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Posted on April 8, 2015

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).

Posted on April 6, 2015

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.

Posted on April 6, 2015
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

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.

Posted on April 6, 2015
Michelle Muldoon and Danishka Esterhazy - photo by Livio Maynard

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.

Posted on April 6, 2015
Michelle Brezinski in Madness - photo by Nina Nazarian

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.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Victoria Film Fest 2015 gala


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.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Crazy8s Gala


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.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Colorist Thor Roos at Encore Vancouver

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.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Numb - the movie

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.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Matthew MacCaull as Dante in Disrien

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.

Posted on February 24, 2015
Vancouver Cycle Chic - the web series

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!

Posted on February 24, 2015
Mythos by Karen Lam


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.

Posted on February 6, 2015
The 10th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Showcase

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:

Posted on February 6, 2015
Chappie poster

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.

Posted on February 6, 2015
Angus Macfadyen as Allan Pinkerton, Martha MacIsaac as Kate Warne, Jacob Blair as William Pinkerton - Photo by Allen Fraser

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.

Posted on February 6, 2015
The Unseen team at a Frozen Lake in the Okanagan backcountry. Photo courtesy of Heaven's Door Pictures

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.

Posted on February 6, 2015
Highway of Tears puts Murdered and Missing Women in Focus

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.

Posted on January 28, 2015
Nominate your most influential Movie or TV Show …

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.

Posted on January 15, 2015
Director and Writer Katrin Bowen

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.

Posted on January 15, 2015
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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