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Silverwave Film Festival back for 15th year

Filmmakers need more than just technical equipment and financial resources – they need an outlet to showcase their projects and the Silver Wave Film Festival does just that.

Established in 2000, the Silver Wave Film Festival is Fredericton’s annual film festival that presents films from around the world to the public audience. This year, the festival will be taking place from November 5-8.

Some of the highlights of the festival include the Opening Gala Film, Owl River Runners, Closing Gala film Kooperman, and the NB Shorts Gala and Silver Wave Awards.

“Great story and technical excellence” are given important consideration. Cat Leblanc, one of the people responsible for the festival, said that this year’s selections vary from short dramas, documentaries, horror films that “deal with serious life issues through engaging and innovative stories” and humorous shorts that relate to local life in Fredericton.

One of this year’s film selections is Noon Gun, written and directed by Caley MacLennan. The film captures the issue of the biased treatment towards black men by police, told from five different perspectives. The film will be screened Nov. 8 at Tilley Hall.

Noon Gun, a ceremonial cannon that is shot off every noon in Halifax, has always been a metaphor to MacLennan. In fact, he describes it as “one singular event that affects so many seemingly independent lives, a symbol of how we are all tied together by custom and shared experience.”

The use of varying perspectives proved to be a powerful tool to convey one of the most talked about issues these days. However, it is not a new concept to MacLennan.

“For the same reason I gravitated to Zen Buddhism, I find myself constantly exploring the contrast between reality and human perception. I think our individual constructs of ‘self’ and how they interact with others is at the centre of the harm and cure to the human condition.”

Set in Halifax, Noon Gun stays true to the local Nova Scotia neighbourhood. MacLennan said this included hiring actors more for their personality than experience, and helping them get familiar with the local setting. The director further added that such focus was what made the film more universal.

“The main reaction I get from people in other parts of the world is their surprise that Nova Scotia looks and feels the way it does. To see similar faces, environments and issues to their own cities surprises them.”

Along with its thought-provoking content, the audience may appreciate how beautifully the film is shot. Also, the dialogue-driven plot and the intertwining of the characters’ perspectives make Noon Gun a truly unique film.

“In a perfect world, the audience would feel more after watching Noon Gun. The fact that every person in the film acted in accordance with their own set of beliefs, yet had seriously negative effects on each other, is an important insight into the most important struggles we face today,” said MacLennan.

With films being shown around town, from the Charlotte Street Arts Centre to Tilley Hall to The Capital, the venues reflect the diversity of the films being showcased. Many are free, with most of the Tilley Hall screenings generally costing around $5.

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