Except when it comes to hockey, we Canucks don’t brag about our talents nearly enough. To remedy this, the 2014 Canadian Film Fest is taking over the Royal Cinema for three days to showcase the best of our country’s up-and-coming filmmakers. Now in its eighth year, the fest boasts a diverse program of fourteen shorts, along with six feature films. Among the titles is Alec Toller’s Play the Film, making its Canadian premiere.
Performer, writer, and producer Sandra Shamas provides a new perspective on the aging process with her work-in-progress, Big Girl Panties. She plays a 55-year-old woman who views middle age as a beginning rather than an end. But even though her experience is very different from those of women in previous generations, she asks why the mainstream media still treats her age group as if it didn’t exist.
Don’t overthink it: Simply the Best! is just what it sounds like—a variety show that promises to have the best stand-up, character pieces, music, and food in the city. Hosts Megan Pettit and Rhiannon Archer spearhead this evening of greatness, which includes appearances by Lianne Mauladin, Mayce Galoni, Todd Graham, Tim Gilbert, Ashley Moffatt, Marty Topps, James Hartnett, and Dan Galea.
Rue Morgue is getting sexy with its March CineMacabre screening: the Canadian premiere of Douglas Aarniokoski’s Nurse 3D. A life-saver during the day, nurse Abby (Paz del la Huerta) spends her free time enticing—and slicing—unfaithful men. Until, that is, she sets her sights on coworker Danni (Katrina Bowden), whose lack of interest in her inspires a murderous obsession. Come for the 3D gore, stay for the horror-themed concession snacks, alcoholic beverages, and prizes!