Film festival explores spectrum of styles, subjects 

WHAT: Sea to Sky Film Festival

WHERE: Eagle Eye Theatre, Squamish

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

If you appreciate stunning cinematography, innovative and experimental filmmaking, Squamish is the place to be this weekend.

The sixth annual Sea to Sky Film Festival showcases independent short cinema from around the world and offers the opportunity to speak with the minds behind the masterpieces. Many of the film’s producers, directors and writers will be in attendance, making the trip from as far away as England to be part of this event, which is quickly gaining recognition.

The 13 shorts represent a full spectrum of styles and subject matter. Local filmmaker, Curtis Robinson, offers up a spectacular ride on the edge of ski, snowboard and mountain bike crashes in Crash and Burn.

In sharp contrast is the poetry video, Perhaps, made in memory of the Chinese poet Wen Yi-Duo.

For a lighter moment, festival-circuit favourite, Stalkers, is a comedy about two young dysfunctional women stalking a man. You may recognize its star, Dawn Herriot, from TV’s General Hospital.

And there’s lots of star power in the satirical drama, Audit. Sally Kirkland (Anna, JFK, EDTV), Judy Greer (The Wedding Planner, What Women Want) and Alexis Arquette (Friends, Pulp Fiction) star in this Los Angeles production about an auditor and receptionist who want more than just tax.

Bhatinda, Behind the Fence, The $5 Movie, A More Perfect Union, What’s He Building In There, Continuity, Tous les Deux, Reveries and Rocketships, and Mary Did A Bad Thing round out the roster.

Speakers will include Beyond the Fence filmmaker Sylvia Campbell, who is also a founding member of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, Squamish filmmaker Robinson, Continuity producers Jon-Michael Preece and Craig Bowlsby, and award-winner Howie Woo of the film Reveries and Rocketships.

The audience will also be treated to a sneak peak of the upcoming feature, Treasure Mountain, shot in and around Squamish.

The lights go down at 7 p.m. sharp tonight (Sept. 21) at the Eagle Eye Theatre. Admission for the entire evening is just $7/adult and $5/student.

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