This Film Festival has something for everyone - animation, true-story drama, comedy, and foreign! The Festival starts off Friday night (Jan 20) with a film about parenthood and the struggles of preserving your way of life. Then Saturday we have three films to pick from: an animated masterpiece for children; a captivating foreign comedy/drama about sisters; and to finish off the day a true-story drama about a lost boy in India finding his roots years later. Sunday come back and enjoy the matinee for a second time!

All shows are at the NVSS Integris Community Theatre (formerly the Small Aud). Tickets are:

$30 Festival Pass (all movies included)

Individual movies by Donation

Matinees (Kubo) $5 tickets, or $20/family

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Sterling Sturgeon Film Festival 2017

Captain Fantastic
Friday, January 20 - 7pm

In Matt Rossí CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his six children completely off the grid in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Rather than have his children go to public schools, Cash engages his kids in a rigorous physical and intellectual curriculum, teaching them the classics as well as more practical lessons in fishing, gardening, construction, and more. In the evening with no electricity, the family discusses ideas and plays music rather than sitting in front of a TV or typing away on their smart phones. Ben is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Director: Matt Ross

Writer: Matt Ross

Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler

Official Movie Site

IMDb Review

Kubo and the Two Strings
Saturday, January 21 - 1pm
Sunday, January 22 - 1pm

Kubo is the son of a legendary samurai and a goddess. He is a scrappy, shamisen-shredding 12 year old with magical powers he's only beginning to understand. Buko is a born storyteller, raising money to care for his mother by entertaining his town's villagers with origami reenactments of his father's past heroics. But when he seeks out the truth of his father's past, Kubo discovers more than he bargained for, awakening the all pwerful Moon King. Now, faced with challenges beyond his wildest imagination, Kubo must embark ona quest to master his powers and become the hero he was born to be.

Check out the official website for Kubo - it has downloads and games to play. It looks really cool!

Official Movie Site

IMDb Review

Our Little Sister
Saturday, January 21 - 4pm

"Our Little Sister", directed by internationally acclaimed director Hirozaku Kore-eda, is adapted from Yoshida Akimi's best-selling graphic novel "Umimachi Diary". Three twenty-something sisters - Sachi, Yoshino and Chika - live together in a large old house in the seaside town of Kamakura. When they learn of their estranged father's death, they decide to travel to the countryside for his funeral. There they meet their shy teenage half-sister Suzu for the first time and, bonding quickly, invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and begins a new life with her older sisters.

Amidst the many and varied colors of Kamakura's four seasons, the four sisters cause each other emotional anguish, and support each other through life's trials, developing a very special bond in the process. Set against the summer ocean sparkling with sunlight, radiant autumn foliage, a tunnel of gorgeous yet impermanent cherry blossom trees, hydrangeas damp from the rainy season, and brilliant fireworks heralding the arrival of another summer, their moving and deeply relatable story depicts the irreplaceable moments that form a true family.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Writer: Makimi Yoshida (manga), Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)

Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose

Official Movie Site

IMDb Review

Saturday, January 21 - 7pm

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

This film is based on true story. Over 80,000 children go missing in India each year. The movie creators are collaborating with extraordinary organizations to support children in India and around the world. Learn more from the movie's official website.

Director: Garth Davis

Writer: Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies

Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

Official Movie Site

IMDb Review


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Movie Info
All shows start at 7:00pm at the NVSS Small Auditorium, 2608 Bute Avenue, Vanderhoof.

Tickets available at the door.

Food Bank
Please bring a donation for the food bank.

Student Filmmakers
Reel Alternatives is looking for student made films from Northern BC students. We would like to show them as previous to our regular Reel Alternatives movies. Please contact us for more information.

Reel Alternatives Society
Reel Alternatives is now a registered non-profit society. If you are interested in joining Reel Alternatives and being on our Board, please contact us, we'd love to have you!

Sponsor a Movie!!
Here is a great advertising opportunity for businesses and groups in Vanderhoof. If you sponsor a movie, by covering the shipping costs of the movie, we will announce your name at the movie showing, list you as the sponsor on the movie webpage, and put your name on the movie poster we put up around town. Not bad publicity for a $50 donation. »Learn more.

Movies at the Library
Reel Alternatives donates some of the movies we show during the year to the Vanderhoof Public Library. Check the library for their impressive movie selection.

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