Celebrating 10 Years of Loving Canadian Film


Saturday March 6, 5:30 PM reception & exhibit, 7 PM screening
The Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St

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Special 10th Anniversary Presentation

CARRY ON SERGEANT! is a Canadian silent film produced in 1928. Produced at the Trenton Studios – a large production house built in Trenton, Ontario in 1916 – the film was partially shot Kingston. The film originally played in Kingston at the Grand Theatre in December 1928.

This special event will present the original 1928 silent film with live musical accompaniment by famed concert organist William O’Meara, along with an exhibit from the production’s history and the festival’s 10th anniversary reception.

About the Film: CARRY ON SERGEANT! tells the story of four men from Hamilton who join the army to fight in World War I. Enduring years of trench warfare including the gas attack at Ypres, the film’s lead, Bob MacKay (Hugh Buckler), meets a French woman who waits tables at a tavern and makes personal choices that haunt him.

About William O’Meara: William O’Meara has accompanied films for the Toronto International Film Festival, the Ottawa International Silent Film Festival, the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Goethe Institute, Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver), the Toronto Theatre Organ Society, and for the world’s largest festival of silent films, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone, Italy). In addition to accompanying silent films, Mr. O’Meara also enjoys an international career as a concert organist, performing at festivals and concert series throughout North and South America and Europe.


Thursday March 4, 7 PM – Opening Night Local Short
Sunday March 7, 7 PM – Closing Night Local Short
Empire Capitol 7 Theatre

Special 10th Anniversary Presentation

Ruby Can’t Fail is the winner of KCFF’s 10 Years, 10 Minutes Award, a special initiative to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary. The award was developed to support and foster the local filmmaking community by providing $5,000 cash and mentoring to produce a short film in Kingston.

After 10 years in Hollywood struggling to make it as an actress and realizing that most of her roles have consisted of playing dead bodies on crime shows, Ruby Keebler admits she has pretty much failed. She has no job, no husband, no kids, and no prospects, now what? Ready for change but with few options, she returns home to the small lakeside town where she grew up.

Director: Colette Lacoursiere
Screenwriter: Colette Lacoursiere
Producers: Lenny Epstein and Michael Catlin
Executive Producer & Mentor: Audrey Cummings
Editor: Josh Lyon
Principal Cast: Jessica Hinkson, Antoinette MacDonald, Rick Cairns,
Brett Christopher, Clayton Garrett, Amy Symington,
Devon Murray-Powell, Richard R. Sutton