We all miss the Paramount downtown, especially the great job they did bringing in smaller indie films. While it's long gone, there are still two great non-profit organizations that have been continually nourishing the Okanagan with a great selection of smaller budgeted movies that the megaplexes won't show (hello, Lady Bird!). Both the Okanagan Screen Arts and Kelowna Film Society have their winter schedules out, and we've listed what they're showing here.
Okanagan Screen Arts
OSA is a not for profit, member-funded society dedicated to bringing independent films to the downtown Vernon Towne Cinema. Regular Membership is $10 annually, and for seniors and full-time students it's $5. Each film ticket price is $6 after that, and if you don't care to be a member, than it's $8 per screening – just show up.
To join, you can either sign up at one of their screenings taking place usually every Monday, and/or print out this form, fill it out and bring it with you to their next screening.
Kelowna Film Society
In 2000, KFS began presenting films in Kelowna as an affiliate of the Shuswap Film Society, and in 2008, they became independent and formed the non-profit organization Kelowna Film Society.
All of their films are shown on Wednesdays at the Orchard Plaza Cinema. Bonus – recliners! Show times are 4pm and 7pm. Ticket sales will commence at 3:30pm for 4pm showings and at 6pm for 7pm showings.
Admission is $7 - cash or cheque only. You must present your Kelowna Film Society Membership Card in order to purchase a ticket. Memberships may be purchased at the door for $1 and are good for the calendar year. Multiple show passes are available at the door. You can also purchase a five-film pass for $35.
Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a seemingly unremarkable housewife from a quaint village who must learn to become an unflinching suffragette leader.
Directed by gifted auteur Todd Haynes.
Stars Sherwan Haji, as a young Syrian refugee named Khaled who drifts into the Helsinki harbour as a stowaway; and Sakari Kuosmanen as a travelling salesman turned restaurateur, who finds Khaled sleeping outside his diner and hires him as a cleaner and dishwasher.
Stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and most likely will be nominated for an Oscar.
Ai Weiwei gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration, and documents both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.
MGM promoted her as the most beautiful woman on the screen, if not the entire world, and many at the time agreed. However, few thought much of her acting, then or since.
Haneke has the tendency to scare the shit out of audiences with his films. A must see!
Loveless will be nominated in this year's Oscar's Best Foreign Film category.
Not a bad lineup, huh? So get off the couch, head to the cinema, grab some popcorn, give your Netflix a rest and and take in some great stories.