It may be nearing the end of the summer however, we are not done having fun! Our August calendar is locked and loaded, and we’ve got a whole lot of awesome programming for you!
Enter our time machine on a trip to New Orleans, meet with Marlon Brando in a Streetcar Named Desire, and hear the sweet sounds of Dixieland, with Subourbon Jazz live in concert.
Journalist, Alex Reynolds (CHCH) will be back to lead audience discussion before the Retro Monday film screenings on August 12 and 26th and Silent Film returns August 24th with The Lost World. The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. Pianist Jordan Klapman is back to provide piano accompaniment.
The Reel Eats food + film pop up returns. Come for dinner and a movie! We’ll be serving up Oyster Po Boys to stimulate your palette inspired by Bradley Cooper in the movie Burnt. Meet with local chefs Kenny Quirafu and Canny Leang from The Diplomat who will teach us all the proper way to shuck oysters!
What’s On Film
Pulp Fiction follows the interwoven stories of several members of the criminal underworld in Los Angeles as they cross paths with each other and other dangerous characters.
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, who conceived it with Roger Avary. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman.
August 3 @ 9:00 pm
August 5 @ 7:00 pm
Hereditary director Ari Aster’s newest folk horror film Midsommar begins screening on August 6th!
With their relationship in trouble, a young American couple journey to a fabled Swedish midsummer festival where a seemingly pastoral paradise transforms into a sinister, dread-soaked nightmare as the locals reveal their terrifying agenda.
For Mature Audiences
The Dead Don’t Die
Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie comedy begins screening at The Westdale on August 9!
The film’s stacked cast includes Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Selena Gomez, and Steve Buscemi.
Students can share their student ID card and receive a small candy + medium pop + popcorn all for $20
Marlon Brando Retrospective
For our first retro Monday of the month (August 12), arts writer Alex Reynolds will be presenting a back-to-back screening of On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire. Later in August, we will screen the newly remastered Apocalypse Now: Final Cut in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
Opens August 16th!
In a world where The Beatles never existed, aspiring song-writer Jack seems to be the only person who remembers the songs of the British rockers. When he begins to take credit for their songs, he finds himself skyrocketing towards fame.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
The debut film by director Joe Talbot follows Jimmie Fails, played by himself, as he attempts to restore his childhood home in a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco.
Retro Monday: Western Throwback
Our second retro Monday of August (August 26) will feature two classic Western films in celebration of their 50th anniversaries! The original John Wayne-starring True Grit and Sam Peckinpah’s bloody The Wild Bunch.
Hosted by Alex Reynolds!
We’ve got three great music documentaries this month. Marianne and Leonard: A story of enduring love between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen. Filmmaker Nick Broomfield chronicles their relationship, from the early days in Greece to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind covers Lightfoot’s career from his own words and his closest associates with recordings of his greatest hits. Echo in the Canyoncelebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s will both be playing throughout August!
The NeverEnding Story Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion, he escapes into a book shop where the old proprietor reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he “borrows” the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction.
Come enjoy the music, the thrills, the romance and of course, the dancing, of this 1987 classic!
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
August Special Events
Reel Eats: Burnt (w/ Canny Leang and Kenny Quirafu)
This month’s Food + Film Pop Up Event features the film Burnt, the story of a disgraced and acerbic chef (Bradley Cooper) who gets a second chance at redemption when his former maitre d’ hires him as the new head chef of his restaurant.
After the film, join Reel Eats host Mary Luz Mejia along with Chefs Canny Leang and Kenny Quirafu of The Diplomat, to learn how to shuck some oysters, talk food in Hamilton and how this movie resonates with these two local celebs.
Bringing “New Orleans” Jazz to The Westdale, Subourbon Street is making a name for itself as one of the few bands in the area to offer the energetic and authentic instrumentation of the world-renowned style often referred to as “Dixieland”.
The members have a passion to keep traditional jazz music alive and thriving. Subourbon Street has enjoyed entertaining audiences since 2005 at regional Jazz Festivals.
The Westdale is a not-for-profit, charitable organization which screens art & independent films, & provides an intimate cultural space for public performances & exhibitions, showcasing Canadian & world content.
The Westdale is a fully licensed & fully accessible theatre with described video & closed captioning technology.
Thank you to our donors, members & volunteers for your support. We welcome you to get involved! Become a member, volunteer, or sponsor an event or series.
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