Sunday Evening Film Series
All Showings at 7:30
January 31: To Kill Mockingbird, with Discussion afterwards led by Jo Anna Hope.
To Kill a Mockingbird, both film (1962) and book (1960), have been given a new lease on life by the recent publication of Harper Lee's second novel, Go Set a Watchman. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for literature for Mockingbird; the film was nominated for five Oscars. Gregory Peck won over Peter O'Toole for best actor, although Lawrence of Arabia was chosen over Mockingbird for best film.
This brilliant, touching, thought-provoking work of fiction is set in Alabama in the 1930's. It spans three years in the lives of a single-parent father, his two young offspring, and various members of the community. Like other notable works of art, Mockingbird is a microcosm touching on that which is most important to us and reaches most deeply into our hearts and minds, perhaps even into our souls.
There will be a post-viewing discussion, organic in nature, likely touching on the main themes and the question: Why has To Kill a Mockingbird survived and thrived for 55 years?
Feb 7: The Diviners, a film by Canadian filmmaker Anne Wheeler.
This film adaptation of one of Margaret Laurence's best-loved works follows Morag Gunn from her tough childhood in Manitoba through to middle-age as she searches for meaning and love. Along the way, we meet various characters from Laurence's Manawaka series and catch a glimpse into the many ways that society creates outcasts. Morag has the child of a native man, Jules, her childhood sweetheart. She tries to raise her daughter alone, denying the child her native heritage.
Gemini Awards 1994:
Best Costume Design - Charlotte Penner
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Wayne Robson
Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series - René Ohashi
Best TV Movie
Gemini Awards 1994 Nominations:
Best Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-Series - Tom Jackson, Anne Wheeler, Randolph Peters
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series - Tom Jackson
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series - Sonja Smits
Note: Anne Wheeler will be present to introduce the film and answer questions afterward. Showtime: 7:30. More information at
Feb 14: Horse Boy, this film is part travel adventure, part shamanic healing and part intimate look at the autistic mind. Official selection at the Sundance Film festival 2009, The Horse Boy does more than chronicle Rowan and his parents' journey across the vast, wild landscape of Mongolia. It delves into the strange world of autism itself, the relationship between humans and animals and between different cultures and different ways of being (autistic vs. normal, or "neuro-typical"), and the nature of healing.
More and more films are being made about the vital role that fathers play in the
development of their children. Society is entering a new era of parenting, when fathers,
instead of being emotionally distant breadwinners, are stepping up to the plate of direct,
hands-on parenting. The special bond between father and son is one of the greatest
gifts life can offer. The Horse Boy tells this story. Running time 93 minutes. Showtime: 7:30.
February 21: The Great Bear Sea: Reflecting on the Past—Planning for the Future,
by Canadian Filmmakers Karen and Rolf Mayer, who will be present to introduce the film
and answer questions afterwards.
Filmed on location along British Columbia’s North Pacific coast, The Great Bear Sea tells the
inspiring story of successful efforts by First Nations and the province of British Columbia to
create marine plans for their coastal waters amid conflicts over ocean resources.
The Great Bear Sea is a wild expanse of ocean where whales, wolves, bears and humans thrive
in rich coastal ecosystems. The Great Bear Sea is also a place where worlds collide – a place full
of historic conflicts, emerging struggles over ocean resources, and globally leading solutions.
Now 18 First Nations and the province of British Columbia have crafted marine plans for the
Great Bear Sea to protect marine ecosystems and build sustainable coastal economies.
Meet the people and communities along the coast of British Columbia who are working to implement
the marine plans — to sustain their marine environment, livelihoods and cultures.
The film premiered in Haida Gwaii, B.C. and has screened in communities along the BC coast.
Contact Karen Meyer for more information
Feb 28: Children of Heaven. Filmed in Iran, an award winner at many prestigious film festivals,
this uplifting crowd-pleasing story of family and love was also nominated for an Academy Award as
Best Foreign Language Film. “The Children Of Heaven follows the relationship between an impoverished
brother and sister, Ali and Zahra, who are thrust into a difficult circumstance all revolving around a pair of
sneakers. How they choose to solve their problem themselves, without telling their parents, is what makes
the story so heart-warming and unique. What follows is a tender, moving tale of compassion, determination,
and deep family love.” Running time 88 minutes, in Farsi with English subtitles. Showtime: 7:30.