Reel Justice Film Festival and Social Change Expo

Posted on March 27, 2009


Now, seriously. Seriously, people. How can you do a Social Change Expo and fail to inform me about it? Do you not know who I am? Do you not know what I do? I know these people; it’s not like they don’t have my email.

From Pivot Legal Society:

Pivot and SFU present Reel Justice
Exploring homelessness in Vancouver through film

SFU and Pivot have teamed up to host Reel Justice, a one-day film festival exploring homelessness and connected issues through Vancouver-based films and research.

What: Film Festival, Academic Panel, and Social Change Expo
Venue: SFU Harbour Centre
Address: 515 West Hastings Street
When: Sunday, April 19th 2009, Doors at 12pm
Cost: Adults $5.00; Children, Students and Low-Income Individuals $3.00

Reel Justice will give Vancouverites the chance to connect with different perspectives on key social issues tied to homelessness and the Downtown Eastside. The day will be filled with film screenings, Q&As, panel discussions, and a social change expo – all featuring cutting edge films, film-makers, speakers, and organizations.

Tickets can be purchases online, at the Pivot office (678 Hastings East), or at the door.

The Films

Reel Justice films will include Carts of Darkness, Damage Done: A Drug War Oddessey, A Safer Sex Trade, Metamorphosis, Finding Dawn and many others. Films will be followed by brief Q&A sessions with directors, film subjects, advocates, academics, and/or community leaders. (A full schedule will be released next week on the Pivot website – – so stay tuned!)

The Panel
The academic panel will host an cross-discipline discussion of the sources of homelessness along with potential solutions. Panelists will include:

Bruce Alexander, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, SFU
Daniel Hiebert, Professor, Geography, UBC
Michelle Patterson, Adjunct Professor, Health Sciences, UBC
Krishna Pendakur
, Professor, Economics, SFU

The Social Change Expo
The Social Change Expo will highlight ideas for eliminating homelessness in Vancouver from the current leaders in the sector.  Each organization will have their own engagement table providing an opportunity to highlight current campaigns, build support, and reach out to new members in fun and relaxed environment.  We will be handing out prizes to the organization with the most creative and effective ways of engaging with the public as decided by the audience through a popular vote.

We hope to see you there!