Monday Night at the Movies
Our February movie is Buffy - showing Monday, March 27th.
Location : The Meridian Centre for the Arts (GFESS)
1640 Garrison Rd, Fort Erie, ON L2A 5M4
Start Time : 7:00PM - Box Office opens at 6:00pm
The life, music, and activism of legendary Indigenous singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie are explored in this documentary that is as captivating as its subject, who smashed through barriers to become an inspiration to fans and fellow musicians alike.
A tribute to Buffy Sainte-Marie’s extraordinary life and career, Madison Thomas’s Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On is as captivating and vital as its legendary subject, the first Indigenous person to win an Oscar (in 1983 for Best Original Song “Up Where We Belong” which she co-wrote and was featured in An Officer and a Gentleman). She was also the first recurring Indigenous guest star on Sesame Street.
A self-taught musician with a unique sense of phrasing and skilful songwriting, Sainte-Marie quickly became established in the 1960s folk-music mecca of Greenwich Village. Bob Dylan and fellow Canadians Robbie Robertson and Joni Mitchell counted themselves as fans. Sainte-Marie’s first hit, “Universal Soldier” — a hard-hitting indictment of those who blindly follow orders — became an international smash for her and for other artists like Donovan.
Sainte-Marie is more than just a singer. Her integrity and insistence on addressing subjects others shied away from gained her great respect. When she appeared on the TV show The Virginian in 1968, she demanded the producers hire Indigenous actors. She remains one of the few pop artists to refuse to have her rights bought out by Elvis. (Presley famously demanded full ownership of almost every song he recorded.) But it also led to her being targeted. Angered by her activism, the FBI tried to derail her career by demanding radio stations refuse to play her records. Her art and activism have always been deeply intertwined. Sainte-Marie is also remarkably self-effacing. Asked about her Oscar, she simply says she really shouldn’t be the only North American Indigenous winner to date.
This well-researched film divulges many lesser-known details of Sainte-Marie’s life, and brings together a fine collection of subjects whose love and admiration is palpable — most notably Joni Mitchell, who beams with affection when she talks about her. Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On is a much-needed, inspiring biography of one of our most revered and courageous artists.
Monday Night at the Movies
Monday Night at the Movies is brought to you by the Fort Erie Film Circuit (FEFC) working in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Founded in 1989, TIFF Film Circuit has over 180 groups in 160 communities across the country.
We screen our movies at The Meridian Centre for the Arts which is located in the Greater Fort Erie Secondary School, 1640 Garrison Road. It is a state of the art theatre which seats over 500 people in comfort.
The price to watch our movies is still $10 for a single ticket or $25 for a book of three tickets.. Tickets can be purchased before the start of the movie at the Box Office located in the Theatre lobby.
We will still operate as a cash only Box Office. For simplicity and to keep costs we do not accept debit or credit cards as payment.
We will still provide refreshments of Coffee and Cakes in the lobby prior to the start of the movie. Refreshments are provided courtesy of The Crystal Ball Cafe which is located at 4208 Erie Road, Crystal Beach.
Book your calendars for our movie nights. Our movies are shown on the last Monday of the month. Our 2022/2023 season showing dates are:
Monday, September 26th. - Run Woman Run
Monday, October 31st. - Scarborough
Monday, November 28th. - Peace by Chocolate
Monday, January 30th. - The Good House
Monday, February 27th - This Small Land
Monday, March 27th - Buffy
Monday, April 24th - TBA
Monday, May 29th. - TBA
Monday Night at the Movies is brought to you by the Fort Erie Film Circuit (FEFC) working in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Founded in 1989, TIFF Film Circuit has over 180 groups in 160 communities across the country. FEFC is pleased to bring this exciting opportunity to the communities of Fort Erie.
FEFC is a group of local volunteers who want to share their passion for movies by bringing the residents of Fort Erie the best of Canadian and International films. These films are selected from the most recent Toronto International Film Festival.
We screen our movies at The Meridian Centre for the Arts which is located in the new Greater Fort Erie Secondary School, 1640 Garrison Road. It is a state of the art theatre which seats over 500 people in comfort.