Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival, Global Visions (running from May 7–18, 2015) kicked off this year’s fest with one of the year’s most highly anticipated and critically acclaimed films, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. From director Brett Morgen, this film uses Cobain’s own journals, music, art, films, and audio recordings to paint a definitive portrait of Nirvana’s visionary frontman and highlight his lasting influence on popular culture.
Other notable docs featured this year include:
1 Dead Venues Created by locals Mike Siek and Eden Munro, this is a fond look back at some of Edmonton’s most beloved, “gone-but-not-forgotten” music venues.
2 Made In Japan From director Josh Bishop, this is the poignant and incredibly inspiring story of Japanese country music star Tomi Fujiyama.
3 How to Change the World Using never before seen archival materials, this doc is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.
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Don’t miss The Congress on Sat, Nov 9. Photo: Courtesy GIRAF
With a moniker as long as a certain spotted African animal’s neck, Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival, Calgary’s very cool animation event goes by GIRAF for short. Quickdraw Animation Society presents dozens of new films by the world’s top animators, November 6 – 10. The festival includes six short film packages, four feature-length movies, two visiting artists and several workshops for burgeoning animators of any skill level.
The fest’s engrossing gala screening features Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ari Folman’s live-action-meets-cartoon mashup The Congress. In his follow-up to Waltz with Bashir, Folman delivers a scathing critique of Hollywood via innovative animation. Actress Robin Wright (playing herself) agrees to have her body and voice scanned to be reanimated time and time again in future Hollywood productions, including commercial projects she had previously turned down. The film also stars Harvey Keitel, John Hamm and Paul Giamatti. The Congress screens at The Globe Cinema on Wednesday, November 6 at 7 pm.
For children of all ages, don’t miss the charming Ernest et Celestine. Based on the children’s book series by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent, the film follows the unlikely friendship between a bear living on the fringes of bear society and an orphaned mouse he welcomes into his home. Presented in French with English subtitles, the film delighted audiences at Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival. Ernest et Celestine screens at The Globe Cinema on Saturday, November 9 at 3 pm.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.giraffest.ca.
Two aliens form a band in Brooklyn in The History of Future Folk. Photo courtesy CUFF.
The Calgary Underground Film Festival runs April 15 to 21 at the Globe Cinema. Film genres include documentary, animation to horror. Festival producer Brenda Lieberman shares her top five festival selections, which she describes as “shocking, funny and all definitely worth seeing.”
Calgary’s annual BBQ On The Bow is this Sunday. Photo: John Rajic.
Friday, August 31 After a stellar opening last weekend, the international Hidden Gems Film Festival continues this weekend at the Cardel Theatre with three film screenings. On Friday at 7 pm, the award-winning Bengali film Ranjana, Ami Aar Asbo Na tells the story of an unconventional relationship between an arrogant, aging celebrity singer and an aspiring small-town songstress. On Saturday, Graamam tells the story of a widow challenging the patriarchal system in India in the mid 1900s, and in the Bangladeshi MeherJaan, a girl who fell in love with an enemy soldier reunites with her daughter almost four decades later. Tickets $12 per film, call 403-457-3036 for more information.
Friday also marks the grand opening of Canada’s second Free People clothing boutique at Chinook Centre. The American label is known for it’s bohemian California-chic apparel and accessories. (more…)