DAY 3
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 -

DAY 1
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25


CARIBOO SHORTS
(7pm-8pm)

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!


FILMFILMMAKERGENRE, LOCATION
The StreetsKelly ConlinExperimental, Canada
The Avenger ReduxRichard Wright, Amy NewmanDocumentary, Barkerville
Self-LoathingJames PencoComedy, Wells
CutTaylor OlsonComedy, Quesnel
Barkerville or BustF.W.E Round, CBC

Documentary, Barkerville

+ Filmmaker Q&A with Richard Wright & Amy Newman












FEATURETTES
(9pm-10:30pm)


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. 

FILMFILMMAKERGENRE, COUNTRY
DrylandLiv Prior CollianderDrama, USA
ZamanReza Shokrani

Documentary, Iran









DAY 2
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26


OPENING NIGHT SHORTS
(6pm-8pm)

A collection of thoughtful, poignant, and uniquely crafted short films, selected from far across Canada and abroad.


FILMFILMMAKERGENRE, COUNTRY
Bicycle SongMaliyenko AnnaExperimental, Ukraine
What The HellSophie GalibertComedy, USA
This I Know For SureCarly SouthernDocumentary, Canada
DandelionsNikki Hines & Rebecca StrongAnimation, USA
BombingGloria MercerDrama, Canada/BC
Birds Of A FeatherNathan ShawDocumentary, Canada
The LiftManny MahalDocumentary, Canada/BC
Train To PeaceJakob Weyde & Jost AlthoffAnimation, Germany
Unnatural SelectionGenevieve DeloucheComedy, France
GinevraTess MartinAnimation, Netherlands
Safety NetAndrew E. RuddUSA, Drama
















LATE NIGHT SHORTS
(9pm-11pm)
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.



FILMFILMMAKERGENRE, COUNTRY
Chamber MusicKatharina BlankenExperimental, Germany
How Do We Sing?Jarod Facknitz & Erin FlynnComedy, USA
DartsPeter FaintComedy, Canada/BC
Every Ghost Has An OrchestraShayna ConnellyDocumentary, USA
Home SewnMorgan JonesExperimental, Canada
Still DevoutMelissa Y. PerezDrama, USA
CompressionOliver Smith

Experimental, USA

Would've It Be NiceDevan ScottExperimental, Canada/BC
Full Waveform InversionDavid Nast ColeComedy, USA

Slowville

Alex MeunierAnimation, Canada/BC
Last HalloweenO. Corbin SalekenDocumentary, Canada/BC
Elevator FriendsMitchel WilesAnimation, Canada
Lions In WaitingJason KarmanDrama, Canada
IsolamentoCarmelo ZuccoExperimental, Canada
The Camera's TearsRobert DuncanExperimental, Canada/BC
+ Filmmaker Q&A with Corbin Saleken & Devan Scott