Co-founded in 2018 by Creston-area filmmakers Mark Wolfe and Kerrry McArthur, the KFS quickly earned success by joining forces with local artists Richard Reeves, Alison Masters and Gary Deatherage in launching the first 7th Siding Festival of Film – an event that attracted short and feature-length films from across western Canada. In 2020, 7th Siding attracted more than 1000 films nationally and internationally and in 2021 is becoming an established international film festival.
Membership in the KFS is automatic with the purchase of a ticket for the first viewing event of the season, usually in mid-to-late July. Memberships can also be purchased out of season by simplying emailing and providing your name and location. Memberships are $15 for the year, are typically paid by eTransfer and bring discounts on workshops and festival viewings.
In late 2020, the KFS became a partner with Kootenay Gambling Support in planning a second film festival for the Creston area – the Unbound FIlm Festival. KFS directors and volunteers are also leading monthly film productions workshops for social and mental health practitioners, as well as individuals, who are interested in producing a short film or video project. The festival is slated for November of this year.
Also for 2021, the 7th Siding Festival of Film will follow on last year's outdoor exhibition success by holding at least 3 drive-in events, with plans to return to our local Tivoli Theatre the festival finale in November.
President – Richard Reeves
Richard is a world-renowned animator whose previous experience includes eight years as a Film Production Coordinator at Calgary's Quickdraw Animation Society, a mentor of super8/16mm filmmaking at the Gulf Islands Film School for 10 years, and a teacher of animation courses across Canada, Europe and South America. He has collaborated with artists involving dancing human projection screens, 16mm violin, interactive animation installations, online animation jams and large outdoor projections, and has attended Artist in Residence programs at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Colombia and Iris Film Collective in Vancouver BC.
Co-founder/Secretary – Kerry McArthur
Kerry is a screenwriter, director and film scholar with a solid background in film and screenwriting research. Her current script – The Orchard – is in production this summer and fall, which she is also directing. Kerry also has extensive experience designing and delivering university-level, study abroad curricula – with an emphasis on film theory and history.
Co-founder/Treasurer – Mark Wolfe
Mark is a media scholar and an award winning producer of short film production (1998 Alberta Motion Picture Industries Awards). He is also an accomplished photographer and is currently Director of Photography on The Orchard – a feature film being shot in the Creston area. An Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, he recently designed and delivered several media-based undergraduate study abroad programs in Berlin and Los Angeles.
Director – Bonnie Geddes
Bonnie is a local entrepreneur and independent film theatre owner with established roots and success as a business woman in the Creston area. A keen supporter of film business and culture, Bonnie provides the KFS with critical insight and knowledge of the film exhibition industry and its potential and place in local economies and society.
Director – Rick Brown
Rick is a local music and entertainment entrepreneur and founder of The Venue Performance and Visual Arts Society in Creston. A musician and event manager, Rick brings to the KFS solid connections to the region's vast musical talent, as well as a key performance facility for holding festivals, movies, workshops and training programs and offerings.
Director – Perry
Perry is an emerging artist and filmmaker in the Creston Valley. They've stated, "Creating art is how I understand the complexity of human existence." In the last 4 years they have attended summer film and animation programs at Red Deer College; taking on the roles of director of photography, lighting grip, camera operator, and director. Perry has also produced 3 independent short films, one being a stop motion animation "Creatures of Change" that tackles the subject of the Climate crisis.
Section I – NAME
The name of this Society is Kootenay Film Society
The Society will operate as a non-profit organization with no personal financial benefit accruing to members.
The business of the Society will be unbiased in respect of race, religion, gender, politics, sexual orientation, and physical or mental ability.
Section II – PURPOSES OF THE Society
The purposes of the Society shall be:
To promote the awareness, enjoyment and education of the cinema arts, including but not limited to:
Encouraging cinema arts as a personal and/or professional pursuit
Advancing cinema arts and related activities (eg. video production) via workshops, film festivals and related activity
Supporting cinema arts work generally in the community through the activities of the Society’s elected representatives
Engaging like-minded groups and individuals throughout the Kootenay region via web-based, social media and/or print communication vehicles
Positioning and promoting the Kootenay region as a natural home for cinema arts development and appreciation.
Section III -- INTERPRETATION OF TERMS
“cinema arts” means any personal and/or public exploration and/or exhibition of moving picture production
“professional pursuit” means any effort to produce and/or advance awareness/appreciation of the cinema arts at an industry-standard level and/or in a publicly edifying manner
“like-minded groups” means any formal or informal collection of cinema arts scholars, patrons, proponents, producers and/or fans/consumers interested and active participants in the advancement of any one or combination of cinema arts awareness, understanding, communication, production, dissemination and appreciation.
“Kootenay region” refers to the established geographical and electoral territories of British Columbia, extending roughly from the Alberta border with southeast B.C., along the U.S. to Grand Forks and the Paulson Pass to the Arrow lakes at Galena Bay
“a natural home” is as defined as a municipality, area or region where the cinema arts already comprises – or has the potential to flourish as – a vibrant set of interests and activities contributing to the cultural fabric and overall socio-economic well-being of the community.