The DOXA Documentary Film Festival and Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association present a free outdoor screening of Brent Hodges’ Pistol Shrimps. Here are five reasons you should go:

1. With Vancouver’s summer finally in full swing, what better way to celebrate than with an outdoor movie (don’t forget to bring a blanket or cushion to sit on).

2. This light-hearted documentary follows a group of everyday women – actresses, musicians, writers, comedians, and moms – who compete in the Los Angeles women’s recreational basketball league.

3. The team name comes from the pistol shrimp (aka snapping shrimp), that have an enormous claw used to fire “bullets” of bubbles at predators. The bullets often knock their foes out cold, or can even kill. The sound generated can reach 210 decibels, far louder than an actual gunshot, which averages around 150.

4. The Weather Network is calling for sunny weather again next week, with a high of 27 and the evening cooling off to a comfortable 16 degrees on Wednesday.

5. Did we mention it was free?

Pistol Shrimps screens on the north steps of Robson Square (800 Robson St, Vancouver) on Wednesday, August 24. Visit for more information.