Monthly independent film series returns to Pynelogs

Good news for local residents who are film fans — Cinefest is returning to Pynelogs this fall.

The First Grader

The First Grader

Good news for local residents who are film fans — Cinefest is returning to Pynelogs this fall.

For those that are not familiar with Cinefest, it is an independent film series brought to you by the Columbia Valley Arts Council and the Toronto International Film Circuit.

This event provides a great opportunity to experience some fantastic films and offers something different to spend an evening doing over the somewhat dreary winter months.

Not only is it a great time due to the film itself, it also offers a great social experience.

Popcorn will be available, as it is the perfect pairing to a night of movie watching, and the bar will be open if you feel inclined to have something to sip.

Before and after the film is a fun time to visit with other viewers and is a great opportunity to catch up with familiar faces you might not have seen in awhile, or introduce yourself to someone you don’t recognize.

The first Cinefest film of the season runs on Tuesday, October 11th. This year, we’ll start the season off with The First Grader.

The uplifting true story of the world’s oldest primary school student, this film reels you in with its human-interest hook, but packs an even more vital agenda: enlisting Kenyan locals to share little-known details of their nation’s independence.

So, while relatively conventional in the telling, director Justin Chadwick’s admirable effort manages to do more than inspire, educating us about an important chapter in African history — specifically, the treatment of Mau Mau freedom fighters.

Cinefest has taken place for many years now, and has been held at Pynelogs Cultural Centre for the last four years.

Cinefest will follow its pattern of the last several years and be held the second Tuesday of each month: October 11, November 8, January 10, February 14, March 13, and April 10. Doors open at 6:30, and the film starts at 7 p.m. each night.

A great event like Cinefest cannot happen without sponsorship and hard work.

If you or your business feels that this is an event you would like to sponsor, please contact Pynelogs and we will put you in touch with Cinefest organizer Chris Jones.

The Cinefest committee has worked hard to organize Cinefest the last several seasons and is looking forward to another great year of sharing films with our valley residents.

We will look forward to seeing familiar and new faces this fall.

For more information on Cinefest don’t hesitate to contact Pynelogs Cultural Centre at 250-342-4423.