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Dystopian-thriller Level 16 opens in Canadian theatres

By Troy Hasselman, March 21 2019 — Level 16, the dystopian-thriller from Canadian director Danishka Esterhazy, had its première in Canadian theatres on March 15. The film takes place in the fictional Vestalis Academy, a mysterious boarding school for girls, and takes influences from numerous genres including science-fiction, horror and suspense. “The film is basically…

Off the wall: Forgotten films of the 1970s

By Troy Hasselman, October 27 2018 — The 1970s were a strange time for movies — a time where experimentation reigned and directors and producers alike took chances on uncompromising, off-the-wall ideas resulting in some of the strangest and most unique films ever created. While this spirit of experimentation still lives on in movies like Boots…

HERoic documentary to premiere at U of C

By Kristy Koehler, October 13 2018 — The University of Calgary’s Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking will be the venue for the Calgary première of HERoic on Saturday, Oct. 20. HERoic follows four diverse female athletes, all with ties to either Calgary or the surrounding area, on their incredible journeys. Among the four are Shruti…

Blaze it: U of C offers FILM 420 just in time for legalization

By Frankie Hart, September 3 2018 — With the legalization of cannabis en route for October, the film department is introducing FILM 420: ‘Exploration of Stoner Cinema’ in time for students to legally access the full stoner experience. Although some students certainly ‘toked’ in-class screenings before, it is now actively encouraged. “Stoner movies are a…

God’s Own Country is a Sundance standout

By Jocelyn Illing, November 30 2017 — When I saw the trailer for God’s Own Country, it didn’t really spark my interest. Frankly, it looked like the British version of Brokeback Mountain. However, this film stands out as its own. Its central characters aren’t discovering their sexuality — they know who they are and what they desire….

Animation festival is pure imagination

By Matty Hume, October 26 2017 —  The Quickdraw Animation Society boasts over three decades of non-profit, artist-run experience in production, screenings and workshops. In addition to fueling the spirit of animation on a daily basis, it organizes the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) held every November. This year, from Nov. 23–26, Quickdraw’s 13th annual GIRAF…

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