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Community PSA Program

As an organization invested in ongoing community engagement, Metro Cinema wants to open our screen, and the 90,000 patrons who join us in front of it, to the public service announcements of neighbouring charitable organizations. We are looking for videos, 2 minutes or less, that are educational in nature from agencies offering social, health, or education services in northern Alberta.

Our goal is to help spread awareness of various non-profit organizations doing meaningful community work in an effort to improve the quality of life of all Edmontonians.

Videos that meet this criteria will be sent to the projectionist’s booth to be used at their discretion during pre-show trailers for Metro programming. We cannot guarantee the frequency of showings, but each announcement will circulate for 3-6 months before being retired.

Please submit entries here.

 

 

 

 

Metro Cinema Presents… Close-Up – Episode 6 – June 2019

A monthly roundup of films and events coming soon to the historic Metro Cinema in Edmonton, Alberta.

We take an overall look at the Metro calendar for June, as well as discuss some of our favorite picks from the last year. This episode also features interviews with Night Gallery’s Allan Mulholland, Banned In Alberta’s Dave Clarke, and Boom Bap Cinema’s Ramneek Tung.

Throughout the episode, you’ll also hear music from local artists Mark Templeton, Pigeon Breeders, Boosh!, and Westfalia, as well as excerpts from Leonard J. Paul’s excellent procedural film score to Beep – A Documentary History Of Game Sound.

 

Field Law Community Fund Program – Vote!

Vote for Pedro Metro

Field Law offers community grants for innovative and impactful initiatives all over Alberta and the north. Metro Cinema is proposing to add weekday afternoon screenings that are subtitled, sensory-sensitive and designed to be welcoming to a variety of groups who have difficulty accessing our regular programming. If you’d like to help us bring great films to a variety of sometimes-marginalized communities, click to vote for us here.

Online voting closes June 17th.

Call for Gallery Submissions

Metro Cinema offers Edmonton unique cinematic experiences that engage, entertain, and educate. We invite artists working in any aspect of visual arts—two dimensional, three dimensional, or video—to submit their work to our gallery for consideration. The Metro Gallery is located in the lobby of the historic Garneau Theatre and has multiple areas for displaying art: 2 wall spaces, an enclosed display case, a projector and lobby screen, and a vintage television fitted for up to thirty minutes of video on a loop. Submissions may include the use of any or all of these areas.

In addition to a $200.00 honorarium, Metro Cinema offers the opportunity for artists to sell work during their exhibition. Work accepted will generally be programmed for a one-month period and scheduled to mutual satisfaction with selected artists.

 

Submission Requirements:

  • Artist CV with current contact information
  • Artist statement, and bio (each max 150 words)
  • Image list (title, medium, date made, dimensions)
  • 3-10 images of work proposed

All requirements must be submitted digitally (i.e. Images sent in JPEG format, word documents sent in PDF format, etc.) and should be labeled accordingly.

 

Guidelines:

  • E-mail submissions to visualart@metrocinema.org with the topic line Gallery Submission.
  • Name your JPEG files as follows: 1yourname_titleofwork, 2yourname_titleofwork, etc.
  • Submissions must be appropriate for all ages.
  • Pieces must be ready to be installed upon arrival.

 

Additional Information:

  • Wall spaces are approx. 6′ high by 10.5′ wide.
  • Glass fronted display area is approx. 4′ high by 4′ wide by 2′ deep. There is power and illumination in the display area.
  • For digital display: 32″ color television, circa 1975. Can screen video up to 30 minutes, on a loop. Sound is optional.
  • A projector and smaller theatre screen in the lobby is also available for use.
  • Your artwork will be displayed for the duration of the month chosen.

Submissions accepted year round. For more information and to submit your work, e-mail visualart@metrocinema.org.

 

Gallery Layout:

Upcoming Accessibility Projects

With the return of spectacular weather, our thoughts turn to…renovations?

We’ll be closing the Garneau for ten days this summer, to start into extensive renovations that will see a third washroom—an accessible and inclusive washroom—added to the lobby. With the addition of this facility, the other washrooms will return to their previous Women’s and Men’s categories. We’re also working on lifts for the front lobby that will make it much safer and more comfortable for patrons using wheelchairs. Metro is grateful for the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation in making these initiatives possible.

Unfortunately, this support won’t cover the full costs of making comfort and access for more Edmontonians. We are trying to find the last $5,000 to complete this work, and we’re hoping for your help. All donations to Metro’s operating fund in April will go toward our dream of making the Garneau a more inclusive and welcoming space. Any help you can offer would be very much appreciated.  Go to Canada Helps to make your tax-deductible donation.

 

Metro Cinema Presents… Close-Up – Episode 5 – May 2019

A monthly roundup of films and events coming soon to the historic Metro Cinema in Edmonton, Alberta.

As well as an overall look at the Metro calendar for May, this episode also features interviews with Alexis Kienlan as she discusses her selection of films Asian Canadian Heritage Month, and NorthwestFest Director of Programming Guy Lavalee. We’ll also be talking with Reel Revolution’s Michael Janz, and DEDFemme’s Lacey Paige and Sidney Marie Curtis.

This episode features music from local artists Mark Templeton, Pigeon Breeders, Boosh!, Westfalia, and Ryan Hegedus, as well as excerpts from Leonard J. Paul’s excellent procedural film score to Beep – A Documentary History Of Game Sound.

 

Metro Cinema Presents… Close-Up – Episode 4 – April 2019

A monthly roundup of films and events coming soon to the historic Metro Cinema in Edmonton, Alberta.

As well as an overall look at the Metro calendar for April, this episode also features interviews with some of our guest curators as we discuss their respective seasons – both new and ongoing – including Maggie Hardy’s Silent Sundays, Dave Clarke’s Banned In Alberta, Hitomi Suzuta’s Any Excuse For Food, and Scott McArthur’s Direct Play.

This episode also features music from local artists Mark Templeton, Pigeon Breeders, Westfalia, and Maggie Hardy, as well as excerpts from Leonard J. Paul’s excellent procedural film score to Beep – A Documentary History Of Game Sound. Follow the links below to hear more, and enjoy!

Of Paramount Importance

Created by Dylan Rhys Howard for Metro Cinema.
Special Thanks to City of Edmonton Archives and H. Jack Conway, Shirley Lowe, Blake McWilliam, and Evan Prosofsky.

This is part of a series of mini-documentaries about the history of the media arts in Edmonton, made possible with the generous support of the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton.

Eva Colmers

Created by Dylan Rhys Howard for Metro Cinema.
Special Thanks to Eva Colmers.

This is part of a series of mini-documentaries about the history of the media arts in Edmonton, made possible with the generous support of the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton.

Indie Spotlight: Joel Potrykus

Lindsey Campbell is a film scholar and cinephile with a passion for independent film. Last year, she was pleased to present a Kitchen Sink Realism retrospective at Metro Cinema. This year, she is excited to introduce Edmonton and Metro Cinema to the films of Indie director Joel Potrykus.

Potrykus, a true master of the micro-budget, all with a delightfully analog 90’s slacker throwback vibe, has been called “The New King of Underground Cinema” credited with inventing a new genre “metal slacker.” His animal trilogy–Coyote (2010), Ape (2012), Buzzard (2014)–and The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) are positively fresh and new, weird, visceral, and anarchic. A modern interpretation of Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel, Potrykus’s newest effort Relaxer (2018) premiered earlier this year at SXSW and for which Potrykus regular, Joshua Burge, won Best Actor at Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal for his role.

Screening: March 26 at 7:00 pm

 

Screenings: March 30 at 7:00 pm & April 3 at 9:30 pm

If you’re bored with all the same ol’ same ol’ come check out something completely weird, new, and different!

By Lindsey Campbell