Peterborough’s ReFrame Film Festival releases its 2019 schedule

70 documentary films screen from January 24 to 27 at three downtown venues

"The Woman Who Loves Giraffes", a biographical documentary in which Canadian biologist Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her groundbreaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild, is one of the 70 films screening at the 2019 ReFrame Film Festival in downtown Peterborough. The film will be shown on Saturday, January 26th at Showplace Performance Centre. Dr. Dagg, pictured here feeding giraffes at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo, will be attending the ReFrame screening. (Photo: Elaisa Vargas)
"The Woman Who Loves Giraffes", a biographical documentary in which Canadian biologist Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her groundbreaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild, is one of the 70 films screening at the 2019 ReFrame Film Festival in downtown Peterborough. The film will be shown on Saturday, January 26th at Showplace Performance Centre. Dr. Dagg, pictured here feeding giraffes at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo, will be attending the ReFrame screening. (Photo: Elaisa Vargas)

The complete schedule of films screening at the 2019 ReFrame Film Festival is now available at reframefilmfestival.ca.

You can also view the complete schedule on kawarthaNOW.com, the official media sponsor of ReFrame 2019.

A printed 56-page festival program will also soon be available.

The 15th annual festival will show 70 acclaimed social justice and environmental documentaries, including 10 by local filmmakers. The films will be screened at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Showplace Performance Centre, and The Venue.

For the first time, local films will headline the opening and closing screenings of the festival.

The festival officially opens at 7:30 p.m. of Thursday, January 24th with a screening at Showplace of Youth Unstoppable, a feature film about the youth environmental movement by Slater Jewell-Kemker, who went to high school in Peterborough. Tickets for opening night are sold separately and cost $15 per person ($10 for festival passholders).

The festival closes at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27th with a screening at Showplace of Last Beer at the Pig’s Ear, a feature film about the now-closed legendary Peterborough tavern directed by local filmmaker Peter Blow.

After 152 years, the Pig's Ear Tavern in downtown Peterborough closed in April 2017. "Last Beer at the Pig’s Ear", a documentary about the legendary tavern directed by local filmmaker Peter Blow, closes out the ReFrame Film Festival on Sunday, January 27th at Showplace Performance Centre. (Photo: Wayne Eardley)
After 152 years, the Pig’s Ear Tavern in downtown Peterborough closed in April 2017. “Last Beer at the Pig’s Ear”, a documentary about the legendary tavern directed by local filmmaker Peter Blow, closes out the ReFrame Film Festival on Sunday, January 27th at Showplace Performance Centre. (Photo: Wayne Eardley)

In between are almost 70 documentaries, half of which are feature-length films. A few highlights include:

  • Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (a documentary about human impact on Earth’s geological history by world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25th at Showplace.
  • The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, a biographical documentary in which Canadian biologist Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her groundbreaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 26th at Showplace. Dr. Dagg will be attending the screening.
  • Fahrenheit 11/9 (Michael Moore’s look at Donald Trump’s ascension to the US presidency on November 9, 2016) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 26th at the Market Hall.

Other special presentations at this year’s festival include:

  • Postings from Home — a family slideshow that discusses family, motherhood, the environment, and disability — that filmmaker Kelly O’Brien will perform live at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, January 26th at the Market Hall.
  • Biidaaban: First Light, an interactive virtual reality project by celebrated Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson and the National Film Board, will be shown from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27th in the lobby of VentureNorth (270 George St., Peterborough). Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban is a time-jump into a highly realistic — and radically different — Toronto of tomorrow.
Toronto filmmaker and mother of three Kelly O'Brien will perform her multimedia show "Postings from Home", consisting of projected photos she has posted on Facebook and live voice narration, at ReFrame nn Saturday, January 26th at the Market Hall. (Photo: Kelly O'Brien)
Toronto filmmaker and mother of three Kelly O’Brien will perform her multimedia show “Postings from Home”, consisting of projected photos she has posted on Facebook and live voice narration, at ReFrame nn Saturday, January 26th at the Market Hall. (Photo: Kelly O’Brien)

ReFrame also includes panel discussions and artist talks, as well as food from local vendors. And The Theatre on King (171 King St., Peterborough) will be hosting weekend evening events, beginning with Drag Karaoke with Haus of Accounting at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 25th.

Festival passes are $60 ($50 for students and the underwaged), and include access to all films from Friday to Sunday. Single-day passes are also available for $25 each. Tickets for opening night on Thursday are sold separately and cost $15 per person ($10 for festival passholders).

Tickets and passes are available online at reframe.tickit.ca. They can also be purchased in person (cash only) in Peterborough at the GreenUP Store (378 Aylmer St. N., 705-745-3238) and Watson & Lou (383 Water St., 705-775-7568), in Lakefield at Happenstance Books & Yarns (44 Queen St., 705-652-7535) and in Millbrook at Pastry Peddler (17 King St. E., 705-932-7333).

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