Director Trevor Mack clowns around with his film students Mary Jane Char (from left)

Director Trevor Mack clowns around with his film students Mary Jane Char (from left)

First Cariboo Chilcotin Film Fest this Friday

Among the films to be shown at the first annual Cariboo Chilcotin Film Fest coming up at the Gibraltar Room Friday will be a new short film.

Among the films to be shown at the first annual Cariboo Chilcotin Film Fest coming up at the Gibraltar Room Friday will be a brand new short film that Williams Lake director Trevor Mack has been working on with five students at  Anaham.

“It will be funny,” Mack promises.

The film fest is a celebration of talents and sights of the Cariboo Chilcotin, says event co-ordinator Krista Liebe.

“Every filmmaker, director, writer, actor, must have lived or still be living in the Cariboo Chilcotin area, or the film or presentation must be about the Cariboo Chilcotin,” Liebe says.

Presentations lined up for the evening will include a video performance by Pharis and Jason Romero of Horsefly, who won the Juno Award for Traditional Roots Album of the Year in 2016.

Entries include a slide show called The Chilcotin Ark: A Photographer’s Journey by photographer Chris Harris that has been set to music by Ken Marshall.

The Harris film will be followed by three short films by director Jeremy Williams, who lives in Powell River, but spends countless hours filming people and places in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

The new film by Trevor Mack will be presented, then followed by the film Long Jim set in the Nemiah Valley by Jeremy Williams.

Then there will be a 20 minute break to give viewers a chance to visit, enjoy refreshments, stretch their  legs, win some prizes and enjoy a very special surprise, says event organizer Krista Liebe.

The festival then continues with a music video featuring soulful rappers Beka Solo and Rich Mac.

Next on the program is the 1974 full-length film The Bears and I, with Patrick Wayne (son of John Wayne), and Chief Dan George that was filmed on and around Chilko Lake and Nemiah Valley, with many locals taking part.

The film festival takes place at the Gibraltar Room Friday, March 10 with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the films starting at 7 p.m. Opening comments will be by Mayor Walt Cobb, Harry Jennings and Chief Roger William.

Displays will be provided by the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin and authors Chris Harris, Judy Alsager and Sage Birchwater.

Advance tickets are $15 and available at The Open Book and Kit & Kaboodle. Tickets will also be available at the door.