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National Canadian Film Day in St. Catharines

Blog | April 16, 2018

By Mike Keenan.

I didn’t know that we had a National Canadian Film Day until Jordy Yack at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre offered a free screening of two documentaries in The Film House on Wednesday, 18 April at 7pm.

National Canadian Film Day’s mandate is to encourage all Canadians to celebrate the achievements of the nation’s filmmakers, and you are invited – for free!

It’s a complimentary one-day event that features films from Jay Cheel and Edward Burtynsky, the latter a renown photographer from St. Catharines, featured earlier in the St. Catharines Blog.

Jordy says that last year, National Canadian Film Day 150 was an event of unprecedented size and scope, which reached an astonishing number of people across the country and around the world. This year The Film House hopes to repeat, and how often does one get to see documentaries made by local St. Catharines filmmakers?

The award-winning, Manufactured Landscapes was shot by internationally-acclaimed St. Catharines-born photographer Edward Burtynsky. The 2006 documentary follows Burtynsky to China where he photographs the gritty underside of the country’s massive industrial waste sites, quarries, factories, mines and dams.

The short film Twisted, explores the urban legend of a tornado hitting the Can-View Drive-In in the summer of 1996 during a screening of the film Twister. An official selection at TIFF, made by local filmmaker Jay Cheel. Cheel will be in attendance after the screening of both films for a post-show Q&A.

Earlier in the day, The Film House will screen The Breadwinner for students and special community groups as part of the IMPACT Education Series at 10am. This sold-out film screening follows 11-year-old Parvana and her family in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. With her father arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy to help her family, and rescue her father. The Breadwinner was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2018 Academy Awards, is a Golden Globe nominee and won four awards at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.  An added screening for the public will take place on Saturday 5 May at 4pm.

In addition to the screenings, the FirstOntario PAC will host upwards of 30 students from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School engaging in an eight-hour video competition, taking place downtown. The competition is a part of a series of events to prepare film students for higher level competitions coming up during the rest of the year.

For more information about shows, times and the 2017/18 HOT TICKET Season and The Film House schedule, visit their website at or contact the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office by phone 905-688-0722, e-mail, or in person at 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines. Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-2pm.

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