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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.



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On the scene...

DJs spin before the films starting at 9:30 p.m. Todd and Phroh threw down funky reggae tracks before Four Rooms .

All this for the fantastic price of...

$2 if you’re a LUNA membership cardholder, $4 for non-members. Membership cards are free to those 18-29 years old and can be obtained at any LUNA event.


Allowed but limited. A better bet is WAVE’s shuttle running before and after the movie from the Gondola Transit Exchange for $0.50 each way.


Go to www.lunawhistler.com or call 604-902-0769. Screenings are cancelled in event of bad weather.

Series No. 2 — Reel Alternatives

Who’s in charge?

The Whistler Film Festival Society began Reel Alternatives in April to bring film festival and alternative cinematic fare to Whistler on a regular basis. The first three films in the series screened at Village 8 Cinemas.

The popularity of LUNA’s summer films inspired festival organizers to take Reel Alternatives outside for the summer. They have done so in style, with a high-quality 15 x 20-foot inflatable screen to enhance the viewing experience.

The real deal on Reel Alternatives...

The Whistler Film Festival aims to provide quality independent and Canadian programming as an arts and cultural experience for the community as a whole. This is the primary reason the festival decided to go with its own summer film series as opposed to joining hands with LUNA, which is specifically targeting an 18-29 year old demographic as a community service.

Reel Alternatives’ outdoor films screen every second Wednesday through the end of August.

On the screen...

The first three Reel Alternative films screened at Village 8 were mountaineering saga Touching the Void , social documentary The Corporation , and visually stunning animated feature film The Triplets of Belleville .

The first outdoor Reel Alternatives film was acclaimed Canadian film The Snow Walker, which was intended to coincide with the first Whistler Arts & Music Festival on July 10 but was rescheduled for Wednesday, July 14 due to weather.

Upcoming Reel Alternatives films are all highlights from last December’s third annual Whistler Film Festival beginning with Vancouver director Trent Carlson’s magnificent mockumentary The Delicate Art of Parking this Wednesday, July 28, and continuing with Seducing Dr. Lewis on Aug. 11 and Go Further on Aug. 25.