Outdoor Summer Film Series

Friday, July 13, 2018
Ron Basford Park’s Amphitheatre & Performance Works (Granville Island)
Film screening starts after sunset (appx. 9:15 pm).
Preceded by FREE animation workshops and VR Demos from 5-9 pm.

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
84min | Canada, France, Lebanon, Qatar, USA | Rated G

Directors: Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, and Michal Socha.

Cast: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, and Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie, and Beasts of the Southern Wild).

Almitra, a precocious young girl who has not spoken since the death of her father, befriends Mustafa, a mild-mannered poet and revered political prisoner. After seven years under house arrest for his what the Ottoman Empire considered subversive ideas, Mustafa’s teachings have survived his absence. His words offer hope and guidance to the people of a small port city while he remains stoic in his positivity and understanding of the human condition. Ignited to question the authority’s attempt to silence Mustafa’s many forms of expression, the townspeople take a stand. Almitra bears witness, learning deeper truths about herself and the complexity of finding justice.

Inspired by the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran’s entire body of work, The Prophet is a wondrous and richly-animated adaptation of one of the most recognized and best-selling volumes of poetry of all time. A passion project of producer-actor Salma Hayek, the film’s animation team is headed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), and showcases the work of nine internationally acclaimed and independent animators, several of whom have had their own films screen at R2R. The Prophet was R2R’s Opening Night Film in 2015. Set to music by Damien Rice and Yo-Yo Ma, Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this emotive, painterly, and cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression.

Join us for an evening of family fun!

The screening will be preceded by FREE animation workshops and VR demos at Performance Works, from 5 pm to 9 pm. Come and check out some of NFB’s finest virtual reality pieces and treat yourself to groundbreaking, immersive experiences created by renowned Canadian artists!

Make your own animation using some wacky props and paper cut-outs! These animation workshops offer children and families the opportunity to spark a new shared interest, hone the ability to tell a simple story, and even learn to fly!

Workshops include:

  • Pixilation – Get animated! Choreographed by the instructor, you will glide, disappear and fly through the air. This is a great introduction to special effects and stop-motion animation.
  • Objects in motion – Using everyday office and school supplies, kids will animate objects in new, interesting and imaginative ways.
  • Cut out animation – A variety of pre-fashioned and cut-out materials will be used to create characters and sets. In small groups, using video capture techniques, attendees will be taken through the steps of creating a short animation.

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Note: Free parking will be available starting at 4 pm. Accessible washrooms are on site. The amphitheatre is wheelchair accessible via a steep paved ramp, leading to a grassy, stadium-style lawn. Bring a blanket, some snacks and enjoy the show under the stars!


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