Barkerville to host National Canadian Film Day mini-fest at the Sunset Theatre April 20
- On Wednesday, April 20, Barkerville Historic Town & Park will host a National Canadian Film Day mini-festival at the historic Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC.
- National Canadian Film Day, a REEL CANADA-presented cinematic “happening” now entering its third-year, will see more than 170 concurrent screenings held across the country in every Province and Territory, and will include big and small screen broadcasts, special events, panel discussions, social media engagement, and robust conversations about Canadian film. canadianfilmday.ca.
- To help celebrate NCFD’s third successful year, Barkerville Historic Town & Park will host three outstanding Canadian films from three separate cinematic genres:
- At 7:00 PM the NCFD “mini-fest” will open with Reel Injun, a 2009 Canadian documentary film directed by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and Jeremiah Hayes that explores the portrayal of Native Americans in film, illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of Native people in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors and film historians.
- A 9:00 PM showing of the 2013 romantic-comedy The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Zoe Kazan (It’s Complicated) and Adam Driver (Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens); The F Word, directed by Michael Dowse and written by Elan Mastai, was nominated for Best Pictureat the Canadian Screen Awards, and won for Adapted Screenplay.
- The evening will close with an 11:30 PM late-night screening of Peter Stebbing’s 2009 superhero-comedy Defendor, the story of an intellectually disabled man who adopts the persona of a real-life superhero while on a quest to find his arch enemy, Captain Industry, starring Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas, and Sandra Oh.
- As a special, Sunset Theatre-exclusive treat for Film Day fans, Barkerville’s NCFD mini-fest audience will be joined by Canadian Fringe Theatre Festival legend TJ Dawe (Medicine, The Slip Knot) and former Barkerville actor Michael Rinaldi (TV’s Once Upon a Time and Fringe), co-writers of the play Toothpaste and Cigars, upon which The F Word’s award-winning screenplay was based.
- TJ Dawe and Michael Rinaldi will provide a moderated talk-back Q&A after the 9:00 PM screening of The F Word, and discuss the adaptation of their work from stage to screen.
- Barkerville’s National Canadian Film Day mini-festival at the Sunset Theatre in Wells, presented by REEL CANADA and co-sponsored by CBC and Cineplex, will be a licensed event, with food and beverage available at the Sunset Theatre concession; parental guidance is required.
- Tickets are $5.00 per film or $10.00 for 3-film festival pass, and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 1-888-994-3332, ext. 41.
- Proceeds will support several local Wells community organizations, including the Wells Museum & Historical Society, the Wells Branch #128 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Island Mountain Arts, and the Sunset Theatre Society.
- For more information visit barkerville.ca/film-day.
James Douglas | Manager, Visitor Experiences
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