A look back is also a look at — the history, the province, the city, the people.
Organizers at the Calgary International Film Festival made the first announcement for the plans they have to celebrate their 20th anniversary event, which runs Sept. 18 to 29, and it’s a pair of retrospective series showcasing some of the best films screened over its history.
Those series are: Made In Alberta, which will feature free screenings at the Central Library of five films shot and produced in this province, including Brokeback Mountain, Inception, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Passchendaele and The Revenant; and Fan Vote, spotlighting the Top 5 faves that have appeared over the past 20 years as voted by festgoers — Donnie Darko, Whiplash, Volver, A Separation and Waydowntown.
The latter will get a suitably special treatment, as the film by Calgary director Gary Burns was the very first film screened at the festival almost 20 years to the day of its Thursday, Sept. 19 Globe Cinema showing at this year’s celebration. Burns, production/designer/actor Donna Brunsdale, and cinematographer Patrick McLaughlin will also be in attendance to see the film — which was shot entirely in the city’s Plus 15 system and stars Fabrizio Filippo and Don McKellar — as it’s shown in 35mm.
Also announced for this year’s Calgary Film are: a special Alberta-Made Shorts Package on Sunday, Sept 22 at the Globe featuring eight of the best titles from local up-and-coming filmmakers; the return of the youth series Generation Next, which highlights “documentary and narrative fiction films chosen range from Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, sports, family, dynamic, and environmental subject matter and give an insight into the perspective of the Calgarian youth”; and the perennial favourite, the free Trailer Party on Sept. 5 at the Globe, which will screen all of the trailers available for the programming at the 2019 festival (pre-registration is required).
As for the rest of the lineup, that will be announced by organizers on Aug. 21.
Tickets for Waydowntown, Alberta-Made Shorts and the Trailer Party will be available from www.calgaryfilm.com beginning Friday, Aug. 9.