From May 6 to 14, the National Film Board of Canada’s The Grasslands Project will have its world premiere in a series of local screenings in villages and towns across the southern Prairies.
By Mark Leiren-Young
The stars of the Vancouver screen scene have always been among the city’s busiest stage actors and vice versa - but usually the actors take a moment to catch their breath. It’s hard to believe that two of the stars of the Arts Club’s world premiere production of smash musical Onegin ever sleep.
The play’s leading men - Alessandro Juliani (in the title role) and Josh Epstein - are juggling epic projects on the stage, the big screen and the small screen.
Special to Reel West by Nadia DiMofte
Hey, fellow indie filmmaker!
Here’s our story. It was only 24 years ago when Elliot Grove, a Canadian in the UK, started Raindance as an experiment: could one make a movie with no training, no experience or no money? It was 1992 when he set up the training division of Raindance, which now offers short masterclasses on writing, directing, producing and marketing films on a low-to-no budget.
One and a half years ago, Lucy Chung was one of many young people attending the annual media job fair in Vancouver, looking for connections and paid work. In spite of several diplomas and international work experience as an editor and camera woman, Chung found it challenging to figure out when productions are accepting resumes.
"There are so many fantastic productions in Vancouver," she says, "but once you hear about them, they're already in production and fully crewed."
That's tough if you're new to the biz, and frustrating.
On March 10, REEL CANADA announced that National Canadian Film Day (NCFD), the one-day, coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian film, will return for a third year on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
Presented with Cineplex Entertainment and CBC, NCFD is intended as a day for all Canadians to celebrate Canada by watching a great Canadian film. This year, NCFD will hold more than 250 public and private events across the country, and increase access to Canadian film across all major platforms – in-theatre, broadcast and online – in celebration of Canada’s 149th birthday.
Finding beauty in unexpected places is the leitmotiv of many works of art, and Nettie Wild's new feature documentary KONELĪNE: our land beautiful is no exception.
Filmed in northwestern BC, the film is a cinematic homage to one of the world's last wildernesses and its people. Rather than using a thematic or chronological storyline, it uses a series of vignette-like sequences revealing, but not commenting, an unexpected array of characters and places.
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.
The Vancouver-based talent agency that recently saw one of its youngest clients, Jacob Tremblay (ROOM), shine at the Oscars and the Canadian Screen Awards, is taking its business model to Atlanta, Georgia.
In spite of the horrifying headlines coming from Belgium lately, let's not forget there is some great Belgian cinema to report and admire.
Two years after the launch of the successful first season, Knowledge Network viewers are in for six new episodes following the lives of staff and patients at BC's largest hospital.
Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, April 12 at 9 p.m. PT. Episodes will be simulcast on the series’ interactive companion website at knowledge.ca/er, which will also feature 49 web shorts and interactive surveys about critical health topics.
Kiefer Sutherland on 24, The Patriot Act, a Fateful Fortune Cookie and Driving Lessons with Tommy Douglas
By Mark Leiren-Young
Photos by Tav Rayne
When someone asks 24 star, Kiefer Sutherland, about his famous family, they’re usually wondering about his father, iconic actor, Donald Sutherland (MASH, Hunger Games). Maybe they’re curious about his mom, actress and activist Shirley Douglas (Wind at My Back, Nellie McClung). But this is Canada. I was more interested in his grandfather - former Saskatchewan Premier, NDP founding leader, our country’s conscience and “the Greatest Canadian” - Tommy Douglas.
On the heels of its Whistler and Busan screenings, BC-set thriller NUMB is set to kick off its theatrical run with the Canadian Indie Film Series at Landmark Cinemas across Canada on March 2, 2016, opening theatrically March 4 in Toronto, New Westminster, Kelowna, Nanaimo, and more cities to follow, announced distributor A71 Entertainment on February 17.
A France-Canada coproduction is hoping to do for songbirds what Blackfish did for orcas.
The eco-documentary The Messenger is an international story that unravels the mystery behind the world’s vanishing songbird population. It argues that the global demise of songbirds signals an uncertain shift in an already fragile ecosystem and explores our deep-seated connection to birds, while warning that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own.
Director Su Rynard filmed the documentary partly in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Special to Reel West by Holly Carinci
With all of the buzz on the net around the inclusion of the "Easter egg" character ‘Bob’ in the record-busting film Deadpool, the question that begs to be answered is “who is Bob?”
Well Rob is Bob.
Excitement is mounting as the days draw closer to the third annual Vancouver Web Fest, set to take place on March 18-20 at Performance Works on Granville Island.
Kevin Eastwood has had his fair share of close encounters with death.
The second season of Omnifilm Entertainment's Jade Fever is slated to air February 23rd, at 10 pm on Discovery Canada.
Special to Reel West by Cory Sterling
When one thinks of the film and entertainment industry in British Columbia, all thoughts initially turn to Vancouver. However, the hub of Hollywood North continues to make space for an ever-stronger partner on the scene. The Okanagan Valley keeps turning industry heads and drawing attention from businesses domestic and foreign alike.
Four recent developments in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley are demonstrative of this potential.
Crazy8s has been helping emerging filmmakers in Vancouver make accomplished short films for an incredible 17 years now, and in turn has propelled the careers of innumerable local directors, writers, producers, actors and craftspeople. But they haven’t done it alone. If you’ve ever read the closing credits of any Crazy8s film, you’ll see the names of over 123 local sponsors and supporters – each one providing an invaluable contribution to the making of these films.
On January 27, Creative BC, the non-profit society responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in British Columbia, announced changes and new additions to its Board of Directors.
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