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:
The Highest Pass
Take This Waltz
The Chocolate Farmer
Two Lane Blacktop
Pina in 3D
Hit So Hard
Cafe de Flore
Talihina Sky: The Story of the Kings of Leon
Damsels in Distress
King of Devil’s Island