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Calgary Film's Old-Fashioned Thursday Throwback

Good morrow, fellow film fans! We hope this bright and sunny Friday is treating you well, especially since many of you might be recovering from yesterday's events.

The day started with Alanis Obomsawin's excellent documentary WE CAN'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE, hitting the screen for its second showing. The afternoon also saw the second showings of popular foreign films MOTHER, THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, and OLD STONE, highlighting some of the cinematic gold coming out of the rest of the world this year. 

Over at Cafe Blanca, Christy Garland (in town for the screening of her film CHEER UP) joined forces with Sandi Somers of the group Herland to have a discussion about making it as a woman in the film industry. As that wrapped up, many people headed over to Globe Cinema for one of the most anticipated events of the entire festival: the one and only Black Carpet Gala.

With an early sneak peek at the first two episodes of the TV series VAN HELSING, the vampire/undead theme really made a mark on some of our moviegoers. We had a ton of the cast and crew join us for the event, and we capped it all off with a fantastic after-party just down the street at State & Main. A massive THANK YOU to everyone who watched, participated, dressed up, and partied the night away with us!

Things are happening @calgaryfilm Black Carpet Gala #yyc #calgaryfilm #stateandmain @bigrockbrewery

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Upstairs at Globe Cinema, comedian Henry Phillips dropped by to introduce his film AND PUNCHING THE CLOWN, which was having its (as he put it) "non-Austin, Texas" world premiere. He stuck around for a Q&A and it looks like he hit the mark with it!

Henry Phillips in the house. And Punching the Clown is a must-see #calgaryfilm #yyc #henryphillips

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The final film of the night was the Late Show selection RUPTURE, which saw a busload of fans from the Ship & Anchor show up to watch as part of the "Ship Out" program. Thanks to all of you!

There are only a few days left of CIFF 2016, and they're some of the most stacked days we've got. Today we've got the second screenings of THE GREASY STRANGLER, GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM, TONI ERDMANN, and PATERSON, which will be a tough choice for any movie lover; at Eau Claire, we also have the premieres of A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU (with director Linda Ohama and other cast and crew in attendance), PUSHING DEAD (with director Tom Brown attending) and THE OPEN (director Marc Lahore attending). At Globe Cinema, there will be guests in attendance for all the films this evening - HIRED GUN, WEIRDOS, LAVENDER, and BEYOND THE GATES. You can also catch JACQUELINE (ARGENTINE) or ORDINARY WORLD if you need something a little light-hearted before bed tonight!

Wherever you go, tag us @calgaryfilm or with #calgaryfilm on Twitter and Instagram. And don't forget to pick up your tickets to the Closing Gala CHOKESLAM, coming up this Sunday!