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Not interested in independent film? Think again


You’re probably already a fan of independent film, you just might not know it yet.

Nickel Independent Film Festival co-ordinator Tom Hill and executive director Melissa Carrera launch the 2015 festival in St. John’s this morning. — Photo by Tara Bradbury/The Telegram

Films like “Pulp Fiction,” “The Big Lebowski” and “The Terminator” — all independently made.

“A lot of people think independent film is arthouse or weird or strange, but the fact of the matter is a lot of people’s favourite movies have been in their homes for years without them realizing they’re independent,” says Melissa Carrera, executive director of the Nickel Independent Film Festival. “That’s why we want to encourage people to come down and understand that it’s actually palatable for everybody, and there’s something for everybody in the festival.”

Launched this morning, the 2015 Nickel festival will happen in St. John’s June 23-27, celebrating its 15th anniversary. Forty-three films will be screened; 50 per cent of them are local. As well, there will be three side screenings of documentaries: “Life Off Grid,” a film about Canadians who have chosen to live with their own renewable energy; “Doreen Brownstone: Still Working After 90,” a biography film about the Canadian actress; and “A Chance to Dress,” a film about MIT professor and cross-dresser John Southard.

Other films to be screened include Roger Maunder’s “Between Two Walls,” Tamara Segura's “Before the War,” and “That Little Room: The Story of Erin’s Pub,” by Cody Westman.

Workshops taking place include screenwriting with Justin Simms, Pitch Package with Brad Gover, and Three Acts in Three Minutes with Mark Hoffe.

A schedule of events is available online at www.nickelfestival.com.

See full story in tomorrow’s Telegram.

Information in this article has been corrected.

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