Fall Film Feast

I’ve mostly recovered from last week’s film festival binge – 23 features and 24 short films in eight days – or about as much filmgoing as I do the rest of the year combined.

My favourite thing about this year’s EIFF was probably the 20 minute walk from my house to the Garneau Theatre through pleasant tree-lined neighborhoods.

The fall weather couldn’t have been nicer.

High Level Bridge trolley.

I’m so happy the Garneau was a venue again. For many years the festival has been exclusively downtown in a soul-crushing mall with limited food & beverage options. The Garneau block and surrounding area offers so many more interesting choices including two Japanese restaurants, several diners, pho, cupcakes, poutine, and no end of places to grab a good cup of coffee.

The Garneau is the last of the single screen movie theatres in town. This is the view from my favourite seat – the first row of the “balcony” (I don’t know if you can really call it a balcony since it doesn’t actually project over the main floor – but close enough in these multiplex times).

I spent the entire first Saturday of the festival here watching five features – even managed to stay awake through the midnight show.

Everything I saw was worthwhile (more or less) but I’m going to single out a couple of short films for kudos:

Manhattan Flyer Deluxe was a charming, stylistically assured little boy-meets-girl story set against a background of bicycle thefts at Emily Carr University. I think director Bernie Yao is still a student there. I look forward to seeing a feature from him one day.

Kudzu Vine is a stunningly beautiful documentary shot in widescreen on b&w 35mm film that was hand-processed by director Josh Gibson in his basement. There’s a 5 minute excerpt on Vimeo

See these films if you get a chance.

One thought on “Fall Film Feast

  1. good to see you are getting out of the house… to go sit for hours in a darkened building – ha!

    definitely a cool neighborhood – with that classic single screen theatre and all listed.

    thanks for the pics.

    the change of season is probably refreshing (at least before snow flies and minus 10 is the norm).

    thanks for the link to the Kudzu clip – Georgia USA is overwhelmed with it and we watch the vines spread 8-9 (warm weather) months of the year.

    it would be pretty neat if kudzu was ever discovered to be a valuable resource.

    keep posting about your world – love the blog.


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