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News for April 2015

Posted on April 30, 2015
Whites Acquires Burnaby's Parallel Rentals

The business is sold, but founders Andrew and Linda McLean will still run the 3955 Kitchener Street location, which was renamed Whites Parallel Location Equipment Supply Inc. (Whites Parallel LES Inc.).

Posted on April 28, 2015

BC-based stunt performer and coordinator Maja Aro received the first ever Artemis Stunt Warrior Award in Los Angeles last weekend.

The award is part of the inaugural Artemis Women in Action Film Festival (hashtag: #womenkickass), which was held in LA on April 24- 26, 2015. Aro receives the award for her work in Red, Twilight Saga and The Cabin In The Woods.

Posted on April 28, 2015

Angela Heck joined the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) as manager – digital media programs and development, the NSI announced on April 21.

Heck and her team are to work specifically on NSI’s digital initiatives, said Brendon Sawatzky, NSI director of programming in a press release.

“Digital and transmedia are an important part of Canada’s changing film and media landscape, and Angela’s extensive experience in digital media, marketing and filmmaking make her the perfect person for this role,” he added.

Posted on April 27, 2015

When White Rock, BC-based Parallax Film was delivering the final episodes of its latest television series, Bahama Blue, a bunker oil spill occurred right in its backyard, in Vancouver's English Bay.

“We just have a new appreciation for how catastrophic an event like this can be. We know how vulnerable many species are to man-made pollution,” says Director and Executive Producer Ian Herring of the near-disaster. “It’s a shame that we only truly appreciate wildlife when it’s threatened or gone.”

Posted on April 27, 2015
Big Muddy

We're all delighted about online screening rooms, but Canada's big city dwellers still have the opportunity to watch recent films on the big screen, popcorn in hand.

Preggoland, Big Muddy and Songs She Wrote About People She Knows are some of the most recent Western Canadian films going theatrical.

Posted on April 27, 2015

First Weekend Club announced the launch of video-on-demand service Canada Screens on April 16. The platform is dedicated exclusively to Canadian films and curated by Tatiana MaslanySarah Polley, Jason Priestley, Paul Gross, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin, Zoie Palmer, Robert Lantos, Michael Dowse, and Sarah Gadon.

First Weekend Club is a non-profit organization that has been supporting the theatrical releases of Canadian films for nearly 12 years. 

Posted on April 26, 2015

Fans of Canadian Film can relish the second annual National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) on April 29th by choosing out of 150+ film screenings in 75 communities nation-wide, or enjoy films on most major broadcast outlets and digital platforms such as canadianfilmday.ca, cbc.ca, nfb.ca, canadascreens.ca, cfccreates.com and

Posted on April 26, 2015

Edmonton award-winning filmmaker Geraldine Carr's short film Maud Mary & the Titanic has been selected for presentation at the 18th Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival in Ankara, Turkey in May – as one of eight Canadian films.

Posted on April 24, 2015

What does it take for someone to candidate for the first manned mission to Mars?

Barbara Keith lives in Surrey, BC and wants to go to Mars with Mars One, a mission that plans to establish the first permanent human settlement on the Red Planet. From an original pool of 200,000 applicants worldwide, Barb has made it to the last 700. Mars Barb explores this woman’s extraordinary dream.

Posted on April 24, 2015

"It’s hard to fully prepare viewers for the ride that is Hit 2 Pass — a certain controlled chaos permeates the film," states the catalogue text of the upcoming DOXA Documentary Film Festival (April 30-May 10, 2015).

Posted on April 24, 2015

The #DOXAfest feature documentary Running On Climate (Saturday 2 May, 5.45 pm) looks at the lengths scientists will go to highlight the dangers of climate change. While some of them, like climate scientist Andrew Weaver, will run for political office, others, like SFU professors Mark Jaccard and Lynne Quarmby, display acts of civil disobedience, often with heavy hearts.

Posted on April 9, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey is believed to returning with the sequel Fifty Shades Darker

We make no guarantees, just summarizing what we have heard.

The Sony Pictures Spider Man spin-off, Sinister 6 is speculated to be shooting in Vancouver, with Writer Director Drew Goddard (Daredevil, The Cabin in the Woods, Lost) heading the project. The release date is believed to be Nov 2016.

Posted on April 8, 2015

Gabrielle Rose and Veena Sood will receive the 2014 Sam Payne Awards on April 24th, 2015, announced the Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA).

Posted on April 6, 2015

The R2R festival features two screenings of Suzanne Crocker's Yukon adventure All the Time in The World, a documentary that has impressed festival audiences all over the country.

All The Time in the World follows Crocker's family, who spent nine months living in a small Yukon cabin with no electricity, running water, Internet, TV or phone, reconnecting with each other and nature.

Posted on April 6, 2015
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth (R2R) opens April 10th with a screening of the feature film Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, which was animated by local studio Bardel Entertainment.

Posted on April 6, 2015
Michelle Muldoon and Danishka Esterhazy - photo by Livio Maynard

Winnipeg filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy (Black Field, H&G) has won the UBC Creative Writing Award for Best Screenplay at the 2015 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival on March 8th.

Posted on April 6, 2015
Michelle Brezinski in Madness - photo by Nina Nazarian

Pain can be a motivator for creativity - and PTSD resulting from intense personal grief motivated Vancouver-based Michelle Brezinski to pen a film about a woman plagued by madness. The short by the same name was financed through STORYHIVE and is currently gaining accolades on the festival circuit.

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