Reel Stories, About Real People
“Documentaries are an adventure because they take you places that you never get to visit and to meet people you’ve never had a chance to know” — Claudine Benoit, Director of the Barrie Film Festival
Four days of true stories and dramas inspired by real events kicks off next week as the Barrie Film Festival’s Reel Stories returns to the city. Now in it’s 15th season, the documentary series hits the screens of the Uptown theatre on Thursday Feb 21st. This year’s lineup features a vast array of films, ranging from a bio of comedy’s most famous duo…
To an unflinching look at a mountain climber preparing to scale El Capitan…maybe don’t watch this trailer if you have a fear of heights
Claudine Benoit, the director of the Barrie Film Festival, feels that it’s important for the festival to offer this smaller scale program. And to distinguish it as a separate and entirely different experience from the larger ten day festival in October.
“The ten day festival is exciting because besides great movies, we’ve got parties and galas and the short film showcase. But this is more intimate and movie focused; it’s all in the theatre.”
In particular, Reel Stories brings films to Barrie that simply are not available in theaters or on streaming services. In the case of ‘Bathtubs over Broadway’ (showing on Feb. 23 and 24th) there is no Canadian distributor. Meaning that the Uptown will be one of only a few theaters in the country that is able to screen it.
Among the ten films being presented, ‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes’ is perhaps the most intriguing. The documentary chronicles the little known story of Ann Innis Dagg, a Canadian biologist who at just 23 years old, was the first to visit Africa to study animal behavior. But the real treat comes after the film. There will be a live Q&A with Ms. Dagg and the the director, Alison Reid, who are both attending the screening.
Tickets are available now through the Barrie Film Festival website, where you can see trailers for the entire lineup.