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"The Prophet of Death" isn’t a nickname that any teenager looks to be saddled with. But such is the unfortunate lot of Luke (Shameless’ Cameron Monaghan) who’s not only just lost his best friend but also predicted the tragedy while high as a kite. Promptly falling for his dead friend’s girl Faith (rising star Peyton List) despite his best intentions, he likewise spirals into more macabre premonitions, including the demise of his lifelong friend, Fang (Grayson Gabriel). Dead set on turning the tide of fate, Luke starts to suspect that his visions may not be a curse at all.
In an attempt to honour the more than 150,000 victims of the Canadian residential-school system, including his own father, artist Carey Newman embarks on a long journey to create the Witness Blanket. This large-scale art installation, inspired by the woven blanket’s symbolization of protection in Indigenous cultures, features hundreds of artifacts gathered from former residential school sites, churches, government buildings and other affiliated structures. The objects—which include shoes, doorknobs, photographs and pieces of brick and wood—may look inconsequential on their own, but collectively they pay tribute to the stories of loss, strength, resistance and healing that belong to residential-school survivors and their loved ones.
The Vancouver Grizzlies’ inglorious six-year NBA history may’ve lacked for highlights but it undeniably had a poster boy: Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, the centre whose less-than-sculpted man-mountain frame made him an easy target for criticism, if not outright derision.
Documentarian Kathleen S. Jayme sets out to track down her hard-luck hero who has become infamously reclusive since he was forced into early retirement by injuries. (It’s tragically poetic that Reeves never played another game after the Grizzlies’ relocated to Memphis in 2001.)
Filmed on stunning Haida Gwaii, Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s 19th-century epic is a nod to the grand storytelling traditions that lure us to the big screen. The fact that it’s the first narrative scripted and shot in two dialects of the endangered Haida language—which has only 20-odd fluent speakers left—also certifies it as a landmark work of cinema.
Guilt-ridden after a tragic accident at sea, Adiits’ii (Tyler York) retreats into the wilderness where he’s plagued by spirits and transformed into Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid, the Haida Wildman. As his loved ones, including best friend Kwa (William Russ), set out to capture and cure him, Adiits’ii grows increasingly feral.
Welcome to the high life: BC filmmaker Grant Baldwin’s portrait of the local mountain men and women who choose to breathe the thin, pure air of adventure and isolation is a stunning visual experience and a profound spiritual journey.
Chances are, you have never seen British Columbia quite like this before. Our province is 75% mountains, but few of us have ventured as far as the hardy folk Baldwin introduces here: Tania and Martina, a mother and daughter team who embark on a daunting six-month, 2,300 km trek through the Coast Mountain Range from Squamish to Skagway, Alaska; or Janina and Ian, who share a horrifying avalanche experience. Then there’s Simon, an artist who "paints" with his skis; Mary and Bernhard, who have lived off-grid for more than 50 years; and Sisters Marie and Claire, who contemplate God in the splendid beauty and quiet of the Queen of Peace Monastery in the Garibaldi Highlands.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 9:15 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 3:30 PM
Blake (The End of the F**cking World’s Jessica Barden) is in the awkward position of being a university sex columnist despite her limited experience in such realms. Idolizing Hunter S. Thompson and hoping to score a lucrative cash award, she goes full gonzo in a bid to see how the "sugar babies" live. Lavished with expensive gifts by Ian, an older suitor (Timm Sharp), she senses her own self-worth eroding. Influenced by Ephron, Bushenell and Austen, Carly Stone’s insightful comedy depicts the macabre fairy tale that modern dating has become.
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 4:00 PM
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