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Calgary International Film Festival

Q+A: Calgary actress Erin Carter talks silver screen success

By BRIAN FRENCH

When kids dream of being a movie star, they usually have no idea how much hard work and sacrifice it will take to realize their dream. Like becoming a fireman or an astronaut, such dreams usually fade with adolescence, giving way to more conventional career goals. For Calgary’s Erin Carter, the ambition never faded, the hard work and sacrifice endured, and the dream was realized.

After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, and studying at the Canadian Film Centre’s prestigious Actors Conservatory, Erin has begun making quite a name for herself in the film industry as an actor, as a writer, and as a producer. Erin was in Calgary recently promoting her newest feature film, Suck It Up—set in Calgary and Invermere—which premiered at the closing gala of the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival. We had a chance to catch up with Erin and ask a few questions. (more…)

4 Must-See Films at Calgary International Film Festival

By SILVIA PIKAL AND MICHAELA RITCHIE

With more than 200 features and short films being screened from Canada and 40 other countries, there’s plenty of choice at the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF). Here are four must-see films playing until the festival’s last evening on October 1. (more…)

18th Calgary International Film Festival Hits the Silver Screen

By RACHAEL FREY

Tickets for the Calgary International Film Festival don’t last long—grab them while you can! (Photo courtesy of the Calgary International Film Festival)

Ready the popcorn, extra butter please! The Calgary International Film Festival is hitting theatres in 2017 from September 20 to October 1. Over the past 18 years the festival has grown steadily, proving that Calgarians really love their cinema — last year the festival hit a record attendance of 36,700 film-goers eager to watch 200 multi-genre feature and short films from more than 40 countries. (more…)

5 Top Picks for the Calgary International Film Festival

By RACHAEL FREY

The Grand Seduction kicks off CIFF Thursday, Sep 19. Photo: Marlne GŽlineau Payette  /  Max Films, courtesy CIFF

The Grand Seduction kicks off CIFF. Photo: Marlne GŽlineau Payette / Max Films, courtesy CIFF

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off with a gala screening of The Grand Seduction (September 19, 7 pm at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium) directed by Canadian indie film icon Don McKellar. The film tells the story of a disgraced big city doctor, played by Taylor Kitsch, who ends up in a tiny Newfoundland town where the locals are determined to make him to stay. CIFF executive director Steve Schroeder calls it “one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.” (more…)

Weekend Roundup: September 28 to 30

Fun free events going on at Olympic Plaza on Saturday. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Friday, September 28 TELUS Spark celebrates its first birthday with Monster Mash-up. This family-friendly special event will include a scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, face painting and a station for children trick out their Halloween costumes. This celebration is great for the whole family

Check out Alberta Culture Days 2012 Kick Off Tailgate Party from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. The evening will feature live music by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Collective, Calgary Youth Chorus, Kugakai Lion Dance Team as well as b-boys Grim Reminder. The event takes place at the East Tailgate Parking Lot of McMahon Stadium. No football ticket needed to join in the festivities!

Don’t miss the closing weekend of Next to Normal at Max Bell Theatre, at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. The much-talked-about Broadway musical Next to Normal was the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play follows a family as they deal with the struggles of a mother’s mental illness. Tickets start at $25. (more…)

6 Films To See at CIFF This Weekend

Catch the Black Carpet Gala premiere of Antiviral. Photo: Courtesy CIFF.

It’s the final weekend of the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), and there are still so many great films to see! Here are some that you cannot miss:

Friday, September 28 Horror and mystery fans will want to catch the Black Carpet Gala premiere of Antiviral. Directed by Brandon Cronenberg, (that’s right, son of Canadian auteur David Cronenberg), Antiviral follows a young man working for a mysterious corporation that sells the viruses of celebrities to their fans. When he becomes infected with a starlet’s disease, he must solve the mystery of what killed her in order to save his own life. The film screens at 7:15 pm at the Globe Cinema.

Also at the Globe, French actress and director Julie Delpy’s new comedy, 2 Days in New York (co-starring Chris Rock) plays at 6:45 pm. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Thursday Sep 20 – Sunday Sep 23

Dean and Britta at performing until Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Theatre Junction GRAND.

Thursday, September 20 Be sure to check out the Calgary Home + Design Show at the BMO Centre, running until Sunday, September 23. The weekend event will feature inspirational design solutions and helpful home advice. The show will host over 350 exhibitors and a variety of industry experts including Sarah Daniels and Philip DuMoulin, hosts of HGTV’s Urban Suburban; Bruce Hopkins (more…)

Hot Date: Our Picks for CIFF This Weekend

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off tonight with a gala screening of Deepa Mehta’s film Midnight’s Children at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The festival runs September 20 to 30 and includes a curated collection of Canadian and international features, a variety of shorts programs, a youth cinema competition and much more. With every genre covered and several gala events, there’s a lot to see. This weekend, Where recommends: 

Friday, September 21 This is the first year that CIFF will feature 3D films. The Battle of Warsaw: 1920 is both a military epic and Poland’s first 3D film. The story follows a couple torn apart by the war to keep the Soviet Army at bay. 7:15 pm at Eau Claire Market Cineplex, 200 Barclay Parade.

Meet The Fokkens. Photo: Courtesy of CIFF.

Meet the Fokkens (Ouwehoeren) might sound like a Dutch version of a Ben Stiller comedy, but it’s actually a documentary about two elderly twins who have been working in Amsterdam’s red light district for over 50 years. See it to believe it! 9 pm at Eau Claire Market Cineplex.

Saturday, September 22 The Youth by Youth Cinema competition includes shorts by student filmmakers. This year’s roster is a long one, but it’s big on emerging talent. An awards ceremony will be held at the Old Spaghetti Factory following the screening. 12 pm at Eau Claire Market Cineplex. (more…)

Galas Announced For The Calgary International Film Festival

Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children opens CIFF. Photo: Courtesy CIFF.

The Calgary International Film Festival has announced its opening night gala. The 11-day festival will kick off with Midnight’s Children, by Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta, on Thursday, September 20 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

The film is based on author Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize winning novel and follows the lives of two children born in India during the time of partition, whose lives mirror the tumultuous transition from colonialism to an autonomous state. Rushdie scripted the film’s adaptation.

Mehta is one of Canada’s more celebrated contemporary filmmakers, her films having won several Genie awards. Her 2006 film, Water, was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film. (more…)