Monday 4 Jan 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
How To Change The World The Story of Greenpeace
How to Change the World chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers - Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists, and American draft dodgers - who set out to stop Richard Nixon's atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement. The story is framed by Bob Hunter's first person narrative as from 1971 to 79 he managed to bind together the ‘mystics and the mechanics' into a group with a single purpose, often at huge cost to himself. The organization morphed as, victims of their own success, the founders gave away their central role to create Greenpeace International.

How To Change The World is an intimate portrait of the group's original members and of activism itself-idealism vs. pragmatism, principle vs. compromise. They agreed that a handful of people could change the world; they just couldn't always agree on how to do it.

Monday 11 Jan 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Infinitely Polar Bear
"Infinitely Polar Bear brings us back to a semi-forgotten, not-so-innocent era - America in the 1970s, when kids were less supervised and parents let it all hang out. It was a time when a woman could leave her young daughters in the care of their bipolar dad, who was frequently off his meds and smoked like a chimney, and the neighbours' sole source of tongue wagging was the prospect of a man doing domestic chores." This is a daughter's eye view of her glamorous, heartbreaking father, inspired by writer/director Maya Forbes' own childhood... Mark Ruffalo heads up great performances in this realistic portrayal of a family living with bipolar. R Trailer Of course we'll talk about this one.

Intimate yet expansive, clear-eyed yet deeply personal, [this] marks an irresistible feature debut for writer-director Maya Forbes. Drawing on a tough but rewarding chapter of her own childhood, during which she and her sister were raised by their bipolar father while their mother went to grad school, Forbes brings a marvellous warmth and specificity to this story of a mixed-race family struggling to survive, aided considerably by one of Mark Ruffalo's richest, most appealing performances...

While Forbes divides the story among all four members of the unconventional Stuart clan, it's perhaps her most empathetic gesture that she places the viewer's primary point of identification with the family's most problematic individual. That would be Cam (Ruffalo), a blue-blooded New Englander who, as revealed in a lovely prologue consisting of Super 8 home movie footage, was officially diagnosed with manic-depressive disorder in 1967. His African-American girlfriend, Maggie (Zoe Saldana), married him regardless, partly because it was the '60s and mental health was all relative anyway. Fast-forward a decade to 1978: Cam is now a boisterous, outgoing father to their two young daughters, Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide), but a less-than-reliable and increasingly unpredictable husband to Maggie...

[This] is the sort of sweetly immersive slice-of-life storytelling that, as it unfolds over several consecutive seasons, finds humor and conflict in simple daily activities… As embodied by Ruffalo with a bracing combination of belligerence, restraint, outright silliness and a peculiar sort of grace, Cam is a satisfyingly complex creation who comes off as far more than the sum of his erratic behaviours. - Justin Chang, Variety

Friday 15 Jan 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
A Climate Revolution For All – COP21: An Inside View

This world premiere of a 50 minute documentary will be presented with a Q&A with co-producer and health sciences librarian, Elizabeth Woolworth, who attended the Paris climate summit in December, and local engineer, Brian Burchill, who are both familiar with the looming CO2 crisis.

Elizabeth Woolworth spent most of 2015 voluntarily promoting a climate mobilization book “Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis?” by Dr. David Griffin that outlines a mobilization approach to global warming that is ahead of the curve on what governments and citizens can do to restrain carbon emissions.

The COP21 conference was attended by delegates from 195 nations, and by 40,000 people from around the world. Its venue was a square kilometre in size.

The documentary offers a fascinating look at how the draft climate agreement evolved through its precarious two-week course. From the outset, the delegates understood that it would fail if even one of the 195 nations declined to approve the draft agreement.

This film, co-produced by independent Parisian film director Debora Blake, depicts how the process looked to a Victoria citizen who found a last-minute way into the conference. An agreement was approved - but is it enough?

Monday 18 Jan 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
For some, life is an adventure filled with opportunities to excel and places to explore. For Walter Himmelstein, a young man, endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn't go beyond his family's fish store and his community on the upper west side of Manhattan. In this heartwarming comedy, Walter's aspirations are disrupted by the arrival of Sally, who becomes romantically involved with his about-to-retire and very-married uncle. Walter finds his circumscribed life thrown off kilter, and, after years of being undermined by his family and friends, he finally starts to realize his full potential. With Sally's help, Walter confronts his fears and proves he is more than a Putzel.

With Jack Carpenter, Melanie Lynskey, John Pankow 88min 2012 R

Monday 25 Jan 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Genius of Marian
The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with the changes Alzheimer's disease brings. 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. Pam's husband grapples with his changing role from primary partner to primary caregiver. Her adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother. As she loses the ability to write, Pam's eldest son, Banker, a documentary filmmaker, begins to record their conversations, allowing her to share memories of childhood and of her own mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele who died of Alzheimer's in 2001. The Genius of Marian paints a powerful contemporary portrait of the impact of Alzheimer's disease, the power of art and the meaning of family. Pg

Monday 1 Feb 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
What Happened Miss Simone?
> On stage Nina Simone was known for her utterly free, uninhibited musical expression, which enthralled audiences and attracted life-long fans. But amid the violent, haunting, and senseless day-to-day of the civil rights era in 1960s America, Simone struggled to reconcile her artistic identity and ambition with her devotion to a movement and abusive relationships. Culled from hours of autobiographical tapes, this new film unveils the unmitigated ego of a brilliant artist and the absurdities of her time. Late in her life it was recognized that she struggled with bipolar disorder. At the height of her fame Simone walked away from her family, country, career and fans, to move to Liberia and give up performing. R more and no portayal is without its other facets

Listen to Erin Michalak being interviewed on CFAX by Frank Stanford about the film What Happened Miss Simone? and Bipolar generally.

With special guest Erin Michalak, PhD, Network Lead Associate Professor, Mood Disorders Centre, Department of Psychiatry, UBC. She is the founder and leader of the 'Collaborative RESearch Team for the study of psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder' (CREST.BD) Her research interests are in bipolar disorder, quality of life, knowledge translation, self-management, e-health, seasonal and nonseasonal depression, and assessment scales for mood disorders.

Monday 8 Feb 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Monsoon is a feature documentary from multiple award-winning filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson. Filmed over the course of India's 2013 monsoon season in ultra high definition 4K, the filmmakers chased the monsoon on its annual journey from the southern state of Kerala, where it first makes landfall, to India's north-eastern state of Meghalaya ('Place of the Clouds), where the clouds go to die. Along the way, they meet a remarkable group of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon that some call 'the soul of India'.

A cinematic journey into the terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing and breathtaking landscapes on earth, Monsoon is a film that captures the timelessness and rich human drama of our engagement with the natural world.

Monday 15 Feb 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Prairie Sunset: A Story of Change
Dion Manastyrski will be showing images on our big screen, and reading of the stories from his beautiful new hardcover historical photography book, "Prairie Sunset: A Story of Change".

In 2003, Dion Manastyrski began work on a project to photograph abandoned artifacts in the Canadian prairies. These old homes, barns, schools, and churches were left behind from an earlier time, when the small family farm was at the heart of rural life on the prairies: neighbours within walking distance, vibrant small towns, and a rich sense of community. He also interviewed over 70 people, and asked, "What can you tell me about rural life several decades ago, and about how things have changed?"

The 240 page book is filled with photos and personal, often heartfelt anecdotes about many aspects of life beginning in the pioneer years, and covering a span of about 100 years. Within their words, the book also raises questions about what has been lost or gained during the rapid change.

The author describes, "In my search for understanding as I roamed the homesteads of a vanishing era, I photographed the abandoned structures, and talked to people of the prairies. Collectively, they have a remarkable story to tell, and I would like to share this with you."

Dion Manastyrski has been photographing professionally for over 20 years. He has lived in the three prairie provinces, and now resides in Victoria, British Columbia. Approximately two hours with interactive discussion. Any who have Prairie connections will love this presentation and book.

Monday 22 Feb 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Drunktown's Finest
Three young Native Americans, an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual, strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation. A first and powerful feature film from Sydney Freeland who grew up on the rez in Gallup New Mexico where the film was shot. Robert Redford came on as Exec Director and the film was workshopped at Sundance.

It's one of those special gems that comes with an authentic heart. R.

Director Sydney Freeman will join us by Skype.

Monday 29 Feb 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when [her] granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing 600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. R

Monday 7 Mar 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Elder In The Making
With the unjust stereotypes of Canada's Aboriginal population in mind, first generation Chinese Canadian filmmaker Chris Hsiung embarks on a journey of discovery deep into Alberta's Blackfoot territory. With an underlying theme of reconciliation, Hsiung sets out to better understand the Blackfoot Nation, discovering that he has a significant heritage in common with his Aboriginal guide, Cowboy Smithx.

As Hsiung says, "Elder in the Making is my personal way of exploring the forces of history large and small that have led us to where we are now. It is an invitation for you to connect with a rich and diverse aboriginal culture that has much to share about our home and about our relationship with the land." It is a particular, but also universal, story of European impact on Indigenous peoples.

On this road trip with Hsiung and Smithx, you'll travel through thousands of years of ancient history, across ancient prairie grasslands, and meet modern day indigenous and non-indigenous elders.

Director's note: In between oil-rich Calgary where I live and the tourist town of Banff, there is an Indian reserve. The first time I visited it I was shocked by the broken down homes, the levels of addiction, and the lack of basic infrastructure. How is it possible that we have such levels of poverty in the middle of a land of wealth?

However, I had no aboriginal friends to ask about the situation. The few interactions I did have through media or on the streets were generally not positive. And like many Canadians, my grasp of the history was superficial. I decided I had to learn more. So I headed on a road trip across traditional Blackfoot territory with Cowboy Smithx as my guide and a film crew for documentation.

Elder in the Making is my personal way of exploring the forces of history large and small that has led us to where we are now. It is an invitation for you to connect with a rich and diverse aboriginal culture that has much to share about our home and about our relationship with the land.

The film is only a small start on a long road of reconciliation. Below you will find other ways to engage such as face-to-face workshops, educational material, and resources. Reconciliation is a multi-generational affair that requires an on-going repair and renewal of a relationship with the people that helped build our country. It is my hope that you can be a part of it.

Also: 6:30 Tuesday March 8, at the Native Friendship Centre Elder In The Making with Cowboy Smithx in the Amphitheatre Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Friday 1 Mar 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Bye Bye Blues
A 1940s romance about a young mother who pursues a dream of becoming a singer while her husband is serving in the military. The inevitable choice between loyalty to her husband and family, and the desire for independence propels this nostalgic love story to a climatic ending. Starring Rebecca Jenkins - and the film has been resurrected and re-mastered to a beautiful Hi-Def version by her and husband Joel Bakan. PG

Legendary Canadian filmmaker Anne Wheeler is here doing a writing workshop with UVic and Cinevic, so while in town will be treating us to this classic that she wrote and directed.

Anne Wheeler will also be presenting her recent documentary Chi at CineVic on Thursday March 10th 7:00 pm - free and open to the public.

Monday 14 Mar 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Great Alone
Framed around the 2013 Iditarod race, The Great Alone offers a glimpse into the life of Lance Mackey, one of dog-sledding's most celebrated and eccentric champions. Living in the shadow of both a father and brother who were champions of the sport themselves, and after a battle with substance abuse, Mackey describes how dog-sledding became his path to salvation. Even as he battles a life-threatening cancer diagnosis during the 2001 Iditarod, the film details how Mackey refuses to stop racing, with nearly disastrous results.

As we follow Mackey's attempt to win his fifth title, the harsh Alaskan conditions and mounting setbacks threaten to defeat him. Offering stunning cinematography of the Alaskan wilderness, The Great Alone tells the incredible story of one man and his dogs, and how they came to save each other. Pg13

Monday 21 Mar 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Al Purdy Was Here
Al Purdy Was Here is a tribute documentary to Purdy, a Canadian literary icon but also a throwback to a time in this country when culture and arts played a more significant role. Mixing a ton of incredible archival footage with a contemporary story about restoring Purdy's old A frame cabin as a writer's retreat. With performances by Doug Paisley, Sarah Harmer, Tanya Tagak, Joseph Boyden, Jesse Zubot Bruce Coburn and others, and readings by Gord Downie, Gordon Pinsent, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen and more - this is a feast of Canadiana, all paying tribute to a true legend!

This was a highlight at the recent VFF. Made by Brian D Johnson, longtime film critic at MacLeans Magazine who, happily for us, fell into the role of Purdy's biographical filmmaker. It's a great story and one he'll share with us in our after screening phone Q A.

Brian D. Johnson is one Canada's leading film critics and cultural commentators. He is also an author, filmmaker, musician and broadcaster. He is president of the Toronto Film Critics Association, where he created the annual TFCA Awards gala in 2008, now home to the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. From 1985 to 2014, he was a Senior Writer with Maclean's magazine, where he remains a Contributing Editor.

Monday 28 Mar 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Wolf Pack
Imagine a small, dingy Manhattan apartment; imagine you can't leave; and imagine: The only contact you have with the outside world is through movies. Growing up like this, anyone could imagine that things could get pretty weird—and the Angulo family, a literal band of brothers raised in isolation by their paranoid parents, are indeed an interesting bunch. Their only outlet for creativity, undertaken as a way to basically stave off boredom, is to recreate their favorite films (like Reservoir Dogs, The Dark Knight and The Grand Budapest Hotel), crafting costumes out of cereal boxes, yoga mats and whatever other resources they can get their pale hands on. In The Wolfpack, director Crystal Moselle has nearly unlimited access to the Angulo brothers; at one point they inform her that she is the only person who has ever been invited over to their home, and is the only guest they've ever had. Sad and strange, funny and touching, wholly unusual and like nothing you've ever seen before, The Wolfpack is both powerful and unsettling.

Monday 4 Apr 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. What started as the paper's crack team's investigative piece on one or two local cases broadened to exposing a much bigger problem, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. The film has the same exciting feel as "All The Presidents Men" and deservedly came out on top of a strong bunch of features at the Oscars. 14A

Monday 11 Apr 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Hadwin's Judgement
A compelling hybrid of drama and documentary, this feature film covers the events that led up to the infamous destruction of an extraordinary 300-year-old tree held sacred by the indigenous Haida nation of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. Inspired by John Vaillant's award-winning book The Golden Spruce, the film introduces us to the complex character of Grant Hadwin, a logging engineer and survivalist who lived and worked happily for many years in BC?s ancient forests. Witnessing the devastation wrought by clear-cutting, Hadwin was finally driven to commit what some would say was an extraordinary and perverse act, one that ran contrary to all he had come to value. Interweaving speculation, myth and reality, the film charts Hadwin's emotional crusade against the destruction of the world's last great temperate rain forest and explores the possible motives for his unprecedented crime. This is a premiere for Victoria! Pg.

Producer Elizabeth Yake's films have been nominated for 17 Genie Awards (Canadian Oscars). Based on the west coast of Canada, her company True West Films focuses on producing international co-productions, both dramatic and documentary, for the world market such as award-winning EVERYTHING'S GONE GREEN (BC/ON), IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG , MISS TEXAS, DESIRE. Her last 2 feature films had theatrical release in both the USA and Canada. IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG was named one of the Top Ten Films of the Decade (2000-2010) by Playback magazine.

Monday 18 Apr 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Hyena Road
Paul Gross dips into the timeline of the seemingly intractable war in Afghanistan as coalition forces led by NATO and the US are still well-entrenched in a continuing battle to eradicate Taliban forces from the countryside. Stationed with Canadian ground troops at Kandahar airfield, Ryan Sanders (Rossif Sutherland) leads a team of snipers protecting construction crews building a highway through the interior of the country, colloquially known as Hyena Road. This film takes us into the middle of this difficult conflict, giving us a gut feel of that scenario and the strange ground rules, the quagmire of an unconventional war. Written and directed by Paul Gross. R

Monday 25 Apr 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child under the most harrowing of circumstances. Based on the award-winning global bestseller by Emma Donoghue, Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma.

Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical -- they are trapped -- confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space. Even in this treacherous environment, Ma ensures Jack is living a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they decide to enact a risky plan to escape. R

Monday 2 May 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Fire In The Frame
With filmmaker Toni Girardin

Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman. But after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him. Today, at age 75, Marinoni is back in top shape, and decided to attempt the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago. His perfectionism, combined with a curmudgeonly nature, makes him impatient with first-time director Tony Girardin, adding much humour to this inspiring film. One of the most moving scenes involves Marinoni catching up with his dear friend Jocelyn Lovell, one of Canada's greatest cyclists during the 60s and 70s, whose storied career was sadly ended by a famous and fateful accident that left him a quadriplegic. This is a film not only for the spandex-and-helmet crowd but for anyone who believes that a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Pg

Monday 9 May 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Lady In The Van
Maggie Smith is adorably cantankerous in this true story of a homeless woman who parked her van in the driveway of a playwright's London home and didn't leave for 15 years. The Lady in the Van is based on Alan Bennett's play of the same name, inspired by his real-life experience with a woman who requested to be addressed exclusively as Miss Shepherd. Nicholas Hytner's film has plenty of hard-earned lessons about tolerance, generosity, and kindness. Pg13

Monday 16 May 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Fractured Land
"Deep down we're all fractured," an oil and gas representative tells young Aboriginal leader and lawyer Caleb Behn, the grandson of a chief. Behn knows the feeling all too well as he struggles with his role in protecting his northern British Columbia territory and its people, currently under siege from some of the world's largest natural gas and fracking operations. The troubling reality is that the same industry threatening the land is also responsible for providing them jobs – including his parents who helped provide him with an education in law. His mother is a high-ranking oil and gas officer trying to make change from the inside and his father is a residential school survivor and staunch environmentalist.

Fractured Land explores the practice of fracking and the strain it has put on the country's First Nations communities and government relations, especially in Northern B.C., which has recently seen the most aggressive fracking development in the country. Following Behn from the pristine North to downtown Vancouver and a fracked territory in New Zealand, The film provides optimism and empowerment toward issues that can seem dire and insurmountable.

With filmmaker Fiona Rayher the co-director and co-producer of Fractured Land. Fiona's past films include Generation Why (2010) and Most Livable City (2010), included in numerous short film festivals. She is also on the board of DOC BC - the BC chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada, and the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival. She frequently speaks at schools and events about engagement through media.

Monday 23 May 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
My Internship in Canada
An idealistic young Haitian travels to rural Quebec to intern for an independent Member of Parliament when a national debate erupts that finds the MP holding the tie-breaking vote. While groups of lobbyists get involved in a debate that spins out of control, the MP will have to face his own conscience. A comedy about how we do things in Canada. Pg

Monday 30 May 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, and few prospects at home, Eilis departs Ireland for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a she is swept up in a job and romance. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Pg13

Monday 6 Jun 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Salmon, as staple and icon, have always been central to life in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle filmmaker, and former fishing guide, Mark Titus journeys north to examine its history and present dangers: dams in Oregon and Washington, fish farms in BC, and giant-scale mining in Alaska. Mapping the impending disaster if we don't protect the ecosystems in the world's largest source of this miraculous species, he offers an inventive, visually delightful and clear-eyed overview of an essential issue. The “breach” is the breaking of our pact with the salmon for mutual care Besides the advocacy message, this is a truly beautiful film and it includes even the voice of the fish itself! Pg

Monday 13 Jun 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Bye Bye Blues
Our last screening of this special film, with director Anne Wheeler, was on a Friday and had only 40 people attend. It deserves a second run and is worthy of our anniversary celebration. Of course there'll be cake!

A 1940s romance about a young mother who pursues a dream of becoming a singer while her husband is serving in the military. The inevitable choice between loyalty to her husband and family, and the desire for independence propels this nostalgic love story to a climatic ending. Starring Rebecca Jenkins - and the film has been resurrected by Jenkins and husband Joel Bakan and re-mastered to a beautiful HiDef version by director Anne Wheeler. Pg

Rebecca Jenkins and Joel Bakan will be with us! Rebecca offered to come by to talk about her role in making this film – and also to sing a few tunes from the film - and is bringing along husband Joel who is a renowned jazz guitarist. Joel is a law professor, writer of the book, and co-creator of the film version of The Corporation. Rebecca is my fave Canadian actress, illuminating many terrific Canadian and international films, special favourites of mine: Marion Bridge, Wilby Wonderful, A Whole Other Thing and the recent Stories We Tell.

Monday 20 Jun 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Rebels With A Cause
Rebels tells the story of the ordinary citizens who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near the San Francisco Bay Area for parks and farms from rampant development and, in so doing, brought about America's system of national seashores and recreation areas. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand, the film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate band of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persist in their mission for twenty years. It can be seen as a template for what citizens might do here. Pg
Narrator: Frances McDormand

Monday 27 Jun 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Being Canadian
Robert Cohen, a proud Canadian, who left his hometown of Calgary and moved to the U.S. to start a career as a TV comedy writer. He started noticing how people outside Canada knew very little about his beloved homeland. After decades of ignorance, insults, and indifference, he decides to do something about it. Rob sets off on an epic personal quest, driving across Canada from East to West, to confirm the country he's been fighting for is still what he remembers. Interwoven with this journey are interviews with a variety of famous Canadians, along with people he meets along the way. His deadline? Midnight on Canada Day, in Vancouver. Imagine 'Sherman's March', but wearing a toque! 14A

Monday 4 Jul 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Time Out Of Mind
George (Richard Gere) is a desperate man. With faltering health and nowhere to turn, he finds himself thrust onto New York City's unforgiving streets. After exhausting all other avenues of temporary housing, he is accepted into the largest homeless men's shelter in Manhattan and makes a rare human connection with a gregarious former jazz player (Ben Vereen), he begins to harbour hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone). This moving feature is realistic and artfully shot. It is slow and grinding, heartbreaking - but homelessness can be that way. Pg13.

We'll have a discussion after the film involving folks who know the life.
cast: Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, Steve Buscemi, Jeremy Strong

Monday 11 Jul 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Carfree Stories From The Non-Driving Life
This doc by Winnipeggers Janine Tschuncky and Kenneth George Godwin, examines what it's like to live in a city which has been built around the needs of traffic when you make a conscious decision not to drive. We tend to take cars so much for granted that we become unconscious of just how much they shape the way we live. For the people in this documentary, the decision not to drive has profound effects on the way we live our lives and think about the world around us. G

Janine Tschuncky is committed to walking as a means of transportation and transformation. She is a Winnipeg writer, mentor and educator. She has worked in publishing for over twenty-two years and is currently the managing editor at Prairie Fire Press. Her work has been published in various journals. Currently, Janine and her partner are writing and illustrating a series of children's books set in the boreal forest of Manitoba. Janine is passionate about leadership, community, and helping people connect to their wildness through nature and the written word.

Kenneth George Godwin is a film buff, writer and longtime film editor living in Winnipeg. His interest in David Lynch has produced two books on his works, Eraserhead and Dune. He has made several short films and was editor for many NFB documentaries and several films for others. His first feature, GOING: Remembering Winnipeg's Movie Theatres (2012), was featured at MM in June 2014.

With Winnipeg filmmaker and ardent walker, and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, ardent cyclist and champion of walking and cycling infrastructure and public transit.

Monday 18 Jul 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Peace Out & Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World
double feature: two films by filmmaker Charles Wilkinson

Charles Wilkinson - director of last year's MM feature Oil Sands Karaoke

Peace Out asks and answers the question: are we ripping up our back yard for energy - or not? The film seeks to engage those of us who do not connect our daily decisions with global land use issues. It focuses on the North Western Canadian wilderness, however the issues are universal. The film pits energy executives, Tar Sands reps, nuclear spokesmen against academics and activists in an intelligent debate that leaves the viewer to decide what to believe. The film presents a beautiful, thought provoking look at a rapidly transforming landscape and challenges us all to be part of saving it. Pg

Peace Out won Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs 2012 and Vancouver Film Fest's Most Popular Documentary. The film is even more relevant now.

We'll have an update from folks participating in the Paddle For The Peace.

Charles Wilkinson's assessment of the project: "Site C is a wilful mistake, pure and simple."

Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World A love song to breathtaking Haida Gwaii and the spirited people who populate it. The natural beauty of this culturally rich archipelago has served as a backdrop for tragedies such as outbreaks of smallpox and the exploitation of natural resources. And yet, the Haida Nation remains undaunted, drawing on 14,000 years of tradition in preparing for a showdown over the Northern Gateway pipeline and planning for a more sustainable future.

Best Canadian Feature Documentary, Hot Docs 2015

Our guests: Charles Wilkinson and Tina Schliessler.

Charles Wilkinson earned a BA in filmmaking & communications, directed a very successful documentary for the NFB prior to graduating, and went on to direct several decades worth of feature films, US network TV movies, episodic series and documentaries. Charles enrolled again in university, earned an MBA in film and creative writing, had 2 books published and returned his focus to where it started – social commentary pov documentary. Charles lives and works on a coastal inlet, Deep Cove, near Vancouver, Canada. MM featured the second in this trilogy, the excellent Oil Sands Karaoke, for our 21st anniversary celebration. He recently published a book, Peace Out, as well.

Tina Schliessler is co-producer and life partner with Charles and artist in her own right.

Monday 25 Jul 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Bridge Of Spies
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court. Gripping and amazingly, with some small story-telling licenses, quite true to the story. Pg13

"Spielberg has taken an important but largely forgotten and hardly action-packed slice of the Cold War and turned it into a gripping character study and thriller that feels a bit like a John Le Carre adaptation if Frank Capra were at the controls" Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times.
cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda

Monday 1 Aug 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Delicate Art Of Parking
In this "mockumentary", a wannabe documentary filmmaker who has had his car towed for the umpteenth time, sets out to film a scathing exposé of the corrupt institution of parking enforcement. You've got to love this classic about the people we all love to hate, the conscientious enforcement officer played perfectly here by Fred Ewanuick, (better known as Hank on Corner Gas). Complete with conniving filmmaker (Dov Tiefenbach), and a loveable Québécois tow truck driver, this is a BC-made treat. Pg13
cast: Andrew McNee, Diana Pavlovská, Dov Tiefenbach, Rob Bruner, Gladys McNab

Monday 8 Aug 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
In this crisis-of-faith drama, explores themes around reincarnation, faith and love. The film tells the story of Darryl (Charlie Carrick) and his wife Jan (Ali Liebert) a couple whose faith is tested when he starts to believe that his very ill daughter (Olivia Martin) was an astronaut in a past life. He's an evangelical Christian whose faith isn't offering him the inner peace he desperately needs while watching his little girl suffer. Liebert's character is well-drawn, tossed around on waves of love and fear. Despite his overwhelming desire to grasp at any straw that might prolong his daughter's life, Darryl must ultimately acknowledge the possibility that the spiritualist (David Nykl) he consults is a charlatan.

Gaston leaves the door open on the subject of past lives and reincarnation, while questioning the wisdom of devout beliefs. Canada, Pg

Victoria writer/director Connor Gaston's first feature recently was celebrated at 2016 BC Film Awards with 7 Leos, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress for young Olivia Martin!

With Director Connor Gaston and Exec Director Daniel Hogg.
cast: Charlie Carrick, Ali Liebert, Olivia Martin, Gabrielle Rose, David Nykl

Monday 15 Aug 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Song Of Lahore
An experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments brings Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim. Their rendition of Dave Brubeck's Take Five becomes a sensation, and Wynton Marsalis invites them to New York to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. After a groundbreaking week of rehearsals fusing the orchestras from Lahore and New York, the musicians take to the stage for a remarkable concert. Pg

"Like ‘Buena Vista Social Club' set to the beat of traditional Pakistani music, Song of Lahore is a feel-good exploration of making music as an act of defiance." – Toronto Star

Monday 22 Aug 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Bob Roberts
Written and directed by actor Tim Robbins (who also plays the title role), this 1992 mock documentary [of course this could never happen in the USA!] about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate is smart, funny, and scarily prescient in its foreshadowing of the Republican revolution of 1994. Bob Roberts is a folksinger with a difference: He offers tunes that protest welfare chiselers, liberal whining, and the like. As the filmmakers follow his campaign, Robbins gives needle-sharp insight into the way candidates manipulate the media. While the film follows Roberts campaign, it also covers a fringe journalist, who may have dug up the kind of dirt to push Roberts campaign off the rails. Robbins captures the chilly insincerity of this right-wing populist and fills his cast with terrific supporting players, including Alan Rickman as the campaign's shadowy financier and Susan Sarandon and Peter Gallagher, as a pair of airhead TV news anchors. -- Marshall Fine - and Helen Hunt as reporter, and a young Jack Black as a wild-eyed Robert's Youth. R for language
cast: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman, Ray Wise, Brian Murray, Gore Vidal

Monday 29 Aug 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
It's the beginning of the summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them. 97min Pg13 Turkish w English subtitles.

"As depressing as all this sounds—and as quietly damning as ‘Mustang' is in its depiction of patriarchal oppression—the way the girls react to the tightening of the vice around them provides a consistent source of surprise and even hope." Christy Lemire – Roger Ebert

Monday 12 Sep 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Burning Bright
As one of Canada's brightest lights on the folk/roots scene, David Francey's path to success is unquestionably unique. After spending much of his life as a construction worker, this Scottish immigrant, who came to Canada 12 years old, kept his song writing passion to himself. When he begin performing in public his career took off, making him in demand around the world - a career "Burning Bright".

Filmmaker Tony Girardin who met Francey as his career was taking off, has made several music videos with him, so was well equipped to make this award-winning documentary about Francey's life and song writing process. Pg

Plus...Plus World Premiere of Girardin's latest music video featuring the song "Fool" from Francey's new album Empty Train. 3 min

Plus Hoppy The Deer This charming story of an orphaned fawn, Hoppy, raised by human parents in Quebec. Hoppy was first picked up by CBC and the story has since travelled the world. Narrated by David Francey. 28min 2007 G

Our guest: Tony Girardin, maker of Marinoni: Fire In the Frame which packed our theatre in May, is back with us to present these two earlier films, plus his latest music video for Francey. He will be with us in person for a Q&A.

Monday 19 Sep 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
I Am The Blues
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. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin' Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil' Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us. It's an important window on a disappearing generation of artists... and it's so true to the Delta and its vibe.

Monday 26 Sep 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Touched With Fire
Touched with Fire stars Katie Homes and Luke Kirby as two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense driving each other's mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love.

Inspired by the film maker's own struggles overcoming bipolar disorder, Paul Dalio wrote, directed, edited and scored his feature film debut. R With discussion.

cast: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne, Bruce Altman

Monday 3 Oct 2016    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. This entertaining drama set in Nova Scotia broaches topics like sibling rivalry, addiction, family secrets and relationships and stars Molley Parker, Rebecca Jenkins, Stacy Smith, and introduced Ellen Page. Written by Daniel MacIvor and an assured directorial hand by first-timer von Carolsfeld this film won Outstanding Writer Award at the Atlantic Film Festival & the Best First Feature Award at TIFF – AND is one of MM's all time favourites. 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

I'm thrilled that actor Rebecca Jenkins will be joining us to talk about her part as the older sister in this amazing film.

Monday 10 Oct 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Dark Horse
Louise Osmond's Dark Horse is an account of impecunious Welsh villagers who team up to sponsor a race horse that surprises everyone by turning out a winner, has all the elements of crowd-pleasing Britflicks such as "The Full Monty," "Billy Elliott" and "Pride."..... though, it would be hard for any fictional treatment to beat the pleasures of Osmond's genial, enthralling documentary. Godfrey Cheshire

Monday 17 Oct 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Life Animated
Life Animated, is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Over time, through repeated viewings of Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to re-connect with the world around him. Now in his early 20s, Owen's become an internationally recognized spokesperson for the concept of "affinity therapy," which uses the hobbies and interests of kids on the spectrum as a way of teaching them life skills, rather than treating their single-minded obsessions as a crippling disability. From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams. Pg

With Joseph Sheppard, Co-Director of Center for Autism Research Technology and Education.

Monday 24 Oct 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Back To The Future
We go back to the past over three decades to celebrate this all-time audience favourite. Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, a 1980's teenager transported back in time to 1955 where he accidentally changes the course of history through a series of comic misadventures, and finds he must return things to the way they were, back to the future. Pg

Our projectionist and "Movie Guy About Town" Jason Whyte's special birthday choice.
cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson

Monday 31 Oct 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Ed Wood
Make this your 'after trick or treat' Halloween destination....

Tim Burton's biopic of the life and work of the legendary 'worst director of all time', Edward D. Wood, Jr (Johnny Depp)., concentrating on the best-known period of his life in the 1950s, when he made 'Glen or Glenda', 'Bride of the Monster' and 'Plan 9 From Outer Space'. It reveals his enthusiastic but terrible movie making, his transvestism, but particularly touching is his friendship with the once great but now ageing and unemployed horror star Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau in an Oscar winning performance), Sarah Jessica Parker and Bill Murray. G
cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Bill Murray

Monday 7 Nov 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Dark Horse
The Dark Horse is based on the true story of Genesis 'Gen' Potini (Cliff Curtis), a Maori speed-chess champion seeking redemption and a new purpose in life despite his struggles with bipolar disorder. A former chess prodigy, Gen is brilliant and charismatic, bringing unusual, potent energy to a game most often played with quiet reserve. Upon his release from an institution, he is remanded into the custody of his older brother, the leader of a rough street gang planning the initiation of Gen's reluctant teenage nephew. When Gen volunteers to coach the ragtag young members of the Eastern Knights chess club he brings hope to the children of the club, including his nephew, and sees it as a chance to possibly turn his troubled life around. R trailer

This moving story won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards and many international ones as well.

Monday 14 Nov 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Last Cab To Darwin
Rex is a loner, a cabbie in a small town with just a few mates. When he's told he doesn't have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms. On his way he picks up some companions, a rudderless young indigenous drifter and English barmaid nurse-turned-backpacker. Their adventures together, as well as what Rex learns from the doctor who might help him die, the legal system and his own heart, lead him to a decision that surprises even himself. Terrific cast, Australian locations and wonderful score enhance this very human story. 14A

Our guests Ellen Agger and Jeffrey Brooks, Co-chairs of Dying With Dignity Canada Victoria Chapter, will be with us for a post-film Q&A about current, local Medically Assistance in Dying (MAiD) rules & resources.

With opening music by The Big Weee, (formerly Big Mike and the Riff Riders).

The Big Weee, as in having "too much fun" is a Wonky Tonk Busker Band founded by Mike Raymer (guitar, vocals) and Joy Kruger (banjitar, vocals) frequently joined by Sam Torrance (bass and vocals) and Sophia Higgins on fiddle and vocals. Think Johnny Cash on the road with Tom Waits and John Prine and you'll get an idea of a Wonky Tonk good sing along time. Warm up your vocal cords and blow off some steam with the Big Weee.
cast: Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford, Mark Coles Smith, Emma Hamilton, Jacki Weaver

Monday 21 Nov 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Where The Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris
Here is an intimate portrait of Canada's most renowned artist, and the expansive landscapes that inspired him. Co-founder and leader of the legendary Group of Seven, he underwrote their schemes (and he gave huge encouragement to our Emily Carr). Harris has become the most valued artist in Canadian history. He was a curious man, raised in a family of wealth and privilege, whose notebook doodlings compelled a professor to suggest he try art studies in Europe as a young man. Harris was determined to battle the critics and paint a radical new vision of Canada. His work gradually morphed into the realm of stylized abstraction. Pg

Q&A with co-director/producer Nancy Lang by phone. Nancy works with as researcher, producer and director with White Pine Pictures that, among many other great documentaries, lately has brought us wonderful films West Wind: the Vision of Tom Thomson, Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven, and Winds Of Heaven: Emily Carr.

Monday 28 Nov 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
An eccentric genius inventor (mostly of medical devices and, famously, the Segway) with a provocative worldview, Kamen takes on grand-challenges, helping people in need and inspiring young scientists. Half of all human illness comes from water-borne pathogens. Kamen's SlingShot is an energy-efficient machine that turns any unfit water (seawater, poisoned wells, river sludge…) into pure, safe water – no chemicals or filters needed. SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at the trajectory of Kamen's vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond. Pg

Monday 5 Dec 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Elephant Song
A psychiatrist, Dr Green (Bruce Greenwood) is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient (Xavier Dolan) about the disappearance of a colleague. The patient sets three rules: Green shouldn't read his file, he will give Michael chocolate, the doctor will keep Nurse Peterson (Catherine Keener) out of their discussions. Dr. Green agrees - and the dance begins. Pg

"Elephant Song is riveting from start to finish. It's based on Nicolas Billon's play of the same name. Xavier Dolan's performance as Michael is absolutely outstanding. Elephant Song is one of the strongest dramas I've ever seen." - Reviewer Lois Siegel. I agree.

Winner Canadian Screen Awards 2015 Best Adapted Screenplay.
cast: Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, Catherine Keener, Nurse Susan Peterson, Carrie-Anne Moss

Monday 12 Dec 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Born To Be Blue
Born to be Blue re-imagines Baker's life as a mixture of fact and fiction, picking up his story late in his career when, after years of heroin abuse, financial loss, and public disgrace, he attempts to stage a comeback. Starring in a film about his own infamous life, Baker (a riveting performance by Ethan Hawke) strikes up a passionate romance on and off the set with Jane (Carmen Ejogo), the actress playing one of his lovers, but his hopes for a bright future are suddenly darkened when he suffers a brutal beating in a parking lot after a gig. 97min 2015 14A

Director Robert Budreau was born in London, Ontario. He studied at the Vancouver Film School and worked as a lawyer before directing his first feature, That Beautiful Somewhere (06). His shorts include Dry Whiskey (2005) and The Deaths of Chet Baker (2009). Born to be Blue (2015) is his latest feature.

cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo, Stephen McHattie

Monday 19 Dec 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Ballet is the perfect outing for the whole family to celebrate the holiday season. This sumptuous traditional production, with conductor Valery Gergiev, was filmed at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia where the original Nutcracker was first performed over 120 years ago.

The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl Clara, who is given a nutcracker doll for Christmas. After being broken by her brother, Clara cares for the wounded nutcracker, which later saves her from the evil Mouse King and is then transformed into a heroic prince. Together the prince and Clara travel to an enchanted island where celebrations, hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, are held in their honour.

Bluray presentation and an elaborate multi-camera shoot. G

Monday 26 Dec 2016    alphabetical list  chronological list
no film tonight