Dagur Kári, Director : Virgin Mountain, and The Good Heart

Dagur Kári is an award-winning Icelandic film director, screenwriter, and composer. He was born in Paris, France, to Icelandic parents, and returned to Iceland when he was 3 years old. Kári graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999. His first feature film, Noi the Albino, was released in 2003 and won several international awards. His second film, Dark Horse, screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In 2008, he finished his first English language film, The Good Heart, starring Paul Dano and Brian Cox. He is also a member of the band Slowblow, whose music is featured in several of his films. Kári’s most recent feature film, Virgin Mountain, won the award for Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Dagger will introduce his film "Virgin Mountain" on Friday, February 16th, followed by a Q&A.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald : Headliner Concert

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (MBF) is a singer and songwriter from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A touring troubadour, most of his time is spent on stage playing clubs, theatres and festivals across North America. He is a dog man with a good plan and two hands. 

MBF has shared the stage and toured with Joel Plaskett, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steve Winwood, Third Eye Blind, Sam Roberts, Stars, K-OS, The Wallflowers, Elliott Brood, Lights and many more. He’s also played Firefly Festival, Mountain Jam, Calgary Folk Music Festival, X Fest, Virgin Fest, Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Calgary Stampede and Capital Ex. 

Performing Saturday night, February 18th.

Bonnie Thompson, Producer : Things Arab Men Say

 With over 65 producer credits, Bonnie Thompson is a veteran National Film Board of Canada producer, working with Canadian media makers and producers on documentary, interactive, and animation productions. Thompson’s productions have been screened on national and international television screens, on the web and in festivals in Canada and around the world, winning many awards. Recent production highlights include the Hot Docs Audience Award documentary Angry Inuk; the Oscar and CSA-nominated animated short film Wild Life; and the acclaimed Webby and FWA award winning website Bear 71.

Dylan Rhys Howard, Director : Lifetimes of Snow (AB Short Docs)

Dylan Rhys Howard is an independent filmmaker who lives and works in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. His short narrative work has twice been recognized with Awards Of Excellence from the Film And Video Arts Society – Alberta and has been described as “quiet and upfront, honest, real, rich, fertile, built on characters with depth and complexity.” His documentary Lifetimes of Snow, a portrait of musician Jom Comyn and the hometown they share, was named the most outstanding Albertan short documentary at NorthWest Fest in 2016. His one-minute silent film A Brief Portrait of a Northern Summer in Progress received 1st Place at Edmonton’s Gotta Minute Film Festival. He’s currently working on a series of short films about life in Alberta for which the perfect title remains elusive.

Kyle Armstrong, Director : Classic Camera (AB Short Docs)

Kyle Armstrong is a Canadian filmmaker and artist. His films are influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Bela Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Guy Maddin and Andrei Tarkovsky. Armstrong’s recent film Magnetic Reconnection received its world premiere at AFI Fest 2012, and has since been selected for SxSW 2013, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Raindance (UK), Guanajuato International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, RIDM, Rooftop Films, Seattle International Film Festival, True/ False Documentary Film Festival, screening publicly more than 130 times worldwide. Armstrong is the past president of the Metro Cinema Society in Edmonton. In 2012 he was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. Kyle is currently working on post production on his first feature film, Until First Light.

Keith Harder, Artist : Creating “Ill Wind: West” (AB Short Docs)

Keith Harder has been a professor of visual art at Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta since 1992. He has also taught at the University of Calgary, and the University of Alberta, Edmonton. As a studio artist his career has developed mostly in the discipline of painting, but diverse interests have taken him into other media including, drawing, photography, digital media, sculpture, and land art. Professor Harder received a B.ED and BFA at the University of Calgary, and an MVA at the University of Alberta. He has also studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

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Robert Renman & Kevin Bekevich

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