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Sunshine Coast Ocean Festival

June 2-9. Join us for our 5th annual Sunshine Coast Ocean Festival!

This year’s festival is produced in collaboration with RhizomeUP! Media and Rogue Fest.

We have a full week of activities FREE to the public including:

LIVE film events
Our famous online NEMO talks running through-out the week
Citizen science events such as Forage Fish sampling
Shoreline clean-ups
And our main event on WORLD OCEANS DAY where we will have booths, music, activities, prizes, and a BBQ followed by a screening of the documentary Deep Rising

More details coming soon!

This program is supported by the District of Sechelt, Sunshine Coast Regional District, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, BC Festivals Fairs and Events, The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition and many local groups and businesses!

Artist Talk: Scott Smith + Nettie Wild – GO FISH, hosted by Vimalasara.

April 12, 2024 @ 5PM | Doors @ 4:30PM

Raven’s Cry Theatre – 5555 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Sechelt

We invite you to join us at Raven’s Cry Theatre Friday April 12th @ 5PM for the Artist Talk from award-winning filmmakers Scott Smith and Nettie Wild, creators of GO FISH. Make sure to pop down to the Sechelt Arts Centre to view the film’s natural beauty as herring set the table!

Sunday Film Series: Introduction to the End of an Argument

Sunday Apr 7 @ 2:30PM | Doors @ 2:00PM
Entrance by donation, limited seating (30)

Introduction to the End of an Argument
Director: Jayce Salloum and Elia Suleiman, 1990, 41mins
Post-screening discussion: Jayce Salloum + M. Simon Levin

Trailer: https://www.vdb.org/titles/introduction-end-argument
Replicating the tone of a dizzying and oversaturated news cycle, the filmmakers deconstruct how dominant narratives influence and hold power. Through archival footage and reenactments, the film shows how cultural representation dehumanizes a people through a perpetually colonial gaze, and critiques the pervasive racism in the media’s portrayal of Arabs. Created in the ’90s, reflecting the politics of the ’80s, the film is as relevant as ever in these times.

Documentary Film: The Biggest Little Farm

John and Molly Chester traded city life for 200 acres of barren farmland, and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Over 8 years they discover a biodiverse design for living, in this award-winning documentary film. (2018, 91 min, rated PG)
Free but space is limited; register online or contact the Library.

Documentary Film Screening: s-yéwyáw: Awaken

Ecko Aleck of the Nlaka’pamux Nation (Lytton, BC,) Alfonso Salinas of the shíshálh Nation (Sunshine Coast, BC,) and Charlene SanJenko of Splatsin of the Secwépemc Nation (Shuswap, BC,) are learning and documenting the traditional cultural teachings and legacies of their Elders, including the impacts of genocide resulting from Canada’s Indian Residential School (IRS) system. Infused by Indigenous ceremony, s-yéwyáw: Awaken walks alongside the process of intergenerational healing.
Alfonso Salinas, Charlene Sanjenko, and director Liz Marshall will attend the screening for Q&A.
Free but space is limited. Register online or contact the Library.

Art Exhibition: Scott Smith + Nettie Wild GO FISH

to April 13th

Reception: Friday March 15th @ 5PM
Artist Talk: April 12th @ 5PM

Each year, hundreds of millions of herring return to the Salish Sea, their spawn painting a milky turquoise collar along its shores. For a few chaotic days, the sea is transformed. We set out to capture the abstract patterns found in the chaos and wonder of the herring spawn. Our decision to create a triptych grew out of an impulse to make art that was as compelling and immersive as the spawn itself.
GO FISH captures the patterns of this mayhem as the herring “set the table,” and we discover the extraordinary cast of wildlife and humans who come to dinner. GO FISH was made with the participation of both environmentalists and members of the fishing fleet.

Documentary Film Screening: “The Voice of Dust and Ash”

In collaboration with ‘Nights2Decolonize’ we are happy to share the screening of The Voice of Dust and Ash. This is the first event of the ‘Persian New Year Noruz Festival in the Creek!’

This film highlights the incredible life of Mohammad Reza Shajarian, one of Iran’s most recognized maestros. It’s a wonderful film and perfect for anyone that is interested to learn a little bit about Persian poetry, this classic style of music, and the plight of the Iranian people since the islamic revolution of 1979.

Please RSVP with nights2decolonize@proton.me for location and further details. We’re asking for guests to contribute a small donation towards the tea, Persian sweets, and snacks that will be offered.

Sunday Film Series: Going to Mars the Nikki Giovanni Project

Sunday Feb 4th @ 2:30PM | Doors @ 2:00PM
Entrance by donation, limited seating

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project
Directors: Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, 2023, 1h 42m
Post-screening discussion with Vimalasara and Terra Long (Editor)

The Sunday Film Series returns this Spring. Each screening is followed by a facilitated discussion with a special guest speaker. The film series is carefully curated to provide selections that challenge our audiences and stimulate discussion about important topics in the arts. An impressive line-up of films, guest speakers and sponsors make this series convivial, mind-expanding and enjoyable.

Documentary Film Screening: Water on the Table with Liz Marshall

Featuring activist Maude Barlow ’s crusade to have water declared a human right, protected from privatization, this award-winning documentary explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably our most precious natural resource.
Written, directed, and produced by award-winning local filmmaker Liz Marshall, who will be in attendance for the screening, Q&A and discussion following. (2010, 80 minutes)
FREE but space is limited (in person only); register online or call the Library at 604-886-2130.

Raven’s Cry: Met Opera – La Forza del Destino

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s grand tale of ill-fated love, deadly vendetta, and family strife, with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen. Director Mariusz Treliński delivers the company’s first new Forza in nearly 30 years, setting the scene in a contemporary world and making extensive use of the Met’s turntable to represent the unstoppable advance of destiny that drives the opera’s chain of calamitous events.

Get details and tickets here.

Doors 9:15am. Showtime 9:55am

First Festival Films

A special evening featuring a variety of original short films and docs by 9 local film makers including:
Charlene San Jenko, Steven Schwabl, Matthew Talbot Kelly, Gordon Halloran, Diego Samper, Thomas Affolter, Annie Frazier Henry, Ivana Cappelletto and Marc Buzzell. Poignant, provocative, and even hilarious, the film content ranges from award-winning 5 minute animations to intriguing 30 min. documentaries.

Film Screening :: “Living”

Stultified at work and lonely at home, Mr. Williams (the astonishing Bill Nighy), a council bureaucrat in 1950s London, receives some life-altering news. Influenced by a local decadent and a vibrant woman, he searches for meaningfulness until a simple revelation gives him a newfound purpose. A heartwarming and life-affirming must-see.

Film Screening :: “Living”

Stultified at work and lonely at home, Mr. Williams (the astonishing Bill Nighy), a council bureaucrat in 1950s London, receives some life-altering news. Influenced by a local decadent and a vibrant woman, he searches for meaningfulness until a simple revelation gives him a newfound purpose. A heartwarming and life-affirming must-see.

Film Screening :: “I’m Your Man”

An entertaining—yet profound—look at love, happiness, and what it means to be human. A rather cold, skeptical scientist (Maren Eggert) is coerced into living for three weeks with an experimental humanoid robot (a stunning Dan Stevens) that has been designed for a single purpose: to make her happy. Clichés are upended on the way to an unexpected ending.

Film Screening :: “Writing With Fire”

In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, India’s only newspaper and news channel run entirely by Dalit (the very lowest caste) women struggles to survive. Chief Reporter Meera Devi and her journalists learn their trade, break traditions, redefine what it means to be powerful, and show us what courage and determinism can accomplish.

Film Screening :: “The Good Boss”

Preparing his workforce for a committee visit that could give his business a prestigious award, owner Julio Blanco (Javier Bardem) is determined to resolve any worker-related problems. Tensions mount, however, when the recently-fired Jose begins a one-man crusade to discredit Blanco and prevent him from winning the coveted prize. The most-nominated film in the history of the Goya (Spanish Oscar) awards.

Film Screening :: “The Good Boss”

Preparing his workforce for a committee visit that could give his business a prestigious award, owner Julio Blanco (Javier Bardem) is determined to resolve any worker-related problems. Tensions mount, however, when the recently-fired Jose begins a one-man crusade to discredit Blanco and prevent him from winning the coveted prize. The most-nominated film in the history of the Goya (Spanish Oscar) awards.

Film Screening :: “The Whale”

In Idaho, 2016, a reclusive, couch-bound, gay, morbidly obese writing instructor (Brendan Fraser, taking the best actor Oscar) attempts to reconnect with Ellie, his estranged. angry teenage daughter. Occasionally aided by the indefatigable Liz (Hong Chau, best supporting actress nominee), he struggles to compensate for a lifetime of painful mistakes.

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