R2R Film Festival | April 4-11, 2014
We are pleased to announce the Vancouver premiere and Opening Night Presentation of If I Had Wings. Shot in Langley, BC, this is a heart-warming film about refusing to accept your limitations. The all-star Canadian cast includes Lorne Cardinal and Jill Hennessy. The production is a family affair, starring Richard Harmon as the young lead, his sister Jessica as the coach, his father Allan directing and mother Cynde producing. Select cast and crew will be in attendance.
After the film, join us for the celebration of R2R’s Sweet 16 Birthday, with a reception and live performance by American Idol singer, songwriter, and pianist Scott MacIntyre, who wrote the theme song for If I Had Wings.
This is an excellent fieldtrip opportunity for youth to learn about films and cultures from around the world. These weekday matinee screenings of award-winning feature films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, discussant or Festival Director. All films are accompanied by a study guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities, and resources. There are grade recommendations for each film. The Talent Lab program includes the option of attending the How to Make an Animated GIF workshop. The workshop is available to school groups and home-learners by pre-registration.
Download Talent Lab flyer here.
Youth Media Conference & Showcase
A day-long conference of screenings, interactive presentations, and activities for high school students, the Youth Media Conference inspires and equips students to explore, appreciate, analyze, create and share screen media. The conference will promote youth participation and representation in the media as a way to build community strength, encourage dialogue, and empower youth to be creative and innovative.
Download the Youth Media Conference flyer here.
During Reel Focus, Grade 4-7 classes attend a short film program and a workshop. The day starts at 9:45 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Reel Focus includes a Film Study Guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities, and resources. Experience the best in new short cinema from around the world. Films include animation, short drama, comedy and documentary, and deal with themes ranging from creativity to friendship and social justice. Screenings are followed by a Q&A session with some of the directors in attendance.
Download the Reel Focus flyer here.
Reel 2 Real is also pleased to partner with the Kids Culture Film Series for the Canadian Premiere of
My Avatar Horse
DIRS: Hou Keming, Liu Shen
China / 2012 / 95 min
In Mandarin w/English subtitles
*subtitles will be read aloud by a professional reader*
A Mongolian boy named Husile and his white horse Chagan are inseparable. In the prairie where they live, there is a legend about a shrine, protected by the avatar horse. One day, Husile meets three wise men who come from afar in search of the avatar horse. They are convinced that Changan is the one they are looking for, and they make the promise that a year later they will return to perform a reincarnation ceremony. Husile’s father dismisses the story as just a child’s tale, and decides to move his family to the city and sell Chagan. In order to keep him, Husile and his friends must launch an ingenious and adventurous rescue operation. Rated: G – recommended for ages 7+
Sunday, March 9, 2:00 pm
The Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway
Tickets: $9 adults, $6 children 12 and under
Net proceeds support Queen Victoria Annex and Laura Secord Elementary School.