The attack on the city’s websites have made it hard for the Tom Thomson Art Gallery to get the word out about the upcoming 11th annual Reel Festival, according to Leanne Wright, the manager of marketing and development for the gallery
“It has been a challenge getting the information out because of the website crash. We have been trying to get a lot of information out on our Facebook site and by our Twitter account as well as our new weekly e-newsletter called Artefacts,” Wright said this week.
The festival runs March 2 and March 3 at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound and features six films. “These films are independent. They don’t show up at Galaxy Theatres so it gives local film buffs a chance to see films they would have to drive down to a large urban centre to see,” Wright said.
They are: Chasing Ice which follows photojournalist James Balog as he records visual evidence of climate change in the Arctic (PG 75 minutes); Rebelle, a portrait of a teenaged soldier in Africa (14A 90 minutes); Anna Karenina, Tolstoy’s epic love story (14A 130 minutes); Inescapable, a triller about a Syrian-Canadian businessman who returns to Damascus in search of his missing daughter (PG 90 minutes); Barbara, an East German doctor who finds herself torn between escape to the West and her growing love for a colleague (PG 105 minutes); and Searching for Sugarman about two South Africans who set out to discover what happened to their musical hero, Rodriguez, an American who became an icon in South Africa while unknown in the U.S. (PG 86 minutes).
Festival passes are $95, which includes HST and a $50 tax receipt.
City-run websites were shut down Feb. 3 after city hall was alerted to a server “attack” that redirected some visitors to pornography sites. The shutdown affected the main city site as well as websites for Owen Sound Tourism, the art gallery, Owen Sound Police Service, Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, the Owen Sound fire department and the Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum.
They were put back online Feb. 6 but were taken back down the following day after the problem returned and were still offline Friday evening.
More information about the festival can be found on the Tom Thomson Art Gallery’s Facebook page or by calling the gallery at 519-376-1932.