If simply attending a film just doesn’t quite cut it for you, this February we’re bringing in a range of special guests to the Vancity Theatre to enhance your viewing pleasure.
We are delighted to confirm that Alan Matheson, a close friend of jazz legend Clark Terry, will be introducing the first screening of Keep On Keepin’ On, Sunday, February 1st, accompanied by his flugelhorn.
If brass instruments aren’t your thing, the next guest event is on February 2nd with a filmmaker Q&A after the screening of Through a Lens Darkly. The film considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery.
Third up, is before the screening of The Tin Drum on Tuesday, February 3rd. as part of our Cinema Salon series. Ken Wallace, a painter and retired associate professor who has received four Canada Council Awards for work in painting and film, will be here to introduce the screening.
Moving on, Friday, February 13th, we are hosting A Tribute to Robin Williams in conjunction with Northwest Comedy Fest. Comedian Simon King will host the evening and lead a panel discussion (guests TBA) surrounding mental health and addiction, and the impact on these serious issues on the comedy community. The evening will wrap up with a screening of the 1987 classic Good Morning Vietnam, which was seen as William’s breakthrough movie role.
Monday, February 16th, Vancouver based comic Dino Archie will be preforming a half-hour set preceding the film Richard Pryor Live in Concert as part of our Richard Pryor Tribute. Archie, a Los Angeles comedy competition finalist, has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in comedy including Aziz Ansari and Drew Carey.
And last but definitely not least, Friday, February 27th, writer-director Ana Valine will be here to introduce the screening of her film Sitting on the Edge of Marlene. She won Best Director at the Leo Awards in 2014, and the film was a festival favourite at VIFF last year.