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Shop Local: The Disappeared at the Silver Wave Film Festival
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Saturday, 10 November 2012 12:54

disappeared_poster.jpgMore and more these days people are being encouraged to shop local – to buy local produce and products and support the growth of the local economy. Unfortunately the trend doesn’t often trickle into other areas of consumerism, especially the film industry. That’s why I am so pleased and excited to be attending the Silver Wave Film Festival, which is held annually in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I finally get to “shop local” on the big screen, an opportunity so rarely offered to us here in the Maritimes.

Last night was my first evening at the festival, and what an exciting thing it is to see just how diverse the offerings are.

I kicked off my time here by going to a feature screening of The Disappeared, an emotionally driven drama about six men lost at sea after their fishing boat sinks in the North Atlantic. Filmed off the coast of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, the movie takes place exclusively aboard two small lifeboats. This may sound like a very Canadian tale of man against nature, but really it is about the human will to survive at all costs. The real strengths of this film lie in the spare script and long moments of silence.

disappeared_still.jpgAs the vessels are tossed upon the waves, with no land in site – so too is the audience set adrift through the camera lens. There is nothing here to give us reprieve from the bleak situation these men are in and I found myself able to get a sense of their hope and – eventually - their hopelessness.

So for now, I’m off to check out some more of the great offerings at the festival! If you are in the Fredericton area make sure to “shop local” and check out some of the great events this film festival has to offer.