Beach Flicks are back

Popular event will see improvements in the next season

Organizers of the second season of Beach Flicks are thrilled to present the 2011/2012 lineup particularly since they have new and improved audio and visual equipment.

Beach Flicks is a non-profit organization in partnership with the Toronto  International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Film Circuit which presented seven movies at Eaglecrest Golf Course in Qualicum Beach last year.

Karen Roberts, who started up the monthly movie program, said the line up this year is impressive and the audience will have an even better experience. She said with some of the money they made last year, they were able to purchase the sound system and Eaglecrest paid for the screen.

She said their non-profit group also used some of their ticket sale revenue to make a $500 donation to charities.

Roberts said the group behind Beach Flicks is made up of 10 volunteers and even though the movie nights were a success last year they do not have enough people to present even more movies.

She said the group gets together to choose the TIFF movies they will present and they considered many factors before making their decisions.

“We keep in mind our audience and what will appeal to them,” she said.

Beach Flicks had 10 sponsors last year and this season, 13 are on board. Roberts said it helps to cover costs and makes the night affordable.

The First Grader is this season’s opening movie and is being presented on Fri., Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Eaglecrest Golf Course. Tickets are $6 and doors open at 5:30.

Roberts said it is a wonderful film based on a true story.

An audience favourite at TIFF in 2010, The First Grader is a story that follows Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge an 84-year-old man who shows up on the doorstep of a rural school after the government of Kenya announces it will offer free primary education. Having never had the opportunity to learn and attend school, he figures it’s never too late to start.

 

For more, visit www.beachflicks.ca.