FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 13, 2020 – HALIFAX – The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and FIN Atlantic International Film Festival have partnered to launch the Atlantic Cinematheque through the presentation of films that focus on works by Atlantic Canadian filmmakers.

The FIN Fridays series will feature films by Atlantic Canadian filmmakers and about Atlantic Canada that will screen in the Gallery’s Windsor Foundation Theatre on the last Friday of every month, beginning January 31, 2020 at 7 p.m.

“A partnership with FIN is a natural fit for the Gallery,” said Colin Stinson, Director of Marketing and Visitor Experience at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “This monthly film series will bring something new to Halifax, giving movie fans a new way to experience great locally-produced films. Working together gives us a new way to bring people together and connect them through art.”

Previously, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia partnered with FIN to present a series of art-related films at this past fall’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. This series included a screening of It Was All So Wonderful: The Everyday Magic of Mary Pratt, by Newfoundland & Labrador filmmaker Kenneth J. Harvey, and a pair of films by artist and filmmaker Althea Thauberger, including Mad Mad Mad Mad Filmy World, which is currently part of an exhibition celebrating her work now on view at the Gallery.

“Together, we are creating a platform to showcase films made locally that may not have been screened to Halifax audiences before,” said Wayne Carter, Executive Director of FIN. “By pairing these films with a dedicated venue that already celebrates the people and culture of Atlantic Canada through art, it gives audiences the opportunity to experience the works of great local talent on the big screen in a space where they can also interact with more great art after the credits roll.”

The first film to be screened as part of the partnership is Perfume War (Michael Melski, 2016, 95 minutes, PG).

Perfume War is an inspiring documentary about two friends and their unstoppable fight for world peace. Captain Trevor Greene’s mission in Afghanistan ends violently with a Taliban axe in his head. Miraculously, he survives to see his best friend Barb Stegemann, a single mom, carry on his peace mission with a new strategy – perfume. In an Art of War maneuver, she takes what the enemy loves most, the poppy crop, by purchasing rose and orange blossom oils, which pay Afghan farmers twice the income over illegal poppy. Scientists marvel at Greene’s recovery as he rebuilds his brain, while Stegemann helps rebuild in Afghanistan and Rwanda. Barb fights a retail war in stores while working to keep her company financially afloat.

The winter schedule for FIN Fridays will be available on the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s and FIN’s websites. Entry to the film will be included in the cost of admission to the Gallery.


Media Contacts:

Colin Stinson
Director, Marketing and Visitor Experience
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Tel.: (902) 424-2903
Mobile: (902) 497-6006

Wendy Phillips
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival


The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada's largest arts museum with locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth. It offers a range of bold exhibitions and engaging programming for all ages in an inclusive public gathering place connecting people with art to inspire new ways of thinking.

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of film and media from around the world. It offers a variety of local, national and international films that explore all corners of life, culture, entertainment and the global human experience. Celebrating it’s 40th year in 2020, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival has grown into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. FIN is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our cornerstone event in September to include: FIN Partners, FIN Kids, FIN Outdoor, FIN Makers, and now, FIN Atlantic Cinematheque.