The Halifax Black Film Festival, Carbon Arc, and a podcast update

Film festival alert! Running from Friday, March 1, to Sunday, March 3, is the third edition of the Halifax Black Film Festival.

It was founded by Fabienne Colas, who started similar festivals in Toronto and Montreal. This one’s been growing, and this year there’ll be screenings, workshops, and programs at multiple venues in Halifax. The opening film on Friday evening is Craig Freimond’s Beyond The River.

Another highlight will be the “Being Black In Halifax” program on Sunday afternoon, which will feature four short documentaries by young filmmakers.

For the full schedule, visit the website.

Carbon Arc Cinema’s winter season continues with only the best international and independent film. We’ve programmed the two 2019 Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language film that have yet to screen in Halifax—the three that have were Roma, Cold War, and Shoplifters—and coming Friday, March 1 is Capernaum, the drama from Lebanon, and on March 29 is the German picture Never Look Away, from Florian Henckel von Donnersmark, director of a previous Best Foreign Language winner, The Lives Of Others.

In between those films, on Friday, March 8,  is Non-Fiction, the new picture from Oliver Assayas, whose last two films were the amazing Personal Shopper and The Clouds of Sils Maria. This one is a French comedy starring Juliette Binoche.

For more information on the screenings, go here.

Speaking of Best Foreign Language films, over on LENS ME YOUR EARS, the movie podcast I co-host with Stephen Cooke, we’ve been discussing the Best Foreign Language contenders (even though now we know Roma took it on Sunday.). Go here to listen on Apple Podcasts, and go here to listen on Stitcher.

I’ve also posted a new episode of FLAW IN THE IRIS: THE FILM PODCAST, which features an interview with Aaron Larter, a librarian at The Halifax Central library, and a former Adventure Guide at Empire Cinemas. He’ll explain what that job title was about during our chat—his insight into the history of cinema screening in Halifax is fascinating, and he showed me some of the materials available at the library, see below:

To download that episode, go here for Apple Podcasts and here for Stitcher.

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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.