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Invisible night

An evening of art, film, and dialogue about youth homelessness

Age 14+ advised, $12 (Reel Causes members); $14 (non-members) for reception and film, in advance

Join local social justice film-screening group Reel Causes and the City of Vancouver for a special art reception and charity screening of Sugar to raise awareness about youth homelessness. Net proceeds benefit Raincity Housing and Support Society’s LGBTQ2S+ Youth Shelter.

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October 17 2013, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Art reception (5:30pm): Atrium, Vancouver Community College Downtown Campus, 250 W Pender (enter from Hamilton) (tickets in advance only). Film and panel (7pm): SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, 149 W Hastings St.



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Pre-film art reception, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Mix and mingle at a pre-film reception (appetizers and cash bar), and preview Out of the Rain, a special art exhibition where established, formerly homeless and homeless artists join forces through artwork to help end homelessness in Vancouver.

Film, 7pm (Doors 6:30pm)

Sugar stars Shenae Grimes (90201, Degrassi – Next Generation) and Marshall Allman (Trueblood).


Based on the filmmaker’s own past experience of homelessness, Sugar is the story of a young girl with a troubled past trying to survive on the streets of Venice Beach, California. It tells an all too common story of a troubled youth learning how to stop hiding, and to start healing. Sugar is a moving, realistic look at what forces so many youth onto the streets and what they go through to survive. It is not a story of redemption; it is a story of reality. (Contains mature content; 14+ advised)

Director: Rotimi Rainwater; Winner - Community Vision Award - Cinema at the Edge Film Festival (2013)

Post-film panel discussion

Engage with community change-makers at a post-film panel discussion featuring Rotimi Rainwater, Sugar director; Judy Graves, former Advocate for the Homeless (City of Vancouver); Aaron Munro, Raincity Housing, Manager Community Development; and Eireann Day, member of Vancouver’s Housing First Speakers’ Bureau with first-hand experience of homelessness and schizophrenia. Moderated by Am Johal, Director of SFU office for Community Engagement.

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In advance through Eventbrite

  • Reception at VCC + film/panel: $12 (Reel Causes members) and $14 (non-members)
    • Limited tickets available for the reception + film/panel, so buy yours early
  • Film/panel only: $10 (Reel Causes members)  and $12 (non-members)

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At the door (cash only)

  • Film/panel only: $13 (Reel Causes members)  and $15 (non-members)
    • Doors open at 6:30

This event is supported by SFU’s Vancity Office for Community Engagement.

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