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September 23rd 2017
Sponsored by the Castlegar Hospice Society
Admission: suggested $15.00 donation to hospice
Death-Defiant Project Stirs Mortality Conversation
With all the flair of a seasoned theatre producer, terminal cancer patient James Pollard
rallies his family and friends to turn death on its head and stretch his final years into an unconventional preservation project, stoically captured in For Dear Life.
Local film industry veteran Carmen Pollard makes her feature directorial debut with For Dear
Life , a brave documentary centred around her cousin James’ unyielding efforts to prolong his
life—family and friends in uneasy tow. “I’ve known James all my life,” says Carmen. “He’s my
cousin, my friend. And when we got the news I had no words to talk about it, none of us did.”
For Dear Life , then, steps in to show the support, heartache, and even darkly comic truth of a terminal illness.
“There’s no way to positively talk about someone dying.” —James Pollard
The Knowledge Network commissioned film premieres at DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Sunday, May 7, 2017, introducing audiences to high-spirited 46-year- old theatre producer
James Pollard, tracing his moves and countermoves as he faces his terminal cancer diagnosis with frankness and dogged defiance, even in his declining days.
At once heavy and heartfelt, For Dear Life shines a spotlight on oft-avoided conversations about
mortality—particularly the obligations around remaining time spent with loved ones and home
care steward roles, not to mention quirky future-proof burial options involving rodent test
subjects and liquid clay. “I’ve never considered cremation,” James echoes. “It’s just never been in the cards for me.”
“I have this wild fantasy that I’ll get my body into some preserved state for 10,000 years—and I don’t mean embalming.”
Carmen Pollard’s affecting film style weaves raw family interaction, physician visits and the natural world to confront our deep seated social taboos around death. Her hope is that viewers might carry the conversation forward with a multi-faceted view of death’s impact on all its subjects, as well as its place in comfortable ritual and conversation.
About the director:
Carmen Pollard brings a combined fifteen years experience as a picture and story editor,
director, story consultant, and visual effects artist to her feature documentary directorial debut For Dear Life . Her long list of credits includes work for the National Film Board, CBC, Knowledge Network, Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Sony and Fox, among others. She has been nominated for a primetime Emmy, a Gemini, and five Leo awards, including her 2008 win for Best Picture Editing on the NFB feature documentary Dirt
October 13th 2017
Doors open at 6:30, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets $48.00 available online at www.etixnow.com or in person at:
Mother Natures Health Food Store (331 Columbia Ave Downtown Castlegar)
Country Music’s favorite couple is Together Again!!! This is the Ultimate Tribute to Kenny and Dolly and the most authentic tribute to these country superstars that you will ever see.
You will experience an incredible night of hits as well as some of their most favorite duets. Don’t miss this opportunity- you will feel like you have been transported back to a simpler time.
Marty Edwards has appeared on Oprah, the Jay Leno Tonight Show and also on CNN Headline News. He has performed across Canada, the US, Mexico, Malaysia, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia….and is now coming to you! Marty has a remarkable likeness to Kenny Rogers and the voice to go with it. He has been endorsed by Kenny Rogers as well and has said to Marty, “Now don’t you go and get me in any trouble!”
Wendy Engler has been performing as Dolly Parton for over 10 years. She has headlined in Atlantic City and Las Vegas with the famed Legends in Concert, as well as touring internationally. She now lives in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and has had the pleasure of portraying Dolly for many years in Pigeon Forge at the Memories Theatre. She has also participated in the annual “Dolly” parade with Dolly herself!
Wendy wows audiences with her superstar look and sound.
April 29th 2018
Séan McCann Sings
Former front man for Great Big Sea, Séan now tours as a solo artist performing music to bring you peace, love and happiness.
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