The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas Theatre
Fri | March 13 | 5:30 PM Fri | March 13 | 7:45 PM Sat | March 14 | 3:00 PM ALL AGES Sat | March 14 | 5:30 PM
Please check local listings for a feline time at a venue near you. This event has over 80 theatres joining in the fun!
Just when the Internet cannot offer enough of the felines being too cute for viewing at home, the Victoria Film Festival crew operating The Vic Theatre is upping the ante and working in partnership with Cat Video Fest to display them on the big screen this weekend for special screenings. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Cat’s Cradle Animal Rescue to help support cats in need.
This event is not limited either. Please check local listings to the finest of curated cat videos to aww at. Michael-san (of What’s Michael) and Garfield need not be jealous. Instead of the finest celebrity cats, we are getting a curated collection of submitted works and well-known shorts to go meow with.
Christmas has come early to film lovers care of the Victoria Film Festival (VFF). The annual event, established 1994, has released a snippet of what entries are being offered in the new year long after the presents have been unwrapped and the bottle of Sheri has been thoroughly emptied.
The movie The Girl in the Photographs fondly recalls films like Halloween in it’s no holds barred approach to possibly reigniting the slasher genre. This detail makes this film worth noting. It’s directed by Nick Simon, a relative newcomer to the scene and it was the last movie that Wes Craven (Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street) had his hands on as an executive producer. Most of his films have a trademark style to them and while it’s sad he’s passed on, the lessons Simon learned will most likely carry on in the next project he works on within the horror film genre.
In 2014, the Albertan punk-metal-country band The Smalls reunited for a true farewell tour and for directors Trevor Smith and John Kerr, they nicely captured the rawness and love Western Canada has for this group in their documentary The Smalls: Forever is a Long Time. Through candid interviews with the band and industry observers, viewers come to understand where each member has come from, where are they now, and why they decided to perform one last time. Whatever the reason was behind the break-up, the explanations are alluded to instead of spelling it out point-blank.
This documentary does not focus on the negative. It sweetly looks at the positive. This product also nicely works as a primer to those who have not grown up with The Smalls. Not everyone was exposed to their music when they were at their height in the 90’s and to follow the scene means being a die-hard enthusiast.
In what this movie presents is a very great look at their work from their rise to their sudden disappearance in the scene. A few conversations include why they did not do as well in Eastern Canada, and as for whether they had a world-wide influence, that’s for the fan to decide. Not every detail is spelled out for viewers to take note of, but at least in terms of how they ended it, the framing of this narrative is on the nose. The Smalls were indeed a phenomenon and when the music ends, what they have given are fantastic, lasting memories. That’s no easy feat.
Stories from the Sierra Madre is a cultural film that looks at how important the San Pedro River is to two local villages. This product is just one of five films made by Indigenous filmmakers. This special program within the Victoria Film Festival is back for a second year!