Parrsboro Film Festival expands

Andrew Wagstaff
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Third annual weekend of showings set for Oct. 25-27

PARRSBORO – Some of the best in Atlantic Canadian filmmaking is set to hit the screen here once again for the third annual Parrsboro Film Festival.


Lori Lynch and Helen Tyson, among the organizers of the Oct. 25-27 event, said this years festival has seen some expansion, with six feature presentations instead of the previous five, along with a number of short films and documentaries.

Both said they have been thrilled by the response the festival received in its first two years, and how it was embraced by the Atlantic Canadian film industry.

Weve been very fortunate with all the help that people in the Atlantic Film Festival have given us, and local filmmakers, said Tyson. People have really gone out of their way to make sure we get the contacts we need and the films we must have.

The three-day event will open Friday with a screening of The Disappeared, directed by Shandi Mitchell, the story of six men trying to row ashore after their fishing boat sinks in the North Atlantic. That showing will be followed by a screening of Love and Savagery, directed by John N. Smith, following the scandal in a small Irish village when a local girl destined for the convent falls in love with a visiting geologist from Newfoundland.

Saturdays lineup will begin with the popular short film competition, followed by a screening of Blackbird, which has screened at more than 40 festivals already worldwide and garnered great acclaim. Directed by Jason Buxton, the film explores the power and the danger of social media and cyber bullying.

Saturday will also feature the screening of Snow, directed by Rohan Fernando, and Charlie Zone, whose director, Michael Melski, will be on hand to introduce and discuss the film.

Sunday will be documentary day, with screenings of An Uncommon King; Wabenaki: People of the Dawn (Pt 2); and Bad Coyote. Jason Young, director of Bad Coyote, will be on hand for a question and answer session following the film, which exposes a hybrid type of coyote, thought to be part wolf, and its migration to Eastern Canada.

We have two things this year that are really timely – Bad Coyote is something everybody in Nova Scotia should see, said Tyson. Blackbird is about cyber bullying and the consequences of being reckless on social media. We were very fortunate to get both this year.

Lynch expects Bad Coyote might draw audience members that would not typically find appeal in the regular festival lineup.

The festival will wrap up on Sunday with a screening of Wilby Wonderful, directed by Daniel MacIvor.

To see the festival to continue to grow its support has been satisfying for its many volunteer organizers, who admit they had no clear expectations when they started it.

It started with us just sitting around, saying wouldnt it be fun to show some of these Atlantic Canadian films that no one really gets to see because they dont make it outside the festival situation, recalled Lynch. Originally we thought it would be as easy as getting five films, calling a bunch of people, and sitting down to watch them. I think were finding, as things grow they begin to take more form, and were becoming slightly more organized.

Festival passes are available by visiting the website or by contacting Helen Tyson at 728-8364 or

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Geographic location: North Atlantic, Newfoundland, Eastern Canada Nova Scotia

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