How to take in the fin festival

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - NEWS / HALIFAX - SPENCER OS­BERG/FOR METRO

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.

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