Film Club

Join one of The Westdale Film Clubs!

We have kept the vision of The Westdale going during our temporary closure by creating online opportunities for our community to come together and do what they love – watch and talk about movies!

 Each club will have up to 12 participants.  The current Film Clubs are:

International Film Club with Shahryar Asqardoust & Jeff Bender

Hamilton Public Library Kanopy Film Forum with Marcel Faulkner & Rick Jackman 

 The Elevated Genre with Robert Werthheimer

 Hollywood Classics with Fred Fuchs

 Coen Brothers Film Club with Carl Feldmann  

 There is no charge to join. All you need is the free Zoom app, and the streaming service that the films are available on. We will be using Netflix, Kanopy, Amazon Prime, Crave, Youtube, Criterion Channel and other streaming and rental platforms.  We will let you know of the films in advance and each Film Club will use the platforms that most of the group has.    

 Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats – and it lets you record those sessions to view later. You can also access with just a phone call. Think of it as Hollywood Squares with your film friends! 

 It’s easy to join a Film Club! 

  1. Select the Film Club that you want to join. All of the film clubs and their dates are listed below. All Film Clubs will meet online on Zoom once a week. Don’t worry, if you don’t have Zoom, or need some help with it we are here to help.
  2. Sign up for your weekly Film Club
  3. We will send you an invitation to join a Zoom meeting that will have the time and date of the first time your club will meet. Included in that invitation will be the first film you need to watch on your own before the club meets
  4. Watch the film on your own time, and then join your club online

Each Film Club is limited to 12 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 Please direct any questions to filmclub@thewestdale.ca

Hamilton Public Library Kanopy Film Forum with Marcel Faulkner & Rick Jackman 

Tuesdays at 2:00 pm 

Watch a movie from home on Kanopy, then join the Film Forum Online to talk about it. After you register, an invitation with instructions on how to join the online group will follow in your email. It will include a link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting at the scheduled date and time.

Please register for each day separately.  Links to register for June will be available shortly 

An HPL card is required. Need one? Get it online here.

Tuesday, May 19 at 2:00 pm SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)

Tuesday, May 26 at 2:00 pmASH IS THE PUREST WHITE (2019)

Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00 pm: THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951)

 Tuesday, June 9 at 2:00 pm: PAN’S LABYRINTH (2007) [subtitled]

Tuesday, June 16 at 2:00 pm: IL POSTO (1961) Il Posto [subtitled]

Tuesday, Jun 23 at 2:00 pm: A SERIOUS MAN (2009)

 Tuesday, June 30 at 2:00 pm: HIGH NOON (1952)

Coen Brothers Film Club moderated by Carl Feldmann

Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm beginning Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 pm

Join your moderator Carl Feldmann to explore the eccentric films made by the Coen Brothers. Carl is an avid local cinephile who taught Media Studies for over 20 years at the old Parkside High School in Dundas.    

Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 pm NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Amazon Prime, MGM Channel – Free 30 day trial with Amazon Prime)

Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 pmBARTON FINK (available for rent on most streaming services)

Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 pmBLOOD SIMPLE (available to stream and rent on these streaming services)

Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 pmTHE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (available to stream and rent on these streaming services)

Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 pmHAIL, CAESAR! (available to stream and rent on these streaming services)

Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 pmMILLER’S CROSSING (available to stream and rent on these streaming services

THIS CLUB IS FULL 

International Film Club with Shahryar Asqardoust & Jeff Bender

Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm (see details of all dates below)

Every week a new International Film will be selected for you to view at home. Join your moderators Shahryar Asqardoust & Jeff Bender along with fellow film lovers to discuss the pre-selected films.

Please watch the films on your own before the club meets. The exception will be SOARING SPIRITS: A COLLECTION OF INDIGENOUS SHORTS on June 17. You will receive a separate email link with instructions on how to join the viewing party on June 17 at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, June 10 at 8:00 pm: WINGS OF DESIRE – Available on The Criterion Channel and to rent here

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 pm: SOARING SPIRITS: A COLLECTION OF INDIGENOUS SHORTS. Part of Hamilton Arts Week funded by Hamilton Arts Council and presented with Hamilton Film Festival. You will be automatically registered for this event as part of the International Film Club. You will receive a separate email with viewing instructions.

Wednesday, June 24 at 8:00 pm: TOKYO STORY– Available for free on Kanopy and to rent here

Wednesday, July 1: Canada Day – No film club

Wednesday, July 8 at 8:00 pm: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE – Available on The Criterion Channel and to rent here

Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 pm: BLACK ORPHEUS – Available for free on Kanopy and to rent here

If you need a library card to get on to Kanopy, please register with the Hamilton Public Library:

https://www.hpl.ca/online-registration

THIS CLUB IS FULL

Shahryar Asqardoust

Shahryar Asqardoust is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University. His artistic practice focuses on alternative painting techniques, music and film criticism. He founded McMaster Iranian Graduate Student Society club, where film enthusiasts can discuss movies from different aspects like genre, direction, and cinematography 

Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender’s fascination with cinema began during his pre-teen years with TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies hosted by Elwy Yost. On Saturday nights when kids were hitting the town, Jeff was spending his evenings with Bogart & Bacall, Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda and the Marx Bros.

Over the years, Jeff has attended film festivals and events from Rochester, NY to Rome, Italy and helped curate film programs at Kingston, Ontario’s The Screening Room as well as moderating talks with authors and artists. For over a decade, his work finds him teaching courses around the world on the topic of communication sciences, however, the dialogue that is closest to his heart is about the movies.

A newcomer to Hamilton these past 5 years, Jeff is enthused to meet fellow lovers of cinema in Steeltown through the Westdale Film Club series.

Elevated Genre Film Club moderated by Robert Wertheimer

Thursday nights at 7:00 pm

Join Robert Wertheimer for a unique film club dedicated to cinema that ignored the trends of superhero and comic book adventure films.  He will focus on works that were dominated by award-winning stories, directors, performances and innovative elements of excellence. Robert Wertheimer is a production manager and producer, known for ACROSS THE RIVER TO MOTOR CITY (2007), CHARLIE JADE (2005) and DUE SOUTH (1994).

Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 pmPULP FICTION (Netflix)

Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 pmGOOD WILL HUNTING (Netflix)

 Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 pm – INTO THE WILD (Kanopy)

 Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 pmAMERICAN BEAUTY (available to rent on most streaming services)

Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 pm LOCAL HERO (available to rent on most streaming services)

Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 pmTO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (available on YouTube for free)

 Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 pmSEXY BEAST (available to stream here)

 Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 pmTHERE WILL BE BLOOD (available to stream here)

Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 pmTHE INSULT (available to stream here )

Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 pm – TRAINING DAY (available to stream here) 

Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 pm – BONNIE AND CLYDE (available to stream here) 

THIS CLUB IS FULL 

Hollywood Classics Film Club moderated by Fred Fuchs

Friday nights at 7:00 pm 

Join Hollywood Producer, and the Chair of The Westdale, Fred Fuchs (GODFATHER PART III, Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, THE SECRET GARDEN, DON JUAN DE MARCO, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and John Grisham’s THE RAINMAKER) to revisit classic Hollywood films made before 1950.

Friday, April 10 at 7:00 pmCITIZEN KANE (Netflix)

Friday, April 17 at 7:00 pmHIGH NOON (Netflix)

Friday, April 24 at 7:00 pmHIS GIRL FRIDAY (Kanopy, Amazon Prime, Criterion Collection) 

Friday, April 30 at 7:00 pm – ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (available for rent on most streaming services) 

Friday, May 8 at 7:00 pm – THE BIG SLEEP (available for rent on most streaming services)

Friday, May 15 at 7:00 pm DAYS OF HEAVEN (available for rent on most streaming services)

Friday, May 22 at 7:00 pmGROUNDHOG DAY (Netflix)

Friday, May 29 at 7:00 pmBEING THERE (available for rent on most streaming services)

Friday, June 5 at 7:00 pmWEST SIDE STORY (available for rent on most streaming services)

Friday, June 12 at 7:00 pm – THE THIRD MAN (available to stream here)

Friday, June 19 at 7:00 pm – DO THE RIGHT THING (available to stream here)

Friday, June 26 at 7:00 pm –  A FACE IN THE CROWD (available to stream here)

Friday, July 3 at 7:00 pm – UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (available to stream here)

THIS CLUB IS FULL

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 PAST FILM CLUBS

East Asian Film Club moderated by Shahryar Asqardoust

Monday nights at 8:00 pm

Shahryar Asqardoust is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University. His artistic practice focuses on alternative painting techniques, music and film criticism. He founded McMaster Iranian Graduate Student Society club, where film enthusiasts can discuss movies from different aspects like genre, direction, and cinematography.

In the East Asian Film Club, Shahryar aims to not only watch films more systematically but also to get familiar with the aesthetic aspects which will make the whole experience unique. His current extracurricular long-term project investigates the largely ignored impacts of eastern Asian cinema on Hollywood.

Monday, April 20 at 8:00 pm – IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE available to stream on criterionchannel.com ( you can use the trial version for 15 days)
Monday, April 27 at 8:00 pm – PIETA – available to stream on Tubitv.com (FREE) and to rent on Amazon and Apple 
Monday, May 4 at 8:00 pm RASHOMON – available to stream on criterionchannel.com ( you can use the trial version for 15 days) and to rent on Amazon and Apple

Steve McQueen Film Club moderated by Harris Goldberg

Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm

Join Hollywood Filmmaker and McMaster Film Professor Harris Goldberg ( DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO, NUMB, MASTER OF DISGUISE) to discuss ‘The King of Cool’ – Steve McQueen and his extraordinary films.  

Tuesday, April 21 at 8:30 pm – THE GREAT ESCAPE .  The film can be found on Amazon Prime MGM Channel (There is a free 30 day trial if you subscribe to Amazon Prime)

Tuesday, April 28 at 8:30 pm – BULLITT (Amazon Prime Hollywood Suite Channel)

Tuesday, May 5 at 8:30 pm – THE CINCINNATI KID (available for rent on Amazon Prime)

Tuesday, May 12 at 8:30 pm – PAPILLON (available for rent on most streaming services)

Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00 pm – JUNIOR BONNOR (Available for free on YouTube)

Tuesday, May 26 at 8:00 pm – THE GETAWAY (available to stream here)

Sports Film Club moderated by Dan Fournier

Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm

Join The Westdale’s General Manager and sports enthusiast Dan Fournier to get your sports fix and talk about some of the best films about sports ever made.

Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm – THE BLIND SIDE (Netflix)

Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm – CINDERELLA MAN (Netflix)

Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm – HOOP DREAMS (Amazon Prime)

Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 pm – FIRE AND ICE: THE ROCKET RICHARD RIOT (Amazon Prime) 

Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 pm – THE DAWN WALL (Netflix) 

Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 pm – RUSH (Amazon Prime)

Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 pm – THE NATURAL (Netflix)

Join the Sports Film Club

Documentary Film Club moderated by Charlie Tryell

Thursday nights at 8:30 pm

Charlie Tryell knows about documentaries! Charlie’s work has screened internationally at such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, and many more. His 2018 documentary short, MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES, premiered at Sundance 2018 and went on to win Best Documentary Short at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2019.

Thursday, April 16 at 8:30 pmDARK DAYS (1999, Dir. M Singer) (Kanopy)  and  MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES (2018, Dir. C Tyrell) (Vimeo)

Thursday, April 23 at 8:30 pm: THE BILL MURRAY STORIES (2018, Dir. T Avalone) (Netflix)
with  Guest Speaker Tommy Avalone 
BOB SPELLS BACKWARDS (2015, Dir. J Polon & R Maxey) (Vimeo)
with  Guest Speakers Josh Polon & Ryan Maxey 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday, April 30 at 8:30 pm: ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND (2019, Dir. D Roher)  (Crave)
with Guest Speaker Daniel Roher  
A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA (2019, Dir. S Nahli Allison) (Vimeo / Youtube)

 

Blockbuster Hits Film Club moderated by Nathan Fleet

Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm

 Join local filmmaker, musician, educator and the CEO of the Hamilton Film Festival Nathan Fleet to explore the biggest hits from the big screen.

 Wednesday, April 15 at 8:00 pm – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Netflix)

 Wednesday, April 22 at 8:00 pm – DIE HARD (Amazon Prime / HBO / Crave)

 Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 pm – SPEED (Amazon Prime / AMC)

 Wednesday, May 6 at 8:00 pm – ROCKY (Free on ctv.ca and available for rent on most streaming services)

 Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00 pm – THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (available for rent on most streaming services)

 Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 pm – JAWS (Amazon Prime)

 

Music in Film Club moderated by Alysha Main 

Friday nights at 8:00 pm

Join your moderator Alysha Main to discuss movies that heavily feature music as a storytelling device, and/or have iconic, influential soundtracks. We’ll focus our chat on the director’s music choices, and the contributions of the composers, music editors and music supervisors.

 

Friday, May 1 at 8:00 pm ALMOST FAMOUS (Kanopy)

Friday, May 8 at 8:00 pm BABY DRIVER(Netflix)

Friday, May 15 at 8:00 pm  THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (Kanopy)

Friday, May 22 at 8:00 pm- LADY BIRD (find out where to stream here https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/lady-bird)

May 29 at 8:00 pm – HIGH FIDELITY (2000) (find out where to stream here https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/high-fidelity)

June 5 at 8:00 pm – EASY RIDER (find out where to stream here https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/easy-rider )

If you need a library card to get on to Kanopy, please register with the Hamilton Public Library:

https://www.hpl.ca/online-registration

 Alysha Main is a Music Supervisor, DJ, and Podcaster who has been working in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. Her career has taken her to Toronto, London, UK and Melbourne, Australia, working in Artist Management, Event Management, and Marketing. In 2013 she returned to Canada and joined the creative community of Hamilton. A passionate music fan, Alysha hosts “Put A Record On” on 93.3 CFMU. She is also an in demand event DJ spinning rare/classic and modern vinyl. She is currently working on film projects as a music supervisor, and hosts the Hamilton Film podcast, documenting the local industry.

Cinema Insieme Italian Film Club with Ernesto Virgulti 

 Select Tuesday nights at 5:30 pm

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND (L’AMICA GENIALE)

ELENA FERRANTE’S BEST-SELLING NOVEL ADAPTED TO AN AMAZING TV SERIES!

Two Seasons (8 episodes in each) available on Crave (in Canada) and HBO (in the USA).

If you are not a Crave subscriber, you can get the first month free (see Crave for details)

Ernesto Virgulti will be leading a four-part discussion of the series, each divided into 4 Episodes:

Please watch the episodes on your own before the club meets each week.

  • May 19 (season 1, episodes 1-4)
  • June 2 (season 1, episodes 4-8)
  • June 16 (season 2, episodes 1-4)
  • June 30 (season 2, episodes 4-8)

BY SIGNING UP FOR MAY 19 YOU ARE COMMITTING TO ALL FOUR ZOOM MEETINGS

Introduction:

My Brilliant Friend (L’amica geniale) is actually the title of the first (of four) novels by Elena Ferrante, called The Neopolitan Novels. The story is told from the perspective of a mature (60 year-old) female narrator, the voice-over of Elena in the TV series. The narrative structure employs a rather common technique in literature and film: the adult narrator reflects back on her life, beginning from childhood to the present. After a very brief scene (phone call from Lila’s son) the rest of the series is narrated chronologically, with occasional off-screen, voice-over commentary by the mature Elena.

Setting:

The early 1950s: Italy is slowly recovering from the moral and economic devastation of the postwar period, but in many areas, especially southern Italy, progress remains very slow. The series is set in a small town outside Naples, where nothing ever changes. Amidst the poverty and never-ending drama and power struggles in the neighbourhood, the two protagonists, Lenù (Elena) e Lila (Raffaella), meet at age 6 in school. Although the girls have completely different backgrounds and personalities, they slowly develop a strong friendship and bond, but not without moments of envy, conflict and competition.

Ernesto Virgulti

Ernesto Virgulti is a Professor at Brock University, where he teaches in the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and in the Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures. He has published in the areas of Medieval Literature (Boccaccio, Dante), Art (Rodin), Theatre (Pirandello), Literary Theory and Italian Cinema.