4 Ways To Get Your Film Fix in St. John's This Winter
By Candice Walsh
The winter doldrums have arrived.
Between the months of November to May in Newfoundland (seriously) it's all too easy to fall into the trap of coming home from work, wrapping yourself in a dozen fleece blankets, turning on Netflix, and falling into a black hole of lethargy and self-loathing.
As someone with self-prescribed S.A.D. (Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder), I try to make an effort to get out of the house even if the weather is discouraging. Keeping active and maintaining something of a social life is very important.
And if you're a film lover, there are a ton of ways to get your film fix all winter long. Here are some fun film related things coming up in St. John's this winter.
The St. John's International Women's Film Festival Presents: A Night at the Oscars Shorts
On February 18th, the St. John's International Women's Film Festival will be hosting a Night at the Oscars Shorts party at the Rocket Room (Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food). The screening will showcase this year's Oscar-nominated live action shorts.
You can check out the full details on our Events page, including where to get your tickets. We'll start off with some stand-up comedy by two ever-delightful ladies, Amanda Bulman and Veronica Dymond. Then we'll have a Women in Film Trivia, and you'll have a chance to win some sweet prizes.
Oh yeah, and there's fancy finger foods. AND cocktails.
This is an adults only event! Some of the content may not be suitable to younger viewers.
What this isn't: an Oscars viewing party.
BONUS: Join us for a Creative-Meet Up with the Resource Centre for the Arts at the LSPU Hall, February 16! Get to know the SJIWFF staff over a beer and some free pizza.
See something from the MUN Cinema Series
Why we love the MUN Cinema Series: incredible films all winter long, with all the comforts (extra buttery popcorn) of the Scotiabank Theatres.
The line-up this season is seriously awesome -- just take a look. Plus there are some great female-powered options, like Mia Hasen-Love's Things to Come, or Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann.
And if you missed Brigitte Berman's delightful The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent at SJIWFF7, it's on at the end of March.
Cozy up with a new-ish web series
Already watched everything on Netflix? Try scouting out a new independent web series.
Ladies Room, directed by Ashima Chibber, is a comedic series focused on two wild and unruly girls living in India. Think Broad City, but in Hinglish (Hindu and English). Join their bathroom-set adventures as they smoke up and cause general mayhem with raunchy humour.
We're big fans of Chloe Robichaud, and if you haven't watched her web series Féminin/Féminin yet, it's a must-do.
Set in Montreal, the series is a combo documentary/fiction following six young women of different sexual orientation as they navigate love and life. Each episode focuses on a different character. (For mature audiences only.)
The series has been around since 2014, and has garnered international favour. It's also totally binge-worthy -- I got sucked in from episode one. You can watch the whole first season on the series website.
"Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that looks inside the dating lives of trans and queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire and identity."
Directed by Sydney Freeland, it's easy to get hooked on this series right from the first episode.
Whatever, Linda is a Canadian web series created by Hannah Cheeseman, a past Festival attendee. It's about a woman in the 1970s who becomes a secretary for a hotshot financier, and eventually becomes the brains behind the scheme that will ultimately bring him down.
Although it's been around since 2015, Whatever, Linda shows no signs of slowing down. In 2016, Cheeseman announced that a television series was in the works.
Celebrate International Women's Day with a special screening of Dream, Girl
This documentary by Erin Bagwell showcases the stories of ambitious and inspiring female entrepreneurs. Here's a sneak peek:
We'll release the full details soon, but the screening will be held at Memorial University of Newfoundland campus!