March is shaping up to be a special one around here with several special guests in attendance! From filmmaker Liz Marshall, here for her new film, “Midian Farm,” to film critic Sean Gilman, who is lending his expertise on our much anticipated Jia Zhangke retrospective and our “Film Studies” lecture series teachers to name a few, our audiences are in for a treat.
Here’s a look at our special guests at VIFF Vancity Theatre this month.
March 11, 6:30 PM
Our screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Robert Lang and a panel of experts. Guests include: Jacinda Mack, First Nations Women Advocating for Responsible Mining; Kevin Telmer, Ph D. Executive Director of Artisanal Gold Council; and Shaun Dykes, VP Lucky Minerals, prospector. Moderated by Tracey Friesen (Story Money Impact).
March 15, 6:30 PM – March 16, 1:00 PM – March 16, 5:20 PM – March 17, 3:00 PM – March 18, 5:10 PM – March 19, 6:15 PM
There will be post-screening Q&As with filmmaker Liz Marshall throughout our opening weekend shows.
March 17, 7:00 PM
Audiences will be treated to live music by jazz vocalist Laura Crema from 7 pm in the atrium lounge, accompanied by her band, followed by a clip show at 8 pm presented by local film scholar Michael van den Bos.
March 21, 6:30 PM
We will be presenting a FREE Keynote lecture by Sean Gilman to introduce the Jia Zhangke retrospective.
Sean Gilman is a film critic living in Tacoma, Washington. He runs the websites Seattle Screen Scene and The Chinese Cinema, he writes a column on Contemporary Chinese Cinema at the MUBI Notebook, and has written for Frame.land, Offscreen, and Movie Mezzanine.
March 18, 10:00 AM
Introduced by Rick Staehling
For more than three decades, Rick Staehling was the go-to film critic for CBC Radio listeners, broadcasting a must-hear live review every Friday afternoon to the province of British Columbia and the Yukon. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he has worked as an associate producer in Hollywood, designed posters for feature films, and written extensively about movies for Rolling Stone, Vancouver Magazine and numerous Time Inc. publications. He has also taught film and communications at Capilano University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the University of British Columbia.
Staehling remains deeply immersed in film and film culture, as a special lnterest lecturer for Compass Speakers and a Member Emeritus of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.
From March 29 – March 31, The Vancouver Badass Film Festival will be hosting their 5th annual festival at VIFF Vancity Theatre including Q&As with attending filmmakers.