Updated: Dec 20, 2019
PARKER PR and CALGARY FILM
Exclusive Photos by Katherine Calnan
EXECUTIVE DIRECOR OF THE CALGARY FILM FESTIVAL - STEVE SCHRODER
The Opening Gala of CIFF took place on Wednesday, September 18th at The Jack Singer Concert Hall, where festival patrons celebrated CIFF20 with a screening of THE SONG OF NAMES.
Starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen. THE SONG OF NAMES is another musical epic crafted by director François Girard (THE RED VIOLIN) and an emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century surrounding the lead-up to and impact of The Holocaust.
KATHRINE CALNAN PHOTOGRPAHY and BLAINE SCHLECHTER REPORTING
Photos below are of the stars and guests in attendance at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, at the opening night of CIFF Sept. 18th, 2019.
THE ONE AND ONLY ELLEN PARKER OF PARKER PR WITH KATE LORD
The Calgary International Film Festival went off with a bang last night at the Jack Singer’s Opening Gala Reception. We were delighted to welcome Calgary’s best in media, arts and business including our Mayor @nenshi, David Spence with @ctv, the @parkerprteam and so many more.
THE SONG OF NAMES
"I surrendered to the power of this film. Music is key, but lost memories are the great plague of our time. Filmmaking is a great antidote." - Francois Girard at CIFF 2019
THE SONG OF NAMES
"I thought it gave a fantastic alternate view one what we find important. A time of war and everyone sees a different perspective. A person given a gift of music. And it means nothing in the true loss of their whole family. It was enlightening to see people’s versions of what’s valuable. The gift of music? Or faith found in the loss of your family. And the understanding of those things in the end from both." - Paul Fry
STEVE SCHRODER ON THE RED CARPET
CALGARY MAYOR NENSHI OPENED THE FESTIVAL WITH A SPEECH BEFORE THE SONG OF NAMES!
STEVE SCHRODER BEING INTERVIEWED BY BLAINE SCHLECHTER OF I'M HERE WITH
NENSHI WITH LUKE AZEVEDO, MIKE SHEILDS AND MORE GUESTS
DON MCKELLER OF WAYDOWNTOWN
To celebrate WAYDOWNTOWN being the first film to ever play the Festival, a special screening will take place almost twenty years to the day of its 2000 premiere on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7pm at the Globe Cinema. The film will be shown in 35mm - how it was originally intended to be enjoyed! In attendance at the special event will be the films Director and local Calgarian Gary Burns, Producer George Baptist, the films Production Designer and Actor Donna Brunsdale and Cinematographer Patrick McLaughlin.
This darkly comedic cult classic from local Director Gary Burns (KITCHEN PARTY, RADIANT CITY) was the first Opening Gala of the inaugural Calgary International Film Festival, in 2000.
CURTIS STRANGE. BLAINE SCHLECHTER INTERVIEWING ALL THE STARS
COVER STAR JORDAN GOODEN AT CIFF
ALTHEA CLARKE WHO HAS HER OWN OMNI TV AND ROGERS TALK SHOW IS WITH MAYOR NENSHI ON THE RED CARPET AFTER INTERVIEWING HIM FOR CIFF SEPT. 18TH.
SHE HAS HAD MAYOR NENSHI ON HER ISLAND TEA WITH ALTHEA SHOW, WHICH IS NATIONALLY ON CABLE AND MORE.
THIRD ACTION FIM FEST.CA
CELEBRITY PHOTOGRPHER KATHERINE CALNAN
LUKE AZEVEDO, MIKE SHEILDS AND GUESTS
KELLY STREIT with Caroline Saunders and Linda Garson of Culinaire Magazine
Fabulous is how I’ll describe tonight. Walking the red carpet alongside renowned Film Director F rancois Girard of Oscar winning film The Red Violin & of the opening gala film THE SONG OF NAMES & British Consul General, Caroline Saunders & @calgaryfilmartistic director BrianOwens, @atbfinancial CEO Curtis Strange & my friends Ann McCaig and Board Chair @levesquedarcy CIFF, if this opening Gala is any indication, the Festival will be a huge success. Bravo Stephen Schroeder - CIFF Sept 18 - 29
MARCY KRAFT AND TONY MCGRATH
"It was an incredible evening to kick off the 20th Calgary Film Festival. We are both so delighted for our friend Steve Schroder and Brain Owens on their success. Thank you to Ellen Parker of Parker PR for hosting us."
"The Song of Names film was beautifully inspiring and is a very engaging story" - Tony McGrath
GUESTS AND METIS MUSICIAN JOEY PRINGLE
BLAINE SCHLECHTER CALGARY ACTOR AND JOURNALIST
ARTISITC DIRECTOR OF CIFF BRIAN OWENS
L- Catherine Gell
ACTORS JILL ROBINSON AND JORDAN GOODEN
Ann McCaig and CIFF Board Chair D'arcy Levesque
The Calgary International Film Festival is excited to announce their official programming for the 2019 Festival and their 20th anniversary. With close to 200 films announced, including the return of Music on Screen and Shorts packages, the Calgary International Film Festival is excited to highlight some of the films for the 2019 festival taking place September 18 to September 29.
ACTORS AND PRODUCERS NEIL ENOCK AND PAUL FRY
Listen to the interview with Executive Director of CIFF - done before the gala -
Steve Schroeder on iTunes
For a full list of announced films please visit calgaryfilm.com
Welcome to Day 3 of CIFF20! There are still a handful of tickets to Sept. 21 screening of ROOT OF THE PROBLEM!
M.Grondin.Photo, Calgary Film Photo of CIFF audience Sept. 18th, 2019.
for daily updates. SEPT. 18-29
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Calgary Film and ATB