The Drumheller Library Society's REEL Alternative season kicked off on Monday, Sept. 25th. Lachie McFadden is on the committee which chooses movies to screen.
"The movie we showed on Monday night was Maudie. It was our first REEL Alternative movie of the season. If you're unfamiliar with our program, we do a movie at the Napier Theatre [on] the last Monday of the month."
The movies are selected by the committee in August and December. The majority of films shown come from the Toronto International Film Festival and have previously included Lion, The Intouchables and A Walk in the Woods. Last season, the REEL Alternative screened She Has A Name, a film produced by Drumheller local Dean Kohut.
"The REEL Alternative [is a] program that the Drumheller Public Library Society has been running for, I believe, about 18 years," explained McFadden. "Any profits we make go towards the Society which benefits the library and library programs and things we need in the library."
McFadden estimated that Monday's season opener was attended by around 140 people. Looking forward, the committee has already chosen its next two films.
"October 30th, it is called 'The Trip to Spain', revealed McFadden. "The end of November, it is 'The Glass Castle' which we're excited about because it's based on a book too."
Although the library isn't planning any specific events to tie the book into the movie, McFadden said he plans to build a display at the library to promote the film.