Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday Afternoon - Session 2

On October 27th there is a second afternoon session from 2:40 – 4:50 pm. We will be showing two films in this session:

2:40 – 3:30 pm 
What’s Your Beef? (2018; 38 min) 



A thought-provoking documentary about Nova Scotia grass-fed beef. With an introduction and Q&A with director Thor Lengies (PFF’s technical advisor, by the way!) and his partner Deborah Hertzfeldt.


3:30 – 4: 50 pm
Love, Scott (2018; 1 hour 16 min) 



When he was 27, musician Scott Jones was stabbed in New Glasgow, NS. He survived but was paralyzed from the waist down. Jones believes that he was attacked because he is openly gay. This documentary, by his close friend Laura Marie Wayne, is about his life after October, 2013, when a man tried to murder him.

There is no speaker with this film because both Scott Jones and Laura Marie Wayne are out of province.

Watch the trailer and CBC interview with Scott Jones.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Something New at the Short Film Competition – Part I


 Saturday, Oct.27 beginning at 10:00 am

(**please note minor time changes from previous announcements, caused by the availability of speakers**)

One of the things we emphasize at Parrsboro’s Film Festival is contact between audience and film makers. This year we are expanding the Short Film Competition to include speakers. Each film maker will have 2 minutes for an introduction, followed by the screening of their film, with 3 minutes--immediately following--for Questions & Answers. We have speakers with most of the 10 films in this year’s competition. Film makers who cannot attend are encouraged to send a prepared introduction that we will read for you (2 minutes maximum, please; we’re on a tight schedule!)

And in a major change from previous festivals …

In order to make room for this expanded program, this year the Short Film Competition will continue after lunch (see schedule below)

While we are counting the ballots, the audience is invited to stay for a special screening (see our next post: “Something New at the Short Film Competition – Part II”)

Short Film Competition Revised Schedule
Saturday, October 27
10:00 - 10:02 am              Welcome & introduction to Short Film Competition

I. SHORT SHORTS (no more than 5 minutes)
10:03 - 10:04 am              PFF introduction for Sarah Gignac
10:05 - 10:07 am              Borscht & Fresh Bread (1min 40 sec)                                                                                                                                      

10:08 - 10:10 am              PFF introduction for Lorna Kirk                  
10:11 - 10:13 am              Him (1 min 56 sec)                                                          

10:14 - 10:16 am              Anna Quon intro (2 min)                                              
10:17 - 10:20 am              The Day I Stopped Talking (2 min 50 sec)
10:21 - 10:24 am              Anna Quon Q&A (3 min)                                              

10:25 - 10:27 am              Israel Ekanem intro (2 min)                                         
10:28 - 10:33 am              Dearg (4 min 22 sec)
10:34 - 10:37 am              Israel Ekanem Q&A (3 min)                         

10:38 - 10:48 am              PAUSE FOR VOTING/BREAK (10 minutes)              

II. SHORT FILMS (no more than 20 minutes)
10:49 - 10:50   am       NOTE: **this competition will continue after lunch**
10:51 - 10:53 am              Lisa Rose Snow intro (2 min)       
10:54 - 11:03 am              Meet Maurice Crosby (8 min 2 sec)
11:04 - 11:07 am              Rachel/Lisa Q&A (3 min)                                              

11:08 - 11:10 am              Kevin Hartford intro (2 min)                        
11:11 - 11:20 am              My Mother’s Armenian Christmas Bread Recipe (8 min 34 sec)
11:21 - 11:24 am              Kevin Hartford Q&A (3 min)                        

11:25 - 11:27 am              Taylor Olsen intro (2 min)                            
11:28 - 11:37 am              Grace (8 min 42 sec)
11:38 - 11:41 pm              Taylor/Khoumbie Q&A (3 min)                  

11:42 - 11:44 pm              Israel Ekanem intro         (2 min)                 
11:45 - 11:55 am              Drown the Lovers (9 min 45 sec)
11:56 - 11:59 am              Israel Ekanem Q&A (3 min)                         

       CONTINUED AFTER LUNCH   
       HOMEMADE FOOD AVAILABLE AT THE HALL 

noon - 1:00 pm LUNCH BREAK

1:01 - 1:02 pm NOTE: This is the continuation of the second short film category

1:03 - 1:05 pm   Andrew Coll intro (2 min)                             
1:06 - 1:20 pm   Duet (13 min 6 sec)
1:21 - 1:24 pm   Andrew Coll Q&A (3 min)                             

1:25 - 1:26 pm   PFF introduction for Hannah Lewis intro
1:27 - 1:44 pm   Meshes of the Ocean (16 min 45 sec)     

1:45 – 1:55 pm   PAUSE FOR VOTING (10 minutes)

After we collect the ballots and are counting the votes, we invite the audience to stay to a special screening of the documentary Silent No More (watch for details in our next post).

Winners will be announced after the Question & Answer period following this screening.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

First Saturday Night Feature

October is a great time for scary movies, come see one at the Parrsboro Film Festival!

The Crescent is one of our Saturday Night features. This creepy film tells the story of a young mother and son on a retreat at a beach side house in rural Nova Scotia. Where the locals are not quite what they seem and her son is communicating with something she cannot see.
Check out the trailer and learn more about the film. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cory Bowles is Parrsboro Film Festival’s 2018 Featured Film Maker

Gala Night is on Friday October 26th at 7 pm, doors at 6 pm with refreshments provided by BlackRock Bistro. 

We are pleased to have Halifax-based actor/director/choreographer Cory Bowles as our Feature Film Maker this year. As part of the Gala Night celebrations, we will be screening three of his films, starting with the shorts Heart of Rhyme and Righteous, followed by his first feature-length film, Black Cop (2017, based on his 2016 short feature). Cory Bowles will be speaking with his films and there will be time for questions and answers with each.

Watch the trailer for Cory Bowles film Black Cop and learn more about the film



This session will begin at 7:25 pm, after a re-screening of Stone, in tribute to Heather Lawson.


Admission by pass or Gala Night tickets ($25)

Get your passes or tickets here



Sunday, October 7, 2018

Passes and Tickets are now available for sale!

Regular Passes are only $48 and gives you access to all events! Gold Passes are $84, and gives you access to all events plus supper at the Blackrock Bistro on October 27th from 5 - 7 pm. 

Individual sessions are different prices for each session. 

Friday, October 26, 2018
Gala Night—doors open at 6 pm; refreshments provided by BlackRock Bistro; films from 7 pm              $25

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Saturday Morning - Short Film Competition - from 10 am - 2:40 (lunch break from 12 -1 pm)                 $15
Saturday Afternoon – 2 documentaries - 2:40 - 4:50 pm                                                                           $10
Saturday Evening – 2 films, including our Saturday Night Feature (Rating 18A)                                      $15

Sunday, October 28, 2018
Sunday Morning - 10 am – noon                                                                                                             FREE
Sunday Afternoon - 2 short films, 1 feature, 2pm                                                                                      $15



There are only 40 Gold Passes so buy your passes before they are sold out!

For more information contact: helen@tysonsfineminerals.com

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Child Remains


The Child Remains is a Canadian horror story and will be shown at the Saturday Night Session at roughly 7:40pm. There will be a second feature to follow beginning at 9:30 pm. Admission is $15 for the session or by pass.


To learn more about this film check out the trailer and this article in The Coast.







Friday, September 28, 2018

Changes to 2018 Short Film Competition


This year we are trying to have speakers with every piece of film, no matter its length, which means we can no longer fit the whole competition into a morning.

So please check the following schedule to make sure you don’t miss any of the ten films in this year’s competition.


Saturday, Oct.27

10:00 – 10:50 am             Short shorts (no more than 5 minutes long); 4 entries; includes short break for voting

10:55 am  - noon              Short films (no more than 20 minutes); **THE FIRST FOUR (of 6) entries

Noon to 1:00 pm              Lunch break

1:05 – 1:55 pm                  Short films continued; **THE LAST TWO ENTIRES (of 6 films no more than 20 minutes)

1:55 – 2:00 pm                  PAUSE FOR VOTING/collecting ballots

While the ballots are being tabulated, we will be screening a non-competiting documentary, Silent No More, co-directed and co-produced by Andrea Vandenboer and Grace Butland, who will introduce their film and be available for questions afterwards.

Silent No More is a documentary about Nova Scotia ceramicist Louise Pentz, who uses her art as a force for social change. Louise Pentz was featured (“Mother Earth” http://breakwaterstudios.com/film/mother-earth ) in Ben Proudfoot’s compilation film about Nova Scotia artists, Life’s Work, which also included “Stone”, about Heather Lawson.

 Winners of the 2018 PFF Short Film Competition will be announced at the end of this session (roughly 2:40 pm).