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: November 28th, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
WIFTV, DOC BC, Cineworks members only. Free admission.
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Mean Time; 04:53; 2015; HD Video
Filmmaker: Brian Johnson (Cineworks)
Mean Time unpacks parellels between gentrification and colonialism, asking how we might respond to, speak of, or mitigate these processes. It positions capitalism in a dual role of at once enabling connection between artists from disparate cultures while simultaneously re-colonizing and subsequently alienating them from their geography. A collaboration with choreographer Jennifer Mcleish-Lewis, Mean Time has been created for both installation and broadcast contexts.
Soul Mate; 8:47; HD Video;
Director: Heather Hawthorne-Doyle (WIFTV)
A man leaves his childhood sweetheart behind, twice, but then has to wait to find out if she was always his soul mate.
Before She’s Gone; 18:00; 2017; HD Video;
Director: Arun Fryer (DOC BC)
Producer: Ana Carrizales (DOC BC)
Stan and Shirley have been married for 67 years, but in 2001 Shirley was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Stan devoted the next 15 years taking care of his beloved wife, extending her life far beyond hope. A film where past, present and future steadily disintegrate and, yet, a most profound love endures. Using 8mm footage from 1955 to GoPro video from 2015, Before She’s Gone … is a love story for the ages.
Crisis; 2018; 5 min; HD video from B&W super 8mm film;
Filmmaker: Chris Pollak (Cineworks)
Filmed over the course of approximately 6 months, while moving from place to place without having a fixed plan, ‘crisis’ is a short visual exploration of existential thoughts. Overall, this film tries to depict angst, plus various other thoughts feelings and emotions experienced while contemplating moral values.
Cascadia; 10:00; 2018; HD Video;
Writer-Director: Deanna Milligan
Cascadia is a short fantasy genre film that tells the story of a young girl who must travel on her own across a remote West coast island in order to get help for her family but is challenged by her deepest fears and the mysterious ways of the ancient old growth forest.
Dreamcatcher Bios: Tantoo Cardinal; 20:00; 2018; HD video;
Episode Writer-Director: Shannon Kaplan
Production: Rezolution Pictures
Dreamcatcher Bios is a 13 x 22-minute documentary series that tells the life stories of amazing, globally successful game changers and how their Indigenous spirit got them to the top. Each episode celebrates a different inspirational ‘hero’ and explores what makes them role models. Tantoo Cardinal is one of the most widely recognized Indigenous actors in the world, best known for her iconic roles in Dances With Wolves, Legends of the Fall, and Smoke Signals. She was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta and raised by her Dene grandmother. Tattoo also has Cree, Métis, and Nakota heritage, and for her Cree is her language, Dene are her important relatives, Nakota is her spiritual side, and Metis is cultural. Tantoo is also known for her work as an environmental and political activist, most recently taking part in the Keystone Pipeline protests. Indigenous activism and representation are causes she holds dear to her heart. Through her talent and passion, Tantoo is paving the way for young Indigenous actors.
Dog Bite; 12:39; 2018; HD Video;
Director: Luvia Petersen (WIFTV); Writer: Gemma Holloway (WIFTV)
Producers: Alexandra Caulfield (WIFTV); (Associate) Thomas Nicholson;
A scared dog attacks Jen, a hyper-ambitious career woman, leaving her with an unsightly gash across her face. Jen hides away in a child-like fort, determined to start a ‘new life’. But in the process, she pushes everyone away. Her dysfunctional family and anxious boyfriend try to coax her back out into the world. But the only person who can get Jen to go outside is Jen.
Ana Carrizales is a psychologist, writer, producer & media creator. In 2007, she was recipient of the NBC- Universal screenwriting scholarship and graduated with honours. Upon graduation from Vancouver Film School, Ana co-directed the Playback Theatre Youth Troupe in 2009 – a multi-disciplinary project & documentary, winning the 2013 City of Richmond’s Arts Innovation Award for its artistic excellence. In addition, Ana has produced, written and directed various short films and documentaries, recent producer credits including The Shipment (2018), Before She’s Gone (2017) and Idiots=Product+Money (2010).
Alexandra Caulfield is a media producer and writer currently working in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the lead creative at CWCI/Alley Rock Films. She is currently participating in the Whistler Film Festival Women on Top Mentorship program and is a recent alumnus of the NSI Totally Television professional development program. Previously, she has produced multiple short films including the award-winning Son In The Barbershop and Last Night, which collectively have screened at over 30 festivals in North America, Europe, & Asia, including the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Victoria Film Festival.
Arun Fryer is a Vancouver-based filmmaker & media creator, having produced & directed numerous films that have played in festivals around the world. Credits include documentary 'Before She's Gone' (Director/Producer), feature thriller 'Cadence' (Producer/Asst. Director) and sci-fi film 'The Shipment' (Producer) which premieres this summer. Arun also has extensive experience in editing, camera operator and production design, plus overseeing three crowdfunding campaigns. Arun was the recipient of the 2013 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Film & Media and also won the 2017 Audience Choice Award at the Vancouver Short Film Festival for Before She's Gone. He is currently in development on the feature documentary MUNAY: Dreaming The Jungle.
Heather Hawthorn-Doyle started her directing career in multi-camera news, variety, sports and talk shows. Her experience with studio-based shows helped her get her first directing job on Thunderbird’s multi-camera sitcom “Some Assembly Required”. Heather was later selected for the Women in View/2xMore Initiative - which allowed her to direct an episode of Sinking Ship Entertainment’s single camera series “Dino Dana”. Heather recently finished her first short film, Soul Mate, is in post on her second a comedy Jack and Coke and in preproduction on her third short film, Songbird, which is slated to go to camera early in 2019.
Gemma Holdway is a British-Canadian writer with credits on The Murders (CityTV), Cardinal (CTV/Hulu), Ghost Wars (Syfy/Netflix), among many others. She has won the Corus Writer’s Apprenticeship and was a finalist in the National Screen Institute’s Totally Television Program. Her pilots have been shortlisted by the BBC Writersroom initiative and the Sundance Episodic Lab. Four of her TV movies have been produced. Her award-winning shorts have premiered at Edmonton International Film Festival and Whistler Film Festival, among others. She holds a bachelor of journalism and a minor in politics from Ryerson University.
Brian Johnson’s work spans many genres and disciplines, as Director, cinematographer and visual artist. He is an avid and enthusiastic collaborator as well as an independent artist creating works that tend to operate within the continuum of cinema. In his art practice, Johnson’s work challenges the traditional parameters of filmmaking by inviting immediacy and improvisation into the cinematic experience. His cinematography credits include The Killing for Netflix and AMC and You Me Her for DirectTV and E-one. Johnson has exhibited at festivals such as TIFF and the Clairmont- Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and has won two Golden Sheaf awards, two Leos and has been nominated for a Gemini.
Shannon Kaplun has 15 years experience as a television director and episodic producer for CTV, BRAVO, APTN and more recently CBC. Shannon won festival awards for two short documentary films she recut from television shows. Her goals are: to jump from TV to film; to established and nurture relationships with producers in Vancouver; and to assemble the most professional and passionate team to tell stories. In Shannon’s work advocating for women in the industry, she plans to continue to clear a path for future female directors to tell excellent and meaningful stories.
Deanna Milligan was Actor and Producer on the award winning narrative short Do We Leave this Here (Best Drama at NWFF), and makes her directorial debut with Cascadia, which premiered at the Lucid Dream Film Festival in Italy. Deanna is president of the Salt Spring Youth Film Festival, and brings 25 years of on set experience and over 66 acting credits in television and film to her work on both sides of the camera. Two time Leo Award Winner for Best Actress for Big Sound and Once in a Blue Moon (which screened at TIFF) Two Gemini nominations for Best Actress Justice (CTV Movie/Pilot) and Must Be Santa (CBC Movie). She is in post production for the web series Hands On which explores female creatives and their relationship to their work through their hands.
Thomas Nicholson is a Danish-born actor based in Vancouver. He’s worked on several series including The X-Files, Supernatural and Damnation and also played leading roles in feature films Project: Eugenics and Writing Kim. He’s also starred in several award-winning short films and co-produced the award-winning Fatal Rhapsody and recently, Dog Bite.
Luvia Petersen is an actor and director living in Vancouver, BC. Her credits include the new CityTV police procedural The Murders, Ghost Wars (Syfy/Netflix) for which she was nominated for Leo Award for best actress, and Continuum (SyFy) for which she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and a Leo Award for best actress. Recent directing credits include the short film Dog Bite; a dark comedy relationship drama starring Jennifer Spence. (You Me Her, Travelers, Continuum) The independent feature film Writing Kim, currently in post-production, and two music videos for indie band Miss Quincy - one of which won an Award of Excellence at the 2016 Canadian International Film Festival.
Chris Pollak is filmmaker from Port Moody B.C, currently studying in the digital film & video program at LaSalle College. Primarily, he creates short films using analog technology like mini-dv and super 8mm film.
Rezolution Pictures, is a Cree-owned film and television production company based in Montreal. Rezolution has been creating Indigenous content for over 20 years, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning feature documentaries RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World and Reel Injun, the dramatic comedy series Mohawk Girls, and APTN documentary series Indians + Aliens, Working it Out Together, and Down the Mighty River.
Image: Dog Bite (2018); Dir. Luvia Petersen (WIFTV)