National Canadian Film Day 150: The Vancity makes a week of it

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      Why stop at one day? The Vancity Theatre wants to celebrate NCFD 150 with an entire week of screenings and a pile of special guests.

      The program is already underway with Black Code and The Gardener; next on the docket is Paulina Ortlieb’s much anticipated history of Victoria punk, Somewhere to Go, screening tonight (April 14) and previewed extensively by the Straight’s Al MacInnis here.

      Saturday (April 15) brings actor Tammy Gillis (joined by director John Bernard by Skype) for the Vancouver premiere of Menorca, a film I described as “a seriously provocative curiosity” when it played at last year’s Whistler Film Festival.

      Bernard’s racy flick (which gets a second screening on April 20) was one of two films at WFF that I immediately wanted to see again. The second was Grand Unified Theory, a brilliant comedy from local filmmaker David Ray, who is joined by cast and crew for both screenings of the film on Sunday (April 16) and Thursday (April 20). See my review of this little gem here.

      Also on Sunday: Brendan Prost’s nifty relationship dramedy Sensitive Parts is well worth catching for a taste of what East Vancouver’s youngest auteur can achieve for $8000 and an eager cast and crew. In his fourth feature, Prost drops the anxiety-stricken Dolore (Carolyn Yonge) into a new relationship with hot-but-kinda-slutty Riun (Sean Marshall Jr.)—only to discover that he had a one-nighter six years earlier with her best friend, Sinead (Jennifer Kobelt).

      Dolore suffers all this while receiving imaginary advice from a Beyoncé-esque pop queen called Fierce (Monice Peter). The rest of us can take notes on the nightmare of Millennial bed-hopping and full spectrum social media. No wonder poor Dolore is nuts.

      Prost will be attending both screenings of Sensitive Parts with various cast and crew on Sunday (April 16) and Tuesday (April 18). 

      More info about Vancity's Canadian Film Week here.

      National Canadian Film Day 150 is the world's largest film festival, featuring more than 1,700 free event across Canada on Wednesday (April 19).