The stars shine on the third annual Langley International Film Festival, coming to Fort Langley’s Chief Sepass Theatre Feb. 16 to 18.
Hosted by the Langley School District Foundation, which funds 100s of school programs, LIFF is a unique local event with proceeds going to support film programs for Langley students.
Six screenings range from edgy to inspirational, juried student-produced films to Oscar nominees. Join directors, producers, actors and CBC host Mark Forsythe for post-screening Q&A sessions, and don’t miss the opening-night gala at Lelem’ Arts and Cultural Cafe in Fort Langley, including beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to meet the Cadillac Tramps cast and crew.
“The students love it. They get to show their work to an a sophisticated audience of cinephiles, the adjudication process gives them valuable feedback and they are given the opportunity to interact with film students from other schools,” says the Foundation Executive Director, Susan Cairns.
- Cadillac Tramps: Life on the Edge, Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. – This Jamie Sims Coakley-directed documentary explores the ravages and vagaries of the five-member grunge band, Cadillac Tramps which, after exploding onto the scene in the early 1990s, tragically dissolved as members wrestled with infighting and addiction.
- Student Film Showcase, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. – See provocative, mind-boggling, textured and outside-the-box films by talented, up-and-coming filmmakers from Brookswood Secondary, RE Mountain Secondary, Langley Fine Arts and Langley Secondary School.
- Luk’ Luk’l, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 3:30 p.m. – From Brookswood Secondary grad Wayne Wapeemukwa comes this sharp, historical and award-winning critique of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. While galvanizing residents into a massive mob of feel-good zealots, the darker side of the Olympic phenomenon rampaged through an iconic Vancouver neighbourhood. A Skype interview with Wapeemukwa by high school film teacher Carl Hofbauer follows.
- Get Out, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. – Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone, and she invites him for a weekend getaway. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth he never could have imagined.
- C’est La Vie, Sunday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. – This delightful French comedy follows a tony caterer just trying to get through his last kick at the can at an impossibly dysfunctional family wedding.
- Wonder, Sunday, Feb. 18, at 3:30 p.m. – LIFF closes with Langley’s own Jacob Tremblay! Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the inspiring, heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
LIFF tickets are $10 per screening, or pick up a six-screening festival pass for $50. Join the Opening Night After-Party for $25. Proceeds support film programs in Langley schools.