Legacy Centre reopens; FCSS putting on free drive-ins

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Legacy Centre is open for events, provided the organizers can adhere to AHS health guidelines. The decision to start considering events happened in the summer, but the first public event will be held in October.

For the second year, the Wildfire Legacy Centre Corporation will be hosting the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival at the Legacy Centre. The event is sponsored by West Fraser, which owns two Slave Lake mills: Slave Lake Veneer and Slave Lake Pulp.

A town of Slave Lake news release says,
“Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road.

“Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2019/2020 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

“Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Slave Lake.”

The tour has stops planned in around 550 communities, in over 40 countries. The complete collection is around 400 films.

Last year, there were eight films shown in Slave Lake. This year’s films haven’t been selected yet. The number of films will vary depending on the length of the films.

“We try to get something for everyone,” says Garry Roth, Town of Slave Lake director of community services. The majority of the films are about outdoor sports in the wilderness, but some have elements of human interest, comedy, etc.

The news release says, “please note that some films may not be suitable for all audiences and viewer discretion is advised. All films are rated “G” or “PG.” Those with “PG” ratings may have course language.”

The event is done in accordance with AHS COVID-19 guidelines. There is no alcohol, but light snacks and drinks will be available.

The film festival is Friday, October 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $27.54 on eventbrite. Tickets must be bought in advance. It is capped at 100 people.

Before the Banff film festival, there are two free movie nights in Slave Lake. The last weekend in September, Family and Community Social Services (FCSS) is hosting four free drive-in movies over two nights.

The goal is to build families, says Roth. The early movie is geared toward younger kids and the second one toward older ones. People are welcome to come to one or both movies, but there is a limited number of vehicles that can attend. People do not have to register in advance, but once it is full they can’t enter.

The first two movies are on Sept. 25. The other two are on Sept. 26. The movies will be at Sunset Place in southwest Slave Lake. It is an empty lot across the road from Fournier Place. This is the same location used for the Gord Bamford concerts in August.

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