Art and Entertainment
If you attended the Fernie Mountain Film Festival at the end of February, you will know that Fernie can definitely put on a show when it comes to film. No exception to this rule is the Reel Canadian Film Festival, March 26-28.
Even though Washington, DC isn’t Canada’s capitol, it’s pretty hard not to see politics as that city’s principal export. But if you dig a little deeper, DC has another important legacy: music. And we’re talking some serious street cred, here. Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flack. Henry Rollins cut his teeth there before heading to California and Black Flag. Bad Brains, Fugazi and Dischord Records. Deep Dish, Thievery Corporation and ESL Music.
Meryl Streep has had a long and distinguished career in film. From playing a holocaust survivor in Sophie’s Choice to playing Julia Child in Julie and Julia, she has displayed a remarkable versatility that can be matched by few other actresses in Hollywood. She has played in great romances like Bridges of Madison County (opposite Clint Eastwood); and acted in powerful dramas like The Hours. It is quite odd, then, that such a famous and talented actor should have chosen a role in a film like It’s Complicated.
They picked the right colors for pools. Through the synthetic products used in over colonized suburbia to compensate for the lack of real, they managed to pick the magical shade of exotic.
The afternoon is filled with the distant sound of families’ normal summer life. Lawnmowers are humming on a regular tone. The high pitch celebration of cheerful young swimmers stands out like inexperienced sopranos in a choir.
Short stories are an under-appreciated art form. Agents encourage their writers to craft novels instead. Novels sell better.
Christina Penner’s Widows of Hamilton House is both a postmodern ghost story and a postmodern romance. Expect nothing typical. Penner’s beautifully rendered novel leads readers to re-examine their most staid notions of love, family, science, and spirituality. In fact, Widows of Hamilton House challenges our confidence in language itself. In Christina Penner, we find a writer who doesn’t trust words.
In 1993 Hollywood produced the movie Philadelphia. It was a film about Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), a gay lawyer at a prestigious law firm, who was wrongfully dismissed because he has AIDS.
It’s not difficult to see how life in a band is a lot like a marriage. There needs to be certain chemistry between members. Life on the road and the creation of music involves decision-making and compromises for the good of all players, and it’s pretty difficult to continue happily when there isn’t a shared vision of the future. It’s not difficult to see because it is the relationship between people.
Like a lot of great ideas, the Fernie Mountain Film Festival was conceived on a skiing trip and born just four months later after an intensive planning process. Four years on, Brian Bell is blown away by the support and interest he’s seen in the festival. He says that selecting the films is still a lot of fun and the possibilities are endless.
Have you ever been stared down by a grizzly? Have you looked into a free-flowing river so clear you can make out every grain of sand on the bottom?
Have you ever seen the Flathead River Valley?
When I asked people this question their answer was often “no”. Even people who have lived in Fernie their whole lives. Outside of Fernie, people had never even heard of the Flathead.
The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey through the Siberian Wilderness by Jon Turk
In December, I had the privilege of reading a pre-publication version of Jon Turk’s The Raven’s Gift in manuscript form. This month, we all get the privilege of having Jon launch the real thing right here in Fernie. On January 22, you can hear Jon speak about the trials and tribulations that led to his startling and revelatory third book – a memoir that questions some of Western culture’s primary modes of thought and being.
Zombies and film go together like peanut butter and jam. They are a mainstay of the horror movie genre.
The first modern zombie movie, Night of the living Dead, was created independently in 1968 by George Romero. The film is considered a classic and spawned a number of other splatter-flicks including Hell of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead.
Romero’s version of the zombie-monster has inspired numerous film-makers in recent times to create such movies as 28 Days Later, a post-apocalyptic gore-fest starring Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccelston, and Naomi Harris.
So you’ve put in a full day on the mountain, you’ve apres’d your ski boots off and you’re scrubbed, buffed and full of sushi. What next? Well, do you know that Fernie has more film screenings per capita than any other town in Canada? Okay, I made that bit up; but it could be true, - we really do love film here, and there’s no shortage of great screenings in more genres than you can shake a snowboard at.