Take a journey in the dark at upcoming film fest

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Pictured are committee members, Pam Maloney and Mike Newman. Missing from photo is Melanie Baker-Brown.

CORNWALL, Ontario - This January, audiences will go on a journey, without ever leaving the comfort of Aultsville Theatre, when the annual Winter Film Fest returns with another entertaining and discussion-provoking line-up, from the 24th to the 26th.

“The purpose of the weekend is to bring independent film to the community and to raise some money for the theatre,” said Pam Maloney, committee member, adding that last year’s event raised $5,000, which helps support operations and refurbishment. “We try to program it so that the audience feels like they’ve been on a journey by the end of the weekend.

“We want to get a varied selection of genres, times, and type of film so that people feel differently after each one and have something to talk about.” This year the roster includes everything from an American documentary to a

French historical drama, to an adventure story, explained Mike Newman, committee member.

“The one we are the most excited about bringing is a French Canadian film called Gabrielle, which is our opening night film, and is Canada’s submission for the Oscars, this year – a wonderful tale.”

Also on the bill, among others, is Blue Jasmine, with Cate Blanchet, a Woody Allen film that has recently been nominated for a Golden Globe.

“Sometimes we like to challenge, but for the most part we want people to be happy with the selection,” said Newman. “We’ve gotten to know our regulars over the years. We try to shake it up enough that perhaps we will see more and more new faces as well.”

When it comes to programming, the selection is a group decision for the most part, explained Newman, a life-long film-buff, screens the lion’s share of the films under consideration for this event, approximately 30 of them, just at the Toronto film festival, this fall.

The Saturday night reception on the stage is a real thrill, said Maloney,

“It’s really fun and a beautiful spot to have a party. It gives the audience a real chance to connect with this theatre, the beneficiary of the whole event.”

Organizers are presently soliciting student short films, from high schools all over the region, to appear before each feature. “It’s a great opportunity to have the limelight to showcase their work,” said Maloney.

For further information regarding student submissions to the festival contact any of the coordinators at filma@aultsvilletheatre.ca, or Pam Maloney at 613-933-6129. As well, visithttp://www.aultsvilletheatre.com for further details about early bird ticket sales.

Organizations: Aultsville Theatre, Blue Jasmine

Geographic location: Ontario, Canada, Toronto

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