Event: Aim for the Roses

Aim for the Roses: Red Gate Arts Society, Opus59 Films and Blue Ice Docs, in partnership with DOXA Documentary Film Festival, present a special screening of John Bolton's musical docudrama Aim for the Roses. This will be only the third public screening in Vancouver, after being chosen to open the 2016 DOXA Festival.

Event: Aim for the Roses

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 8:30pm
Red Gate Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver

In 1976, Canadian stuntman Ken Carter declared his intention to jump a mile over the St. Lawrence Seaway in a rocket powered car. Evel Knievel called it "the daredevil stunt to end all daredevil stunts".

In 2008, Canadian musician Mark Haney declared his intention to pay tribute to Ken Carter in the form of a concept album for solo double bass. The Vancouver Province called it “a daring record”, the Vancouver Sun called it “the most bizarre release of the year” and the Georgia Straight called it “utterly amazing and completely fucking ridiculous”.

In 2011, Canadian filmmaker John Bolton declared his intention to make a "musical docudrama" about both men. The Globe And Mail called it “audacious”, DOXA called it “glorious” and POV Magazine called it “the wildest, craziest, smartest doc in years”.

Aim for the Roses is a one-of-a-kind film, about a one-of-a-kind album, about a one-of-a-kind stunt, all three of which could only happen in Canada. It blurs the lines between pathos & kitsch, and dignity & absurdity, through a barrage of original interviews, archival footage, dramatic recreations and musical numbers. It celebrates the beauty and the terror of making a living as a composer and as a stuntman. It's for highbrow fans of the contemporary avant-garde and lowbrow fans of 1970s Canadian hoserdom. (Think: Errol Morris & Philip Glass meet Super Dave Osborne.) It shows and tells two very different stories, about two very different men, at two very different crossroads in their lives, both of whom risked it all to make “the ultimate statement”.

TICKETS $10 AT THE DOOR