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News for August 2015

Posted on August 29, 2015
Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI

A long-forgotten story about 140,000 Chinese WWI recruits who were secretly transported through Canada will celebrate its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), September 24-October 9, 2015.

Jordan Paterson, who won the 2015 Leo Award in the short documentary section for Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI, will present a 95-minute version.

"Thank goodness," says Paterson about the possibility to show a more complete story, including a visit to Flanders fields.

Posted on August 28, 2015
The Devout

My First Feature or The Diary of a Fraud

University of Victoria MFA Connor Gaston made his transition from shorts to features directing from his original screenplay The Devout, a crisis-of-faith drama about reincarnation and the power of belief, when Telefilm’s Microbudget program and the BC Arts Council funded his Vancouver Island-based project. On the eve of premiering internationally in Busan and Vancouver, Connor reveals the madness to his method.

Diary by Connor Gaston

Day 0

Posted on August 27, 2015

Creative BC announced the appointment of Prem Gill as new CEO on August 26th, 2015.

Gill, currently Director of Production & Original Programming with TELUS with previous experience in the broadcast industry at CityTV and CHUM, will take on the role at the end of September.

Posted on August 26, 2015
Gigi Saul Guerrero in Dis Pleis

As the 13th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF), the largest festival of Latin American cinema in Canada, kicks off on September 3rd, two made-in-Vancouver shorts stand out in the fest's fifth annual "Canada Looks South" section.

Fans of Gigi Saul Guerrero, a rising star in the horror scene, will have the opportunity to see the actress in a new light. In Rosaura Lezama's Dis Pleis, Guerrero stars as Victoria, an awkward Mexican immigrant unable to communicate with her dominant sister.

Posted on August 21, 2015

Take a stroll along Vancouver's Commercial Drive and you'll meet plenty of characters whose faces tell a lifetime of stories. It's a street that resembles an eternal fountain of youth, but also houses some of the city's edgiest citizens. Though house prices in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Grandview-Woodland and Cedar Cottage are soaring, gentrification is not yet ubiquitous and the suburban sleepiness of other Vancouver neighbourhoods is nowhere to be found.


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