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The Bandwidth Theatre on the corner of Ellice Avenue and Sherbrook Street gets a baptism of sorts with a glamorous full-blown red-carpet première Wednesday evening, signalling the official start of the 13th edition of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.
Festival founder and artistic director Coleen Rajotte says the theatre (previously known as the Ellice Theatre and Cinema 3) should be a lasting fit to the festival, which has tended to bounce in recent years between the Garrick Centre and the defunct Globe Theatres in Portage Place.
Rajotte says it’s appropriate given the Adam Beach’s participation in the festival under the auspices of his Adam Beach Film Institute, which is housed in the same building as the Bandwidth.
"It’s right in the community and the fact that Adam grew up a couple of blocks from here is appropriate," she says. "Everyone knows where this is. Our community lives around here. It’s in walking distance. So I think it’s going to turn out really well.
Wednesday night’s red carpet event is intended "to grab people’s attention," she says.
"And what better way than to shut down a lane, roll out a red carpet and light it all up?" she says. "We’re making a big announcement that aboriginal filmmakers are here to stay and we’re here celebrating them."
The opening night film is Drunktown's Finest, which was an official selection at the 2014 Sundance Festival.