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News for December 2015

Posted on December 30, 2015

Special to Reel West by Holly Carinci

The following is the tale of three Revenants: Hugh Glass, the movie made about him, and an unknown actor who greatly impacted both.

Posted on December 29, 2015

The Vancouver Short Film Fest (VSFF) announced its selections for the 6th annual festival to be held January 29th and 30th, 2016, at Vancity Theatre. This year, the fest includes 23 short films from BC filmmakers, selected from over 180 submissions.

Posted on December 29, 2015

When Dianne Whelan decides on a project, she's all-in. The adventurous BC documentary filmmaker convinced the Canadian Army to take her along to the High Arctic to shoot the Leo-awarded This Land and spent 40 days at Mount Everest Base Camp for her award-winning vérité documentary 40 Days at Base Camp. Now, Whelan is at the heart of a new adventure as the first filmmaker to walk the entire Trans Canada Trail in a documentary project called 500 Days in the Wild: Hiking the Trans Canada Trail.

Posted on December 28, 2015

The Vancouver-based short film event Crazy8s partnered with Canadian digital platform dotstudioPRO to launch a streaming service for Crazy8s short films on December 4, 2015.

The free service #‎Crazy8sFilmStream will eventually share all 91 Crazy8s short films to date and more additions in the future.

An official soft launch was announced during the 2015 Whistler Film Festival by Crazy8s Executive Director Paul Armstrong and dotstudioPRO's Co­Founder and Head of Content & Financing, Selena Paskalidis.

Posted on December 28, 2015

In 1969, students at the former Sir George Williams University in Montreal occupied a ninth floor computer lab to protest the administration's mishandling of racist accusations towards a professor. Over four decades later, the documentary Ninth Floor reopened the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history.

Posted on December 28, 2015

With the start of a new year, many people have a bucket list of good resolutions. They might include more sports, a better diet, and more time for the family. But are these goals really obtainable?

One hardworking local industry maven found a way to combine his passion for film and the force of love. Chris Browne wrote a story intended to pave the way for his debut live-action feature film starring his wife, Kiana Aletaha-Browne.

Posted on December 1, 2015

The Whistler Film Festival offers a free screening of recent Aboriginal short films at the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre on Friday, December 4th at 1 PM.

Mia', by directors Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett is a beautifully animated documentary that challenges conventional formats and presents indigenous oral traditions as truth, not myth or legend.

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