Michael Melski’s documentary film Perfume War launches Atlantic Cinematheque, the new partnership between the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and FIN Atlantic International Film Festival that focuses on works by Atlantic Canadian filmmakers about Atlantic Canada that screens in the Windsor Foundation Theatre on the last Friday of every month.
Michael Melski’s documentary film Perfume War launches Atlantic Cinematheque, the new partnership between the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and FIN Atlantic International Film Festival that focuses on works by Atlantic Canadian filmmakers about Atlantic Canada that screens in the Windsor Foundation Theatre on the last Friday of every month.

In a media release, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and FIN Atlantic International Film Festival have announced the launch of Atlantic Cinematheque, a monthly series of feature films about Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Canadian filmmakers.

“A partnership with FIN is a natural fit for the Gallery,” says Colin Stinson, director of 16marketing and visitor experience at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in the release. “This monthly film series will bring something new to Halifax, giving movie fans a new way to experience great locally-produced films. Working together gives us a new way to bring people together and connect them through art.”

This is not the first time the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia partnered with the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (AIFF), who jointly presented a series of art-related films at last year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. Among the films presented during the 2019 festival were a pair of films by artist and filmmaker Althea Thauberger, including Mad Mad Mad Mad Filmy World, which is currently part of an exhibition celebrating her work now on view at the Gallery.

The first film to be screened on January 31 is Michael Melski’s documentary film Perfume War about two friends and their unstoppable fight for world peace. 

Other announced films in the series will include a shorts program in February which will feature winners of the Best Atlantic Short film prize at the AIFF from recent years. In March and April, the series includes screenings of 2019 AIFF gala films Conviction and Murmur

“Together, we are creating a platform to showcase films made locally that may not have been screened to Halifax audiences before,” said Wayne Carter, executive director of FIN in the release. “By pairing these films with a dedicated venue that already celebrates the people and culture of Atlantic Canada through art, it gives audiences the opportunity to experience the works of great local talent on the big screen in a space where they can also interact with more great art after the credits roll.”

The Atlantic Cinematheque series will take place on the last Friday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Windsor Foundation Theatre. Entry to the film will be included in the cost of admission to the Gallery. Visit finfestival.ca or artgalleryofnovascotia.ca for more information.