Baconfest 5: Series 1

Urban Planning Film Festival!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Baconfest 5: Series 1

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library
- 2nd Floor, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB
FREE Admission

What's on (and beyond) the horizon for Calgary as a city?

In celebration of renowned planner Ed bacon, Calgary’s urban planning film festival returns for a fifth year with showings on January 17, 24, 31 and February 7.

This year’s theme focuses on how Calgary’s natural environment and culture impact the physical form of the city. Each night promises free bacon and compelling documentary screenings. These movies will be followed by thought-provoking conversation facilitated by Rollin Stanley, General Manager of Urban Strategy.

These events are free, with tickets are available at the door. Seating is limited so be sure to arrive early. Review our weekly events calendar at or check out the City News Blog for the top 3 reasons Baconfest needs a spot in your calendar!

WHEN: Wednesday nights from January 17 through February 2, 2018
Doors open 5:30 p.m.
WHAT: Films and discussion 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for all events
WHERE: John Dutton Theatre - 616 Macleod Trail SE (second floor)

Presented in partnership with: Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI), Calgary Public Library and DIRTT Environmental Solutions. 

January 17 Screenings

​The Future of Cities (18 mins) - Inspired by the works of Jane Jacobs and other urban studies influencers, producer Oscar Boyson embarked on a filmmaking journey to define “the future of cities”. His YouTube video, Help Me Film Your City, which asked viewers to capture and share urban problems and innovative solutions in their own cities, earned more than 1,500 submissions from 75 countries. Through the course of a world tour he visited some of the people who responded and chronicled a few of the most creative interventions in today’s urban centres.

​Overpopulated (59 mins) - Those born in 1955 or earlier have witnessed a remarkable thing – the number of people living on Earth has doubled in their lifetime. This startling statistic leaves some asking what should be done about our exponentially rising population and subsequent extreme poverty. According to Dr. Hans Rosling, world famous statistician the situation is already righting itself – which is good news for those of us already here. This documentary-style lecture uses state of the art technology, representative examples and a dash of humor to explain a prediction of how population growth will slow over the next 50 years.

Ted Talk: Every City Needs Healthy Honey Bees (13 Min) - There is a rising need to create a culture of bee keeping in urban areas. According to some research, bee colony survival rate is higher in cities than rural areas. Could this be part of the solution to combat the world-wide collapse of bee colonies? Could we turn our rooftops and into a source of honey, jobs and environmental stewardship?

Adam Ruins Everything: The Real Reason Jaywalking is a Crime (3 Min) - In this comical skit, Adam reveals the derogatory origins of the term jaywalking and explaining how the auto industry influenced lawmakers.


January 17: The Future of Cities | Overpopulated | TED: Every City Needs Healthy Honey Bees
January 24: TED: Two Canadas | Through My Eyes | TED: A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA | Backyard Experiment
January 31: Blue Gold: World Water Wars
February 07: Microhouse, Portlandia | ​Microtopia | How to Make an Attractive City | McMansions | Walt Disney's Ambitious Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

About Baconfest

The brain-child of Planning, Development & Assessment General Manager Rollin Stanley, Baconfest was originally intended as one-time film festival in 2014 to celebrate a short film series created by Ed Bacon. The event was so well received by Calgarians that it became an annual film festival celebrating and exploring urbanism in all its forms.

Who is Edmund Bacon?

Ed Bacon is the only city planner to grace the cover page of time magazine in 1964, and on the cover of Life in 1965. While he may be known as the father of Kevin Bacon, the impact of Edmund's work helped shape the landscape of the City of Philadelphia, where he served as the head of the planning commission for two decades beginning in 1949. In retirement, he undertook an extensive four part series titled "Understanding Cities" beginning in 1981.

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NOTE: The showtimes listed on come directly from the theatres' announced schedules, which are distributed to us on a weekly basis. All showtimes are subject to change without notice or recourse to