Hidden Gems, Rare Sights, and the Wilderness

The Hidden Gems Film Festival in Calgary should remind people “that a diverse and intriguing world of Indian cinema exists beyond those gaudy dance numbers of Bollywood”, The Calgary Herald’s Eric Volmers says. He has five recommendations for viewing at the festival, which takes place from May 29 to 31 and June 7 to 9 at The Alberta College of Art and Design.

Audiences in greater Victoria will have “a rare opportunity to see Bye Bye Blues”, Anne Wheeler’s 1989 drama set during World War II, The Times Colonist’s Michael D. Reid reports. The screening at Cinecenta, on Saturday at 7 p.m., will raise funds for a specially carved Welcome Pole at the new Oak Bay High School. Read the whole article to see why the film became a rare sight, and also because Anne Wheeler’s experience with it is pretty much the story of Canadian films in a nutshell.

And she’s not the only Canadian filmmaker giving back this summer — award-winning documentarist Frank Wolf, along with musician Peirson Ross,  is taking “a 950 km canoe trip through Ontario/Quebec combined with a concert tour” to “promote the preservation of Canadian Wilderness”, according to The Parry Sound North Star. Parry Sound will be the site of a concert on June 7th, where the audience can also meet the two. And of course, Wolf is filming the whole trip.

Later today: What’s worth checking out on the big screen this weekend? And if that’s “nothing much”, what hidden gems may be on offer at a festival near you? Come back to find out.



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