TIFF Films are back!
Festival Hall and Eventure Entertainment are proud to present
in partnership with tiff
National Canadian Film Day 2017
Free Canadian Movies all day - April 19, 2017
in support of the Phoenix Centre and Family and Children's Services
what a great run! Hope to see you back!
TICKETS $10 PLUS HST PER FILM (AT THE DOOR)
FILM PASSES $60 PLUS HST FOR ALL FILMS
STUDENTS ARE HALF PRICE - Please call the Box Office for group and class discounts
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OPENING NIGHT WEDNESDAY OCT 21, 2015
Sponsored by the Daily Observer
Date: Wednesday, October 21 Time: 6.00pm Runtime: 60 minutes
When Calgarian Robert Cohen (high school classmate of Mrs. Rick Wharton) moved to L.A. to pursue his dreams of becoming a comedy writer, he quickly realized that his new friends and colleagues knew nothing but the usual stereotypes about his beloved homeland. After years of frustration, Robert decided to embark on a personal quest, traveling from one end of Canada to the other, to prove being Canadian is more than just maple syrup and Mounties. Imagine "Sherman's March" or "Roger and Me", but wearing a toque.
Watch the Trailer:
"SPOTLIGHT " ON LOCAL AND GLOBAL FILMMAKER MATT LEMAY
Sponsored by the Pembroke Observer
Date: Wednesday October 21 Time: 8.00pm Runtime: 90 minutes
Matt LeMay is a multiple award-winning filmmaker, communications specialist and veteran of the Canadian non-profit sector. Since 2007, Matt and his team have successfully created over 100 pieces of high production video content for a variety of clients across Canada. Matt received the 2011 & 2013 Award of Excellence in Filmmaking from the Canada International Film Festival (Vancouver) for his films Great River and Native Young. LeMay wrote, produced and directed both films that are currently being distributed by First Nations Films and McIntyre Media. Native Young was an official selection at the 2013 National Association for Multiculturalism Film Festival in Oakland CA. The films explore a variety of social issues impacting First Nations communities across Canada. LeMay Media also received the 2013 Social Media Marketing Award from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario.
Matt is a dynamic public speaker and effective leader who has assisted numerous organizations, municipalities and businesses with developing effective communication strategies and recently joined the Human Ingenuity Research Group at Western University. Matt is currently working with Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley leading the Local Labour Market Planning process for both Renfrew and Lanark Counties. Matt is passionate about filmmaking and currently lives in Pembroke with his wife Jennifer and his daughters Ella and Noa. Many of the short films to be screened are about the Ottawa Valley.
Thursday Oct 22nd 2015
NO PLACE TO HIDE: The Rehtaeh Parsons Story
Sponsored by Algonquin College, Pembroke Waterfront Campus
Date: Thursday October 22 Time: 1.00pm Runtime:48 MINUTES
The far-reaching effects of cyberbullying, rape culture and victim blaming - all borne by one girl, Rehtaeh Parsons. A must see for our youth and families alike. Students $5.00 and School Staff Free (College and all other area schools Grade 7-12)
A Great Opportunity for a Powerful Field Trip
TRICK OR TREATY
Date: Thursday October 22 Time: 4.00 pm Runtime: 82 minutes
This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.
Watch the trailer here:
Sponsored by Algonquin College, Pembroke Waterfront Campus
Date: Thursday October 22 Time: 7pm Runtime: 1 hr. 25 minutes
From iconic Oscar and Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, Red Army is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. The film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union. RED ARMY is an inspiring story about a man who stood up to a powerful system and paved the way for change for generations of Russians.
Watch the The official trailer for “RED ARMY”, a Sony Classics film, directed by Gabe Polsky and from Executive Producers Werner Herzog and Jerry Weintraub, here:
Friday October 23, 2015
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
Sponsored by Tracy Lyle
Date: Friday, October 23 Time: 1 p.m. Runtime:1 hr. 26 minutes
At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick.
Suitable for all ages. Children Free with a Paying Adult.
Watch the delightful trailer here.
GLEN CAMPBELL I'll Be Me
Date: Friday, October 23 Time: 4 p.m. Runtime:1 hr. 56 min.
In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last 5 weeks instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a "Goodbye Tour." The film documents this amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen's progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice. Special appearances include Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Bill Clinton among many others.
Watch the trailer here:
I AM FARLEY
Sponsored by the Wharton Family, Eventure Entertainment
Date: Friday, October 23 Time: 7.00pm Runtime: 1 hr. 30 minutes
Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud, and I Am Chris Farley will tell his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever - from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. The film showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies and family snapshots, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend – a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality. Clips from Farley’s most memorable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river!” Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack and Fred Wolf, and family members including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brothers Tom Jr. and Johnny, with sister Barbara.
Watch the trailer here:
Sponsored by Island Records/Universal Music
Date: Friday October 23 Time: 9 p.m. Runtime:
Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history, and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, legend, and the man, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, never before seen performances, previously unreleased music, and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. -
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke
Date: Saturday, Oct 24 Time: 1.00 p.m. Runtime: 1 hr. 24 min.
Movie InfoSeymour Bernstein started playing the piano as a little boy, and by the time he turned 15 he was teaching it to others. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a performer before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts. While Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative study is a warm and lucid portrait of Bernstein and his exceptional life and work, it's also a love letter to the study of music itself, and a film about the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art. Seymour: An Introduction allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music. © Sundance Selects
View the trailer here:
NEW YORK DOLL
Date: Saturday October 24 Time: 4.00 p.m. Runtime: 1h 18m
A recovering alcoholic and converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, reunites with his old band, the New York Dolls, after 30 years. A powerful, moving story.
Watch the trailer here:
THE WRECKING CREW
Date: Saturday, Oct 24 Time: 7:00 p.m. Runtime: 1 hr. 35 minutes
The Wrecking Crew was a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles in the 1960s who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous.
They were also involved in groups that I like to call the Milli Vanillis of the day. A producer would get the guys in and lay down some instrumental tracks. If it became a hit, they would record an album and put a group together to go on the road. This happened many times with groups like the Marketts, Routers, and T-Bones. The next day they would do the same thing and call it another name. Same musicians, but different group name.
The record industry was primarily in New York, London and Detroit in the late '50s and early '60s. Then there was a surge towards the mid-60s that pushed the recording to the West Coast. So these musicians were recording around the clock for a good 8 years. The heyday for this group was in 1967 when the charts turned to the West.
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SUNDAY OCT 25TH 2015
MINIONS (french presentation - en francais)
PROCEEDS IN SUPPORT OF OUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF EXQUINOXE SCHOOL
Sponsored by NBC Universal and Equinox School
Date: October 25 Time: 11 a.m.
Sponsored by Focus on the Family
PARTIAL PROCEEDS TO FIRST STEP OPTIONS
Date: Sunday, Oct 25th Time: 1.00pm Runtime: 2 hours
EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED AND WORTHY OF LOVE. ONE COUPLE'S EXTRAORDINARY GIFT
Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, every year, forgotten by the surrounding culture.The Drop Box is a documentary about the work of Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community’s most vulnerable children. By installing a drop box outside his home, Pastor Lee provides a safe haven to babies who would otherwise be abandoned on the streets to die.It’s a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical and emotional toll associated with providing refuge to save those deemed unwanted by society.But it’s also a story of hope. And a celebration of the reality that every human life is sacred, has a purpose and is worthy of love
Sponsored by Shawn Behnke - Combetex
Date: Sunday, Oct 25th Time: 4.00pm Runtime: 1 hr. 20 min.
Movie InfoLocked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.
Visit their site and watch the trailer of this jaw dropping story:
ARCHIVES FROM THE TWO PREVIOUS FILM FESTIVALS:
Valley Docfest 2014 featured ten amazing films (see below for descriptions to find out what you may have missed!) Joel Goldberg, well known documentary film producer, indicated that the screen, sound and lighting of Festival Hall surpassed many film festivals. Thanks to all of our volunteers, Shawn and Andrew, and sponsors Renfrew County Law Association, Algonquin College, Those Phantom Knights and Eventure Entertainment and especially NBC UNIVERSAL for making this happen.
Next movies: Rocky Horror Picture Show October 25, 2014. We are also planning more TIFF movies, the Big Lebowski, and Oscar Classic Movies in the near future. We are looking for a sponsor to replace the missing popcorn machine. Thank you!
2014 VALLEY DOCFEST SCHEDULE SEPT 25TH 7.30PM
The General Racing
The General Racing is a fast-paced, inspirational, and exciting racing documentary that tells the story of 71-year-old, retired Canadian Forces Major General Lewis MacKenzie and his team through the highs and lows of a Québec F1600 Racing Season.
Special guest speakers General Lewis Mackenzie and Brendon Culliton (Director)
FRIDAY SEPT 26TH 7:30PM
That Dance in Buttonville
After 50 years of marriage Stan and Margaret love life, they love each other, and they still love to dance. When Margaret becomes an Alzheimer's victim Stan takes care of her and then suffers two forms of dementia himself. Through their institutionalization and decline their love never falters. They save their last dance for each other.
Produced, written and directed by Ben Hoffman, 2013.
Nominated for Best Editing and Best Sound Track, Red Dirt International Film Festival.
Guest speaker Ben Hoffman and special guests.
SATURDAY SEPT 27TH- 2PM
BURT'S BUZZ takes an intimate look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt's Bees, exploring his fascinating and unique life. Wise and wry, ornery and opinionated, the reclusive Shavitz is committed to living off the land and keeping true to his humble beginnings despite his celebrity status. The film chronicles Burt's life as a photographer, beekeeper, and brand spokesman, following his complicated relationship with the company, his fans, and the world around him. Exposing the collision between business and personal values, "Burt's Buzz" is a compelling and fascinating portrait of this highly idiosyncratic pioneer, and a revealing study of what it means to be a living icon.
1 hour and 28 minutes
SATURDAY -SEPT 27TH 7:30PM
Pacing the Cage - the Bruce Cockburn Story
An intimate look at Canadian Music icon and activist Bruce Cockburn; his life, his music, and his spirituality. Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage is a documentary that features Canadian icon/singer/songwriter/activist, Bruce Cockburn reflecting on his life and his career. The documentary follows Bruce as he performs in sold out shows, records his live Slice O’ Life CD, and participates in a series of benefit concerts. Documentary cameras also follow Bruce to his home for a candid conversation about his views on everything from religion to parenthood. The documentary will shed new light on Bruce’s spirituality, and his thoughts on activism, politics, writing, and his amazing 40 plus years in the music industry. Also featured are never before seen live performances of songs from his 40 year plus catalogue of music.
Special guest speakers Joel Goldberg (Director/CoProducer) Bernie Finkelstien (Producer /Manager )
SUNDAY SEPT 28 2:00pm
Flip, Flop, Fly - 40 years of the Downchild Blues Band
The story of Donnie Walsh (Mr Downchild) 40 year journey of Canada's finest blues band . Downchild's leader and the importance and impact in the creation of the Blues Brothers and the blues scene in Canada.
Features the award winning band in concert with special guests Colin James, James Cotton, and Wayne Jackson. Rare footage of the late Jeff Healy. Narrated by the only and only Dan Aykroyd . Interviews with Dan Aykroyd and Paul Shaffer. Flip, Flop and Fly is a poignant tribute to one of the greatest bands ever produced in Canada.
Special guest speaker: Joel Goldberg (Director)
SUNDAY SEPT 28TH 4:30PM
King for a Day
A 'doc/rock' 'comedymentary'
What happens when you get thousands of Elvis Fans, hundreds of Elvis impersonators and curious onlookers together in a small town for one weekend? You get the parades, the parachute jumps by the flying Elvis' a competition and an awful lot of Elvis worship Why do so many people devote their lives to Elvis Presley?KING FOR DAY, focuses on one man's attempt to win the Orillia Elvis Impersonators contest. (Actually insiders refer to themselves as Tribute Artists) It also looks at the whole experience as if the man has been sucked into a cult!
Special speaker Tim Progosh, Actor Comedian and star of the Film
MONDAY SEPT 29TH - 7.00PM
Finding Vivian Maier
Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.
TUES SEPTEMBER 30- 7.00pm
Out of Mind, Out of Sight
Sponsored by the Renfrew County Law Association
LLBO Licenced Event
What happens to people who suffer from mental illnesses and commit violent crimes? Where do they go? How are they treated? Little is known about the facilities—once called asylums for the criminally insane—to which some of these patients are sent. Now known as forensic psychiatric hospitals, these are institutions inside which patients disappear, away from public view for years.
Four-time Emmy winner John Kastner has been granted unprecedented access to one such hospital: the Brockville Mental Health Centre. He filmed inside this facility for 18 months, allowing 46 patients and 75 staff to share their experiences with stunning frankness. The result is two remarkable documentaries. The first, NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, premiered at Hot Docs in the spring of 2013 and follows the story of a violent patient released into the community, much to the alarm of his victim and her family. Kastner’s film, Out of Mind, Out of Sight, returns to the Brockville Mental Health Centre to follow treatment processes normally hidden from the public, profiling four patients—two men and two women—as they struggle to gain control over their lives, so they can return to a society that often fears and demonizes them.
Special Guest, Director John Kastner
WEDNESDAY OCT 1 2:00pm
Just Eat It
Director: Grant Baldwin
Many documentaries strive to entertain as they educate, yet not all achieve this difficult feat. Furthermore, it is only the rare piece of film that actually has a tangible effect, successfully prompting a change in the thinking or actions of its audience. Nonfiction filmmaker Grant Baldwin’s Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014) is a fantastic new documentary that has the potential to dramatically alter the way in which people approach food and its waste. This piece offers an eye-opening look at a very serious matter, addressing a problem many may be unaware even exists, and then provides some wholly possible solutions and simple suggestions for improvement.
WEDNESDAY OCT 1 7:00pm
Documentary about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time, and drawn from them some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music ever created. In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement really took shape. The color of your skin didn't matter inside the studio. Songs you've heard a million times before and think you know by heart—Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird," Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses"—might just fall on your ears in an entirely fresh and new way, thanks to the documentary "Muscle Shoals. First-time filmmaker Greg "Freddy" Camalier explores how a tiny Alabama town on the southern edge of the Tennessee River served as the source of some of the greatest American music of the 1960s and '70s. A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".At two competing recording studios, artists as varied as Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones and Traffic, Paul Simon and Jimmy Cliff discovered and honed their sounds. And in the process, the classic tunes they produced helped fortify the mythology of the Muscle Shoals Sound.
1hr 51 minutes
We have been accepted as a community partner with TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival) and look forward to screening movies at Festival Hall!
Some will have special guests - actors, directors, producers.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NBC UNIVERSAL, we were able to buy a large screen and we have on order new projection equipment.
Festival Hall was thrilled to present its first annual documentary film festival from last year. Everyone enjoyed the doc experience - with screenings of phenomenal movies you won't soon forget. This year's dockets takes place September 26 for one week. Our opening night gala features Major General Lewis MacKenzie.
Tickets only $10 per movie, or a Festival Pass for $50
All Students (high school, college, university) half price with ID
VALLEY DOCFEST last year's MOVIE LINEUP