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Posted on June 1, 2015
Michael Eklund in Eadweard

Vancouver Actor Michael Eklund is a Leo Awards regular, with 4 wins and 9 nominations under his belt. In 2014, Eklund won the Leo for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture in the Halle-Berry thriller The Call (2013).

Posted on May 31, 2015

CineCoup Film Accelerator, the contest that brought us WolfCop, has reached its 2015 finale. Three Western Canadian projects clawed their way into the Final 5 and are preparing to pitch the heck out of the jury and the 200+ audience on June 8th, 2015, at the Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff. The trophy: a million dollars in financing and a theatrical release in the Cineplex movie theatre chain.

Posted on May 31, 2015

A treasure box is not exactly what you'd expect cleaning up your parents' basement. But that's what happened to Vancouver voice actor/musician Mark Oliver three years ago, when he and his siblings discovered a mysterious suitcase in the basement of his recently deceased father, Vancouver justice H.A.D. Oliver. Moreover, the suitcase, marked "D.

Posted on May 31, 2015

By Adam Grenville – Chubb Insurance

The average moviegoer only hears about film production insurance when it makes the headlines. After the tragic death of Paul Walker during the filming of Fast & Furious 7 in November 2013, the trade and popular media reported how it led to the largest movie insurance claim in history — reportedly as high as $50 million. High-profile feature films usually buy cast insurance for such rare but catastrophic claims, but all film productions face a host of other risks that don’t usually make the headlines.

Posted on May 31, 2015
Still from Tricks On The Dead

The little-known history of 140,000 Chinese recruits who were secretly transported through Canada to dig trenches on the fronts of World War I, is one of the amazing productions nominated at the #LeoAwards15.

The Leo Awards will once again be staged over three nights, this time over two consecutive weekends. The three ceremonies will take place on June 6, 13 and 14. A record 1,204 eligible entries resulted in a vast amount of nominees, including the big names in the biz as well as some hidden gems.

Posted on May 29, 2015

Those who remember the lineups for the Vancouver screenings of the documentary Highway of Tears in March won't be surprised the film is attracting crowds in other cities and towns, as well.

The tireless actor-activist and Highway-director Matt Smiley reports from his travels in a conversation with Reel West:

RW: The film's Facebook page is filled with film screening events. Any idea how many kilometres you've traveled so far?

Posted on May 29, 2015

Business is booming and so is the demand for feathered and furry performers. Time for Reel West to ask Bonnie Judd, one of the region's several animal trainers and coordinators about the particulars of the job.

Posted on May 29, 2015

Four Peaks Media Group announced its official Canadian launch on May 21st, 2015. Formed in Los Angeles in January 2015, the company is co-owned by Canadians Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, and brothers Duncan and Jonnie Penn, who created, starred, and co-executive produced the MTV series The Buried Life.

Posted on April 30, 2015
Whites Acquires Burnaby's Parallel Rentals

The business is sold, but founders Andrew and Linda McLean will still run the 3955 Kitchener Street location, which was renamed Whites Parallel Location Equipment Supply Inc. (Whites Parallel LES Inc.).

Posted on April 28, 2015

BC-based stunt performer and coordinator Maja Aro received the first ever Artemis Stunt Warrior Award in Los Angeles last weekend.

The award is part of the inaugural Artemis Women in Action Film Festival (hashtag: #womenkickass), which was held in LA on April 24- 26, 2015. Aro receives the award for her work in Red, Twilight Saga and The Cabin In The Woods.

Posted on April 28, 2015

Angela Heck joined the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) as manager – digital media programs and development, the NSI announced on April 21.

Heck and her team are to work specifically on NSI’s digital initiatives, said Brendon Sawatzky, NSI director of programming in a press release.

“Digital and transmedia are an important part of Canada’s changing film and media landscape, and Angela’s extensive experience in digital media, marketing and filmmaking make her the perfect person for this role,” he added.

Posted on April 27, 2015

When White Rock, BC-based Parallax Film was delivering the final episodes of its latest television series, Bahama Blue, a bunker oil spill occurred right in its backyard, in Vancouver's English Bay.

“We just have a new appreciation for how catastrophic an event like this can be. We know how vulnerable many species are to man-made pollution,” says Director and Executive Producer Ian Herring of the near-disaster. “It’s a shame that we only truly appreciate wildlife when it’s threatened or gone.”

Posted on April 27, 2015
Big Muddy

We're all delighted about online screening rooms, but Canada's big city dwellers still have the opportunity to watch recent films on the big screen, popcorn in hand.

Preggoland, Big Muddy and Songs She Wrote About People She Knows are some of the most recent Western Canadian films going theatrical.

Posted on April 27, 2015

First Weekend Club announced the launch of video-on-demand service Canada Screens on April 16. The platform is dedicated exclusively to Canadian films and curated by Tatiana MaslanySarah Polley, Jason Priestley, Paul Gross, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin, Zoie Palmer, Robert Lantos, Michael Dowse, and Sarah Gadon.

First Weekend Club is a non-profit organization that has been supporting the theatrical releases of Canadian films for nearly 12 years. 

Posted on April 26, 2015

Fans of Canadian Film can relish the second annual National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) on April 29th by choosing out of 150+ film screenings in 75 communities nation-wide, or enjoy films on most major broadcast outlets and digital platforms such as,,,, and

Posted on April 26, 2015

Edmonton award-winning filmmaker Geraldine Carr's short film Maud Mary & the Titanic has been selected for presentation at the 18th Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival in Ankara, Turkey in May – as one of eight Canadian films.

Posted on April 24, 2015

What does it take for someone to candidate for the first manned mission to Mars?

Barbara Keith lives in Surrey, BC and wants to go to Mars with Mars One, a mission that plans to establish the first permanent human settlement on the Red Planet. From an original pool of 200,000 applicants worldwide, Barb has made it to the last 700. Mars Barb explores this woman’s extraordinary dream.

Posted on April 24, 2015

"It’s hard to fully prepare viewers for the ride that is Hit 2 Pass — a certain controlled chaos permeates the film," states the catalogue text of the upcoming DOXA Documentary Film Festival (April 30-May 10, 2015).

Posted on April 24, 2015

The #DOXAfest feature documentary Running On Climate (Saturday 2 May, 5.45 pm) looks at the lengths scientists will go to highlight the dangers of climate change. While some of them, like climate scientist Andrew Weaver, will run for political office, others, like SFU professors Mark Jaccard and Lynne Quarmby, display acts of civil disobedience, often with heavy hearts.

Posted on April 9, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey is believed to returning with the sequel Fifty Shades Darker

We make no guarantees, just summarizing what we have heard.

The Sony Pictures Spider Man spin-off, Sinister 6 is speculated to be shooting in Vancouver, with Writer Director Drew Goddard (Daredevil, The Cabin in the Woods, Lost) heading the project. The release date is believed to be Nov 2016.



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