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News for September 2015

Posted on September 30, 2015

Reel West attended several red carpets during the (yet ongoing at this time of writing) Vancouver International Film Festival.

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Posted on September 30, 2015

Vancouver-based millennial filmmakers, 22-year-old actor Dylan Playfair (Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story, Some Assembly Required) and 29-year-old director Kyle McCachen went on a road trip around Canada and the US to discover why voter turnout among young people is decreasing.

In the last Canadian federal election, just 36 per cent of young people (aka "generation Y") came out to vote compared to nearly 70 per cent of eligible voters over the age of 30, and the filmmakers wanted to know why.

Posted on September 24, 2015

As the cast and crew of the short The Orchard were en route to their location Spences Bridge in June of 2014, a news report came on CBC radio announcing the random shooting of a cyclist on the highway outside that small BC town. The shooter was still on the loose. Unnerved by this, the crew pulled over and debated changing locations but ultimately decided to continue on. The next morning, another crime, this time a murder, had taken place the night before, less than 20 minutes away from where they were set to shoot an eerily similar scene described by the police.

Posted on September 24, 2015

Kiefer Sutherland is best known as special agent Jack Bauer, who has saved the world several times in the course of 24 hours. Now Sutherland returns to the small screen as the narrator of a 6-hour factual series portraying the true heroes in Canada's health care system.

Sutherland is a fitting narrator beyond the prominence factor: His maternal grandfather was Scottish-born Canadian politician and former Premier of Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas, who is widely credited for bringing universal health care to Canada.

Posted on September 23, 2015

When actor/producer Michelle Brezinski prepared her historical thriller Madness, winning a $10,000 STORYHIVE grant was the decisive boost to her budget. Shooting Madness with director Shannon Kohli was a significant step in Brezinski's career and one year and many awards later, the film is still being shown at festivals worldwide.

Posted on September 3, 2015

Vancouver, Canada -- September 2, 2015 -- Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is excited to announce the launch of their new online camera insurance program. This unique offering allows photographers the chance to get quick quotes and process policy documents in less than five minutes, 365 days a year, 24/7 - the insurance equivalent of 'point & shoot'.

Posted on September 3, 2015
Women of Letter Supernatural Fanclub

Sharks need to keep moving to stay alive. Vancouver-based writer-director-producer Mitch Kosterman knows all about navigating the shark pool that is the film and television industry. He battled with depression several times. But he could always count on his brother Clif Kosterman to come up with a new project for their company Two Sharks Media to keep him going.

Posted on September 2, 2015
RW's May/June 2011 cover story

It's four years ago that Trish Dolman's Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson premiered at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. This came after nine years of shooting footage of the fearless eco warrior and co-founder of Greenpeace. “This was my drug addiction, the Paul Watson doc,” joked Dolman when interviewed by Cheryl Binning in our May 2011 issue.

In honour of Eco-Pirate's launch on the Canada Screens platform, we follow up with producer Kevin Eastwood and speak with him about the impact of the film.

Posted on September 1, 2015

VIFF Industry and CMPA-BC have partnered up on VIFF Industry EXCHANGE (VIE, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2015) - hosting the only marketplace in Canada devoted to digital online content, in order to open up opportunities for Canadian producers to tap into new revenue streams. EXCHANGE offers BTB meetings with participating buyers, commissioning editors, advertising and branding agencies, as well as, TED-style talk and buyer briefings. 

Posted on September 1, 2015

VIFF Industry kicks off with the most important questions regarding online content: What is discoverability? And why does it matter?

The VIFF Industry conference (Sept. 29-Oct 3) tagged its first day The DNA of Discoverability, focusing on topics such as building audiences, understanding brain-data and monetization.


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