Edmonton Premiere. This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.. Watch TRAILER.
Director: Justin Schein | 84-mins. | USA | 2016 | Documentary | English | Tickets: $15 | BUY TICKETS HERE!
Alberta Premiere. “VISHNER–Mayer. Forced into this life on February 13, 1949. Left on purpose on August 22, 2013.” So reads the New York Times obituary that legendary anti-war Yippie activist, Mayer Vishner, asked to be posted after his death. LEFT ON PURPOSE is the story of a four-year friendship between filmmaker Justin Schein and Mayer Vishner – Abbie Hoffman’s comrade in arms, former L.A. Weekly editor, and stubborn contrarian. What begins with Justin’s simple curiosity about Mayer’s intellect, values and the rebellious legacy of his counter-cultural generation turns into a dark yet profoundly humorous journey through what Mayer references as his “existential project.” Despite years of therapy and medication, we first encounter Mayer in a deeply depressed state. He declares that he believes existential suffering to be as painful as physical suffering – and, in his view, just as incurable. Mayer explains to his doctor that his health is ravaged by years of alcoholism, that he is “dying of loneliness,” and not just fearful of but adamant about not becoming a burden to others. Mayer asserts his right to his “last political act:” the right to end his life.
NOTE: This film, TANNA, has an encore screening on TUESDAY, Oct. 4 @ 7pm.
Alberta Premiere. Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new. Presented with the generous support of Edmonton City Centre. Watch TRAILER.
Director: Jeff Grace| 91’ | USA | 2016 | Comedy/Music | English | Watch TRAILER!
$30 Advance Tickets – BUY NOW.
Closing Night Gala Film + After-Party! Canadian Premiere. Paul (Alex Karpovsky) and Jason (Wyatt Russell) are old friends who have drifted apart as they’ve reached their 30s. Jason is a good-looking and free spirited singer-songwriter whose career is taking off while Paul is a struggling stand-up comedian whose once promising trajectory is now in decline. The pair reunites when Jason passes through town and a night of drinking leads to Jason offering Paul the opportunity to be the opening act for his upcoming solo tour. What Paul doesn’t know is that Jason has booked the tour in order to win back the heart of an old flame. Jason hopes that having Paul on his “last hurrah of singledom” will resuscitate both his friend’s comedy career and lovelife mojo. We are stoked to bring back EIFF Alumni, Jeff Grace (IT’S A DISASTER), and his Producer partner, Ryland Aldrich for what we predict will be an animated Q&A following the film. After-Party @ Normand’s Bistro (10177 99 St NW, in the Citadel Theatre) Complimentary hors d’oeuvres + CASH bar.
Note: 6-PACK (75) ticket bundles CANNOT be used for FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY film and after-party. All-access EVENT Passes ($149) DO get you into the film and after-party.
Edmonton Premiere. 1967. The height of the Cold War. The CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside of NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers to capture NASA’s race to the moon. The real mission – use their access and technology to hunt down the leak. But what they discover is far more shocking than soviet spies – Their government may be hiding a secret about Apollo that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns it. Watch TRAILER.