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THIRD ACTion Film Festival

Don’t miss this celebration exploring the third act of life

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Celebrating the act of getting older through film and talks, this festival returns for a second year and features older adults in leading roles while addressing issues around ageing.

With films, talks, and an art show celebrating and exploring the possibilities in the third act of life, the THIRD ACTion Film Festival works to create an age-positive culture shift. The lineup includes 22 films spread over nine screenings during the last weekend of Alberta’s Seniors’ Week.

You can also check out special guest speakers and workshop by WP Puppet Theatre.

So, what are we looking forward to? Here are our not-to-be-missed picks for this year’s festival:

Sometimes Always Never

June 7, 2019, 7:00pm
Glenbow Theatre (130 9th Ave. SE)
$15 – $20

A gentle family drama where a love of words helps a father reconnect with a missing son, this screening of Sometimes Always Never kicks off the festival. Starring Bill Nighy, Jenny Agutter, and Sam Riley, this offbeat British flick has been gathering rave-reviews and is certainly worth a watch.

Driving Miss Daisy

June 8, 2019, 1:30pm
Glenbow Theatre (130 9th Ave. SE)
$15 – $20

A relaxed and dementia-friendly performance, don’t miss this Saturday afternoon screening featuring the award-winning classic, Driving Miss Daisy. The 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Aykroyd.

The House That Jack Built

June 8, 2019, 4:30pm
Glenbow Theatre (130 9th Ave. SE)
$10 – $15

With Nine to Ninety, Prisoners of Age, and Beyond Housing, these three outstanding short films offer diverse perspectives on housing challenges. Co-presented by the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society, the screening also features guest speakers Victoria Burns, Hilary Chapple, and Anne Cartledge.


June 9, 2019, 7:30pm
Glenbow Theatre (130 9th Ave. SE)
$15 – $20

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. Called the definitive Ginsburg biography, THIRD ACTion Film Festival closes with RBG.

The THIRD ACTion Film Festival runs June 7 to 9, 2019 at the Glenbow Theatre (130 9th Ave. SE). Head to thirdactionfilmfest.ca for the full schedule.