Movies to Watch with That Special Someone

Some say that rom-coms and dramas focused on love stories are the main reason we  go to the movies in the first place. If you’re looking for movies to watch on Date Night with your significant other, here are the best picks for a little romance.

As a side note, our judges and Festival Committee are especially pleased that this year’s line-up features several films which aren’t your “classic” boy-meets-girl stories–four of the seven films below have LGBTQ2S presences.

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Fun Facts: Michelle Thrush

Canadian actor Michelle Thrush is the subject of the eponymous short documentary directed by Shannon Kaplun and narrated by Adam Beach. Thrush, one of the stars of APTN’s Blackstone and CBC’s Arctic Air series, is especially unique among the Canadian film and television industry. Here are a few funny and interesting facts about what was going on behind the camera for Kaplun, and about Thrush herself:

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  • Michelle lived ‘off the grid’ with her two children for 2 years. They had to grow, hunt and collect their food and water.  In the winter they had enough solar power to watch 1 DVD! They had no cellular reception – a talent agent’s nightmare.
  • Kaplun says the three biggest challenges of making this film (and others in the Catch the Dream bio series) were geography, power, and communication–she had to work with four different male producers from three different cities and time zones in two different countries!
  • Did you know that lamas are fiercely protective?  They are gentle with children but drive off wild cats – the crew worked with three of them when shooting Michelle’s main interview at wildcat ranch near Calgary. You can see them in the credits, which Kaplun considers an especially fun memory making this documentary.
  • Thrush’s big screen debut was alongside Johnny Depp in Deadman from 1995.

Don’t miss the short documentary Michelle Thrush Sunday, March 9th 1:00-3:30 pm.

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Fun Facts: 5 Ways 2 Die

A dark comedy about a man fumbling his several suicide attempts? How can a festival show such a film about such a serious topic? For our Festival Committee, the question was more like how could they not show this witty, funny short from Cyprus by Daina Papadaki. As it turns out, things were just as amusing behind the camera–here are a few fun facts about this must-see short:Image

  • Director Papadaki found selecting the most appropriate coffin for a funeral scene to be one of the most morbid things she has done in her filmmaking career! The solemnity was all for naught when there was a mix-up in the order: when the coffin arrived, not only were parts of it missing, but it was an open casket coffin with glass! The film’s art director, Lisa Tsouloupa had to scramble to transform the goofy purchase into the casket you see in the film.

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