Media Release

A new collaboration brings more Movie Monday titles to library patrons

This month, as Movie Monday celebrates its 22nd Anniversary of weekly screenings at the Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre we are proud to announce a new and exciting collaboration.

Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) now holds a select collection of films previously screened at Movie Monday events. gvpl_logo The films have been purchased by Movie Monday and donated to GVPL, which provides cataloguing and the services to enable public access to these eclectic titles for home viewing.

"These are titles I'm passionate about and have been enjoyed by my audiences. The films are harder to source and might have been not affordable at GVPL but now are accessible to the public," says Bruce Saunders, programmer and founder of the Movie Monday Society.

A keyword search at for "Movie Monday Films" will find this collection within the GVPL's catalogue.

"We are delighted to be part of Movie Monday's vision to expand the reach of these films," says Rina Hadziev, Coordinator of Collections and Technical Services at GVPL. The Movie Monday program is a Greater Victoria institution, and we're happy to help provide access to these works beyond their screenings. Movie Monday fans and other film buffs will be thrilled to be able to access these films through their public library."

"I'm really pleased to be able to augment the incredible GVPL collection of video resources with my discoveries. These are like old friends that I'd like people to meet," says Saunders. "I'm known for my persistent pursuit of esoteric, valuable films in many genres and am pleased to collaborate with our library to have another outlet for my discoveries. There are many more to come." The collection includes such diverse and valuable titles as Birth Story: Ina May and the Farm Midwives, as well as The Storytelling Class, a surprisingly rich Winnipeg-made multi-award-winning documentary. Other Canadian feature films from the Movie Monday program in the collection include Edwin Boyd: Gentleman Bank Robber, Fetching Cody and the earliest sound film shot in Canada, The Viking.

Excellent locally made documentaries that have been a part of Movie Monday's programming are available, including the works of Gumboot Productions, (The Art Of Compassion, Kuper Island: Return To the Healing Circle and Killer Whale and Crocodile). Other indigenous stories such as Smokin' Fish, Experimental Eskimos, and Cry Rock are included.

Of course, with Movie Monday having roots in the mental health community, there are many titles that explore mental illness and substance use and circumstances that can isolate people from mainstream life such as Alzheimer's (Complaints Of A Dutiful Daughter), substance use (Finding Normal, Cracked Not Broken) Tourette Syndrome (Life's A Twitch), Autism (Loving Lampposts), cognitive disability (A Friend Indeed), among other stories of life journeys such as Mystic Ball.

Watch out for MM's Anniversary offering This Ain't No Mouse Music, and the next week's Heartbeat and then God Bless Justin Trudeau, all to be added to the collection.

Both Movie Monday and the GVPL are registered charities committed to community-driven services such as this and gratefully accept donations through their websites.

Movie Monday film collection will go to Greater Victoria library

Michael D. Reid Times Colonist, published 13 Jun3 2015

God Save Justin Trudeau: The Art of Politics in the 21st Century, a Quebec documentary, is one of dozens of films being donated to public libraries, says Bruce Saunders, founder of Movie Monday, the weekly community screening program. The film chronicles the Liberal leader's March 31, 2012, charity boxing match with now-suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau.

"It shows the balls Justin Trudeau has to have to put himself out there," says Saunders, who will present the film June 29 at Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre. "With his shirt off, he's kind of a scrawny-looking guy compared to this political pugilist he was up against."

God Save Justin Trudeau is one of the films being made available through a partnership between Movie Monday and the Greater Victoria Public Library. The Movie Monday collection has been without a home for post-première viewing since last summer's closing of Yo Video, the Oak Bay rental outlet that maintained a section devoted to Movie Monday.

"I can't stand just being able to show a film once, and this is a really handy system," says Saunders, whose films will augment the GVPL's collection of DVDs and Blu-Rays available for free to users.

"It's great that these films are available and in use - that's what filmmakers want. To have them not circulating is painful."

The collection includes Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse, Brian Lindstrom's heart-wrenching documentary about Portland police officers behaving badly that screened in April, Birth Story: Ina May and the Farm Midwives, The Storytelling Class, and Canadian features such as Edwin Boyd: Gentleman Bank Robber, Fetching Cody and The Viking, the earliest sound film made in Canada.

"The Movie Monday program is a Greater Victoria institution, and we're happy to help provide access to these works beyond their screenings," said Rina Hadziev, GVPL co-ordinator of collections and technical services. The library system is providing cataloguing services to make the donated Movie Monday films easily accessible to the public for home viewing.

Homegrown documentaries shown by Movie Monday include several films by Gumboot Productions, including The Art of Compassion, Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle and Killer Whale and Crocodile.

Since Movie Monday's roots are in the mental-health community, several films explore mental illness, substance abuse and "circumstances that can isolate people from mainstream life," Saunders says.

Topics include Alzheimer's disease (Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter), addiction (Finding Normal, Cracked Not Broken), Tourette's syndrome (Life's a Twitch), autism (Loving Lampposts) and cognitive disability (A Friend Indeed).

The immediate challenge has been "having to choose between my babies," says Saunders, who initially submitted 38 titles for consideration and still has 100 "precious films" gathering dust in his home office.

As to when current titles such as Andrea Dorfman's new romantic drama Heartbeat, screening June 22 with the Halifax filmmaker in attendance, might be added: "It's a matter of asking the filmmakers."