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The Floating Man Kelowna film premiere

November 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$10 – $25

Please join us for the Kelowna Screening of Michael V Smith’s first feature, The Floating Man.

Doors open at 7:00 pm. Opening remarks are at 7:30 pm SHARP.

The film is 77 minutes, with a Q&A afterwards with director Michael V. Smith.

Refreshments are available at the RCA concession.

Tickets: Ticket pricing is on a sliding scale, for financial accessibility, but seats are first-come, first-served (so arrive early and have a drink and mingle). Proceeds from this event will go towards paying the last of the film’s production and distribution costs–effectively, ticket sales help fund the film.


Event Description: In this intimate self-portrait, Michael V. Smith’s The Floating Man sources his art practice to examine a lifetime of untrue stories about his body. Beginning with interviews in his hometown, and moving forward through mentors (such as queer filmmaker John Greyson) and then students of his own, Smith explores the kaleidoscope of a body’s relationship with gender.

Running parallel in a second through-line is footage from a disastrous art project Smith attempted in 2005: dressed as Peanut the Dancing Clown, Smith hitch-hiked from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast over the Canada Day long weekend, in search of celebrated artist Joni Mitchell.

Bringing together Smith’s photography, performance, and film practice, The Floating Man unpacks Smith’s gender journey, with his signature vision of iconic imagery.

NoteThere is some (harmless) nudity towards the end, similar to what you might see in an art gallery. Viewer discretion is advised.

We wish to gratefully acknowledge the support of UBC Okanagan, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, and the Rotary Centre for the Arts, for helping to make this event happen.


November 22, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10 – $25


Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6Z1 Canada
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Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Families, Partners and Industry, Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates