Below are all the special events for the 2021 Kamloops Film Festival. Join in on the fun and grab your tickets today!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21st
MEATBALLS FREE WATCH AND Q&A
Presented by: REEL CANADA & The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art
Are you ready for summer?
We feel that now is the perfect time to revisit the quintessential summer camp comedy Meatballs. We could all use the feel-good vibes that only Meatballs can provide. The film will be presented for FREE on our festival platform for 48 hours, starting on April 21.
We are also thrilled to be hosting an exclusive live discussion between the film’s director Ivan Reitman along with cast members Jack Blum (“Spaz”) and Kate Lynch (“Roxanne”) co-presented by REEL CANADA and The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art.
Live Q&A with Director Ivan Reitman, and co-stars Jack Blum and Kate Lynch. Moderated by Jennifer Valentyne.
When: Watch the film at 7:30pm EDT and join the LIVE Q&A at 9:15pm EDT
Czechoslovakian-born, Canadian-raised Ivan Reitman is one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation. An Officer of the Order of Canada, his work on big budget comedy films as a director, producer and writer helped to define the genre through the 1980s and 90s. He is the director/producer of over 75 films which have collectively grossed billions at the box office. His films such as Meatballs, Ghostbusters and Kindergarten Cop are considered classics and continue to influence filmmakers today. In 2010, Reitman was nominated for an Oscar for his work as producer on Up in the Air. In addition to his contributions as a filmmaker, Reitman and his family have supported Canadian cinema through other means including donating the land that is home to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, now appropriately named Reitman Square.
Jack Blum is the Co-Founder, with Sharon Corder, of REEL CANADA and National Canadian Film Day. He began his professional life as an actor appearing in dozens of Canadian films and television shows, including his iconic tape-on-the-glasses performance as Spaz in Meatballs. In partnership with Corder, he went on to write and produce episodes of some of this country’s most celebrated dramatic television series, including co-creating Traders. Their feature film Babyface premiered in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. They have also written many articles about film and the Canadian film industry, been active in lobbying for the cultural industries at all levels of government, and taught many classes and workshops in the craft of screenwriting. Since REEL CANADA’s inception, they have been responsible for building the organization into a national program that has served more than a million Canadian students. In 2019, National Canadian Film Day featured more than 1000 community screenings, and last April’s covid-era virtual edition saw two million Canadians watch a Canadian movie on NCFD.
Kate Lynch is an award-winning actress of film, television, and stage, as well as a theatre director, teacher, and playwright. The star of over 65 films and television shows, her portrayal of Roxanne in Ivan Reitman’s Meatballs won her a Genie award. Her many television credits include her role as Pauline Harris in the miniseries Anne of Green Gables, and series such as Saving Hope, Degrassi: The Next Generation, This is Wonderland, Doc, and Queer as Folk. Most recently, she appeared in Andrea Dorfman’s Spinster opposite Chelsea Peretti. As a theatre director, she has worked with some of the country’s most prominent theatre companies including the Shaw Festival, the Blyth Festival, and Theatre Passe Muraille, and taught at the University of Toronto, the Stratford Festival, George Brown College, and Ryerson University.
Jennifer Valentyne, Moderator
Jennifer Valentyne is an accomplished Canadian television personality, who held a longstanding run on Breakfast Television in Toronto for 23 years where she went from being a weather specialist to hosting the “Live Eye” and being the stand in co-host. From 2016 to 2020, she had various positions on Corus Entertainment properties, first as the host of The Bachelor & The Bachelorette Canada After Show on W Network, as co-host on Derringer in the Morning on Q107 in Toronto, and co-host of the Toronto edition of Global News Morning.
MADISON OLDS (8pm)
2019, Madison released her debut album “Blue”, opened stages for Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Neon Dreams, Scott Hellman & more. Her single “Moments in the Mountains” (Kamloops’ 2018 BC Winter Games) was selected as the soundtrack for the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver, BC. Her follow-up single, “Thank You”, launched Madison to Hot AC Radio charts in Canada, placed her within the Top 10 of CBC Searchlight 2019, and garnered showcases with Music Matters in Singapore.
With 6 new singles last year she was the recent winner of Bell Media’s “Future Star” radio program and “Best Part of Me” made top 30 of several Mediabase/ Billboard charts including #22 on Billboard’s Emerging Canadian Artist chart.
Her top three releases generated over 1M streams on Spotify alone, while TikTok amassed 440K followers, 13M likes and raised 100k for her boyfriend’s stemcell treatments. Additionally, UK’s iconic fashion & lifestyle brand, Pretty Little Thing, chose “3’S a Crowd” for their Fall 2020 worldwide digital campaign. “SORRY”, a duet with Nashville artist, Josh Ronen, is now out and her album and other surprise projects are on their way.
Tantoo Cardinal Intro (8:30pm)
As a special treat, Tantoo Cardinal will be providing an introduction to Falls Around Her, which marks the first film starring role in her legendary career.
A celebrated actor, Tantoo Cardinal has a remarkable record on stage, television, and film. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts. Throughout her fifty year career and more than one hundred and twenty roles, she has broken barriers for onscreen representation of Indigenous peoples and has challenged negative stereotypes. Her most famous film roles include multiple Academy Award winner Dances with Wolves (1990) and Academy Award nominee Legends of the Fall (1994). Most recently, she starred in Stumptown for ABC TV.
THURSDAY, APRIL 22nd
The 2021 opening night film, Percy, starring Christopher Walken as a Canadian farmer taking on a giant corporation over GMO interference, kicks off our biggest KFF ever on Earth Day! This year, attendees get to DRIVE the red carpet, receive themed gifts, and win prizes for best farmer outfit and best farm vehicle!
FRIDAY, APRIL 23rd
Featured Non-Profit: A Way Home
We are encouraging our attendees at the Twin Rivers Drive-In screening of Supernova to help the local A Way Home Kamloops, by bringing some much-needed items or cash donations for this worthwhile Kamloops organization.
- 10 new vacuum cleaners
- Grocery store gift cards
- Gift cards for store providing bedding and housewares
A Way Home Kamloops is a leader and innovator in preventing and ending youth homelessness. They are a charitable non-profit that provides housing and support services to youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The organization provides a range of wraparound supports like prevention, housing, employment, education & support.
JP LANCASTER (8pm)
JP write cynical pop songs for the defeated utopian idealists. He began performing and touring, recording albums, and promoting shows when he was 16. Now at 37, he’s still doing much of the same. He’s releasing his debut LP on May 28th, which is a culmination of his life spent in music. JP also runs Factotum, a label and promotion outfit that he has operated since 2017.
PATRICK MALIHA (10:30pm)
Stand-up Comedian/Writer Patrick Maliha has had comedy specials on CTV, CBC and The Comedy Network. He’s been voted Vancouver’s Favourite Stand-Up Comedian in the Georgia Straight and the West Ender several years in a row, holds the world record for most impressions under a minute and is a writer for the top-rated Netflix show, “Mystery Science Theatre 3000”. Currently, Patrick lives in Vancouver in a lovely neighbourhood.
SATURDAY, APRIL 24th
SLOW NO TEMPO (8pm)
A cappella quartet. Vocal Group. Vocal Band. Whichever name you prefer, Slow No Tempo is four guys making music with just their voices. The quartet formed in the fall of 2018 and sings a wide variety of styles of music; from rock to sea shanties to jazz to barbershop and everything in between. Each song is sung with their beautiful blend of voices, and presented with their unique brand of humour. Slow No Tempo has wowed audiences at everything from large gala events to busking at the Farmer’s Market. Every year they pick a local charity as the beneficiary for their Singing Valentine fundraiser. Slow No Tempo is a prime example of what can happen when you fund music education initiatives: Each member is a product of their school music programs, and 3 of the 4 of singers initially met in their youth at the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music. Learn more about the quartet at slownotempo.ca.
CLINTON W. GRAY (11pm)
For over 20 years, Clinton has been blending magic, music and mayhem into high-energy, interactive comedy shows around the world. A ten-time international award-winning comedy magician, his performances have been described as a “roller-coaster ride of antics, that cause audiences to be belly-laughing one moment and speechless with amazement the next.” (Edmonton Journal)
SUNDAY, APRIL 25th
ONLINE OSCAR WATCH PARTY (5pm)
Join the KFF crew for a fun virtual watch party of the biggest awards show in the world: The Oscars! Pick the winners in advance for your chance to win a fabulous prize, then join our live feed and follow along with the evening. Let’s judge outfits, nominations, speeches, and everything in-between. A virtually social way to enjoy the event!
MONDAY, APRIL 26th
Featured Non-Profit: Kamloops Alzheimer’s Society
Before our screening of The Father at the Twin Rivers Drive-In, we will be featuring The Alzheimer’s Society of Kamloops, connecting our audience with the work of this wonderful organization.
The Mission of the Alzheimer’s Society is to ensure people affected by dementia are not alone, by educating and mobilizing a broader community of care around them, and supporting valuable research into the disease and people living with it.
RAIDEN TAIKO DRUMMERS (8pm)
Raiden Taiko is an amateur Japanese drum ensemble from Kamloops. The group was formed in 2004 under the umbrella of the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association. Traditional Taiko has been played at religious ceremonies and festivals for centuries. It was first introduced to North America (California) in the 1960’s and is now a popular performing art enjoyed around the world.
TUESDAY, APRIL 27th
TNRL WHIRLWIND LIBRARY TOUR (8pm)
Catherine Schmidt, Coordinator of Adult Services for the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library gives us a whirlwind tour through the free offerings of our local public libraries. Learn how to access the library’s physical and digital film & TV collections and hear about upcoming events that are sure to pique the interest of any cinephile.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28th
OBITTERSWEET: LIFE LESSONS FROM OBITUARIES (8pm)
Kamloops author Tamara Macpherson Vukusic started a weekly tradition of reading obits in her early 20’s. For almost three decades she has coveted the lessons found nestled in these life stories. Written before the pandemic, Obittersweet: Life Lessons from Obituaries is released into the world as obituaries fill an unprecedented number of newspaper pages. They have grown in both number and word count, often replacing the words spoken when people were permitted to gathered to grieve, remember and pay tribute.
THURSDAY, APRIL 29th
KAMLOOPS DANCE ACADEMY (8pm)
Kamloops Dance Academy was established in 1985 and is an examination studio accredited with the National Association of Teachers of Dancing in England. The studio offers classes in several disciplines and attends several workshops and conventions throughout the year such as GSP and Street Groove, as well as classes at Harbour Dance, and a very limited number of competitions.
FRIDAY, APRIL 30th
THE CURSE OF WILLOW SONG Q&A (6:00pm)
Join us for a Live Q&A with the Writer/ Director of the DarkFest film, The Curse of Willow Song, Karen Lam. This will be your chance to find out about the making of the film and to ask your own questions.
Karen Lam has worked full-time in the film and television industry since 2000. Starting her career as a producer and entertainment lawyer, Karen has produced five feature films, eight short films and three television series. Her first short film as a writer/director (The Cabinet) won the NSI Drama Prize in 2006. She has since written/directed seven short films, a music video, Very Bad Men (2012) a true-crime documentary series for Investigation Discovery (US), a web series Mythos (2015) created for TELUS and three feature films — Stained (2010), Evangeline (2013) and The Curse of Willow Song.
KAMLOOPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (8pm)
Any movie buff knows that music can make or break a film. Ahead of your drive-in experience, the Kamloops Symphony will shine a light on some well-known movie tunes. In small configurations, musicians from the Kamloops Symphony will perform various beloved hits from the big screen, including Schindler’s List, Westside Story and more.
Film for a Cause: KAMLOOPS FOODBANK
Before our screening of Two of Us, the Kamloops Foodbank will be in attendance collecting items and cash donations. Please donate what you can to help a worthwhile cause in our community.
Top Ten Needed Items:
The Kamloops Food Bank’s vision is a hunger-free community. They expanded their food recovery program to include all perishable items donated by every grocery retailer in Kamloops and will have collected 2 million pounds by year end. They tripled the number of elementary age children who receive backpacks full of food every weekend and distributed a record amount of food to their 7,000 clients, 9 regional food banks in addition to the 52 community meal making agencies they serve.
CARAVAN OF CURIOUSITIES (11pm)
The Caravan Of Curiosities are a Vancouver-based circus / sideshow collective with members ranging across Canada – with plans to soon expand to New Zealand in late 2021 / Early 2022. They pride themselves on bringing weird and wonderful spectacles to both private events and their own productions. Founded in 2015, they have performed across Canada and in the Western USA, including at DarkFest 2019 & 2020, delighting and thrilling audiences in equal measure. http://caravanofcuriosities.com/
SATURDAY, MAY 1st
THE CLIMB Q&A (4pm)
The KFF presents a Live Q&A with the Writer/ Director/ Producer/ Star of the The Climb, Michael Covino. This is your chance to get your questions about this Comedy/ Drama answered.
Michael Covino is a filmmaker and actor from New York. He produced HUNTER GATHERER, which won a Special Jury Prize at SXSW and was nominated for the Cassavetes Award in 2017. Other feature credits as a producer include KICKS, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released by Focus World in 2016, and KEEP IN TOUCH, which he co-wrote.
In 2016 he was named to Moviemaker Magazine’s “25 Screenwriters to Watch” list. As an actor, he recently performed in Paul Greengrass’ NEWS OF THE WORLD for Universal. His feature directorial debut, THE CLIMB, premiered in Un Certain Regard and won the Coup de Coeur Award at the 2019 Cannes film festival, where Sony Pictures Classics acquired the worldwide distribution rights. THE CLIMB went on to play Telluride, Toronto, London, San Sebastian, Sundance, SXSW, and Deauville, where it won the Jury Prize.
ASH Q&A (6pm)
Join us for a Virtual Live Q&A with the Writer/ Director/ Producer of Ash, Andrew Huculiak. Ash was shot in our region so has many local connections. Let’s find them out together!
Andrew Huculiak is a multi-talented artist known not only as the animated drummer of We Are The City, a celebrated Canadian experimental rock band, but also as the award-winning director of Violent, his debut feature film, which won 19 awards across the international film festival circuit and The Hollywood Reporter lauded as “hurling a brick for Canadian newcomers”. His challenging second film, Ash, starring Tim Guinee and Chelah Horsdal, was filmed amidst devastating forest fires in his home province of British Columbia and is an empathetic exploration of mental illness and the edges of humanity. Through his work Andrew explores themes of spirituality, existentialism, empathy and disaster.
Film for a Cause: BCSPCA
Help the local SPCA gather some much-needed items for their far-reaching operations. Bring in item to our screening of Wolfwalkers or make a cash donation!
Animal Care Supplies
- Puzzle toys for dogs & cats
- Cat wet canned food (pate style)
- Dog wet canned food
- Dog treats
- Cat treats (Temptations)
- Yesterday News cat litter
- Pine shavings for small animals
- Chew toys for small animals
- HE laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
- Paper towel
- Toilet Paper
- Large size garbage bags (74L to 90L)
- Tall size garbage bags (36L to 45L)
- Printer paper (letter size)
- Scotch tape and Packing tape
- Correction tapes (white out)
- White-board markers
- Gift cards (Grocery stores, pet stores … etc)
The BC SPCA Kamloops Community Animal Centre is one of 44 BC SPCA locations across the province serving sick, neglected, abused and homeless animals. Whether you are looking to adopt a new furry friend into your family or would like to know more about how you can make a difference for animals in our community, they are here to help. The BC SPCA is a not-for-profit organization which relies primarily on community donations to help animals in need.
Join us for a fun-filled evening of family entertainment at our screening of Wolfwalkers at the Twin Rivers Drive-In. Make a wolf mask with provided supplies. Win a prize for Comfiest Family, and learn how to make balloon animals with Uncle Chris the Clown. Plus more!
UNCLE CHRIS THE CLOWN (8pm)
Hi my name is Chris but you all know me better as “Uncle Chris the Clown”. I have been clowning around in Kamloops and all over the province for over 20 years now! I have done thousands of children’s birthday parties and have been at hundreds of fairs and large events throughout the Interior. Even last year when Covid hit us hard, I still remained Super-Busy doing On-Line and On-Lawn Parties for all of the kids out there who now couldn’t have a “normal” birthday party. The good thing about being a clown is that people “want” you when times are good and “need” you when times are bad! So even though we don’t know how long we will be dealing with this Global Pandemic I can promise you this…. This Clown will continue doing what he loves best, and that’s putting smiles and laughter on people’s faces young and old! I have as much fun entertaining people as they do watching me and I consider myself blessed to be able to put happiness in people’s lives especially at times like this!
Keep on Smiling,
Uncle Chris the Clown :0)
JEREMY KNEESHAW (11pm)
A songwriter, and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc band member, Jeremy became a full time musician in 2015. From early beginnings in piano at age 2, Kneeshaw is an established multi-instrumentalist – playing Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Accordion and more. Jeremy has played at venues of all sizes throughout western Canada, with bands ranging in genre from funk to country. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Kneeshaw has been working on a fourth album and developing a recording studio.
SUNDAY, MAY 2nd
DEATH OF A LADIES’ MAN Q&A (4pm)
Our final Live Q&A of KFF 2021 features the Writer/ Director of Death of a Ladies Man, Matthew Bissonnette. Grab a comfy seat and bring your questions for this enlightening discussion. Matthew Bissonnette was born and raised in Montreal, where he studied English and Film at Concordia University. He then studied law at Queen’s University, was called to the Ontario bar, but retired two weeks later to write and work in movies. Bissonnette is also a Find Director’s Lab Fellow. He has written and directed four feature films: Looking For Leonard (2002), Who Loves The Sun (2006), Passenger Side (2010) and Death Of A Ladies Man (2020). Between movies he directs advertisements. His novel, Smash Your Head On The Punk Rock, was published in 2008. He lives in Los Angeles.
CLOSING PARTY: FILMPROV & PIZZA (6pm)
A ticket gets you 1 Large Pizza (Picked up from Pizza King on May 2 between 3 and 6:30pm) and Access to a LIVE Film Themed Improv show from the Some People Improv Troupe.
Let’s close out the BIGGEST Kamloops Film Festival in KFS history in true COVID fashion. Grab a delicious pizza (at a HUGE discount), find the butt groove in your favourite chair, and enjoy some LIVE Improv entertainment from some of the best improvinators in town!
Some People Improv Troupe
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… there was a group of people and these people are known as Some People. This talented group of improvisors will bring the laughs, entertainment and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Featuring an all-star cast of Morgan Benedict, Greg Brown, Jessica Buchanan, Shannon Cooper and Des Geddes. So hold onto your butts and yippee ki yay for a delightful evening of movie themed improv.