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ReaRView Vintage Documentary Festival Announces Festival Dates
April 17-19, 2020

Director Martin Scorsese’s award-winning film
George Harrison: Living in the Material World opens the Festival
Michael Bridge named CBC’s “Top 30 Classical Musicians under 30” plays live to Nanook of the North

The ReaRView Vintage Documentary Festival (ReaRView) announced today that its fourth annual festival will run from Friday, April 17 to Sunday April 19, 2020 in Cobourg, Ontario at The Loft Cinema (201 Division St. Cobourg, ON).  The Festival highlights two themes this year – “Chasing Green: Ecology and the Economy” and “Mind’s Eye: Art and Artistry”.  ReaRView is unique among film festivals for exploring today’s issues using yesterday’s timeless documentaries, some dating as far back as 1922.

“2020 is an exciting year for us,” commented Chris Worsnop, ReaRView Committee Chair.   “Our audiences are growing and we have a stellar line-up of award-winning documentary films. This year, we’re enhancing the audience’s experience by offering an opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers as well as showing the 1922 classic doc “Nanook of the North” with live musical accompaniment by acclaimed accordionist Michael Bridge. We are also continuing our education initiatives by presenting a special curated program for area schools that includes participating filmmakers, conservationists and special guests.”

Partial screenings list includes:

Friday, April 17, 7:00 PM 
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011, 208 min)  
Opening Night gala with reception.
Martin Scorsese directs this award-winning documentary about music legend George Harrison. Using never-before-seen images and clips, it spans his early life in Liverpool, the ‘Beatlemania' phenomenon, his travels to India, the influence of "Krishna Consciousness" movement in his music, and his relevance and importance as a member of The Beatles.

Saturday April 18, 2020
7:30 PM Sand Wars (2013, 74 min) Followed by interview with the filmmaker*
Denis Delstrac's award-winning documentary reveals our global dependency on sand and how it has become a vital commodity for our modern economies: we use it in our toothpaste, detergents, and cosmetics, and computers and mobile phones couldn't exist without it. Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fuelled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining? * TBC

Sunday April 19, 2020
7:30 PM Nanook of the North (1922, 80 min) With live musical accompaniment by Canadian accordionist Michael Bridge.

Rearview mikebArguably the most famous film ever shot in Canada, Robert J. Flaherty's film was first shown in New York in the summer of 1922. It caused an immediate sensation with its real-life depiction of the people of Canada's North and their struggle to survive the harsh landscape. It influenced the development of documentary films worldwide and was the first film to successfully combine documentary footage with the art of storytelling in cinema.

Accordionist Michael Bridge made his solo debut with The Boston Pops. His international tour schedule saw him performing in one hundred concerts last year and his album “Overture” was released in 2018.

For a complete list of screenings please visit the festival page.

Festival tickets are available now online here.  Full festival pass - $60 (includes opening night reception). Day passes $30, student rush seats-half price. Friday evening film and reception-$15. Teachers and educator inquiries about student programs please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We thank the ReaRView Vintage Documentary Festival sponsors. For a full list of sponsors please visit our website. 

About the ReaRView Vintage Documentary Festival
The ReaRView Vintage Documentary Festival premiered in 2017 with a celebration of Canadian documentary films honoring Canada’s 150th.  Based in Cobourg, Ontario, the annual documentary film festival has grown to include the best national and international vintage documentary films.  Our mandate is to offer topical and timeless vintage films that connect us to our past while commenting on issues that shape our world today. The ReaRView Vintage Documentary Festival is part of the Marie Dressler Foundation.  Proceeds from the Festival support the Foundation bursary program. 

About the Marie Dressler Foundation
Founded in 1990, the Marie Dressler Foundation is a not-for-profit, registered charity.  The Foundation was created to raise funds for the purchase and restoration of Marie Dressler birthplace home located at 212 King Street West, in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. The Marie Dressler Museum houses memorabilia from Dressler’s films and interactive displays and the Foundation presents two annual film festivals - the Vintage Film Festival and the ReaRView Vintage Documentary Festival. The Foundation awards bursaries to graduating Northumberland County high school students pursuing a post-secondary education in the arts. More here.