About Us

Spinning Reels is a volunteer-run non-profit organization bringing quality alternative movies to Bracebridge, on the second and fourth Monday of the month, most months from September to May.

Spinning Reels founders Ted & Elinor PhilipsThe group was founded in 2002 by Elinor and Ted Phillips, who rose to the challenge after someone told them that Bracebridge was too small a community to support a Film Circuit group like Reel Alternatives in Huntsville (On).

The group was an instant success. Spinning Reels has never lost money on the year. Being a non-profit organization, we make significant donations to the community, which you can read about on our Donations & Student Bursary page.

Elinor & Ted moved to Kingston in 2005, where they enjoy being closer to their family and continue to see lots of movies.

Spinning Reels has brought more than 100 movies to Bracebridge that would not otherwise have come here. They include Winged Migration, Whale Rider, Being Julia, Les Invasions Barbares, Ladies in Lavender, Water, An Inconvenient Truth, Manufactured Landscapes, Shake Hands with the Devil, La Vie en Rose, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Amal and Young@Heart. The frequency went from one to two films per month in 2007.

The current board and executive are:

  • Maria Duncalf
  • Jackie Heptinstall
  • Joe Piccione
  • Carol Quinn
  • Nancy Dix
  • Pat Strachan
  • Nick Turnbull
  • Saundra Turnbull
  • Norm Yan
  • Sandy Yudin

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Contact us at: tickets@spinningreels.ca