Start­ing off strong

First an­nual Bad Buoy Film Fes­ti­val a hot ticket in Bad­deck

Cape Breton Post - - News Northside/Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com Twit­ter: @CBPost_Jeremy

The Bad Buoy Film So­ci­ety mem­bers didn’t know what to ex­pect when they launched the in­au­gu­ral film fes­ti­val, but they quickly found out.

The first an­nual Bad Buoy Film Fes­ti­val be­gan on July 30 at the Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell Na­tional His­toric Site in Bad­deck and quickly be­came pop­u­lar with lo­cal res­i­dents.

The com­mit­tee had 500 tick­ets for its four fea­tured films and 400 were sold prior to the first screen­ing in July.

“We felt there was a chance peo­ple would like to come out and see th­ese films, but we were sur­prised by the re­sponse,” said fes­ti­val or­ga­nizer Deryck Chap­man. “There is a de­mand there and we are happy with the suc­cess so far.”

The Bad Buoy Film So­ci­ety was formed in the spring to host an an­nual film fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing con­tem­po­rary films.

“When we formed the so­ci­ety we kind of had a man­date that we’d cre­ate ac­cess to cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant films and present films that are like in­de­pen­dent voices that are some­times un­der-rep­re­sented in more ru­ral ar­eas,” said Chap­man.

The fes­ti­val be­gan with the screen­ing of “Myr­tle Beach” on July 30, fol­lowed by “Were­wolf” by Ash­ley McKenzie of New Water­ford. The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues on Sun­day with a screen­ing of “Don’t Blink” by Robert Frank, be­fore it wraps up on Aug. 20 with two sold-out screen­ings of “Maudie.”

As part of the part­ner­ship with the Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell Mu­seum As­so­ci­a­tion, the so­ci­ety agreed to use some of the fes­ti­val prof­its to ben­e­fit the mu­seum. Fes­ti­val money has been used to pur­chase a new pro­jec­tion screen, up­grade speak­ers and pur­chase a new blue-ray sys­tem.

Chap­man said the feed­back from those at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val has been pos­i­tive.

“The first night there was a ques­tion and answer pe­riod with the di­rec­tors and that went on for at least the bet­ter part of an hour,” he said. “The crowd was very en­gaged and I felt it was a re­ally im­por­tant part of the evening.”

Chap­man said the com­mit­tee plans to hold the fes­ti­val again next sum­mer.

“We have a few films we’re con­sid­er­ing for next year,” he said.

Chap­man con­firmed tick­ets are still avail­able for the Aug. 13 screen­ing and there is a wait­ing list for tick­ets for the Aug. 20 shows.

Tick­ets for the films are $10 each and are avail­able at the Out­door Store, the Sil­ver Dart Lodge, Two Buoys Home and Gifts and Vista in Bad­deck as

“The first night there was a ques­tion and answer pe­riod with the di­rec­tors and that went on for at least the bet­ter part of an hour. The crowd was very en­gaged.”

Fes­ti­val or­ga­nizer Deryck Chap­man

well as the Her­ring Choker Deli in Nyanza and Atomic Records and Col­lectibles in Sydney River.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Bad Buoy Film Fes­ti­val visit www.face­book.com/bad­deck­boy.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/JADE CHAP­MAN

The first an­nual Bad Buoy Film Fes­ti­val is cur­rently talk­ing place at the Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell Na­tional His­toric Site in Bad­deck. The fes­ti­val be­gan on July 30 and runs each Sun­day un­til Aug. 20.

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