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I Am What I Play (The Heyday of Rock Radio)

Program Running Time 105 min.

Nov 30 08:45 pm

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Directed By: Roger King
(USA, Canada, 2015, 105 mins, DCP)

From the 1960s to the 1980s, the rock radio DJ played an unprecedented creative role in the rock music world. I Am What I Play profiles four disc jockeys in major markets (inc Seattle and Toronto) during this period: their programming, their politics and their deep connections with musicians and fans in the heyday of rock radio. Where are they now - and how did they reinvent themselves as the medium changed? Featuring the music of The Ramones, Joni Mitchell, Rush, David Bowie, The Cars, The Sonics and more.

Eric Clapton Live at the Royal Albert Hall: Slowhand at 70

Program Running Time 116 min.

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James White

Program Running Time 85 min.

Nov 27 06:30 pm
Nov 28 08:40 pm
Nov 29 06:00 pm
Dec 02 06:30 pm

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Directed By: Josh Mond
(USA, 2015, 85 mins, DCP)

Propelled from the death of his father to confronting his mother’s Stage 4 cancer, James (Chris Abbott) is forced to grow up fast; much faster than he’s ready for. He finds fleeting relief in booze, drugs, girls and fights, but in the end he has to be there for his mom, Gail. With awards-worthy performances from Cynthia Nixon and Chris Abbott, this is a searingly honest piece of heartfelt cinema in the tradition of Cassavetes and Pialat from first film filmmaker Josh Mond.

Fractured Land

Program Running Time 80 min.

Nov 25 06:30 pm
Nov 26 01:00 pm
Nov 28 12:30 pm
Dec 03 08:15 pm

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Directed By: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher
(Canada, 2015, 80 mins, DCP)

"Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with." Meet Caleb Behn, one of the new generation of First Nations leaders, a charismatic and articulate young Dene lawyer grappling with the contradictions between tradition and modernity embodied in his own life by the examples of his mom (an oil and gas executive) and his dad (an environmentalist). Caleb’s dilemma will reverberate with anyone with a conscience.

Stanford Prison Experiment

Program Running Time 120 min.

Nov 27 08:20 pm
Nov 28 06:20 pm
Nov 29 07:50 pm
Nov 30 06:30 pm
Dec 02 08:15 pm

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Directed By: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
(USA, 2015, 120 mins, DCP)

In August, 1971, Dr Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) enlisted 24 male students to simulate prison life within the confines of the psychology department at Stanford. Scheduled to last a fortnight the experiment was called after just six days before lasting harm befell its participants. A brilliant young cast brings this notorious Psych study to life with riveting intensity. "Stark and riveting" New York Times

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Program Running Time 75 min.

Nov 25 08:30 pm
Nov 26 02:45 pm
Dec 03 02:45 pm
Dec 03 06:30 pm

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Directed By: Charles Wilkinson
(Canada, 2015, 75 mins, DCP)

If you have never visited Haida Gwaii then this is a great place to start. Wilkinson’s stunning cinematography vividly captures the raw beauty of this very special part of the world. It is also, of course, a battlefield, though Wilkinson finds reasons to hope that First Nations’ long-view of environmental sustainability can prevail over short-term economic interest. Granted this is a complicated and paradoxical struggle, and Wilkinson hears firsthand from those figuring out their own way forward in practical, not ideological, terms. It’s an inspiring film for that, and a worthy conclusion to a fine trilogy.

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Program Running Time 89 min.

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Reflecting the City (Redux): Movies from the City of Vancouver Archives

Program Running Time 120 min.

Back by popular demand, the City of Vancouver Archives returns to the big screen with an archival presentation originally screened in 2013. Experience Vancouver’s outdoor pastimes in the 1940s. Flash back to the 1960s with a rain dance in Kitsilano. Take a bicycle ride though Vancouver in the 1970s. Witness the city’s transition leading up to Expo ’86.

With commentary provided by historian Michael Kluckner, this screening includes home movies, City-commissioned films, television shows produced by local stations and the community, and local advertisements. Those movies originally produced without sound will be accompanied live by pianist Wayne Stewart.

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Vancouver: A Distant Mirror (from the City of Vancouver Archives)

Program Running Time 120 min.

Nov 29 03:00 pm

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Directed By: Various
(Canada, 120 mins)

The latest screening from the City of Vancouver Archives features newly digitized films that focus on the city’s transportation, landmarks, industry, and domestic and public spheres. From Vancouver’s last interurban streetcar ride to its first Grey Cup Parade, from Obon in Oppenheimer Park to barrelmaking on False Creek, spend a Sunday afternoon reliving Vancouver’s past from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Local historian and artist Michael Kluckner will provide commentary during the projection. The silent films will be accompanied live by renowned jazz pianist, Wayne Stewart.


Program Running Time 80 min.

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