To celebrate the 30th anniversary issue of Reel West Magazine we’re celebrating how the west was won with a look at the movies and TV shows that made the western Canadian industry real - and we want your help.
By Tanya Hill
Vancouver writer-director Katrin Bowen is no stranger to setbacks and challenges while pulling together a film.
After over 10 years of navigating the weird world of filmmaking like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Bowen can finally say she has “made it.”
Bowen’s award-winning video-poem Almost Forgot My Bones will be featured as part of the WIFTV's 25th Anniversary Retrospective on Saturday, January 17th at 1 p.m. at SFU Woodward's.
Partly shot in Alberta, Superman: The Movie (1978) opens the Cinematheque's 2015 Cinema Sunday series "The Spirit of Adventure"
Superman: The Movie is going to make the series soar, says Vancouver film history teacher and film critic Michael van den Bos, program consultant and host of the beloved Cinema Sunday series. The family-friendly series is run by the Cinematheque's education department and focuses on classic and contemporary movies for all ages.
Get ready to shiver with Frozen Titans, a short doc screened at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival on Friday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The film deals with one of Canada’s most famous extreme sports athletes, Will Gadd, and his attempt to climb the treacherous Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Provincial Park in the Caribou region of B.C. Will Gadd is from Canmore, Alberta and will be a speaker at the Festival.
Frozen Titans was directed, shot and produced by Squamish-based filmmakers Bryan Smith & Dave Pearson.
Ponies interrupting picnics and shopping carts chasing shoplifters are some of the "alternate realities" the inhabitants of the fictional Sunnyside neighbourhood are dealing with in the comedy series' second episode, which airs on City on Thursday, January 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Sunnyside is an all-new original sketch-comedy series from award-winning creators Gary Pearson (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Ron James Show) and Dan Redican (The Kids in the Hall, The Jenny McCarthy Show).
As one of 18 films hand picked by curator and Super Channel exec Maureen Levitt, locally shot short Mon Amour, Mon Parapluie (2001) will be screened at Women in Film and Television's 25th Anniversary Retrospective on January 17th at 1 p.m.
Reel West's very own contributor Paul Armstrong was the producer. He recalls working on this film with fondness:
Professional mountain biker-turned-filmmaker Darcy Turenne films riders on the fringe in snowboard doc The Little Things
Darcy Turenne is a filmmaker based in Squamish, BC and a former professional free ride mountain biker. Her short doc The Little Things screens on Sunday, February 15th at 7:30 pm at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and showcases environmentally conscious snowboarders (incl. Marie-France Roy, Gretchen Bleiler, Tamo Campos and Jeremy Jones) who are inspirational through their riding, as well as their sustainable ways of living and thinking.
Held January 29 - 31, 2015 at the Vancity Theatre, the conference and free job fair is said to host the visual effects' top players who share their experience with the latest techniques of the industry.
SPARK FWD Conference Chairman Keith Blackmore, who also teaches the history of animation at Vancouver Film School (VFS), spoke with Reel West's Katja De Bock about the upcoming conference and the future of the industry
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