King’s Film Society Celebrates 25 years
ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS This year marks the 25th anniversary of King’s Film Society, a volunteer organization that brings the best contemporary Canadian and international film to Annapolis Royal’s King’s Theatre. To celebrate, King’s Film Society has partnered with ARCAC/ ARTsPLACE for a three-part, week-long celebration of art and film in and about our community October 10 – 17.
The inaugural Teen Instagram Film Festival invites students in grades 8-12 to make a 60 second film sharing their stories about life in our community now. The submissions will be exhibited October 10 – 17 at ARTsPLACE upstairs gallery and a jury from the community will select winners of the $200, $100 and $75 prizes for the most inspiring submissions.
Timeline, professional visual artist Dave Dyment’s video project, condenses 20,000 years of movie history into 85 minutes. An entirely fictional “historical” construction, Timeline tells a story that is solely artistic. It will be exhibited along with the students’ films and outdoors in a special presentation at the new Annapolis Royal Oqwa’titek Amphitheatre on October 17.
“Our goal is to bring generations together to explore the power of storytelling and art through the personal experiences of film. Our hope is that young participants will be inspired to continue this journey of exploration.” said Peter Mansour, Film Society Committee member. “We are excited by the idea that we could initiate a youth film festival, we hope to encourage engagement and collaboration across generations.”
Special presentations about filmmaking, the local history of Annapolis and Bear River, and their cultural connection through the site of the new Amphitheatre, wrap-up the weekend. “Annapolitans Telling our Stories on Film will revisit our involvement with the making of film from Canada’s first feature film in 1913 – Canadian Bioscope Company’s Evangeline – to one of the world’s first documentary in 1916, Frederick William Wallace’s Seaman Courageous and early citizen participation in film-making in 1948 National Film Board’s When All the People Play.” said host and archivist Ern Dick, who has been researching the moving images in the community for some 40 years.
First Nation’s Culture in Our Region presents films and discussions exploring Mi’kmaq culture and art. The afternoon will feature two short documentaries by Mi’kmaq filmmaker Catherine Anne Martin and talks by artists Judy Pearson and Robbie McEwan of Bear River First Nation. “This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the culture and traditions of Indigenous art and family life in the Atlantic region from the early 1990s to present times,” said Andi Rierden a King’s Film Society Committee member. “Catherine’s films are landmarks and excellent resources in the telling of Mi’kmaw stories from Nova Scotia. Likewise, Judy and Robbie are extraordinary resources when teaching audiences about the distinct style and symbolism of Indigenous art in our own area.”
“This small pilot festival will go some way to strengthen existing relationships between the communities of Annapolis and Bear River; between the schools, students and the cultural communities of the locale, its organisations and of course, between ARCAC, King’s Film Society.” said Sophie Paskins, Gallery Director of the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council.
For a complete list of events please visit ARCAC website (arcac.ca) and King’s Film Society Facebook page @KingsFilmSociety.
This project is supported in part by the Province of Nova Scotia.