Film fest follies

Tara Thorne shows us all about it.

Faithful readers know that the Atlantic Film Festival is one of our favourite annual cultural events, as is its summer waterfront spectacular alFresco filmFesto , despite our hate of being outdoors in summer. But we spend the long months in between renting box sets and paying for shit like Catch and Release while thinking wistfully of fall. Well we can get over our damn selves now that March is shaping up to be the hot new movie month with the inaugural kickoff of two new fests.

The Atlantic Filmmakers' Co-Operative has pulled together its annual screenings—of members' films as well as the recipients of the One Minute Film Scholarship—and added some animation, dance and a symposium to create The Halifax Independent Filmmakers' Festival from March 21 to 23. "This is an exciting time for AFCOOP," says Walter Forsyth , the co-op's executive director. "We're extremely pleased to be in a position to bring these two events together as a way to present films and artists to local audiences as a celebration of independent film and to explore and discuss its future."

The festival will also include a symposium titled "Is Film Dead?" about the state of celluloid, featuring five panels and two keynote addresses featuring filmmakers, reps and media arts peeps from across the country. The panels will be free.

Find tickets and detailed program info at as of March 9.

The new fest Chutzpah! The Halifax Jewish Cultural Festival —responsible, as we told you a couple weeks back, for bringing in Olympia Dukakis for a performance at the end of the month—has announced its opening film. When Do We Eat stars Leslie Ann Warren , Michael Lerner and Jack Klugman as a dysfunctional family celebrating Passover. There's an Ecstasy tablet involved, so you can only imagine. The film will screen Sunday March 25 at Park Lane at 6:30. Tickets are $12 and available at, by calling 1-888-311-9090 for purchase at Alderney Landing, Greenlyph Computers, The Halifax Forum and United Bookstore on Barrington. Stay tuned for more Chutzpah news.

That's your dance space

On Tuesday March 13, Kinetic Studio will do a little celebratory shimmy in celebration of its 25th birthday. And by shimmy we mean six days of jazz, flamenco, choreography, panels, cello, DJs and more dancing than a Fame marathon.

"The last 25 years have been remarkable ones," says Kinetic's Shelagh Hunt . "The Dance in Canada festival, the Atlantic Dance Festival, the Dance and Other Art series, Project Pulse, Margie Gillis' Dancing From the Inside Out , The Tower Project, The SINS Project, and all the exciting dances which have been created by the hundreds of choreographers who have participated in our programs. In 1982 when we were working with Dance Nova Scotia to create a home for contemporary dance, we never imagined that it would be a forum for so many memorable performances."

The week's line-up will include performances from Gwen Noah , Margaret Spore , Julie Duguay , Ruth-Ellen Kroll-Jackson , Maria Osende Flamenco Company , Verve Mwendo , Sara Porter ,

Véronique MacKenzie and a bunch more. The shows will take place at the Seahorse, NSCAD, Neptune Studio and DANSpace with tickets ranging from the exceptionally affordable free to the easily doable $20 for the big anniversary gala on March 15 and 16. Get every detail at

This and that

Though it's a touch out of our jurisdiction, we will make an exception for the fine folks at Mulgrave Road Theatre in Guysborough. They've just commissioned April, May & June from a playwright we think is going places, Daniel MacIvor . (We kid.) "Daniel's connection with our company has always resulted in a deep and meaningful encounter for all," says artistic director Emmy Alcorn . "He has consistently related to our audience in an insightful and innovative manner, earning him a special place in the hearts of many." We'll let you know when it goes up. ... The Atlantic Book Festival moves back to May 7 to 12 this year, with the awards ceremony going down at Pier 21 on May 11. In a month we'll have the nominees for you. ... The new Second City reality show, hitting town in a couple weeks, has announced its host: renowned SC alumnus and noted prop comic Trish Stratus . Wait, what?

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