Each year, we enjoy kicking off the festival with a special film at the Vogue and then having an Opening Reception Gala afterwards. This year we're especially looking forward to screening a made-in-BC film, "Adventures in Public School" and to welcoming our two special guests, Fernie-raised award-winning costume designer Flo Barrett and actress Siobhan Williams (plays Daniel Doheny's girlfriend Anastasia in Adventures in Public School and stars in Heartland.)
We hope you can join us! Opening Night Tickets are available now until Friday, January 26th (10am - 3pm weekdays) at the Arts Station. They're just $15 and include the film and a complimentary drink and appies at the Arts Station following the show. Or better yet, get a Festival Pass ($50 or $45 for Arts Station members) and enjoy full access to all films and events throughout the weekend. Festival passes are available online anytime or until Friday, January 26th at the Arts Station during their regular business hours.
Adventures in Public School
Friday, January 26th at 7pm at the Vogu Theatre:
Adventures in Public School follows socially awkward Liam (Daniel Doheny), who has been homeschooled his entire life. When he falls in love with Anastasia, a popular one-legged girl (Siobhan Williams), he abandons his mother's (Judy Greer) suffocating love and enrolls in public school, getting a crash course in sex, drugs and social mayhem. TIFF named Adventures in Public School among its Top 10 Canadian Films for 2017 and we are thrilled to have it open our festival!
Brought to us by the same people who created Eadweard (RCFF 2016 opener), Adventures in Public School features an an original script co-written by Kyle Rideout and Josh Epstein. Epstein produced the film, with Adam Folk co-producing and Justine Whyte executive producing. Fernie-raised costume designer Flo Barrett did costume design for the film and we're looking forward to having her back as an RCFF special guest along with actress Siobhan Williams.
Abour our Special Guests:
Siobhan Williams - Actress (Anastasia, Adventures in Public School)
Born in Cambridge, England, Siobhan moved to Canada with her family at a young age. With a solid performing arts background, Siobhan trained intensively for 13 years at the School of Alberta Ballet in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern dance. She has had studied voice, guitar, and theatre, as well as played the violin for 7 years. Since becoming involved in film and television, she has trained in various theatrical and on-camera methods.
Siobhan first broke into the film and television world while living in Calgary- with a role on CBC's internationally acclaimed series "Heartland". Propelled by a character arc that lasted two seasons, Siobhan moved to Vancouver, "Hollywood North" where she booked another recurring role - the quirky not-so-know-it-all Ginger on the Cartoon Network's live-action series "Level Up". She has had leading roles on many feature films and series, most recently including John Cassar's "Forsaken" with Kiefer & Donald Sutherland and Demi Moore, and AMC's acclaimed series "Hell On Wheels".
Siobhan continues to explore various acting methods and expand her musical abilities. An avid singer and songwriter, she fills much of her free time playing guitar, writing music, and taking photos.
- IMDb Mini Biography
Flo Barrett - Costume Designer & Gaffer/Lightning Technician
Born in the UK and raised for part of her youth right here in the Elk Valley, Flo Barrett is a Fernie favourite and we are thrilled to have her back as one of our special guests this year to celebrate RCFF's 10th anniversary.
In 2015, Flo won a Leo Award for Best Costume Design in a Feature Film for her work on Eadweard (RCFF's opening film in 2016.) She was nominated in two of three costume design categories at the Leo's. For more on that, check out this article from the Fernie Free Press.
Flo did costume design for Adventures in Public School and also for the short film we'll screen before it Stories of Alyx and Anton. Most recently she has done costume design for Summer of '84 premiering at Sundance FIlm Festival this month! Summer of '84 is an upcoming American horror film directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell. It stars Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, and Rich Sommer (Wikipedia)
Flo currently enjoys living and working in Vancouver, where she has many projects keeping her busy.