Sarah Polly's Stories We Tell
This movie was the opening night film for the Possible World's Festival, and I couldn't imagine a more fitting independent film to kick off the week. My memories of Sarah Polly are mostly from her Road to Avonlea days, so it was quite a treat to see her all grown up, and understand why she gets such rave reviews as a director of film
This film weaves a very intriguing and candid story about Sarah Polly's family, and it highlights how different perspectives of the same events can still lead to the similar version of the truth. It also highlights beautiful human traits such as family support, love and when presented with all the evidence, a sort of understanding/forgivness.
Luckily for CAC members, if you missed the Opening night of this film, it will be screening again in September. Keep reading to find out how you can see this fantastic film!
The End of Time: By Peter Mettler
The End of Time "documentary" at the Possible Worlds film festival was an ambitious attempt at experimental film-making.
The film started off by showing Joseph Kittinger's 1960 jump from a helium balloon at over 31 km altitude. Audio of Kittinger was used to explain that falling from such a height with no substantial atmosphere was like "time was standing still" even though he knew that he was moving at speeds faster then any other unaided human had before. The movie then moves to CERN where they ask several physicists about what they think of time...
The main problem with the movie is that I am sure it is also an experiment in making the audience feel like time has stood still. Unfortunately I fell asleep for part of the movie and from the occasional short snore I know I wasn't the only one :)
Parts of the movie were interesting, such as the isolated owner of the last house in an area on the big island of Hawaii whose neighbours have all been destroyed by lava flows, but the experimental nature of the filming just meant it was hard to hold any sustained focus on the movie.
The general consensus from the Club attendees was that it was beautifully shot but it also killed a lot of time.