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Daydream Nation to open Whistler Film Festival

The 10th annual Whistler Film Festival is opening to a dreamlike state, with the B.C. premiere of Daydream Nation , by Canadian writer and director, Michael Goldbach.

The film, which stars Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas and Rachel Blanchard, tells the story of a city girl (Dennings,  Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist ) who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school English teacher (Lucas,  Sweet Home Alabama ) and a stoner classmate. Featuring a range of genres and tones,  Daydream Nation is a 21st century coming of age story that was produced by Christine Haebler ( Hard Core Logo ), Trish Dolman ( Year of the Carnivore ), Jennifer Weiss and Simone Urdl.

"Emerging with the next generation of Canadian filmmakers, Michael Goldbach's debut feature invigorates our perception of Canadian film," Stacey Donen, WFF's Artistic Director said in a recent release. "As entertaining as it is culturally significant to the evolution of Canadian cinema,  Daydream Nation portrays small town Canada in a way that viewers will find strangely recognizable."

The film will be screened as part of the opening night gala on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., with the director in attendance.

The full festival lineup will be announced Thursday, Nov. 4. Check out for more information.


A night at the circus

The circus is coming to Whistler this weekend - well, minus the lions and clowns.

Vancouver's acclaimed InnerRing circus production group is bringing their exhilarating and innovative acrobatic performance to the stage at Dusty's on Saturday, Nov. 6 as part of a fundraiser for Whistler Gymnastics Club. On top of all the flips and tricks that InnerRing has in store, the event will feature live music from Rachel Thom and Phil-T-Beats, as well as a silent auction and light appetizers. Tickets to the fundraiser are $65; the event starts at 7 p.m.

The following day, the Vancouver Circus School will be leading two workshops, one for kids from kindergarten age to Grade 4 and the other for Grades 5 and up. The workshops are an introduction to circus performing and include the basics of juggling, Diablo, flower sticks, acrobalancing and other skills. The fee to enroll in the workshop is $15 for club members and $20 for non-members.

To sign-up for the workshops or purchase tickets to the fundraising event, visit the Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre or visit


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