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DOCFEST:

Film festival at Festival Hall

Bringing movies back downtown

RYAN PAULSEN ryan.paulsen@sunmedia.ca The people at Festival Hall are busy putting the finishing touches on the rapidly approaching fall season, which promises to keep audiences entertained throughout. The first event of this year's theatre season will be a true first - the First Annual Valley DocFest, a documentary film festival co-hosted by the hall and NBC Universal. Over the course of its Sept. 12-22 run, 10 films will be featured at the festival, which marks the first foray into the film medium, thanks in part to a new partnership formed by hall director Rick Wharton and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with the aim of bringing movies back to downtown Pembroke. Ticket prices are being kept intentionally low to make the festival as accessible as possible to as many as possible, with individual screenings costing $10 and unlimited passes only running $50. The first night of the festival will be a movie-and-live-music evening featuring the Johnny Cash biopic My Father and the Man in Black and music from local musician Jordan Zadarozny commemorating the 10th anniversary of Cash's death. Friday, Sept. 13 will be a gala evening sponsored by local Lebanese restaurant Madameek featuring If I Should Fall - The Marc Diab Story, chronicling the tale of one of Petawawa's own fallen soldiers. Both of these events will be licenced functions. On Saturday, the festival features Neil Young: Journey along with Neil Young's sister, Astrid Young, herself an accomplished musician and writer. Other films showing during the festival will be Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell, Brooke Johnson's Massanoga, and Bobcaygeon (The Tragically Hip) featuring special guests. For the festival's full lineup and schedule or for more information about

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Jennifer Renauld, Director 613-281-8815 jen4583@gmail.com Astrid Young, sister of rock icon Neil Young, will be on hand for the screening of Neil Young: Journeys at the first annual Ottawa Valley DocFest at Festival Hall from Sept. 12-22. DocFest, visit Festival Hall's website at www.festhall.ca or email events@festhall.ca. Ryan Paulsen is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist Twitter: @PRyanPaulsen

DocFest Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 12 7 p.m. - My Father and the Man in Black feat. special musical guest Jordan Zadarozny. Friday, Sept. 13 5 p.m. - Food, wine and art reception sponsored by Madameek and Valley Arts Council. 7 p.m. - Marc Diab: If I Should Fall Saturday, Sept. 14 2 p.m. - West Wind: The Tom Thomson Story with Q&A session with producer and director 7 p.m. - Neil Young: Journeys feat. special musical guest Astrid Young (sister of Neil Young) Sunday, Sept. 15 2 p.m. - Stories we Tell (presented by TIFF) Thursday, Sept. 19 1 p.m. - Revolution (1/2 price screening for high school and college students) 4 p.m. - Massanoga 7 p.m. - Revolution Friday, Sept. 20 7 p.m. - The Tragically Hip: Bobcaygeon Saturday, Sept. 21 4 p.m. - Happy (feat. local guest speakers on international travel and mission work) Sunday, Sept. 22 7 p.m. - Closing night gala feat. Going Blind and exhibits and guests following screening.

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