Feature A & E Stories

Young Calgary Muslims invite public to performance about the Prophet Muhammad

Free play at Jubilee spreads Islam's message of peace and understanding

thumb sign 1Volunteers promote Muhammad: The Astonishing Story of the Prophet in the downtown core. The play takes place on Oct. 2 and is free to attend.
Photo by Brandon McNeil
Canada's largest association of Muslims and a Calgary Muslim youth group are speaking out against extremism with their performance of Muhammad: The Astonishing Story of the Prophet.

The play — sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at (AMJ) and their youth association — is part entertainment and part education, teaching Muslims and non-Muslims about the peaceful lessons of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

"This is the purpose of having this event, to show that Islam has nothing to do with extremism," says Mohsin Kamran, president of Calgary's Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.


Calgary International Film Festival hosts hometown film 'When the Ocean Met the Sky'

YYC's Spencer Foley to attend screening of his first feature-length film

thumb Photo-Oneresize British Columbia sets the scene for When the Ocean Met the Sky, a Canadian film that follows the spiritual and physical journey of three brothers after the passing of their parents.

Spencer Foley, from Calgary, plays the character Tyler Holmes. He began writing the film's script with his friend and co-star Phillip Thomas in 2012.

Foley says that he and Thomas wanted to create a film that explored the complicated dynamics between siblings.

"We all have siblings and it's something everyone can relate to," says Foley. He adds that the brothers losing their parents at the beginning of the film is critical to the plot as it forces the siblings to face issues that had otherwise been internalized.

"I think each of the brothers are coming of age," says Foley, "but they are just at different places in their lives."


A new queer film night set to crash closet walls

Velvet Cinema's monthly queer film night at the Plaza Theatre aims to bring the LGBTQ community closer together

Velvet CinemathumbTwo young, proud and down-to-earth guys have organized a monthly queer film night at the Plaza Theatre in hopes to bring the Calgary queer community together in a new way.

David Cutting and Garrett McCoy have launched "Velvet Cinema", a monthly film event, in order to provide more frequent gatherings of the LGBTQ community.

The first event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre. Cutting's idea for the event stemmed from an annual LGBTQ film festival, known as "The Fairy Tale Film Festival," which is held at the Plaza Theatre every year.


Local videographers produce ‘offbeat’ short films

Telus Storyhive competition showcases projects including Sharkasaurus and Tale of the Riff Riders

filmmakingAfter an intense journey, five Calgarians are about to premiere their short films as part of a competition sponsored by Telus.

The competitors had just five weeks this past spring to produce a multimedia application which included their film idea, their production plan and details on how they would spend $10,000 if chosen as one of the 10 Alberta winners.

Competitor proposals were uploaded April 28 and then community members chose their favourites.