Contributed by FestivalSeekers
The 18th Annual Powell River Film Festival kicks off on a high note on February 8th with an opening party featuring Jazz music by Retro and a special screening of Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, directed by Sophie Huber.
The festival, which runs from February 8 to 17, 2019 will be screening an eclectic mix of international, Canadian and locally-produced films guaranteed to delight any discerning film buff who’s looking for something different.
“It’s not about big names and big directors for us,” said Gary Shilling, executive director and programming member for the Powell River Film Festival Society. “For us, the story is the most important thing. Will it resonate with our audience? Will it tell the story clearly and is the story unique?”
Discover how a group of precocious teenage science nerds set out to, not only win a prestigious competition, but change the world or why a symbolic canoe could heal Canada. If Pippi Longstocking was a heroine of your youth, learn about her creator, a film that’s a stark contrast to another where the lens shines the light on the Internet and how it’s turning shy would-be entertainers into superstars.
And there’s more. Musical divas, young thieves, adventurers, dysfunctional families, unsung NBA heroes and dreamers all get along nicely with horses, contemporary art queries and otherworldly spirits, all adding to this film festival’s growing reputation which has been spreading south along the Sunshine Coast into Vancouver and the lower mainland as a must-attend festival.
Another component that makes this film festival different from others is all the films will be screened in Powell River’s historic Patricia Theatre. The theatre opened in 1928 and still retains it’s velvet curtains, orchestra pit and fresco-style wall art; it is as much a feature of the festival as the films are.
Powell River is 170km from Vancouver, which involves a scenic drive along the Sunshine Coast and a couple of short ferry rides, and is well worth the trip as Pow Town is a really unique and charming place to visit and stay a while. The community of Powell River offers plenty of options and activities to enjoy in-between film screenings, plus excellent restaurants, historic boutique hotels, shopping and outdoor pursuits.
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