TIFF independent picks return to big screen at Playhouse

big-sick-movieWhile TIFF rolls film after independent film for fans and celebs in Toronto, Bancroft prepares to launch another new season of TIFF films at the Village Playhouse. On September 12, The North of 7 Film Fest launches for yet another season that promises great movies, special guests and lots of surprises along the way.

Operated by Hospice North Hastings, in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit program, independent films are shown between September and June on the big screen to a growing crowd of film enthusiasts. Each screening welcomes guests early for snacks and a chance to visit the Playhouse bar and all proceeds from the Festival support programming provided by Hospice North Hastings, making the screenings a perfect example of caring through culture.

“The Big Sick,” launches the 2017/2018 season with the perfect blend of laughter and drama.

In “The Big Sick,” Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) is in the middle of becoming a successful stand-up comedian when he meets and falls for Emily (Zoe Kazan). A sudden illness hits, forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma leaving Kumail to navigate illness, love and finding a way to placate his family’s desire to let them find him a spouse. The film brings laughs, tender moments and follows Kumail as he tries to figure out who he really is and what he truly believes.

“The Big Sick,” screens at the Village Playhouse at 4:15 and 7pm on September 12 and patrons are encouraged to arrive early to visit with friends and enjoy the bar. Tickets remain, for another year unchanged, at $10.

While tickets are available at the door and online at www.bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca, full season passes are also now on sale at the Hospice House or they can be purchased at the first screening. The full season passes are $90 and give you access to ten screenings. Passes are transferable so if you can’t make a screening; you can send a friend.

After the season launches in Bancroft, Hospice coordinator and North of 7 Film Fest programmer, Heather Brough travels to Toronto to join other Film Circuit partners at their yearly screening event where Festival programmers select their films for the upcoming year. Brough says she can’t wait to see what’s on offer and following on the heels of a special dramatic screening last spring of “Maudie,” Brough says she’s already thinking about planning more special film events with special guests at the Playhouse.

For more details on the North of 7 Film Fest, please visit www.bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca or follow us on Facebook at North of 7 Film Fest.