Announcement, Dance, Drama

Remembering the Farewells 26 Nov 8pm

Dance Theatre work, it talks about reconstructing the immense amounts of farewell
memories from childhood, family, our countries, places, loved ones,
friends, dead ones and parties…
It is inspired on femininity and fragility as well as in the strength that
imprints the acts of many women. This work has an important contrast
in movement, music ad theatrical play.
Honorary Mention – National Choreography Awards, Colombian Ministry
of Culture, 2004.

Choreographer and Performer: Olga Barrios
Assistant Director and Light Designer:  John Henry Gerena
Duration: 50 minutes


Tickets $15/$12 students and seniors

Announcement, Comedy, Music, Stand Up Comedy, Theatre

The Specials! 23,24 Nov at 8pm

Back by popular demand, The SPECIALS return with their hilarious original musical comedy, 9/11/11

Starring: Sandra Battaglini, Precious Chong, Phil Luzi, and Christopher Sawchyn.
Director: Melissa D’Agostino
Musical Director: Scott Christian
Technical Director: David Guerra

Come celebrate American Thanksgiving with us!

It’ll be a schpladoozie!

* Wednesday November 23rd, 8pm
* Thursday November 24th, 8pm

($10 for students with student card)

Tickets available by calling 905-529-3000, at the door or at


Announcement, Children's, Film

HFF (Children’s): Children’s Films Sun 1pm Main Theatre

Enfant Passant, -In a game of chess, when does the student surpass the master?

dir. Asher Hunter Hamilton, On

The Tree  – The Tree is a quietly curious animated short film about a single dead tree and the cycle of life that depends upon it. dir Garner Beckett Brantford, ON

Loser Leg – Italian with English subtitles – Gamba Trista) I’ve always had strong arms. They have to become such if you are born with lame legs, without bones. dir. Francesco Filippi Italy

The Stolen Concert – Even rock stars lose their way sometimes.

dir. Steve Parton Dundas, ON

Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film, Fine Art, Uncategorized

HFF (HD Set) Visually Stunning Movies Sun 3pm Main Theatre

T O in 24 -Over the course of 24 hours, we take a cinematic journey across a landscape of rituals, traditions and everyday miracles that define us as human beings. dir. Dale Hildebrand Toronto

The Umbrella Project -Two women fall in love while their husbands are away at war.

dir Bryan Kowalsky Canada

The Beginning

Distilled Love – – Hoping to fix the crack in their relationship, Rene locks himself and his hipster girlfriend, Emma, in their apartment.  His personal remedy for their woes is a weekend-long detox for Emma.  But as she experiences withdrawal, the couple discovers addiction is not the only problem they need to face. dir. Joe Kicak Canada

Announcement, Events, Workshop

HFF (Panel): Comedy On Film Sun 3pm Bright Room

Comedy on Film (panel / workshop)

It’s not easy making people laugh. Its even harder when you write and film something just hoping it will pay off. Come to this panel / workshop and get some comedy advice on making people laugh, on film, buy the people who have done it on the indie film circuit.



Ken Turner  & Paul J. Boresky- Poor Fishy Films co-founders Ken Turner and Paul J. Boresky are Hamilton Film Festival veterans, with eight films selected over the past four years. Their comedy short, The Yard Sale, nabbed the Audience Choice award in 2009 and they were also invited to kick off the JUXT film experiment. They have been called “the Coen Bros. of Hamilton” thanks to the diversity of their films and style of humour. Paul has over ten years work experience in the film industry and Ken teaches Film Studies at a local high school.


Gary Reid – Gary Reid has been a life long student of comedy. From the Marx Bros to Mitch Hedberg and all the good stuff in between, Gary has focused his energy in the world of laughter. Investing years of improvising and performing with his comedy sketch troupe, Gary can always shed humour on a situation.


Asher Hunter – Ash is not water soluble. Ash is no longer infected. Ash is served with mashed or baked potato. Substitute side caesar for an extra $1.50.

Documentary, Film

HFF (Feature): Music From the Big House, Sun 7:30pm Main Theatre

From acclaimed director Bruce McDonald, teaming with Emmy and Oscar nominated documentary producer Erin Faith Young and her producing partner Jennifer St. John, comes a rare and exclusive musical journey. Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her to a historic jailhouse performance with inmates serving life sentences for murder, rape, and armed robbery.

This musical journey is a glance into what used to be the bloodiest prison in America, but now gives lifers something to live for through the power of music. In contrast to sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their love of music radiates humanity and redemption on their quest for forgiveness.

Rita Chiarelli will be in attendance for a Q&A after the movie and will be bringing soundtracks that will be for sale.

Announcement, Drama, Theatre

R&D Prod. Presents East of Berlin Nov 11,12,18 and 19 at 8pm

Do monsters breed monsters? That’s the question we’re forced to ask when Rudi discovers, in his teens, that his father served as an SS Doctor at Auschwitz. Set in 1970, Rudi the young adult stands outside of his father’s study revisiting the major events in his life. From the discovery of this secret, to his friendship with Hermann, and a relationship with the daughter of a Jewish survivor, Rudi tries to come to terms with a horrific past that he had no part of. With love, guilt, redemption and sins unimaginable, East of Berlin examines hidden victims of the Holocaust.

More Info from Hamilton Spectator

Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film, Fine Art, Science Fiction, Uncategorized

HFF (student Films): Various Titles Sat 3pm Main Theatre

These films are not rated. Viewer discretion is advised.

Asylum – When denied asylum in Canada, a soviet defector becomes increasingly alarmed about subsequent threats to his family – but the danger may not be as real as he believes. dir. Viki Posidis

For God and Ulster -A former terrorist seeks redemption from his therapist. dir. Gregory Breen, CANADA

Det. Mark Waters

Slug Gargantuwon – A giant mutant slug is on the loose! dir. Wendel Brooks Owen Sound ON

Reflections – A man is cheated on by his wife and suffers with questioning of self worth, regrets, and reflections on the life he has lived. In association with Kings Christian Collegiate. dir. Jonathan Atkins & Robbie Southward Mississauga ON

Requiem Judgement for one soul. dir. Marcello Mercanti

Finding ODO

Tinder -A struggling farm family deals with the aftermath of a drought. dir. Bryan Kowalsky CANADA

Plus the best from the Westdale Film Festival!

Several filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A after the films.

Announcement, Events, Film, Workshop

HFF (Panel): Acting for Camera Sat 3pm Bright Room

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA – Panel / Workshop


Come to this panel / workshop and be prepared to do a Mock Audition or just sit and listen to the advice given by our expert panel. Sides will be provided. There will also be a discussion where the experts will talk about their craft and experiences in this business.


Christina Bellamy Payne – Christina Bellamy Payne is a Second City Grad, director and has been teaching Acting & Improv as well as hosting Corporate Improv workshops for over 15 years. Teaching all over North America and for the last 5 years has been teaching & creating A Performing Arts Certificate program at Mohawk College and loving every minute of it! Please feel free to contact Christina for more program info or a private coaching session at


David Amito – David studied acting at the Methodica Studio in Vancouver and The Lee Strasberg Theatre in New York.  He has the leading role in several award winning films.


Elisabeth Lagerlof – Born in New Brunswick, graduated from the American Musical and Dramatics Academy in New York, Elisabeth is currently working in Toronto.


Derek Dwyer (T.V., indie-film & N. American stand-up credits/ student at Stella Adler Los Angeles)


Sides selection from the feature screenplay Atmosfear by local screenwriter / actor Derek Dwyer.