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Hudson joins in National Canadian Film Day 150 celebrating Canada's 150th Anniversary

PHOTO COURTESY CLINT WARD In a structure inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and in effect 32 movies in one, the above film will be screened free at Hudson Village Theatre by the Hudson Film Society on April 19.

It's being billed as National Canadian Film Day 150 in honour of our country's sesquicentennial, and on Wednesday, April 19, in what is surely the biggest ever one-day film festival in the world, there will be almost 1,000 free screenings from coast to coast in every kind of venue including theatres, restaurants, community centres, libraries, record stores, military bases, and even in Canadian embassies in foreign lands.

Here in Quebec, there are only two locations participating. One of them in Potton, the other right here in our community, courtesy of the Hudson Film Society (HFS) now in its 11th year of screening both Canadian and international movies at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road.

“It's a great coup for our little town,” HFS president Clint Ward told Your Local Journal this week. “And because of our society's affiliation with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) through its outreach organization, Film Circuit, of which we are a member and which is partnering with REEL Canada on the project, we are getting in on the party.”

Said Ward, “We’ve opted to screen 32 Short Films about Glen Gould, the brilliant pianist who had all the marks of genius. From his position at the heart of McLuhan-era Toronto, he single-handedly set a new standard for playing Bach but then retired to explore the possibilities of recording.

“Impatient with the rigid traditions of the classical music world, he then became increasingly absorbed in different media including mastering the intricacies of recording studios, creating radio documentaries, and preferring to conduct all interviews by telephone rather than face to face.”

Added Ward, “Unfolding in 32 elegant, richly intelligent scenes, including his thoughts on everything from technology to northern climates, and in a structure inspired by Bach's Goldberg Variations, this is a film that Gould himself would have admired. And we invite all local lovers of film to join us on April 19 when we will be presenting screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at HVT and all free of charge.”

Pick up your tickets – there is a limited supply – at the Pure Art Boutique, 422 Main Road in Hudson, or at the Hudson Film Society screenings at the theatre, 28 Wharf Road, April 17 and 19.

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