Locally filmed “Weirdos” being screened at MIPAC
(Windsor, NS) The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Center (MIPAC) will welcome movie fans for the first time in nearly twenty years with a special community screening of Bruce McDonald’s acclaimed WEIRDOS. Shot partially on location in Windsor, the touching coming-of-age film will be shown on Friday evening, June 16th at 7:30 PM.
Based on an original screenplay by Daniel MacIvor, Weirdos follows the story of fifteen-year-old Kit (Dylan Authors) who dreams of a more glamorous life in the big city, faraway from the small town where he lives with his father (Allan Hawco) and grandmother (Cathy Jones). Enlisting the help of his girlfriend Alice (Julia Sara Stone), they hitchhike towards a new home with his glamorous, artistic mother Laura (Molly Parker). As Kit and Alice reach their final destination their relationship is tested as Kit comes to realize that his life will change forever.
The film was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Molly Parker for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Daniel MacIvor for Original Screenplay, Duff Smith for Achievement in Editing, Bethana Briffett for Achievement in Costume Design, and Matt Likely for Achievement in Art Direction. The production premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and has since been applauded by enthusiastic audiences at both national and international film festivals.
The one-time screening is intended to celebrate the Town of Windsor’s importance as a destination for film crews. In addition to Weirdos, local streetscapes, homes and businesses (including MIPAC) have provided the backdrop for a number of other feature films, including Two If By Sea, The River King, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Blackbird, and Cloudburst, as well as a number of TV movies and series.
The Imperial Theatre was built by John H. ‘Jack’ Bustin in 1914 (refurbished following a fire in 1931), and regularly presented plays, concerts and traveling musical shows in addition to films. Country and Western greats including Hank Snow, Wilf Carter, Kitty Wells and Smiley Bates performed on the Imperial stage, while The Windsor Concert Party variety shows entertained troops stationed nearby as well as local residents.
In 1947 the Theatre was sold to the B & L cinema chain (Bernstein and Lieberman) of Saint John, NB, the pioneering company who introduced “talkies” to the Maritimes. The Imperial was sold again to Dr. Garth and Lauren Vaughan in 1986, who promoted both live entertainment and movie screenings. Following their retirement, Mermaid Theatre acquired the facility in 2003, and began the extensive restorations that have resulted in the MIPAC renaissance. Recent upgrades to both interior and façade have been supported by the Province of Nova Scotia’s Community Facilities Improvement Program and The Government of Canada’s 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
The black-and-white film is rated PG and runs 85 minutes. Showtime is 7:30pm. Admission to the Weirdos screening is $14, with tickets available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 888-311-9090 or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and at the door.
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