Vancouver’s Urban Republic presents Gastown Drive In Road Films

Launching on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, Gastown Drive In Road Films has on offer two films set and shot in Vancouver Alice and Martha and Hard Core Logo. Reclaiming underutilized urban space in downtown Vancouver, the films will screen on the roof level of the EasyPark parkade in Vancouver’s Gastown at 150 Water Street (between Abbott and Cambie Streets). Gates open at 7.30pm, and the films begin screening at 8.30pm.

Movie screenings are free and open to all. Limited seating is provided, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs. Admission is free for cyclists and pedestrians, but drivers are subject to the usual EasyPark flat parking rate of $6 per car. Reservations for cars are recommended, and can be done so at

Alice and Martha (2007) is the tale of two women who earn their living at a tedious delivery job. The film follows the protagonists through their daily routine. Against the backdrop of Vancouver, Martha monopolizes the conversation with her nostalgic memories of the old country, her disenchantment with modern-day life, and her dreams of escape. Alice’s pent-up anxieties and emotions translate into anger as she is forced to respond to Martha’s antics. She wonders if she’ll be able to keep it together in the presence of her overbearing companion whose observations force her to question such a mundane existence. To what lengths will they go to escape their repetitive daily lives?

A pseudo-rockumentary along the lines of This is Spinal Tap, Hard Core Logo (1996) follows director Bruce McDonald as he tracks Vancouver-based punk band Hard Core Logo on a harrowing last-gasp reunion tour through Western Canada, starting in Vancouver. As magnetic lead singer, Joe Dick holds the whole magilla together through sheer force of will, and all the tensions and pitfalls of life on the road come bubbling to the surface. Four guys, five nights, 3,000 miles, 764 gallons of gas, 987 bottles of beer, 3,457 cigarettes and one last shot.

After the screenings, all are welcome to meet the filmmakers at the nearby Salt Tasting Room located at 45 Blood Alley.

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