National Canadian Film Day 150 takes place on on Wednesday April 19th and the Hamilton Film Festival is taking part with a double-feature event.
Presented by Reel Canada, National Canadian Film Day 150 is a massive one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. National Canadian Film Day is the world’s largest film festival with over 1,700 events happening across the country.
“When we heard this was happening, I knew we had to pick locally made films. Reel Canada provided an amazing list of 150 films to choose from but I had to stay true to our own festival’s mandate of earning the Hamilton in the title,” said Nathan Fleet, Executive Director of the 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival.
Since officially forming as the Hamilton Film Festival in 2004, the organizers have already screened a total of 540 hundred Canadian films. The April 19th event takes place at the historic Staircase Theatre, the birthplace of the Hamilton Film Festival. The venue that has an almost a 20-year history of screening Canadian independent films.
The National Canadian Film Day 150 event will showcase back-to-back indie features by Canadian filmmakers that were filmed in Hamilton.
At 7:00 PM, Lucky 7 will be screened. A local favourite, the film is a feature length modern noir-drama that tells the story of Patrick Farley returning to Hamilton after a 9-year hiatus to pay off an old mob debt. The neo-noir tone of the film is captured perfectly with plenty of local sights, some that are long gone, and others that remain as Hamilton landmarks. It is packed with Hamilton talent including singer-songwriter Ginger St. James and Ex-Ticat Derrek Peels.
The film was written and directed by Dundas resident Stephen Hayes, who is the host of the show SOUNDTRACK on CFMU.
At 9:30 PM, Bed of the Dead will have its Hamilton Theatrical premiere. Produced by Guelph-based Black Fawn Films for Breakthrough Entertainment, this movie was made at Hamilton’s Digital Canaries Film Studio and features plenty of local talent in front and behind the camera.
Bed of the Dead is a horror feature film about four twentysomethings who find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome death. Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed’s secrets before they are ultimately picked off one by one. Directed and co-written by Jeff Maher, who recently moved into the city.
Both movies will screen Wednesday April 19th at the Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N, Hamilton, Ontario. Tickets are $10 each. A limited number of double-passes are also available for $15.