The time has come for our last films of the season.
On Tuesday, April 17, the Williams Lake Film Club will show two screenings, both having been shot in British Columbia.
Our screenings are held at the Gibraltar Room, 7 p.m. Back doors open at 6:30 p.m.
We start the evening at 7 p.m. with a segment from Cariboo Country,” written by Paul St. Pierre for CBC in the early 60s.
This time he will try to answer the question “What is a Rancher?”, 22 minutes.
And again, this is a very special treat, shot right here in the Cariboo, in fact not just in name!
Then we will screen our main feature, A Simple Curve, written and directed by Aubrey Nealon from Vancouver, with Kris Lemche and Michael Hogan in the leads. They are both, however, originally from Brampton and Kirkland Lake, Ont., respectively. We love them anyway. The film is rated PG.
A Simple Curve plays in New Denver, and the Chutneys and Arrow Lakes provide incredible scenery.
This place was a haven for draft dodgers in the early 70s. Jim (Michael Hogan) plays a draft dodger who came with his hippie partner to the Chutneys, building up a woodworking business. His wife is no longer in the picture, but his son Caleb, (Kris Lemche), is now his partner in the business. They were doing well, but times are changing. Money is becoming more important than ideals.
This becomes a basis of conflict between father and son. Caleb, 27 years old, is rebelling against his father’s stubborn belief in good, honest work. He wants to progress.
He wants to save the business as he argues, and to go much bigger.
This possibility seems to present itself when an old friend of his father flies into the area in his own plane, planning to start a big lodge.
He proposes that Caleb will look after the furniture.
To further complicate the situation is the fact that Caleb just recently struck up a tentative relationship with a pretty, single mom. And now a couple of granola types, modern-day hippies, pitch a teepee on their land and the female of the duo gives him a pup tent, with some heavy intentions.
This film will bring back many memories to us here in the Cariboo. It is a film full of gentle humour that manages to poke fun at all the hippie stereotypes while still showing respect for the idealism of the era.
To complete the theme of a Cariboo/Chilcotin/B.C. evening, our own writer Sage Birchwater will have a table set up with his work for you. It is always so interesting to see what he has done and experienced in this wonderful area, and Birchwater loves to answer all of your questions. And as you know, he is always working on a new project, or two, or three.
Refreshments and cookies will be served after the screenings (bring some of your own baked goodies, please) and as it has become a tradition, we will collect food stuff for the food bank. Donate generously — as you always do.
See you on Tuesday, April 17.
For your information, after the summer break we will start our next season 2012/13 on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The Gibraltar Room has already been booked and I have already started to work on a line-up of interesting films. What would you like to see? Suggestions are always welcome.
Admission is $9 regular, $8 members, $6 seniors (65-plus) and students, high school and TRU.