SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: 40TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING Director John Badham will join Michael van den Bos for some post-movie jive-talkin’ about the 1977 megahit that gave us John Travolta, disco Bee Gees, and that timeless dance move where you roll your hands around and then point at the sky. A soiree courtesy of the Directors Guild of Canada rounds out the evening, on Saturday (August 12).
GUN CRAZY The most influential movie you’ve probably never seen—a lean and mean tale of mad love and bullets, made for pennies in 1949 yet “strikingly modern” (thank you, New Yorker)—comes to the Cinematheque’s Film Noir series for three screenings starting Thursday (August 10)
FREEWHEELIN’: FOLK MUSIC ON FILM Following his one-nighter with John Badham, movie super-scholar Michael van den Bos returns to the Vancity Theatre for the latest of his popular clip-jobs, this time turning his attention to the mighty wind first released by Bob Dylan among others back in the black and white ‘60s. Besides a special tribute to his Bobness, look for appearances by Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Andy Griffith, Joaquin Phoenix, David Carradine, Tim Robbins, Sissy Spacek, and the Folksmen among others, on Sunday (August 13).
THE ZODIAC KILLER Prior to a screening of David Fincher’s somewhat more respectable 2007 effort about the cryptographically-inclined, never-caught Bay Area serial killer, the Rio Theatre presents a restoration of this ripped-from-the-headlines curio from 1971. Too weird to miss, with or without the creepy Doodles Weaver cameo. See it on Sunday (August 13).
SWIFT CURRENT This documentary about former Detroit Red Wing Sheldon Kennedy, now a renowned advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, gets its Vancouver premiere at the Cinematheque on Wednesday (August 16).