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March 7, 2020

Submit your film for consideration for inclusion in the Grand River Film Festival 2020!

Do you have a film, feature or short, that you would like to submit for consideration to screen at the 2020 Grand River Film Festival in Waterloo Region? The process is easy, and for the 2020 festival there are no fees associated with submission.
In your submission, please provide the following information:
  • Name, First and Last
  • Email
  • Film Type – Short/Feature
  • Run Time
  • Film Title
  • Production Year
  • GRFF only screens films which have not had a wide release as of the festival date. Please identify how many public screenings the film has had, or if this would be a premiere.
  • A link to a review copy of the film, and password. The film will be reviewed by our programming committee for consideration.
If you film is selected for inclusion in the festival, we will contact you for further details.
All submissions should be sent to program@grff.ca. Submissions will be accepted until February 29th, 2020.

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CIGI Cinema Series: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch – January 21

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January 29, 2020

Tues, 21 January 2020

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Location

CIGI Campus Auditorium

67 Erb St. W.

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6C2

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About “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch”

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.

About the Cinema Series

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Grand River Film Festival, and THEMUSEUM to deliver public film screening events throughout the year.

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CineSeries

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January 2, 2020

CineSeries – join us at GRFF’s year-round film program!

GRFF is proud to be a presenting member of the TIFF  (Toronto International Film Festival) Film Circuit, a national outreach program that brings the best of Canadian and world cinema to over 170 locations in over 150 communities from coast to coast. This film program runs September through April at Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre on select Wednesdays at 7:30pm.

NEW FOR OUR 2019-2020 SEASON – A ‘REEL DEAL’ FOR YOU!

Being able to see the best in film, direct from TIFF Film Circuit in your own backyard, has just gotten better!

As we head into the 21stseason of this fabulous program, we are excited to offer a season pass –  8 films for the price of 6– for the low price of $72 (+ HST)! But act fast as only 50 punchcards are available!

Buy Season Pass

The pass is valid for 8 CineSeries screenings held September 2019 through April 2020 at Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre. There are a few ways you can use it – get it punched yourself for all 8 screenings or bring a friend and use it for just four films – it’s up to you! Simply show your punchcard at a screening and we will punch and provide your admittance ticket(s).

Fall 2019 Films

Cold Case Hammarskjold – October 9

And The Birds Rained Down – October 30

Wild Nights with Emily – November 20

Winter/Spring 2020 Films

CineSeries – Get Reeled In

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Lost cards will not be replaced.
  • Pass holders must arrive 20 minutes before screen time to ensure seating.
  • Buy online and your ‘ticket’ will be exchanged for a punch card at our CineSeries box office on the night of a screening.

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CineSeries: The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw – Cancelled

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January 2, 2020

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns

When: Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm
Special event screening: Stay after the movie for a talk-back session led by Heather Majaury, Artistic Director of Pins & Needles Fabric Company
Where: Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre
355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
See Map: Google Maps

Canada | 2019 | 94 mins

Director: Shelley Niro

Synopsis:

On Mitzi Bearclaw’s 25th birthday, she’s asked to come back home to her reserve from her life designing hats in downtown Toronto to see her sick mother. As Mitzi reconnects with the land, her family and the infinitely quirky residents of Owl Island, she grows from resentful and restless to reconnecting and embracing the charm of her home through encounters with three spirits. When your spiritual guides are space travelers and their enemies are apocalyptic soothsayers, it’s easy to keep your feet on the ground.

Presented in partnership with Idea Exchange and Cambridge Art Galleries.

It’s everything from a feminist coming-of-age story, a spiritual journey to a “truthful archive” – Aruna Dutt, CBC News Network

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CineSeries: La Belle Epoque – Cancelled

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January 2, 2020

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns

When: Wednesday, April 1, 7:30pm
Where: Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre
355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
See Map: Google Maps

France | 2019 | 115 mins

Director: Nicolas Bedos

Synopsis:

This high-concept comedy from Nicolas Bedos (Mr. & Mrs. Adelman) shrewdly taps into our current technological anxieties and our most basic desire to revisit our glory days. Starring Daniel Auteuil, Fanny Ardant, and Guillaume Canet, La Belle Époque blurs historical eras while tracking a charismatic curmudgeon’s existential reckoning.

Victor (Auteuil) is a sexagenarian cartoonist whose long-time publisher has eliminated their print edition and, with it, his gig. No fan of AI or VR, Victor likes turning pages, touching flesh, and seeing what’s actually before him. Alas, what’s before him is a resentful wife, Marianne (Ardant), who can no longer stand him. “I think you’ve been alive too long,” Marianne confesses during one of her rages.

Longing to escape the present, Victor opts to return to the past — or a simulacrum of it. Enter Time Travellers, a service that immerses clients in a painstaking reenactment of whatever historical moment its actors, designers, and builders can conjure. Victor hires Time Travellers to return him to May 16, 1974, the day he first met Marianne in a Lyon café. He finds himself beguiled by every detail, from the vintage editions of Libération to the punchy plastic egg holders to Margo (Doria Tillier), the actress he accepts as the Marianne he fell for 45 years ago. It feels like a beautiful dream. But what happens when it’s time to wake up?

Handsomely crafted, La Belle Epoque cleverly works through the complications of blurring fact and fantasy. – Screen Daily

Everything clicks here, all the time. – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Trailer:

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CineSeries: Maiden – March 11

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January 2, 2020

When: Wednesday, March 11, 7:30pm
Where: Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre
355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
See Map: Google Maps

UK | 2018 | 97 mins

Director: Alex Holmes

Synopsis:

They were told no because they were women. This is the true story that proved everyone wrong.

In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist?

Tracy Edwards proved them wrong. 26-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class. By the time they returned to their starting point at Southampton, England after 32,000 miles of global racing, they had shocked, inspired, and transfixed the sailing world and the British nation.

MAIDEN is a film about guts and the power of determination, about how when we are allowed to believe in ourselves great things are possible. It’s the story of a young girl who dared to dream and of a team that came together to challenge chauvinism and set an example to the world. – Alex Holmes, Director MAIDEN

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CineSeries: Parasite – February 19

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January 2, 2020

When: Wednesday, February 19, 7:30pm
Where: Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre
355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
See Map: Google Maps

South Korea | 2019 | 132 mins

Director: Bong Joon-ho

Awards:

Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2019

Winner – Golden Globe, Best Foreign Picture 

Winner – 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best International Feature, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay

Synopsis:

A glorious success and smashing box-office hit for Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho — who returns home after his foreign adventures in Snowpiercer and Okja — the Palme d’Or–winning PARASITE is a politically charged cinematic wonder.

Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale.

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

Just when we think we know where the narrative is headed, Bong pulls the rug out from under us via turns that are occasionally dazzling, yet always organic, thanks to meticulous foreshadowing and his knack for slowly building an atmosphere of dread. – Phil Guie, Film-Forward.com

Trailer:

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CIGI Cinema Series: The Future of Work and Death – November 14

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November 19, 2019

Tues, 14 November 2019

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Location

CIGI Campus Auditorium

67 Erb St. W.

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6C2

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About “The Future of Work and Death

In this revealing documentary, world experts in the fields of futurology, anthropology, neuroscience, and philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life: work and death. Charting human developments from Homo Habilis, past the Industrial Revolution, to the digital age and beyond, The Future of Work and Death looks at the shocking exponential rate at which mankind has managed to create technologies to ease the process of living.

About the Cinema Series

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Grand River Film Festival, and THEMUSEUM to deliver public film screening events throughout the
year.

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Be Natural – May 11 – 7:30

2019Films, Uncategorized

April 2, 2019

When: Saturday, May 11, 7:30pm
Where: CIGI – Centre for International Governance Innovation
67 Erb St W, Waterloo ON , Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 6C2
See Map: Google Maps
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Moderator: Jocelyn Lernout

USA, 2018, 103 mins., Documentary
Director: Pamela B. Green

Synopsis:

Narrated by Jodie Foster, BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ is a documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, which explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create. Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. After her filmmaking career at Gaumont (1896-1907), she had a second decade-long career in the U.S., where she built and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, N.J.

 Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150 with synchronized sound during the ‘silent’ era. Her work includes comedies, westerns and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as child abuse, immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast.

Post-screening Q&A with director Pamela B. Green (via Skype) and Dr. Katherine Spring, Wilfrid Laurier University Film Studies and Dr. Charlie Keil, University of Toronto Film Studies (attending)

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Chef Flynn – May 11 – 2:00

2019Films, Uncategorized

April 2, 2019

When: Saturday, May 11, 2:00pm
Where: UW School of Architecture
7 Melville St S, , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, N1S 2H4
See Map: Google Maps

USA, 2018, 83 mins.
Director: Cameron Yates

Synopsis:

While many of his peers were still playing with toy cars, Flynn McGarry was creating remarkable gastronomic delights at his home in Studio City, California. Enjoying unwavering support from his mother Meg, an artist who documented every step of his distinctive journey, he devoted himself entirely to his creative passion. Flynn loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became known as the “Teen Chef,” establishing his own supper club at age 12 and being featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. Before he was 16, he had staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. But critics soon emerged who challenged Flynn’s rapid ascent in the culinary world, threatening to distract him from his dream. Pairing Meg’s exhaustive home videos with intimate vérité footage, director Cameron Yates (The Canal Street Madam) creates a collage of Flynn’s singular focus and one-of-a-kind childhood. The result is a uniquely comprehensive portrait of a young star’s rise as seen from the inside.

 

Post-screening panel with Brian McCourt Ignite Group, Liam Cameron Crazy Canuck, and Jody O’Malley The Culinary Studio

Moderator: Michael Clark

Trailer:

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