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.

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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

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

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

Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film Releases 2017 Line-up

The inaugural Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is set to take place at The ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge from Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.

“Just as The ACT Arts Centre’s ‘ACT Presents’ performance series is designed to introduce new Canadian and BC talent to our audiences, the ‘Festival of BC Film’ has been created to bring more attention and access to the work of BC filmmakers,” says Executive and Artistic Director, Lindy Sisson.

John Wittmayer, owner of The Ridge Film Studios states, “This festival aims to raise the profile of films made in British Columbia, and supporting the awareness of the amazing talent that this province has to offer is truly something to be proud of.”

The Festival runs from Friday, March 17 to Sunday March 19, 2017 and features the following six shorts and six feature films over the course of three days;

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 at 8:00pm

Feature Film: Numb
Director: Jason R. Goode

Short: Anxious Oswald Greene
Director: Marshall Axani

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 5:00pm

Feature Film: Fractured Land
Directors: Damien Gillis & Fiona Rayher

Short: Counter Act
Directors: Heath Affolter, Jon Affolter, Nathan Affolter, & Thomas Affolter

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 7:30pm

Feature Film: Black Fly
Director: Jason Borque

Short: The Timekeeper
Director: Scott Weber

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 2:00pm

Feature Film: The Wingman
Director: Jim Garrison



Short: I Wanna Date U
Director: Lisa Ovies

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 5:00pm

Feature Film: Lawrence and Holloman
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk

Short: Monster
Director: Deborah Burns

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 7:30pm

Feature Film: Into the Forest
Director: Patricia Rozema

Short: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk

Tickets for the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film start at $11 for single films.  Tickets, trailers and details are available on the Festival website

Top 10 Films of 2016

As we wrap up the year, there’s a good chance you and your friends and family have gone to see a movie this holiday season.  You’re not alone, as the 2016 box office has been a record breaker with the North American box office alone expected to break the 2105 record, hitting 11.35 billion by year-end.

Here’s a look at the 2016 Top 10 Films grosses worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, up to December 29th.

1 Captain America: Civil War $1,153.3

2 Finding Dory $1,027.8

3 Zootopia $1,023.8

4 The Jungle Book (2016) $966.6

5 The Secret Life of Pets $875.4

6 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $873.3

7 Deadpool $783.1

8 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them $747.5

9 Suicide Squad $745.6

10 Doctor Strange $656.7

By the end of the weekend, Rogue One : A Star Wars Story ($653.9) will have pushed Doctor Strange out of 10th place.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2016 Launches

doxa_logo_horizontalDOXA_Guide_2016-04-06, 18 22 22This week, DOXA Documentary Film Festival debuted its 2016 Festival program guides and teased the film line-up.

The 10 day festival brings a world of documentary films to Vancouver.  From daredevils to divas, burlesque to basketball, calypso and cameras DOXA brings together films on the most diverse nonfiction topics.

Films from Europe, Australia, USA, Middle East line up against home-grown Canadian documentaries.  First time directors screen side-by-side to veteran filmmakers, DOXA creates a level playing field for all films.  Industry panels and talks compliment the feature length and short films.

Aim For The Roses

DOXA opens May 5th at the Vancouver Playhouse with an extraordinary docudrama, Aim For The Roses, from Canadian filmmaker John Bolton, inspired by Canadian Mark Haney’s album inspired by Canadian daredevil Ken Carter and his quest to jump the St Lawrence River in a rocket-powered Lincoln Continental. 

League of Exotique Dancers

The DOXA spotlight, Borders and Boundaries looks at the current refugee crisis, as well as the more difficult to establish notion of boundaries with a selection of films that breakdown the national barriers, and even tackle time and space.

Pistol Shrimps

Midweek highlights include presentations of Brent Hodge’s Pistol Shrimps and Rama Rau’s The League of Exotique Dancers look at the way women are fighting for strength and identity, whether that is on the basketball court or the burlesque stage. 

MayaAngelou_AndStillIRiseOther curated programs look at growing up black in America (Black Life Is, Ain’t and Still Rises) or living through a revolution (Arab Spring / Arab Fall) and the second edition of French French includes a retrospective of the work of acclaimed filmmaker Claire Simon.

In the closing night film, Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson turns her camera upon herself and examines her own body of work including collaborations with Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) and Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11),

DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 5 –15, 2016.
Tickets are available online at