Monday 2 Jan 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Eight Days A Week
A wonderful film to kick off our New Year of programming! In the 1960s, the Beatles exploded on to the public scene, seemingly out of nowhere as the band's formative years of constant performing at home and in Hamburg, and Brian Epstein's grooming, finally paid off beyond their wildest dreams. Accompanying new interviews of the remaining Beatles, their associates and fans as well as archival interviews of the late ones, this film features footage of the heady concert years of 1963 to 66 when the band became a worldwide cultural phenomena topping them all. Furthermore, it also follows how the Fab Four began to change and grow while the excitement of Beatlemania began to sour their lives into an intolerable slog they needed to escape from to become more than what their fans wanted. Written by Kenneth Chisholm. Pg.
cast: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison


Monday 9 Jan 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Sunshine on Leith
Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to relearn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to adapt to civilian and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. "I'm On My Way","I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", "Let's Get Married" are just of a few the great songs by the Scottish twins that drive this lively, joyous screenplay. Pg
cast: George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Freya Mavor, Antonia Thomas, Jane Horrocks, Peter Mullan


Monday 16 Jan 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Kid Stays In The Picture
This award-winning documentary film is based on Robert Evans' autobiography, universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The legendary actor, turned producer, and Hollywood studio chief, during his tenure, was responsible for such revolutionary films as The Godfather, Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Odd Couple, Harold and Maude and Chinatown. Narrated by Evans himself, the film shows a man who was plagued with scandal later in his career, but still, through his career, 'stayed in the picture'. Pg13.

Monday 23 Jan 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Sleeping Giant
Three teen protagonists: shy Adam, brash Nate and even-keeled Riley, are on the cusp of adulthood, a time when jealousies and sexual anxieties loom as large and as a dangerous local cliff that challenges the brave and crazy to jump. A slow burn at first, just kids messing about. But the film really grabs you in the second half, with big ideas and powerful performances by the three young, first time actors. This resounding feature debut by Toronto director Andrew Cividino, a prize winner at TIFF 2015, and big attention at Cannes Film Fest.

Named one of IndieWire's "Directors to Watch" in 2015, Andrew Cividino is an award-winning director hailing from Toronto, Canada. Over the past 10 years, Andrew's talent for rich, visual storytelling and nuanced characters have propelled him onto the international stage. After graduating from Ryerson University's prestigious Film Studies program, he continued honing his craft directing short films, garnering international acclaim for his films We Ate The Children Last, Yellow Fish, and Sleeping Giant. Andrew's original concept for Sleeping Giant began as a short film that had its world premiere at Locarno in 2014, landing him with the coveted Jury Prize. After adapting the short into a feature-length film the following year, Sleeping Giant was selected to open the competition at the 2015 edition of Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, an honour Andrew shares with Wong Kar-wai, Jeff Nichols, and Alejandro Gonzÿlez Iñÿrritu. The feature went on to win over a dozen awards, including Best First Feature Film at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and played at over 60 festivals worldwide. Sleeping Giant secured distribution in over a dozen territories and maintains a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 90%. Andrew was recently named TIFF's Artist in Residence for 2016, where he is currently developing an adaptation of Nicolas Billon's Butcher.

Skype Q&A with filmmaker Andrew Cividino.
cast: Jackson Martin, Katelyn McKerracher, Nick Serino, Erika Brodzky, Reece Moffett


Friday 30 Jan 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Eclipse, The Highway & Guilt Trip
Three films from Mike Douglas and Anthony Bonello of Whistler's Switchback Entertainment, three films that bring the thrill of extreme ski adventuring (and some sobering messages) for our armchair enjoyment.

Eclipse Despite long odds of clear weather, the very remote location and severe Arctic weather, an intrepid crew set out on an expedition to realize photographer, Reuben Krabbe's, grand vision to capture a single unique image - one of a skier framed by a solar eclipse. 31 min 2015

The Highway Every year professional skier Stan Rey plans to ski the challenging Tantalus Mountain Range, just off the Whistler highway, but day to day life always seems to get in the way. When his sister, Olivia, was badly injured in a car accident on that highway in November 2015, Stan reconsiders his priorities and a dream is finally realized. 15 min 2016

Guilt Trip The only thing greater than this group of skiers' desire to claim a first ski descent on Greenland's second highest peak is the size of their carbon footprint to get there. Loaded with guilt, they decide to bring along renowned glaciologist, Alun Hubbard, who's scientific hypothesis, if proven, could rewrite popular projections of global sea-level rise. However, the entire expedition is put in question when they arrive in Greenland and discover their objective is beyond the range of all available aircraft. 37 min 2016

All three films feature stunning alpine locations and amazing skiing!

Monday 6 Feb 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
A Change Of Mind
Every year, 165,000 Canadians receive a traumatic brain injury - excluding concussions. This documentary from Victoria's >Hilary Prior of May Street Productions, explores the pervasiveness of the injuries and the effect TBIs have on society. While looks at the big picture, it illuminates the subject with brave and touching stories from people who live lives effected by brain injury. There's lots to learn and hope to be found here. Pg

Monday 13 Feb 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Maggie's Plan
Maggie Hardin, (Greta Gerwig) a vibrant and practical, but slightly naive thirty-something New Yorker tries to organize her life and others in her orbit. Her plans for solo motherhood go a little sideways when she meets a charming but married professor and struggling novelist (Ethan Hawke) who is in an unhappy marriage with Georgette Harding (Julianne Moore), another complicated person. In this wry comedy, Maggie sets in motion another plan and learns that sometimes destiny should be left to its own device. R
cast: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, George Ashiotis, Bill Hader, Monte Greene, Travis Fimmel


Monday 20 Feb 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Cinerama Adventure
"Ladies and gentlemen...This Is Cinerama!" With those famous words spoken by legendary newscaster and showman Lowell Thomas, a new era in cinema was born. Cinemascope? IMAX? Sensurround? 3D? Cinerama Adventure is a unique, feature length documentary that explores the history of the original three-projector Cinerama curved ultra-wide-screen process and exhibition. From its start it was a game changer; as a WWII training simulator in the 1940s, its official start as a movie format in 1952 with This Is Cinerama (to lure people away from the then-new technology of television) through its many years of travelogue and roadshow engagements. Its impact was felt throughout the 1960's with feature films like How The West Was Won and then as a single-lens format for features like It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World and 2001: A Space Odyssey. 95min 2002 G Featuring interviews with Leonard Maltin, Joe Dante, Paul Mantz and the late Debbie Reynolds, along with archival footage including special Cinerama sequences presented in a simulated "Smilebox" effect (which looks great on our screen), Cinerama Adventure is one of the great tributes for anyone who loves movies, and essential viewing for any documentary fan as well! Suitable for all audiences.

Special Presentation: With director and Cinerama preservationist David Strohmaier by Skype after the show!

Friday 27 Feb 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Victoria
Imagine a one take film, non-stop, full range of acting, directing, cinematography. Somehow a whole night of drama is compressed into a little over 2 hours - with no edits. no rests or breaks for the actors or crew - in a story that really works. The story: A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation in a club with a local guy turns potentially deadly. Their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. The lead performance from the Laia Costa is absolutely captivating. This is a film you will be thinking about and telling friends about for ages. 14A partly subtitled
cast: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff


Monday 6 Mar 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
KONELINE our land beautiful
Nettie Wild's stunning feature about the BC Tahltan tribe's dilemma over how to deal with mining interests taking over their gorgeous land may sound like a story you've heard before. But you've never seen it told with such spectacular imagery, subtle nuance and compelling characters. Pg

Hotdocs Best Canadian Documentary: "In this exquisite exposé, the filmmaker bears witness to a changing world and documents a way of life that will surely be lost. This filmmaker fearlessly allows the images to unfold- taking the time for the atmosphere to envelope the audience. The film's poetry in motion leads the audience to its own conclusion and in doing so viewers find solace not only in what has gone before – but also – in what can be possible." - Elizabeth Yake, jury member

Monday 13 Mar 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Eddie The Eagle
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. G

Monday 20 Mar 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Last Of The Blonde Bombshells
An all-star cast including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian Holm, Olympia Dukakis, Leslie Caron and Dame Cleo Laine return to the stage for one more night of music and glory in this sweet comedy. Half a century after the WWII London Blitz era band heydays, one has demetia, another is dead. A third is in prison, a fourth the worse for liquor. A fifth has sworn off the devil's music and the sixth, Elizabeth, is daydreaming about re-forming the band. As a teenager in those heady war years, Elizabeth was a sax player with the Blonde Bombshells, until a scandal blew the band apart. But now, some five decades later, encouraged by Patrick, an old rogue from her youth and no less of a rogue today, she sets off in search with a dream of recreating their former glories.

Monday 27 Mar 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Us & Them
Ten years in the making, this feature documentary, portraying life on the gritty side of our city, might be called ‘the Boyhood of impact docs'. A woman chronicles her experience befriending four addicted and homeless street people with tragic pasts and using the First Nations Medicine Wheel. As she attempts to help them, they ultimately change the course of her life. With sage advice from Rev Al Tysick, Chief Phil Lane Jr, and Dr Gabor Maté. Krista warns, "You may never look at a street person in the same way again." Directed by Krista Loughton and Jennifer Abbott (The Corporation) R

Q&A with Krista Loughlin Krista Loughton has been passionately working on her first feature length documentary, Us and Them, over the past decade.  Conception began in 2006 when Loughton made Our Hero, a short film about Reverend Allen Tysick, a street minister who has dedicated his life to serving the poorest of the poor.  She also made a short film called The New Our Place about the building of a new facility for the street community in Victoria, BC.  These films both won awards at My Victoria Film Competition, put on by the Victoria Film Festival. Encouraged by this success, Loughton created the concept for Us and Them -- a feature documentary that chronicles her experience befriending four addicted and homeless street people with tragic pasts, who ultimately change the course of her life. She participates on-screen in the film, while producing and being one of its writers and directors.

Loughton was the Programming and Community Liaison at CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers from 2008-2016, and is a central figure in the local independent film scene in her city. She has also worked extensively as a producer, director, editor and videographer on many short independent narratives, documentaries and music videos. She owns and operates MindFuel Films Inc., in Victoria, British Columbia.

Monday 3 Apr 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Rehearsal with filmmaker Carl Bessai
An aging British theatre director is forced to hire a cocky but inexperienced young Hollywood action star to guarantee an audience for the Anton Chekhov play, The Seagull, Carl Bessai
Carl Bessai
he is mounting. Complicating things further, the young upstart, whose contract includes casting authority, settles on an inexperienced young actress to be his co-star. Bruce Greenwood heads up a terrific ensemble cast. PG13

Here's a greatly entertaining, thrifty Canadian film that, sadly, you've probably never heard about. I'm pleased that we'll have Vancouver-based filmmaker Carl Bessai with us to talk about this project and his prolific career (Fathers & Sons is a MM favourite).

Carl Bessai is a director, producer, writer and cinematographer. His award winning feature films have won international critical acclaim at numerous festivals including Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto and have been released theatrically around the world. He got his start directing documentary films before moving to Vancouver and directing his debut feature film Johnny in 1999. Bessai has made a career working on low-budget independent features but has often worked with A-List actors including Ian McKellen and Carrie-Anne Moss. His latest feature The Lears, a comic adaptation of William Shakespeare's "King Lear," with Bruce Dern, is currently in post-production.


cast: Breanne Hill, Bruce Greenwood, Deborah Kara Unger, Rob Morrow, Dean Geyer


Monday 10 Apr 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Harry and Snowman
It won't spoil it to know the story ahead of time, but unlike The Titanic this one has a happy ending.

Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods. They were famous for their day and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit. Pg

Monday 17 Apr 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
Many of us missed this in the theatres but it is a delightful, unpredictable ride. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. And he is blessed/curse with aa active imagination! With Ben Stiller (director and lead), Kristen Wiig, appearances by Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn. G

Wednesday 19 Apr 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Getting Married In Buffalo Jump
150 films great Canadian films were offered to screen for participants of the Biggest Film Festival Ever, folks all over the country enjoying our own films on one day. This is my choice, #151, one I've been wanting to show for years, a quintessentially Canadian story, that, typically, most of us are not aware of.

After her father's death Sophie (the lovely Wendy Crewson) returns to her home town in hopes of running the Prairie family ranch. She struggles with the awkwardness of being home as she is now used to living in a big city as an accomplished musician. She is surprised when Alex (The studly but gentle Paul Gross), the farm's handyman, offers her a marriage of convenience in order to keep the farm afloat. A sweet, unashamedly old-fashioned love story, charismatic actors in their prime, beautiful Alberta prairie setting (Pincher Creek, Cowley and Lundbreck), tunes by k d lang, AND a memorable skinny dipping scene - what's not to like? Nominated for 4 Geminis. Pg13

Live music on a Canadian theme from Friends Of Music before the show!
cast: Wendy Crewson, Paul Gross, Marion Gilsenan, Victoria Snow, Murray Cruchley


Monday 24 Apr 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Bugs On The Menu
We'll have bugs on our menu. Shakings for the popcorn and cricket cookies and other delights for you to try, baked by the film's producer Mark Bradley.

Two billion people are eating bugs part of their regular diet. And the trend is catching on. Don't you feel you are missing out?

Bugs on the Menu follows startup companies, such as Entomo Farms, as well as Salt Lake City's Shark Tank-winning Chapul, Boston's female-led insect chip company Six Foods, Austin's Hult Prize-winning Aspire Food Group, Vancouver's famed Indian restaurant Vij's, and Seattle's celebrity cook, The Bug Chef. These and other restaurateurs, cricket farmers, scholars, and scientists are part of a movement to normalize insect eating in the west, as an alternative to accepted, but resource intensive proteins like chicken, pork, and beef.

With Producer Mark Bradley of Victoria's own 291 Film Company and sometimes bug chef.

Peruse the fabulous website. There are lots of surprising stats and even tasty recipes!

Monday 1 May 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Screenagers with filmmaker Dr Delany Ruston
Award-winning Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Kids are now growing up in a tech saturated world where a balance needs to be drawn between screen time and screen free time. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

For any of you wrestling with this issue, I loved the documentary, Screenagers. It combines smart insights and practical tips for raising happy, healthy, technologically-empowered teens." — Melinda Gates

Delaney Ruston is an physician and filmmaker (and past MM presenter Unlisted about her father's schizophrenia, Crisis in Control, about psychiatric advance directives, and Hidden Pictures,) from Seattle, now living with two teenagers in NY.

Monday 8 May 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
West 47th Street
This multi-award winning classic documentary, West 47th Street, was my introduction to Fountain House, the Clubhouse International founding organization.

The film covers the experience of just four members over three years as they find opportunities for meaningful work, education, housing, and a real sense of belonging and purpose - all under one roof. Pg

We will bring the film into the context of Victoria's initiative, Connections Place, which has it's big fundraising dinner Thursday May 11.

With special guest Jonathan Beard.

In the 1940's a group of people who had suffered from mental illness, started "We Are Not Alone". With the help of some philanthropists they developed Fountain House, an organization that would help them recover by giving them an opportunity to actively live, work and learn. They knew what they needed to live a full life. For that time consumers of mental health services founding and running a mutual and self help organization was an astonishing achievement. It has become a Best Practice in mental health rehab and the model has been replicated all over the world. Its own site. Jonathan's father John Beard, became Fountain House's director in 1955 and fine-tuned the Clubhouse model. Jonathan is an impressive man in the field himself.

Jonathan is coming speak at this Movie Monday screening a few days before the fundraising dinner for Connections Place at Uptown Mall May 11, where he is one of the guest speakers.

Read this book, Fountain House: Creating Community In Mental Health Practice, about the history, philosophy and practice of the International Clubhouse model (Look Inside has most of the introduction).

Monday 15 May 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Lion
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. He must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Based on a book by the man who lived that journey. Pg
cast: Sunny Pawar, Abhishek Bharate, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Bos, Khushi Solanki, Shankar Nisode


Monday 22 May 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Sully
Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot, became an international hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew. It's a rollicking good story with clear heroes and villians and with Clint Eastwood at the controls. It takes some large diversions from the real flight path. We'll talk about that, but enjoy the ride! Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart. Pg
cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey, Delphi Harrington, Mike O'Malley


Monday 29 May 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Spirit Unforgettable
Vancouver Director Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, VIFF 09) brings us the story of John Mann, lead singer of the iconic Vancouver band Spirit of the West, and his struggle with early onset Alzheimer's. McCormack has built a compelling and emotionally powerful narrative around archival clips and intimate interviews that reveal Mann, his wife Jill and his bandmates to be endlessly engaging and surprisingly candid. This affecting documentary builds to the sort of riveting performance that's made the band a local legend. Pg

Pete McCormack will be with us for Q&A by phone.

In May's Monday Magazine they have the wrong description of this film. The description they give is for the Marriage in Buffalo Jump from April.

Also: A segment of Before She's Gone... A documentary Love Story (5:35 min) which is also an Alzheimers story.

Monday 5 Jun 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
La La Land
La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Nominated for 14 Oscars, this film is intriguing in that many are rapturous about it, some are desenters. Where will you be? We'll talk when the lights come up. Pg.
cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Amiée Conn, Terry Walters, Thom Shelton


Monday 12 Jun 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Music Of Strangers
The Music of Strangers tells the extraordinary story of The Silk Road Ensemble, an international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Sound of Silk follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope. G

Monday 19 Jun 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
A Change Of Mind
Every year, 165,000 Canadians receive a traumatic brain injury - excluding concussions. This documentary from Victoria's Hilary Prior of May Street Productions, explores the pervasiveness of the injuries and the effect TBIs have on society. While it looks at the big picture, the film illuminates the subject with brave and touching stories from people who live lives effected by brain injury. There's lots to learn and hope to be found here. Pg

With guests From VBIS Victoria Brain Injury Society for our post-film discussion and Hilary Pryor, director, producer of the film Hilary is the founder of May Street and has a lovely collection of international awards to show for her two decades of production.

As versatile as a Swiss army knife, Hilary Pryor transitions seamlessly between writing, directing, producing and editing TV, feature films and interactive content. Hilary's highly respected credits include dozens of documentaries, children’s shows and two feature films currently in development.

Monday 26 Jun 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Weirdos
Nova Scotia. 1976. The weekend of the American Bicentennial. When 15-year-old Kit decides that living with his father is too repressive, he hits the road to move in with his mother. Accompanied by his girlfriend Alice, Kit will explore his very core - his sexuality, his sense of place and self - in an attempt to find a place to call home. Another gem from director Bruce McDonald and screenwriter Daniel MacIvor with Molly Parker (starring in "Marion Bridge" and "Trigger" both with this filmmaking team, in a very different role), Dylan Authors and the charming Julia Sarah Stone who you may remember from "When Dolly Parton Was My Mother". In beautiful black and white. Pg

Daniel MacIvor will be taking our call for a Q&A with Weirdos.
Weirdosotia. 1976. The weekend of the American Bicentennial. When 15-year-old Kit decides that living with his father is too repressive, he hits the road to move in with his mother. Accompanied by his girlfriend Alice, Kit will explore his very core - his sexuality, his sense of place and self - in an attempt to find a place to call home. Another gem from director Bruce McDonald and screenwriter Daniel MacIvor with Molly Parker (starring in "Marion Bridge" and "Trigger" both with this filmmaking team, in a very different role), Dylan Authors and the charming Julia Sarah Stone who you may remember from "When Dolly Parton Was My Mother". In beautiful black and white. Pg

Daniel MacIvor will be taking our call for a Q&A with Weirdos.

Monday 3 Jul 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Moonlight
"Moonlight charts the life of Chiron across three defining chapters of his life - starting out as a young black man growing up in turbulent Miami, it follows his ongoing struggles with his sexuality and unstable family life.

As we follow his life through his teenage years and into manhood - the film becomes a much broader inspection into identity as a whole, showing how his damaged upbringing with drug-addict mother Paula, and high school [bullying] shape his road ahead.

… the film is 'extremely moving' which 'speaks of the struggles of black men in marginalized communities, of the push and pull of nature versus nurture, and finding yourself - no matter how long it takes.'" Metro.ca.uk  Justifiably awarded the Best Picture Oscar. R (we'll show it with subtitles as some dialogue is tricky to catch).
cast: Naomie Harris, André Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders


Monday 10 Jul 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Mr Zaritsky On TV with guest John Zaritsky
Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky is determined to capture what he believes is the biggest and best story he's ever encountered. His 'swan song', No Limits: The Thalidomide Saga, is his last instalment in a documentary trilogy about Thalidomide's disastrous legacy. With a film crew at his side, John embarks on an road trip that confronts the best and worst in the aging director.

Both a portrait and candid behind-the scenes, Mr Zaritsky On TV shows the too often under-appreciated aspects of documentary filmmaking as experienced by a man reclaiming his place in the filmmaking landscape. This portrait captured by directors Jennifer, and his DOP Michael Savoie Pg13
John Zaritsky will be with us in person to talk about his long and colourful career.

Monday 17 Jul 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The BFG
Disney presents a Roald Dahl classic directed by Steven Spielberg. In an imaginative tale filled with magic, wonder and unexpected friendship, a young orphan girl is launched on an enormous adventure when she crosses paths with a mysterious being called the Big Friendly Giant. Not all giants are as friendly, many are nasty man-eaters, especially child eaters, so adventures, that include the Queen of England, ensue. Gobsmackingly wonderful imagery and a delightfully complex BFG character played by Mark Rylance. Pg (some scary scenes)
cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall


Monday 24 Jul 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Nature Of Inspiration with cinematographer Ian Toews
The Nature of Inspiration features intimate interviews with some of Canada's best visual artists, who discuss their work and its relationship to the environment. Featuring photographer Edward Burtynsky, mixed media artists Marlene Creates, Peter von Tiesenhausen, sculptor Dempsey Bob, and others. The Nature of Inspiration travels from coast to coast, documenting not only Canada's best artists, but some of its most breathtaking locations. Shot over a period of six years, the program is an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the country's most important artists. Written, directed and shot by Ian Toews. G

A truly beautiful meditation on creativity where the cinematographer's art almost overwhelms as it portrays the artists themselves in their expression of the natural world.

plus other examples of Ian Toews' and 291Film Company's work

With producer/director Ian Toews for Q&A.

Monday 31 Jul 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Maudie
Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter. Pg

We'll add an NFB short about Maud Lewis and discuss this modest but persistent outsider artist's legacy.

cast: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Bennett


Monday 7 Aug 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Seven Year Itch
The perfect film for a warm summer evening, the kind where you might want to have your underwear cooling in the fridge.

In the midst of a summer heat wave, New Yorker Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) ships his wife, and their son off to Maine for vacation. Left alone to work back in Manhattan, Richard encounters a gorgeous blonde model (Marilyn Monroe) who has moved into the apartment upstairs, and becomes immediately infatuated. While pondering infidelity, Richard dreams of his beautiful new neighbor -- but will his fantasies about her become a reality? Cleverly adapted for the screen (and self governing industry Hays Office censor board of the time) it includes some novel fantasy sequences and wonderful performances. We'll screen from a beautifully restored Bluray with extras. Pg

Sadly on the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death 55 years ago, Aug 5 1962 at 36.
cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oskar Homolka


Monday 14 Aug 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Elvis & Nixon
1970, the King of Rock'n' Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with President Nixon. He was looking to help out America by becoming a Special Agent. The badge would allow him to carry weapons and whatever else... In turn he would be an under cover agent, protecting his country from Communists and drugs. The official photo taken with Nixon has become the most requested in National Archives.

Kevin Spacey channels Nixon and Michael Shannon resurrects The King. for language (Nixon was bad for that)

It's been 40 years since Elvis died Aug 16 1977
cast: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks


Monday 21 Aug 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Call Of The Baby Beluga
Presented by filmmakers Michael Parfit

The story of this baby whale leads us on a larger journey through the amazing world of the endangered St. Lawrence beluga whales and the scientists who have worked for decades against long odds to help them. Like the story of the baby beluga, it is a tough trip in a beautiful place, a true tale of drama, uncertainty, camaraderie, hard work, achievement, perseverance, and love, brightened by a glimpse of hope. G with Michael Parfit narrating.

Plus a look at the work of this local filmmaking family (their son, David Parfit is a composer for film as well), makers of Saving Luna and many other projects, including books and work on IMax and National Geographics projects.


Monday 28 Aug 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
I Called Him Morgan
On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, addiction, murder, jazz and America, with amazing archival photos, great music and crisp interviews. 91min 2016 Pg

Thanks again to distributor FilmsWeLike - we like a lot of the same films.

Monday 11 Sep 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
A Street Cat Named Bob
A Street Cat Named Bob This film tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life. With the real cat in the title role! Pg

Our guest: Dr Jane Vermeulen founded Vets For Pets in 2009 to help care for the animal companions of the homeless and low-income pet owners in Victoria. The clinic is partnered with Our Place Society and animals are seen on the second Thursday of each month (except February and July) in the courtyard and shipping/receiving room. The program is completely funded through donations and volunteer veterinary professionals from Victoria and southern Vancouver Island.  When the program started, there were 6 volunteers and 8 pets were seen. Now, there are over 15 volunteers and over 70 pets are seen each month.

Who better to bring this story home - about the value of pets?
cast: Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head


Monday 18 Sep 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. For the first time, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show's creation - and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often unexpected consequences of those choices - through success and failure. Featuring exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along. Pg Simply THE BEST! I love this doc! Pg

Monday 25 Sep 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Drunktown's Finest with director Sydney Freeland
In collaboration with Transgender Studies and Writing Dept at UVic.

Three young Native Americans, an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a transgender woman, strive to escape the hardships of life on Navajo reserve. 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 Freeland, Trans and Aboriginal herself, will join us by Skype.
cast: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, MorningStar Angeline , Tailinh Agoyo, Loren Anthony


Monday 2 Oct 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Stairs
In collaboration with CARBC Centre for Addictions Research of BC and Cinecenta**

The Stairs tells the story of Marty, Greg and Roxanne, each of whom survived decades of street-involvement. Using their experiences to ease the paths of others, each performs social work in their old neighbourhood, while struggling to maintain their newly-found stability. Told over five years, The Stairs is a non-judgemental character study of life on society's margins. Defying stereotypes through intimate portraits, its remarkable subjects are by turns surprising, funny, shocking and moving. 95min 2016 R

Intro and Q&A with Toronto director Hugh Gibson in person. This, his first feature, won the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto Film Critics Association Gala December 2016 and hopefully Jack Phillips, a Victoria street outreach worker and harm-reduction trainer for the Society of Illicit Drug Users.

Monday 9 Oct 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Sun At Midnight
Kirsten Carthew's first feature film and first from the NWTerritories, this is story of an unexpected friendship between 16-year old runaway ‘urban princess', and an older Gwich'in hunter. With central themes of environment and indigenous rights, this micro-budget, film captures the beauty and mood of life on the land in a northern summer (without the mosquitos) and a terrific adventure. Moving performances from leads Devery Jacobs and Duane Howard. Pg
cast: Devery Jacobs, Duane Howard, Mark Anderako, Sarah Jerome, William Greenland


Monday 16 Oct 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Waterwalker
With Ken Buck Bill Mason's canoeing partner and cinematographer

An ode to wilderness and those who have brought it to us.

We'll celebrate this feature-length documentary that follows naturalist Bill Mason on his journey by canoe into the Ontario wilderness. The filmmaker and artist begins on Lake Superior, then explores winding and sometimes tortuous river waters to the meadowlands of the river's source. Along the way, Mason paints scenes that capture his attention and muses about his love of the canoe, his artwork and his own sense of the land. Mason also uses the film as a commentary on the link between God and nature and the vast array of beautiful canvases God created for him to paint. Features breathtaking visuals and exciting whitewater footage, with a musical score by Bruce Cockburn! 86min 1984 G

"Mason had always wanted the film to play theatrically, as he believed the big screen was the only way he could truly share the awe and wonder of Lake Superior with his audience." Here is your chance!

Q&A with Ken Buck, Mason's canoeing partner and cinematographer Ken Buck by phone. He was Bill Mason's friend and canoeing partner and he created the book Bill Mason: Wilderness Artist From Heart to Hand with the cooperation of the Mason family. He is a retired secondary school teacher of English literature, media studies and outdoor education. He worked as Bill Mason's cinematographer and assistant editor for the award-winning series of films Path of the Paddle, Song of the Paddle and Waterwalker.

Monday 23 Oct 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Big Sick
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (played by himself), and a Caucasian American girl, played by Zoey Kazan, a relationship disapproved of by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his own family and his heart. R
cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan , Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher


Monday 30 Oct 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
35 years later we'll re-visit this classic Sci-fi story that has a Halloween twist. Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends an extra terrestrial, dubbed "E.T.", who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help E.T. return home while attempting to keep him hidden from their mother and the government. The concept was apparently based on an imaginary friend Spielberg created after his parents' divorce in 1960.

It ranks as the greatest science fiction film ever made in many film ratings. G
cast: Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore


Monday 6 Nov 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Under The Sun
After years of negotiation the Russian director Vitaly Mansky was invited by the North Korean government to make a film about one girl and her family in the year she prepares to join the Children's Union, on the 'Day of the Shining Star' (Kim Jong-Il's birthday). "My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country..." says eight-year-old Zin-mi. And so it might seem as Mansky films her in joyous, patriotic school pageants and in dance class, or with her parents, eating delicious food in their picturesque apartment. That's the propagandists' intent.

But they did not realize that Mansky kept filming even after they had shouted "Cut." UNDER THE SUN is the jaw-dropping result, a "surreal and sinister... real-life version of THE TRUMAN SHOW." A look into N Korea that will haunt you. -The Hollywood Reporter Pg Courtesy Icarus Films.

Monday 13 Nov 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Glass Castle
Based upon Jeannette Wall's 2005 award-winning memoir, The Glass Castle, follows nonconformist nomadic parents (Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts), whose aspirations and poor life skills make for a turbulent family life. Particularly colourful is their alcoholic father who would stir the three daughters and one boy's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. A superb ensemble film featuring Brie Larson (Room). Lots to talk about here... trailer.
cast: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson, Chandler Head


Monday 20 Nov 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Harold & Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
A fascinating and deeply moving account of the romantic and creative partnership between storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian - a talented and generous couple once considered to be the heart of the industry. They became the film industry's secret weapons. Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them. Harold visioned the imagery Lilian made sure the details were right.

For sixty tumultuous years, Harold and Lillian weathered personal and professional setbacks while working on hundreds of films, many of them now classics, including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary's Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket. Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood's most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited.

Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and interviews (including candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, and Francis Coppola), home movies, and rare production art, Harold and Lillian lovingly chronicles a remarkable relationship and two extraordinary careers spanning six decades of movie-making history. Pg

Monday 27 Nov 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Angry Inuk
Anti–seal hunting campaigns have attracted high profile supporters, and with them, hefty financial contributions. Meanwhile, seal hunters are unjustly targeted for traditional practices that have supported them for centuries. With a way of life on the cusp of extinction, who's really at fault? How does a culture that exercises understated anger and finds peaceful ways to resolve conflict compete with animal activist groups that rely on anti-sealing sentiment they aggressively cultivate to underwrite their other causes?

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, whose family lives on Baffin Island, one of the regions hardest hit in economic terms by various protests and bans, uses her filmmaking skills to organize and embolden a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit to stand up for their rights. PG trailer.

Hand.Line.Cod Set in the coldest waters surrounding Newfoundland's rugged Fogo Island, this short film follows a group of "people of the fish"- traditional fishers who catch cod live by hand, one at a time, by hook and line. Filmmaker Justin Simms takes viewers deep inside the world of these brave fishermen. Travel with them from the early morning hours, spend time on the ocean, and witness the intricacies of a 500-year-old tradition that's making a comeback. G

Monday 4 Dec 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Rumble: Indians who rocked the world
Here's the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, Rumble will show how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. "Rumble" was Link Wray's raunchy 1958 instrumental that was deemed so dangerous it was banned on a bunch of radio stations - and revered by many rockers who followed. Pg

Monday 11 Dec 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
He Named Me Malala
He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was near-fatally wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends' school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide. This is a brilliant, elegant telling of her story! Pg13

She won a Nobel prize and has spoken at countless universities.  In 2017 she became an honorary Canadian citizen and last August she gained admission to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford to study for a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Monday 18 Dec 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
The Devil's Horn
From Adolphe Sax's workshop of the 1840's to the legendary era of jazz and bebop, it was forbidden by Nazis and Communists and banned by the Pope – gradually conquering all music genres.  Throughout its 175-year history the saxophone has been both the most seductive and most feared instrument. Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Larry Weinstein illuminates and mythologizes the story of the saxophone, featuring its most legendary players as well as astonishing discoveries.  The Devil's Horn explores the sax's longstanding curse that stemmed from the difficult life of its mad inventor, and is still said to affect saxophonists who fall prey to the instrument's dark powers. Pg13 printable poster

With special guests, two men bitten by sax fever; Joey Picasso and Erik Abbink. Also pianist Jacqueline Perriam. Monday 28 Dec 2017    alphabetical list  chronological list
Kedi
A love letter to both Istanbul and the cats who live there.

Standing in contrast to the typical political media coverage of Turkey, Kedi provides an insightful, tender counterpoint through a playful cat's-eye view of Istanbul. Since the age of the Ottoman Empire, hundreds of thousands of cats roam free through the city's streets. The cats play an important role in the social fabric of Istanbul, acting as mirrors to the people and allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. The unique relationship between the people of Istanbul and their feline neighbours reveals the enduring humanity at the centre of bustling chaos and rapid gentrification. This one of a kind film explores a local phenomenon that serves as a symbolic meditation of the cultural essence of an ancient troubled city. G subtitled