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Wizard Mode

MAY 11 SOLD OUT
 

MAY 12 LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 8:45pm
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:30pm
Trailer(s)
Screening Partner

Wizard Mode

Jeff Petry and Nathan Drillot | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
102 minutes

THE MAY 12 SCREENING IS PART OF THE RATED Y SERIES. BOTH SCREENINGS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FILMMAKER Q&A.
NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED. OPEN TO YOUTH UNDER 18.

PG (Coarse language)

Wizard Mode is the story of Robert Gagno, a pinball champion who has overcome a few extra obstacles; Gagno is autistic and did not speak until he was almost 10 years old. Through home movies, tape recordings, and interviews with his parents, we see Gagno’s childhood, where milestones such as walking and communicating proved challenging. Even in his twenties, Gagno seems more like a friendly, funny teenager who just happens to be a little on the awkward side. At his annual pinball birthday party, which includes a dozen or so pinball machines, cake, and laughter, Gagno holds court. He isn’t simply an aficionado of the game, he is one of Canada’s top pinball players and among the very best in the world. As Robert and his dad travel to pinball competitions across North America, his little tics become more noticeable, and the additional challenges he faces become evident. But Gagno’s determination, as well as the love and support of both family and friends, are his secret weapon. He’s learned how to give hugs, but he’s also begun to figure out what kind of hug is appropriate. (Best not to hug your boss in a work situation.) Next to such complexities, his ability to stay cool and focused in a room full of noisy pinball games is a snap.

Gagno knows his pinball skills are unparalleled, but outside of the competitive tournament world he must struggle for genuine independence. After years of being taken care of by his nurturing and patient family, Gagno is ready to face the rest of the world. -KR

Filmmaker

Jeff Petry & Nathan Drillot

Jeff Petry was born and raised in rural Manitoba. After completing a pilot’s licence he traveled to cooking school in Austria, then on to Vancouver to work as a photographer until co-founding Salazar Film, a commercial and documentary production company based in Vancouver, B.C. He has co-directed, written and produced under the name SALAZAR since 2010.

Nathan Drillot was born in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee in a house without electricity. He spent his childhood in a constant state of flux moving every few years. Story telling was an intricate part of his families identity and helped to create a sense of continuity in an otherwise turbulent life. In 2010 he started SALAZAR with Jeff Petry and Jesse Savath.