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April showers: great bloomin’ films and fundraising!

April’s film lineup is bright! Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 pm get the jump on Earth Day with an award-winning documentary film presented by the West Kootenay Ecosociety. A Fierce Green Fire: the Battle for a Living Planet is a sweeping exploration of the environmental movement, from the Grand Canyon to the Love Canal. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film has won acclaim at festivals around the world.

Silver Linings Playbook shows Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 9:15. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in this romantic comedy-drama that looks at relationships through the ups and downs of mental health, dance competitions, and football—with complications, and some surprising silver linings. The film was nominated for numerous awards, winning Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay among others.

On Saturday, two animated films for kids by acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki come to Nelson from the New York International Children’s Film Festival retrospective. Ponyo  shows at 4pm, a strange and beautiful adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human. At 6:45pm Castle in the Sky is sure to appeal to lovers of the Nausicaa series of manga graphic novels, or anyone who loves a great story. A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal race against pirates and foreign agents as they search for a legendary floating castle in this film, which won the Animage Anime Grand Prix.

Saturday evening at 9:15, catch Silver Linings Playbook after dinner out at one of Nelson’s fabulous restaurants.

(L-R) Lev Zaytsoff, Steven Skolka, Kate Bridger, Kristina Little, Roger Ley, Robert Goertz, Norm Zaytsoff & Wayne Germaine, (Agnez Bowolin, missing from the photo). Photo submitted, thanks to Nelson Star for link.

We continue to show films on the third weekend of each month while fundraising for digital projection and sound—an essential upgrade as print films will no longer be made after this year. The Community Challenge has raised almost 80% of the May 1st $150,000 goal!  Thanks to Valhalla Path Realty, who donated $1,000, joining the leagues of individuals and businesses to see the theatre as an essential part of our vibrant community. Click the “donate” button above, and be a part of it all! This is a great opportunity for groups of friends, clubs, and workplaces to pool resources–and bring the big screen back for good!