PARRSBORO - A Truro native will be on the big screen at the third annual Parrsboro Film Festival this weekend.
Wayne Burns has a supporting role in the film ‘Blackbird,' directed by Jason Buxton. It will screen at the film festival on Saturday, the second day of the event.
Blackbird has screened at more than 40 festivals already worldwide and garnered great acclaim. The film explores the power and the danger of social media and cyber bullying.
Lori Lynch and Helen Tyson, among the organizers of the Oct. 25-27 event, said this year's 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.
"We've 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.
Saturday's lineup 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."
The festival will wrap up on Sunday with a screening of Wilby Wonderful, directed by Daniel MacIvor.
- With files from the Amherst News