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The Florida Project


February 21, 2018

Here is a pure, naturalistic, cinematic delight with the energy of The 400 blows and the colours of American reality TV, plus a whole lot of sincerity, care, and magic.

Single moms, living in a motel close to Walt Disney World Orlando, are struggling, but they provide their as adorable as they are bad-mouthed children a playful, colourful life.

The camera follows Moonee, 6 years old, and the other kids playing in the surroundings of a candy-purple motel. It shows the daily life of Moonee’s mom, Halley, who struggles to meet ends on welfare and selling knock off perfume to tourists in resort parking lots.

The soundtrack is made of crickets of the summer, cars rolling on the sordid nearby highway, helicopters flying to the “Magic Castle”, and children’s laughter.

William Defoe plays a surprisingly gentle motel manager. Child actors are absolutely wonderful. The Florida Project is honest about the limits of benevolence, and about the wishful thinking that can cloud our understanding of the world. Its final scenes are devastating, and also marvelously ambiguous, full of wonder, fury and clear-eyed self-criticism.

“This movie accomplishes something almost miraculous—two things, actually. It casts a spell and tells the truth” (The New York Times).

Make sure to bring a tissue, and be prepared to want to distribute hugs to strangers after the show!

Rated: 14A
112 minutes
4 – 5:52 & 7 – 8:52

For information about ticket purchase, please visit our Tickets page.

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February 28, 2018

It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true! Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy,

Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology itself.

This film explores Lamarr’s life, which includes escaping a loveless marriage on the eve of Nazi Germany’s conquest of her nation, to a new career in Hollywood. However, her intellectual contributions were denied their due. Only after years of career and personal decline in her troubled life would Lamarr learn that her staggering aptitude created brilliant engineering concepts that revolutionized telecommunications, which forced the world to realize the hidden abilities of a woman it had so unfairly underestimated.

Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, filmmaker Alexandra Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy during World War II, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a film for lovers of history, Hollywood and science.

“If there were ever the personification of “more than just a pretty face,” it was Hedy Lamarr.”  Chris Knight, National Post

Rated: PG

90 minutes
4 – 5:30 & 7 – 8:30

For information about ticket purchase, please visit our Tickets page.


OKANAGAN COLLEGE – March 2 – 5, 2017


The 14th Annual WORLD COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL KELOWNA Western Canada’s LARGEST and LONGEST running documentary film festival!


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Known for the incredible breadth of topics covered and the first class quality of the productions screened–these are films that are sure to EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN and INSPIRE!

Film topics include environmental and social justice issues, food security, culture and the arts.

All over the world, and right here in B.C, hope shines through in action taken by ordinary people who are finding a way to a sustainable world by daring to confront global forces with the strength of their own vision.

Great food and baked goods to purchase all weekend: enjoy popcorn, organic and local foods, fare trade organic coffee and apple juice! Please bring your own cup.

Children’s and family activities: face painting, poster art, mask and garden sign making

Admission to films is FREE – donations are accepted for the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society and Inn from the Cold.



There are 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm screenings.

Tickets available at Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way (250-493-2928) and The Book Shop, 242 Main St (250)492-6661.

Series tickets are $38 for members, $44 for non-members and $13 for single tickets


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WE LOVE DOCUMENTARY – October 13 -15

We Love Documentary Film Festival ~ THEME ~ Resilience ~ 6 Documentaries, One Weekend

Festival curator Pepita Ferrari has a strong Penticton connection; her sister, Jacinta Ferrari, is the wife of famed local architect Cal Mieklejohn. Pepita has helped organize the We Love Docs Festival for the past six years. Her picks are always moving, informative and inspiring. Because as one film maker puts it: “Real life is so much more interesting than anything you can make up”.

Tickets are $12 per film or $45 for a full weekend pass and for OSA members $10 per film and $40 for the weekend. They are on sale now at the Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street in Penticton (250 770 7668) and will also be available at the door.

FRIDAY, Oct 13th
7 pm ~ Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World; directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana; 102 minutes;  USA

Rumble exposes a critical missing chapter of Rock history, revealing how Indigenous musicians helped shape the soundtracks of many generations.

SATURDAY, Oct 15th

1 pm ~ The Babushkas of Chernobyl; directed by Anne Bogart, Holly Morris  |   Japan | 70 minutes ~ An affectionate portrait of a group of women who, after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and evacuation, returned to the exclusion zone surrounding the nuclear power plant and have resided there – semi-officially,  for years.

3 pm ~ Gaza Surf Club; directed by Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine; USA; 87 minutes

In a country locked between Egypt and Israel, Gaza’s youth are drawn to their beaches. Weary of the daily ‘state of emergency’ they seek meaning and perspective to their lives through surfing.

7 pm ~ Strangers on the Earth; directed by Tristan Cook ; 96 minutes; USA
Europe’s Camino de Santiago pilgrimage attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. One such pilgrim is Dane Johansen, an American cellist who in 2014 ventured to walk the Camino with his instrument on his back, performing music for his fellow pilgrims along the way. As Dane soon discovers, the paths we travel through life are often uncomfortably magnified by the reality of life on the Camino.

SUNDAY, Oct 16th

1 pm ~ Leaning into the Wind; directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer; USA; 93 minutes

Leaning into the Wind follows artist Andy Goldsworthy on his exploration of the world and himself through ephemeral and permanent workings on the landscape, cities and with his own body. “‘Leaning Into The Wind’ Is A Worthy Sequel To The Documentary Smash ‘Rivers And Tides’” — SF Film Festival Review

3 pm – Shiners; directed by Stacey Tenenbaum; Canada;  78 minutes

Meet the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes. From New York to Tokyo and beyond, Shiners travels the world to give you an insider’s view of this overlooked profession.  People around the world have turned to shoe shining to provide for themselves and their families. These are their stories. You will never look at a shoe shiner the same way again.

Former CBC journalist, radio morning show host and television news anchor Bob Nicholson will emcee and host this series of documentary films. Bob is looking for individuals who might have a unique relationship to these documentaries, so if you have suggestions, please let us know.

For this year’s theme of ‘Resilience’ we have put together a selection of inspiring and moving documentaries that look at the challenges that we face around this planet we share. See you at the documentaries!



The Summerland Film Club – July 12 – Jimmy’s Hall – 7 PM
Summerland Legion (14025 Rosedale Ave)


A place where people came to argue, to dream and to dance

In 1921, Jimmy Grahon’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War.  Young people could come to the hall to learn, to argue, to dream… but above all to dance and have fun.  As the hall grew in popularity, its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians, who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close

Showed in the Los Angeles film Festival and the Cannes film festival

If you are Irish you will want to see this.

Wednesday July 26 – ARRANGED – 7pm – Summerland Legion (14025 Rosedale Ave)
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Free admission – Donations accepted for costs



Bringing the best in world and Canadian film to film lovers of Vernon and the North Okanagan

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All films will be shown at:

Vernon Towne Theatre
2910 – 30th Ave
Vernon, B.C. V1T 2B7

Our 1st showing will be at 5:15 pm
Our 2nd showing will be at 7:45 pm

All seats – $7.00 (Cash only) There is a bank machine in the lobby for your convenience.

Advance tickets will go on sale at theatre and Bean Scene Coffee House one week prior to each film.

Note: Please remember that these tickets do not guarantee admission in case of a sell out! Please arrive early to avoid disappointment!

REMEMBER: We only print 100 advance tickets for each showing, so if they run out, it does not mean there are no seats left!! The theatre seats over 400 people.

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