Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

September 28, 2011 11:55 ET

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation: The Silver Screen: Edmonton's Got It All

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2011) - The film community knows Edmonton well. For starters, movie stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Rob Lowe, Dane Cook and Carmen Electra have filmed here over the years. Brad Pitt was here too. Several scenes of his film The Assassination of Jesse James were filmed in Fort Edmonton Park, located in the city's sprawling river valley. Incidentally, Fort Edmonton Park recently opened its Capitol Theatre, featuring daily shows of Northern Light, a historical film about Edmonton, which delivers an amazing "4D" experience, including snow falling from the ceiling!

But there's something else that's put Edmonton on the film industry's radar: the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). This year, EIFF promises a particularly great run. Cinemaniacs can take their pick: anything from gripping documentaries (like the gorgeously-shot Wild Horse Wild Ride) to provocative international works (like Iranian election exposé The Green Wave) to one of the most talked-about films at this year's Cannes Film Festival, The Skin I Live, directed by Pedro Almodovar and starring Antonio Banderas.

The festival's opening night film is worth raving about too. From controversial director Thom Fitzgerald comes Opening Night, starring Academy Award™ Winner Olympia Dukakis. In it, Stella (Dukakis) breaks her longtime partner Dot (played by another Academy Award™ Winner Brenda Fricker) out of a retirement home where she's been admitted against her will. The action that ensues has been described as "a wild and wooly road trip to Canada". EIFF festival programmer Guy Lavallee calls the film "funny, raunchy, and incredibly moving."

Kerrie Long, EIFF festival producer, adds that this "bold" film is a fitting opener for a festival lineup that is "filled with some of 2011's boldest new independent films."

Edmonton has long been a supporter of indie cinema. The Princess Theatre in historic Old Strathcona is a great example. Constructed from 1914 to 1915, it contained what was then considered the largest stage in western Canada. On that stage, the Princess Theatre hosted musical vaudeville and concerts, as well as "moving pictures".

"We are so lucky to have the arthouses like Princess Theatre and Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre," says Long. "Year-round they are programming non-Hollywood films." In other words, if you want to see something a little bit indie during any time of year when EIFF isn't happening, you know where to go!

Edmonton International Film Festival

September 23 - October 1, 2011

For more information go to: www.edmontonfilmfest.com

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Contact Information

  • Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC)
    Renee Worrell
    Communications Manager, External Relations
    780.932.4865
    rworrell@edmonton.com