Friday, June 29 – 7:00 PM
The Projection Booth (Google Maps)
1035 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON, Canada
Admission $12 each or 2 Tix for $20
* Live Read Short Screenplay *
“We’ll Meet Again” by W. Daniel Whiddden (8 Pages)
Inspiration for Script: “The idea behind “We’ll Meet Again” came to me while noticing my grandmother, who has now been widowed for over 12 years, still wearing her wedding ring. It was that everlasting love that transcends time which propelled me to write something that encapsulated that theme.” ~ Daniel Whiddden
“Behind The Light” (CAN)
Director, Linda Martin
Short Documentary 28:20
Keith Stata is a small town construction worker who had big ideas for a cinema in his hometown of Kinmount, Ontario – population 300. He built and operates a five screen, first-run movie complex called the Highlands Cinema.
Unlike your average chain theater, the Highlands comes complete with bears eating popcorn, a collection of projectors numbering in the thousands and a room full of mannequins dressed in period costumes. Behind the Light takes you into the realm of Hollywood dreams played out down a country lane at the edge of a forest.
Keywords: Documentary, Short, Independent Cinema, Movie Memorabilia, Cinema Projection, Culture, Biography, Highlands Cinemas Kinmount Ontario
ReelHeART Director Review Comment: “Being a movie-memorabilia collector and a movie buff, I was astounded, I’ve never heard of this cinema or it’s owner Keith Stata before this film came across my desk from 3 of our staff who said to me, “You’ve got to see this film!” What an amazing achievement in preserving the movie culture in the least likely circumstances. For his passion for cinema and his quirky tell-it-like-it-is attitude, Keith Stata, I give you a standing ovation. I’ll be driving to the Highlands this summer. Please save me a seat – - minus the Bears… ”
The Chinese government provides the villages in the mountains of Sichuan (China) with films. The main character of this film is a projectionist who, 37 years ago, used to carry his old projector on foot and bicycle. He would display a small screen across the road or between trees in front of a farm… It’s the same today except that he rides a motorcycle, carries a large screen and that the films travel two thousand kilometers from Beijing to Chengdu by satellite, before he picks them up on his motorcycle. Up in the mountains, people bring a stool out on the road and watch. That story takes place in Beijing and the beautiful mountains covered with bamboos above Chengdu.
Keywords: Documentary, Nature, Film Culture, Bejing, Sichuan, 四川, China, Biography, Asian Film History, Chinese Culture
ReelHeART Director Review Comment: “At the end of this sumptuous documentary I was left with a feeling of admiration and wonder for the cinephile of this doc, He Fu Quan . The beautiful exteriors are breathtaking and curious. But, the unshakable commitment of projectionist He Fu Quan driving through remote areas of China on a motorcycle to bring the “gift of film” to his fellow country folk is so utterly heartwarming and yet unimaginable at the same time. Rain, washed out roads or equipment failure – - Nothing deters He Fu Quan from his single-minded quest to touch remote communities with a cinematic experience by offering escape from their day-to-day rural living drudgery. Just incredible…“