Friday, October 12, 2018
October 12–14 (times vary)
For the first time, Charlottetown Film Festival is exploring a theme: Life is a Balancing Act. The majority of films that have been selected to screen at City Cinema from October 12 to 14 are explorations of facing life’s challenges, some silly, some sweet but most are deep and some are dark.
“We are still celebrating and showcasing films about Atlantic Canada, by Atlantic Canadians,” Festival director Cheryl Wagner reports, “ but Mille Clarke’s moving NFB documentary The Song And The Sorrow: Dedicated To The Memory And Music Of Gene Maclellan, which opens ChFF18, tracing Catherine MacLellan’s journey with her own challenges around depression, was a game-changer. It became clear this little film festival can be a platform for voices sharing their private problems and insights by bravely pointing a camera at them. And often gaining by the experience. As does the viewer. That is my big dream.”
Mille Clarkes says, “It was empowering to see that we can talk about our struggles and still be great, and magical, and effective. And through this film Catherine wants others to know that once you talk about depression, once you normalize the conversation, it loses some of its oppressive weight. It’s a burden that can be lightened by being shared.”
Not to be missed on Saturday is the 7 pm screening called Life Is Short. So . . . which includes Lulu Keating’s amusing investigation of her anger when facing surgery, Islander Andrew MacCormack’s Sickboy, featuring Jeremie Saunder’s take on life with cystic fibrosis, and the 2018 winner of HotDoc’s People’s Choice Winner Prince’s Tale. Jamie Miller’s film introduces us to the remarkable Prince Amponsah, a young actor who survived a near-fatal fire in 2012 and the journey of mental recovery that brought him back on stage.
Sunday offers Deanne Foley’s feature An Audience Of Chairs based on the best seller by Joan Clark, shines a light on the confusion of riding the highs and lows of being bi-polar for a talented musician who is also a mother who does ultimately find a balance.
“But sometimes the best way to face the challenges of life’s ups and downs is a good belly laugh,” says Wagner. “And Jeremy Larter delivers just that on our All-Island Opening Night with Pogey Beach.”
The 4th Annual Charlottetown Film Festival welcomes Eckhart, the animated TV series produced on PEI by Cellar Door Productions, to the Free Family Matinee on October 14 at 12 noon at City Cinema, Charlottetown.
This series was featured on Teletoon more than ten years ago and brought little PEI to the big wide world through the perspective of a small mouse named Eckhart who was—and is—full of irrepressible curiosity and wonderment about the mysteries of his life on our Island and beyond.
It all started with David Weale’s children’s book The True Meaning of Crumbfest. Cellar Door’s Gretha Rose was impressed and brought it to the small screen as a Christmas special. Teletoon ordered the spin-off series which launched a world of stories and characters rooted in rural PEI.
The City of Charlottetown agreed and is sponsoring the hour-long screening of three episodes: Cirque De Souris, The Key, and—since it is October—Mouse Mask, a big day which is like Hallowe’en for little Eckhart and his friends.
Adding to the fun, after the show everyone will be given a City of Charlottetown Art Walk brochure and challenged to find the nine little Eckhart statues scattered around the downtown; A scavenger hunt for fans new and old.
The 4th Annual Charlottetown Film Festival has announced that Kilian Huet, a young filmmaker from Saint-Pierre–et-Miquelon, will be attending the screening of his short film Magister on October 13 at 9 pm as a part of the W.T.F! Short Films for Grownups’ screening at City Cinema.
“This is a continuation of our annual International Atlantic Island Outreach effort in which we invite films from other Islands in the Atlantic Ocean,” Cheryl Wagner, Festival Director explains.
Thanks to the support of the Consulate General of France in Moncton and Halifax, Kilian Huet will be coming to PEI for the first time and says that he is eager to meet filmmakers and see their works.
—The Charlottetown Film Society, dedicated to supporting film culture on PEI, presents the 4th Annual Charlottetown Film Festival from October 12-14 at City Cinema. Up-beat and off-beat shorts, remarkable independent features and thought-provoking documentaries are on the playbill. See page B14–15 in The Buzz for more information, or visit www.charlottetownfilmfest.com for full schedule and ticket info.
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