Films + Trailers

LEGEND:
Jump to: Sept. 20 | Sept. 21 | Sept. 22 | Sept. 23 | Sept. 24 | Sept. 25 | Sept. 26 | Sept. 27 | Sept. 28 | Sept. 29
Screenings and events are listed in chronological order: Day, Month, Time and Venue

PROGRAMMING
BLOCK SERIES:

 

 Architecture
 + Design in Film

 Books
 in Film

 CineKids
 Program

 Food
 in Film

 Music
 in Film

 = Festival Highlight

 = Q&A or Panel Discussion

 = Special Guest

 = Double Feature

 = Cash Bar

Online purchasing closes midnight prior to screening date (i.e. Film on September 22 - Online closes September 21 at 11:59 pm).
If it is the same day as a screening, tickets are only available at the venue's Box Office 45 minutes before the start time.
If a film has a RUSH LINE, tickets are released for sale 15 minutes prior to the screening at the venue.


 Friday, September 20



The Sapphires

Presented by: BMO Financial Group
Friday, September 20 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square

 Opening Night Screening and 5th Year
Anniversary Celebration

Director: Wayne Blair
Country: Australia, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | Musical
Runtime: 103 min
Rating: PG
Official Website
The Sapphires is a crowd-pleasing combination of comedy, heart and romance set against the racial and social upheaval of the late 1960s, with an unbeatable soul music soundtrack. Four young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission are plucked from obscurity and given the opportunity to entertain American troops in Vietnam. Catapulted onto the world stage as The Sapphires (Australia's answer to The Supremes) their journey of discovery offers them the chance to show off their musical skills, find love and togetherness, experience loss and grow.

 After the film, come to the Art Gallery of Hamilton for the Big Swing Hollywood 5th Anniversary Celebration! FREE admission.
Full details in Film Festival Events.


 Saturday, September 21 ▲ Back to Top 



Bully

Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 pm
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Director: Lee Hirsch
Country: USA, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 98 min
Rating: PG
Official Website
 Moderator: Leslie Cunningham, Social Worker, Bully and Violence Prevention for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
Panel: Carol-Anne Steringa, DHLc. MBA Cert, CEO and Founder, The ConFront Consulting Group of Companies Inc., and Johnathan Christink, Therapist, Counsellor, Bayridge Counselling Centre, Burlington

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. Each story presents a different facet of America's bullying crisis. Bully follows five kids and their families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children.



Legend of a Warrior

Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)
Director: Corey Lee
Country: Canada, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 78 min
Rating: PG
IMDb

Programming Partner: National Film Board of Canada
Grunts, thwacks, slaps and yaaaii’s pierce the air in grand master Frank Lee’s Edmonton gym as his students practice his famous White Crane technique. Still ebullient and charismatic, Sifu Frank is turning 70 and, after a 25-year absence, his filmmaker son has decided to train at his dad’s gym to understand his Chinese heritage and discover the man behind the legend before it’s too late. As his training intensifies, their relationship remains distant until a father-son trip to Hong Kong triggers Sifu’s painful memories of fighting to survive. Director Corey Lee perfectly blends stunning shots of kung fu and action-style animations with candid conversations to gradually reveal the men beneath the warrior and his once-estranged son. Lee executes a perfect combination punch with an action film that’s also a love story about fathers and sons who fight for the courage to heal old wounds.



Ginger & Rosa

Presented by: Grant Thornton
Saturday, September 21 at 4:00 pm
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Director: Sally Potter
Country: United Kingdom, Ireland, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min
Rating: PG
Official Website
It’s London, 1962. Two teenage girls, Ginger and Rosa are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion and politics. The growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over their lives. Ginger (Elle Fanning) is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa (Alice Englert) shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. Both rebel against their mothers. Ginger's pacifist father (Alessandro Nivola) seems a romantic, bohemian figure to the girls, who encourages Ginger's 'Ban-the-Bomb' activism, while Rosa starts to take a very different interest in him. As Ginger's parents’ marriage disintegrates, she finds emotional sanctuary with a gay couple and their American friend, the poet Bella (Annette Bening). Finally, as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered. Ginger clutches at one hope: If she can help save the world from extinction, perhaps she too will survive this moment of personal devastation.



Hungry For Change

Presented by: Downtown Hamilton BIA's 2013 Localicious Experience
Saturday, September 21 at 4:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)
Directors: James Colquhoun, Laurentian Ten Bosch and Carlo Ledesma
Country: Australia, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 89 min
Rating: NYR
Official Website

Programming Partner: Goodness Me!
 Moderator: Tanya Fraser, RHN, PTS, Owner of Total Balanced Health and Earthbound Organic Food Market, Nutritionist at The Green Smoothie Bar
Panel: Janet Jacks, Founder, Goodness Me! Natural Food Markets; Chris Krucker, Manorun Farm; Chad Marcotte, Chad Marcotte Fitness

Hungry For Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don't want you to know; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what's keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever. Featuring interviews with bestselling health authors and leading medical experts plus real-life transformational stories of people who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. Learn from those who have been there before and continue your health journey today.



El Bulli: Cooking In Progress

Saturday, September 21 at 6:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)
Director: Gereon Wetzel
Country: Germany, 2011
Language: French w/English subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 108 min
Rating: PG
Official Website

Programming Partner: Sarcoa Bar & Restaurant
 Chef Wes Lesco: Special presentation before the screening: Food Presentation Fit for a Star

For six months of the year, renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià closes his restaurant El Bulli — repeatedly voted the world's best — and works with his culinary team to prepare the menu for the next season. An elegant, detailed study of food as avant-garde art, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress is a rare inside look at some of the world's most innovative and exciting cooking. As Adrià puts it, "the more bewilderment, the better!"



Still Mine

Presented by: Dan Lawrie Insurance

 Actor George R. Robertson in attendance

Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 pm
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Director: Michael McGowan
Country: Canada, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Romance, Drama
Runtime: 102 min
Rating: PG
Official Website
Based on true events and laced with wry humour, Still Mine is a heartfelt love story about Craig Morrison, an 89-year-old New Brunswicker (James Cromwell) who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his wife (Geneviève Bujold) whose memory is starting to go. Although he is using the same methods his father, a shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. Craig quickly gets on the wrong side of an overzealous government inspector, who finds just about everything unacceptable, including the unstamped wood he has milled from his own trees. As Irene becomes increasingly ill, he races to finish the house amidst a series of stop-work orders. Hauled into court and facing jail, Craig takes a final stance.



The Patience Stone (Pierre de Patience)

Presented by: The Hutton Family
Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square
Director: Atiq Rahimi
Country: Afghanistan, 2012
Language: Farsi w/English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 102 min
Rating: PG
Official Website
As a woman tends to her comatose husband, an injured rebel fighter in an unnamed, war-torn village, she pleads for him to wake and protect his family from the bullets that fly outside their window and the tanks that roll in the streets. Fearing for the lives of her two young daughters, the woman takes them to the safety of a relative’s home while she returns daily to care for the unresponsive man. Weeks go by, and as her desperation grows, an awakening begins to take hold, giving voice to her previously unuttered thoughts, memories and grievances, all spoken without regard for her husband’s reaction. The arrival of a young soldier seeking shelter in their home and companionship in her arms furthers the woman’s transformation from submissive girl to confident, sexual woman.

 Sunday, September 22 ▲ Back to Top 



Alphée of the Stars

Sunday, September 22 at 1:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)
Director: Hugo Latulippe
Country: Canada, 2012
Language: French w/English subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 82 min
Rating: NYR
Official Website

Programming partner: National Film Board of Canada
Alphée has a rare genetic disorder that hampers her development. Yet she continues to defy medical expectations. In a moving declaration of love for his daughter, filmmaker Hugo Latulippe and his family steal away for a year, focusing on his daughter's learning, so that she can integrate into a regular classroom when they get home.



The Last Will and Testament
of Rosalind Leigh

Sunday, September 22 at 4:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)
Director: Rodrigo Gudiño
Country: Canada, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Runtime: 77 min
Rating: NYR
IMBd

Programming Partner: Haunted Hamilton
 Q&A with Special Guest, Hamilton Horror Legend, Mitch Markowitz, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein
Moderator: Stephanie Lechniak, Paranormal Investigator & Historical Researcher

Leon Leigh, an antiques collector, inherits a house from his estranged mother only to discover that she had been living in a shrine devoted to a mysterious cult of angels. Soon, Leon comes to suspect that his mother’s oppressive spirit still lingers within her home and is using items in the house to contact him with an urgent message. Multiple-award winning filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño has crafted a terrifying new film with a strikingly original narrative technique that looks at the psychology of ghosts.



Eames: The Architect and The Painter

Presented by: Hamilton | Burlington Society of Architects
Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey
Country: USA, 2011
Language: English
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Runtime: 85 min
Rating: NYR
Official Website

 Highlander Brew Co. Beer Tasting ($1 per 5 oz. sample)
The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fibreglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during the Second World War, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life - from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age - has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and The Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.



Fill The Void

Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square
Director: Rama Burshtein
Country: Israel, 2012
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min
Rating: G
Official Website

Programming partner: Hamilton Jewish Federation
Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family and is about to be married off to a very promising young man of the same age. On Purim, her 28-year-old sister dies during childbirth, leaving her husband to care for the child and postponing Shira's promised match. When the girls' mother finds out that he may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower, which leaves Shira to choose between her heart's wish and her family's wish to keep the child with them.

 Monday, September 23 ▲ Back to Top 



Mud

Presented by: CCXIT Computer Services
Monday, September 23 at 1:00 pm
SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
Director: Jeff Nichols
Country: USA, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 140 min
Rating: PG
Official Website

Programming partner: Ancaster Film Festival
Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios: He killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.



Kon-Tiki

Monday, September 23 at 4:00 pm
SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
Directors: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg
Country: United Kingdom, Norway, 2012
Language: English, Norwegian
Genre: Action/Adventure, Biography
Runtime: 118 min
Rating: PG
Official Website

Programming partner: Ancaster Film Festival
Based on a true story. Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip through loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101-day voyage across 8,000 kilometres, with the world watching. Kon-Tiki tells the story of the origin of Heyerdahl's idea and the events surrounding the group's voyage.



The East

Presented by: Effort Trust
Monday, September 23 at 7:00 pm
SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Country: USA, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Thriller
Runtime: 116 min
Rating: PG
Official Website

Programming partner: Ancaster Film Festival
A suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling. Former FBI agent Sarah Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company's chief, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes into deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action. But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life.



Dirty Wars

Presented by: Anchor Bar
Monday, September 23 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square
Director: Rick Rowley
Country: USA, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website
Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill into the hidden world of America's covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond. With a strong cinematic style, the film blurs the boundaries of documentary and fiction storytelling. Part action film and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time. What begins as a report on a deadly U.S. night raid in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly turns into a global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). As Scahill digs deeper into JSOC activities, he is pulled into a world of covert operations carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and who will never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams "find, fix, and finish" their targets, who are selected through a secret process.

 Tuesday, September 24 ▲ Back to Top 

CANADA’S TOP TEN SHORTS

Screening at the Anchor Bar, Jackson Square (2 King Street West, Hamilton)
PROGRAMME A: Tuesday, September 24 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  Visit Film Festival Events page for complete information



Design is One:
Lella & Massimo Vignelli

Presented by: Belanger Engineering
Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Directors: Kathy Brew, Roberto Guerra
Country: USA, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 80 min
Rating: NYR
Official Website

Programming partner: PURE Home Couture

 Highlander Brew Co. Beer Tasting ($1 per 5 oz. sample)
"If you can’t find it, design it," is the motto of Lella and Massimo Vignelli, whose renowned work ranges "from the spoon to the city." Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra’s film brings us into the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humour.



Renoir

Presented by: Kate and Carl Turkstra
Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square
Director: Gilles Bourdos
Country: France, 2012
Language: French w/English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 111 min
Rating: PG
IMBd
Official Website (French)
 Opening remarks: Dr. Benedict Leca, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in the First World War. The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful Andrée will become his last model and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited Andrée. Their beautiful home and majestic countryside grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs, père et fils, become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong young muse.

 Wednesday, September 25 ▲ Back to Top 



The Hunt

Presented by: Cogeco
Wednesday, September 25 at 1:00 pm
SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Country: Denmark, 2013
Language: Danish, English
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 115 min
Rating: 18A
Official Website

Programming partner: Ancaster Film Festival
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.



Much Ado About Nothing

Wednesday, September 25 at 4:00 pm
SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
Director: Joss Whedon
Country: USA, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Runtime: 108 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website

Programming partner: Ancaster Film Festival
 Opening remarks: Peter Cockett, Assistant Professor in the Theatre and Film Studies Program, McMaster University

Shot in just 12 days and using the original text, Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing. The story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.



Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth
(Herz des Himmels, Herz der Erde)

Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square
Directors: Frauke Sandig, Eric Black
Country: Germany, 2011
Language: Spanish w/English subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 98 min
Rating: NYR
Official Website

Programming partners: Environment Hamilton, Immigrant Women’s Centre (IWC), Fraternity Hispanic Association
Frauke Sandig and Eric Black’s kaleidoscopically beautiful documentary follows the daily and ceremonial lives of six articulate young Maya as they struggle to maintain their way of life. The directors use our doomsday fantasy to give the contemporary Maya a voice. They in turn explain how they see the world and the real problems that threaten our devastation. What prevails today, they say, is another crisis much like the one that brought the collapse of their ancient Mayan civilization. Everyone wanted to amass more wealth; only the natural resources ran out. The 'system' is again reaching its limit. The result is, as one Maya says in the film, "The era of the people of the corn is coming to an end."

 DOUBLE FEATURE
Presented by: Upper James Toyota

Starlite Drive-In Theatre Special Price: $20 per Carload (includes both films)



The Legend of Sarila

Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 pm
Starlite Drive-In Theatre
Director: Nancy Florence Savard
Country: Canada, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Animation
Runtime: 80 min
Rating: PG
Official Website

Content Advisory: Talk of parental and child death; seen human and animal death; hunting; limited strong language; presence, manipulation and possession of spirits for good and evil; guns pointed at people and animals.
When the animals on the Arctic tundra suddenly disappear, leaving the hunters empty-handed and the community on the brink of famine, the brave youth Markussi realizes that drastic measures are required. In defiance of the clan shaman Kiliq, he sets out with his friends in search of the legendary land of Sarila, which is said to be rich in fish, game and fruit. Pursued by the jealous shaman and confronted with numerous dangers, the intrepid trio must restore the natural balance of the environment in order to save their people. Canada’s first animated 3-D feature is an expansive, gorgeous-looking adventure that testifies to the power of hope, the strength of friendship and the value of traditional culture.


20 Feet From Stardom

Wednesday, September 25 at 10:00 pm
Starlite Drive-In Theatre
Director: Morgan Neville
Country: USA, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 91 min
Rating: NYR
Official Website
"Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names." Award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, the film includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting and others. They take a backseat, though, to the backup singers whose lives and stories take centre stage.

 Thursday, September 26 ▲ Back to Top 



Unfinished Song

Presented by: Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.
Thursday, September 26 at 1:00 pm
SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas
Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Country: United Kingdom, Germany, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance
Runtime: 93 min
Rating: PG
Official Website

Programming partner: Ancaster Film Festival
Unfinished Song is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeonly old soul, who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a local seniors singing group. The group is led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) and her unexpected friendship with Arthur reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.



The Kings of Summer

Thursday, September 26 at 4:00 pm
SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Country: USA, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 95 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website

Programming partner: Ancaster Film Festival
The Kings of Summer is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends (Joe, Patrick and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio) who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents' rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you're born into or the one you create – is something you can't run away from.

CANADA’S TOP TEN SHORTS

Screening at the Anchor Bar, Jackson Square (2 King Street West, Hamilton)
PROGRAMME B: Thursday, September 26 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  Visit the Film Festival Events page for complete information



Pieta

Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square
Director: Kim Ki-Duk
Country: South Korea, 2012
Language: Korean w/English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 104 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website

Content Advisory: Potentially disturbing scenes and violence.
Pieta is the acclaimed film from the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk. In this intense and haunting story, a loan shark living an isolated existence uses brutality to threaten and collect paybacks from desperate borrowers. He proficiently and mercilessly collects the debts without regard to the pain he causes. One day, a mysterious woman appears in front of him claiming to be his long-lost mother. After coldly rejecting her at first, he gradually accepts her in his life and decides to quit his cruel job and seek a decent, redemptive life. However, he soon discovers a dark secret stemming from his past and realizes it may be too late to escape the horrific consequences from his previous life, already set in motion.



Muscle Shoals

Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm
(Doors Open at 6:30 pm)
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
Country: USA, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Documentary | Biography | History | Music
Runtime: 111 min
Rating: NYR
Official Website

Programming Partner: Steam Whistle Brewery

 Complimentary beer tasting

 Scott Cushnie (Professor Piano) in attendance and performs before and after the screening

Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River" as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. "I’ll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Loved You", "Mustang Sally”, "Tell Mama", "Kodachrome", and "Freebird" are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there. In this movie legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today.



Charles Bradley: Soul of America

Thursday, September 26 at 9:30 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Director: Poull Brien
Country: USA, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Documentary | Biography | Music
Runtime: 75 min
Rating: PG
Official Website

Programming Partner: Steam Whistle Brewery

 Complimentary beer tasting
For decades he’s been Black Velvet, a soul singer scraping by in Brooklyn’s projects with small club gigs in the evenings and odd jobs by day. But 62-year-old Charles Bradley has an impossible dream: he wants to make it in the music industry as... himself. As if that weren’t challenge enough, he’s also supporting the mother who abandoned him as a child, struggling to pay his own bills, and, in his spare time, learning to read. When Bradley’s noticed by the soul maestros at Daptone Records, it seems as though he just might have a chance. With lyrics that draw directly from the anguish and hardship of his life, his electrifying performances transform pain and sorrow into an experience of sublime transcendence. When he says to the audience, "I love you, each and every one of you," he truly means it. It’s a visceral rush to your soul.

 Friday, September 27 ▲ Back to Top 



The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Presented by: Banko Media
Friday, September 27 at 1:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Country: USA, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Romance
Runtime: 102 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website
A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the bestselling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, this film is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope—and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.



A Monster in Paris

Friday, September 27 at 4:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)
Director: Bibo Bergeron
Country: France, 2011
Language: English
Genre: Animation
Runtime: 90 min
Rating: PG
IMBd
Official Website (French)

Programming Partner: Immigrant Women’s Centre
 Pre-screening storytime with children’s author Lynne Kittredge-Fox from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Free admission.

Paris, 1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colorful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorizing citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Rare Bird cabaret, an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster, who turns out to be an oversized but harmless flea, from the city's ruthlessly ambitious police chief.



The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Friday, September 27 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square
Director: Mira Nair
Country: USA, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Thriller
Runtime: 130 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website
We begin in 2011 in Lahore: At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back 10 years, and we find Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking his fortune on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart artist girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson). But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins between them. Changez’s dream soon slips into a nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman into a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his homeland. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies, where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.

 Saturday, September 28 ▲ Back to Top 



Out of Print

Saturday, September 28 at 1:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)

 Canadian Première

Director: Vivienne Roumani
Country: USA, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 55 min
Rating: NYR
Official Website

Programming partner: The Hamilton Literacy Council
 MC and Moderator: Paul Berton, Editor-in-chief, The Hamilton Spectator
Panel: Helen McLeod, Executive Director, Hamilton Literacy Council; Molly Hayes, Reporter, Hamilton Spectator; Jaime Krakowski, Owner, Epic Books; Dr. Benedict Leca, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Art Gallery of Hamilton; and Noelle Allen, Publisher, Wolsak & Wynn, gritLIT, Literary Press Group, Literary Advisory Council Hamilton Arts Council

Narrated by Meryl Streep, Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of words, illuminating the turbulent and exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Jeff Bezos, Ray Bradbury, Scott Turow, Jeffrey Toobin, parents, students, educators, scientists – all highlight how this revolution is changing everything about the printed word – and changing us.



BridgeWalkers


 Director Kara Rhodes in attendance

Saturday, September 28 at 4:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)

 World Première

Directors: Kara Rhodes, Jim Whitney
Country: USA, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 76 min
Rating: NYR

Programming partners: The Heart of Ontario (Hamilton, Halton, Brant), Institute of Traditional Medicine (Toronto), Sweet Medicine Integrative Health Centre
 Forward and Introductions: Carla Robinson, Journalist
Opening Prayer: Amos Key Jr.; Q&A with Anishnabe Elder Dave Courchene Jr. Nii Gaani Aki Innini (Leading Earth Man)

As our relationship to Earth travels down a dangerous path, people agree that we cannot sustain the stress of our modern ways. On a quest to restore balance, Tribal Leaders from around the world gather in Greenland to witness the coming of a 20,000-year-old prophecy. Surrounded by melting ice caps, Spiritual Leaders from the four corners of the Earth share the wisdom, prophecies and ceremonies of their ancestors. In an unprecedented gathering, they remember the wounds of the past and embrace the spirit that has endured. Together they reveal a message that can give hope to the next seven generations. Walk with them and discover ancient knowledge long forgotten. Listen to the wisdom of their ancestors. Feel their connection to Mother Earth. Stand with them around the Sacred Fire as they embody the Spirit of the Ice.



Fruitvale Station

Presented by: G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) Ltd.
Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square
Director: Ryan Coogler
Country: USA, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Biography
Runtime: 90 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website
Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. He takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz), with whom he hasn't always been completely honest, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Oscar starts out well but as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day. Oscar's life and tragic death shook the Bay Area, and the entire nation, to its very core.

 Sunday, September 29 ▲ Back to Top 



From up on Poppy Hill

Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)
Director: Goro Miyazaki
Country: Japan, 2011
Language: English version
Genre: Animation
Runtime: 91 min
Rating: PG
Official Website
The setting is Yokohama in 1963. The filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbour, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centres on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of the Second World War. The mood is one of optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji-era club house from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. In an unexpected twist that parallels what the country itself is facing, a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.



The Disappeared

Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch)

 Producers Ralph Holt and Karen Franklin in attendance

Director: Shandi Mitchell
Country: Canada, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Mystery, Drama
Runtime: 90 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website
Six men lost at sea in two rowboats, with limited food and drink, no bearings, and the threat of slow death. From this spare premise director Shandi Mitchell has crafted a superb film. These men have nothing but their strength and determination, which they know will mean nothing without the intervention of luck. Water, basic physical strength, weakness, and hunger assume profound importance. The salty masculine talk is a thin defense against terror; the seamen’s songs are half-heartedly sung; the reminiscences of better times are painful, because those good times may be their last. As the film progresses, slowly but suspensefully, hope diminishes and our empathy grows stronger. This is both an intimate chamber drama and a wide-canvas sea tale. It’s the tension between those two poles that produces the film’s tragic power: the hearts of men in conflict with implacable, indifferent nature.



Shun Li and the Poet (Io sono Li)

Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Director: Andrea Segre
Country: Italy, France, 2011
Language: Italian w/English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 96 min
Rating: PG
Official Website

Programming partner: Cinema Insieme

 Highlander Brew Co. Beer Tasting ($1 per 5 oz. sample)
Shun Li works in a textile factory in the outskirts of Rome in order to get her papers and enable her eight-year-old son to come to Italy. She is suddenly transferred to Chioggia, a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon, to work in a pub where she meets Bepi, a Slavic fisherman nicknamed “the Poet” by his friends, who has been a regular there for years. Their encounter is a poetic escape from solitude, a silent dialogue between cultures that are different. It is an odyssey into the deep heart of a lagoon, which can be both the mother and cradle of identities. But the friendship between Shun Li and Bepi upsets both the Chinese and local communities, who interfere with this new voyage, which they are perhaps simply too afraid of.



Inch’Allah

Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 pm
Empire Theatres Jackson Square
Director: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
Country: France, 2012
Language: French w/English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 102 min
Rating: 14A
Official Website
Chloe is a young Canadian obstetrician working in a makeshift clinic where she treats pregnant women in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank. Facing daily checkpoints and the separation barrier, she is confronted with the conflict and the people it affects: Rand, a patient for whom Chloe develops a deep affection; Faysal, Rand's older brother, a fervent resister; Safi, their younger brother, a child shattered by war who dreams of flying across borders; and Ava, a young soldier who lives next door to Chloe in her apartment in Israel. Her encounter with the war draws Chloe into an adventure that's both deeply personal and as large as the land. She loses her bearings, is uprooted, and goes into free fall. There are trips that shake us and transform us. There are trips that shatter all of our certainties. For Chloe, Inch'Allah is such a trip.

▲ Back to Top