LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: MILTON FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS
Roll out the red carpet. Turn on the spotlights. The Milton Film Festival returns with community partner Cogeco Cable for a third year to the Milton Centre for the Arts on January 29-31, 2016.
The program this year mixes short films in with full-length movies. The three full days of lm start on Friday with the kick- off opening night feature Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston. The movie takes viewers back to Hollywood, 1947, and looks at what it was like for artists to be persecuted for their political beliefs. Short films being shown before the feature are: Unshakeable, and Jane Will You..., directed by Milton’s own Steve Belford. Belford is perhaps best known from his acting roles on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Lately he has been writing and producing short lms and is currently writing his first feature.
Saturday the program kicks o at 11 am with Wild Tales, and ends with Atom Egoyan’s latest, Remember, starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landis. Plummer plays Zev who is suffering from memory loss. His friend Max (Landis) sends Zev on a hunt to nd the man who murdered his family at Auschwitz. The short film before this one is Keystone, directed by Ian Foster, about a group that implants memories.
New on Saturday is a free 1 pm screenwriting panel titled From Trumbo to TIFF: the Art of Storytelling for the Screen featuring Steve Belford and Kalman Szegvary. The 2 pm slot features the short lm I’m Trying to Melt Your Heart by Daniel Pearce. Pearce is a writer/director from Milton with several short films in development.
Sunday is the lightest for movies featuring three films. The day begins at 11am with Sleeping Giant. At 2 pm the festival screens Al Purdy Was Here: a documentary about Canadian Poet Al Purdy directed by Brian D. Johnson. Johnson is a former film critic for Maclean’s Magazine and will be there for a Question & Answer session with Festival host Ron Base. Al Purdy Was Here is his first feature-length documentary.
Can’t decide which movie to see? Why not become a Very Important Person (VIP). The VIP program is a new feature this year. Membership is $100 and covers 8 tickets for any movies of your choice, exclusive seating in a VIP section, and an invitation to a VIP club reception. Act quickly as there are only 40 memberships available.
Full weekend passes are $83 and covers admission to everything, as well as the Q&A sessions with guests, and a swag bag. A 4-pack of tickets goes for $47 where you can pick any 4 movies. Single movie tickets are $13 each. For more information on the festival, and to buy tickets visit their website.