VIFF 2018 is underway!

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is now on, lighting up screens around the city until October 12, 2018.

The 37th edition of VIFF brings hundreds of films from around the globe, and around the corner to Vancouver cinemas.  Award-winning Hollywood star-power rubs shoulders with independent local BC features, while foreign language films join the first feature told in the Haida language.

The Festival kicked off last night, September 27th with award-winning Canadian director Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, and Selma Hayek.   On October 12th, VIFF closes with Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman, a biography chronicling the rise and fall of 1988 Presidential candidate Gary Hart.  In the weeks between opening and closing films; talkbacks, panels, special events, features, awards and much more fill out the Festival’s days and nights.

Some of the special presentations and features are:

The Old Man & the Gun – September 29 at The Centre
What may be Robert Redford’s final film, The Old Man & the Fun is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), charting his escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Also stars Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck

Creator Talk: Michael Schur – September 30 at The Rio Theatre
A fascinating session with Michael Schur, one of comedy’s best TV writers (The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Office).

Tribute Award: Jean Marc Vallée – October 2 at Vancouver Playhouse
Celebrate the accomplishments of Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies, C.R.A.Z.Y.) with a screening of the premiere episode of the Vallée directed, Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adam.  An ‘in conversation with’ the Emmy winning director follows the screening.

BC Spotlight: SG?aawaay ?’uuna (Eng: Edge of the Knife) – October 3, 6:15pm  at Vancouver Playhouse
Filmed on Haida Gwaii, the first feature film spoken only in Haida dialects, and set in the 19th Century, Edge of the Knife tells a classic Haida story of the traumatized and stranded man transformed to Gaagiixiid, the wildman.

Sustainable Production Forum Keynote Speaker: Adrian Grenier – October 5 at Vancity Theatre
Dedicated to greening the film industry the two day Sustainable Production Forum gets underway with a keynote on the conference’s theme “Transforming Culture” from actor Adrian Grenier.

Bethune: The Making of a Hero – October 5, 6:00 pm  at Vancity Theatre
A special screening of the first Canadian/Chinese co-production, Phillip Borsos’s Bethune: The Making of a Hero stars Donald Sutherland in the title role of the Canadian Doctor renowned in China for bringing modern medicine to rural communities.

Boy Erased – October 6, 9:15pm at Vancouver Playhouse
Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, Boy Erased is written and directed by Joel Edgerton, who also stars alongside Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Edgerton, and follows the son of Baptist parents who is forced to take part in a gay conversion therapy program.

Vancouver International Film Festival runs September 27 – October 12, 2018 at various screens in downtown Vancouver.
Single Tickets and Ticket Packs are on sale online or in-person at the Vancity Theatre Box Office from $13 to $22. VIFF membership (from $2) is required to view any screening.

CineFEST Live : Outdoor Pioneers In Cinema Film Series

There are plenty of summer blockbuster screenings but there’s another series of free outdoor films that deserves the attention of cinema buffs. The CineFEST Live : Pioneers In Cinema film series is a collaboration with Vancouver Biennale, screening every Monday, from July 30th to September 3rd at Leg In Boot Square.

Acoustic Anvil: A Small Weight to Forge the Sea Artist: Maskull Lasserre

Presented alongside the recently unveiled Biennale industry inspired installation, Acoustic Anvil: A Small Weight to Forge the Sea by Artist: Maskull Lasserre, these films highlight film pioneers from the industrial age, 1920 to 1940. Screenings are a mix of golden age films like John Ford’s Stagecoach starring John Wayne, or Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, and contemporary documentaries which help to explain how the pioneers influenced the current film landscape.

Two of the screenings, August 13 and August 27, are in conjunction with the Vancouver Asian Film Festival; which will also host its own outdoor screening, of celebrated director Mina Shum’s Meditation Park, at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Plaza on Saturday September 1st.

The films in the CineFEST Live: Pioneers In Cinema film series include: 

Monday, July 30, 2018: 
Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber (2017), 6min
The Women Who Run Hollywood (2015), 53min  

Monday, August 6, 2018:
Stagecoach (1939), 96min

Monday, August 13, 2018:
Finding Kukan (2016), 76min

Monday, August 20, 2018:
Lotte That Silhouette Girl (2018), 10min
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), 66min


Monday, August 27, 2018:

Tyrus (2017), 79min 

Monday, September 3, 2018:
Modern Times
(1936), 87min


All outdoor film screenings are free of admission and start at 8:30pm (dusk), at Leg In Boot Square along the Seawall along from Granville Island, near Olympic Village Station. 

EVO Summer Cinema returns to Stanley Park for 2018

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary,  EVO Summer Cinema outdoor movie series returns to Second Beach in Stanley Park. Tuesday nights from July 3 to August 21, 2018, the the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Field will turn into a free public cinema.  

Seating is free, on a first-come, first-seated basis, for up to 5000 people around the meadow. So bring a blanket (or buy one from the Fresh-Air Cinema Snack Bar) and join in the fun.  Step it up a notch and move your movie date night to one of 200 Reserved VIP Gold Circle Seats, available in a Adirondack cottage-chair placed in the front row of the cinema. Book ahead or take the chance on rush seats being released the Monday prior to the film.

Why not make it dinner and a movie? Packages with a three-course meal from one of the West-End’s many restaurants + VIP Gold Circle seating are also available.

Bike Valet is onsite for those who peddle to the park. Food trucks and pre-show activities keep patrons entertained while waiting for the films to begin, at dusk.

New this year, the EVO Summer Cinema Marketplace brings a selection of carefully curated local artisans and vendors to the cinema meadow each week.

The 2018 EVO Summer Cinema line-up of fan favourite flicks is:
(note movies begin after sunset, times are approximate)

The Princess Bride 
Tuesday, July 3
98 minutes
Sunset: 9:20pm

Stand By Me
Tuesday, July 10
89 minutes
Sunset: 9:15pm

The Lion King
Tuesday, July 17
89 minutes
Sunset: 9:10pm

Mean Girls
Tuesday, July 24
97 minutes
Sunset: 9:05pm

Spice World
Tuesday, July 31
93 minutes
Sunset: 8:55pm

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Tuesday, August 7
108 minutes
Sunset: 8:45pm

Grease
Tuesday, August 14
110 minutes
Sunset: 8:30pm

Titanic
Tuesday, August 21
195 minutes
Sunset: 8:20pm

See you at the cinema!

Summer Cinema Line up 2018 from FreshAirCinema Video Production on Vimeo.

Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film Opening

As The Oscars celebrated global cinema this week, the second Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is gearing up to celebrate our home grown film community. From Friday, March 23 to Sunday March 25, 2018 the ACT Arts Centre and The Ridge Film Studios, with the support of the City of Maple Ridge, highlight films created right here in British Columbia.  

The ACT Arts Centre’s Acting Executive Director, Philip Hartwick, says, “As an addition to our programming that includes our Golden Ears Movie Series, we are thrilled to once again present the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film in partnership with The Ridge Film Studios and the City of Maple Ridge. Through this festival, we are able to not only bring more film to the heart of our community, but high caliber, domestically-made films too. We are proud to be able to support our local film industry in this unique way.”

Feature Film: Drone

The Ridge Studios’ John Wittmayer adds, “The Ridge Studios supports a talented and thriving local film community. We are very pleased to collaborate with The ACT Arts Centre and introduce these remarkable films to the public. It’s important to create a strong Canadian film industry.”

Lino Siracusa, Manager of Economic Development with the City of Maple Ridge, states, “Maple Ridge is regarded as a film friendly community, and this is reflected in the high volume of movies and series that are shot here every year. The film industry provides employment to over 600 Maple Ridge residents. In addition, the wages, which total over $24 million, and services procured by production companies help support local businesses. 

Short Film: Cypher

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film contributes to the City’s film profile by showcasing some of these exceptional productions filmed in Maple Ridge.”

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 23 at 6:30pm and features a total of six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary over the course of three days.

CONTEST: This contest is now closed, thank you to those who entered. Thanks to The Festival, who have generously offered a pair of tickets to readers, you can win your way to the Opening Reception on Friday, March 23rd, at The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge.

To enter:

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, March 12, 2018.  One winner will be chosen at random.

 

Get Outside To The JFL NorthWest Block Party

JFL NorthWest – Vancouver’s Comedy Festival is well underway bringing laughs to our long winter.  Now with spring around the corner JFL NorthWest challenges us to take the comedy outside,  The JFL NorthWest Block Party takes us to the street at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza on Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm each day. 

JFL NorthWest Block Party patrons will be entertained by various Just For Laughs stand-up specials plus Just For Laughs GAGS, presented by Tim Hortons, on the big outdoor screen and will be treated to performances by Coldwater Road’s Patrick Spencer and music by Adrienne featuring Drix. Audiences can expect a few surprise special guests as well as meet and greets with Victor, the Just For Laughs mascot!

In addition to the outdoor entertainment, JFL NorthWest Block Party-goers can look forward to tasty food truck treats from The Reef Runner and Cheese Street Grill along with complimentary beverages from Tim Hortons, and libations from Sleeman Breweries and Hopping Mad Cider in the beer garden. The JFL NorthWest Block Party will also feature an LED Games Tent for anyone wanting to satisfy their ping pong and foosball needs.

JFL NorthWest runs until March 10th, bringing 100+ performances to the stages and venues, as well as the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival running in conjunction with the comedy festival.

For tickets, schedules and more information visit jflnorthwest.com

VIFF 2017 kicks off September 28

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) returns to screens around the city from September 28 – October 3, 2017.

For over 35 years, VIFF has brought us hundreds of films from around the world and this year continues to build on that legacy.  Screening international films from over 70 countries, alongside Canadian and BC films VIFF is amongst the top five film festivals in North America.  Keeping up with the times, VIFF restructured last year to showcase new media and include interactive experiences, talks, sessions and other events.
VIFF LIVE is live music, showcasing established and emerging BC artists as well as live score presentations of selected films.
Creator Talks bring the audience face to face for a glimpse behind the scenes with those who create the magic on screen.
Virtual Reality Day transports viewers into the new world of VR and AR.
Buffer Festival collaborates with VIFF for a full day for those who are or want to be YouTube Creators.

Not to be forgotten the array of films presented by VIFF bring the globe to Vancouver.

The 2017 VIFF programming includes the following categories:

Panorama – The world’s boldest creators and their exceptional works. The year’s most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.

Sea to Sky – A showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.

True North – A celebration of the extraordinary creativity and craft being demonstrated by Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.

Impact – Uncompromising films and insightful discussions that spark action and change the way we see the world.

Next – Interactive screen-based experiences, talks and sessions with creative leaders designed to educate and inspire public and professional attendees alike.

Gateway – Journey into the compelling cinematic worlds envisioned by some of East Asia’s most adventurous artists.

M/A/D – Music, art and design receive their deserved big-screen treatment in this aesthetically alluring stream that’s enhanced by exhibitions and live performances.

ALT – Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits

VIFF opens September 28 and continues until October 3, 2017.
Memberships, festival passes and single tickets are available now online at viff.org

Picks of the Week – May 3, 2017

It’s time to see if those April showers really did bring us May flowers while we’re out and about checking the picks of the week.

Social: Canada’s largest social media conference Social Media Camp brings novices, experts, and enthusiasts together in Victoria, BC this week.

Punk: The Commodore Ballroom welcomes punk supergroup Me First and The Gimme Gimmes tonight.

Circle Game photo: Tyler Branston

Icon: Firehall Arts Centre stages a unique musical experience, Circle Game: Reimagining the music of Joni Mitchell, until May 20

Folk: Friday night, at the Fox Cabaret, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society presents Martin Harley as a prelude to this summer’s Folk Fest

Sips: Find festivities and activities all over the region during the 3rd Annual BC Cider Week until May 7th

Roar: It’s a jungle in there at XY YVR grab your leopard print and costume for Jungle Party on Friday night,

Films: The curtain raises on tomorrow for the 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, bringing 10 days of docs to screens around the city.

Drama: The new work, The Piano Teacher is on the Arts Club’s Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until May 14th.

Blooms:  The Abbotsford Tulip Festival  brings explosions of colour to the Fraser Valley until Sunday

Rock: Friday night, catch Melissa Etheridge‘s M.E. Live tour at River Rock Show Theatre

Run: Lace up the runners and hit the road or cheer on your fave marathoner at the BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday