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'Stories untold and worlds unexplored': Atlantic Film Festival launches film selections to travel globe from comfort of home

The 36th annual festival runs from Sept. 15 through 22 and will feature more than 200 films.

A still from Michael Melski's inspirational documentary film Perfume War, which follows the story of Captain Trevor Greene and his best friend Barb Stegemann.

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A still from Michael Melski's inspirational documentary film Perfume War, which follows the story of Captain Trevor Greene and his best friend Barb Stegemann.

If you want to make a trip around the world without leaving Halifax, Jason Beaudry said taking in this year’s Atlantic Film Festival is the way to do it.

The 36th Atlantic Film Festival runs from Sept. 15 through 22. Beaudry, the festival’s program director, helped announce the event’s galas and its Atlantic Canadian program of film selections Wednesday afternoon.

The full program of films and events will be announced Aug. 24. 

“We will have films, stories from all four corners of the world. Stories untold and worlds unexplored are really the highlights of this year’s festival,” Beaudry said in an interview after the launch event.

“It may sound cliché, but it’s true that in a way the most effective way to take a stay-cation and visit all four corners of the globe is to go to the Atlantic Film Festival this year.”

There are more than 100 films featured in this year’s line-up of Atlantic Canadian productions. Beaudry said they include films from well-established filmmakers and from newcomers.

One of those newcomers is Koumbie, who has two films in this year’s festival. The 22-year-old known for her acting chops recently tried the other side of the camera.

“I was here as an actor last year and I told myself I would be here this year as a filmmaker but I never expected to have two films and I definitely never expected to have a feature,” Koumbie said in an interview.

“With everything that has happened in the film industry this year, it’s good to know there are many of us still here and still working, so please support us and come out and see as many films as you possibly can.”

Beaudry said this year’s festival is all about a diversity of stories that offer something for everyone. He estimated the offerings of Atlantic Canadian and international films will provide for the screening of more than 220 films.

The Sept. 21 Atlantic Film Festival gala film features the world premiere of Perfume War, directed by Michael Melski.

He explores the friendship between his fellow University of King’s College grads Barb Stegemann and Captain Trevor Greene. Greene was axed in the head by the Taliban and Stegemann took on his mission of peace.

Melski said the results are inspirational, transformational and healing.

“For me, it was always a story about inspiration leading to transformation," he said in an interview. "Trevor was inspired to rebuild his brain and take on the monumental task of learning to walk again."

For a complete list of the Atlantic Canadian program with film selections, filmmakers and a schedules of screenings, visit atlanticfilm.com/media.

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