Apocalypse Now 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 Apocalypse Now.

Apocalypse Now film still

In Apocalypse Now, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a treacherous quest to Cambodia in the middle of the Vietnam War to assassinate a rebel Green Beret (Marlon Brando) who is waging his own insane battle. The film is not only a completely unique view of the Vietnam conflict but an intense, surreal, and chaotic look at how war affects the military and civilians alike.

It is a cinematic masterpiece and portrays more about the cruelty of conflict and the hypocrisy of politicians than any motion picture before or since. And in case you still haven’t had the chance to see it, it will be shown on June 5th at the Vancity Theatre Cinema Salon.

Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas

This month’s Cinema Salon is hosted by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist whose works appear in private collections and public institutions around the world.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (MNY) draws on Japanese iconography; via his indigenous Haida roots, he coined a new contemporary art genre called “Haida Manga.” He incorporates political satire, irony, and themes from the Pacific Northwest into his work.

MNY works in a variety of media. His 180 foot long steel fence, “Abundance Fenced“, now the largest piece of installation art in the city, was commissioned by the City of Vancouver. His career has spanned three decades and has involved high profile Haida political cases. Social and environmental issues continue to play a big role in his works; Yahgulanaas is masterful at blending appealing imagery with contemporary issues.

Vancity Cinema Salon with Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Presents Apocalypse Now
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 pm
Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online

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