Mark Stevenson, of Algoma International Films, came into the ONNtv studios to talk to Tim Murphy about the kick-off of their 2019 season, with the first of eight films playing at 7p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Galaxy Cinemas.
The films are spread out throughout the fall and winter, with two-three films played each month. The following is the schedule for winter of 2019:
- Colette (UK, 2018) – Thurs., Jan. 17
- Shoplifters (Japan, 2018) – Thurs., Jan. 31
- If Beale Street Could Talk (USA, 2018) – Thurs., Feb. 7
- Cold War (Poland, 2018) – Thurs., Feb. 21
- The Grizzles (Canada, 2018) – Thurs., Feb. 28
- Non-Fiction (France, 2018) – Thurs., Mar. 21
- Capernaum (Lebanon, 2018) – Thurs., Mar. 28
- Woman at War (Iceland, France, Ukraine, 2018) -Thurs., Apr. 4
These movies play at 7p.m. at Galaxy Cinemas, and are one screening only.
The Algoma International Film Society, founded in 1967, is all volunteer-based. Stevenson explained that AIFS has no committee, but they do have a board of eight people. Each year, a handful of members volunteer to go to the film festivals, such as Cineafest and TIFF and send back notes and recommendations to Stevenson in regards to which movies should come to the Sault. Fourteen of these movies are chosen and played each year – six in the fall and eight in the winter. This calculates to roughly two a month, but Stevenson said that’s not always how it ends up. For example, there are three playing in Feb. and two in Jan. Stevenson said dates have to be approved by Cineafest before they can go ahead with the schedule.
For more information on the Algoma International Film Association, click here.