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The Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

(2015, 91 mins)
Classification: 19+


Feb 08 06:30 pm
Feb 10 08:45 pm
Feb 17 08:45 pm
Feb 22 03:30 pm
Feb 26 01:45 pm
Feb 26 06:00 pm
Feb 27 12:00 pm
Feb 27 04:20 pm

Each year the Vancity Theatre is proud to present the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Short Film in the Live Action and Animation categories.


Animated Shorts:

Sanjay's Super Team – dir. Sanjay Patel, USA, 7 minutes
In Sanjay's Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

World of Tomorrow – dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 minutes
A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity's fate. 

Bear Story – dir. Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11 minutes
Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.

We Can't Live Without Cosmos – dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 minutes
Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.

Prologue – dir. Richard Williams, UK, 6 minutes
Clocking in at six minutes, Prologue describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams - who is best known for his work as animation director on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", his unfinished feature "The Thief and the Cobbler" and Academy Award-winning "A Christmas Carol "adaptation - has worked on Prologue for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, U.K. 

These titles will be supplemented with the runners-up in this category: 
If I Was GodTaking FlightThe Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse,The Loneliest SpotlightCatch It 

Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango

(2013, 93 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Classification: 19+


Feb 23 06:30 pm

Black History Month 5-Film Ticket Pack is available for $35


Dom Pedro explores the expression of Tango’s Africanness and the contribution of African cultures in the creation of the tango. Tango was a reflection of the social life of the slaves that were taken to South America - including Argentina and Uruguay - mostly from central Africa, particularly from the former Kongo Kingdom. Pedro reveals the depth of the footprints of the African music on the tango, through this rich movie combining musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Caceres.

For anyone who loves music, Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro, will inspire you to explore more deeply the African roots of almost all of the Western Hemisphere’s music. ..This treat of a movie combines musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe." Sydney Levine, Indiewire

Plus: Tango demonstration by Argentine Tango Lab 

JFL Northwest: The Gentlemen Hecklers do Road House

(1989, 114 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
CAST Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Jeff Healey
Classification: 19+


Feb 27 09:30 pm

A local institution (they ought to be in one), the Gentlemen Hecklers supply the commentary you wish you had thought of to the best bad movies.

In their Vancity Theatre debut, Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart turn their sites on the 1989 Rowdy Herrington "classic", Road House, starring Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch and Sam Elliott.

Dalton (Swayze) is a true gentleman with a degree in philosophy from NYU. He also has a flip side - he’s the best bar bouncer in the business. When Dalton’s brought in to clean up a popular establishment that become particularly rowdy, his calm is put to the test by the town bully.

"Road House is much funnier than most comedies." Caryn James, New York Times

"Mindless entertainment of the highest order." Time Out


Photo credit: Evil Patrick Shannon

JFL Northwest: The Lobster

(2015, 118 mins, DCP)
CAST Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Olivia Colman
Classification: 19+


Feb 24 09:00 pm

From the darkly irreverent mind that brought you Dogtooth and Alps comes this biting allegorical satire about a world where failing to find love means being turned into an animal.

In a society that otherwise appears identical to our own, there is a strict rule that must be followed: everyone needs a mate. Single folks are rounded up and forced to check into a hotel where they have 45 days to find someone to love. Failure to find the right person results in being turned into an animal of your choosing.

The Lobster gets its title from protagonist David’s (Colin Farrell) preferred species. While in the hotel, the fairly dull David befriends a couple of other unlikely suitors, played by Ben Whishaw and John C. Reilly. In order to stave off the impending transmutation, hotel guests (check: prisoners) are sent out on a nightly hunt to track down escaped bachelors and bachelorettes living in the surrounding forest (among them, a deliciously cold Rachel Weisz). Bagging a fugitive extends your stay, and increases your odds of finding "the one."

The farfetched conceit of Yorgos Lanthimos’ film serves as more than just an amusement—it has our romance-deprived post-Internet age of involuntary interconnectivity squarely in view.

“A wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire… Perversely romantic…” Guy Lodge, Variety

JFL Northwest: Waiting for Guffman 20th Anniversary Show (+ The Sunday Service)

(1996, 84 mins, 35mm)
CAST Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Bob Balaban, Michael Hitchcock, Larry Miller
Classification: 19+
BONUS: This screening will feature a short set by madcap Vancouver japesters The Sunday Service.


Feb 24 06:30 pm

Join JFL Northwest and VIFF in celebrating one of the seminal film comedies of the last quarter century, a jewel of am-dram endeavor and imagination harnessing some of the most gifted comic actors of their generation, including Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

Set in fictional Blaine, Missouri, this "mockumentary" from the makers of This Is Spinal Tap, pokes fun of small towns as it chronicles the burg’s preparations and execution of its sesquicentennial anniversary, a celebration that is to be capped off by a fabulous amateur show helmed by former New Yorker Corky St. Clair. Corky has high hopes for his "Red, White and Blaine" extravaganza…

BONUS: This screening will feature a short set by madcap Vancouver japesters The Sunday Service.

Favoring discovery over structure, the group builds, demolishes, and builds again an absurd patchwork of scenes and stories. Using strong narratives and character work to ground their set, the group dips in and out of meta-comedy, rock opera, word play and even slapstick shtick.

Their high energy and commitment to comedy carries the audience through a kaleidoscopic trip; watching scenes barrel into tangents and stories smash together to create a piece that holds the collective spirit to its highest regard, and puts a big ol’ goofy shoe down to show everyone they’re not so serious!

The Sunday Service is Ryan Beil, Caitlin Howden, Kevin Lee, Aaron Read, Taz VanRassel, and our musical director, Emmett Hall.

JFL Northwest: Entertainment

(2015, 102 mins, DCP)
CAST Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz, Lotte Verbeek
Classification: 19+


Feb 22 06:30 pm

If you attended any film at VIFF last year you will recall the clip of the balding gentleman who blows raspberries into his microphone. Fair warning: this is not your Vegas stand up shtick. Rather, it’s a poke in the eye and the ear and the chest, an anti-entertainment that may be the bravest, ballsiest movie to come out of the US last year.

A broken, aging comedian (Gregg Turkington) tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters.

"The film confronts and challenges in order to produce something increasingly rare in American cinema: an active, engaged experience." John Semley, Globe and Mail

"It’s a portrait of the comedy tour as odyssey of madness, a plummet into the abyss." AA Dowd, AV Club

"You know the way you can walk out after even a thoughtful, accomplished drama - and then never think of it again? Entertainment will stain you, grub you up, maybe ruin your week." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

JFL Northwest: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of The National Lampoon

(2015, 92 mins, DCP)
Classification: 19+


Feb 18 06:30 pm

There was a time, not so long ago, when an issue of National Lampoon was as commonplace on a Vancouver coffee table as a Gideon’s Bible was in a motel nightstand. Soon to follow were a hit radio show, comedy LPs and movies (including Animal House and Vacation).

Douglas Tirola’s documentary whisks us back to the 70s when a few overachieving college smartasses made good. In fact, to hear Judd Apatow tell it, “They became all of modern comedy.” Fuelled by weed and indignation, Douglas Kenney, Henry Beard and Rob Hoffman—along with publisher Marty Simmons—transformed a counterculture magazine into an empire and, through collaborations with Second City, launched the careers of John Belushi, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and dozens of other luminaries.

"A frenetic, rough-edged, unapologetic tribute to the Lampoon, featuring some amazing archival footage, nifty bits of animation and dozens of straightforward talking-head interviews that crackle and pop." Richard Roper, Chicago Sun Times

"The tone is sharp and freewheeling, the craziness is infectious and the pace is cocaine-quick." Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

"Fascinating, funny, smart, juvenile, tragic, and likely to offend just about everyone. It’s a must-see for anyone who cares about comedy." Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

JFL Northwest: Comedy Short Shorts 2016

(2016, 100 mins)
Classification: 19+


Feb 18 08:30 pm

Who likes short shorts? We like short shorts. The NorthWest Comedy Fest and VIFF are proud to announce An Evening of Comedy Short Shorts a delightful hodgepodge of original Pacific Northwest submissions and curated comedy pieces from up and down the Left coast.

Reel Romance: The Look of Love in the Movies presented by Michael van den Bos

(2016, 110 mins)
Classification: 19+


Feb 14 04:00 pm

For movie lovers and eternal romantics, Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos presents Reel Romance, a vivacious Valentine to motion picture passions and peccadillos of the hungry heart. Michael will introduce a bevy of bewitching clips from classic cinema exploring that crazy little thing called love. From the seductive to the screwball, the starry-eyed silver screen romantics include Woody Allen, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin, Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Diane Keaton, Gene Kelly, Vivien Leigh, David Niven, Maureen O’Hara, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, Barbra Streisand, and even John Wayne.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

(2015, 115 mins, DCP)
Classification: 19+


Feb 15 08:20 pm
Feb 16 08:30 pm
Feb 17 01:00 pm

Black History Month 5-Film Ticket Pack is available for $35


50 years ago: Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.

Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in the USA.

"What is clear from this sober yet electrifying film is that the power of the Panthers was rooted in their insistence - radical then, radical still - that black lives matter." AO Scott, New York Times

"Magnificent. A coherent picture of the messiest, most contentious radical group of a chaotic era, and arguably its most consequential." Stuart Klawans, The Nation

"Absorbing… provocative…. A compelling portrait of a troubling time." Noel Murray, A.V. Club