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Posted on November 27, 2015

Leo Award-winning host and producer Steve Sxwithul’txw (Warrior Games) heads into production for a new documentary series, Tribal Police Files, to be aired exclusively on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

The first section of the shoot will take place December 1-15 and will follow officers of the Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police Service in Lillooet, BC. Later sections are planned for the spring of 2016.

Posted on November 25, 2015

One of the most publicized Whistler Film Festival entries so far is O. Corbin Saleken's Patterson's Wager, a comedy about a salesman who discovers that he has the unpredictable ability to see two minutes into the future.

The Vancouver-shot, shoestring-budgeted film marks Whistler as its BC premiere, after winning festival awards in Winnipeg, Portland and Hawaii.

Director O. Corbin Saleken penned down the highlights and low points of his 12 ½-day shoot in the summer of 2013 for Reel West.

Posted on November 24, 2015

Ferret Lady par excellence, Vancouver director Alison Parker (Santa's Little Ferrets, 2014; The Magic Ferret, 2013) returns to the big screen with another furry comedy.

Dude, Where’s My Ferret? tells a stoner's quest to win a cannabis-growing contest, while looking out for his dream girl's mischievous ferret.

The 12-min short celebrates its world premiere December 5th at the Whistler Film Festival.

Posted on November 22, 2015

By Jason R. Goode, with Dylan Jenkinson

The Okanagan-shot thriller Numb celebrates its North American premiere on the closing night of the 2015 Whistler Film Festival on December 6.

Director Jason R. Goode and producer Dylan Jenkinson tell a tale of perseverance in the following production diary they wrote for Reel West.


Posted on November 1, 2015

Reel West congratulates five of the biz' best supporters on their recent awards, honoring their ongoing engagement in Canada's screen-based media industry.

Peter Leitch Receives DGC Honourary Life Member Award

On October 24, 2015, Peter Leitch received the Director's Guild of Canada/DGC Honourary Life Member Award.

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.

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.



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