Tom Cavanagh, Mark Rendall, and Tommie Amber PirieTom Cavanagh, Mark Rendall, and Tommie Amber Pirie star in The Birder, one of the movies with campus ties to be screened this weekend during the Windsor International Film Festival’s local retrospective.

Film festival to screen local movies

Windsor is home to incredible talent, says grad Theodore Bezaire (BA 2002). He is proud his comedy The Birder will be showcased alongside other local films this weekend as part of a 20-year anniversary celebration by the Windsor International Film Festival.

The story of a mild-mannered bird enthusiast seeking revenge on a younger rival after losing the head ornithology position at a local nature park, The Birder was shot in locations around Windsor-Essex, including Ojibway Park, Mackenzie Hall, and St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Secondary School.

It is one of two productions by the Dot Film Company to be featured as part of the WIFF retrospective.

Film professor Mike Stasko (BA 2002) will screen his thriller Iodine, which follows a man who ventures north to search for his missing father, only to uncover a far more sinister mystery.

“It’s an honour to be part of WIFF’s 20-year local retrospective, celebrating Windsor’s film history,” Stasko said.

Also on the playbill is film professor Kim Nelson’s documentary This is What a Feminist Sounds Like, a biography of social activist Pat Noonan, who died in August 2018, and a number of short films by alumni.

The WIFF local retrospective runs June 21 to 23 at the Capitol Theatre, 101 University Ave. West. Find listings and showtimes on the festival website.