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Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

Director: Margaret Brown
USA 2004, 99 min
  • May 5 @ 7pm

The late Townes Van Zandt was the kind of artist who is more famous dead than alive. Born into wealth, Townes was an outsider, plagued by clinical depression and an appetite for drugs and alcohol. Determined to be a success, Townes eventually had a hit, but he found this moment in the mainstream awkward, and his detachment is tangible. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with one of music’s tragic troubadours.

Red Army

Director: Gabe Polsky
USA/Russia 2014, 76 min
  • May 1 & 6 @ 9:15pm
  • May 2 & 4 @ 7pm
  • May 3 @ 12:30pm
  • May 5 @ 9:30pm

Told from the perspective of the captain of the Red Army hockey team - the most successful dynasty in sports history - Red Army is the Cold War played out on the ice rink. Polsky’s documentary portrays Slava Fetisov’s transformation from national hero to political enemy, paralleling the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union, and examining how sport mirrors social and cultural movements.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Director: William Shatner
USA 1989, 107 min
  • May 6 @ 7pm

Trekkies believe even-numbered Star Trek films are way better than odd-numbered ones. We at Turkey Shoot aren’t mathematicians, but know a doozie when we see one.

GVF: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Director: Brett Morgen
USA 2015, 145 min
  • May 7 @ 7pm

From director Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Chicago 10) comes the only fully-authorized documentary on the life of visionary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

GVF: The Sandwich Nazi

Director: Lewis Bennett
Lebanon/ Canada 2015, 72 min
  • May 7 @ 10pm

Salam Kahil is many things: a deli owner, a former male escort, a good samaritan, and most of all, a character. For all his antics, under Kahil’s big personality is a tumultuous past and a very, very big heart.

GVF: Dead Venues

Director: Mike Siek & Eden Munro
Canada 2015, 90 min
  • May 8 @ 7pm

Global Visions is thrilled to present the World Premiere Event Screening of Mike Siek and Eden Munro’s Dead Venues, a fond look back at some of Edmonton’s most beloved, “gone-but-not-forgotten” music venues.

GVF: Speed Sisters

Director: Amber Fares
Palestine/ USA/ Qatar/ UK/ Denmark/ Canada 2015, 80 min
  • May 9 @ 12pm

The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. They’re bold. They’re fearless. And they’re tearing up tracks all over Palestine.

GVF: GTFO

Director: Shannon Sun-Higginson
USA 2015, 76 min
  • May 9 @ 1:45pm

In recent years, the gaming community has grown more diverse than ever, leading to a massive clash of values, with women receiving the brunt of the consequences every day. GTFO paints a complex picture of the video game industry, while revealing the systemic and human motivations behind acts of harassment.

GVF: Dogs On the Inside

Director: Brean Cunningham & Douglas Seirup
2014, 67 min
  • May 9 @ 3:30pm
Dogs on the Inside follows the relationships between abused stray dogs and prison inmates working towards a second chance at a better life. In an attempt to re-build their confidence and prepare for a new life outside, these prisoners must... view more

GVF: The Backward Class

Director: Madeleine Grant
Canada/ India 2014, 91 min
  • May 9 @ 5:30pm

Stakes are high for the first class of ‘untouchable’ caste students at Bangalore’s Shanti Bhavan school; after 13 years of education, they’re about to take national exams – the results of which determine whether or not they proceed to college, breaking their families out of poverty.

GVF: Deep Web

Director: Alex Winter
USA 2014, 90 min
  • May 9 @ 7:30pm

Deep Web examines the history and context surrounding the deepest corners of the internet. Following the court case of alleged Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, director Alex Winter raises compelling questions about law, order and freedom in a digital age.

 

GVF: Rolling Papers

Director: Mitch Dickman
USA 2015, 79 min
  • May 9 @ 9:30pm

As Colorado became the first state to legalize marijuana in 2014, the Denver Post saw an opportunity. They launched the Cannabist, the US’s first major newspaper pot section. A fascinating look at how one media outlet is adapting to a rapidly shifting cultural climate.

RFC: Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird

Director: Ken Kwapis
USA 1985, 88 min
  • May 10 @ 1pm

Before Elmo ventured into Grouchland, another iconic Sesame Street resident made his cinematic debut. Big Bird, our favourite feathered 6-year-old stars in this musical-comedy-road movie.

GVF: I Am Big Bird

Director: Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker
USA 2014, 90 min
  • May 10 @ 2:45pm

For more than 40 years, we’ve loved Big Bird, and now, for the first time, we meet Caroll Spinney, the man behind the feathers. This joyous film examines the life of a man who has educated and delighted generations of children.

GVF: Lost and Found

Director: John Choi & Nicolina Lanni
Canada 2014
  • May 10 @ 4:45pm

25 million tonnes of wreckage from Japan’s devastating tsunami was washed into the Pacific Ocean and some of that is now destined to wash up on North America’s shores. The debris – fragments of coastal towns, fishing communities and rural villages – is evidence of the 15,000 lives lost to the waves.

GVF: Best of Enemies

Director: Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon
USA 2015, 88 min
  • May 10 @ 6:30pm

In the 1960s, last-place network ABC had a revolutionary concept to liven up their GOP convention coverage: hire two well-known, well-respected public figures, who also happened to hate each other, to debate politics. Best of Enemies takes us behind the scenes of these often-vitriolic debates, asking how much of political debate has become mere spectacle?

GVF: 1971

Director: Johanna Hamilton
USA 2014, 79 min
  • May 10 @ 8:30pm

Decades before Wikileaks, Edward Snowden or even the internet, a group of activists concerned with FBI activities broke into an FBI field office and took every file they found.

Singing the Blues with Anne Wheeler

By : metro

The resilience of the creative spirit in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is a central theme in Bye Bye Blues, Anne Wheeler’s ‘creative non-fiction’ portrait of her mother’s experiences in an Albertan dance band during WWII. It’s also an apt description of the award-winning film’s fortunes after its 1989 debut. While Bye Bye Blues received relatively wide distribution in the United States, it only appeared in seven Canadian cities for a short period when it was first released before disappearing from public distribution and entering an interminable period of copyright litigation.

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