Gabrielle Rose and Veena Sood will receive the 2014 Sam Payne Awards on April 24th, 2015, announced the Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA).
The R2R festival features two screenings of Suzanne Crocker's Yukon adventure All the Time in The World, a documentary that has impressed festival audiences all over the country.
All The Time in the World follows Crocker's family, who spent nine months living in a small Yukon cabin with no electricity, running water, Internet, TV or phone, reconnecting with each other and nature.
The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth (R2R) opens April 10th with a screening of the feature film Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, which was animated by local studio Bardel Entertainment.
Winnipeg filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy (Black Field, H&G) has won the UBC Creative Writing Award for Best Screenplay at the 2015 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival on March 8th.
Pain can be a motivator for creativity - and PTSD resulting from intense personal grief motivated Vancouver-based Michelle Brezinski to pen a film about a woman plagued by madness. The short by the same name was financed through STORYHIVE and is currently gaining accolades on the festival circuit.
Huge congrats to the organizers, participants and the award winners of the 2015 Victoria Film Festival! Our capital-city dwellers, editor Mark Leiren-Young, eFilmcritic Jason Whyte and photographer Tav Rayne had a blast and wrap up some of the fest's highlights.
Eight exhausted but euphoric teams of filmmakers are resting easy now and planning their ensembles for the legendary Crazy8s Gala Screening and afterparty this Saturday, February 28th. The gala will be hosted by Diana Bang and Nelson Wong.
The happy shoutout "A Good Day!" on Suzanne Thompson's Facebook page was one of the first public reactions when the BC Government announced its new support for BC film and interactive digital media on February 17th.
As mentioned in last month's report about upcoming productions in the Okanagan, the feature thriller Numb started production on February 16th.
Numb deals with a couple in financial distress, who discover a map that promises to lead to stolen gold. They must partner with a pair of mysterious hitchhikers to enter the remote winter wilderness and recover the coins.
The enigmatic world of Disrien is one of the stories that made it to the Vancouver Web Festival, #VWF2015, this year. Shot for a micro-budget in Sooke, BC and starring Matthew MacCaull (who recently demonstrated a superb performance in Black Fly), Disrien has all the perfect ingredients for a web series. It's genre, it's mysterious, and it has the right cliffhangers to keep you coming back for more. It also looks pretty swell and nabbed a nomination for Best SFX at the VanWebFest.
Vancouver Cycle Chic was founded in 2010 as a photo blog by director David Phu, and is now part of Copenhagen Cycle Chic, a lifestyle movement aiming to make riding a bike in stylish gear commonplace, as it already is in many places in the world.
Episodes of the Vancouver Cycle Chic series are screening on Sunday March 8th at 9:30 am Screening Block 6 of #VWF2015. Free coffee and donuts!
Award-winning Vancouver director Karen Lam (Evangeline, 2013, Stained, 2010) takes a trip to the small screen with the new web series Mythos, created with the support of TELUS Optik TV.
The 10th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival takes place March 4-8 at the Vancity Theatre and includes film screenings, industry panels, workshops, pitching opportunities and parties.
Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, #VIWIFF2015 celebrates the best of cinema created by women.
Here are some of the local and Canadian highlights:
Post-production house servicing new feature Chappie, rebrands to become SkyLab Motion Picture Services
By Katja De Bock
As the last Chappie deliverables are being supplied to Sony, the staff at SkyLab Motion Picture Services (previously known as "Digital Film Central" or “Central”) is preparing for another adventure - the transition of their Vancouver-based facility towards more complex, VFX-heavy films.
Recycling is key: Costume designer Heather Neale about working on the Manitoba-shot series The Pinkertons
The Manitoba-shot series The Pinkertons premiered in Canada on Jan. 27. It runs Tuesdays at 8 PM on CHCH TV has been airing since October 2014 in first-run syndication on 211 US stations.
Set in the “Wild West” of the 1860s, The Pinkertons TV series is an original action-adventure crime procedural drama that draws from the real cases of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency.
Numb, The Unseen, two new productions lined up to shoot in the Okanagan in 2015
The Okanagan is headed for another good year with new productions on the burner coming to shoot in Canada's equivalent of Bella Italia. So much so, that the local film commission is actively looking for more crew.
Inspiring Documentary to Screen at Vancouver Int'l Women in Film Festival
One eagerly awaited feature screening at #VIWIFF2015 is the award-winning documentary Highway of Tears by Canadian expats, director-producer Matt Smiley and producer Carly Pope.
The documentary relates the personal stories of many of the missing and murdered, primarily aboriginal women along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern BC. It premiered at TIFF 2014 and has consequently screened at several festivals.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary issue of Reel West Magazine we’re celebrating how the west was won with a look at the movies and TV shows that made the western Canadian industry real - and we want your help.
By Tanya Hill
Vancouver writer-director Katrin Bowen is no stranger to setbacks and challenges while pulling together a film.
After over 10 years of navigating the weird world of filmmaking like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Bowen can finally say she has “made it.”
Bowen’s award-winning video-poem Almost Forgot My Bones will be featured as part of the WIFTV's 25th Anniversary Retrospective on Saturday, January 17th at 1 p.m. at SFU Woodward's.
Partly shot in Alberta, Superman: The Movie (1978) opens the Cinematheque's 2015 Cinema Sunday series "The Spirit of Adventure"
Superman: The Movie is going to make the series soar, says Vancouver film history teacher and film critic Michael van den Bos, program consultant and host of the beloved Cinema Sunday series. The family-friendly series is run by the Cinematheque's education department and focuses on classic and contemporary movies for all ages.
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