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News for February 2015

Posted on February 24, 2015
Victoria Film Fest 2015 gala


Huge congrats to the organizers, participants and the award winners of the 2015 Victoria Film Festival! Our capital-city dwellers, editor Mark Leiren-Young, eFilmcritic Jason Whyte and photographer Tav Rayne had a blast and wrap up some of the fest's highlights.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Crazy8s Gala


Eight exhausted but euphoric teams of filmmakers are resting easy now and planning their ensembles for the legendary Crazy8s Gala Screening and afterparty this Saturday, February 28th. The gala will be hosted by Diana Bang and Nelson Wong.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Colorist Thor Roos at Encore Vancouver

The happy shoutout "A Good Day!" on Suzanne Thompson's Facebook page was one of the first public reactions when the BC Government announced its new support for BC film and interactive digital media on February 17th.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Numb - the movie

As mentioned in last month's report about upcoming productions in the Okanagan, the feature thriller Numb started production on February 16th.

Numb deals with a couple in financial distress, who discover a map that promises to lead to stolen gold. They must partner with a pair of mysterious hitchhikers to enter the remote winter wilderness and recover the coins.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Matthew MacCaull as Dante in Disrien

The enigmatic world of Disrien is one of the stories that made it to the Vancouver Web Festival, #VWF2015, this year. Shot for a micro-budget in Sooke, BC and starring Matthew MacCaull (who recently demonstrated a superb performance in Black Fly), Disrien has all the perfect ingredients for a web series. It's genre, it's mysterious, and it has the right cliffhangers to keep you coming back for more. It also looks pretty swell and nabbed a nomination for Best SFX at the VanWebFest.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Vancouver Cycle Chic - the web series

Vancouver Cycle Chic was founded in 2010 as a photo blog by director David Phu, and is now part of Copenhagen Cycle Chic, a lifestyle movement aiming to make riding a bike in stylish gear commonplace, as it already is in many places in the world.

Episodes of the Vancouver Cycle Chic series are screening on Sunday March 8th at 9:30 am Screening Block 6 of #VWF2015. Free coffee and donuts!

Posted on February 24, 2015
Mythos by Karen Lam


Award-winning Vancouver director Karen Lam (Evangeline, 2013, Stained, 2010) takes a trip to the small screen with the new web series Mythos, created with the support of TELUS Optik TV.

Posted on February 6, 2015
The 10th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Showcase

The 10th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival takes place March 4-8 at the Vancity Theatre and includes film screenings, industry panels, workshops, pitching opportunities and parties.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, #VIWIFF2015 celebrates the best of cinema created by women.

Here are some of the local and Canadian highlights:

Posted on February 6, 2015
Chappie poster

By Katja De Bock

As the last Chappie deliverables are being supplied to Sony, the staff at SkyLab Motion Picture Services (previously known as "Digital Film Central" or “Central”) is preparing for another adventure - the transition of their Vancouver-based facility towards more complex, VFX-heavy films.

Posted on February 6, 2015
Angus Macfadyen as Allan Pinkerton, Martha MacIsaac as Kate Warne, Jacob Blair as William Pinkerton - Photo by Allen Fraser

Recycling is key: Costume designer Heather Neale about working on the Manitoba-shot series The Pinkertons

The Manitoba-shot series The Pinkertons premiered in Canada on Jan. 27. It runs Tuesdays at 8 PM on CHCH TV has been airing since October 2014 in first-run syndication on 211 US stations.

Set in the “Wild West” of the 1860s, The Pinkertons TV series is an original action-adventure crime procedural drama that draws from the real cases of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency.

Posted on February 6, 2015
The Unseen team at a Frozen Lake in the Okanagan backcountry. Photo courtesy of Heaven's Door Pictures

Numb, The Unseen, two new productions lined up to shoot in the Okanagan in 2015

The Okanagan is headed for another good year with new productions on the burner coming to shoot in Canada's equivalent of Bella Italia. So much so, that the local film commission is actively looking for more crew.

Posted on February 6, 2015
Highway of Tears puts Murdered and Missing Women in Focus

Inspiring Documentary to Screen at Vancouver Int'l Women in Film Festival

One eagerly awaited feature screening at #VIWIFF2015 is the award-winning documentary Highway of Tears by Canadian expats, director-producer Matt Smiley and producer Carly Pope.

The documentary relates the personal stories of many of the missing and murdered, primarily aboriginal women along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern BC. It premiered at TIFF 2014 and has consequently screened at several festivals.


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