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News for October 2015

Posted on October 31, 2015

Calgary independent filmmaker Spencer Estabrooks and his team launched the 10-part web series, Legend of the Lich Lord, on October 21, 2015. Legend of the Lich Lord aka LOLL is a mockumentary-style series that follows a misguided band of adventurers as they attempt to save the world from annihilation.

Posted on October 31, 2015

33 actors, voice talents and stunt performers are nominated for the upcoming UBCP/ACTRA Awards Gala, which will take place on November 7th at the Vancouver Playhouse. As the only peer-adjudicated performer awards show in BC, the UBCP/ACTRA Awards shine a light on the high caliber of talent that continues to come out of BC.

Reel West had the pleasure to speak with two of the nominees.

Posted on October 31, 2015

Animators Chad Van De Keere and Chris Browne are used to a fast-paced schedule, but a low-budget preschooler show forced them to up their game.

When US producers Brahm Wenger and Kellee McQuinn approached Vancouver's Bardel Entertainment in January 2015 with their passion project of ten years, the animation team was skeptical if they would be able to pull this off.

Posted on October 29, 2015

By Tony Alcantar

Over the past 15 years, a number of people have asked me how they could also dialect coach. Since the road to success is often winding and bumpy, I’ll simply give 10 Do’s and Don’ts, many of which I’ve had to overcome myself:

DO learn the craft of acting yourself! If you are a mere book, dry and lifeless, you’ll find yourself asked to leave set. You need to know many reference points of the craft to help your actor and RELATE!

Posted on October 29, 2015

Métis filmmaker Benjamin Ross Hayden gathered an impressive group of Aboriginal actors for his futuristic action fantasy The Northlander, which is being filmed in the Alberta Badlands until November 16th.

Posted on October 28, 2015

Heartache sucks, but a young Vancouver filmmaker used her pain as inspiration and penned a script about a woman dealing with seasonal breakups. The resulting film, The Tree Inside, will premiere at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) on November 6, 2015.

Posted on October 28, 2015

October 26, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – It’s not often that a government tries to shut down a film premiere, but that’s exactly what the Tanzanian Ambassador Tuvako Manongi attempted to do when Vic Sarin’s film The Boy From Geita was scheduled to open in New York at the United Nations on October 15, 2015. The film tells the story of Adam Robert a young Tanzanian boy with albinism who is violently attacked by people who believe albino body parts have magical healing benefits.

Posted on October 27, 2015

The iconic Vancouver 8 day filmmaking challenge Crazy8s is up for a next round. Since 1999, the not-for-profit Crazy8s Film Society has given nearly one hundred emerging filmmakers access to short-term funding for short films. Even better, the crazy-popular contest - nearly 200 submissions in 2015 - inspired thousands of filmmakers to grab that videocamera and start pitching. 

Paul Armstrong, columnist for Reel West Magazine's 'Indie Scene', is also the Executive Director of Crazy8s. 

Posted on October 1, 2015

With the October 19th election in mind, Mark Leiren-Young calls on the film industry to figure out if there's anything worth fighting for on the national scene in his October editorial. 

For more on young people's opinion, check out the documentary The Drop: Why Young People Don't Vote

Posted on October 1, 2015

The highly anticipated Chris Haddock series The Romeo Section premieres Wednesday, October 14 at 9 pm on CBC-TV. Eight years after the wrap of Intelligence, and after an interlude on Martin Scorsese's HBO-series Boardwalk Empire, Chris Haddock comes home to Canada.


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