EVO Summer Cinema outdoor movie series returns to Second Beach in Stanley Park. Tuesday nights from July 2 to August 20, 2019, the the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Field becomes a free public cinema.
Free seating for up to 5000 people is available on a first-come, first-seated basis, around the meadow. Bring your own low-profile lawn chair, beanbag chair, yoga matt, blanket, or buy a blanket from the Fresh-Air Cinema Snack Bar, and join in the fun.
Upgrade your movie date night to one of 200 Reserved VIP Gold Circle Seats, available in a Adirondack cottage-chair placed in the front row of the cinema. Book ahead or take the chance on rush seats being released the Monday prior to the film.
Why not make it dinner and a movie? Packages with a three-course meal from one of the West-End’s many restaurants + VIP Gold Circle seating are also available.
Bike Valet is onsite for those who peddle to the park. Food trucks and pre-show activities keep patrons entertained while waiting for the films to begin, at dusk. Before the show begins, the EVO Summer Cinema Marketplace brings a selection of carefully curated local artisans and vendors to the cinema meadow each week.
The 2019 EVO Summer Cinema line-up of fan favourite flicks is: (note movies begin after sunset, times are approximate)
Wayne’s World Tuesday, July 2 95 minutes Sunset: 9:20pm
Beetlejuice Tuesday, July 9 94 minutes Sunset: 9:15pm
Shrek Tuesday, July 16 90 minutes Sunset: 9:10pm
Sleepless In Seattle Tuesday, July 23 106 minutes Sunset: 9:05pm
Moulin Rouge! Tuesday, July 30 130 minutes Sunset: 8:55pm
Finding Nemo Tuesday, August 6 100 minutes Sunset: 8:45pm
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban Tuesday, August 13 143 minutes Sunset: 8:30pm
Jurassic Park Tuesday, August 20 126 minutes Sunset: 8:20pm
Every winter the PuSh International Performing Arts Festivalbrings together the world of Arts and Performance. This year’s 15th Annual PuSh Festival runs January 17th – February 3rd, 2019 and tickets are selling fast. Don’t wait, check out the line-up and book your shows now.
The 15th Anniversary festival kicks off January 17th at The Beaumont Studios with a performance by D’BI, the free Opening Night Party, features djs, dancing and pop-up performances by Vancouver’s Kimmortal & Immigrant Lessons.
“We launched in 2003 as a three-show series that drew 2,500 people to 21 performances at three Vancouver venues,” says Roxanne Duncan, PuSh Festival’s Interim Executive Director. “The inaugural festival opened a short two years later in 2005. Now as we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary, PuSh has welcomed more than 300,000 people to 366 productions from 30 countries.”
The opening performance Attractor by DanceNorth Australia, January 18th & 19th at Vancouver Playhouse The show begins with two musicians and eight dancers onstage. Indonesian duo Senyawa plays music spiced with ritual and folk idioms from their native country while choreographers Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek work with Dancenorth Australia and the band to create a wild experience: as the music builds in power, the dancers increase their abandon and pre-selected members of the audience join in.
Some other highlighted picks for PuSh Festival 2019 include:
Marginal Consort by Marginal Consort (Japan) : January 20 at Performance Works Four musicians, play a multitude of instruments, create ambient, heavily manipulated music, far apart and fully independent of each other.
PALMYRA by Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas (France/UK) : January 22–24 at Performance Works Named after a Syrian city that has changed hands several times during the current fighting, this show slowly builds to the level of violence, creating and sustaining moral ambiguity along the way.
salt. by Selina Thompson (UK) : January 24–26 at Roundhouse Community Centre In this performance Selina Thompson recounts her journey along one stretch of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle route by cargo ship.
Bicycle Thieves by Joelysa Pankanea (Canada) : January 26 & 27 at Performance Works A special commission for Push Festival, composer and musical director Joelysa Pankanea guides a group of six musicians and four actors as they provide live musical and voice accompaniment to director Vittorio De Sica’s landmark 1948 neorealist film Bicycle Thieves.
These are but a few of the international performances scheduled for the 2019 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Visit pushfestival.ca to find the full festival schedule and book your tickets and Push Passes now.
Even though we’re still in the peak of the holiday entertainment season, we’re taking a look ahead at what’s to come in the new year. Coming in January, Electric Company Theatre, in association with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, presents the world premiere of a provocative new work, The Full Light of Day, at the Vancouver Playhouse.
The new work from Siminovitch prize-winning playwright Daniel Brooks, is directed by Kim Collier. The Full Light of Day is a suspenseful and compelling hybrid of theatre and film in which a terminally ill woman confronts the choices that brought her family privilege; and then, takes a risk to secure their ultimate redemption. Utilizing 14 live-streaming cameras, state-of-the-art projections and film, The Full Light of Day immerses audiences in rich cinematic cityscapes, intimate inner lives, and invites them to reimagine the limitations of live theatre.
“Other than the weather, real estate may well be our country’s most frequently discussed topic. In this work, we dive deeper – and consider the consequences of a society grown obsessed with property and possession,” says Director Kim Collier, who, like playwright Brooks, is also a winner of theatre’s highest honour, the Siminovitch Prize. “Consequently, it raises questions about the very nature of land ownership. How can we own land? Land owns us. It is us. Paradoxically, by using live-streaming cameras and an enormous array of projection technologies, audiences will be able to feel an innately rich and intimate connection to our characters’ inner lives and truly experience that pang of self-recognition in the stories reflected onstage.”
Complementing the stage production, Electric Company Theatre Co-Founder Kevin Kerr has created a collection of short films shot in 360° Virtual Reality. The works can be viewed separately from the theatre production or experienced at special installations located throughout the Vancouver Playhouse lobby. These films are told from the perspectives of individual characters, placing the viewer inside their actions and perceptions. The films will be available to the public for free viewing in the Playhouse lobby during the afternoons prior to performances of The Full Light of Day.
The Full Light of Day runs January 7 – 12, 2019 at The Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street. For showtimes and tickets visit electriccompanytheatre.com
The 37th edition of VIFF brings hundreds of films from around the globe, and around the corner to Vancouver cinemas. Award-winning Hollywood star-power rubs shoulders with independent local BC features, while foreign language films join the first feature told in the Haida language.
The Festival kicked off last night, September 27th with award-winning Canadian director Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, and Selma Hayek. On October 12th, VIFF closes with Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman, a biography chronicling the rise and fall of 1988 Presidential candidate Gary Hart. In the weeks between opening and closing films; talkbacks, panels, special events, features, awards and much more fill out the Festival’s days and nights.
Some of the special presentations and features are:
The Old Man & the Gun – September 29 at The Centre What may be Robert Redford’s final film, The Old Man & the Fun is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), charting his escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Also stars Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck
Creator Talk: Michael Schur – September 30 at The Rio Theatre A fascinating session with Michael Schur, one of comedy’s best TV writers (The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Office).
Tribute Award: Jean Marc Vallée – October 2 at Vancouver Playhouse
Celebrate the accomplishments of Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies, C.R.A.Z.Y.) with a screening of the premiere episode of the Vallée directed, Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adam. An ‘in conversation with’ the Emmy winning director follows the screening.
BC Spotlight: SG?aawaay ?’uuna (Eng: Edge of the Knife) – October 3, 6:15pm at Vancouver Playhouse Filmed on Haida Gwaii, the first feature film spoken only in Haida dialects, and set in the 19th Century, Edge of the Knife tells a classic Haida story of the traumatized and stranded man transformed to Gaagiixiid, the wildman.
Sustainable Production Forum Keynote Speaker: Adrian Grenier – October 5 at Vancity Theatre Dedicated to greening the film industry the two day Sustainable Production Forum gets underway with a keynote on the conference’s theme “Transforming Culture” from actor Adrian Grenier.
Bethune: The Making of a Hero – October 5, 6:00 pm at Vancity Theatre A special screening of the first Canadian/Chinese co-production, Phillip Borsos’s Bethune: The Making of a Hero stars Donald Sutherland in the title role of the Canadian Doctor renowned in China for bringing modern medicine to rural communities.
Boy Erased – October 6, 9:15pm at Vancouver Playhouse Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, Boy Erased is written and directed by Joel Edgerton, who also stars alongside Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Edgerton, and follows the son of Baptist parents who is forced to take part in a gay conversion therapy program.
Vancouver International Film Festival runs September 27 – October 12, 2018 at various screens in downtown Vancouver. Single Tickets and Ticket Packs are on sale online or in-person at the Vancity Theatre Box Office from $13 to $22. VIFF membership (from $2) is required to view any screening.
The 2018 Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) kicks off on Thursday August 9th with a 7:00pm screening of Yen Tan’s critically-observed period piece, 1985, at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Director Tan’s fifth feature black & white film, 1985 follows Adrian, a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother and estranged childhood friend, as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents. Under Tan’s emotional and poignant direction, 1985’s characters bring tension and a strained tenderness into every scene, creating a haunting elegy for a generation of gay men. 1985 stars Cory Michael Smith (Gotham), Michael Chiklis (The Commish), Virginia Madsen (Designated Survivor), Jamie Chung (The Gifted). Director Yen Tan will be in attendance, at the VQFF Opening Gala to introduce his film, as well as at the repeat screening August 10.
Following the opening screening the Festival really gets going with the Opening Gala Party, taking place under the stars at the šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn Plaza (QET Plaza). Attendees are encouraged to dress in black and white finery as an homage to Yen Tan’s stylistic choice for 1985, and will be treated to performances by contortionist Vixen Von Flex and dance troupe Coven, with beats from East Van DJs Body Party.
VQFF, Vancouver’s second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada runs August 9-19 at various venues throughout the city. More than 70 films from 15 countries are featured at this year’s 30th anniversary Festival, along with 11 visiting filmmakers including guests from India, Philippines, United States, as well as numerous local directors and performing artists, in addition to parties and talkback sessions. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is presented by Out On Screen, for more information and tickets visit queerfilmfestival.ca
There are plenty of summer blockbuster screenings but there’s another series of free outdoor films that deserves the attention of cinema buffs. The CineFEST Live : Pioneers In Cinema film series is a collaboration with Vancouver Biennale, screening every Monday, from July 30th to September 3rd at Leg In Boot Square.
Presented alongside the recently unveiled Biennale industry inspired installation, Acoustic Anvil: A Small Weight to Forge the Sea by Artist: Maskull Lasserre, these films highlight film pioneers from the industrial age, 1920 to 1940. Screenings are a mix of golden age films like John Ford’s Stagecoach starring John Wayne, or Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, and contemporary documentaries which help to explain how the pioneers influenced the current film landscape.
Two of the screenings, August 13 and August 27, are in conjunction with the Vancouver Asian Film Festival; which will also host its own outdoor screening, of celebrated director Mina Shum’s Meditation Park, at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Plaza on Saturday September 1st.
The films in the CineFEST Live: Pioneers In Cinema film series include:
Monday, July 30, 2018: Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber (2017), 6min The Women Who Run Hollywood (2015), 53min
Monday, August 6, 2018: Stagecoach (1939), 96min
Monday, August 13, 2018: Finding Kukan (2016), 76min
Monday, August 20, 2018: Lotte That Silhouette Girl (2018), 10min The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), 66min
Monday, August 27, 2018: Tyrus (2017), 79min
Monday, September 3, 2018: Modern Times (1936), 87min
All outdoor film screenings are free of admission and start at 8:30pm (dusk), at Leg In Boot Square along the Seawall along from Granville Island, near Olympic Village Station.
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival has released its lineup for the 30th Anniversary edition of the festival, taking place August 9-19. Over the 11-day festival, more than 70 films from 15 countries will be featured, along with 11 visiting filmmakers, 27 local directors and numerous local performing artists, in addition to parties and talkback sessions & seminars. Festival passes and tickets are now on sale online.
“Our 30th year is the perfect time to reflect on how queer cinema has evolved,” says Co-Artistic Director Amber Dawn. “We now see queer, trans, and two-spirit themed films routinely winning awards and gaining wide viewership. Even with this recognition, there are still so many stories to be told and so many innovative possibilities for media-based storytelling. You’ll only get a chance to see groundbreaking stories like these at festivals like Vancouver Queer Film Festival.”
Curated by Co-Artistic Directors Anoushka Ratnarajah and Amber Dawn, Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) 2018 opens at the Vancouver Playhouse with Malaysian-born writer and director Yen Tan’s 1985, featuring an acclaimed cast including Cory Michael Smith, Michael Chiklis, Virginia Madsen, and Jamie Chung.
This year’s VQFF Centrepiece Gala Film is from LA-based comedian, writer and actress Vivian Bang, who co-wrote and stars in, White Rabbit. In this comedy that premiered at Sundance Film Festival, Vivian Bang plays a Korean-American performance artist who tries to remain dedicated to her art and struggles to pay the bills by doing odd jobs on “TaskRabbit”. The 2018 Youth Gala Film is Shaz Bennett’s debut feature film, Alaska Is A Drag, a
fish out of water story about life in a small Alaska cannery town.
Festival favourites The Coast is Queer and Troublemakers return, and new this year is The Coast is Genderqueer – VQFF’s first short film program that showcases local transgender, genderfluid, and non-binary stories. As well, Festival Programmer Justin Ducharme curates Indigiqueer Shorts from Turtle Island and Aotearoa, a collection of two-spirit films that subvert colonial constructs of Indigiqueer bodies and sexual agency.
VQFF 2018 wraps up August 19th, with the Closing Gala Film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the sophomore feature from Desiree Akhavan and 2018 Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Drama at Sundance Film Festival. Based on the novel of the same name and set in the early ‘90s, the film follows high school senior Cameron Post, who is caught in a small-town scandal when she’s discovered having a secret relationship with her best friend. Deemed a sinner, Cameron is sent by her conservative aunt and guardian to a Christian conversion therapy camp called ‘Promises’.
Festival program guides are now available at Festival venues as well as Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium and Black Dog Video. The complete Festival lineup can also be viewed online at www.queerfilmfestival.ca.