Oct 13, 2015

Herons and Monks voted best local film at Wild Lands Film Festival

Wild Lands film fest ‘a huge success:’ co-founder

A short documentary about the last working taxidermy shop in Toronto won the best film and best editing awards at the second annual Wild Lands Film Festival in Owen Sound on the weekend.

The 13-minute film by Toronto’s Vuk Dragojevic was one of the 11 official selections of the weekend festival’s short film program.

The runner-up film was To Live in the Age of Melting: Northwest Passage by Evalyn Parry and Elysha Poirier.

Owen Sound filmmaker Elizabeth Zetlin’s Herons and Monks was named the best local film.

The two-day festival, which opened Friday night at the Roxy Theatre, featured more films than last year as well as an additional venue — Heartwood Concert Hall in downtown Owen Sound.

There was also an opening gala, premiere screening of the film How to Change the World, a matinee screening of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and a question-and-answer session with Globe and Mail film critic Geoff Pevere and author Lynn Crosbie, who has just published Where Did You Sleep Last Night, a story about a young woman who dreams she had an affair with the late Cobain.

There was also an after-party at Casero Kitchen Table and catering by Guelph-based Those Pizza Guys.

“I think it was a huge success again this year,” said Nelson Phillips, who was co-founder and director of the festival with Myke Dyer.

He said the short film program included submissions from all over Ontario.

By Denis Langlois, Sun Times, Owen Sound,Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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