Breaking news: The Grand River Film Festival screened THE RIDER & THE WOLF in 2015. The film told the story of Mike Rust, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist who disappeared without a trace in Colorado. As of festival time, Mike’s disappearance was a cold case with little hope. However, in early January, an anonymous tip prompted by a film screening, led the local authorities to a spot on private land just a few miles from Mike’s house. There, five feet down, they found a body and officially identified the remains as those of Mike Rust just last week. The mystery of Mike’s disappearance has switched from a missing person case to a homicide case. Follow www.facebook.com/gritandthistlefilm for developments and join the Rust family as they fight for Justice for Mike Rust. The power of film! – by Director Nathan Ward
May 2, 2016
The Grand River Film Festival is looking for leaders in the Waterloo Region to join the Board of Directors and talented individuals to contribute to the ongoing planning of the festival. If you’re interested in sharing your skills in communications, sales, fundraising or volunteer management, contact Kim Elworthy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We’re looking for volunteers with experience:
Fundraising and soliciting sponsorships
Leading within an arts organization
Working within a team
Managing multiple tasks within a short timeline
Reporting to senior leaders, board or committee chairs on a monthly basis
Using Google docs, correspondence writing, note taking etc.
Learning quickly and adapting to emerging trends and technologies
Passionate about Waterloo Region, Arts and Film
April 30, 2016
We’ve been nominated! This year (alongside some truly awesome festivals) GRFF has been nominated for a Waterloo Region Record Reader Award for Favourite Festival/Community Event. You probably already know about us: we’re not in it for accolades and awards, BUT it sure is nice to be nominated!
As valued film fans we would sincerely appreciate – if you want to show us a little love – if you could click ‘Nominate’ beside our festival name HERE.
April 30, 2016
GRFF Executive Director Tamara Louks and HURT director Alan Zweigat the post-screening Q&A. Photo credit: Brian Duggan
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo, who raised millions of dollars for cancer research with his 1984-85 coast-to-coast run and was subsequently disgraced by numerous troubles with the law. Winner of the Platform Prize, TIFF. Rated 14A.
Three decades ago, Steve Fonyo, an 18-year-old who’d lost a leg to cancer, became both a national hero and the youngest recipient of the Order of Canada when he ran across the country to raise funds for research. His life since has been no fairy tale. Substance abuse, jail time, and the government’s decision to strip him of his Order of Canada left Fonyo publicly disgraced and forgotten. (The only attendee at an anniversary celebration of his epochal run was the cop who busted him.) Yet he soldiers on, eventually giving us glimpses of the teenager who had the perseverance to complete such a feat back in 1985. Though Fonyo’s story is transfixing, it is director Alan Zweig’s empathy and wit that lift this documentary to the level of contemporary classics like . Zweig shows us a Canada seldom seen onscreen — and rarely with such impact. – Steve Gravestock, TIFF
For more information about National Canadian Film Day, visit canadianfilmday.ca.
March 30, 2016
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