A taste of Baconfest: night threeAnother terrific evening for Baconfest attendees and organizers last Wednesday evening. The film “Everything Will Be” could have been a little shorter, but the National Film Board did a terrific job filming everyday life and the people of Vancouver’s Chinatown. The opening sequence as merchants opened their shops, street vendors set up displays, was stunning. The visual images were soon overtaken by the stories of the people and their perceptions of what the neighbourhood was, is and how it was changing. The film really was a story about people.
This Wednesday we have one long feature, “A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitba Brazil” and a couple of shorts. Curitba is on all city builders bucket list, a place where city administrators see a solution, then make it happen. There are lots of lessons for us to explore and marvel at how this city has made things happen.
The first short film is about better “tactical urbanism” in Austin, where a community movement led by one individual brought light rail back to a troubled commercial corridor and helped bring it back to life.
The second short film titled “Soul of the City” is from the Calgary Foundation highlighting their grant winners. And if time allows, the short film “Seattle, America’s next top transit city” will give us an overview of what that city is doing to move people and create economic opportunity.
So we look forward to hosting you at the Dutton Theatre in the downtown public library next Wednesday.
And I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that on the last Baconfest evening, February 22, the show shifts to a different venue, the Globe Cinema for the big finale, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, which we believe is the only public viewing since the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.