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Daily Dose — Animation Weekend Comes to the Capitol Theatre

Ari Lord
By Ari Lord
June 4th, 2024

Animation and filmmaking fans will be drawn to this year’s Kootenay Moving Pictures weekend event, a collaboration with the Capitol Theatre and Vancouver’s Echo Park Centre North.

This weekend includes an analog cinematography workshop on Friday June 7th from 1-5 p.m. and a film screening event on Saturday June 8th, both at the Capitol Theatre.

Participants will explore camera mechanics and cinematography basics and will put these skills to use filming around town, and then process the film using both eco and traditional film chemistry.

“We’re doing a free workshop the day before the screening. Locals can pick up a physical film camera and shoot some film and then hand process it. We’re going to share those short films. It could be filmmakers who work digitally and haven’t tried film or someone who’s never shot film at all,” says Nelson’s Siloën Daley, who is presenting the programming.

Drop-in or RSVP to the event. Community members who have further inquiries about the workshop can email the organization from Vancouver group facilitating this event at

Workshop participants and the community are invited to the Capitol on Saturday June 8th at 7 pm to enjoy a curated screening of short independent animated films from across Canada and beyond. Films created in the workshop on Friday, will be screened.

This lively event will involve a screening, music and bingo, tickets for $10/$15.

The films selected celebrate play, a love of living things, personal expression, and positive change through actions.
Daley is excited to present a weekend that “sparks joy” around filmmaking.

The programming is aimed at a general audience with a run-time of an average feature film.

The event continues on to New Denver on Sunday June 9, at 7 p.m., at the former Japanese United Church, 212 7th Ave. This free event will involve a screening, music and bingo.

Daley is excited to present this event to the community for the third year.

Each year, workshop participants are given a prompt and encouraged to start and end their animation video with the same shape.

“This year we chose cloud shape. Participants submit their clips and we put it together and work with a composer and soundtrack. It’s a way for people to be inspired to try the medium for the first time or to kick start their practice,” says Daley.

A number of professional animation artists participate.

“They just find it really inspiring,” says Daley.

Daley grew up in Nelson and returned in 2021 after 30 years away. She founded Carbon Arc Cinema, a community art house in Halifax as well as the Animation Festival of Halifax. She loves community building through the arts.

Guest filmmaker facilitators are travelling from Vancouver and Los Angeles for the event. They are bringing their musical talent in addition to animations skills to share in the workshop and screening event.

Visiting artists from Vancouver’s Echo Park Centre North are filmmakers Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr. LA based Matthew James-Wilson is a writer, photographer and musician who founded Heavy Manners Library, is the editor of Forge. art magazine, and has family in the area.

Visiting artists from Vancouver’s Echo Park Centre North are filmmakers Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr.

It is a jam-packed month at the Capitol Theatre, in addition to the animation weekend.

On June 1st, Corazón and Solstice present a choral performance, “Heart Like a River,” at Nelson United Church.

A couple of dance showcases hit the stage including Trillium dance on June 1st, and Nelson School of Dance Spring Showcase on June 2nd.

Mount Sentinel Academy showcases student films, “Thinking in Colour,” on June 3rd.

On June 8th, Lalin presents, “Sing the World Awake” at Nelson United Church.

June 9th brings old school rock with the band Queen’s 2023 tour, “It’s a Kinda Magic.”

June 15th is the Haute Trash! Trash Fashion Show Competition and Art Exhibition 2.0.

On June 16th the Sinixt Canoe Journey stops in Nelson at the Capitol Theatre.

June at the Capitol Theatre ends with a bang with the fifth annual Kootenay Burlesque Festival on the 28th and 29th.

For more information or tickets visit the Capitol Theatre.

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