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Genre: Documentary

This Mountain Life (Filmmakers in Attendance!)

This Mountain Life (Filmmakers in Attendance!)

The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal, yet few people ever venture into true wilderness. Living amongst us is a special breed of people. They are undefined by age, gender, profession or background, but for them, the draw
of the mountains is so strong that their lives must revolve around it.
After months of preparation, Martina and her 60 year-old mother Tania embark on a 6 month, 2300 km journey from Squamish, BC to Alaska through a relentless mountain wilderness. There are others who share a passion for the mountain life: a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat to be closer to God; a photographer is buried in an avalanche; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off grid for nearly 50 years.
What is it that leads these adventurous people to sacrifice everything – comfort, family, personal safety – for a life in the mountains?
The latest documentary feature from the team behind JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY and THE CLEAN BIN PROJECT is shot in remarkable cinematic detail; a riveting portrait of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.

“Ravishingly shot . . . a love letter to the outdoors.” (POV Magazine)


Sunday, December 9
Doors 1:00 pm | Movie 1:30 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

Saturday, December 15
Doors 1:15 pm | Movie 1:45 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.


THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE (Grant Baldwin, 2018 / 77 mins / PG) A daughter and her 60-year-old mother’s arduous 2,300-kilometre trek to Alaska is the thread that binds these intimate portraits together.

Weed the People (Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein in Attendance!)

Weed the People (Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein in Attendance!)

From filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake (THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN) comes a fascinating and eye-opening documentary, WEED THE PEOPLE, a film set to educate mainstream audiences about medical cannabis as a human rights issue through the emotional stories of children fighting cancer. Cannabis has been off-limits to doctors and researchers in the US… Continue Reading

Sharkwater: Extinction

Sharkwater: Extinction

SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION is a thrilling, action adventure journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the billion dollar illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it. From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica and France, to California, Stewart’s third film dives into the often violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade. SHARKWATER:… Continue Reading

María By Callas: In Her Own Words

María By Callas: In Her Own Words

Tom Volf‘s MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs-nearly all of which have never been shown to the public-the film reveals the essence of an… Continue Reading

Chilly Gonzales: Shut Up and Play the Piano

Chilly Gonzales: Shut Up and Play the Piano

Chilly Gonzales is a Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist and entertainer. Criss-crossing between rap, electro and solo piano music, he became the outrageous pop performer who invited himself to the ivory tower of classical music. The eccentric artist inspires and collaborates with the likes of Feist, Jarvis Cocker, Peaches, Daft Punk and Drake. Change seems to… Continue Reading

Somm III (Encore screening!)

Somm III (Encore screening!)

Join us at the Rio Theatre for an encore screening of director Jason Wise‘s latest entry into his acclaimed wine documentary series – SOMM 3 Saturday, December 1 Doors 2:45 pm | Movie 3:15 pm Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door *Minors permitted in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for main… Continue Reading

Finding Big Country (Director in Attendance!)

Finding Big Country (Director in Attendance!)

Following numerous sold out screenings at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (in addition to winning the prestigious #mustseeBC Award), documentary filmmaker Kathleen S. Jayme‘s FINDING BIG COUNTRY finds its way to East Vancouver for an encore screening on Sunday, October 28. Jayme will be in attendance and will join in with a Q&A following… Continue Reading

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician M.I.A., who continues to shatter conventions with her work, words, and art. Director Stephen Loveridge offers an  admiring profile of the tough-minded rapper, who has taken up the cause of Tamil… Continue Reading

VIMFF: North of Nightfall

VIMFF: North of Nightfall

Join Darren Berrecloth for a live presentation followed by a screening of his epic, North of Nightfall. Date, Time & Location:  – Wed, Oct 17, 2018 | Rio Theatre Doors 6:30pm – Show 7:30pm  –  VENUE MAPS  PURCHASE TICKETS  *Note : Rio Groupons and passes are not accepted for this screening   – The Speaker Darren… Continue Reading

VIMFF: Free Solo

VIMFF: Free Solo

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. Date, Time & Location: Tues, Oct 16, 2018 | Rio Theatre Doors 6:30pm – Show 7:30pm VENUE MAPS  PURCHASE… Continue Reading