Bubbles the Clown, candidate for mayor, hitchhikes into town. Photo submitted

Only in Nelson set for pop-up drive in, broadcast premiere

The documentary, filmed around the municipal election of 2018, will air on the Knowledge Network

A feature documentary film about Nelson and the municipal election of 2018 will receive a pop-up drive-in screening next weekend, followed by its TV and streaming debut.

Amy Bohigian’s Only In Nelson had its first screenings at the Civic Theatre last October. It has since been shown in Revelstoke and Kamloops.

It will be featured in the Civic’s pop-up drive-in on Saturday at 9 p.m., in the parking lot between Lake and Vernon streets, next to the Salvation Army. Then, it will appear on the Knowledge Network on May 26 at 9 p.m.

“Two years ago I was pitching Knowledge’s director of original content on a documentary that delved into the countless subcultures just under the surface of this beautiful mountain city,” Bohigian said in a news release.

“What came out of the production process was a character study of a quirky community in crisis. Today the film seems more relevant than ever, as the strength of our local communities are what will be tested during these challenging times ahead.”

The official synopsis reads:

“A man’s murder over a panhandling spot serves as the flashpoint for Nelson’s raucous civic election and inspires Bubbles the Clown, who has been twisting balloon animals for 20 years, to run for mayor. The film also follows a rock musician, a mountain bike champion, a transgendered activist, a pot store owner and a car salesman; colourful candidates and the city’s bohemian-leaning citizenry who face the encroaching winds of right-wing global populism blowing through their narrow valley.”

Outside of Canada, Only in Nelson will be available on Vimeo on Demand starting May 26.

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