The Pitch (Jan 27 – Feb 2); The Week at a Glance

The Academy has named its Oscar nominees and guess what…

…we have a three-way program of a couple of best pic nominees, Moonlight and Fences playing this week along with Martin Scorsese’s Silence.

Playing Fri – Sun and Tues, Moonlight (14A) with eight Oscar nominations, tells a timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, chronicling the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Playing Fri, Tues and Thurs, Fences (PG) with four Oscar nominations, directed and staring Denzel Washigton, tells the story of a working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Playing Sat and Sun, Silence (14A) tells the story of two Catholic missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Catholicism was outlawed and their presence forbidden.

Playing on Monday, The Kootenay Climbing Association, who operates the Cube Climbing Gym in Mary Hall at Selkirk College’s Tenth St. Campus, hosts a fund-raising screening of Reel Rock 11 in support of The Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers (TAWKROC), to pay off the debt still owing on the purchase of the Kinnaird climbing area in Castlegar. Kinnaird Bluffs were for sale and TAWKROC managed to save them from development by raising donations and taking out a loan to buy the 17-acre piece of property that is one of the most historically significant crags in the province.

On Feb 1st, we screen the first film in the back to back Wednesday Ecosociety and Civic Theatre co-presentation of a pair of environmental films. To The Ends of the Earth, follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era. Stay for a post-screening Skype in Q&A with the director and former Nelson resident, David Lavellee. Proceeds to be split between The West Kootenay Ecosociety and The Nelson Civic Theatre Society. Next week’s co-presentation is, Hot Doc’s best Canadian Feature winner, Koneline: Our Land Beautiful.

Coming next: Hidden Figures (TBC), Reel Rock 11, To The Ends of The Earth and Jackie (TBC).

Confirmed and Unconfirmed until the end of Feb: Lion, La La Land, Koneline (Feb 8), Jackie, 20th Century Women, We Are X, Neruda (Feb 16), Sing, Live By Night, Coldsmoke (Feb 24), Oscar Party (Feb 25), Live Oscar Feed (Feb 26), The Red Turtle. To get first notice on any of these titles as they become confirmed click Here.