Win Tickets to Mavis at VIFF

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The 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) is happening September 24th to October 9th, and Miss604 is a proud media sponsor for the 6th year. This means that on top of providing festival information and sharing the latest news about some of the 355 films presented this year, I also get to sponsor a specific film presentation, which includes a ticket giveaway. This year, I selected Mavis! as my partner film, and it looks, and sounds, fantastic!


Film First, an independent film production and media company based in Brooklyn, New York is thrilled to present their new documentary, directed by Jessica Edwards.

Mavis! is the first feature-length documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers. From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped pioneer in the 1950s, to the “message songs” of the civil rights era marching beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to massive hits such as “I’ll Take You There” in
 the soul-filled Stax era, and her recent Grammy-winning work with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples is one of the most influential and enduring vocalists of our time and a true American icon.

“A spirited and captivating doc that richly deserves the exclamation point in its title. Jessica Edwards has created a cinematic portrait quite capable of converting the uninitiated into acolytes, and elevating casual interest to flood-tide levels of respect and affection.”
– Variety

With dynamic live performances, rarely-seen archival footage and conversations with friends and collaborators like Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy, Levon Helm, Chuck D, Al Bell, Julian Bond, Sharon Jones and more, Mavis! reveals the struggles and successes of her journey.

Through a 60-year career crossing music genres and societal shifts, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. She occupies a singular place in American music: a soldier of love and peace whose fight continues. At 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, and her message of equality is needed now more than ever.

Mavis at VIFF

Friday, September 25th at 6:30pm at the Rio Theatre « Buy Tickets »
Monday, September 28th at 3:30pm at International Village « Buy Tickets »

You may have seen Mavis Staples performing on Stephen Colbert’s first Late Show episode earlier this month

Win Tickets to Mavis at VIFF

I have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to the September 25th screening of Mavis! at the Rio Theatre. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win tickets to see @filmfirstco’s MAVIS! at @VIFFest from @Miss604

I will draw two winners on Monday, September 21st at 12:00pm. Follow Mavis! the Film on Facebook and Twitter for more information about screenings and appearances.

Stay connected with VIFF for updates and announcements by following @VIFFest on Twitter and pick up your program guide at locations across the Lower Mainland for more information.

Miss604 is a proud Media Partner of the Vancouver International Film Festival

Update The winners are Erica, Laura, and Dee!

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  1. Ariel CTuesday, September 15th, 2015 — 12:41pm PDT


  2. lucTuesday, September 15th, 2015 — 9:19pm PDT

    Intriguing documentary.

  3. Tammy HTuesday, September 15th, 2015 — 9:22pm PDT

    Wow! This looks like a great show to see!!

  4. Dee BooTuesday, September 15th, 2015 — 11:18pm PDT

    Mavis will Take you There

  5. Jason BTuesday, September 15th, 2015 — 11:30pm PDT

    I’ve got some soul…and she was on Colbert…sign me up

  6. MaryWednesday, September 16th, 2015 — 10:12am PDT

    I’d love to watch this!!!!

  7. BrentWednesday, September 16th, 2015 — 2:05pm PDT

    Fantastic, what a voice

  8. ElizabethThursday, September 17th, 2015 — 2:34am PDT

    I’d love to see this!

  9. ShawnaThursday, September 17th, 2015 — 2:50pm PDT

    This looks very interesting! Thanks for posting:)

  10. Maren.CaThursday, September 17th, 2015 — 7:53pm PDT

    Happy Birthday!:)

  11. Steve v.Friday, September 18th, 2015 — 6:27am PDT

    I’d be very keen to see this one,.. over the last few years we’ve not only tried to see one documentary,.. we now specifically try to find a “music” documentary,.. Beware Mr. Baker stands out in my memory.

  12. LauraFriday, September 18th, 2015 — 6:28am PDT

    This one was on our radar!

  13. DFriday, September 18th, 2015 — 10:29am PDT


  14. SanazFriday, September 18th, 2015 — 11:51am PDT

    It looks like a good documentary!

  15. Lorena GrandeSaturday, September 19th, 2015 — 11:13pm PDT

    Love, love love music documentaries! This looks fabulous too.

  16. EricaTuesday, September 22nd, 2015 — 3:47pm PDT

    I would love to go see this!

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