Bay Street Presents Docs on Bay
THUNDER BAY – Entertainment – Bay Street Film Festival’s monthly documentary screening program, “Docs on Bay” presents “Special Ed”, on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at 314 Bay Street, above The Hoito Restaurant. Tickets are $7 or pay what you can if you’re a student, senior or unemployed.
“Special Ed”, the latest film by award-winning Winnipeg filmmaker John Paskievich. The film follows artist Ed Ackerman as he embarks on a legacy project to complete a 25-year-old NFB animation project designed to help kids read and write by converting three derelict houses in a struggling neighbourhood into a film studio. Resistance to his maverick vision inspires Ed to take unorthodox measures to save his properties from demolition.
“In many ways, “Special Ed” is a classic story about the individual at odds with his surroundings. While it’s clear to see why the City of Winnipeg’s authorities would take issue with Ackerman’s slap-dash methodologies, many of us can identify with the trouble he has reconciling his ambitions with his abilities. At some point or other, we all see ourselves as the exception to the rule.” – Vanda Schmockel, Prairie Dog magazine.
The film’s editor, Jeff McKay will be in Thunder Bay for the screening and will also conduct a workshop, “Editing and Directing Documentary Film” on Saturday, February 8th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Bay Street Film Festival Office at 4A Court Street South – Room 19C from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This session is free and open to the public. Please register in advance by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff McKay has been making films since 1986, working mostly as an editor and director. He work has included “40 Years of One Night Stands – The Story of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet” (2008), “Crapshoot: The Gamble With Our Wastes” (2003), and the Genie nominated, Peabody award winning, “Fat Chance” (1995).
Please visit baystreetfilmfestival.ca for more information on either event.