday 10 Nov 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Thirteen Days
With the Cold War heating up again, we baby boomers are reminded of the Cuban Missile Crisis. As an early teen I and my classmates were practicing climbing under our desks and we felt like we were under imminent treat of world destruction. This tense drama portrays that time when Americans and Russians stood toe to toe over Soviet placement of warheads on Cuba, within easy striking distance of American targets.

In October, 1962, U-2 surveillance photos reveal that the Soviet Union is placing nuclear weapons in Cuba. President Kennedy is determined to show that he is strong enough to stand up to the threat, and the Pentagon advises military strikes against Cuba, followed by an invasion. But Kennedy wants to avoid a chain reaction that will lead to a nuclear war. As assembly of the missiles in Cuba nears completion, consultations at the White House reach a fever pitch, resulting in the controversial decision to enforce a naval blockade of the island. Bruce Greenwood as Kennedy and Kevin Kostner as his Special Assistant. Pg13

Wednesday 12 Nov 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Alive Inside
A truly hopeful film about Alzheimer's and aging is something unexpected. This hugely affecting documentary won the Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and it's easy to see why. It's a portrait of a man on a mission, Dan Cohen, founder of the non-profit Music & Memory, as he fights bureaucrats and austerity budgets with the palpable evidence of how very simply the gift of an iPod can restore vitality and spiritual well-being to patients suffering from dementia and depression.
This was an 'Insights' film.

Monday 17 Nov 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Hidden Pictures
Dr. Delaney Ruston's renowned film that looks at attitudes about mental illness in India, China, France, Africa, and Ruston's own USA and her hometown children's school in Seattle. What emerges are scenes of profound frustration, along with moments of true compassion. Ultimately we witness the force of change that individuals are bringing about, including actress Glenn Close and her family's movement to fight stigma. Pg

Wednesday 19 Nov 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Young @ Heart
Young @ Heart documents the true story of the final weeks of rehearsal for the Young at Heart Chorus in Northampton, MA, whose average age is 81, and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs, for example, by James Brown, and Sonic Youth. Although they have toured Europe and sang for royalty, this account focuses on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town, which succeeds in spite of several real heart breaking events.
This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 24 Nov 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Our Man In Tehran with Argo trailer
Hollywood told the story in its way in the political thriller ARGO (2012). Here's the real story, and from the Canadian perspective their is much to celebrate about our role. This documentary gives an excellent history that lead to the 1979 Iranian uprising that lead to a hostage taking, and our embassy's sheltering of six diplomatic personnel from the US Embassy. Ken Taylor, (pictured here then and now), Joe Clark, Flora MacDonald are some of our heroes. The hostages' eventual escape with a cover story of a film crew scouting for a fake sci-fi film called Argo did happen. Again, the real story is better than fiction! Pg

Wednesday 26 Nov 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
Still Mine
This feature by director Michael McGowan (ONE WEEK, a MM fave ) filmed in the New Brunswick is an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years. Based on true events and laced with wry humor, Still Mine tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison (James Cromwell), who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene (Geneviève Bujold). A poignant look at family dynamics around a person with oncoming dementia.
This was an 'Insights' film.

Monday 1 Dec 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
United in Anger
United in Anger puts the audience on the ground with activists of ACT UP, or the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. From the grass roots, the film depicts the grief, anger, sexiness and incredible energy of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social and government indifference. Please come out for World AIDS Day to hear speakers, to show support for people living with HIV, to honour loved ones who have died, and to continue the fight against stigma and discrimination. 90min 2012 PG13 Co-hosted by Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Society.

Monday 8 Dec 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
TJ Dawe performs his solo play Medicine
TJ Dawe is well known for his original, funny, challenging and often verbally acrobatic solo shows at the Victoria Fringe. I saw him perform this show in September and had to bring it to the Movie Monday Theatre.

Medicine is an autobiographical monologue about a retreat TJ attended, on a hobby farm on the outskirts of Victoria, involving the ingestion of the Peruvian shamanic psychotropic plant medicine ayahuasca. The retreat was led by Dr Gabor Maté whose work TJ made an integral part of his previous show, Lucky 9. As in all TJ's art, he has taken this life changing experience and made it intensely personal, amusing, gripping and broadly meaningful piece.

The show is approximately 90 minutes long followed by a Q&A with TJ Dawe.

Wednesday 10 Dec 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Genius Of Marian & Nebraska
The Genius Of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer's disease. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Her husband grapples with his role as it evolves from primary partner to primary caregiver. Pam's adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the gradual loss of their mother. Her eldest son, a filmmaker, Banker, records their conversations, allowing Pam to share memories of childhood and of her mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele, who had Alzheimer's herself and died in 2001.

and as background to the course do take a look at Nebraska, one of the best recent films and a great look at a father/son relationship coping with losses, curmudgeonly traits, and adapting to new realities.
This was an 'Insights' film.

Monday 15 Dec 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
School Of Rock
I was wrong. Jack Black was terrific in Bernie, but he was even more brilliant in this earlier collaboration with Richard Linklater. A wannabe rock star in need of cash poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school, and tries to turn his class into a rock band. Joan Cusack is the principal. PG 13
cast: Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Miranda Cosgrove

Wednesday 17 Dec 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch.

This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

Monday 22 Dec 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
White Christmas - The films 60th Anniversary!
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. It always snows in Vermont for Christmas, doesn't it? You know the drill. White Christmas can be blown off as a "weird sappy opus" but it's a lot of fun, and a great tradition to share in good company on the big screen. G
cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger

Monday 29 Dec 2014    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Bachelor Weekend also known as THE STAG in UK
A very modern groom-to-be reluctantly agrees to a stag weekend with his urban friends, wild camping in the great outdoors of the west of Ireland. To their horror they are joined by the bride's unpredictable brother, an alpha male known as "The Machine" whose explosive personality and wild leadership takes them on a journey they'll never forget. Actually quite touching! PG13

"Bachelor Weekend works it's comedy formula to perfection" - Twitchfilm
cast: Andrew Scott, Hugh O'Conor, Peter McDonald, Brian Gleeson, Michael Legge