2011 Atlantic Film Festival

For Halifax film lovers, this is Christmas: 10 days of films screened at downtown cinemas.

Lots of local pictures—the Atlantic Shorts programs are always packed—and new features by regional filmmakers are also hot tickets: check out the AFF Guide in this week’s issue of The Coast, where I am film editor, for my story on Picnicface, the local comedy troupe whose feature film debut Roller Town is opening the festival, as well as profiles on directors Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst), Michael Melski (Charlie Zone), Mike Clattenburg (Afghan Luke) and Craig Jackson, the producer of a documentary called Highway Gospel.

You’ll also see a page of reviews (including mine) of films playing at the festival. A few I really liked: documentaries Senna and The Swell Season, and the apocalyptic feature Take Shelter, which is a strong candidate for my list of the best of 2011.

I’ve had a look at the schedule of movies playing in the coming days and I wanted to share my list of intended screenings. This doesn’t mean I’ll see all of them—there are a few conflicts where one film plays at the same time as another—but in an ideal world, by September 24 I’d have caught all of the following:

Roller Town
Higher Ground
Sleeping Beauty
Charlie Zone
The Highest Pass
Take This Waltz
Kill List
The Chocolate Farmer
Two Lane Blacktop
The Interrupters
Colour Me
Pina in 3D
Hit So Hard
The Future
Cafe de Flore

Talihina Sky: The Story of the Kings of Leon
The Guard
Damsels in Distress
Project Nim
King of Devil’s Island
Afghan Luke

About the author


Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.