Caravan Farm Theatre presents Outdoor Film Festival and Indigenous Short Film Showcase

It takes place from Sept. 3 through Sept. 5 at the theatre company's Armstrong location.

What do you get when you combine world-renowned Okanagan wine, Shuswap beer, popcorn and three notable films?

A unique, intimate film festival experience, of course.

Beginning on Friday, Sept. 3, and running through Sunday, Sept. 5, Caravan Farm Theatre in Armstrong is presenting its second annual Outdoor Film Festival and Indigenous Short Film Showcase.

On Friday, the festival begins with Niall McNeil's new documentary The Originals, a production near and dear to those with Caravan Farm Theatre.

"Niall has a remarkable perspective on art, art-making and the artistic community," Caravan Theatre artistic director Estelle Shook said.

Filmed on location at the Caravan Farm Theatre between 2019 and 2021, McNeil's documentary is described as "an artist's ode to his creative home" and "exploration of his roots as an artist."

McNeil, a celebrated playwright living in Vancouver, is an alumnus of the Caravan Farm Theatre, who "logged more volunteer ushering hours than anyone in Caravan's history" in his late teens and early adulthood, according to the theatre's website.

Headlining Day 2 of the festival is The Grey Fox, a film written by John Hunter and directed by the late Phillip Borsos.

The Grey Fox, initially released almost 40 years ago, was hailed by renowned film critic Roger Ebert as "one of the loveliest adventures” of 1983.

Featuring Richard Farnsworth and Caravan alumnus David Petersen, The Grey Fox tells the tale of renowned “gentleman bandit” Bill Miner, a train robber thought to be the originator of the term, "Hands up!"

In 1906, Miner and cohorts robbed a train in what is now Monte Creek, east of Kamloops, and was later captured near Douglas Lake. After trial, he was sent to the B.C. Penitentiary in New Westminster, from where he escaped and made his way back to his native United States. He died in Georgia State Penitentiary in Milledgeville, Ga. on Sept. 2, 1913.

The final night of the Outdoor Film Festival will feature the 1959 Marcel Camus classic Black Orpheus, a 20th-century retelling of the Greek Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set against the backdrop of Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval.

Preceding each of the three films for the festival will be short Indigenous films hand-picked by a showcase jury.

Gates for the event will open at 6 p.m., with shows beginning nightly at 8 p.m. Guests are asked to bring their lawn chairs or blankets to the event.

Tickets for the Outdoor Film Festival may be purchased by visiting caravanfarmtheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 1-866-546-8533.

Due to the recent reimplementation of COVID-19 restrictions, each night's audience has been reduced from 150 to 100 people, with masks being mandatory in all indoor spaces.

Caravan Farm Theatre is at 4886 Salmon River Rd. in Armstrong. It can be contacted by phone at 1-866-546-8533.

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