Jan 27, 2017

Baconfest 4

We are looking forward to seeing all our “bacon” fans at The City of Calgary’s fourth edition of Baconfest, our local film festival on planning.

Scheduled for four successive Wednesdays in February, our films look at creative approaches to urban building around the world.  We finish with a bang by showing “CitizenJane: Battle for the City,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall.  This movie about planning icon Jane Jacobs has had only limited showings, and we are proud to offer its "western debut.”

Baconfest kicks off Wednesday, February 1 with two showings. The first, titled “The Nature of Cities,” looks at examples primarily from northern Europe, where nature has been fostered in urban environments. From vertical gardens to bat habitats, these greening efforts are sure to get us thinking about local application possibilities.              


The second film, “Elevated Thinking – TheHigh Line in New York City,” focuses on the design features of this ambitious elevated corridor and how it has melted into the NYC landscape. Equally interesting for those who have experienced the space and those wishing to visit, a lot of what we see is just as relevant at grade as it is 10 metres in the air. This is a great example of how investment in public space generates huge private investment that gives back in the form of building communities and providing additional fiscal resources to the city. (I’ve walked the High Line and will share some of my perspectives after the film.)

More on the next films in future posts.

Please join us for another great year of bacon and movies. Note that on February 22 we will be showing the Jane Jacob’s movie at the Globe Cinema, not our usual Dutton Theatre location.  And space will be limited so you will want to get there early.  I look forward to seeing our regulars as well as new urban film buffs. 

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