9 May

Writer-in-Residence Short Film Script

Writer-in-Residence Short Film Script

When I started this project, the goal was two-fold: To help engage the Carbon Arc audience by discussing the programming and atmosphere at Halifax’s premiere independent cinema, and to write a short film script. I’ve had a few ideas for a short, but struggled. I finally settled on an adaptation of an autobiographical story I […]

2 May

Winter/Spring 2016 concludes with Francofonia

Winter/Spring 2016 concludes with Francofonia

Friday evening was another sunny one as spring gradually takes hold here in Nova Scotia, but Carbon Arc still managed to sell out its screening of the dreamlike Francofonia, Aleksandr Sokurov’s historical semi-document of the Louvre museum.                 The fact that we managed to fill all the seats […]

27 April

Carbon Arc Profile: Donna de Ville

Carbon Arc Profile: Donna de Ville

Returning to our semi-regular feature on the Writer-in-Residence blog, here is another one of the core Carbon Arc programmers. Donna de Ville has a PhD in Communication Studies, and has taught film and media studies courses at universities in the United States and Canada, including at Mount Saint Vincent. She’s been involved with film programming […]

25 April

Our Loved Ones (Les Étres Chers) and inheritance, The Invitation and blood

Our Loved Ones (Les Étres Chers) and inheritance, The Invitation and blood

Friday was the first really warm day of 2016, temps in the high teens and that perfect afternoon light that arrives when it’s warm enough to go out with only a t-shirt. We had the doors and windows open at Carbon Arc to get a little air into the space. Our Loved Ones (Les Étres […]

18 April

My Golden Days’ sweet reminiscense

My Golden Days’ sweet reminiscense

On Friday night Carbon Arc was proud to present the most recent film by Arnaud Desplechin, My Golden Days, a prequel to the renowned French auteur’s My Sex Life… Or How I Got Into An Argument from 1996. I’m a little embarrassed to say this was my first encounter with the director whose work has won […]

13 April

Chris Campbell on Arnaud Desplechin

Chris Campbell on Arnaud Desplechin

On Friday, Carbon Arc is showing My Golden Days, the new film from renowned French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin. Chris Campbell is a media creator based in Wolfville with a keen interest in combining storytelling with new technologies. He’s edited film, shot video, recorded sound, hosted radio and TV shows. He teaches Screen Arts at NSCC in […]

10 April

The dark intensity of The Club

The dark intensity of The Club

A punch in the gut. Some filmmakers provide a virtual version of that kind of experience. An audiovisual strike to the viscera. A one-two to the psychological midsection. That’s what Pablo Larrain delivers with The Club, which screened at Carbon Arc on Friday. I wasn’t familiar with the Chilean director’s work, but was bowled over […]

4 April

Only Yesterday, the World’s Best Commercials, and something about shorts

Only Yesterday, the World’s Best Commercials, and something about shorts

It was bound to happen. I’ve genuinely enjoyed every film we’ve programmed at Carbon Arc since I started working with the independent cinema in the summer of 2015. But I knew at some point we’d bring something in that I wouldn’t especially like. That happened on Friday with Only Yesterday.           […]

27 March

Back from Hiatus: Brand New Testament and our first encore

Back from Hiatus: Brand New Testament and our first encore

At Carbon Arc, the three weeks of hiatus (as the museum was otherwise busy with its own programming) were mostly filled with a lot of planning, and as I described in my last post, a little bowling. We’ve had some trouble lately landing the movies we really want to show—including a prominent cancellation, also detailed […]

20 March

Schedule changes, bowling, etc.

Schedule changes, bowling, etc.

Just when you think everything is set in stone… it really isn’t. If you’re like the Carbon Arc programming committee, you were thrilled when we announced last week that Anomalisa, the Oscar-nominated animation co-directed by Charlie Kaufman, was slated for a double screening on April 1. But, unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen. As I […]