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Tara Bradbury
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Film fest fundraiser showcasing iconic movie tunes

Organizers are calling it a FUNraiser — and are hoping you’ll leave saying, “I had the time of my life.”

Actor Jennifer Grey is lifted by Patrick Swayze in a scene from the film “Dirty Dancing.” A lift-off contest based on the movie is being held as part of a FUNraiser in support of the Nickel Independent Film Festival set for Friday night at The Rockhouse in St. John’s. — Submitted photo

Friday night will see a musical event at The Rockhouse on George Street, with all proceeds going to support the Nickel Independent Film Festival, to be held in June.

“Movie Night” will feature Jason “J-Lac” Lacour, Stephanie O’Brien, Dana Parsons, Kelly-Ann Evans, Suzanne Power, Lucas Coady and Melissa Carrera doing your favourite songs from “Dirty Dancing,” “Grease,” “Forrest Gump,” “Top Gun” and more, accompanied by The Silver Screens, a band formed especially for the event.

“People love movies and they love music, so it seemed like a great way to bring them both together, get some people out and have a good time,” said filmmaker, musician and Nickel vice-president Mike Hickey, who’s playing rhythm guitar in The Silver Screens alongside Wade Tarling on keys, Mark Marshall on drums, Jordan Peckham on bass, Chad Murphy on lead guitar and Don-E Coady on vocals.

“We’ve been having a lot of fun putting the music together for the show, and can’t wait to share it with everyone on Friday.”

The event will also include a “lift-off” competition, with participants vying to recreate the best Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey iconic dance lift from “Dirty Dancing.”

The Nickel film festival was founded by filmmaker Roger Maunder in 2001, with a goal of giving local filmmakers an outlet to show their work.

The festival has grown to include film screenings, workshops, panels and networking events, and has, in recent years, started taking films on the road to summer festivals and community centres.

Admission to “Movie Night” is a minimum donation of $10 at the door, which opens at 10 p.m.

Twitter: @tara_bradbury

Organizations: The Rockhouse, The Silver

Geographic location: George Street

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