Tag Archives: Ben Ratner

LEO AWARDS: Gala Night With Hosts Zak Santiago, Pascale Hutton & Christopher Heyerdahl

Published June 5, 2014 on Vancouver is Awesome. What a difference a year makes in the BC Film industry. 2013 got off to such a dismal start that it spawned a mood of doom and the Save BC Film movement or as the Leo Awards Gala hosts Zak Santiago, Pascale Hutton and Christopher Heyerdahl put [...]

LEO AWARDS: Motion Picture Leo Winners & Nominees Led by Ben Ratner’s DOWN RIVER

Ben Ratner’s Down River, inspired by his friendship with late Vancouver actor Babz Chula, capped the Leo Awards on Sunday night with its win for Best Motion Picture. It’s the little movie that could because they made it with love, said lead actor Helen Shaver, who plays an older woman named Pearl who guides three [...]

WEEK: April 21-27, 2014

Sunday, April 27th – Once Upon a Time 3×19 A Curious Thing airs on ABC and CTV. Zelena/Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader) threatens Henry (Jared Gilmore)’s life if Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) doesn’t kiss Emma (Jennifer Morrison) which would drain her magical powers. The Charmings (Josh Dallas & Ginnifer Goodwin) search for the fairy tale book to retrieve [...]

LEO AWARDS: 9 BC Motion Picture Nominees Led by DOWN RIVER

This year’s Leo Awards boasts an unprecedented 9 nominees in the Best BC-made motion picture category: Ben Ratner’s film Down River, inspired by his long friendship with the late Vancouver actress Babz Chula, has 13 nominations overall; Matthew Kowalchuk’s feel-bad buddy comedy Lawrence & Holloman has 9; Jason James’s STD rom-com That Burning Feeling has 9; the Harmon family’s If I Had [...]

WEEK: March 10-16, 2014

Sunday, March 16th – Continuum season 3 premiere Minute by Minute airs on Showcase. Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) jeopardizes everything to stop young Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) from altering history in his mission to save Emily (Magda Apanowicz) from death. Sunday, March 16th – Once Upon a Time 3×13 Witch Hunt airs on ABC and CTV. Emma (Jennifer [...]

WEEK: January 20-26, 2014

Saturday, January 25th – Vancouver-cop-from-the-future series Continuum films outside and on the roof of Commerce Place, aka the CIBC Tower, downtown. Saturday, January 25tth – News that Ben Ratner’s film Down River will get a Vancouver theatrical release on March 14th at Fifth Avenue Cineplex. Saturday, January 25th – CW sci-fi series The 100 starring Eliza [...]

VIFF: Last Screening of VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film DOWN RIVER

Set in the West End and shot in the West End, Down River is that rare movie filmed “in Vancouver for Vancouver”. Local film students comprised half the crew that was blessed with sun during  a June and July shoot. Vancouver actress Babz Chula, who died of cancer in 2010, is the inspiration for longtime [...]

WEEK: October 7-13, 2013.

Sunday, October 13th – Once Upon a Time 3×03 Quite a Common Fairy airs on ABC and CTV. In the Jolly Roger gang’s continuing quest to track down Henry (Jared Gilmore), Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) suggests contacting Tinker Bell (Rose McIvor), who it’s revealed in a flashback has a surprising connection to Regina (Lana Parrilla). Sunday, [...]

BIG READ: Tonight’s BC Spotlight Gala For DOWN RIVER Caps BC Film-palooza at VIFF

Published October 5th, 2013 on Vancouver is Awesome. Tonight’s BC Spotlight Gala screening of Ben Ratner’s film Down River, inspired by his long friendship with the late Vancouver actress Babz Chula, caps a week-long BC Film-palooza. The Vancouver International Film Festival staged seven premieres over eight days: shot-in-Havana Hitchockian thriller 3 Days in Havana, STD comedy That Burning [...]

WEEK: September 16-22, 2013

Sunday, September 22nd – Bates Motel‘s Vera Farmiga among Best Actress nominees at the Emmy awards. [Update: Claire Danes won for Homeland]. Sunday, September 22nd – Cedar Cove 1×11 Conflicts of Interest airs on the W network in Canada. Will Grace tell Olivia (Andie MacDowell) that Olivia’s married brother Will kissed her? Olivia and Jack [...]

BIG READ: Vote for BC Film/Doc (#mustseeBC) To Be Awarded Red Carpet Screening at Vancouver International Film Festival

Published September 19, 2013 on Vancouver is Awesome. Vote for whichever BC film or documentary you want to see at a red carpet screening of the Vancouver International Film Festival, which screens from September 26th to October 11th. It’s a new feature of this year’s BC Spotlight program, with a dozen made-in-BC projects vying for [...]