Whistler's Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) plans on taking people back to the '60s and the '80s with their upcoming drive-in movie screening.
While they wrapped up their season of summertime film screenings at Lost Lake in early August, organizers are getting ready to host a special double feature at Blackcomb's Base II on Friday, Sept. 3, taking the crowd back to the '60s and '80s, respectively, with Taking Woodstock and Heathers.
At 8:30 p.m., they push "play" on Taking Woodstock, a comedy/drama from the Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) inspired by the true story of Elliot Tiber, a down-on-his-luck interior designer who moves upstate from Greenwich Village to help his parents run their dilapidated Catskills motel. It's 1969, the bank is about to foreclose and Elliot is still figuring how to come out to his parents. So, when Elliot hears that a neighbouring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers, thinking he could drum up some much needed business for the motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighbour's farm and Elliot finds himself swept up in the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival.
At 10:45 p.m., to get in back-to-school mode, they're screening Heathers, the film that made Winona Ryder and Christian Slater household names and went on to become one of the biggest cult classics of the '80s.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m., with BBQ and popcorn available. Entry is $20 per car, $7 per pedestrian and $5 per LUNA or Club Shred member. More film and event details are available at www.lunawhistler.com. The screening will be cancelled in the event of rain.
WAC extends support to shutterbugs
Anyone who has lived in Whistler for even a short length of time has probably noticed there is no shortage of talented photographers who call the Sea to Sky corridor home. Just check out the walls of your favourite coffee shop, or visit one of the many photography competitions and slideshows that are hosted throughout the year. You'll see that there are plenty of people who have a knack for capturing the natural beauty of the region, and the talent that dwells within.
To help encourage artists' photographic pursuits, the Whistler Arts Council (WAC) has introduced a $1,000 Photographers' Workshop Bursary, a new award designed to help a Sea to Sky photographer participate in a multi-day photographic workshop anywhere in North America. They are hoping that the selected photographer will then further the artistic achievement of photographers in the area by sharing the information they have learned in the form of a descriptive exhibition, seminar or community workshop.