There is absolutely no point in me trying to identify likely films at the Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept 26 – Oct 11) – not while Ron Reed is alive and kicking. Definitely not a one-trick pony, he manages to watch every movie within a 100-mile radius while keeping a firm hand on the tiller at Pacific Theatre.
This is how he puts it on his Soul Food Movies blog: “One of the great pleasures of September – compensating in part for summer’s end and the return to work – is the Vancouver International Film Festival. Combing through the titles, making lists, adjusting schedules. I’m always watching for possible Soul Food movies – films with a spiritual flavour.”
So far, he suggests There Will Come a Day
(“about a young woman searching for herself while working as a missionary in Brazil”) and A Place in Heaven
(“When a retired general lies on his deathbed, bitter and alone, his estranged son, an ultra-orthodox Jew, tries to save his soul from hell.”) – but go to Soul Food Movies
and read it all firsthand. Probably more in the coming days as well.
Check out Peter Chattaway’s Film Chat blog
too. Nothing so far this year, but I imagine he’ll come up with something. Peter wrote for BC Christian News
for years, and for the likes of Books & Culture;
he’s very knowledgeable.
And so much more . . .
Here are some of the myriad signs of life in the Church of Vancouver this week:
Monday the 23rd
Tuesday the 24th
* Underwear concerns: Got Ginch?
at Union Gospel Mission.
Wednesday the 25th
Thursday the 26th
* ‘Arts and Narrative’ is the focus at TWU’s 7th annual Verge Conference
Friday the 27th
* If you want to get away from it all – and you’re a woman – head up to Rockridge Canyon to Unplug and Simplify
Saturday the 28th
* Walk the Wall
with ICC. It’s not the Great Wall, but this annual walk around the Stanley Park Seawall is about saving abandoned and disabled children in China.
* Gospel legend Mavis Staples
, with Robert Cray at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.
Sunday the 29th
* Sandra Vander Schaaf invites you to a book launch
for the intriguingly-titled The Passionate Embrace: Faith, Flesh, Tango.
* Join Pacific Theatre for some real fun at The Foreigner
(Wednesday – Saturday).