• T.M. O’Shaughnessy

Fourth Annual Hudson Film Festival cues cameras for strongest program ever


PHOTO BY TERRY O’SHAUGHNESSY

The Hudson Film Festival gets started on February 27 with a Gala Opening Night screening of You Are There: A Come From Away Story, and closes March 3 with Hochelaga: Land of Souls. Shown (from left) are: Hudson Village Theatre director Kalina Skulska, Betsy Aird, Karen Burgan, Andrew St-Martin, Clint Ward, Cam Gentile, and Dave Glazier.

The 4th annual Hudson Film Festival (HFF) opens next week and its 11-film program will launch with one of the most well-known stories of 9/11 in You Are Here: A Come From Away Story on Wednesday, February 27. The now-famous account of how the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland rallied to care for 6,000 people stranded on that fateful day will also feature a very special guest: then-Gander Mayor Claude Elliott who will give a Q & A following the screening.

“What a special night this will be,” said HFF organizer Clint Ward. “It’s a story now famous in the Come From Away musical that has played to sell-out crowds in Toronto, New York, and the UK. In fact, Mayor Claude Elliott has been in London for the grand opening – and his next stop is Hudson on February 27.”

And that’s not all for this film festival that has become a must-see event on the calendars of filmgoers from the Off Island region to Eastern Ontario to the West Island.

“We have an exceptionally strong program this year,” said Ward. “And the special guests add such quality to the audience’s cinema experience. We open with the 9/11 mayor of Gander and we’ll close with François Girard, one of Canada’s most creative and respected directors, who will introduce his film, Hochelaga, Land Of Souls on Sunday March 3. It’s simply our strongest festival line-up ever.”

The HFF annually showcases the best in Canadian films, and this year will run from February 27 to March 3 and feature 11 films. In addition to You Are Here and Hochelaga, the notable documentary Anthropocene is also on offer as well as a tribute night to young filmmakers in honour of the late Ben McKinnon on February 28. The world premiere of local filmmaker Kyle Gregor-Pearse’s Death of a Travelling Life Insurance Salesman will be shown March 2. The complete schedule is available at hudsonfilmsociety.ca and all films will be screened at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road.

A Festival Pass is a great value at $50 for five films of your choice, including the gala opening night with Gander Mayor Claude Elliott ($25) if you choose. Each film is $15. For those wishing to attend all films, the purchase of two passes includes the 11th film for free. Passes can be bought online at hudsonfilmsociety.ca.

Single tickets are now available and can be bought at the Hudson Village Theatre (in person/cash sale only), or at the door on a first come/first served basis. A closing celebration dinner is also on offer at Le Cozy Cafe on Sunday, March 3 for $30 ($25 for pass holders). On sale now at the theatre or at any of the films.

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