Gala Party!

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Join us for a night of celebrating

our 25th anniversary festival!

Tickets to our Gala Party at Bight are $20 and include delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by the Damon Dowbak Trio featuring Dino Pepe and Richard Tribe – cash bar.
Come and discuss your favourite films with friends. We’re sure you will have a great time!

You do not need to be a member to buy a ticket! Festival and gala tickets are available at Fireweed (cash only) and Wojo’s Mojo on Algoma (credit & debit offered), and at the theatre on Thursday. The party starts at 8:00 following our screening of Lady Bird. You don’t have to see the film to come to the party!
Cheers Thunder Bay for all of your support over the years! For more details on our tickets:   Membership and Tickets

For details about the venue visit  Bight

Please note: Gala ticket does not include film admission


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Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson
Runtime: 111 minutes
Language: English
Rating: 14A
Showtime: April 20, 2017 @ 8:40 pm
Admission: $6 members $9 Non-members
and on April 30th @ 4:45 pm: Members $7 Non Members $10

Academy Award: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Golden Globe: Best Picture, Drama; Toronto Film Critics Association Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor. 179 other awards, 242 nominations.

“Moonlight is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.”—A.O. Scott, New York Times

Moonlight’s portrait of life in the Liberty City neighbourhood of Miami in the 1980s is certainly gritty, where growing up gay ain’t easy.

Moonlight tells the tale of Chiron, whose life is harrowing and heartbreaking. Bullied at school, he is taken in by a man (Mahershala Ali) who becomes a surrogate father to him, one who also supplies the drugs that make his addict mother unbearable to live with, an odd contradiction the boy has to process.

The story unfolds in three chapters; first, Chiron (nicknamed Little) is a mere boy, cowed into near-silence by the unforgiving world around him; second (where he’s known as Black), an adolescent who has prove that he’s not “soft,” and third, an adult who has the opportunity to establish himself anew.

Director Barry Jenkins extracts impressive performances from Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes who play Chiron in different stages of his life. Ali (House of Cards), effortlessly dominates the screen exuding power without graphic execution. Naomie Harris gives an equally impassioned performance as the boy’s mother, at once a witch and clutching guardian.

Love is the one thing we all seek in life. That’s what Moonlight is about.

Many thanks to Caribou and The Keg for sponsoring this film.

20th Century Women

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20th Century Women USA
Director: Mike Mills
Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Runtime: 118 minutes
Showtime: April 23rd 7:15 PM
Language: English
Rating: 14A

National Society of Film Critics, Best Actress 2nd Place, Annette Bening; National Board
of Review: Top 10 Independent Films; Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Screenplay. Seven other wins, 64 nominations

“Ultimately, the value of 20th Century Women is that it provides Annette Bening with a prime showcase. It’s worth seeing just to watch her grapple with this challenging character.”—Leonard Maltin,

Set in 1979 in Santa Barbara, 20th Century Women is a coming-of-age tale about Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), teen son of Dorothea (Annette Bening) a divorced single mother.
Like Beginners (with Christopher Plummer), director Mills draws on his childhood to create 20th Century Women.

Dorothea owns a huge old boarding house. Her lodgers include a hippie-ish handyman (Billy Crudup) who is helping her renovate and a feminist artist named Abbie (Greta Gerwig). Also present is Julie (Elle Fanning), a close friend of Jamie’s. She sneaks into his bedroom via scaffolding every night, but just to hang out, cuddle and talk, to Jamie’s everlasting chagrin.

A product of the Depression (seen in flashbacks), Dorothea feels a bit out of touch so she decides to enlist the help of Abbie and Julie in raising Jamie. She wants him to be a good man, well-rounded, thoughtful, and thinks these women can help. And they do, even though conflicted Dorothea sometimes comically resents their efforts.

20th Century Women is a loving study of a time and place, and Mills captures the late ‘70s perfectly. He has a good eye for period details including fashion, music and attitude. .
The movie’s big draw is Bening. Her character stays just out of reach in terms of Jamie’s emotional understanding, in the way a parent does, and her performance alone is worth the price of admission.

Thank you to our sponsor the Thunder Bay Art Gallery