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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.

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.

Posted on July 15, 2015
Untitled Wolverine Sequel could begin in January of 2016

Steve Spielberg is set to return to directing after a decade.
Steve Spielberg is set to direct the up coming feature, Ready Player One, in Vancouver - prepping in October and shooing in early 2016. Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One, is a feature being produces by Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment and Village Roadshow. The screenplay has been written by Zak Penn (X-The Last Stand, Suspect Zero, Behind Enemy Lines, Pacific Rim 2.)

Posted on July 10, 2015
At Sony Pictures Imagework Vancouver

By Steph Troughton

For Sony Pictures Imageworks employees working out of the company’s global headquarters in Vancouver, neighbourhoods are not about the best schools or whether or not criminal activity is a problem.

Posted on July 6, 2015

Vancouver Director Sharon McGowan's new documentary Bearded Ladies: the Photography of Rosamond Norbury will premiere on Tuesday August 18th at 8:45 PM at the Vancity Theatre.

The film is part of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival's Maple Smoked Cinema Spotlight program.

Posted on July 6, 2015

Reel West Editor Mark Leiren-Young was chosen one of 12 recipients of the BravoFACTUAL awards on June 24th, 2015.

Selected from 142 applications, a total of $562,541 was awarded to Canadian filmmakers for the production of short documentary films. The jury was anchored by guest juror, short film and documentary expert, and Hot Docs programmer, Angie Driscoll.

Mark's story, The Hundred Year Old Whale, deals with a 100-year-old orca called Granny.

Posted on July 6, 2015
Greg Wise and Gil Bellows in 3 Days in Havana

The rapprochement between the US and Cuba couldn't have come at a better time for the makers for the BC indie feature 3 Days in Havana.

Filmed in 2011 and 2012 in Vancouver and Havana, Cuba, the comedic thriller premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) in 2013 and was theatrically released in Canada in 2014 and in the US in early 2015.

Posted on July 6, 2015

Tony Pantages penned this production diary of his first feature film 3 Days in Havana (2013), which he co-directed with his friend, actor/producer Gil Bellows.

Reel West publishes the text on the occasion of the film's launch on the platform.

By Tony Pantages

Posted on July 6, 2015

Maybe you are one of those people who love 1970s punk rock, crave 1980s cinnamon coffee, and hate the sound of your spouse blending a smoothie at 5 AM? If so, you would fit right into the universe of Mitch & Dunc in Ross Munro's sophomore film A Legacy of Whining, a black comedy about two former high school friends who meet up for one disastrous night thirty years later.

It took several years of prep, and 36 shooting days, mostly nights, during the spring and summer of 2014, but Munro's $80K-indie is now ready to start the festival circuit.

Posted on July 6, 2015

By Steph Troughton

Inside her Vancouver Eastside single-person solitary space, Sheena Nickel can focus all of her imaginative energies on the creation of another demo reel or blog addition. Within arm’s reach, she has stacks of papers covered in pencil sketches of famous faces, fluid body movements and storyboards for animated projects.

Posted on July 6, 2015

Vancouver's Front Row Insurance announced the acquisition of Toronto-based cultureONE on May 1, 2015. 

CultureONE provides insurance for theatre, dance, and opera producers with programs such as actONE, ONE-2-3D and the PACT Bonds. 

Posted on July 6, 2015
Leo Award Winners of Violent

The independent BC-created, Norway-shot film Violent dominated this year's Leo Awards, held on June 6th, 13th and 14th, 2015. Writers Joseph Schweers and Josh Huculiak (key photo) took home a total of 4 Leo Awards for Violent on Sunday, June 14th, including Best Motion Picture, Best Direction, Best Screenwriting and Musical Score. The film, which swept all the major BC awards since VIFF, also won 4 Leo Awards for Cinematography, Picture Editing, Visual Effects, and Casting.



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