Global Visions: Canada’s longest running documentary film festival

Edmonton’s Global Visions Film Festival really seems to be going for it the last couple of years. 2013 is keeping up the momentum, as this finely edited trailer for the festival can attest:

(edited by my amazing partner in all things, Sally Poulsen.)

Yes, Edmonton’s going to have five days of award-winning, Oscar-contending, thought-provoking, spirit-uplifting documentaries screening at the Metro Cinema at The Garneau and Art Gallery of Alberta. That’s not to mention there will be healthy doses of Canadian films and shorts, and some local flavour thrown in there. (I know I keep hearing people talk about “Chasing Ice,” and, yes, that’s going to be at Global Visions.) Check out the website for a full list of movies and showtimes.

There are also a couple of neat events happening within the festival.

Saturday night at the Metro is truly a night for music. Billed as “Sound & Visions” there’s a live taping of CKUA’s Mulligan Stew, screening of the Bruce Cockburn documentary “Pacing the Cage,” a music panel discussion, screening of “The Ballad of Hugh” (a remarkable little gem of a movie), and after party shenanigans. Rock’n’roll all night indeed.

The other cool event I want to highlight is the Doc 101/Pitchfest happening on Sunday. Doc 101 will give folks in attendance some pointers and ideas on making and producing their documentary films. The Pitchfest is just that; a chance for anyone (you!) to pitch your documentary AND fictional film ideas to a panel that includes a movie producer, the National Film Board, and a HotDocs rep.

Finally, my script about introspective garden gnomes hosting a dinner party has a chance to be produced! It’s Gnomeo and Juliet meets My Dinner With Andre.

Are you going to be checking out any of the docs during Global Visions?

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