Catch up with the Dude and company with the return of Classics at the Classic, a series of contemporary cult soon-to-be classics, hosted by Okanagan College and the Salmar Community Association, kicking off on Monday, Feb. 3, with a showing of The Big Lebowski. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm film fest features soon-to-be cult classics

The Dude, a robot and getaway driver part of Okanagan College’s Classics at the Classic

Okanagan College’s popular Classics at the Classic returns for its seventh season at the Salmar Classic, and with a contemporary twist.

In previous years, the series has largely showcased established classics and foreign-language films, but this season the series focuses on contemporary cult soon-to-be classics.

The non-profit program is sponsored by Okanagan College and supported by the Salmar Association, and runs in conjunction with a second-year university transfer Film Criticism and Theory course taught by OC English Professor Tim Walters, who curates the series and introduces each of the films.

“My plan with this year’s selections,” says Walters, “is that rather than focusing on established films from the past, I have selected several of the most striking, underappreciated cult films of the 21st century, films that already have a dedicated fan base who consider them to be misunderstood or undervalued.

“In a movie culture increasingly dominated by blockbusters, sequels, and remakes, original, challenging films like this often get drowned out… Most importantly, these are all exciting, unique films, and I think we have an unusually open minded and savvy film-going public in Salmon Arm who have a commendable appetite from something a little outside the mainstream.”

Read more: Habitat for Humanity seniors housing project in Salmon Arm moving forward

Read more: National Pie Day call-out: Pies wanted for annual Best of the Shuswap contest

Screenings are open to the public, admission $5 admission, on Monday nights, 7 p.m. at the Salmar Classic theatre throughout the winter, beginning Feb. 3 with the Coen Brothers’ 1998 bowling-themed cult masterpiece, The Big Lebowski.

Full schedule: Feb. 3, The Big Lebowski (1998); Feb. 10, Sorry to Bother You (2018); March 2, Under the Skin (2013); March 9, US (2019); March 16, Ex Machina (2014); March 30, Drive (2011); April 6, English 215 class pick (tbd). For further information, contact

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Second million-dollar lotto ticket sold in Vernon

Same thing happened on March 7; somebody won Guaranteed Match Number prize

WATCH: Coldstream producer treats neighbours to live music from safe distance

Neighbours practiced social distancing as Jeff Johnson played songs from his front steps

Salmon Arm mayor supports parking solution for hungry truckers

Alternative to Highway 1 suggested for drivers wanting access to McDonald’s

Column: Keeping distance, working together and readying for rebound

Council Report by Salmon Arm Mayor Alan Harrison

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

Okanagan women spending quarantine making masks

Group at Predator Ridge, and a colleague in Vernon, keeping busy making surgical masks for others

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

B.C. announces $3M for food banks to increase capacity during COVID-19

It is not clear how much of the money will flow towards Greater Victoria food banks

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

World COVID-19 update: U.S. expects 100,000 deaths; Oregon declares disaster

Comprehensive update of world news for Sunday, March 19.

No hesitation; two bystanders assist in South Okanagan house fire rescue

“I’d do it for anybody,” says Penticton man after assisting in house fire rescue

Summerland churches go online during COVID-19 pandemic

Livestream services, online support provided to congregations and community

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Transportation corridor passed through Nicola Prairie, now Summerland

Most Read