How to take in the fin festival
With films to suit almost any taste, but more on offer than one person could possibly take in, Jason Beaudry offered a few suggestions regarding how to best go about the festival.
For those new to the festival scene, he said what might fit the bill is a sample from each of the different types of screenings — from galas to special presentations, features, documentaries, shorts and the relatively new category ‘Restored!’ which features rejuvenated classics.
For the more veteran festival goers, he recommended taking the plunge and buying a festival pass, which aside from the film screenings also allows exclusive access to the Festival Music House concert event Saturday night featuring performances by David Myles, Gordie Mackeeman and the Rhythm Boys and The Once.
Among the must-see Nova Scotian gala film presentations are a The Child Remains, a film based on the infamous Nova Scotia Butterbox Babies case by award-winning Cape Breton director Michael Melski; Black Cop, a drama about racial tension and law enforcement and the much-anticipated debut feature by Truro’s own Cory Bowles, and The Cresent, billed as “elevated horror” with “documentary-like moments of realism” by Halifax director Seth Smith.