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.
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).
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:
Professional mountain biker-turned-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.
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
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.
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).
BC's iconic twin actor sisters Joyce and Jacqueline Robbins have the fight of their lives in Marshall Axani's Mina.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.
Vancouver actor Elysia Rotaru about incorporating a pink-haired goddess in the Crazy8s comedy Earthlickers
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.
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.
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.
Alberta-produced morality fable Ally Was Screaming celebrates BC premiere at Whistler Film Fest, starring "Rising Star"-actor Camille Sullivan
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).
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.
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***)
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.
Front Row Insurance Brokers launch Short Term Production Insurance - Online tool provides quotes within minutes
Over 800 producers and filmmakers have visited the site since the launch last October, says Front Row Insurance President David W. Hamilton.
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.
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."
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.
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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