With Halifax Pride Week comes a number of celebratory film screenings at the Halifax Central Library, including two essential, historic documentaries. The Times of Harvey Milk, the 1984 film about the legendary San Francisco activist (and selected by the U.S. Library of Congress in 2012 for preservation in the National Film Registry), screens on Monday, and Paris Is Burning, the 1990 doc about NYC drag balls in the 1980s, has a 25th anniversary screening on Wednesday.
Amy, the new Amy Winehouse doc that is absolutely covered in rave reviews, plays the Oxford this week.
One more strong doc screening this week, but in Liverpool—on Wednesday the Astor Theatre has Iris, about fashion icon Iris Apfel. This is the final documentary by legendary director Albert Maysles.
This week’s Atlantic Film Festival Summer of SuperHeroes outdoor screening at the Halifax waterfront (Tall Ships Quay) is my personal favourite of the bunch—1978’s Superman: The Movie. Screening is at 9:15pm, preceded by the Jason-Eisener-produced short Moving Day (2007) by John Davies.
Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:
- Monday (July 20) — The Times of Harvey Milk, Halifax Central Library, 6pm, free. Rob Epstein, USA, 1984, 90 minutes.
— Jaws, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Steven Spielberg, USA, 1975, 124 minutes.
- Tuesday (July 21) — Amy, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm & 9:45pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Asif Kapadia, 2015, UK, 128 minutes.
- Wednesday (July 22) — Paris is Burning, Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free. Jennie Livingston, USA, 1990, 78 minutes.
- Friday (July 24) — Superman, Tall Ships Quay, Halifax waterfront, 9:15pm, free, concessions & gates open at 8:15pm. Richard Donner, USA, 1978, 151 minutes.
And one South Shore screening pick this week:
- Wednesday (July 22) — Iris, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Albert Maysles, USA, 2014, 80 minutes.