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Global Visions announces new LGBT Film Festival, RAINBOW VISIONS, to debut this October.

As the 2015 Global Visions Festival prepares to enter its Closing Weekend – with a number of hotly-anticipated films and events such as Culture Collective, Made in Japan, and Long Weekend Shorts yet to come, organizers made a major announcement at Thursday night’s screening of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.

The Global Visions Festival Society is thrilled to announce the launch of Rainbow Visions, their all-new, 3-day festival focused on LGBT-themed films and issues. Programming will be comprised of documentary as well as narrative feature and short films. Programming announcements will be made in the months to come, with a number of exciting programming initiatives already in the works.

When asked why Global Visions decided to add a new 3-day festival to complement their 12-day May flagship event, Festival Director Guy Lavallee says, “Hard as it may be to believe, Edmonton is the only major city in Canada without an LGBT-focused film festival. Our board of directors has been working on putting the pieces in place for this for a long time now, and today’s announcement is the culmination of 2 years of preparation. We think it’s high time Edmonton has a festival showcasing the best new LGBT films from around the world, and we feel very strongly about presenting Edmontonians with a film festival that celebrates LGBT issues and culture.”

And they’re not done yet. This Saturday night, prior to the start of the 2015 Closing Night Film, Made in Japan, festival organizers are promising to close this year’s festival with another major announcement.

Individual advance tickets for Closing Night are now on sale online through www.Ticketfly.com, or visit www.globalvisionsfestival.com for ticket/purchase links.

Twitter: @GlobalVisionsFF

The inaugural edition of RAINBOW VISIONS will take place from October 16-18, at Metro Cinema. Sign up for updates at RainbowVisions.ca

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact: Guy Lavallee @ 587.501.4833 or info@globalvisionsfestival.com.

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Global Visions Festival Announces Full 2015 Schedule, including latest from Alex Gibney, Kirby Dick, Alex Winter, Trevor Anderson, and Mike Peterson
Kicking off Edmonton’s Summer Festival Season on May 7th with the previously-announced Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the Global Visions Festival is breaking out their biggest lineup yet, with 12 days of great documentaries, music, and World Premiere events.

After receiving a record number of submissions this year, the 12-day festival promises something for any movie lover. With over 60 films to choose from, audiences are sure to be talking – and likely a bit sleep-deprived.

In addition to Montage of Heck, Global Visions is thrilled to announce a huge lineup of World, Canadian, and Edmonton premieres of some of the most buzzed-about films of the year, including:

–       The debut of the Bell Media Best of Hot Docs series, which features 5 great films coming to Global Visions straight from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. Titles include the Greenpeace origin doc, HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, Mother’s Day Special Event ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD, the Alberta premiere of the SXSW sensation ROLLING PAPERS, and the latest from Charles Wilkinson – HAIDA GWAII: ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD and Alex Winter – DEEP WEB;

–       Alex Gibney has 2 films at this year’s festival: the sensational and controversial look at the Church of Scientology, GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF, and SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, the incredible story of Carl Boenish, father of the BASE jumping movement;

–       Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated, The Invisible War) returns with his most devastating film yet, the Sundance sensation THE HUNTING GROUND;

–       Canada’s biggest Christian music star, Steve Bell, will appear at Global Visions in support of the new film about his life and career, BURNING EMBER: THE STEVE BELL JOURNEY;

–       Edmonton’s Pride Festival has partnered with Global Visions to present an incredible night of films, on Thursday May 14th, with 2 of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE and TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL;

–       A DANGEROUS GAME is director Anthony Baxter’s eagerly awaited follow-up to his worldwide sensation (and 2012 Global Visions fan favorite), You’ve Been Trumped;

–       Mother’s Day is a BIG deal at Global Visions, with a special event just for Mom (and families!) at the Royal Alberta Museum, as we present the premiere of Suzanne Crocker’s crowd-pleasing doc, ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD;

–    Closing Night on Saturday May 16th brings the Edmonton premiere of MADE IN JAPAN, the incredible story of Japanese country music star Tomi Fujiyama, from Ex ecutive Producers Elijah Wood and Morgan Spurlock;

–    Alberta filmmakers are in the spotlight in a big way, with 2 major screening events: on Friday, May 8, Global Visions presents the World Premiere of DEAD VENUES, Mike Siek and Eden Munro’s fond look back at some of our city’s most beloved music venues; and on Saturday, May 9, LOCAL Visions shines the spotlight on some of Alberta’s most prolific young filmmakers, with Trevor Anderson’s THE LITTLE DEPUTY, and the World Premiere screenings of Mike Peterson’s MARKOWSKY DRAWS IN A FIGHTER PLANE and Brandy Yanchyk’s FINDING EDGE ROAD.;

–    THE CULTURE COLLECTIVE brings art, music, comedy, spoken word, and of course – film, to the Metro Cinema on Friday May 15th, with a variety show the likes of which festival audiences have never before experienced;

–    LONG WEEKEND SHORTS aims to brighten up the May long weekend, with 2 full day of short film packages and mid-length films, on May 17 and 18;

–    Other titles of note include a couple of films straight from their SXSW World Premieres, GTFO [The Movie], and the raucous (and very raunchy!) THE SANDWICH NAZI; 2014 Hot Docs Audience Award Winner THE BACKWARD CLASS; pre-Snowden and WikiLeaks expose 1971; genre-bending docs ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS and THAT GUY DICK MILLER; family-friendly matinee screenings of I AM BIG BIRD and DOGS ON THE INSIDE; the Canadian Premiere of tsunami doc LOST AND FOUND, and the mesmerizing chronicle of the Gore Vidal / William F Buckley, Jr, debates, BEST OF ENEMIES.

All-Access Passes & 4-Ticket Packs, as well as tickets to many of the festival’s biggest shows are now on sale online exclusively through www.Ticketfly.com, or visit www.globalvisionsfestival.com for full schedule info and ticket/purchase links. Passes and 4-Packs are also available for purchase at all Edmonton Remedy locations.

Global Visions 2015 takes place from May 7th to18th, and is proudly supported by City.

Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/GlobalVisionsFilmFestival, or on Twitter @GlobalVisionsFF.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact GUY LAVALLEE, Festival Program Director, at info@globalvisionsfestival.com or 587.501.4833.

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Bell Media Best of Hot Docs series coming to Global Visions this May.

Last week, organizers of the Global Visions Festival announced that they’d be kicking off Edmonton’s Summer Festival Season on May 7th, with Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, and today, they’re upping the ante with another major programming announcement.

In partnership with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Global Visions is proud to bring the Bell Media Best of Hot Docs series to Edmonton for the first time.

Curated and hand-picked by Global Visions Festival Program Director Guy Lavallee, the Bell Media Best of Hot Docs series features 5 of the most buzzed-about films from this April’s Hot Docs festival.

Here is the full lineup of films:

How to Change the World: Friday, May 8th @ 7pm – Royal Alberta Museum

In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. Using never before seen archival materials that brings their extraordinary world to life, How To Change The World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World: Friday, May 8th @ 9pm – Royal Alberta Museum

Award-winning filmmaker Charles Wilkinson (Peace Out, Oil Sands Karaoke) returns to Global Visions with his most beautiful film yet, turning his camera on Haida Gwaii, a breathtaking archipelago on the Northwest Coast of BC whose diverse community is uniting to protect land and sea for the next generation.

Deep Web: Saturday, May 9th @ 7:30pm – Metro Cinema

This is the inside story of one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century — the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur recently convicted of being ‘Dread Pirate Roberts,’ creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. Alex Winter’s (Downloaded) stunning new documentary is a thrilling exploration of the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law.

Rolling Papers: Saturday, May 9th @ 9:30pm – Metro Cinema

In today’s constantly-evolving media landscape, the status quo can flip so abruptly that news outlets are forced to reshape themselves. And in January of 2014, The Denver Post created the first “pot section” of a major newspaper, hiring Ricardo Baca to be the world’s first marijuana editor. Mitch Dickman’s exhilarating new film explores the changing face of journalism and print media in the digital age.

All the Time in the World: Sunday, May 10th @ 2pm – Royal Alberta Museum

SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY EVENT! In Suzanne Crocker’s deeply personal, multi-award winning documentary, a family, searching for a new perspective, leaves the comforts of home to live for 9 months, with their three young children, in the remote wilderness of the Canadian North. They spend the long northern winter living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, no internet and not a single watch or clock.
The Bell Media Best of Hot Docs program showcases some of the outstanding documentaries screened at the most recent Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, the largest event of its kind in North America.

Global Visions All-Access Passes are on sale now for just $99, and ‘General Admission’ Ticket 4-Packs are just $39.

Global Visions is excited to announce their ALL-NEW ‘Bell Media Best of Hot Docs’ Pass, available now for just $49. This pass provides guaranteed admission to all 5 film screenings.

Individual advance tickets for select films, including Opening Night and Closing Night, are now on sale online exclusively through www.Ticketfly.com, or visit www.globalvisionsfestival.com for ticket/purchase links.

Follow @GlobalVisionsFF on Twitter and Facebook for more major announcements.

Global Visions 2015 takes place from Thursday, May 7th to Monday, May 18th.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact: Global Visions Festival Program Director: Guy Lavallee @ 587.501.4833 or info@globalvisionsfestival.com.

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Dead Venues, Made in Japan to grace local screens as 2015 Global Visions Festival gears up for May launch.

Kicking off Edmonton’s Summer Festival Season on May 7th, with one of the year’s most highly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed films, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the Global Visions Festival is poised for its biggest and best edition yet, screening some of the year’s most talked about docs from May 7th through to May 18th..

From director Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Chicago 10, Crossfire Hurricane), Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is the definitive portrait of Nirvana’s visionary frontman. Through the use of Cobain’s own journals, music, art, films, and audio recordings, the film is a reminder of Cobain’s lasting influence on popular culture, more than 2 decades after his death.

When asked why this film was the right choice to open this year’s festival, Festival Program Director Guy Lavallee says, “Kurt Cobain was one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. His art, his talent, his raw emotion influenced and inspired a generation of artists, and that influence is still felt today. When we look at where this festival has been, where it’s going, and what we want it to be, one of our core beliefs is in the power of film, music, and art to affect change and to have an effect on peoples’ lives. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wildly ambitious film – a reminder of the power of Kurt Cobain’s art, and a reminder of just how much was lost when we lost him..”

One night later, on Friday, May 8th, Global Visions is thrilled to present the World Premiere Event Screening of Mike Siek and Eden Munro’s Dead Venues, a fond look back at some of Edmonton’s most beloved, “gone-but-not-forgotten” music venues. One of the most highly-anticipated locally made projects to come along in years, Dead Venues is the culmination of hundreds of hours of filming and editing, and local music fans are in for an absolute treat.

Of this passion project, Co-Director Eden Munro says, “My head is full of great (and blurry) memories of live gigs here in Edmonton—the shows, the buildings and the people— so it’s nice to be able to revisit a few of the old places and stir up some dusty memories while considering the past’s influence on the present. It’s also pretty thrilling to see that this project has struck a chord with so many other people, and to have the opportunity to premiere it at Global Visions.”

In addition to the World Premiere screening of Dead Venues, this premiere event will feature live music, a vintage poster gallery & display, and the Edmonton Public Library will be bringing out some instruments & musical tech from their Makerspace for the audience (and budding musicians in the house) to play with.

On Saturday, May 16th, this year’s Official Closing Night Film comes to Global Visions straight from last month’s triumphant and crowd-pleasing World Premiere at SXSW (and one of Variety magazine’s 13 Breakout films of the festival).

From director Josh Bishop, Made in Japan is the poignant and incredibly inspiring story of Japanese country music star Tomi Fujiyama. After recording 7 albums for Columbia Records, Tomi performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in 1964, receiving the only standing ovation of the night (after following Johnny Cash, to boot!). Made in Japan is the story of Tomi’s journey to perform on the stage of the Opry one more time…

Official Site: http://www.madeinjapandoc.com/

To celebrate the unveiling of these three ‘big events’, Global Visions is extending its March Madness Ticket Sale until FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd at Midnight. Until Friday, All-Access Passes will be available for just $79, and ‘General Admission’ Ticket 4-Packs are just $29.

Individual advance tickets for Opening Night, Closing Night, and Dead Venues World Premiere Event are now on sale online exclusively through www.Ticketfly.com, or visit www.globalvisionsfestival.com for ticket/purchase links.

Follow @GlobalVisionsFF on Twitter and Facebook for more major announcements, including another major announcement on Monday, April 6th.

Global Visions 2015 takes place from Thursday, May 7th to Monday, May 18th.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact: Global Visions Festival Program Director: Guy Lavallee @ 587.501.4833 or info@globalvisionsfestival.com.

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Global Visions Festival presents the EXCLUSIVE Edmonton Premiere of

THE CULTURE HIGH

Global Visions and SuperChannel are proud to present the highly-anticipated Alberta Premiere of The Culture High – the long-awaited follow up to one of the most popular Canadian documentaries of all-time, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High.

This Exclusive Fundraiser & screening event will take place at 7:00pm, Wednesday October 8th, 2014 at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St., Edmonton). International award-winning, Edmonton-based filmmaker Adam Scorgie, along with a host of VIP guests will be in attendance for the screening, Q&A, and The Official Culture High After-Party at El Cortez Tequila Bar & Kitchen.

The Culture High makes its Western Canadian debut in anticipation of its fall festival run, where it has secured coveted slots in the UK’s prestigious Raindance Film Festival, the Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland, and the Warsaw Film Festival in Poland, just to name a few. The Culture High will also make its theatrical debut in New York and LA from October 3rd– October 17th prior to its day & date nationwide release through TUGG.

Following in the groundbreaking steps of The Union, The Culture High raises awareness of the global cultural shift taking place in regards to drug policy, specifically, Cannabis policy. Sir Richard Branson, Snoop Dogg, Joe Rogan, Wiz Khalifa, Dr. Lester Grindspoon, Dr. Gabor Maté, and Cenk Uygur (“The Young Turks”) are among the dozens of prolific and prominent figures featured in the film.

Advance tickets for The Culture High screening, Q&A, & Official After-Party are available now at www.Ticketfly.com or visit www.GlobalVisionsFestival.com.

Screening sponsored by: City, Russian Standard, and El Cortez Tequila Bar & Kitchen.

Website: http://www.theculturehigh.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCultureHigh

Twitter: @theculturehigh

Ticket/Event Page: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/672447

For more information, contact Adam Scorgie:

E: adam.theculturehigh@gmail.com

C: 778.363.0530 Twitter: @AdamScoreG

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March 17, 2013

Global Visions Film Festival Announces Jury Prize and Audience Choice Award Winners

Global Visions Film Festival is excited to announce the Jury Prize and Audience Choice award winners for 2013.

This year we screened 45 documentaries from around the word, including 3 Academy Award Nominees, with 24 countries represented. The following films were voted the best of the festival.

GVFF was delighted to have The BALLAD OF HUGH Director Marco DiFelice and Producer Avi Federgreen in attendance. What started out as a passion project with all of Hugh’s fans and friends pitching in with their talents as first time filmmakers resulted in the Jury Prize for Best Canadian Documentary. Their portrayal of 83 year old Hugh Oliver, who dreams of breaking into the ‘youth’ obsessed entertainment business impressed audiences and led to a landslide nomination by the GVFF jury.

“We are extremely proud of this project and nothing makes me happier than winning Best Canadian Documentary Film in my home town of Edmonton and The Global Visions Film Festival.”  – Avi Federgreen, Producer

Our Closing Night Reception ended in a standing ovation for WAMPLER’S ASCENT, a truly inspiring and powerful story about Stephen Wampler’s legendary climb up the biggest rock face in the world despite having been born with a severe form of Cerebral Palsy. We were thrilled to have Stephen Wampler and Director Elizabeth Wampler also in attendance to accept the Jury prize for Best International Documentary and the Audience Choice Award!

“We were honored to attend the Global Visions Film Festival, and simply blown away to win Best International Film!  The people of the festival make it a truly important life experience and worth any measure to be there.  We would encourage anyone and everyone to treat themselves to this event!” – Elizabeth Wampler, Director

Other Jury Prize awards included IRISH FOLK FURNITURE, Best Short Under 15min and SIKH FORMAGGIO, Best Short Over 15min

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February 15, 2013

Global Visions Film Festival Brings Acclaimed Documentaries and Guests to Edmonton

Global Visions Film Festival is excited to announce an increased number of screenings and events!

This year we are screening 45 documentaries from around the word, including 3 Academy Award Nominees, with 24 countries represented. We have added three new Special Events and a new Doc Shorts series. Audiences can still attend our Local Visions, Youth Media Day and our 2nd annual Political Panel

It has been our goal to use film as a catalyst for discussion and exposure to culture and social issues, while entertaining; I think our audiences will have a complete experience this year. From the quality of film submissions we received from around the world, to our Academy Award nominated presentations, the amazing events we are hosting this year including legendary Terry David Mulligan broadcasting Mulligan Stew live from the festival Saturday night – the numerous festival sponsors, supporters and guests on board this year, we are just so grateful for the support and honored to be Canada’s longest running documentary film festival – Beryl Bacchus, Executive Director

The festival kicks off Wednesday February 27 in the morning with our 14th annual Youth Media Day and a special GVFF Sneak Peek Call Me Kuchu in the evening. On Thursday February 28, Opening Night Gala, we present 2013 Academy Award Nominee How To Survive a Plague.

New special events have been added including a DOC 101 Workshop & GVFF PitchFest LIVE 2013 where Albertans can learn the ins-and-outs of documentary filmmaking and pitch their documentary ideas for prizing. Panel includes award winning filmmaker Dylan Pearce Baby Blues, Stephanie McArtur-hotDocs, Mark Power-National Film Board and Avi Federgreen-IndieCan Entertainment.

For the first time ever we honour music and documentary with a special event SOUND & VISIONS. With special guests, Canadian music business icon Bernie Finkelstein Bruce Cockburn – Pacing The Cage , founder of True North records and a live taping of CKUA Mulligan Stew with Terry David Mulligan in attendance. Other guests include, Canadian Producer, Avi Federgreen The Ballad of Hugh and Director/ Composer Marco DiFelice The Ballad of Hugh all will participate in a music panel discussing music and documentaries. Live music performance by Edmonton’s own the Blue Montegos!

Closing Night Reception we are delighted to welcome Stephen Wampler and Director Elizabeth Wampler of Wampler’s Ascent.

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February 13, 2013

Canadian Music Business Icon, Bernie Finkelstein to do In-Store signing at Audreys Books

Canadian music business icon Bernie Finkelstein will be at Audreys Books to do a book signing. Bernie’s book True North – A Life in the Music Business was named in December 2012 as one of the Top 100 Books of the Year by Amazon.ca.

The book signing will be part of the Global Visions Film Festival, Canada’s longest running documentary festival, which runs in Edmonton from Wednesday February 27 – Sunday March 3, 2013.

While in Edmonton Bernie’s film Bruce Cockburn – Pacing The Cage which he co-produced with director Joel Goldberg will be screening at the Global Visions Film Festival as a part of SOUND & VISIONS a special event honouring music and documentary. After the film screening Bernie will participate in a panel discussion hosted by CKUA Terry-David Mulligan.

“I’m very excited to be in Edmonton participating in the Global Visions Film Festival and doing the book signing at Audreys is icing on the cake. I went to grade one in Edmonton many many years ago, so it’s always great to come back. I hope to meet many new people and see some of my old friends at both the store and the cinema.” -Bernie Finkelstein

Book signing is Saturday March 2 at 2:00pm, Audreys Books 10702 Jasper Avenue
Bruce Cockburn – Pacing The Cage screens Saturday March 2 at 7:00pm, Metro Cinema 8712 – 109st

 

ABOUT | BERNIE FINKELSTEIN & TRUE NORTH – A Life in the Music Business

Canadian Music Business Icon, Bernie Finkelstein to do In-Store signing at Audreys Books

One of the all-time greats in Canadian music recounts his life and times in the business from the 1960s to the present. Whether acting as a producer, record label owner, or manager of great singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno Special Achievement Award, has played a pivotal role in bringing great Canadian music to the rest of the world.

Bernie Finkelstein has been a prominent figure in the Canadian music industry for nearly five decades. Now, a couple years after selling his beloved True North label and only recently stepping down from his role at MuchFACT, which has given out more than $63 million in grants to Grammy-winning acts like Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and Arcade Fire, Bernie is finally ready to talk. In this wildly entertaining and outspoken memoir, the producer, label owner, and artist manager opens up about his childhood, breaking into the Greenwich Village scene with The Paupers at the age of 20, discovering Bruce Cockburn, producing what might have been the “loudest band in the world,” Kensington Market, managing and producing Murray McLauchlan, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and Rough Trade, winning 40 Junos, and much more.

In 1969, Bernie founded True North Records (now Canada’s oldest and longest running indie record label) and The Finkelstein Management Company. Since its inception, the label has sold more than 40 gold and platinum records and received more than 40 Junos. Throughout his career, Bernie has been known for nurturing and managing career artists including Murray McLauchlan, Barney Bentall, Dan Hill, and Blackie & the Rodeo Kings. Bernie is also still active as the manager of legendary Canadian artist Bruce Cockburn. In 1970 he helped found the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) now known as CIMA, and in 1984 he co-founded MuchFACT, a fund backed by MuchMusic and MuchMore that provides grants to Canadian artists like Arcade Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and k-os.

Bernie is a member of the Order of Canada, and an inductee of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.

ABOUT | BRUCE COCKBURN

One of Canada’s finest artists, Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed an illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles while travelling to such far-flung places as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique, and Nepal, and writing memorable songs about his ever-expanding world of wonders. “My job,” he explains, “is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal.”
That scratching and pulling has earned Cockburn high praise as an exceptional songwriter and a revered guitarist. His songs of romance, protest, and spiritual discovery are among the best to have emerged from Canada over the last 40 years. His guitar playing, both acoustic and electric, has placed him in the company of the world’s top instrumentalists. And he remains deeply respected for his activism on issues from native rights and land mines to the environment and Third World debt
For his many achievements, the Ottawa-born artist has been honoured with 12 Juno Awards, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada. But he never rests on his laurels. “I’d rather think about what I’m going to do next,” says Cockburn. “My models for graceful aging are guys like John Lee Hooker and Mississippi John Hurt, who never stop working till they drop, as I fully expect to be doing, and just getting better as musicians and as human beings.”
His commitment to growth has made Bruce Cockburn both an exemplary citizen and a legendary artist whose prized songbook will be celebrated for many years to come.

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January 14, 2013

Global Visions Documentary Film Festival Announces 2013 Opening Night Film:
Academy Award Nominee, How To Survive A Plague

Kicking off on February 28th with 2013 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, How To Survive a Plague, Global Visions is proud to announce the biggest and most critically-acclaimed lineup of films in its 31 year history.

“We are so excited to present Oscar nominated How To Survive a Plague for our 31st opening night. This is a very special film in that it not only documents one of our worlds’ major health epidemics from the beginning of the 80’s when the world was full of stigma and panic; it also documents with original footage the amazing work people were doing to fight this disease at a time when many shunned them, showing the power of passion, teamwork, education and knowledge to make change in the world”     Beryl Bacchus, Global Visions Executive Director

In addition to How To Survive a Plague, Global Visions is thrilled to announce the exclusive Edmonton premiere of the crowd-pleasing festival favorite – Paul Williams Still Alive, in addition to some of the year’s best reviewed films, including:

* Hot Docs 2012 Best International Documentary Winner, Call Me Kuchu 
* 2013 Academy Award Nominee & Winner of 23 international film festival awards – including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2012 – Chasing Ice

“It’s a sign of the growing prestige of this festival on the global film festival circuit that so many high profile and award-winning films would choose Global Visions as the platform with which to launch here in Edmonton”, says Global Visions Program Director, Guy Lavallee. “It’s really a testament to the hard work and passion of everyone involved with this festival. Filmmakers and distributors recognize true passion when they see it, and they are increasingly keen to be part of an event like this.”

Global Visions 2013 takes place from February 27th – March 3rd. Full lineup of films will be announced on February 1st. Tickets are available at TIX in the Square, Remedy Café, Earth’s General Store and Garneau Theatre.  www.globalvisionsfestival.com