Global Visions Film Festival is Canada’s longest-running documentary film fest that bolsters public awareness of global human rights and social and environmental issues, while also applauding the perseverance of the human spirit. Featured this year — you won’t want to miss it! — is How to Survive a Plague, a 2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary. This film reports “the story of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), two organizations whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time”. How to Survive a Plague will be shown on February 28 at 7 pm at Garneau Theatre.
A range of topics is explored by the festival films — everything from bullying to climate change to social justice through music is explored — and prior knowledge of the issues explored is not a prerequisite to enjoy them. Go see one or two — or all of them! — and be treated to an insightful, engaging story that may just shock and surprise you. The films are thought-provoking and, at times, challenging, but also incredibly entertaining and accessible.
Films in the festival series will be screened February 27 – March 3 at the Garneau Theatre (8712-109 St.) and Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square). Special guests who worked on the featured films will be present at some of the screenings for a panel or Q&A session following the show. Single tickets are $12 at the door, or discounted passes can be purchased in advance; for a complete list of films, showtimes, and ticket prices, visit globalvisionsfestival.com.
Canadian music business icon Bernie Finkelstein will be at Audreys Books ( 10702 Jasper Ave.) on Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm to sign his bestselling book True North – A Life in the Music Business, which was was named by Amazon.ca as one of the Top 100 Books of the Year in December 2012. Not familiar with the name? Finkelstein is major behind-the-scenes fixture of the Canadian music scene; he’s most notable for founding True North Records, Canada’s oldest and longest running indie record label, that has been responsible for more than 40 gold and platinum records and received more than 40 Junos. Finkelstein has also managed several artists, including Bruce Cockburn. Finkelstein’s film Bruce Cockburn – Pacing The Cage will be screening at the Global Visions Film Festival as a part of SOUND & VISIONS, a special event that honours music in documentary. After the film screening, Bernie will participate in a panel discussion hosted by CKUA’s Terry-David Mulligan, to answer questions about the film and his career.