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The 411 on the summer outdoor film scene

You know you live in a cool town when there are not one, but two outdoor film series.



This year the idyllic lakeside lawn at Lost Lake Park is host to summer screenings by both Whistler Community Services’ LUNA program and the Whistler Film Festival’s Reel Alternatives initiative.

Sure both series take place under the stars at dusk and require attendees to bring their own seating. There are, however, some key differences between the two.

Here then, is everything you wanted to know about summer outdoor movies in Whistler:

Series No. 1 – Lunafliks

Who’s in charge?

Whistler Community Services’ LUNA (Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives) program provides alcohol-free adult activities to the barhopping crowd – specifically defined as 18-29 year olds.

LUNA initiated the Lost Lake film screenings last summer with eclectic offerings like Baraka , a dialogue-free documentary of human existence.

After an off-season hiatus the program was re-launched last winter under the direction of new co-ordinator Kiran Pal and a crew of dedicated volunteers. LUNA’s winter series included Triple Threat martial arts/breakdancing classes, hockey nights, pool parties, climbing wall sessions and yoga.

After another off-season hiatus, LUNA has resurrected last year’s summer movie series under the new name Lunafliks - look for the cute cartoon "lunar-landing" graphic.

The lowdown on Lunafliks...

Lunafliks are all about camaraderie. The main goal is to get people out of the bars and under the stars for a good time they’ll remember. The films aren’t current – ’80s sci-fi classic Tron is on the roster for early August – but they’re fun, akin to having a bunch of friends over to watch a kitschy video.

Those outside the target 18-29 year old age bracket are welcome, however the fare has been tailored to this group. Last Lunaflik Four Rooms more than earns its R-rating with scenes that were definitely not suitable for children.

On the screen...

Previous Lunafliks include the screwball French farce Taxi (shown as a drive-in movie at Base II on Blackcomb Mountain), B.C.-set feature film The Bear , and the edgy director ensemble Four Rooms .

Upcoming Lunafliks include quirky Australian comedy The Rage in Placid Lake , about an outsider teen that chooses to live as conservatively as possible in order to rebel against his freethinking hippie parents. The film screens this Thursday, July 29 .

Tron is scheduled for Aug. 5.

Look for Lunafliks every second Thursday at Lost Lake Park beginning at dusk (usually between 10 and 10:30 p.m.)