Roundup: Maple Ridge Film Festival events

The first edition of Maple Ridge’s festival of BC film is starting soon, so check out all the events below!

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 at 8:00pm

Feature Film: Numb
Director: Jason R. Goode | Starring: Jamie Bamber, Marie Avgeropoulos, Aleks Paunovic

Synopsis: When a couple in financial distress discovers GPS coordinates that promise to lead to stolen gold, they must partner with a pair of mysterious hitchhikers to enter the remote winter wilderness to recover the coins.

Short: Anxious Oswald Greene
Director: Marshall Axani | Starring: Ryan Beil, Jason Burkart, Trevor Devall

Synopsis: Oswald Greene must cure his crippling anxiety, even if it means trusting a blind nurse, a talking fly, and a flamboyant doctor with a knack for rhyming.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 5:00pm

Feature Film: Fractured Land
Directors: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher | Starring: Caleb Behn, Janet Annesley, Maude Barlow

Synopsis: With some of the world’s largest fracking operations on his territory, a young indigenous leader and lawyer confronts the fractures within his community and himself as he struggles to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.

Short: Counter Act
Directors: Heath Affolter, Jon Affolter, Nathan Affolter, Thomas Affolter | Starring: J. Alex Brinson, Naika Toussaint, Teal Fiddler

Synopsis: When Alice, a naïve young woman having lunch in a diner circa 1960, joins Mary and Ray in their “sit-in” protest, the ire of the racist patrons boils over and Alice learns what it truly takes to stand up for what you believe in.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 7:30pm

Feature Film: Black Fly
Director: Jason Borque | Starring: Matthew MacCaull, Dakota Daulby, Christie Burke

Synopsis: A troubled teenager and his older brother reconnect, setting off a powder keg of buried secrets, paranoia, and murder. Inspired by true events.

Short: The Timekeeper
Director: Scott Weber | Starring: Tom McBeath, Nathan Dashwood, Tammy Gillis

Synopsis: A watchmaker, who pawns time from people who waste it, is forced to question his own use of time when confronted by someone who might value it more.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 2:00pm

Feature Film: The Wingman
Director: Jim Garrison | Starring: Peter Benson, Geoff Gustafson, Iris Paluly

Synopsis: A professional womaniser coerces his relationship counsellor into helping him seduce women, only to discover that having him as his best friend is more important than using him to satisfy his insatiable sex drive.

Short: I Wanna Date U
Director: Lisa Ovies | Starring: Laura Adkin, Lisa Durupt, Anthony Konechny

Synopsis: After being stood up by her dream guy, a perpetually single Holly and her best friend Lucy decide to take a stand for women everywhere and hunt him down.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 5:00pm

Feature Film: Lawrence and Holloman
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk | Starring: Ben Cotton, Daniel Arnold, Katharine Isabelle

Synopsis: The dark and twisted story of a cynical and suicidal accounting clerk who gets taken under the wing of a happy-go-lucky, ever-optimistic suit salesman.

Short: Monster
Director: Deborah Burns | Starring: Jodelle Ferland, R. Douglas Hutchinson, Dave Abustan

Synopsis: Monster is a fable set in a pastoral post-apocalyptic time. Hannah, played by Jodelle Ferland, draws the winning lot to feed a terrifying hungry monster waiting in the forest.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 7:30pm

Feature Film: Into the Forest
Director: Patricia Rozema | Starring: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella

Synopsis: A mesmerising and powerful story about two teenage sisters in their remote woodland home who are forced to fend for themselves in a society that may be on the brink of collapse.

Short: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk | Starring: Shauna Johannesen, Sebastien Archibald, Blu Mankuma

Synopsis: Just when flannel-clad Tracy Polokowski thinks her ‘yes’ day has come, her hipster boyfriend breaks up with her, she discovers she has bedbugs, and she is ostracised by everyone she knows.

You can get tickets at, by phone at 604.476.2787 or in person at The ACT Arts Centre – located at 11944 Haney Place in Maple Ridge. Ticket prices range from $11 for single tickets, $27 for a 3-pack of tickets, and $50 for a 6-pack of tickets. Tickets purchased for the screening on March 17 will also be honoured at the Festival’s Opening Reception at 6:30pm.