Okay so we’ve been hearing for months now that you love the idea of a Hoovie Fest, where we curate little film festivals around different themes and hold them in cozy little venues filled with the kinds of lovely, curious people you’d love to hang with.

So here goes our first take on the format: 3 films, 3 nights, 1 venue, 1 theme.

On July 25, 27 and 28 (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) in the charming little Vancouver hamlet of Strathcona, we’ll gather in Hoovie co-founder Fiona Rayher’s living room for a series of films offering three distinct perspectives on the theme “Black Lives Matter.”

Each night, over wine, cheese and nibblies, we’ll watch an award-winning film (seriously, these are 3 powerhouse films from our catalog, each highly acclaimed in its own right), then linger after for socializing and conversation. Maybe we’ll stay on topic, maybe we won’t.

There are only 15 spots available for each night so book your ticket before they sell out.

Check out the trailers and descriptions below to get a sense for what you can expect.


We kick things off on Thursday, July 25 with WHOSE STREETS?, which will blow your socks off – eliciting both horror and awe. Called one of the best docs of 2017 and “assuredly the most vital,” the film explodes the mainstream media narrative around the Ferguson Unrest to reveal the real story about a community in mourning for another one of its youth shot down by police and the para-military tactics they’re met with.

After, we’ll talk about the desperation of white supremacy and the potency of people-power.


Then, on Saturday, July 27 we switch gears to meander through the liquid reality of HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING, which offers a meditation on life in rural Alabama. Filmmaker RaMell Ross follows two young African-American men and their community over five years to create a poignantly human, if voyeuristic, account of birth, death, celebration, hard work, and the painting of hopes and dreams. That the film rejects a traditional narrative structure, that it refuses to show us the predominant, exploitative media narrative of Black life in America, that the filmmaker feels so deeply affectionate of his subjects – all combine to produce a unique, refreshing film of great imagination and artistry. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary of 2018, HALE COUNTY, writes Slate magazine, is “76 minutes of the most captivating filmmaking I have ever seen anywhere, in any form…”

After, we’ll talk about the craft of storytelling and the rigors of documentary filmmaking.


Finally, on Sunday, July 28, we close our micro-festival on a high note with QUEST. A rare gem of a film – poignant, uplifting and full of plot twists – QUEST introduces us to Christopher and Christine’a Rainey: working-class, African-American, struggling to make ends meet in North Philadelphia. They’re the kind of people whose stories are rarely told. The film spans nearly a decade – from the start of Obama’s first term to the end of his last – documenting the good times and the challenging ones, as the Raineys work hard to raise their family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. The struggles are real, horrific sometimes, yet they persist – with courage and dignity, surrounded by the love of friends and family. Yet another doc considered to be one of the best of 2017.

After, we’ll discuss the inner and outer resources we’ll need to confront the challenges of contemporary life.

One last thing…

The goal of these events is not necessarily about staying on topic or having perfect contributions to the broader discourse around systemic racism and reparations.

Rather, we simply wish to gather, experience the power of story together, and carve out some space in our busy lives to be human together.

We hope you’ll join us.