Has winter got you down? Has the thin coating of permafrost sucked the joie de vivre from your soul the same way it has sucked the colour from the landscape? If so, the fine folks at the Inglewood Bleak Midwinter Film Festival have got your back. This Saturday, February 20, the festival is hosting the last of its biweekly screenings at the Lantern Church. Special guest Andy Malcolm has done foley (the fancy term for making sound effects) and other audio production on hundreds of films, from Heavy Metal through Johnny Mnemonic and Cutthroat Island to The Road and The Men Who Stare at Goats, and he’ll be showing a pair of short documentaries on the art of foley, plus some live demonstrations.
That’s not the only fest in town this week, either. In addition to the Reel Fun Film Festival, which was spotlighted in this column last week and wraps up at the Plaza on Friday, February 19 with the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells, there’s also the Super-8 Filmmakers Challenge, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a showcase at the Distillery Pub. In addition to the obligatory shorts (which no longer have to be shot on Super 8mm film, so long as they stay true to the “spirit” of the format), there’ll also be a performance from Calgary supergroup Night Committee — not a bad way to spend a Thursday night.
Also, in brief: The Calgary Cinematheque Society is presenting a screening of Spike Lee’s seminal joint, Do the Right Thing, and attending the screening is, well… let’s leave that pun implied. And, Martin Scorcese’s latest thriller, Shutter Island, opens in wide release this Friday. The preview screening was past our press deadline, but look for a review at ffwdweekly.com.