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Focus: on Halifax (shorts)

Each year, we choose a different region in Canada and invite local film-makers there to submit shorts for our special "FOCUS: on..." event. In past years we've focused on Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax. For our 6th festival we're now excited to FOCUS: on the Kootenays (our own backyard :) and invite you to check out these three featured shorts playing at the times indicated below. We are pleased to welcome our special guests, filmmaker Miriam Needoba and the subject of her film, wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence, to present Eyes in the Forest on Friday night and filmmaker Ryan Radchenko of Powder Highway Productions to present his film The Indy, on Saturday night.

Eyes in the Forest:
The Portraiture of Jim Lawrence

Friday, January 17th at 7pm at the Vogue:
by Miriam Needoba
Run Time: 12m 36s

A Kootenay-made short film, which has screened at over fifteen festivals in Canada and internationally over the past year, will make its debut in the East Kootenays here at our festival. Eyes In The Forest: The Portraiture of Jim Lawrence offers a rare and stunning look into the world of well-known Kootenay wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence. Filmmaker Miriam Needoba and photographer Jim Lawrence will be on hand after the screenings for a question and answer period with the audience (next door at the Central Bar.)

Eyes in the Forest interweaves the startling imagery of Jim Lawrence’s still photography with Needoba’s sublime cinematography of the West Kootenays. The film is both a restrained study of landscape and wildlife, and a conversation between two artists and their art forms. Jim Lawrence is also an artist at the Fernie Arts Co-op (572 2nd Avenue)

Eyes in the Forest screens at the Vogue immediately before our opening feature film, The Art of the Steal.

The Indy

Saturday, January 18th at 7pm at the Vogue:
by Ryan Radchenko, Powder Highway Productions, Fernie
Run Time: 3m 50s

A 1989 Polaris Indy 500 snowmobile is personified in this film. The narrative speaks of its hard life as a snow machine slowly moving west across Canada with its owner, taking a beating while earning its keep, until finally arriving in British Columbia. Its dream of a peaceful retirement is dashed when it is sold to Rocky Mountain skiers who who spur the old sled to the mountain tops.

The Indy will screen before our first feature on Saturday night (Cas & Dylan) and filmmaker Ryan Radchenko will be on hand to present his film.

Sunday Funday / Summer 2012

Saturday, January 18th at 7pm at the Vogue:
by Dylan Siggers, Fernie
Run Time: 3m 31s

Summer in Fernie is really fun and this is a compilation of all the Sunday-Fundays put together in one video. Shot and edited by Dylan Siggers, additional filming by Kalum Ko and Josh Lloyd. Shot on a Canon t2i with a Canon 70-200 f/2.8, Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8 and a Glidecam 2000 pro. Music is Towers by Bon Iver.


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