Now in its fourth season of bringing cinema to small towns and rural communities all over North America, Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival is coming to Langley for the first time, showcasing powerful, award-winning short films from around the world, according to a press release.
This year’s festival features two unique matinee events at Clyde Theatre in Langley.
Tickets are $7 per screening, $5 for seniors and students. Each showing is followed by a question-and-answer discussion with festival director, Michael Harrington.
The first program begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The films explore the topic of “our basic assumptions.”
“What happens when we leave our assumptions at the door?,” the press release states. “These seven shorts challenge stereotypes around poverty, race, integrity, sexuality, gender, age, and more.”
Another program is at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12.
Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to small communities.
This year, the festival features 25 short films divided into four different themed programs that explore topics ranging from gender and equality, to overcoming obstacles and remembering the little moments that make a life whole.
For the first time in the festival’s history, the majority of films featured this year are directed by women, a fact that according to festival director, Michael Harrington, was “not intentional but a wonderful surprise once the final films were chosen.”
“Short films don’t necessarily answer all the questions for the viewer and often times are made to inspire questions,” says Harrington. “I’m more of a facilitator of these conversations. The best screenings always end with me learning something from the audience about the films we just watched, not just the other way around.”