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21st Annual Northwest Film Fest

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  March 15, 2014   ------  Film fans looking for respite from the winter doldrums will have find some solace with the 21st annual Northwest Film Fest happening on consecutive Sundays March 23rd and 30th, complemented by special 'prelude' screenings' March 20th with Inside Llewyn Davis, the Oscar-nominated film by the Coen brothers, and Wadjda, from Saudi Arabia about a 10-year-old girl running up against social mores all because she wants a bicycle.  Sixteen films will be screened, emanating from around the globe including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, Iran, Canada and the USA.

6-pack ticket packages are available for purchase at the UPStore off Memorial Avenue. Purchase is contingent upon possession of a membership which is also available at the UPStore.

21st Annual Northwest Film Fest
Sunday March 23rd & Sunday, March 30th
Special Thursday screenings March 20th: Inside Llewyn Davis  (USA)
                      March 27th: Wadjda  (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabia: Wadjda
Iran:  The Past
Canada: Watermark
USA: Frances Ha, Crash Reel, Short Term 12, Fruitvale Station, In a World, Nebraska, Kings of Summer, Inside Llewyn Davis
United Kingdom: Good Ol' Freda, Philomena, The Selfish Giant
Denmark: Love Is All You Need
Belgium/Netherlands: Broken Circle Breakdown

Dramas: 8: Wadjda; Short Term 12, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis, Philomena, Broken Circle Breakdown, The Past, The Selfish Giant
Docs: 3: Watermark, Good Ol' Freda, The Crash Reel
Lighter Fare: 5: Frances Ha, In a World, Nebraska, Kings of Summer, Love is all you Need

Awards: 131
Award nominations: 215

Short Films by local filmmakers
To be separately featured during the last two 7 pm screenings each Sunday

These include:
Sticky Money: Directed by Ryan La Via NOSFA volunteer
Red Light: Directed by Michael Gilhooly, and written by Ryan La Via
Last Straw: directed by Luke Grandmont who was previously a 1st place winner in 2009 for the David Brown award that recognizes the top filmmakers in the graduating class from the Con College Film Production program
To the Beat of the Beverly School: directed by Mike Pivar

Broken Circle Breakdown: Belgium/The Netherlands

Story: Two people are drawn together by bluegrass music in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film;
Cesar Awards, Satellite Awards, Palm Springs International Film Awards, Hawaii International Oscar Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film                                                                          15 awards + 15 other nominations

Philomena: United Kingdom

Story: A world-weary political journalist (Steve Coogan) picks up the story of a woman's (Judi Dench) search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.  Based on a true story.

4 Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Actress, Music, Adapted Screenplay
3 Golden Globe nominations: Best Picture, Actress, Adapted Screenplay
Winner:  BAFTA British Academy of Film and Television Arts: Adapted Screenplay

20 other awards + 43 nominations

Watermark    Canada

Story: Watermark, a visually arresting and enlightening film documenting our engineered manipulation of water, and the far-reaching repercussions of abusing this valuable resource.
Director: Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes; Payback)  with Edward Burtynsky

Four Canadian Film Award Nominations:  Best Feature---Genie Awards, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards; Vancouver Film Critics Circle: Best Feature; Best Documentary.

The Crash Reel     USA

Story:  An epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes on a Park City half-pipe, barely surviving. As Kevin recovers from his injury, Shaun wins Gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear this could kill him.

Dallas International Film Festival: Audience Award; New Hampshire Film Festival: Best Documentary; Seattle International Film Festival: Special Jury Award
7 awards
2 other award nominations

Frances Ha    USA

Story:  A New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival: Audience Award: Toronto Film Critics Association Awards: Best Actress, 3rd place, Greta Gerwig
Golden Globe Nominee, Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: Greta Gerwig  
2 awards                                                                                                                                                  16 award nominations

Fruitvale Station    USA

Story: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Ryan Coogler’s extraordinary feature debut focuses on the senseless New Year’s Day     2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant, a young black man, whose murder sent     shockwaves through the US after it was captured on camera by his fellow train     passengers.

AFI Awards: Movie of the Year; Best First Film, Boston Society of Film Critics, Independent Spirit Awards, & Austin Film Critics Association; National Board of Review & Hamptons International Film Festival: Breakthrough Performer: Michael B. Jordan
29 awards
28 award nominations

Good Ol' Freda    United Kingdom

Story: As a Liverpool teenager working in a typing pool, Freda Kelly was plucked from her desk and taken to local music club The Cavern, where an up-and coming hometown group, The Beatles, were playing. From that fateful trip down the road, Freda fell into a job as personal secretary and fan-club manager for the biggest rock band in history.

Award Nomination: Best Sound Editing, Documentary

In A World    USA

Story:  An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.

National Board of Review: Top 10 Independent Films; Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera, Lake Bell;  Sundance Film Festival: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Lake Bell; Toronto Film Critics Association Awards: Best First Feature, 3rd Place.
4 awards + 5 award nominations

Inside Llewyn Davis    USA

Story:    A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene
of 1961.
Academy Award Nominations: Cinematography & Sound Editing; Golden Globe Nominations: Best Picture Musical or Comedy; Best Actor, Musical or Comedy, Best Song                                                                                                                                                        32 awards + 72 award nominations
The Kings of Summer    USA

Story:  Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their
summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

Dallas International Film Festival: Audience Award; Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Most Overlooked Film
3 awards + 4 other nominations

Love is All You Need    Denmark

Story: A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.
4 awards
11 award nominations

Nebraska    USA

Story: A wry, bittersweet comedy-drama about an elderly man and his middle-aged son who embark on a quixotic road trip across the American heartland.

Cannes Film Festival, National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Best Actor: Bruce Dern.                                                                                             Six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Director.  
22 awards, 62 award nominations.

Short Term 12    USA

Story:    A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

National Board of Review: Top 10 Independent Films;  Nantucket Film Festival: Best Film; Independent Spirit Awards: Best Editing; Hamptons International Film Festival: Breakthrough Performer, Brie Larson
21 awards + 29 award nominations

Wadjda    Saudi Arabia

Story: Wadjda is a deceptively simple story about a determined 10-year-old girl who dreams of owning a bicycle, and is willing to do just about anything to obtain it.

Best Film: Boston Society of Film Critics, Dubai International Film Festival;  Best First Feature: Durban International Film Awards
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) nominee: Best Foreign Language Film
18 awards + 17 other nominations

The Past     Iran

Story: An Iranian man (Tahar Rehim) reunites with his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) in Paris to finalize their divorce, which is soon complicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage.

National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Foreign Language Film; Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (Bérénice Bejo) & Jury Award (Director); Palm Springs International Film Festival: Best Actress.
7 awards + 21 award nominations

The Selfish Giant    United Kingdom

Story: A contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic

British Independent Film Awards: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Casting; London Critics Circle Film Awards: Best British Film;
10 awards + 12 award nominations


Advance ticketing for members
6 packs and memberships will go on Sale at The UPS Store, Friday March 14th at noon

6 packs and memberships are ALSO available to purchase at the theatre for
our March 20th prelude screenings of Inside Llewyn Davis
Tickets sales at the theatre are cash only – ATM available at the theatre
You must be a member to purchase a six-pack for $30 – that’s 6 film admissions ($5 each!)
Memberships are $10 and are good for the rest of our 2013/14 season and we have a wonderful post-festival line-up
Individual tickets at the theatre:
Member admission is $6
Non-member is $9
Individual advance tickets are available about 1 hour prior to screening. Advance tickets do NOT guarantee admission. Come early!

The FULL Programme and schedule will be distributed in the Thursday, March 20th edition of the Chronicle Journal.

Details will also be available on our website at

Check out our facebook page for news and film trailers for our festival picks; new trailers will be posted daily!

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