McCall Film Society starts eighth year of showing independent films

Star News THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018

McCall Film Society starts eighth year of showing independent films

A visit to a library in Whistler, B.C., led Bill Thomas and Jacki Rubin to decide to bring independent films to McCall. Eight years later, the McCall Film Society continues to host the best in innovative filmmaking.

A scene from the mountain-climbing documentary “Metanoia,” which has been the best attended film of the McCall Film Society’s eight-year tenure when it was shown in 2015.

The society will show the climate-change film “Saving Snow” on Jan. 9, eight years after Thomas and Rubin discovered during a 2011 visit that the Whistler Public Library held monthly showings of new movies.

“We love movies and McCall did not have a movie theater anymore so we were looking for a way to bring movies to McCall,” said Thomas, a retired social worker and health care advocate at St. Luke’s McCall.

The couple connected with Film Movement, a New York City film distributor that had a program for libraries.

The McCall Public Library and then-director Anne Kantola agreed to sponsor the films, and the 100-seat Alpine Playhouse was rented as the venue. The society’s first film, the French comedy “Queen of Hearts,” was shown in January 2012.

Free tickets for the showings are quickly snapped up, but the most popular film was the November 2015 showing of the mountain-climbing documentary “Metanoia.” “We had to turn people away,” Thomas said.

“Inequality for All”, a film by American economist Robert Reich, drew over 100 people when it was shown in In January 2014

Like the Whistler library, the McCall showings tend to stay away from mainstream titles and seeks out independent and foreign films.

“We try to be topical and try to find movies that deal with the issues of the day,” said Rubin, a retired school teacher.

“We look for films that in some ways challenge the audience to think in a different way,” she said.

The group has received grants from the City of McCall tourism local-option tax to support its efforts as well as The Kit Worthington Foundation for the Arts, also known as The Gig.

The McCall library and current director Meg Lojek continues to sponsor the series.

The February film will be the Holocaust survivor movie “Bye Bye Germany,” and the showing in March will be he murder-courtroom mystery “The Third Murder.”

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