The Comox Valley Art Gallery is delighted to be one of 150 communities across the country participating in TIFF’s Canada on Screen event on April 19th, with a 5pm screening of Canadian film director Jennifer Baichwal’s “Manufactured Landscapes” featuring the work of Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky.A limited number of tickets to this event can are available at the Gallery Gift Shop, free of charge, and can be picked up during their regular hours (Mon to Sat, 9a to 5p) prior to the event.
APRIL 19 – MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES
Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Runtime: 90 minutes
Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of ‘manufactured landscapes’ – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization’s materials and debris, but in a way people describe as “stunning” or “beautiful,” and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.
The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometer long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera.
Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narrative streams of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste. What makes the photographs so powerful is his refusal in them to be didactic. We are all implicated here, they tell us: there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.
WINTER 2017 FILM DATES: January 8 + 22 / February 5 + 19 / March 5 + 19
The Comox Valley Art Gallery & Toronto International Film Fest-Film Circuit presents two Film Series each year:
Fall – September to November, usually 5 films
Winter – January to March, usually 6 films
The films are fundraisers for CVAG.
We sometimes have special presentations of films at other times and in other venues, check our website for updates or follow us on Twitter for the latest news.
Tickets & Passes will be available at the CVAG Gift Shop
580 Duncan Ave, Downtown Courtenay (6th and Duncan)
and at the door if available (Door: cash only , exact change appreciated)
– Tickets are $12 for CVAG Members, $13 for Non-Members
– Winter Passes are $66 for CVAG Members, $72 for Non-Members ( includes 6 films)
– A limited amount of passes are available for each series
– To purchase tickets/passes over the phone call CVAG at (250) 338-6211
All screenings are at the Rialto Theatre at 5pm
2665 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay (at Driftwood Mall)
For all the latest news and updates
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JANUARY 8 – THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Sold out
JANUARY 22 – DENIAL
Director: Mick Jackson
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings
Runtime: 110 minutes
Country: USA, United Kingdom
Language: English, Hebrew, German
Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea) and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) star in this riveting, true-life drama about the courtroom showdown between historian Deborah Lipstadt and notorious Holocaust denier David Irving.
Based on a true story of a legal battle that cut to the heart of the 20th century, Denial is a gripping reminder that history should never be taken for granted.
FEBRUARY 5 – LITTLE MEN
Director: Ira Sachs
Cast: Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Greg Kinnear, Paulina Garcia
Runtime: 85 minutes
Little Men is a poignant look at the close but fleeting friendship between two boys during their formative years, set against rapid gentrification in New York City. Teenagers Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri) form a summer friendship and have dreams of going to the same prestigious arts high school together until a conflict between their parents impacts the relationship.
FEBRUARY 19 – MALIGLUTIT (SEARCHERS)
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Cast: Benjamin Kunuk, Karen Ivalu, Jonah Qunaq
Runtime: 93 minutes
Inspired by the classic John Ford western The Searchers, award-winning Inuk director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) and his collaborator Natar Ungalaaq (The Journals of Knud Rassmussen, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) present Maliglutit (Searchers), an epic tale in which a vengeful husband sets off in pursuit of the men who kidnapped his wife.
MARCH 5 – JEAN OF THE JONSES
Director: Stella Meghie
Cast: Taylour Paige, Sherri Shepherd, Erica Ash, Michelle Hurst, Mamoudou Athie, Francois Arnaud, Gloria Reuben
Runtime: 82 minutes
Writer-director Stella Meghie takes the family comedy into fresh new territory with this whip-smart tale about the twenty-something scion of an all-female Brooklyn clan wrestling with her literary aspirations, romantic mishaps, and the chaotic preparations for her estranged grandfather’s funeral. Jean of the Joneses is a savvy comedy exploring three generations of vibrant and unforgettable women in the Jones family.
MARCH 19 – MOONLIGHT
Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe
Runtime: 110 minutes
The second feature from acclaimed writer-director Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) is an impeccably crafted study of African-American masculinity that
follows its young protagonist, Chiron, from childhood to adulthood as he navigates the dangers of homophobia, drugs, and violence.
About Film Circuit
Founded in 1989, Film Circuit is TIFF’s successful film outreach programme, bringing the best of Canadian and international films and artists to communities across the country.
Through an alternate model of grassroots distribution, marketing and exhibition, Film Circuit encompasses over 180 groups in over 160 communities across Canada, and helps TIFF lead the world in building markets and audience for Canadian cinema.