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Atlantic Film Festival line-up: Cdn and Atlantic highlights 

Chaz Thorne's Whirligig opens the 30th AFF, September 17.

Rock n roll with Triggers Tracy Wright and Molly Parker.
  • Rock 'n' roll with Trigger's Tracy Wright and Molly Parker.

Highlights from the Atlantic Film Festival's Atlantic and Canadian film programs are out, and nothing has made me feel this patriotic since Douglas Coupland’s clothing line for Roots. The Atlantic Gala film on September 17 is Chaz Thorne’s Whirligig, written by Michael Amo and starring Gregory Smith (who makes at least one Coast staffer giddy) as an aimless young man who tries to move back home again. Other Atlantic features include two by Josh MacDonald: The Corridor and Faith, Fraud and Minimum Wage. This year there will be five Atlantic Canadian short film programs, including shorts from Andrew Bush, Shaun Majumder and one from Walter Forsyth, which features Tanya Davis(is she going for three-million YouTube hits this time?)

Look for Canadian features by bare-chested Cannes darling Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats), three from Bruce MacDonald (including Trigger written by Daniel MacIvor starring Molly Parker, Don McKellar and sadly, the last performance by Tracy Wright), Jacob Tierney’s Good Neighbours, with his buddy Jay Baruchel and a doc from Sturla Gunnarsson, Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie.

On Tuesday we’ll have highlights of the full program. Then go buy tickets like mad on September 1 at

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