Phillip Lewitski in Wildhood. (Photo by Riley Smith, courtesy of Mongrel Media)

Phillip Lewitski in Wildhood. (Photo by Riley Smith, courtesy of Mongrel Media)

Independent films returning to Sylvan Lake with revival of Film Society

The Sylvan Lake Municipal Library will resume film screens at the end of March.

Hosted by the Sylvan Lake Film Society, the first showing will be Wildhood at 7 p.m. on March 28. The film society paused showings in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Movies have always been one of my biggest passions, so having to end our Film Society season early in 2020 was particularly heartbreaking,” said Corrie Brown, Sylvan Lake Municipal Library Programmer.

“Film Society is about bringing people together out of a shared love for movies, and discovering films that don’t normally make it to the big screen in our communities,” Brown said. “Movies are for everyone, and we do our best to bring in unique, powerful, and timely films for our community to explore and discuss.”

According to a release, Wildhood was one of the first film productions in Nova Scotia to start up post-COVID lockdown.

An Official Selection at Toronto International Film Festival in 2021, Wildhood tells the story of a rebellious two-spirit teenager who runs away from home to find his birth mother and reclaim his Mi’kmaw heritage.

“I can’t wait to be back at Landmark Cinemas and see everyone again for these movies. I’ve missed seeing our Film Society regulars and getting to connect with them through the independent stories we shared together on the big screen,” added Brown.

In April, the Film Society will screen Learn to Swim, a surrealist romantic drama.

Film enthusiasts with questions about Film Society can contact Corrie Brown at 403-887-2130 or corrie.brown@prl.ab.ca.

Citizens can purchase tickets at the library for $8 until 5:00 p.m. on the day of the screening, or at the door at Landmark Cinemas for $10 (cash only).

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