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Fort Macleod welcomes eighth annual CinéImagine film festival

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CinéImagine is looking forward to bringing a touch of French culture  to Fort Macleod  during the eighth annual  Alberta French Film Festival, April 30-May 2 at the Empress Theatre.Xaviar Dolan, star and director of J’ai Tu ma mere, which opens CinéImagine’s film festival in Fort Macleod.
“ Half of the movies are from Quebec the other half are from France,” said CinéImagine Youth co-ordinator Marie Héléne Lyle.
“What I like about it is that you are in the middle of Fort Macleod and everybody will be speaking French,” she continued  adding one of the many highlights in addition to having French films from all over the world as part of this annual festival, will be speaker Carole Mondello, executive producer of ‘J’ae tué ma mere’ (loosely translated as I Killed My Mother) which  kicks off the festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
“Its important to have famous people like Carole Mondello coming to answer questions about the movie,” Lyle continued adding having these guest speakers is an important aspect of CinéImagine’s grant applications.
In addition to films, most of which are subtitled in English, there will be a coffee shop, Café Jazzette for people to gather afterwards, have some coffee and discuss the movies.
“People enjoy  going out after seeing a film to talk about it,” she continued adding a new feature will be having Calgary’s Theatre á Pic  Inouk Touzin ‘animate’ and  facilitate a discussion group on Saturday and Sunday. He will  invite the spectators  to share their experiences of the movies. He’ll also cover cinematographic elements and present a different perspective by looking at  the movies from an artistic point of view.
She is looking forward to seeing ‘I Killed My Mother’ which isn’t about killing  a mother at all, but rather is a thought provoking story of a 16-year-old boy whose homosexuality puts him in conflict with his mother. The 2009 Xaviar Dolan  film was Canada’s nomination for the best foreign language film Oscar category.
“It (the festival) is about  the community coming together and enjoying French films, even if they don’t speak French because they all have English subtitles. So you don’t even need to know French,” she added, noting there are all kinds of films from thought provoking, to comedies and scary movies.

Local bands and art to help raise money for Roger’s Pass movie this weekend

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Friends and family look out for each other. So local musician Evan Van Reekum is organizing a special fundraiser at Henotic to help his friend, writer/ director and artist Colin Asker complete post-production on his film ‘Roger’s Pass,’ April 24.
Evan Van Reekum prepares for the April 24 fundraiser  by hanging Roger’s Pass artwork on the walls. Photo by Richard Amery“Colin is one of my best friends and I know his family quite well. His dad passed away and the movie is based on that, so I’m the Lethbridge connection for the fundraiser in Lethbridge,” Van Reekum said adding some of his own music may also be featured in the film.

Roger’s Pass is an independent movie  based on the story of Colin Askey’s dad who passed away  from cancer.

The youngest son, ‘Dennis’ is a  free spirited artist with a  ninja fascination who must step up and take care of his dad while his successful older brother, who he has always been overshadowed by is away in Guatemala and expecting a child with his beautiful Guatemalan wife.

“We want to make some money for the post-production. I’ve seen the move completed so far, but much needs to be done,” he continued adding the money will go towards  touch ups like colour correction which can cost up to $9,000 as well as the costs of  festival distribution.


Comedian looks on the bright side of the downturn

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Montreal based comedian Lorne Elliott, a mainstay on the Canadian comedy scene for close to 30 years, is looking on the ‘bright side of the downturn’ for his new  one man show, which comes to the University of Lethbridge Theatre, April 12.
“Laughter is the best escape. But this show is not so much an escape as it is a chance to get above it so you can go into the next day with a more positive attitude,” said Lorne Elliott is at the University Theatre, April 12.Elliott from his farm outside of Montreal.
He will be performing several shows in a row including  April 13 in Medicine Hat, April 15 in Red Deer,  then Airdrie, Bragg Creek  and Golden right in a row.
“Since I had my heart attack, I’ve had to slow down,” said Elliott , known for his big hair, manic personality and mini-stratocaster.
“I’ll be bringing that  and I’ll also be playing some Jimi Hendrix on the ukulele,” he said adding the secret to  his longevity on the comedy scene is to always pay attention and keep working.
“Most of my jokes start with something that actually happened to me. You want to always start with something people can identify with. Like in Lethbridge, the wind. Everybody knows that. I was in Fort Macleod and I had a joke about  the wind farms . You wouldn’t want to hang glide through them,” he continued.

Life’s a Dream at the University of Lethbridge

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Life really is a dream for director Richard Epp, who can’t wait for the curtain to open on March 23 for the debut of Pedro Calderon do la Barca’s 1635 masterpiece, ‘Life’s a Dream.’
Margaret Rodgers (Rosaura) and Mike Sanger (Astolfo) rehearse Life’s A Dream. Photo by Richard Amery“It’s one of these plays a director waits his whole life to direct ,”  enthused Epp.
“And I’m finally going to do it,” he added.
 ‘Life’s a Dream’ is about a Polish king who has his infant son imprisoned, after fearing an omen that his son is going to kill him. Then, fearing he will be heirless, releases the son and makes him king for a day.

“The prince is brought to the palace where he’s a disastrous king, so he’s told that he’s been dreaming and is sent back to prison,” Epp summarized, adding he has seen the play performed a couple times.
“You usually have to travel a long way to see it,” he said.
“There’s a great set, lots of action and rich characters,” Epp said, describing the play as being very exciting with both dramatic and  comedic moments as well as a sword fight.
“When people think of the Renaissance, they usually think of Shakespeare, but the Spanish had their own style,” he said.
“As a director I approached it as bringing an old play forward into the twenty-first century so there are a lot of lights and special effects.”
 He said Pedro Calderon de la Barca was a prominent playwright of Spain’s Golden Age.

Written around 1635, Calderon was as well known and respected in Renaissance Spain as Shakespeare was in England. ‘Life’s a Dream’ is a great old masterpiece that has entertained audiences the world over for nearly 400 years.

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