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Reel Stories

February 2-4, 2018
Barrie Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Tickets: $10


Discover extraordinary things about the world from this thought-provoking weekend of films which includes documentaries and dramas inspired by true events and real people. In its fourteenth year and partnering with the City of Barrie’s “Winterfest”, Reel Stories screens 9 films over three days at Uptown Theatre during the first weekend of February.


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Film Schedule

Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

Friday, February 2
4:00 pm  Pecking Order
7:00 pm  Human Flow

Saturday, February 3
1:00 pm  Past Life
3:30 pm  Brimstone & Glory
5:15 pm  Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
7:30 pm  Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

Sunday, February 4
1:00 pm  Kedi
3:00 pm Paula
5:30 pm Spettacolo
7:30 pm  Pecking Order

Tickets: $10 (includes HST)
Advance tickets are available at Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

or online by Clicking Here.


Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Saturday, February 3 – 5:15pm
Documentary | PG – for mature content & nudity in a non-sexual context | 90 min.

Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

Brimstone & Glory

Saturday, February 3 – 3:30pm
Documentary | PG | 67 min.
Subtitles (Mexico/USA)

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios (the patron saint of firework makers), conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, and the festival anchors a way of life built around the generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. For the town’s citizens, this extraordinary event is explosive celebration and unrestrained delight… combined with genuine peril.

Human Flow

Friday, February 2 – 7:00pm
Documentary | PG – mature themes including a disturbing image | 140 min.
Some subtitles (Germany)

Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei’s detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.


Sunday, February 4 – 1:00 pm
Documentary | G | 80 min.
Turkish with English subtitles (Turkey/USA)

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of one of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

Past Life

Saturday, February 3 – 1:00pm
Drama/Mystery | 14A – for nudity and disturbing content | 109 min.
English and German, Polish, Hebrew with English subtitles (Israel/Poland)

Inspired by true events, PAST LIFE tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice.



Sunday, February 4 – 3:00pm
Drama | 14A – for some nudity, sexual content | 123 min.
German and French with English subtitles (France/Germany)

The life and career of the breakthrough German painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Pecking Order

Friday, February 2 – 4:00pm
Sunday, February 4 – 7:30pm

Documentary | PG | 88 min. (New Zealand)
Directed by: Slavko Martinov

This feel-good feather-ruffling flockumentary takes you into the distinctly Kiwi world of competitive poultry pageantry, inhabited by a group of understated, witty and likable chicken obsessives hell bent on victory at the New Zealand National Poultry Show.

This comedy-drama about the circle of life, power struggles and the need for progress, follows members of the Christchurch Poultry, Pigeon and Bantam Club struggling to peak at nationals while decades of club infighting threaten to tear their 148-year old club apart.


Sunday, February 4 – 5:30pm
Documentary | PG | 91 min. (USA)
Italian with English subtitles

Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became their stage and residents of all ages played a part – the role of themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years, but with an aging population and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town’s 50th anniversary performance just might be its last. Spettacolo tells the story of Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, interweaving episodes from its past with its modern-day process as the villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world.


Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

Saturday, February 3 – 7:30pm
Documentary | PG – language may offend, not recommended for young children | 118 min.

This is the remarkable story of an American icon who changed the sport of big wave surfing forever. Transcending the surf genre, this in-depth portrait of a hard-charging athlete explores the fear, courage and ambition that push a man to greatness—and the cost that comes with it.