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The Pitch (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6); The Week at a Glance

Come Hell or High Water, you will want to make it out to The Civic this week.

An exciting split of American drama this week. 98% Certified Fresh on the old Tomatometer, Hell or High Water (14A) is an expertly crafted Western thriller.  Texas brothers–Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement.

And for the paired weekend/Tuesday feature, Oliver Stone’s Snowden (14A), tells the unfolding real life drama of the most the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. 

BC Culture Days happens all over Nelson from Sept 31 – Oct 2, many of which are being hosted at The Civic Theatre (go to for events). As The Civic Theatre’s contribution to Culture Days, we are excited to present a session of film and discussion. Building the Future of the Screen-Based Industry (film and online media) in the Kootenay-Columbia Region, will bring together voices from the sector working remotely from the Kootenay region and discuss hurdles and solutions in an effort to bring the disparate industry talents together and form a hub to foster more production, post and distribution within the region.

Bookending the discussion, The Civic Theatre will be offering two free screenings of BC produced films.  Prior to the discussion, The Bad Mother, partially shot, directed by and starring talent from Creston will screen at 3pm, Oct 1st. The film, which was a sell-out at The Tivoli in Creston, comes to Nelson along with its director and star, Sarah Kapoor.  Staring a real family, the film tells the story of Tara, a mid-30s woman who has to lean out of her career to take care of her kids. The lid of her frustration is blown off when her five-year-old son accidentally posts a private rant she wrote about her husband’s evil workplace to the Internet. Tara and her family must deal with the dizzying consequences which include drug cocktails, the humbling eye of her own mother, and a reunion with her ex-boyfriend, played by superfood “rock star” David Avocado Wolfe.

On the other end of the discussion at approximately 5:30pm, The Civic Theatre is thrilled to screen the Vancouver/Norway co-production, Violent, which was showcased at Canne’s Film Festival and comes to Nelson just following its general release premiere in Vancouver. Written and directed by Andrew Huculiak of the BC indi-prog rock band, We Are The City, Violent acts as a companion to their third studio album of the same name. The film follows Dagny (Dagny Backer Johnsen), a young woman longing to escape small town life and move to the big city. Dagny’s mother arranges for her to work for a family friend who lives in the city. Dagny recalls her most recent memories of the five people who loved her the most, all while experiencing a catastrophic event.

Ms. Judith Stein, the Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Canadian legend of Burlesque, listed in the top 50 international burlesque performers, and Nelson, BC resident, is one of the featured pioneer performers featured in the Hot Docs opener The League of Exotique Dancers playing as our Doc Wednesday on Oct. 5th.  Judith will be on hand for a Q&A following the show, and before the show, some of Judith’s Burlesque proteges, The Show Cats, will be performing a little number in honour of Ms. Stein.

To cap off the week, for our Thursday Night Movie, we bring back an encore screening of one of our culture days screenings, Violent.

Coming Next: Magnificent Seven, Tight Loose (from Teton Gravity Research), and Anthropoid

Fri. Sept 30 @ 7:00, Sat. Oct 1 @ 9:30, Sun. Oct 2 @ 5:00, Tues. Oct 4 @ 7:00

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Fri. Sept 30 @ 9:30, Sat. Oct 1 @ 7:30, Sun. Oct 2 @ 7:30, Tues. Oct 4 @ 9:30

 [/one_half_last] [one_half]badmother_poster_800dannysays_poster_27x40_low1-copyThe Bad Mother
Sat. Oct 1 @ 3:00

[/one_half] [one_half_last]violent-movie-posterViolent
Sat. Oct 1 @ 5:30, Thurs. Oct 6 @ 7:30

 [/one_half_last] [one_half]league-of-exotique-dancersr-lgdannysays_poster_27x40_low1-copyThe League of Exotique Dancers
Wed. Sat. Oct 5 @ 7:00

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