Slow Food Story: Wine + Film Night

Monday, June 6 at 6pm PDT

**Online sales end at 5pm on the day of the event but tickets will be sold at the door

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present another night featuring a truly fine pairing: Wine + Film! As part of Italian Heritage Month in Vancouver, we're highlighting several films of Italian origin including director Stefano Sardo's acclaimed documentary SLOW FOOD STORY, which is based on the best-selling book (not to mention cultural movement) of the same name.

"In 1986, Carlo Petrini founded the ArciGola Gastronomic Association in Italy and three years later in Paris, launched Slow Food, an international anti-fast-food resistance movement. An ebullient presence, Carlìn, as he is affectionately known around the globe, has become an ambassador for thinking about food differently. From the tiny town of Bra, home to some 27,000 inhabitants, the Slow Food movement has grown to become a revolution, that now has roots in more than 150 countries. Cheese-makers, vintners, and artisanal food folk, toast Slow Food for bringing about a change in consciousness that shook the very foundation of gastronomy. "

Special thanks to our wine and spirit vendors as well as Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre and Italian Day for their support in this screening.

VIP Wine Tasting 6:00 – 8:00

SLOW FOOD STORY Film Screening 8:30

VIP Wine Tasting + Film $30 advance or $35 door

Film Only $13 advance or $15 door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry.
**Sorry, Groupons and passes are not accepted for this event.

SLOW FOOD STORY (Stefano sardo, 2013 / 74 minuts) A movement active in 150 countries espouses the benefits of locally grown food.

A Legacy of Whining

Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Tuesday, June 7 for a screening of director Ross Munro's Vancouver-lensed indie feature A LEGACY OF WHINING. Meet 'n mingle with members of the cast and crew beforehand and stick around for Q&A to follow.

A LEGACY OF WHINING not only throws gasoline on the familiar cinematic trope of male mid-life crisis but watches gleefully as it sits back and throws a lighted match onto the proceedings. Inspired by its love of early 1970’s American buddy films, this shaggy dog comedy (played out in one desperation-soaked dreamlike evening) tells the tale of two former high school friends, Mitch and Dunc, who reunite thirty years later in an attempt to resurrect the faded corpse of their "glory years" only to find, perhaps, that the past ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…

Tuesday, June 7
Doors 6:00 | Movie 6:30pm

Tickets $10 in advance / $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

A LEGACY OF WHINING (Ross Munro, 2016 / 73 mins) | The past ain't all it's cracked up to be when two former high school friends reunite thirty years later in a painfully comedic and bittersweet rollercoaster of an evening.

Facebook: A Legacy of Whining
Twitter: @NextOneProd
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mitchfromalegacyofwhining/

High-Rise

Tuesday, June 7 at 9pm PDT

“Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr. Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.”

… And so goes the opening sentence of J.G. Ballard’s acclaimed 1975 dystopian novel HIGH-RISE, faithfully adapted by one of the most innovative British directors in decades, Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, SIGHTSEERS, A FIELD IN ENGLAND), for the screen. Tom Hiddleston stars as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Sienna Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Luke Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Elisabeth Moss); and Mr. Royal (Jeremy Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

Tuesday, June 7

Doors 8:30 | Movie 9:00

Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

“Ben Wheatley’s J.G. Ballard adaptation, starring an insouciant, debonair Tom Hiddleston, serves up orgiastic mayhem on a silver platter.” – The Telegraph

High-Rise

Wednesday, June 8 at 6:45pm PDT

"Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr. Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.”

... And so goes the opening sentence of J.G. Ballard's acclaimed 1975 dystopian novel HIGH-RISE, faithfully adapted by one of the most innovative British directors in decades, Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, SIGHTSEERS, A FIELD IN ENGLAND), for the screen. Tom Hiddleston stars as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Sienna Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Luke Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Elisabeth Moss); and Mr. Royal (Jeremy Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

Wednesday, June 8
Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45

Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

"Ben Wheatley's J.G. Ballard adaptation, starring an insouciant, debonair Tom Hiddleston, serves up orgiastic mayhem on a silver platter." - The Telegraph

"Batshit crazy. Don’t expect a thriller in the seat-edge sense, but you will be thrilled — and repulsed — by this bold, faithful adaptation of Ballard’s ever-prescient picture of First World strife." - Empire Magazine

“A vicious, surreal satire. Wheatley is one of the most interesting filmmakers to come out of the United Kingdom in ages.”- Rolling Stone

"... a screaming good time, replete with baroque dialogue and Marxist undertones so heavy they might just be tones." - ScreenCrush

HIGH-RISE (Ben Wheatley, 2016 / 119 mins) | Life for the residents of an ultra-modern (for the 1970s), luxury high-rise tower block outside of London begins to run out of control when the residents descend into a state of hedonistic tribal warfare.

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: The Wicker Man

Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30pm PDT

Not.
The.
Bees.

The Gentlemen Hecklers return to the Rio Theatre on Wednesday, June 8 with the so-remarkably-bad it's-actually-awesome THE WICKER MAN (2006). Nicolas Cage provides one of his most inspired, Nicolas Cage-iest performances ever in director Neil LaBute’s “unintentionally hilarious” remake of the 1973 British cult horror classic Set on a remote, mysterious island in the Pacific Northwest (aka Bowen Island, where it was shot), the film also stars Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski, Molly Parker, and… Bees (lots).

Wednesday, June 8
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm

Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

The Gentlemen Hecklers provide live, hilarious commentary for the best bad movies! Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart are Vancouver's masters of movie riffing, making so-bad-they're-good movies even better by talking you through them.

THE WICKER MAN (Neil LaBute, 2006 / 102 mins) | When California Highway Patrol officer Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) investigates the disappearance of his former fiancée’s daughter on a remote Pacific Northwest island, he finds that nothing is what it seems. The place has its own traditions, and its secretive people observe a forgotten way of life. They also ridicule Edward’s investigation, insisting that the missing child never existed–or was no longer alive. In his efforts to unravel the island’s closely held secrets, Edward is drawn into a web of ancient traditions and murderous deceit, and each step he takes closer to the lost child brings him one step closer to the unspeakable. And, one step closer to The Wicker Man.

Kitsilano Theatre Company Presents: Focus: Season 1

Thursday, June 9 at 7pm PDT

This is a private screening event for Students, Staff, family and friends of Kitsilano Secondary School in Lieu of the renovations to their school

Kitsilano Theatre Company Presents: Focus: Season 1Edit Entry
Kitsilano Theatre Company is run by the theatre program at Kitsilano Secondary School.

Premièring May 12, 2016 at the Rio Theatre with episodes 1+2

In high school, wondering what people think and how they perceive you can take over your entire life. Trying to fit in, trying to reinvent yourself, trying to find your true passion or trying to find love can shift your entire focus in life.
It’s September 2017 and a tragedy has struck Kitsilano Secondary School. Flash back to 2015 and follow the lives of 16 different students as their paths intersect and lead closer to the culmination of events.
Tickets $10 at the door / $ 40 for a season pass.

Show starts at 7pm, Doors 6:30pm

'Rated 14A by Kitsilano Theatre for Strong Language, Suggestive Themes and Drug Use'

, +19 with liquor only on the balcony
No Groupons or Passes accepted for these screenings

May 19th, episodes 3+4

May 26th, episodes 5+6

June 9th, episodes 7+8

June 16th, episodes 9+10

High-Rise

Thursday, June 9 at 9:30pm PDT

"Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr. Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.”

... And so goes the opening sentence of J.G. Ballard's acclaimed 1975 dystopian novel HIGH-RISE, faithfully adapted by one of the most innovative British directors in decades, Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, SIGHTSEERS, A FIELD IN ENGLAND), for the screen. Tom Hiddleston stars as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Sienna Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Luke Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Elisabeth Moss); and Mr. Royal (Jeremy Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

Thursday, June 9
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30

Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

"Ben Wheatley's J.G. Ballard adaptation, starring an insouciant, debonair Tom Hiddleston, serves up orgiastic mayhem on a silver platter." - The Telegraph

"Batshit crazy. Don’t expect a thriller in the seat-edge sense, but you will be thrilled — and repulsed — by this bold, faithful adaptation of Ballard’s ever-prescient picture of First World strife." - Empire Magazine

“A vicious, surreal satire. Wheatley is one of the most interesting filmmakers to come out of the United Kingdom in ages.”- Rolling Stone

"... a screaming good time, replete with baroque dialogue and Marxist undertones so heavy they might just be tones." - ScreenCrush

HIGH-RISE (Ben Wheatley, 2016 / 119 mins) | Life for the residents of an ultra-modern (for the 1970s), luxury high-rise tower block outside of London begins to run out of control when the residents descend into a state of hedonistic tribal warfare.

Suspiria

Friday, June 10 at 11:30pm PDT

Join us at the for a very special (not to mention one of our most requested fan-favourite titles) Friday Late Night Movie screening of, possibly "the most terrifying movie ever made!" - director Dario Argento's giallo-infused horror classic SUSPIRIA.

As part of Italian Heritage Month in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is pleased to present SUSPIRIA with the generous help and support from our friends at the Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre and Italian Day.

Friday, June 10th

Doors 11:00 | Movie 11:30

Tickets $8 in advance / $10 at the door

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

SUSPIRIA (Dario Argento, 1977 / 92 mins/ 18A) | Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to attend ballet school. When she arrives, late on a stormy night, no one lets her in, and she sees Pat (Eva Axén), another student, fleeing from the school. When Pat reaches her apartment, she is murdered. The next day, Suzy is admitted to her new school, but has a difficult time settling in. She hears noises, and often feels ill. As more people die, Suzy uncovers the terrifying secret history of the place.

Cinema Paradiso

Saturday, June 11 at 7pm PDT

As part of our celebration of Italian Heritage Month in Vancouver, we are bringing the nostalgic and wistful (not to mention beloved!) CINEMA PARADISO back to our screen on Saturday, June 11. (When we screened this film at the same time last year, it was a real audience favourite!) Special thanks to our partners, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre and Italian Day On the Drive 2016 for partnering with us.

*Please note: This film screens in Italian with English subtitles.

Saturday, June 11
Doors 6:30 | Movie 7:00pm

Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*All ages balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

CINEMA PARADISO “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988 / 155 mins / Italian with English subs.) | With sweeping cinematography, gorgeous performances, and a heart-tugging nostalgic storyline about childhood and coming-of-age, CINEMA PARADISO remains one of Italy’s most beloved cinematic exports. Loosely based on writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore’s own life, the story follows a prominent filmmaker recalling the days of his magical boyhood, when he fell in love with movies and formed a deep friendship with the projectionist at his village’s theatre.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday, June 11 at 10:45pm PDT

Let’s do the Time Warp… Again!

Join us for one of the most notorious cult-movie experiences you can possibly have in a darkened theatre! For over four decades, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW has been giving absolute pleasure to adoring audiences spaced out on sensations like they’re under sedation. See it the way it was meant to be seen – on the big screen, in the dark, and with a raucous Rio audience who are just as into it as you are. Whether you’re a Virgin or a veteran, you’ll have a blast! (Sweet Transvestites of all ages welcome in the balcony!)

As always, costumes and audience participation are highly encouraged! Prop bags are welcome, but please – whatever you do – DO NOT BRING RICE!! $2 prop bags will be sold in the lobby prior to the show.

Saturday, June 11
Doors 10:00 | Movie 10:45

Minors permitted (no alcohol allowed) in the balcony! (If you are a minor, or there are minors in your party, please purchase the correct ticket to ensure your balcony seating.)

**All ages/balcony tickets = $12 advance / $14 at the door

Must be 19+ w/ID for main floor bar service

**Main Floor tickets = $12 advance / $14 at the door

No Groupons or passes accepted for this screening

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Jim Sharman, 1975 | (100 mins, PG) | A newly engaged couple (Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick) have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).

L'Avventura (w Double Bill option)

Tuesday, June 14 at 6:15pm PDT

"L'AVVENTURA gave me one of the most profound shocks I've ever had at the movies." - Martin Scorsese

As part of Italian Heritage Month in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre has included screenings of select Italian titles in June, including a night dedicated to one of Italy's most famous cinematic exports: Michelangelo Antonioni.

On Tuesday, June 14, join us for a double bill of two of Antonioni's best, L'AVVENTURA and BLOW-UP. See one, or see them both! Special thanks to our friends at the Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre and Italian Day for their support in our screenings.

L'AVVENTURA

Doors 5:45 | Movie 6:15pm

(Break)

BLOW-UP

Movie | 8:55pm

*Single Movie Ticket $10 advance / $12 door

*See both for $13 advance / $15 door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK for any single screening.

BLOW-UP (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966 / 111 mins / 18A) Thomas | In the swingin' 60s, a mod London photographer (David Hemmings) who spends his time photographing fashion models. One day he thinks he may have photographed something far more sinister: A murder. After taking pictures in the park, Thomas is horrified to find an ambiguous image lurking on the edge of the frame, which could be a shadow, but looks like a gun. The only thing clear is that the mysterious woman (Vanessa Redgrave) in the photo has appeared at his studio -- and wants the pictures he took.

Blow-Up

Tuesday, June 14 at 8:55pm PDT

"L'AVVENTURA gave me one of the most profound shocks I've ever had at the movies." - Martin Scorsese

As part of Italian Heritage Month in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre has included screenings of select Italian titles in June, including a night dedicated to one of Italy's most famous cinematic exports: Michelangelo Antonioni.

On Tuesday, June 14, join us for a double bill of two of Antonioni's best, L'AVVENTURA and BLOW-UP. See one, or see them both! Special thanks to our friends at the Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre and Italian Day for their support in our screenings.

L'AVVENTURA
Doors 5:45 | Movie 6:15pm
(Break)

BLOW-UP
Movie | 8:55pm

-------------------------------------------------
*Single Movie Ticket $10 advance / $12 door
*See both for $13 advance / $15 door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK for any single screening.

BLOW-UP (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966 / 111 mins / 18A) Thomas | In the swingin' 60s, a mod London photographer (David Hemmings) who spends his time photographing fashion models. One day he thinks he may have photographed something far more sinister: A murder. After taking pictures in the park, Thomas is horrified to find an ambiguous image lurking on the edge of the frame, which could be a shadow, but looks like a gun. The only thing clear is that the mysterious woman (Vanessa Redgrave) in the photo has appeared at his studio -- and wants the pictures he took.

Improv Against Humanity

Wednesday, June 15 at 8pm PDT

The Fictionals are back at the Rio Theatre on June 15 for more horrible hilarity in Improv Against Humanity! We're adding even more fresh cards to the official #IAHatRIO deck, handing out more sweet prizes, and crowning the next Most Horrible Person in Vancouver! Will it be YOU?

Wednesday, June 15th

Doors 7pm | Show @ 8pm
19 + Event

Tickets: $10 + SC in Advance, $12 at the Door

Live & Unsanctioned! Official Hashtag: #IAHatRIO

Also catch us weekly at Cafe Deux Soleils with Hot Improv Tuesdays:https://www.facebook.com/events/194318784047986/

*****

WINNER: BEST IMPROV SHOW FOR HORRIBLE PEOPLE

"This high jinks-filled interactive improv series put on by The Fictionals troupe is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone... You can't have more politically incorrect fun." - Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver

"Seriously laugh out loud.... (Improv Against Humanity) guarantees some great vetted fodder for laughs of the truly horrible kind." - Vancity Buzz

"So wrong in all the right ways... One of the best events in Vancouver." - Vancouver Sun

"A wickedly fun concept... Don't bring the kids, folks." - Guy MacPherson, What's So Funny 100.5 FM

*****

Warning: may contain some strong language, sexual content and mature themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

*****

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Kitsilano Theatre Company Presents: Focus: Season 1

Thursday, June 16 at 7pm PDT

This is a private screening event for Students, Staff, family and friends of Kitsilano Secondary School in Lieu of the renovations to their school

Kitsilano Theatre Company Presents: Focus: Season 1Edit Entry
Kitsilano Theatre Company is run by the theatre program at Kitsilano Secondary School.

Premièring May 12, 2016 at the Rio Theatre with episodes 1+2

In high school, wondering what people think and how they perceive you can take over your entire life. Trying to fit in, trying to reinvent yourself, trying to find your true passion or trying to find love can shift your entire focus in life.
It’s September 2017 and a tragedy has struck Kitsilano Secondary School. Flash back to 2015 and follow the lives of 16 different students as their paths intersect and lead closer to the culmination of events.
Tickets $10 at the door / $ 40 for a season pass.

Show starts at 7pm, Doors 6:30pm

'Rated 14A by Kitsilano Theatre for Strong Language, Suggestive Themes and Drug Use'

, +19 with liquor only on the balcony
No Groupons or Passes accepted for these screenings

May 19th, episodes 3+4

May 26th, episodes 5+6

June 9th, episodes 7+8

June 16th, episodes 9+10

Strumming for Stroke: A Fundraising Ukulele Concert Benefitting the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Friday, June 17 at 7pm PDT

Fri. June 17th Doors Open at 6:00 pm.
Concert starts at 7:00 pm

Join us for a wonderful evening of live music, with door prizes, a silent auction, 50/50 Draw, health information, and more! The evening will feature performances by Vancouver’s First Lady and Duke of Uke, Ruby & Smith, along with Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra, and international performer and founder of the Vancouver Ukulele Circle, Ralph Shaw. Ralph will also lead a ukulele play and sing-a-long at the end of the evening so please bring a ukulele if you have one.

Friday June 17th

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Concert starts at 7:00 pm.

Tickets: $30 (available online or, if still available, at the door)

Please note this is an Adults Only (19+) event

__________________________________________
June is Stroke Month, one of the main awareness and fundraising campaign periods for the Heart and Stroke

Foundation. Every year an estimated 62,000 Canadians suffer a stroke; that’s one stroke every 9 minutes. Stroke is the third leading cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in Canada. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is working hard to change these statistics and provide better treatment options and resources for stroke survivors. Recent examples include:

- The new F-A-S-T: Signs of Stroke campaign

- Our new Living with Stroke survivor support program

- and an exciting breakthrough in treatment from a recent research project that is having a huge impact on survival and disability statistics.

Join us for Strumming for Stroke and help raise much needed funds to support the lifesaving work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Foundation’s mission work is focused on preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery which is accomplished through funding best-in-class research, health promotion, and advocacy. Since the Foundation began its work in 1952, the death rate from cardiovascular disease has been reduced by more than 75 per cent. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen.

For more information about the work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation please visit

www.heartandstroke.bc.ca

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/heartandstroke

Twitter https://twitter.com/TheHSF

Crash (1996)

Friday, June 17 at 11:55pm PDT

Based on the equally polarizing 1973 novel 'Crash' by English author J.G. Ballard, David Cronenberg's adaptation caused an uproar when it was released. Praised by (some) critics and widely admonished by others, the film has gained something of a cult audience in the 20 years since its release. In Cronenberg's distinctly cold and removed style, he tells the story of a TV director who survives a terrible car crash, (James Spader, in a standout performance) only to become immersed in a strange sub-culture of sexual fetishism, specifically having to do with those who become sexually aroused by both staging and participating in very real, and sometimes dangerous, car crashes. Things get interesting when he tries toreplicate the raw, unusual charge of his new prediliction in an attempt to jump start his marital sex life. Also starring Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Debroah Kara Unger, Rosanna Arquette.

Friday, June 17
Doors 11:30 pm | Movie 11:55 pm

Tickets $8 advance / $10 at the door

*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.

CRASH (David Cronenberg, 1996 / 100 mins) | After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Tempest Storm & Film makers in attendance!

Saturday, June 18 at 12:45pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre for the exclusive Vancouver run of award-winning filmmaker Nimisha Mukerji's latest acclaimed documentary,Tempest Storm, which takes a look at the extraordinary life and times of one of the burlesque world's brightest stars - Tempest Storm. She was mistress to both Elvis and JFK, and became an international star on the stage and screen in the 1950s; at the age of 87 she is considered to be the greatest living exotic dancer, but her success came at a great personal cost. Exploring her dramatic rise to fame as an entertainer and her swift fall from grace after pursuing an interracial marriage, TEMPEST STORM is a feature documentary that bares all to tell the controversial life story of an American sex icon.

We are honoured and excited to welcome director Nimisha Mukerji and the indominatable Ms. Storm, who will be joining us, in-person, at the Rio Theatre for screenings on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.

Tickets $12 advance /$15 door

Well into her 80s (although having been born on a leap year she’ll point out that she’s actually 21) Tempest maintains her fiery red hair and a figure that still slips into her showgirl costumes from decades gone by. Her ambition and talent enabled her to rise from a cotton picker in rural Georgia to becoming a front stage superstar in Hollywood. At the height of her fame she caused riots simply by taking off her coat. Sixty years (and four marriages) later, we follow this aging icon as she continues to live and perform in Las Vegas.

Tempest dated Elvis Presley in the 1950s, was offered contracts by MGM Studios, and had her name smeared across papers for having a relationship with President John F. Kennedy. Through a myriad of love affairs, complex interpersonal relationships have been a continuous theme throughout her life, resulting in both success and hardship. When she fell in love with Duke Ellington’s lead singer Herb Jeffries, the big studios condemned the interracial couple and she was blacklisted for marrying outside her race. The two had a daughter, Patricia Ann, but when their marriage fell apart, Tempest abandoned her family to continue performing. Today, she has reached a crossroads. She remains estranged from Patti and for the first time in her life, Tempest is trying to reconcile with her daughter and fight for some semblance of family.

In the spirit of notable documentaries like "Searching for Sugar Man" and "Nina Simone," Tempest Storm includes never before seen photographs, archival footage and interviews, seamlessly merging her dramatic past with an emotional cinéma vérité story unfolding in the present. The film includes exclusive access to Tempest and her intimate circle of family and friends, including acclaimed Hollywood director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Happy Days) famed drummer Jimmy Fox from The James Gang, burlesque icon Dita Von Teese and performer Danielle Colby (star of A&E’s American Pickers). For the first time, Tempest has chosen to tell her story, in her own words in a film that guarantees to be her most revealing performance yet.

Tempest Storm & Film makers in attendance!

Sunday, June 19 at 5:30pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre for the exclusive Vancouver run of award-winning filmmaker Nimisha Mukerji's latest acclaimed documentary,Tempest Storm, which takes a look at the extraordinary life and times of one of the burlesque world's brightest stars - Tempest Storm. She was mistress to both Elvis and JFK, and became an international star on the stage and screen in the 1950s; at the age of 87 she is considered to be the greatest living exotic dancer, but her success came at a great personal cost. Exploring her dramatic rise to fame as an entertainer and her swift fall from grace after pursuing an interracial marriage, TEMPEST STORM is a feature documentary that bares all to tell the controversial life story of an American sex icon.

We are honoured and excited to welcome director Nimisha Mukerji and the indominatable Ms. Storm, who will be joining us, in-person, at the Rio Theatre for screenings on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.

Doors open half hour before the movie starts

Tickets $12 advance /$15 door

Well into her 80s (although having been born on a leap year she’ll point out that she’s actually 21) Tempest maintains her fiery red hair and a figure that still slips into her showgirl costumes from decades gone by. Her ambition and talent enabled her to rise from a cotton picker in rural Georgia to becoming a front stage superstar in Hollywood. At the height of her fame she caused riots simply by taking off her coat. Sixty years (and four marriages) later, we follow this aging icon as she continues to live and perform in Las Vegas.

Tempest dated Elvis Presley in the 1950s, was offered contracts by MGM Studios, and had her name smeared across papers for having a relationship with President John F. Kennedy. Through a myriad of love affairs, complex interpersonal relationships have been a continuous theme throughout her life, resulting in both success and hardship. When she fell in love with Duke Ellington’s lead singer Herb Jeffries, the big studios condemned the interracial couple and she was blacklisted for marrying outside her race. The two had a daughter, Patricia Ann, but when their marriage fell apart, Tempest abandoned her family to continue performing. Today, she has reached a crossroads. She remains estranged from Patti and for the first time in her life, Tempest is trying to reconcile with her daughter and fight for some semblance of family.

In the spirit of notable documentaries like "Searching for Sugar Man" and "Nina Simone," Tempest Storm includes never before seen photographs, archival footage and interviews, seamlessly merging her dramatic past with an emotional cinéma vérité story unfolding in the present. The film includes exclusive access to Tempest and her intimate circle of family and friends, including acclaimed Hollywood director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Happy Days) famed drummer Jimmy Fox from The James Gang, burlesque icon Dita Von Teese and performer Danielle Colby (star of A&E’s American Pickers). For the first time, Tempest has chosen to tell her story, in her own words in a film that guarantees to be her most revealing performance yet.

The Steps

Sunday, June 19 at 8:15pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre for THE STEPS, a hilarious and heartfelt story of two disparate families, with all their issues and baggage, learning to come together over the course of a weekend. The film stars Jason Ritter, James Brolin, Emanuelle Chriqui, and Christine Lahti. Filmmakers including writer Robyn Harding and producer Jason James will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening on Sunday, June 19.

Doors open half hour before movie start time

*Tickets $10 advance/ $12 at the door

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

Jeff Stabler, a former financial planner from New York, has lost everything: his apartment, his job, and his fiancée. Then he gets a call from his party-girl sister Marla, telling him that their wealthy dad, Ed, eloped with a fifty-something cocktail waitress, who Marla thinks is a gold digger. Ed has asked them to come up to a new opulent lake house in Northern Ontario to meet their new step family and hear a big announcement. Jeff and Marla arrive to find their conservative dad in the midst of an oily, tantric massage session with new bride, Sherry. And, it’s all downhill from there. Sherry’s kids arrive: David (an energy drink-guzzling owner of Ballz! a paintball company); his sweet and simple wife, Tammy; brother, Keith (a depressed musician wearing a SCRAM bracelet); and Sherry’s youngest, Sam (a genius of Indian descent). Ed and Sherry announce their plans to adopt Mingmei, a seven year-old orphaned girl from China. On Monday, a social worker will arrive to interview them, so Sherry’s planned a weekend of bonding activities designed to turn them into a happy, loving family. But that’s easier said than done. And when Jeff discovers that his stepmom has been keeping a scandalous secret, the family could be destroyed forever. Of course, Jeff has been keeping a few secrets of his own…

THE STEPS (Andrew Currie, 2015 / 98 mins) A family get-together almost turns into an all-out war when Jeff and Marla's father invites them to meet his new wife and her children.

The Steps

Monday, June 20 at 6:30pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre for THE STEPS, a hilarious and heartfelt story of two disparate families, with all their issues and baggage, learning to come together over the course of a weekend. The film stars Jason Ritter, James Brolin, Emanuelle Chriqui, and Christine Lahti. Filmmakers including writer Robyn Harding and producer Jason James will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening on Sunday, June 19.

Doors open half hour before movie start time

*Tickets $10 advance/ $12 at the door

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

Jeff Stabler, a former financial planner from New York, has lost everything: his apartment, his job, and his fiancée. Then he gets a call from his party-girl sister Marla, telling him that their wealthy dad, Ed, eloped with a fifty-something cocktail waitress, who Marla thinks is a gold digger. Ed has asked them to come up to a new opulent lake house in Northern Ontario to meet their new step family and hear a big announcement. Jeff and Marla arrive to find their conservative dad in the midst of an oily, tantric massage session with new bride, Sherry. And, it’s all downhill from there. Sherry’s kids arrive: David (an energy drink-guzzling owner of Ballz! a paintball company); his sweet and simple wife, Tammy; brother, Keith (a depressed musician wearing a SCRAM bracelet); and Sherry’s youngest, Sam (a genius of Indian descent). Ed and Sherry announce their plans to adopt Mingmei, a seven year-old orphaned girl from China. On Monday, a social worker will arrive to interview them, so Sherry’s planned a weekend of bonding activities designed to turn them into a happy, loving family. But that’s easier said than done. And when Jeff discovers that his stepmom has been keeping a scandalous secret, the family could be destroyed forever. Of course, Jeff has been keeping a few secrets of his own…

THE STEPS (Andrew Currie, 2015 / 98 mins) A family get-together almost turns into an all-out war when Jeff and Marla's father invites them to meet his new wife and her children.

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