The onset of fall signals the start of a new season for the Yukon Film Society’s Available Light Cinema series at the Yukon Arts Centre.
Kicking off the series on September 16 is Beasts of the Southern Wild, a winner of this year’s Cannes Film Festival Camera D’Or award, as well as the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize.
The film tells the story of Hushpuppy, a precocious five-year-old girl raised in the Louisiana bayou country by her alcoholic father and fending for herself most of the time.
When their community is threatened by rising floodwaters and a hurricane, Hushpuppy rises to the occasion in dramatic fashion.
October 28 brings Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry to the local screen. This documentary about China’s most prominent dissident artist, who helped design Beijing’s Olympic stadium, won a Special Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Festival.
Ai Weiwei’s family was brutally suppressed during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. His studio was bulldozed by China’s current rulers, and he is even now subjected to close surveillance by the regime.
November 25 features Chasing Ice, a highly important documentary that follows the work of a former National Geographic photographer and climate change skeptic, chronicling the receding of glacial ice worldwide.
With 30 time-lapse cameras in place on three continents, the film constitutes irrefutable and dramatic evidence of the reality of global warming.
McCartha Linda Sandy-Lewis, better known as Calypso Rose, is the subject of Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle, another superb documentary, scheduled for December 10.
Following on the heels of this summer’s highly acclaimed Marley, the film follows the life of a pioneer of the music that was to give reggae much of its inspiration.
With 800 songs to her credit, the 72-year-old Calypso Rose takes us on a journey chronicling her career from her native Trinidad-Tobago, to concerts in New York and Paris.
Throughout the course of her performances over the years, she has distinguished herself us an untiring crusader for women’s rights worldwide.
In keeping with the doomsday scenarios promulgated by Mayan prophecies for December, 2012, the 1998 Canadian feature Last Night is also featured for the year’s end showing.
It won director and actor Don McKellar the Best Canadian First Feature Film prize at the Toronto International Film Festival that year, as well as three Genie awards.
Set at some unspecified future date, the film outlines the response of a number of characters to the news of the imminent end of the world as they know it.
Their reactions are varied, from a woman who makes plans to carry out a suicide pact with her husband, to a bachelor who sets up a last-fling orgy with a number of sexual partners, to a gas-company employee who spends the last hours on the telephone, assuring his customers that they will have service right to the end.
As the radio blares out the top 500 songs of all time, there’s precious little rioting in the streets, but much room for thought, as an ensemble cast deals with the ultimate question: what would you do with your last few hours on Earth?
The Available Light Cinema’s fall season will also regale audiences with some all-time favourites, such as Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 classic, Modern Times, along with the immortal Wizard of Oz.
It’s a stimulating and varied lineup, sure to please cinema fans who have come to expect an intelligent and stimulating selection of films from the Yukon Film Society.