Featured Event - Films by the Falls, "Puzzle"

Films by the Falls welcomes you to the first screening of the year, “Puzzle”, on January 29th at Fenelon Falls Secondary School. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is only $10.

Scene from Puzzle featuring Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan

Scene from Puzzle featuring Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan

An excerpt from the Films by the Falls website:

“Life is random, but when you finish a puzzle you know you’ve made all the right choices.” 

This wistful observation, spoken by one of the competitive jigsaw puzzlers at the center of Puzzle, articulates the subtle lure of puzzles in this quietly surprising character drama. As explained by PETER SARAF, one of the film’s producers, “You think of jigsaw puzzling as something incredibly solitary and inward, something that pulls you into a smaller world, but in Puzzle, this very solitary activity actually opens up the world for our heroine.” 

Collectively, the filmmakers who bring us Puzzle have opened up the world for many years with beguiling stories and complex characters. Puzzle marks the directorial debut of longtime producer MARC TURTLETAUB, Saraf’s partner in Big Beach Productions and also a Puzzle producer. Big Beach has produced such acclaimed and popular character-driven films as Little Miss Sunshine, Everything Is Illuminated, Away We Go, and Loving. Big Beach collaborates on producing Puzzle with Olive Productions’ WREN ARTHUR (Submission, Final Portrait, A Prairie Home Companion) and producer GUY STODEL (Be Kind Rewind, Bastille Day). Screenwriter OREN MOVERMAN (who shares writing credit with POLLY MANN) adds Puzzle to his list of distinguished script credits, which include The Dinner, Time Out of Mind, Love & Mercy, and The Messenger

Puzzle is adapted from the Argentine film Rompecabezas (Spanish for puzzle), writer/director NATALIA SMIRNOFF’s debut film set in Buenos Aires. Producer Stodel, a former acquisitions executive, had long experience identifying foreign films that could click with American audiences; he was charmed by the idea of jigsaw puzzles as an unlikely instrument of self-discovery, and saw in Rompecabezas a strong candidate for an English-language adaptation. 

“The film’s sensibility was very Argentinian, but it had a universal story about a middle-aged woman who's been underestimated and taken for granted by her family,” Stodel explains. “She discovers she has this talent for jigsaw puzzling and secretly enters a competition with a man she meets through an ad. The puzzles are the catalyst for figuring out her life and relationships and making choices. That’s something anybody can identify with.” 

After acquiring adaptation rights, Stodel teamed up with producer Wren Arthur, who recalls: “I fell in love with this character, with her vulnerability and her courage in trying to figure out who she was in a roomful of men who weren’t really interested in knowing her. It was a very specific way to show a woman waking up and reckoning with her life. It’s small but it’s hers and it’s real. I’d never done an adaptation before and thought it was a really exciting opportunity.” 

New Programs at the Library

The Fenelon Falls Public Library has launched two new programs to serve our community: introducing Craft 'n Chat and Cooking the Books!

Bring your own craft project to the library on Mondays at 2:00 pm for the Craft 'n Chat to meet with other crafters and maybe even pick up a new skill or hobby. Refreshments will be provided by the library.

If you love cooking, discussing recipes, and reading cookbooks, join in Cooking the Books, the library's "un”-book club! Take home a different cookbook each month, and then meet with the group to discuss recipe successes or failures. Meetings are the last Thursday of every month from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Hope to see you at the library!

The Frostival at Balsam Provincial Park

Bundle up and check out The Frostival at Balsam Provincial Park this Saturday January 26th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Sunday the 27th from noon - 4:00 pm.

Bring your ice skates and helmets for the kids for ice skating the trail by torchlight, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing trails.

Admission is $15 per car, (cash only).

Note that this event is subject to change due to weather - check the website for ice updates and information about potential make-up dates should it be postponed: www.coboconknorland.ca or call 705-454-1110.

Fenelon Falls Secondary School gets theatrical with an upgrade of new audio visual equipment from the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit

Submitted by Colleen Jenkinson

The Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit is excited about their upcoming movie screening this month at "Films by the Falls.” The movie Puzzle will be the first screening on the new big screen at Fenelon Falls Secondary School.

As KLFC chair, I was delighted to announce recently that the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit has made a generous donation of new audio visual equipment to the school. A new large format projection screen and wall-mounted speaker system will be installed in the FFSS gym at the end of this month, just a few days before the next Films by the Falls event being held on Tuesday January 29th.

"The KLFC committee is very excited to have been able to donate a "big screen" to the school. We are grateful that the faculty and students at Fenelon Falls Secondary School have partnered with us on our film series for the past five years and wanted to show our support back to them, at the same time giving a gift of a better theatrical experience to our Films by the Falls audience."

Since the inception of the film series “Films by the Falls” in 2014, the community of Fenelon Falls and area have generously supported the local film circuit allowing them to bring Canadian and International films to the City of Kawartha Lakes as a member of the Toronto International Film Circuit (TIFF Film Circuit). Each year local businesses have sponsored the film series and donations have been sent in from individual movie-lovers in the community to keep the movies coming to the Fenelon Falls area.

"We have spent our money wisely and are happy to be able to share back to the community to make the movie-going experience in Fenelon Falls even better. My hope is that with this new equipment being accessibly located in the school, it will encourage more community filmmakers of all ages to have a place where they can show off their art, film and music projects. Last year, we started a pre-show program, inviting local filmmakers to submit their “own movies” which are screened in advance of our feature
presentation.” Ms. Jenkinson explains. "The FFSS gym is a multi-use facility, and we felt the school and Fenelon Falls community would benefit from having this modern technology."

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The new projection screen will be mounted above the stage in the school gym and is remote-controlled so it will be much easier to hide away when it isn’t being used. New wall-mounted speakers will be installed, which will replace the large speaker stacks that the school has been using. Ms. Jenkinson explained that "Last year the film committee donated a new sound board to the school, the next logical component to add was a new speaker system to pump out the sound.”

Ray Este, Principal at FFSS says “The schools’ partnership with Films By The Falls has been beneficial for the school and the community. This latest equipment donation will enhance experiences for our students, staff, and caregivers for many years to come taking place in the hub of the school; Graduation ceremonies, theatrical and musical productions, dances, assemblies, guest speakers - the list could go on and on.”

The Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit committee invites the entire community to come out and enjoy the new theatre-style experience at Films by the Falls on Tuesday January 29th for the official donation ceremony, some popcorn and to watch a great film, Puzzle. For more information about the feature presentation and Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit, please visit www.filmsbythefalls.com, or the Films by the Falls Facebook site.

Tickets are available at the FFSS box-office (gym door) at a cost of $10 each on the evening of the
screening, Tuesday, January 29th. Doors open for our event at 6:30 PM with the Official donation presentation beginning at 7:30 PM, followed by our feature film screening of Puzzle. Fenelon Falls Secondary School is located at 66 Lindsay St. in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

Fenelon Falls Secondary School was founded in 1827. As of 2008, it has about 1,000 students and 90 teachers and support staff. It is a member of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit was formed in 2013 by a group of volunteers who share their passion for movies by bringing local residents the opportunity to enjoy films in their hometown. They are the curating team behind Films by the Falls, a film series that is a member of the TIFF Film Circuit. Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit is a successful outreach program with over 170 locations in over 150 communities including the Kawartha Lakes, Film Circuit provides film-goers an opportunity to see films that may not otherwise be available in their region.

Photo Round Up - January 11 to 17

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!

Passport to Christmas Winners

The Passport to Christmas contest recently concluded and we are excited to reveal the winners:

first prize - Carol Halton


second prize - Barb Duff

third prize - Heather LeCraw

Congratulations to each of the winners and a huge thank you to every business and shopper who participated in our 2018 Passport to Christmas contest. Fenelon Falls is lucky to have you ❤️

Featured Event - Information Session with ABLE

Submitted by Jim Armstrong on behalf of ABLE

Do you have questions about income and financial planning for your supported family member?

ABLE (Access to Better Living Experiences) is hosting an information session with Graeme Treeby at St. James Parish Hall, in Fenelon Falls. Taking place on Wednesday, January 16th, from 7 pm to 8 pm, Graeme will be answering questions about ODSP, RDSP, Henson Trusts, and other financial assistance and planning programs. All are welcome!

There will also be an opportunity to arrange a personal follow-up.

Graeme Treeby, whose daughter has Cerebral Palsy, has dedicated his career since 1993 to helping families navigate the financial planning complexities of someone with disabilities. He is part of an alliance of expert financial, legal and tax services focused specifically on providing support to the special needs community.

ABLE is a family-driven support network based in Fenelon Falls.

Photo Round Up - January 3 to 10

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!

In Memory of Liz Barnes

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This stunning photograph was submitted by Libby Brett. It features the sun setting over 4 Mile Lake.

Libby’s mum, Liz Barnes, was an avid photographer up until a couple months prior to her passing. She was a resident of Fenelon Court and loved coming out to spend weekends at the lake. Libby took this picture to show her just 3 days prior to her death. We are honoured to feature it in this week’s photo round up in honour of Libby and her mum, Liz Barnes.