Parrsboro to host first film festival

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Lori Lynch (left) and Helen Tyson are excited to be planning the inaugural Parrsboro Film Festival, which will take place on Oct. 14-16. Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen-Record

PARRSBORO – For decades it has been known for its theatre productions, and now this town is moving into the world of films.

The inaugural Parrsboro Film Festival will take place on Oct. 14-16, showcasing the work of some of Atlantic Canada’s finest up-and-coming independent filmmakers. The event will be hosted by the Parrsboro Band Association, with all films shown on the large 16-foot screen at the band hall.

Lori Lynch and Helen Tyson, two of the chief organizers, said the idea has been kicking around for a few years, and got off the ground this year with help from some valuable contacts made through Ship’s Company Theatre and the artistic community.

“We decided on what sort of theme we wanted, and right away we wanted Atlantic Canadian films,” said Tyson. “Then we decided that we wanted them to be fairly recent, although we weren’t too rigid about it, and started looking for what filmmakers we could get. We just started getting in touch with people, and most have been pretty generous with us.”

The festival will screen four feature films, including Faith, Fraud and Minimum Wage by Nova Scotia screenwriter Josh MacDonald, directed by George Mihalka; Just Buried, directed by Chas Thorne, and Whirligig by the same director, and A Drummer’s Dream, a documentary from John Walker.

For the full schedule and more information, see


(For the full story, see the Oct. 13 issue of The Citizen-Record)


Organizations: Parrsboro Band Association, The Citizen-Record

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia

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