Posted on January 15, 2014 by Christopher Thrall

On February 14-16, 2014, film-lovers from across Alberta will gather at the historic Bailey Theatre in Camrose for the fifth annual Nordlys Film & Arts Festival. “Last year was a real break-out year for the festival. Attendance figures were the highest yet,” says Steven Hansen, a board member of the Nordlys Film & Arts Society. …

On February 14-16, 2014, film-lovers from across Alberta will gather at the historic Bailey Theatre in Camrose for the fifth annual Nordlys Film & Arts Festival.

“Last year was a real break-out year for the festival. Attendance figures were the highest yet,” says Steven Hansen, a board member of the Nordlys Film & Arts Society.

The festival includes 9 films, interspersed with local musicians, good food and stimulating conversation. The films vary in origin and language, ranging from as near as Vegreville to as far as India.

“We always strive to create a program that includes high-quality films that aren’t available in the mainstream. The goal is to expand people’s horizons—to remind them that great films can and do come from places other than the big Hollywood machine.”

Nordlys is also continuing their tradition of hosting a feature Saturday night concert. The 2014 headliner “The Once”, hail from Newfoundland and are the winners of several East Coast Music and Canadian Folk Music awards. With their wide-array of maritime music, “The Once” are sure to bring a lively energy to a cold winter night.

One of the goals Nordlys strives for each year is to highlight a work of a local filmmaker. This year the festival will show Gently Whispering the Circle Back by local filmmaker Beth Wishart MacKenzie. This documentary shares the stories of those affected by residential schools and their journey to move forward. Beth will also be at the festival to discuss the film with audience members after the viewing.

Weekend passes are now on sale at the Bailey Theatre box office, by phone at 780-672-5510, or online through the Bailey Theatre website. For more information please visit nordlysfestival.com or contact info@nordlysfestival.com


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