WEST SIDE STORY at Christie Pits Film Festival
The epic musical romance-drama WEST SIDE STORY is a tale straight out of Shakespeare: Tony and Maria are young lovers caught on either side of a clash between immigrant communities the Polish Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks vying for turf and a crucial piece of the American dream. Beneath the seemingly celebratory tone of the films most famous song and dance number, America, West Side Story offers biting social commentary: Life is all right in America/If you're all white in America. Its contemporary relevance makes this an impassioned and thought-provoking extension of CPFFs prize-vying theme of the summer. Paired with the short film BOREDOM, which also uses music, dance, and pitch-perfect choreography to convey the sense of aimlessness and rivalry felt by two young women.
Films @ Sundown 8:40pm
Eats & Treats @ 6pm by Young Animal, Kungfu Dawg, Macchina Mobile Cafe, The Pop Stand & popcorn at the festival canteen
Free / PWYC donations gratefully accepted, not a ticketed event
Films are screened with captioning whenever possible
West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, 1961
With short film
Boredom, directed by Lara Oundjian & choreographed by Kaitlyn Ramsden, 2015
CPFF thanks tonight's Presenting Sponsor, returning for the third year, Josee Couture Sales Representative, ABR, SRES, Re/max Hallmark Realty Ltd.