Announcement, Drama, Film

HFF (Feature): Lucky Seven, Sat 9:30pm Theatre B

Leaving town was easy…coming back was murder.

This gritty neo-noir film is set in Hamilton featuring all the beauty and darkness the city offers up. dir. Stephen Hayes”Lucky 7″ is set in Hamilton where the Mob families that run the Province are jockeying for power in a changing landscape. Patrick Farley (Lucky 7) had left town years ago to keep a secret safe for the family, and no one could know anything about it. That’s the way the Mob wanted it as part of the deal to keep Lucky’s fathers name intact and the family still in control of The Emerald Isle Club.

Nine years later and thought to be dead, Lucky 7 has the money to set things right with mob boss Lucano, but when an old acquaintance, The Reverend, arranges a meeting for Lucky 7 to pay back his debt, things don’t go quite according to plan.

His mob debt isn’t the only one Lucky 7 has to pay when he gets back to town. The other debt is to his family for leaving them without a word. The family runs The Emerald Isle Club, the old pub Lucky’s dad started in the 50’s, and that’s the first place Lucky heads to upon his return. His brothers Brian and Alan are quick to accept him back but an old love named Sharon isn’t quite so ready. Neither is Frankie, Lucky’s younger brother who has committed himself to a life of crime.

Below the Emerald Isle Club is a storefront church where Lucky 7 falls for Julia, a beautiful organist who plays there and a few other places in town. Julia doesn’t care about his past and is only concerned about the here and now and she is willing to risk everything to help Lucky clear his name. The fire that burns within her helps light his way back home.

Can Lucky come to terms with choices he made in the past and build a better future?

www.lucky7movie.com

Director Stephen Hayes and several cast / crew will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film

Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film

HFF (Shorts) Hamilton Short Films, Fri 7pm Main Theatre

This is a small collection of Hamilton Films. Enjoy!

After She’s Gone (Drama) Guy liked a girl in high-school didn’t have confidence to tell her. Until one day he sees her at work, but finds out another girl likes him. Who does he choose dir. Graziano Mainfoli Hamilton ON

Love Sick (Dark Drama) A thrilling suspense ride as a young man struggles to deal with his overly possessive mother and his girlfriend. dir. Byron Wade Hamilton ON

UBBY: The Movie (Comedy) A depressed adolescent begs for a brighter day, however life keeps him at a stand still. dir. Mitchell Theriault Hamilton ON

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

HFF (Fest i Sode): Unique Views on Clubs and Sex, Thurs 9:30pm Theatre B

Unrated adult content and explicit scenes possible. 

Club Scene – A hotshot bartender experiences an early-life crisis when a mysterious girl forces him to reevaluate his cyclical lifestyle of binge drinking, body shots and gelled hair) Hamilton dir. Adriano Valentini NY, USA

The Bartender -A bartender who finds himself tangled up in a conversation about sex and friendship faces the ultimate question – can a guy and a girl be just friends?) Hamilton dir. Adriano Valentini NY, USA

Under-ager -When an under-age kid questions his sexuality, his older buddies give him some hillarious advice. Hamilton dir. Adriano Valentini NY, USA

 

Juxt1 – A Hamilton Film Fest original.  Each year a new filmmaker picks up.. (dir, Ken turner, Paul J Boresky) Juxt2 – where the previous story (dir. Jason Hofing) and premiering Juxt3 – left off (dir, Craig Watkins).

Announcement, Documentary, Drama, Film

HFF (Documentary) 3 Docs at Wed 7pm in Theatre B.

The Brush, The Pen & Recovery (documentary, 33min) Hamilton, ON. The artists at the Cottage Studio, a program for people with schizophrenia in Hamilton, prepare for a showing of their art at the Gallery on the Bay and discuss their schizophrenia, its impact on their lives and their struggles to recover.  Director  David Laing Dawson.  On the Mountain (documentary) Hamilton, ON. Chronicle over 200 years of history on Hamilton’s ‘mountain’. Director Gary Kaulback. If Only She Knew  A woman tries to fit in with what society portrays as beautiful, but doesn’t realize her true beauty within. Director Craig Chung.

Announcement, Documentary, Drama, Film

HFF (documentary): If I Should Fall Wed 7pm Main Theatre

Given the proximity to Remembrance Day this will be a timely screening about the 22 yr. old fallen Trooper Marc Diab. This documentary is a touching tribute that includes interviews, stories and tragic and candid footage from the front lines of the Afghan war. www.IfIShouldFall.com dir. Brendon Culliton will attend for a Q& A after the film.

I am pleased to advise the family of the late Trooper Marc Diab; parents, Jihan, Hani.  Sisters Jessica and Maya will be attending the showing of “If I Should Fall”.  Also, Cpl Shane Mitchell, who was with Marc when he died will be attending. Shane Mitchell is also from Hamilton.  He is coming courtesy of the Royal Canadian Dragoons to attend. Members of the Hamilton based organization Canadian Heroes will also be in attendance.

Announcement, Children's Programming, Comedy, Drama, Puppets

Children’s Puppet Show — Carlos and His 5 Reasons

Staircase Show Reviewed!

Inspired by a Spanish folk-tale, Carlos and His 5 Reasons is a delightful puppet play in the table-top style, featuring a little boy and the many witches hidden in his home. Join Carlos as he attempts to solve his problems in a rather unconventional manner, and discovers his own resourcefulness in the process. Shadow play and a live music introduction are also included in this magical story.  Carlos and His Five Reasons is based on a traditional folk-tale originally written in Spanish, translated by Barbara Raimondi and edited by Kerry Corrigan, Marie Franek and Helena Adamczyk into a puppet play, featuring a young boy named Carlos, and the six witches that he encounters. The story takes an amusing and light-hearted approach to this tale of a young boy learning to deal with his anger Felt puppets were constructed by Marie Franek and the set was built by Gary Santucci, with props and decoration by Helena Adamczyk and Anne Parker. The play lasts approximately 35 minutes, and is only a little frightening for the wee ones (so far, they’ve all survived!).

Check out their page on the Intertubes.

 

Announcement, Birthday, Drama, Film, Science Fiction, Wedding

Sci Fi Sundays Presents Bride of Frankenstein 5pm Oct 30th

Sci Fi Sundays is Hamilton’s nexus where speculation fiction aficionados get together and enjoy science fictiony movies. In celebration of Halloween  Sci Fi Sunday’s members have voted The Bride of Frankenstein as their monthly choice. Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 black and white classic that follows humans down the path of unintended consequences when they choose science and ignore morality. Not only is The Bride  a science fiction classic but a critically acclaimed masterpiece. It is one the few movies to enjoy a 100% rating on the RT movie site (see here).

Catch The Bride of Frankenstein on the big screen, in real theater seating, on Sunday October 30th at 5pm. Admission is $4/2. If you are planning to see Frankenprov later that night you can enjoy The Bride for free by purchasing your Frankenprov ticket before the movie.

If The Bride is not enough Frankenstuff for one Halloween The Staircase is also putting on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Frankenstein versus Young Frankenstein and Staircase Improv’s annual smash comedy hit Frankenprov.

Become a member of Sci Fi Sundays on the Facebooks.

Announcement, Birthday, Children's Programming, Comedy, Drama, Events, Film, Fine Art, Improv Comedy, Literature, Music, Science Fiction, Stand Up Comedy, Theatre, Uncategorized, Wedding, Workshop

Zombie Walk Comes to End at Staircase

It’s time! It’s time! Dust off the old funeral tux and shake out the burial shroud. It’s time to get gorgeous and gory for the 5th Annual Hamilton Zombie Walk and Charity Food Drive (presented by Horror in the Hammer). October 29th @ Gore Park (starting at 2pm).  Join the Hamilton Horde for another year of Halloween horror and help us take a bite out of hunger by bringing a donation of nonperishable food items to Gore Park. All donations will go to support local food bank. Don’t forget to donate some food before you take to the town in search of brains!  WALK ROUTE: Zombies will depart Gore Park around 2pm, shambling North on James St N, down York, and then to Dundurn Castle. FRIGHT NIGHT THEATER: After the walk, come back to The Staircase (27 Dundurn Street North L8R 3C9) for Fright Night Theater and your chance to win zombie prizes.  Admission: $5 zombies, $10 humans. Discounted rate for children. Includes admission to movie. Prize tickets sold separately at The Staircase.

Shamble on over the the Facebooks to follow ’em.

Announcement, Birthday, Comedy, Drama, Events, Film, Music

Devil’s Ball Costume Party and Fundraiser Oct 29th

4th Annual Fundraiser Costume Party in Support of the Staircase Theatre. Well, guys and ghouls, its that spooky time of the year again where we gather at the theater for fiendish fundraising fun. Last year our event helped fund new speakers for our facility and this year we are aiming to provide new lights for the mainstage theatre. Tickets are $13 or 2/$20 cash only. Call 905-529-3000 for a reservation  Your admission gets you: Live Music, Sexy Dancing, Comedy, A prize laden Costume Contest, 50/50 Draw, Door Prizes, spooky Delicious Snacks and a Cash Bar. Also catch a uper sneak peak of a BRAND NEW feature length horror film (by a very talented Hamilton-based film company) screening through out the night in our theatre space! Our previous years Devil’s Ball Fundraisers were amazingly spooky party-times, and this year will be bigger and better. All proceeds go directly to The Staircase Theatre to support our much beloved venue and its programmes. Check it out on the Facebooks.