The Bowen Island Arts Council and Sylvaine Zimmerman are offering Bowen Islanders a great way to beat the heat this weekend with 7.5 hours of screen-time at the gallery at Artisan Square,. The Bowen Island Film Festival, will show a variety of genres from documentary to surrealism and four feature length films – all with a Bowen connection.
“I’ve tried to hook the short films to the features categorically,” says Zimmerman, the festival organizer. “Scott Rainards feature, Pristine Coast, is one of the features I would recommend – it is the story of what he discovered when he started to investigate the sea-lice epidemic in salmon and it has really stunning visuals. I’ve linked that with Bronwyn Churcher’s short, We Rise Up, which was filmed during the protests at Burnaby Mountain. Both of these are under the theme of ‘Protecting our Coast.’”
Zimmerman says this festival was inspired in part by a Bowen Youth Film Festival in 2008 that featured many Tir Na Nog graduates who have gone on the make a career in film. Among them are Sam and Kaley Spear, as well as Natasha Wehn, all of whom will be featured in this year’s festival.
For scheduling information, check out the Bowen Island Film Festival Facebook page.