Tag Archives: VIFF

WEEK: September 23-30, 2013.

Sunday, September 29th – Once Upon a Time season 3 premiere The Heart of the Truest Believer airs on ABC and CTV. The “Jolly Roger” gang (Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue) arrive in Neverland to #SaveHenry but meet some unfriendly mermaids. Henry (Jared Gilmore) escapes the Lost Boys. [...]

VIFF: Canadian Images Gala for ALL THE WRONG REASONS with Cory Monteith

It won’t be easy to watch the late Cory Monteith in his last screen role in the Canadian feature ALL THE WRONG REASONS, but a Vancouver International Film Festival gala event is a fitting tribute to the Glee star and hometown hero who gave so much to the Project Limelight Society, a free performing arts [...]

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 [...]

VIFF: Director Bruce Sweeney’s THE DICK KNOST SHOW With Tom Scholte

“Broadcasting is a Contact Sport.” Vancouver filmmaker Bruce Sweeney’s latest film The Dick Knost Show is about a shock jock talk radio host (Tom Scholte)  who loves Don Cherry-style Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em hockey and hates less violent sports like soccer. But the motormouth goes too far with controversial tweets about hockey concussions which draw [...]

VIFF: Ben Ratner’s DOWN RIVER Inspired By His Friendship With Babz Chula

What happens when you lose your guide before you find your way? Inspired by director Ben Ratner’s long friendship with Vancouver actress Babz Chula, Down River tells the story of an older woman named Pearl (Helen Shaver) who guides three younger talents — artist Aki (Ratner’s wife Jennifer Spence), rock singer Harper (Colleen Rennison) and actress [...]

VIFF: Triple Threat Taylor Hill’s Mockumentary LEAP 4 YOUR LIFE with April Telek

“There will be tears. There will be drama.  And …..jazz hands.” How could a film about teens competing in a community dance competition called Leap 4 Your Life be anything but a mockumentary? Be prepared to laugh at the backstage antics of stage parents with their teen contestant offspring and be awed by the dancing.  April [...]

VIFF: Directors Gil Bellows & Tony Pantages’s Hitchcockian Thriller 3 DAYS IN HAVANA

How does Jack Petty (Gil Bellows), on a seemingly routine business trip to a conference in Havana, Cuba, become involved in an assassination conspiracy with his new Brit friend Harry Smith (Greg Wise)?  It’s a Hitchcockian thriller populated by untrustworthy characters like Anders (Christopher Heyerdahl) from the Canadian Consulate, mob boss Francis Liddy (John Cassini) [...]

VIFF: Director Jason James’s STD Rom-Com THAT BURNING FEELING

“Love Hurts.” How do you sell a  romantic comedy about the least romantic thing possible? Vancouver director Jason James lined up an all-star cast led by Paulo Costanzo (Royal Pains, Vancouver indie Everything’s Gone Green) as charming womanizer Adam Murphy, a guy with just about everything who wakes up one morning with the one thing [...]

VIFF: Charles Wilkinson’s Documentary OIL SANDS KARAOKE

Vancouver director Charles Wilkinson wasn’t prepared for just how hot his documentary Oil Sands Karaoke would be at this year’s Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. “The press was unbelievable….and the screenings sold out.”  But even more gratifying was its reception at a special presentation in Fort McMurray, Alberta, where his oil sands karaoke [...]

WEEK: September 2-8, 2013

Sunday, September 8th – Cedar Cove 1×09 And the Winner Is airs on the W network. The town’s charity bachelor auction starring Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal and Elyse Levesque and directed by Martin Wood. Some auction scenes filmed in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove had to be reshot elsewhere because of too much rain. Sunday, September 8th [...]

BIG READ: VIFF Favourite BECOMING REDWOOD Opens at International Village Today

Published April12, 2013 on Vancouver is Awesome Jesse James Miller’s feature film Becoming Redwood is rooted in some of his own experiences: his love of golf which led him to turn pro at the age of 19 and hero-worship Jack Nicklaus’s six green-jacket wins at The Masters golf tournament; his hippie father’s flight to Canada as a conscientious objector to [...]