October 31, 2018, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

An evening of film and conversation. A collaboration between WIFTV, DOC BC and Cineworks, held on the last Wednesday of every month at Cineworks.

Location: Cineworks Studio at 1131 Howe Street, entry in back alley

Date & Time: October 31st, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

WIFTV, DOC BC, Cineworks members only. Free admission.

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TRIANGULATE; 2018; 7:22; HD Video;
Director/Producer: PatternNation (Cydney Eva and collaborators)

PatternNation welcomes you on the journey that is TRIANGULATE. Filmed within three cities: Durban South Africa, Vancouver and Nanaimo Canada this film brought together 21 diverse artists between the two countries. The introverted self, the extroverted self and the creative self complete the triangle that is TRIANGULATE. Thank you for joining us on this colourful trip as we explore connecting the Mind, Body and Soul through dance, visual art, self-expression and cross-cultural exchange. TRIANGULATE is one of six new works commissioned for the Festival Of Recorded Movement, Vancouver, in partnership with Cineworks, and Charles Street Video (Toronto).

Engagement Chicken; 2018; 10:17; colour film
Co-Writer/Co-Director/Co-Producer/Actor: Yvette Benson (WIFTV)
Co-Writer/Co-Director/Co-Producer: Angela Shaw (WIFTV)
Cinematographer/Editor: Martin Chung (WIFTV)

Becky is desperate to get married and plans to cook and an Engagement Chicken for her boyfriend Peter so he will propose to her. Meanwhile her ‘friend’ Elizabeth is coming over to break some terrible news to her. Being in total denial Becky thinks she is coming over to help her cook. Eventually the truth comes out.

Ladies Don’t Wear Slacks; 2018; 4:15; B&W HD Video;
Director: Meeshelle Neal (WIFTV)
Producer: Taylor Hasting (WIFTV)
Co-Porducer/Actor: Tracy Varju (WIFTV)

In the year 1946, awkward, intelligent, private investigator Doris makes it her business to know about murder... and food. Already turning her mind to the instances of multiple lady deaths around town, she's ready and willing when Paula, a seductive florist (with a great set of getaway sticks) arrives. What Doris isn't ready for is the attraction she feels for Paula, nor the shame around her day-old roast beef sandwich stinking up the place. Paula's case takes a turn for the worse when they find their main source of information drop-dead gorgeous – literally. She's dead. It is then that Doris realizes she must put her passions aside to protect Paula and solve the murders before becoming a victim herself.

selfless; 2018; 90:00; 4K HD Video;
Director: Kim Laureen (DOC BC)
Producer: Megan Nicole (DOC BC)

selfless is the documentary that opens the conversation to the ever-growing epidemic with selfies, social media and technology. During our earliest days of storyboarding, we asked ourselves ‘What if a girl lived in the forest - no mirrors, magazines or social media - what would beautiful look like and how would she view herself?’ Then lead subject Kuki found us and camera in tow we went off the grid to the hills of Devon, England to begin filming. This is not an anti-technology film but rather a reflection about what is happening with our devices and how we can help our children to grow and live healthy in this new age because ‘Life is precious - don’t miss it.’


Yvette Benson is an actress and this is her first taste at filmmaking. She’s a graduate of the William Esper Studio Two Year Meisner Program in New York City and has been in numerous short films and commercials. in Vancouver. Last year she was the recipient of the Outstanding Actress Award at the Hollywood International Golden Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Martin Chung is thrilled to have worked on Engagement Chicken, a nice change from the action films he's worked on in the past. When not making films, he works on telling stories about sustainable urban development and making the world a better place for everyone.

Taylor Hastings is a Vancouver-based producer. Her short films have appeared in multiple festivals throughout North America, and have garnered awards such as "Best Short Film" (CHECK, Covellite Film Festival). When Taylor is not busy producing, she is appearing in front of the camera and can be seen on shows such as Supergirl, The Good Doctor, iZombie, and a collection of Hallmark Christmas movies.

Kim Laureen has a longstanding love for writing, music and film. Kim began her career shooting interviews and live sessions with inspiring artists from around the world. Filled with curiosity and questions Kim found exploration through documentary to be a natural fit. Believing nothing good comes easy she embraces the challenges that come with filmmaking and finds herself feeling fullest at the heart of a good story.

PatternNation is a collaborative and inclusive platform aimed at connecting artists who embrace bold colour and pattern globally. PatternNation was founded by Vancouver Canada based artist and fashion designer Cydney Eva. She is of settler colonial UK decent and was raised on Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Cyd Eva is a visual artist, painter, muralist, fabric sculpture artist and clothing/jewelry designer. She studied Visual Art and First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancity and now lives part-time in Durban South Africa where she co-directs PatternNation with her partner CostaBesta. CostaBesta is a South African Zulu artist of many talents, based in Durban. As a recording artist and performer, CostaBesta is an influential face in the Durban Hip Hop and alternative music scenes.

Meeshelle Neal is an award-winning actor, writer and producer. In those roles, she created the short films THERAPY (2011) and MENTAL (2017), between them winning multiple awards at BravoFact, the Leo Awards and Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival. Leo-nominated for acting, Meeshelle enjoys being a highly proactive member of the Vancouver Film and TV Community, especially WIFTV (for which she served on the board). As a writer she has multiple TV series and features optioned and co-owns the company M&J Productions Inc. As a director she has attended workshops such as the Storyhive & CWWA Career Accelerator Program, WIDC Career Advancement Module, is mentored by Gary Harvey and in development on her first feature.

Megan Nicole
Co-founder at Fresh Independence Productions and passionate about dance, music and films. Meg’s strength is her attention to detail - hence bringing strong ideas to flawless execution. Concerned about what youth are reaching for in this new age she leads by example and hopes to inspire youth to #RaiseTheBar with this timely, relevant documentary.

Angela Shaw is proud to debut her first short film engagement chicken, a film loosely inspired by a time in her life when all her friends seemed to talk about were engagements, including the infamous engagement chicken. An actress, she is currently taking classes with Mel Tuck and Trish Allen when she is not writing, working or looking up random aches or pains on WebMD!

Tracy Varju grew up in Coquitlam, BC and is an actor+producer in Vancouver. She graduated from Capilano University's Acting for Stage and Screen program in 2011. Tracy's first film, 'Check', won Best Short Film at the Covellite International Film Festival. Tracy is excited to join the Vancouver Independent filmmaking scene alongside so many passionate people.