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This was a nice surprise, a friend and I were enjoying our partially thought-out ‘walking in back alleys’ experiences we’ve been enjoying lately and spotting some great finds, like this vision of Kelowna where someone was clearly channeling van Gogh. I think there should be certain alleys behind buildings where we have more art, anyone interested in working on a plan to present to the city a system of districts set aside where a little color could be added?

Okanagan International Film Festival

The Okanagan International Film Festival is going to infuse downtown Kelowna with screenings of over 150 films, music videos, shorts, documentaries, and featured films starting Wednesday July 21st running until Sunday July 25th. The 5 day festival will feature screenings in traditional venues such as the downtown Paramount Theatre, the Kelowna Community Theatre, Black Box Theatre, and Okanagan College, with the addition of non-traditional venues such as the Royal Anne Hotel and Alternator for Contemporary Art located within the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Festival goers can expect to see a lot of film makers, directors, and actors attending the events and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and chat.

The Festival is put on by the Okanagan Film Festival Society which was founded in 1998 as a non for profit charitable organization. Their mission is to educate and promote the Canadian and International Film industry through film screening, competitions and professional industry workshops. The Society and Festival is run completely by a volunteer group of directors who have a passion for film and Canadian Film.

Films not to miss in this year’s festival include The Beast of the Bottomless Lake showing on Wednesday July 21st at 7:15pm at the Paramount, Greening the Cub: The 100 Mile House showing Friday July 23rd at 6:00pm and Strange Fruit at 8:00pm at Okanagan College, Hamlet, But You Didn’t Hear it From Me showing Friday July 23rd at 9;15pm at the Paramount, and Gunless showing Sunday July 25th at 6:45pm at the Paramount.

Tickets are available for individual screenings or a Festival Pass is available for $50 or students for $35 which gains you access to all screenings. A VIP pass is available for $175 which also includes access to all workshops, Galas, and after parties. Tickets are for sale through the website, Leo’s Video and the Paramount Theatre. For more information and to download the festival guide please visit OkanaganFilmFestival.com

Trailer for The Beast of Bottomless Lake

Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Night

Do you remember the good ‘ol days when you could drive your car stuffed full of family members to the local drive-in theatre? Interior Savings is bringing that experience back to Kelowna, but they’ve added a twist.

This summer, in their quest to support local youth, the Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Tour will be touching down in parks in 14 communities with a giant, three-story high inflatable movie screen. Families are invited to pull up a blanket or lawn chair and watch a popular movie under a starry sky while helping support youth in their communities.

To pull this tour together, they’ve partnered with non-profit organizations in each of the 14 communities who are making a valuable and lasting impact in the lives of youth.

The Kelowna Moonlight Movie Night will take place on Thursday July 15th in City Park hosted by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. Families are welcome to head down to the park around 7:00pm when the concession, BBQ, and children’s activities start. The featured movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will start around 9:00pm.

Admission is by donation with all proceeds benefit the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.

The tour will also be visiting West Kelowna on Wednesday July 14th, Lake Country July 18th, and Vernon July 19th.

For more information please visit www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca or www.interiorsavings.com

Score G Productions Inc. on Kickstarter

The Okanagan is Awesome, and a big part of that is the people who make it that way. One of the Locals guilty of awesomeness is Adam Scorgie. You may recognize him as filmmaker of the documentary “The Union: The Business behind getting High“. He is now undergoing a new project “Ice Guardians”, but he needs our help!

The obstacle facing many indie filmmakers is that most studios are only looking for movies that they think will be big box office hits, rather than movies which are thought provoking and educational.

“My true passion in addition to being creative is to focus on very compelling topics that both stimulate interest and educate people. The one quality that separates me from other filmmakers is that I am not in the industry simply to make a lot of money. The passion that drives me is to make thought provoking films that inspire the world in a positive way. ” -Adam Scorgie

Adam needs our help to raise $24,000 to start Score G Productions Inc., this will be “the production company created for the indie community by the indie community.”

In the spirit of A-OK, I raise my glass and popcorn bowl to Adam Scorgie. A true visionary and fellow Kelownian, dedicated to making Kelowna, the Okanagan, and the world, awesome.