The Brazilian film The Way He Looks opens the 26th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival this week.
The Brazilian film The Way He Looks opens the 26th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival this week.

This week’s picks include a Patrick Swayze classic, ten days of queer films and a play that takes place on the Great Pacific garbage patch.

A great way to cool down on these hot summer nights, one of Vancouver’s most popular summer events is back with the Chevron Summer Cinema Series in Stanley Park.  These free outdoor movies at Second Beach’s Ceperley Meadows features a four story high inflatable movie screen.  Every Tuesday through the beginning of September the film this week is Ghost (Aug 12) starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.

Vancouver’s second largest film festival gets underway as Out On Screen presents the 26th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Aug 14-24).  This year’s festival features more than 80 films showcasing queer stories from 11 countries.  The festival opens with The Way He Looks (Aug 14), a coming of age drama from Brazil in which blind teenager Leonardo deals with overprotective parents, bullying classmates, and excitements of first love in his small town. This year’s festival also includes the first ever family-friendly Sunday Funday (Aug 17) on Granville Island with age appropriate film screenings, a picnic, a teen slam poetry workshop, and performances.

The Granville Island Cultural Society’s Summer at the Waterfront Series continues as Now Theatre presents Alyssa Kostello’s new one-act play Patch (Aug 15-17), a fantastical play that takes place on the Great Pacific garbage patch, a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean.