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Posted on January 15, 2015
Frozen Titans

Get ready to shiver with Frozen Titans, a short doc screened at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival on Friday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The film deals with one of Canada’s most famous extreme sports athletes, Will Gadd, and his attempt to climb the treacherous Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Provincial Park in the Caribou region of B.C. Will Gadd is from Canmore, Alberta and will be a speaker at the Festival.

Frozen Titans was directed, shot and produced by Squamish-based filmmakers Bryan Smith & Dave Pearson.

Posted on January 15, 2015
Sunnyside Cast

Ponies interrupting picnics and shopping carts chasing shoplifters are some of the "alternate realities" the inhabitants of the fictional Sunnyside neighbourhood are dealing with in the comedy series' second episode, which airs on City on Thursday, January 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Sunnyside is an all-new original sketch-comedy series from award-winning creators Gary Pearson (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Ron James Show) and Dan Redican (The Kids in the Hall, The Jenny McCarthy Show).

Posted on January 15, 2015
Mon Amour, Mon Parapluie Crew

As one of 18 films hand picked by curator and Super Channel exec Maureen Levitt, locally shot short Mon Amour, Mon Parapluie (2001) will be screened at Women in Film and Television's 25th Anniversary Retrospective on January 17th at 1 p.m.

Reel West's very own contributor Paul Armstrong was the producer. He recalls working on this film with fondness:

Posted on January 15, 2015
filmmaker Darcy Turenne films riders on the fringe in snowboard doc The Little Things

Darcy Turenne is a filmmaker based in Squamish, BC and a former professional free ride mountain biker. Her short doc The Little Things screens on Sunday, February 15th at 7:30 pm at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and showcases environmentally conscious snowboarders (incl. Marie-France Roy, Gretchen Bleiler, Tamo Campos and Jeremy Jones) who are inspirational through their riding, as well as their sustainable ways of living and thinking.

Posted on January 15, 2015
SPARK FWD 2015 VFX and CG industry Conference

Held January 29 - 31, 2015 at the Vancity Theatre, the conference and free job fair is said to host the visual effects' top players who share their experience with the latest techniques of the industry.

SPARK FWD Conference Chairman Keith Blackmore, who also teaches the history of animation at Vancouver Film School (VFS), spoke with Reel West's Katja De Bock about the upcoming conference and the future of the industry

Posted on December 3, 2014

Nadim’s Afghan parents struggle to accept the westernized lifestyle of his rebellious sister Sahar. With tensions high and tolerance low, her late night return home triggers a chain of events that lead to a police interrogation days later. A tense drama about cultural and generational divides by Emily Carr University grad Alexander Farah, who spoke about the film with Reel West.

Posted on December 3, 2014

A frazzled indie director struggles to answer strangely honest questions from the audience when her film is screened at an art house theater. Q&A is a comedy about the disconnect between polite public discourse and the true motivations that drive us.

The short film was produced by Red Czarina Entertainment from Winnipeg, the prodco of Danishka Esterhazy (who wrote the screenplay), Rebecca Gibson (lead actor) and Ashley Hirt (director).

Posted on December 3, 2014
Mina and Minerva

When a petty argument nearly pushes seventy-year-old identical twin sisters Mina and Minerva to fisticuffs, decades of unaired baggage threatens to implode their already strained relationship.

The short screens on Thursday December 4 in the Shortwork section.

Posted on December 3, 2014

In a barren post-apocalyptic future, seven sexy pink-wigged Goddesses of the Merkabatron descend upon a wretched, Wild West Earth to convey the message that the vibrations of love can heal all. This campy, erotic, sci-fi Crazy8s comedy promises to have your titillator vibrate on a cosmic level.

Posted on December 3, 2014

CHANTERELLE RAIN is a love song to the summer rains that produce the treasured culinary gift of these prized mushrooms of the Fungal Royal Family. Director Gail Noonan, an award-winning animator for over 25 years, turned her fascination with the fungi into this mixed media treat for the senses.

Posted on December 3, 2014
Bad City

Following up on last year’s film noir genre homage No Clue, filmmaker Carl Bessai returns with his craziest genre mix yet: a cross between blaxploitation films from the '70s and what the film expert at the beginning of the film calls “canuxploitation”. An evil guy named Kincaid (David Cubitt) has introduced a funky new party drug into Bad City and has murdered the mayor (Jay Brazeau), on his road to taking over the entire town.

Posted on December 3, 2014
Ally Was Screaming

What if, in going through the effects of a recently deceased friend, you'd come across a winning lottery ticket? And what if the only thing standing in the way of cashing in the ticket is your late friend’s do-goody sister? Being Canadian, you wouldn’t think of knocking her off… or would you? This ethical question is on the mind of two friends (Charlie Carrick and Giacomo Baessato), who try to think of unconventional ways to get rid of Ally's sister (Camille Sullivan).

Posted on November 13, 2014
Reel West hits the Whistler Slopes

In the upcoming issue Reel West hits the slopes to preview the 2014 Whistler Film Festival. We've got a production diary from Cameron Labine's chronicling the uphill climb to make Mountain Men.

Posted on November 13, 2014
Zohra Shahalimi

If you are addicted to the series Homeland, you'll probably remember the scene when (***spoiler***) American POW Nicholas Brody conducts a prayer in his garage for the first time. Brody is revealed as a convert, a result of having been held hostage for eight years in Iraq. But to ZUBIC CEO Zohra Shahalimi's surprise, the multi-million dollar production made some mistakes: The protocol of prayer was incorrectly performed. The wording of the prayer and even the folding of the hands in prayer were not accurate. (***end of spoiler***)

Posted on November 13, 2014
Vancouver’s Frostbite Pictures

They’ve carved out a name for themselves in horror and sci-fi but Vancouver’s Frostbite Pictures has another feather in their cap. They’ve created BC’s first Hollywood-style web studio. Hollywood-style? Well, sort of.

Posted on November 12, 2014
Front Row Insurance

Over 800 producers and filmmakers have visited the site since the launch last October, says Front Row Insurance President David W. Hamilton.

Posted on November 12, 2014

By Paul Armstrong

Crazy8s, the 8-day filmmaking event now in its 16th year, has set a new record with 195 video pitch applications, up 41 from last year.

So what happens next?

The 6 Video Pitch judges will watch the 5-minute video pitches individually. That’s over 16 hours of video pitches.

Posted on November 12, 2014
Omnifilm Entertainment celebrates its 35th anniversary

Almost six years to the day of Ice Pilots NWT's premiere, Omnifilm Entertainment's staff, cast and crew gathered again October 29 at the Imperial in Vancouver's Downtown East Side to celebrate the factual series' final season and the prodco's 35th anniversary.

"It's been a fun ride," said series star Mikey McBryan, who was thrown into the world of television by doing what he normally does, but adding a camera. "It's kind of wild coming back here . . . lots of these people are family to me now."

Posted on November 12, 2014
FROM OUR DARK SIDE genre concept contest seeks creepy creatures

Love movies about mutants, fairies, aliens, zombies, werewolves, ghosts or psychopaths?

Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) has launched a nation-wide English-language contest seeking the best in Canadian female-driven Genre Film ideas. The contest is supported by Super Channel, Telefilm Canada and Creative BC.

Posted on October 21, 2014

We launched our Reel West Twitter handle one year ago to support VIFF 2013 and are currently headed towards the first 1,000 followers... thanks to you!

We enjoyed tweeting with you about your favourite #mustseeBC's and other Canadiana film, television and web series highlights.

Many thanks for all of you who engaged with us in the Twittersphere by commenting and retweeting. A big thank you and shout out goes to Crazy8s / Celluloid Social Club's Paul Armstrong, who sent us lots of tips and pics throughout the year.



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