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News for May 2015

Posted on May 31, 2015

CineCoup Film Accelerator, the contest that brought us WolfCop, has reached its 2015 finale. Three Western Canadian projects clawed their way into the Final 5 and are preparing to pitch the heck out of the jury and the 200+ audience on June 8th, 2015, at the Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff. The trophy: a million dollars in financing and a theatrical release in the Cineplex movie theatre chain.

Posted on May 31, 2015

A treasure box is not exactly what you'd expect cleaning up your parents' basement. But that's what happened to Vancouver voice actor/musician Mark Oliver three years ago, when he and his siblings discovered a mysterious suitcase in the basement of his recently deceased father, Vancouver justice H.A.D. Oliver. Moreover, the suitcase, marked "D.

Posted on May 31, 2015

By Adam Grenville – Chubb Insurance

The average moviegoer only hears about film production insurance when it makes the headlines. After the tragic death of Paul Walker during the filming of Fast & Furious 7 in November 2013, the trade and popular media reported how it led to the largest movie insurance claim in history — reportedly as high as $50 million. High-profile feature films usually buy cast insurance for such rare but catastrophic claims, but all film productions face a host of other risks that don’t usually make the headlines.

Posted on May 31, 2015
Still from Tricks On The Dead

The little-known history of 140,000 Chinese recruits who were secretly transported through Canada to dig trenches on the fronts of World War I, is one of the amazing productions nominated at the #LeoAwards15.

The Leo Awards will once again be staged over three nights, this time over two consecutive weekends. The three ceremonies will take place on June 6, 13 and 14. A record 1,204 eligible entries resulted in a vast amount of nominees, including the big names in the biz as well as some hidden gems.

Posted on May 29, 2015

Those who remember the lineups for the Vancouver screenings of the documentary Highway of Tears in March won't be surprised the film is attracting crowds in other cities and towns, as well.

The tireless actor-activist and Highway-director Matt Smiley reports from his travels in a conversation with Reel West:

RW: The film's Facebook page is filled with film screening events. Any idea how many kilometres you've traveled so far?

Posted on May 29, 2015

Business is booming and so is the demand for feathered and furry performers. Time for Reel West to ask Bonnie Judd, one of the region's several animal trainers and coordinators about the particulars of the job.

Posted on May 29, 2015

Four Peaks Media Group announced its official Canadian launch on May 21st, 2015. Formed in Los Angeles in January 2015, the company is co-owned by Canadians Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, and brothers Duncan and Jonnie Penn, who created, starred, and co-executive produced the MTV series The Buried Life.


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