SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
AIM FOR THE ROSES (7pm-9pm)
by John Bolton (Documentary, 103min)
+ Q&A with BC filmmaker John Bolton!
In 1976, Canadian stuntman Ken Carter declared his intention to jump a mile over the St. Lawrence Seaway in a rocket powered car. Evel Knievel called it "the daredevil stunt to end all daredevil stunts".
In 2008, Canadian musician Mark Haney declared his intention to pay tribute to Ken Carter in the form of a concept album for solo double bass. The Vancouver Province called it “a daring record”, the Vancouver Sun called it “the most bizarre release of the year” and the Georgia Straight called it “utterly amazing and completely f**king ridiculous”.
In 2011, Canadian filmmaker John Bolton declared his intention to make a "musical docudrama" about both men. The Globe And Mail called it “audacious”, DOXA called it “glorious” and POV Magazine called it “the wildest, craziest, smartest doc in years”.
AIM FOR ROSES is a one-of-a-kind film, about a one-of-a-kind album, about a one-of-a-kind stunt, all three of which could only happen in Canada. It blurs the lines between pathos & kitsch, and dignity & absurdity, through a barrage of original interviews, archival footage, dramatic recreations and musical numbers. It celebrates the beauty and the terror of making a living as a composer and as a stuntman. It's for highbrow fans of the contemporary avant-garde and lowbrow fans of 1970s Canadian hoserdom. (Think: Errol Morris & Philip Glass meet Super Dave Osborne.) It shows and tells two very different stories, about two very different men, at two very different crossroads in their lives, both of whom risked it all to make “the ultimate statement”.
Official Selection: Vancouver International FF ' 16; DOXA 16; HOT DOCS '16
Awards: Nominated "Best BC Film" - VFCC '16
For more information, please visit www.aimfortheroses.com
Click HERE for our 2017 Program.
- 2017 MOONRISE SCREENINGS -
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
A collection of short films featuring Wells, Barkerville, and Quesnel, complete with filmmakers in attendance. We'll also be screening an unearthed film reel of the 1966 CBC documentary, Barkerville or Bust. Not to be missed!
|The Streets||Kelly Conlin||Experimental, Canada|
|The Avenger Redux||Richard Wright, Amy Newman||Documentary, Barkerville|
|Self-Loathing||James Penco||Comedy, Wells|
|Cut||Taylor Olson||Comedy, Quesnel|
|Barkerville or Bust||F.W.E Round, CBC|
|+ Filmmaker Q&A with Richard Wright & Amy Newman|
Two short features from opposite sides of the globe: First, Dryland, an American Film Institute produced student work about a young swimmer dealing with her mother's depression, and second, Zaman, a youth directed documentary chronicling hardships faced by a Pakistani immigrant.
|Dryland||Liv Prior Colliander||Drama, USA|
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
OPENING NIGHT SHORTS
A collection of thoughtful, poignant, and uniquely crafted short films, selected from far across Canada and abroad.
|Bicycle Song||Maliyenko Anna||Experimental, Ukraine|
|What The Hell||Sophie Galibert||Comedy, USA|
|This I Know For Sure||Carly Southern||Documentary, Canada|
|Dandelions||Nikki Hines & Rebecca Strong||Animation, USA|
|Bombing||Gloria Mercer||Drama, Canada/BC|
|Birds Of A Feather||Nathan Shaw||Documentary, Canada|
|The Lift||Manny Mahal||Documentary, Canada/BC|
|Train To Peace||Jakob Weyde & Jost Althoff||Animation, Germany|
|Unnatural Selection||Genevieve Delouche||Comedy, France|
|Ginevra||Tess Martin||Animation, Netherlands|
|Safety Net||Andrew E. Rudd||USA, Drama|
LATE NIGHT SHORTS
NOTE: Generally intended for mature audiences.
This probing collection of short films stretches from the bizarre and absurd, to the darkly personal, with plenty of humour in between.
|Chamber Music||Katharina Blanken||Experimental, Germany|
|How Do We Sing?||Jarod Facknitz & Erin Flynn||Comedy, USA|
|Darts||Peter Faint||Comedy, Canada/BC|
|Every Ghost Has An Orchestra||Shayna Connelly||Documentary, USA|
|Home Sewn||Morgan Jones||Experimental, Canada|
|Still Devout||Melissa Y. Perez||Drama, USA|
|Would've It Be Nice||Devan Scott||Experimental, Canada/BC|
|Full Waveform Inversion||David Nast Cole||Comedy, USA|
|Alex Meunier||Animation, Canada/BC|
|Last Halloween||O. Corbin Saleken||Documentary, Canada/BC|
|Elevator Friends||Mitchel Wiles||Animation, Canada|
|Lions In Waiting||Jason Karman||Drama, Canada|
|Isolamento||Carmelo Zucco||Experimental, Canada|
|The Camera's Tears||Robert Duncan||Experimental, Canada/BC|
|+ Filmmaker Q&A with Corbin Saleken & Devan Scott|