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“Films by the Falls” closing out the season on a high note

Films by the Falls in Fenelon Falls will close out a very successful season next Tuesday, May 30th with a screening of the hit film La La Land.

Colleen Jenkinson, Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit says attendance this season is up so far by about 15 % and there’s still one more movie left to screen. “It’s progressively gotten bigger and bigger with each screening, already attendance is up and we have more sponsors than we’ve ever had”

La La Land is a musical film about a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film’s title refers both to the city of Los Angeles and to the saying  for being out of touch with reality. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in the film that won in every category it was nominated for at the Golden Globe Awards, with a record-breaking seven wins. La La Land also won 6 Academy Awards.

Films by the Falls are presented by the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit (KLFC)in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit. It was formed in 2013 and is a committee of five volunteers living in and around Fenelon Falls who share their passion for movies by bringing local residents the opportunity to experience the world through film.

Movies are shown on the last Tuesday of every month from September to May (except December) at the Fenelon Falls Secondary School on Lindsay Street. Tickets are $10. Organizers say over the last two years they’ve used the revenues from ticket sales to pay rental fee’s for the gymnasium, marketing and for expenses related to the community events that are part of the nights screening. For the screening of Maudie in April the group organized a pop up art gallery with local artists. To celebrate National Canadian Film Day they teamed up with the high school culinary class to provide traditional Canadian fare before a screening of The Sweet Hereafter. The screening of La La Land will open with a dance recital by local dance troupe,”Inspired to Dance.”

Ticket sales are also used to pay a sustainability fee to TIFF for getting them in touch with distributors etc. while sponsorship funds have been saved to pay for a couple of big ticket items. “We are in talks with some people to buy a digital cinema package and upgrade our audio package” says Jenkinson. “By going digital we will be able to to get movies that haven’t been seen in the theatres yet and have better choice because we wont have to wait for the distributors to put it out on Blueray”

The school allows KLFC to store its equipment on site and in exchange the school has the advantage of being able to use the equipment. Some students earn volunteer hours by helping out with the monthly event. It’s a win- win for both.

The last screening for the season is on May 30th and then the event goes on hiatus for the summer. The volunteers however don’t take they summer off. They will be working on getting sponsors for next season and lining up the films. Although this season will be hard to top. “I feel like it was a really successful season and a great way to end it. It get’s us excited for next season” Jenkinson says.

For more information click here: http://filmsbythefalls.com

 

Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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