Kootenay Film Goes To India

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Eyes In The Forest: The Portraiture Of Jim Lawrence will finish its tour on the film festival circuit this December in New Delhi, India.  The film will screen at the 7th CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum, where the film’s poster image has been selected as the poster image for the entire festival!   This image is one of the Kootenay wildlife photographer’s photos, of a Great Horned Owl peeking around a wooden structure, and can be seen on the Indian film festival’s website: http://www.cmsvatavaran.org/

Since the short film’s premiere at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto in October last year, it has screened at over 30 festivals and events in North America and around the world.  Around 250 people came out to the Civic Theatre in July for the film’s Nelson debut, as part of Touchstones Nelson’s Art & Activism Series.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better home town screening,” says Nelson-based filmmaker Miriam Needoba.  “Thanks to everyone who made it out for it and to Jason Asbell and The Civic Theatre, and Jessica Demers and Touchstones Nelson and all their volunteers that helped make the event such a memorable one.”

For anyone who missed the screening but would still like to see the film, DVD copies are for sale at Otter Books and Kokanee Camera in Nelson, which also sells Jim Lawrence’s prints.  The film has also been acquired by B.C.’s Knowledge Network for a five-year license, beginning in January 2014.

Small Town Films Inc. and the filmmaker have donated DVD copies to all the libraries in the East and West Kootenays, and are planning to donate them to schools in School District 8 as well.  “Because this is a Kootenay-made film about local subjects, we wanted it to be publicly accessible to people in the community” says Needoba.
Eyes In The Forest: The Portraiture Of Jim Lawrence was produced with support from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Columbia Basin Trust and the National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker Assistance Program.  More information and a complete listing of all the festival screenings can be found at: www.smalltownfilms.com

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