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If you missed Laurence Le Lam's magnificent nostalgic retro short, The Blue Jet, at the Vancouver Short Film Festival, you can catch it on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at the next edition of Celluloid Social Club.

The evening also includes a screening of recent STORYHIVE films - the TELUS OPTIK LOCAL-funded competition has recently opened submissions for another season of web series.

Hamish Purdy, 2016 Oscar Nominee for Set Decoration for The Revenant, who is also featured in Reel West's upcoming spring issue, will speak about working on the film and attending the 2016 Oscars.

For updates on other films, follow the club on Twitter @celluloidsocial or join the Facebook group.


Many thanks to producer Paul Armstrong for the following lineup:

3 x STORYHIVE films:

The Dishwasher


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STORYHIVE is now accepting pitches for their latest edition: Web Series. Intake is open until April 11th. Apply now through for a chance to win one of 30 $10,000 production grants to bring a web series pilot to life. Successful pilots could go on to receive a Top Award of $50,000. #STORYHIVE


THE BLUE JET written, directed, produced, and edited by Lawrence Le Lam, Director of Photography Leonardo Harim, starring Howie Lai (Strange Empire), Donald Heng, Sky Kao (The Bleeding Edge), Rick Tae (The Romeo Section), Johnson Phan (Birth of the Dragon), Ryer Wang, Jerome Yoo, Demi Zeng, Julie Wong, Chris Lam, Drama, 2015 - Baptized in blue denim, Blue Jet is a rebellious radio DJ who broadcasts forbidden rock n' roll in 1970’s Taiwan. The country has been under martial law for the past two decades, and the KMT Secret Youth Police seek out the long-haired instigators of “hippie” culture. Hear the untold story of a legend, remembered by an old fan who recalls his first time walking on the wild side.

Winner of Emily Carr University's President's Media Arts Award for Best in Live Action.

Winner of Best Student Short, Whistler Film Festival 2015

Best Male Actor, Best Director, Best Short Film, Vancouver Short Film Festival 2016

GRANDPA’S TREASURE TRAIL directed by Ben Giesbrecht, Charles Nasby, Jordan Ettinger, written by Jordan, Charles, Ben produced by Charles, Ben, Jordan, DOP Ben Giesbrecht, music by Nature Of, starring Jordan Ettinger - Young Gordie/Grandpa, Charles Nasby - Delivery Guy and Marlo Nay - Hot Biddy. 4:57 min., Comedy, 2015 – A hopeful young man inherits a mysterious package from his recently deceased Grandfather. The contents of the package end up sending him on an adventure of a lifetime, only to realize that things aren't always as clear as they seem. 2015 WSSF Olympus 72hr Filmmaker Showdown Best of Show, 2015 WSSF Olympus 72hr Filmmaker Showdown Peoples’ Choice Award. Compete this year April 8-11. Screening April 13 at Whistler. 

TRAILER for A LEGACY OF WHINING directed by Ross  Munro, produced by Maria Munro,  starring Ross Munro, Robert David Duncan & Angie Descazi - Inspired by its love of early 1970’s American buddy films, this shaggy dog comedy (played out in one desperation-soaked dreamlike evening) tells the tale of two former high school friends, Mitch and Dunc, who reunite thirty years later in an attempt to resurrect the faded corpse of their "glory years" only to find, perhaps, that the past ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…

Screening 6:30pm April 5 at the VIFF Vancity Theatre.

TRAILER for FSM Written and Directed by Melanie M. Jones, Produced by Melanie M. Jones, Bernie Yao, Avi Federgreen and Trish Dolman, DOP Shawn Seifert, Music By Howl Sound, Kasey Riot, South of Bloor, Starring Vanessa Crouch, Sean Aiken, Georgie Daburas, Jessica Heafey, Daniel Arnold (Lawrence & Holloman), 91mins, Drama/Comedy, 2015 – Friendship, Sex, Music, Drugs.. not necessarily in that order. FSM explores the world of underground raves and online dating through the eyes of Samantha, a female DJ grappling with the ups and downs of hookup culture in her search for meaningful connection. – Awards/Nominations: Winner 2nd Place Best Narrative Feature Boomtown Film & Music Festival, Nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Shawn Seifert), Best Lead Actress (Vanessa Crouch), Best Supporting Actor (Sean Aiken), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Heafey) at the International Film Festival of World Cinema, Nice 2016.

Screening April 16 & 18 at VIFF Vancity Theatre.

TRAILER for PATTERSON’S WAGER directed, written, and produced by O. Corbin Saleken, DOP Nelson and Graham Talbot (Lawrence & Holloman), starring Fred Ewanuick (Corner Gas), Chelah Horsdal (Hell on Wheels), Alex Zahara (Man in the High Castle) and Michelle Creber (Strange Empire).  Comedy, 2015 - Is Charles losing his mind? Is it just a really strong case of déjà vu? Or could it be that maybe, just maybe, he’s developed the unpredictable ability to see two minutes into the future?

Western Canadian premiere at 2015 Whistler Film (nominated for the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature). Awarded Best Feature at the Spokane International Film Festival.  Best Independent Feature Narrative award at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival, the Golden Honu for Best Foreign Feature at the Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii, a Special Jury Prize for Feature Narrative at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, and Best Picture, Best Actress (Chelah Horsdal), and Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Creber) at the Oregon Independent Film Festival.   Chelah Horsdal’s performance was also nominated for a 2015 Leo Award.

Screening twice during Canadian Film Week at VIFF Vancity Theatre. Vancouver premiere 8:25 PM April 17th.  Screens again 5:30 PM April 20th, (National Canadian Film Day).  Post-screening Q&A will include O. Corbin Saleken (writer/director) and actors Fred Ewanuick, Alex Zahara, and Michelle Creber. 

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