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Atlantic Film Festival announces schedule 

The 31st fest, running September 15-24, offers lots of local cinema joy

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Roller Town, Cloudburst, Charlie Zone and Afghan Luke are among the Nova Scotia pictures showing at this year’s Atlantic Film Festival, the 31st edition of the event, running from September 15 to 24.

Picnicface fans will be cartwheeling with joy at this announcement. The comedy troupe’s feature Roller Town, a broad satire on disco-era roller-boogie movies, will open the fest in its world premiere, happening Thursday, September 15 at The Oxford and Park Lane cinemas.

The AFF’s legendary opening night party is to follow, this year taking place at the Olympic Centre at Hunter and Cunard. What the location lacks in glamour it makes up for in utility: it was a key set in the Trailer Park Boys finale and in another AFF feature Poor Boys Game, and is where all the roller disco scenes were shot for Roller Town, so expect the hosts to decorate the hall in ‘70s-era glitz to match the movie.

The Atlantic Gala will be Cloudburst, Thom Fitzgerald’s new movie. Already familiar to theatre-goers who may have caught the story as a play at Fitzgerald’s Plutonium Playhouse in April of last year, the movie stars Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as a lesbian couple on a road trip.

Other galas and special presentations include Michael Melski’s gritty new Halifax-based crime drama Charlie Zone, and Mike Clattenburg’s Afghan Luke, a dramedy starring Nick Stahl about a Canadian journalist in Afghanistan. It will close the festival on Saturday, September 24.

Nova Scotia filmmakers who scored the Atlantic Shorts Gala include multi-threat creative force Cory Bowles, whose Heart of Rhyme will be screened, along with The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid by Joel MacKenzie, Victim by Matt MacIsaac, Goodbye Robot Army by Greg Jackson, The Astronoobs by Zane Knisley, and Katrina’s New Beau by Michael Ray Fox, along with work by Newfoundland directors Christian Sparks and Jordan Canning, and a film by PEI’s Harmony Wagner. There are five programs of Atlantic Shorts, as well as five programs of Canadian and International Shorts, so there’ll be plenty of options for those who prefer brevity and concision in their filmgoing experience.

For other info on the festival, check their website here. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 26 at noon at the AFF box office in Park Lane Mall. Also, check out Thursday's edition of The Coast for an expanded version of this news piece, including more feature film screening details.

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