Blackstone valley cinemas has revealed tickets for its first-ever film premiere at its Westwood cinema on June 29th, as the film explores themes of identity and sexuality, and also aims to highlight the lives of women in Alberta.
Tickets for the event are available at the cinemas store in Edmonton, online at the BlackstoneValleyCinemas store, and in-store at Blackstone’s Westwood Cinema (1555 16th Ave., westwood, alberta).
“I want to start by talking about our first film, The Biggest Problem, which I feel is the first film we’ve ever made that really grapples with these very important topics, about how the lives we live have meaning and how it has value,” said Westwood’s CEO, David Dorn.
“We wanted to take the opportunity to showcase some of the issues that we deal with every day, and how these themes are relevant to Alberta.”
A preview screening will be held at the cinema at 6 p.m. on June 28th.
Tickets to see The Bigger Problem are $20, while those interested in seeing the film for the first time can pre-order tickets for $25.
“The biggest thing we’ve seen in the past is a lot of people who are looking for a little more of a family film,” Dorn said.
“I think that’s something we wanted to make accessible to people who were looking for something more.”
A number of the film’s themes include identity and how people define themselves.
The film also looks at issues around the gender pay gap and the sexualization of women, and Dorn has said that the focus of the story is not just on women’s experiences but the experiences of women around the world.
“We wanted this film to really tell a story about how people are different, and we wanted it to be about the power of a woman’s voice and the power that women have and how we are all a part of the equation,” Darnell said.
“I think a lot people can relate to the idea of a little bit of family and a little girl’s innocence and her ability to connect with other people, and the idea that sometimes you can’t always do that with the other person.”
What I think really resonated with people was the fact that we wanted a story that was not just about a woman having a child and then going off to work and then maybe coming back home, but also about a little boy’s connection to family and his connection to the world.
“While the film is set in Alberta, it is also the first Western film to be made specifically in Alberta and the first Canadian film ever to be released in the province.
The project was funded by a Canadian film scholarship program, which was established in 2014.”
It’s been a really exciting year to be involved in the production of a film like this, and I think what’s really unique is that we are really the only film festival that has been able to do it,” Doreen MacKinnon, president of the Alberta Film Society, said in a release.”
This is a really important milestone for us, and it’s really a testament to the generosity of the industry that we can be able to take on this kind of project.
It’s a big thing for Alberta.
“Dorn said the film will be shown at the Alberta Cinemas Theatre, Westwood City Centre, Edmonton, and other locations throughout Alberta.