Hot picks for film fes­ti­val

Fes­ti­val opens Fri­day with doc­u­men­tary Rum­ble: The In­di­ans Who Rocked The World


The Bar­rie Film Fes­ti­val (BFF) cel­e­brates 20 years with more films, more screen­ings and bet­ter par­ties.

Nine of the films are hot off last month’s Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, mak­ing it the most new films to hit the BFF to date.

This year’s fes­ti­val also in­cludes two retro picks.

The fes­ti­val opens on Fri­day with the 2017 doc­u­men­tary Rum­ble: The In­di­ans Who Rocked the World.

Rum­ble cen­tres on the con­tri­bu­tions Na­tive Amer­i­cans have made in shap­ing pop­u­lar mu­sic, the miss­ing chap­ter in the story of Amer­i­can Mu­sic.

The film won two au­di­ence awards at Hot Docs for Best Cana­dian Doc­u­men­tary and Best Doc­u­men­tary.

Ac­tor/pro­ducer Jen­nifer Podem­ski will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening as she has worked with many of the peo­ple in­volved in the film. She has also helped or­ga­nize some live mu­sic, in­clud­ing In­dige­nous tal­ent, for the Open­ing Night Party, which fol­lows the screening.

“It’s go­ing to be ex­cit­ing, al­most like a pop-up idea, dif­fer­ent tal­ent per­form­ing through­out the night and our hope is they’ll (the mu­si­cians) jam to­gether,” said BFF di­rec­tor Clau­dine Benoit.

The pop­u­lar short-film show­case, awards pre­sen­ta­tion and film­mak­ers party fol­lows on Satur­day.

A few changes to tighten up the cri­te­ria (such as length of short films) meant less en­tries in the open cat­e­gory this year but re­sulted in 15 very strong con­tenders. Eight of the 15 had a lo­cal con­nec­tion. In ad­di­tion to the open cat­e­gory, which is world­wide, there is one for Sim­coe County films and an­other is for high-school stu­dents across Canada.

The retro movies were se­lected by Benoit and Julinda Mor­row, a BFF fea­ture film pro­gram­mer for many years. A change was made last year to a five-mem­ber pro­gram­ming com­mit­tee, in part be­cause of the sheer vol­ume of films that need to be seen.

“Be­cause of the 20th anniversary, we thought it would be cool to bring back some films from the past,” said Benoit, who chose Run Lola Run be­cause it’s one of her favourite movies, yet for one rea­son or an­other, it has never been shown un­der the um­brella of any BFF pro­grams. “It’s just one of those films (that are) so unique — ex­per­i­men­tal in the way it looks — it’s just an ex­cit­ing movie. I love it.”

The 1998 Ger­man crime thriller won more than 28 in­ter­na­tional awards. It plays Thurs­day, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Mor­row’s choice was Still Crazy, a 1988 com­edy drama from the UK. It cen­tres on a 1970s rock phe­nom­ena that re­unites for a con­cert after a nasty breakup. It plays Oct. 21 at 4:30 pm. See | B4


John McEn­roe (Shia LaBeouf) and Björn Borg (Sver­rir Gud­na­son) star in Borg vs. McEn­roe, which will be in­cluded in this year’s Bar­rie Film Fes­ti­val lineup.

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