Back for another year of silver screen delights is Cinéfest International Film Festival! This year adopting the theme Drift Away With Us, Executive Director Tammy Frick invites all Sudburians to join in on the fest, “If you’re waiting for your sign to finally attend the Festival, this is it. Find that one film – or two, or three! – that really speaks to you and simply go see it. We know you’ll be inspired and want to take in more!”. Cinéfest runs September 16th-24th at Silvercity, gala presentation tickets, ticket books and festival passports are now available at the festival headquarters (40 Larch Street, Unit 103) by phone (705.688.1234) or online. Individual rush tickets are also available immediately before each screening. To get you ready for the season we’ve compiled a few films we can’t wait to check out!

Long Time Running [Jennifer Baichwal & Nicholas de Pencier, Canada, Elevation Pictures,2017]

Long Time Running chronicles the emotional and epic lead up to iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip’s now – legendary 2016 ‘Man Machine Poem’ tour a tour that captured the heart of the nation. Viewers are given a unique and exclusive perspective into The Tragically Hip’s world the intimate moments, behind – the – scenes and on – stage footage, personal interviews with the band and close friends, and reactions from their devoted fans from across the country. Culminating in a highly charged and powerful concert in the band’s hometown of Kingston, Ontario, the documentary encourages viewers to stop and reflect on the shared experience and collective appreciation for this music that somehow embodies what it means to be Canadian.

Long Time Running is directed by the renowned Canadian documentary filmmaking team of Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Manufactured Landscapes, Act of God,Watermark), and produced by Scot McFadyen (Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage) and Sam Dunn (Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey)

Suck It Up [Jordan Canning, Canada, levelFILM, 2017]  Starring:Erin Carter, Grace Glowicki, Daniel Beirne, Toby Marks, Nancy Kerr and Michael Rowe

It’s two months after the death of Ronnie’s brother, and Faye’s first love, Garrett. Ronnie’s on an epic bender; Faye has taken up crafting. Though life-long best friends, Ronnie and Faye lost touch when Garrett got sick. But when Ronnie’s drinking hits a dangerous high, Faye returns home to get her back on track. She kidnaps Ronnie and takes off for the family cottage in picturesque Invermere, British Columbia. Waking up halfway to nowhere is not the hangover Ronnie was expecting, but Faye is determined to air her out. So begins a summer of lake-town antics, trysts with townies, and a lot of button pushing. As Faye attempts to rein Ronnie in, Ronnie attempts to shatter Faye’s comfort zone – pressuring her to pursue Granville, a local space enthusiast and weed salesman.

The change of location seems to be what the two friends need, until they encounter Alex, a friend of Garrett’s with a secret from his past that pits Ronnie and Faye against each other. In a violent face off, both women realize they’re grieving for more than just Garrett. They’re grieving their friendship.

A Swingers Weekend [Jon E. Cohen, Canada, Northern Banner Releasing, 2017] Starring: Mia Kirshner, Erin Karpluk, Erin Agostino, Michael Xavier, Randal Edwards and Jonas Chernick

Lisa (Karpluk) and Dan Brown (Edwards) have the perfect jobs, the perfect kids, the perfect home, and the perfect marriage. With a successful business and rock solid marriage, they believe their love to be invincible. So when they embark on a well – planned swingers weekend to celebrate their birthdays, they’re in it for the thrill, fun and nothing more.

It’s all perfectly planned: they’ve rented a magnificent lakefront property, stocked the fridge with great food and wine, and drafted up a list of rules and regulations to ensure everything goes as it should. They’ve also invited the youngest, coolest and hottest couple they know. But when a third unexpected couple shows up, everyone’s well laid plans go awry. Three different couples, six individually motivated people. What could possibly go wrong?

Room for Rent [Matthew Atkinson, Canada, D Films, 2017] Starring: Brett Gelman, Mark Little, Carla Gallo, Mark McKinney, Stephanie Weir and Patrick J. Adams

In senior year of high school Mitch Baldwin (Little) won the lottery. Flash forward 12 years later and he’s broke, has no friends or love life, and is a laughing stock. He’s been holed – up in his family home ever since. With his father (McKinney) retiring, talk of downsizing and selling the house pushes Mitch to suggest renting a room to a mysterious stranger named Carl (Gelman). When the charming Carl upsets Mitch’s routine way of life, a battle of wits turns into an all – out war involving deception, humiliation, spying, and revenge. The question is how far are these guys prepared to go? The answer: too far.



Jessica Lovelace is a Public Relations and Communications grad, musical theatre enthusiast, lover of live music and part-time unicorn tamer. Some have said that the Big Dripper from Sub City is a regional delicacy and the perfect end to a Sudbury Saturday Night – Jessica is definitely one of those people. No, the hair is not a perm.

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