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15 Reasons to Live ~ Parry Sound film club’s June 10 inspiration

PARRY SOUND — The Films That Make You Think Film Club will be hosting a final film before taking a break for the summer on Tuesday, June 10th at 7 p.m. at the WestParrySoundDistrictMuseum.

mini posters-RTL (Small)The latest film is the personal and inspirational Canadian movie, 15 reasons to Live.

“It has been a really great year for the club to this point and we wanted to head into the summer with a thoughtful, compelling and optimistic movie that everyone could relate to in some way”, said Glen Hodgson, the film club’s founder.

“The fact that this movie centres around people and events from in and around Ontario make the film that much more special.”

After running into a neighbourhood acquaintance at the local used record store who sharing his list of 15 reasons to live, Alan Zweig felt a strong compulsion to make a film on the subject, despite his admission.

“I didn’t make lists and I never thought about reasons to live.”

From this inspiration begins a series of episodic chapters adapted to the themes of Ray Robertson’s collection of essays from his book entitled, Why Not. 15 reasons to live.

The participants are as eclectic as the list, sharing personal anecdotes related to (among other themes) work, love, intoxication, humour, solitude, duty, home and death. Humorous and sometimes heartbreaking, Zweig’s compassion for his subjects and their stories, expressed through his conversational and candid interview style, ties these vignettes together in a visual essay that strikes deeper chords about finding meaning in our existence.

“It was neat to see so many familiar faces and scenes,” added Hodgson, “and when I saw that one of the reasons to live centered around a story from Pointe au baril, I knew we had to include this flick in our lineup.”

This film series is non-partisan and designed, as the title suggests, to inspire people to think about some key issues that we are facing our communities, our country and our world. Admission is a suggested donation of ten dollars for adults and seven for students and seniors and tickets are available at the door unless the film is sold out.

More information on the films being offered can be found at the WestParrySoundMuseum or by emailing

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