The Thin Blue Line film still

Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line.

Dallas police officer Robert Wood was shot dead in November 1976 when he approached a blue Mercury Comet on the highway. Two men were in the car – who did it? Against the lifestyles of drifters and runaways, drive-ins, convenience stores and shabby motels, The Thin Blue Line was a new slant on documentary, made all the more eerie with Philip Glass’ score.

This is the film that put Errol Morris on the map before he went on to make films such as The Fog of War and The Unknown Known. Roger Ebert said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more … Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”

The Thin Blue Line was also chosen by the New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review & National Society of Film Critics as a Best Documentary winner.


David Beers is founding editor of The Tyee, a BC-based online source for news, views, and solutions-oriented journalism, winner of Canada’s Excellence in Journalism Award and North America’s Edward R. Murrow Award.

The Tyee is recognized internationally as an innovative experiment in independent, internet-based journalism. Beers also teaches at the University of British Columbia School of Journalism. Before starting The Tyee in 2003, Beers worked as a senior editor at The Vancouver Sun, Mother Jones magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner. His writing has garnered National Magazine Awards in both the U.S. and Canada. He’s also penned a memoir, Blue Sky Dream.

Vancity Cinema Salon with David Beers Presents The Thin Blue Line

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 7 pm; PLEASE NOTE: Going forward, Cinema Salon will begin at 7 pm
Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online

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