KCTS 9 is thrilled to announce a second season of Reel NW, our showcase of the very best in independent film from the Northwest. Every Monday night, we’ll bring you a story you won’t forget.
Our season premieres on Monday, October 17, with “Carts of Darkness,” an award-winning documentary by Vancouver filmmaker Murray Siple. Imagine homeless men careening on shopping carts down the steep streets of North Vancouver, their makeshift vehicles rattling with the empty bottles they’ve collected. Siple’s film explores how this community finds a much-needed outlet by turning “shopcarting” into an extreme sport.
“Way of the Puck,” airing on October 24, looks at another unusual sport: air hockey. This entertaining documentary by Tacoma-born filmmaker Eric Anderson shows that air hockey, far from being lost to the 1970s, is still very much alive among a passionate and competitive few. In a review, Leonard Matlin wrote that “Way of the Puck” was “lively and fun, ‘nuff said!”
On October 31 comes “Smoke, Sand, and Rubber,” Seattle filmmaker Gregory Brotherton’s film about 86-year-old Mel Anthony, who returns to the sport of midget car racing after more than 50 years.
“Mighty Jerome” airs on November 7. Directed by Charles Officer, this documentary tells the inspiring story of ‘60s African Canadian track star Harry Jerome, of Vancouver, who made a comeback after a devastating injury despite predictions from doctors that he would never walk again.
On November 14 is “One Big Hapa Family,” a documentary by BC filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns. “One Big Hapa Family,” which combines live action with animation, is Stearns’ s very personal look at why Japanese-Canadians have such high rates of interracial marriage.
This is just a taste of what Reel NW has in store for you this season. We hope you will join us on Monday nights at 10 p.m., or set your DVR so you won’t miss these intriguing films. And let s know what you think. Join us on Reel NW’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.