St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival launches tonight
“The Grand Seduction” has screened to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, Halifax Film Festival and Calgary Film Festival.
“The Grand Seduction” co-producer Barbara Doran poses with actor Gordon Pinsent on the set of the film, which will be screened for the first time in this province tonight, as part of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. — Submitted photo
Still, Mark Critch is particularly nervous about tonight’s screening in his hometown as part of the
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, for a couple reasons, the main one being his mom will be in the audience.
“When my parents see me in a movie with Gordon Pinsent, maybe they’ll finally think I can make a living at this racket,” jokes Critch, who won the Atlantic Film Festival award for Best Performance by an Actor for his role in the film last month.
It’ll be a long-awaited screening of “The Grand Seduction” in
St. John’s, though producers Barbara Doran and Roger Frappier organized a viewing for residents in Bonavista, near where the movie was filmed, last month. It was well-received, but that doesn’t quite quell Critch’s nerves.
“If the hometown crowd doesn’t like it, then that means we got something wrong on a very deep level,” he said. “I just hope folks come away from it thinking we did right by the place.”
Critch and Pinsent, along with fellow “The Grand Seduction” stars Mary Walsh and Cathy Jones, will attend a red carpet event prior to tonight’s screening, which will launch the 2013 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. The festival, now in its 24th year, will run until Oct. 26, screening 72 films — many of them local — out of a total of 500 submissions from all over the world.
When my parents see me in a movie with Gordon Pinsent, maybe they’ll finally think I can make a living at this racket. Mark Critch
“We had to turn down a lot of good films,” explained Kelly Davis, the festival’s executive director. “These are the best of the best, the cream of the crop.”
The films range in terms of genre, and include some riveting documentaries, which Davis said she’s particularly excited about. Festival delegates will also get the opportunity to network and meet with filmmakers and industry professionals face-to-face — a professional intimacy that’s generally not seen at other film festivals.
Women in View, a national non-profit organization which advocates for greater gender and racial balance in Canadian media, will release its second annual “Women in View on Film” report at this year’s festival.
The festival will close with a screening of “Hold Fast,” the film adaptation of Kevin Major’s acclaimed coming-of-age novel of the same name, adapted for screen and produced by Rosemary House and directed by Justin Simms.
Ticket information for this year’s film screenings is available online at www.womensfilmfestival.com.
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