NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY 2016
GREG KLYMKIW'S HALLOWED PICKS FOR
FIVE FABULOUS FREE SCREENINGS
|Steve Fonyo in HURT, a Canadian Hero.|
He ran across Canada on a prosthetic leg.
He raised millions of dollars for cancer research.
He was subsequently disgraced by loser bureaucrats
in the GOVERNMENT OF CANADA.
1. HURT - My pick for the Best Documentary of 2016 is the brilliant biographical portrait of Canadian Hero Steve Fonyo. If you go see the movie for FREE in Cambridge, Ontario then you're going to be in luck because director Alan Zweig will be there in person to introduce the film and take your questions. Read my full review of Hurt at Electric Sheep Mag UK, HERE. If you're too lazy, you can read my Film Corner capsule review HERE.
Idea Exchange library and the Grand River Film Festival have teamed up to present the picture Wednesday, April 20, 7pm at the Clemens Mill library branch, located at 50 Saginaw Pkwy in Cambridge, Ontario.
THE BEST SONG OF 2016
"My Derriere" by Sparks
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
2. THE FORBIDDEN ROOM - My pick for one of the very best films of 2016 is Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson's astonishing phantasm of desire. See Udo Kier being lobotomized for his unholy desire for derrieres. Also: the best cameo performance of 2016 - Geraldine Chaplin cracking a mean whip. The movie is playing for FREE in Regina, Saskatchewan at the Regina Public Library (RPL) Film Theatre on Thursday, April 21, 9pm. The RPL is playing great canadian movies all week for FREE. Read my full Film Corner review HERE
|ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT|
3. HAIDA GWAII ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD - My pick for one of the very best films of 2016 is the award winning documentary masterpiece by Charles Wilkinson who has directed some of the most important environmental documentaries being made in the world. You can see this for FREE April 21, 7pm at The Arts Station, 601 1st Ave, Fernie, British Columbia. There are also screenings of the film in Victoria, BC + Dawson, Yukon + Lunenberg, NS. Read my full Film Corner review HERE.
4. THE NINTH FLOOR - Mina Shum's powerful documentary about racial hatred against Afro-Canadians in Montreal academia, the activism against it and the mysterious aftermath was one of my choices for best Canadian and best documentary films of 2016. You can see this film for FREE April 20, 7pm at NIFCO, 40 King's Road, St. John's, NL. Read my full Film Corner review HERE.
5. GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD - By Donald Shebib - THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL - Greatness in any work of art is distinguished as something or someone achieving the highest, most outstanding levels of magnitude, significance and importance. Based on this, there is simply no question that Donald Shebib's Goin' Down the Road is a great movie. Its tremendous force, power and lasting value is one that is achieved by very few amongst so many. The picture, on so many levels, represents the quintessence of greatness, but must also be regarded as a work that expresses a wholly indigenous cultural representation of a country that has lived in the shadow of the cultural and economic dominance since its very inception.
Plays April 20 7pm at Vancouver Film School 151 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC and 11am at the Lunenberg Library, 19 Pelham St, Lunenberg, NS.
Read my humungous personal history, appreciation and review at the Film Corner HERE and learn why nothing touches the purity of this true masterpiece of Canadian Cinema. And HERE is my review of the Union Pictures Blu-Ray double feature of Goin' Down The Road and it's lovely sequel Down The Road Again.
Of course, there are 100s of choices for National Canadian Film Day, so take a gander and pick your pic at the official NCFD website HERE.