P.E.I. Fest kicks off July 13 in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Film Food and Ideas Fes­ti­val (P.E.I. Fest) starts next week with film screen­ings, lively talks and food events.

The fes­ti­val’s open­ing night kicks off Thurs­day, July 13 in­cludes an award-win­ning film, amaz­ing en­ter­tain­ment, and de­li­cious food and drink. “Rum­ble: The In­di­ans Who Rocked the World” will screen at 6 p.m. at Hol­land Col­lege’s Florence Sim­mons Per­for­mance Hall lo­cated at 140 Wey­mouth St., Char­lot­te­town.

In­di­vid­ual tick­ets are avail­able for $20 through the web­site or in per­son at the fes­ti­val box of­fice at Florence Sim­mons. The screen­ing is fol­lowed by a fes­tive open­ing night cel­e­bra­tion at Con­fed­er­a­tion Land­ing Park at the end of his­toric Great Ge­orge Street.

The event fea­tures in­dige­nous per­former Pura Fé, P.E.I.’s own Scott Par­sons and a Mi’Kmaq drum group, Hey Cuzzins, along with P.E.I. oys­ters, Up­street Craft Brew­ing and lo­cally sourced food items cre­ated by Chef John Pritchard. Tick­ets for this are also $20. An open­ing night ticket pack­age is avail­able for $30, which pro­vides ac­cess to both events.

Then on Fri­day, July 14, 6 p.m., it’s “Girl Un­bound: The War to Be Her”, directed by Erin Hei- den­re­ich at Florence Sim­mons. film ex­plores the world of Maria Toor­pakai Wazir, a cham­pion fe­male ath­lete who de­fies the Tal­iban to pur­sue her dream.

The fes­ti­val’s clos­ing night film “Chas­ing Coral”, directed by Academy Award-nom­i­nated di­rec­tor Jeff Or­lowski, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the San Fran­cisco based Red­ford Cen­tre, is be­ing pre­sented on Satur­day, July 16, 6 p.m. at Florence Sim­mons. Jamie Red­ford founded the cen­tre with his fa­ther, Robert, and will be in­tro­duc­ing the film and mod­er­at­ing the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion, af­ter the screen­ing.

Char­lot­te­town na­tive, event founder and vet­eran fes­ti­val pro­ducer Colin Stan­field is thrilled with the pro­gram.

“We’ve combed through a huge num­ber of films look­ing for those gems which will res­onate with our au­di­ence and whose film­mak­ers will in­spire and drive the highly in­ter­ac­tive event,” he says.

This is the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of a unique cul­tural event fea­tur­ing films, sa­lon­style din­ners, and in­spi­ra­tional talks, tak­ing place in the sea­side cap­i­tal of Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

P.E.I. Fest also in­cludes a youth con­fer­ence that will pro­vide train­ing and tools fo­cus­ing on so­cial en­tre­pre­neur­ial ini­tia­tives.

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Amer­i­can Na­tive singer-song­writer Pura Fé head­lines the fes­ti­val’s Open­ing Night Cel­e­bra­tion at Con­fed­er­a­tion Land­ing Park, July 13 from 8:30-11 p.m. A com­poser, seam­stress, teacher and ac­tivist, she is also the found­ing mem­ber of the women’s a cap­pella trio, Ulali.

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