Virtual Cinema

A treasure chest of films that can be enjoyed in your own home or given as a gift

The Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema has SEVEN feature-length documentaries to enjoy! We have teamed up with Toronto distributor Blue Ice Docs to offer curated online streaming of great feature-length documentaries which are not available to watch on any other streaming platform in Canada. Half of the net proceeds from the on-demand streaming fee of $9.99/film supports the Reel Shorts Film Festival which would have opened on Tuesday, May 5th, but was postponed until April 26 to May 3, 2021 because of COVID-19.

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AVAILABLE NOW

Watch TRAILERS below.

Chef Flynn

Chef Flynn – $9.99

Chef Flynn (PG Coarse Language) presented by MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual – a remarkable documentary that portrays a young man’s singular focus and unique path through childhood. While many of his peers were still playing with toy cars, ten-year-old Flynn McGarry was creating gastronomic delights at his home in Studio City, California. With his mother’s support, he establishes his own supper club at age 12 and is featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. By the time he graduates from high school and moves to New York City at age 16, he has staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Can he make it on his own in New York? Watch the TRAILER below.

To watch Chef Flynn, click STREAM NOW to visit our Virtual Cinema powered by Eventive. See the How to Stream section below for more details.

All the Wild Horses

All the Wild Horses – $9.99

All the Wild Horses (14+ Coarse Language) presented by High Moon Equine & Canine Sports Therapy – an adventure documentary about the Mongol Derby, the longest horse race in the world, that takes viewers on a wild ride, from a dramatic start with casualties medivaced off the field to an unexpected, nail-biting finish. Spanning a network of 28 horse stations across 1000 km of Mongolian wilderness over 8 days, the race recreates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan. Riders from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands navigate with GPS as they battle extreme heat, swollen rivers, and wild dogs. Director Ivo Marloh rode the complete race twice in order to film the action first-hand and to find out what compels riders to face such arduous risks on the backs of wild horses in one of the last true wildernesses on Earth. Won Best International Feature Documentary at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh among other awards. Watch the TRAILER below.

To watch All the Wild Horses, click STREAM NOW to visit our Virtual Cinema powered by Eventive. See the How to Stream section below for more details.

Free Lunch Society

Free Lunch Society – $9.99

Free Lunch Society (5+) presented by Pizza Hut – a globe-trotting documentary that looks at the surprising history of a concept that, to some, seems like an idealistic fantasy: “What would you do if your income were taken care of?” Inspired by Star Trek’s utopian vision of a future without need, Austrian Director Christian Tod examines the concept of unconditional basic income – money for everyone as a human right without service in return – and finds it to be more reality than science fiction, an idea which has garnered intense discussions in all political and scientific camps. Are we ready for a free lunch society? Watch the TRAILER below.

To watch Free Lunch Society, click STREAM NOW to visit our Virtual Cinema powered by Eventive. See the How to Stream section below for more details.

Ballet Now

Ballet Now – $9.99

Ballet now (14+ Coarse Language) presented by Beauchamp Photography – an inspiring documentary that follows New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer Tiler Beck as she creates a one-of-a-kind dance extravaganza for The Music Center’s famed BalletNOW program. As she tries to execute her vision of mashing together the worlds of tap, hip-hop, ballet and even clown artistry, Tiler faces the mounting pressures of not only dancing in multiple pieces, but also directing this high profile event. With only a few days of rehearsal, the success of the performances rests squarely on her shoulders. Will she pull it off? Watch the TRAILER below.

To watch Ballet Now, click STREAM NOW to visit our Virtual Cinema powered by Eventive. See the How to Stream section below for more details.

Beyond Moving

Beyond Moving – $9.99

Beyond Moving (10+) presented by PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association) – an uplifting documentary that follows rising ballet star Siphe (Siphesihle) November on his remarkable journey from his small township in South Africa, where he was discovered as a young boy dancing with his brothers, to his move at age eleven to train at Canada’s National Ballet School. As he visits his childhood home after graduating, he reflects on where he came from and what lies ahead as he enters the world of professional ballet. Watch the TRAILER below.

To read Anne Dion’s April 9, 2020 column, “From South Africa to Canada, to the Big Screen: Siphesihle November, National Ballet second soloist, profiled in Beyond Moving”, in The Dance Current (Canada’s Dance Magazine), click HERE.

To watch Beyond Moving, click STREAM NOW to visit our Virtual Cinema powered by Eventive. See the How to Stream section below for more details.

The Booksellers – $9.99

The Booksellers (PG) presented by Grant Berg Gallery – a captivating documentary that takes a lively, behind-the-scenes look at the the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it, featuring interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers. It is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book. Watch the TRAILER below.

To watch The Booksellers, click STREAM NOW to visit our Virtual Cinema powered by Eventive. See the How to Stream section below for more details.

This Is Not a Movie

This Is Not a Movie – $9.99

This Is Not a Movie (14A) presented by CW Xteriors – a powerful documentary that profiles the groundbreaking reporting of legendary foreign correspondent Robert Fisk who has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. Canadian Director Yung Chang captures Fisk, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war. In an era of fake news, Fisk’s determination to witness reality on the ground in real time has become an obsessive war to speak the truth. Watch the TRAILER below.

To watch This Is Not a Movie, click STREAM NOW to visit our Virtual Cinema powered by Eventive. See the How to Stream section below for more details.

OUR PRESENTING SPONSORS

MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual

High Moon - Shauna Wells

Chef Flynn

MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual in Grande Prairie is open for dine-in as well as takeout and delivery orders. Enjoy steak, Mike burgers, chicken and seafood, awesome drinks, signature beers, and great wine.

All the Wild Horses

High Moon Equine & Canine Sports Therapy (Shauna Wells, REMT) specializes in massage therapy, fascia work, stretching, soft tissue manipulation and joint play for equine or canine companions or competitors.

Pizza Hut pizza

Beauchamp Photography

Free Lunch Society

Pizza Hut has a full menu of pizza, pasta, and wings, as well as sides (salads, breadsticks, fries, P-zones), desserts (brownies, cookies, ice cream, Cinnabon Mini Rolls and Cinnaparts), and a variety of beverages. Order online for contactless delivery and carryout orders from locations in Grande Prairie and across Canada.

Ballet Now

Beauchamp Photography (Chris and Laura Beauchamp) specializes in commercial photography, product photography, headshots, industry and editorial photography.

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Grant Berg Gallery

Beyond Moving

PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association) supports and develops independent media arts in the Peace Region by providing a media equipment rental service, workshops (filmmaking, directing, acting, film crafts), 48-hour filmmaking challenges, and networking opportunities.

The Booksellers

Grant Berg Gallery’s bright new gallery in 214 Place is open for walk-in traffic. Representing over 45 artists from Grande Prairie and across Western Canada, the focus is on original artwork; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; stone, bronze, and steel sculpture; and limited edition photographs.

CW Xteriors
This Is Not a Movie

CW Xteriors provides fast and quality workmanship for Emergency Repairs and Renovations.

COMING SOON

New feature documentaries will be added to our Virtual Cinema until at least the end of May.

HOW TO STREAM

The first time that you click on any of the STREAM NOW links above which take you to our Virtual Cinema on the Eventive website, you’ll be prompted to set up an account with your email address and password, or to log in. Then click on the “Unlock now” button to pay the $9.99 on-demand streaming fee. After unlocking, you’ll have 7 days to begin watching. Once you click “Watch now”, you’ll have unlimited access for 5 days.

You can stream the films above with any device that’s connected to the Internet. One way to watch on TV is to connect your laptop to your TV with an HDMI cable. You can watch content on PCs running Windows 7+, and Intel-based Macs running macOS 10.12+. You can also watch films on Android tablets and phones using Chrome, and on iPhones and iPads using Safari.

If you have an Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Firestick or any similar device or smart TV, set your computer or mobile device to “airplay” or “cast” to the TV device. Details can be found HERE where you can also Launch live chat support or send an email if you need help.

Once you have an Eventive account, you can click on one of the STREAM NOW links above to go to our Virtual Cinema. If you are logged in, you’ll see your initials at the top right. Click on your initials to see a drop-down menu where you can access your content library, account settings, TV app setup, and Help.

TRAILERS

Reel Shorts Film Festival

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 14th Reel Shorts Film Festival has been postponed until 2021.
Dates: April 26 – May 3, 2021
Passes & Tickets: Fest Passes will be available to purchase online at a special Black Friday price on November 27. Tickets will be available to purchase online in April, or at the door for $1 more.

Visitor Info

Find information about hotel accommodation, car rental, and area attractions here.

School Program

Six film packages for schools ($6/person) will be available to book by emailing Terry at terry@reelshorts.ca. School screenings may be booked from Monday to Friday, April 26-30 and May 3-4, 2021. Homeschooling families and members of the public are welcome to attend ($6/person admission at the door or at no additional charge with a Fest Pass).

Teachers on the programming team with experience teaching at these grade levels recommend the films so they are age and curriculum appropriate. The packages will be similar to those offered in 2019: