Consider it a blast from Vancouver’s past.
For the seventh year in a row, the City of Vancouver will be screening newly digitized films from its archives.
The event, titled Vancouver: Exponential Change will feature a pair of November screenings, and through a series of films and excerpts turns an eye back on the city from its youth, through its award adolescence, right on to the present.
Historian Michael Kluckner says it also features live commentary and music, along with some historical gems.
“There’s this terrific 1928 melodrama, made by the members of the Rogers family – and this is the old Rogers sugar refinery family – who were all, in that time, in their late 20’s and early 30’s, and they had a movie camera,” he said. “This show is called ‘Bastard Love,’ and it’s very funny. It’s a bit, kind of, risque for the time.”
Watch the trailer for Vancouver: Exponential Change
Kluckner says you’ll also see a mid-century PNE, along with some of the city’s big milestones.
“The 30th anniversary of Expo, and the Vancouver Centennial, and we have some film – old CKVU TV footage of the Centennial projects and things that were going on,” said Kluckner.
And for a single day, real history buffs will be able to catch a re-screening of 2014’s Vancouver – A Progressive City.
That collection includes film from the construciton of the Lions Gate Bridge and takes a look at the city’s workforce, commerce, heritage and culture.
Watch the trailer for Vancouver – A Progressive City!
Screenings of Exponential Change take place November 20th and 27 at the Vancity theatre at 3:30 p.m., while A Progressive City will run once, on November 20 at 6:45 p.m.