The Full Light Of Day is coming

Even though we’re still in the peak of the holiday entertainment season, we’re taking a look ahead at what’s to come in the new year. Coming in January, Electric Company Theatre, in association with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, presents the world premiere of a provocative new work, The Full Light of Day, at the Vancouver Playhouse.

The Full Light Of Day
photo: Don Lee

The new work from Siminovitch prize-winning playwright Daniel Brooks, is directed by Kim Collier. The Full Light of Day is a suspenseful and compelling hybrid of theatre and film in which a terminally ill woman confronts the choices that brought her family privilege; and then, takes a risk to secure their ultimate redemption. Utilizing 14 live-streaming cameras, state-of-the-art projections and film, The Full Light of Day immerses audiences in rich cinematic cityscapes, intimate inner lives, and invites them to reimagine the limitations of live theatre.

“Other than the weather, real estate may well be our country’s most frequently discussed topic. In this work, we dive deeper – and consider the consequences of a society grown obsessed with property and possession,” says Director Kim Collier, who, like playwright Brooks, is also a winner of theatre’s highest honour, the Siminovitch Prize. “Consequently, it raises questions about the very nature of land ownership. How can we own land? Land owns us. It is us. Paradoxically, by using live-streaming cameras and an enormous array of projection technologies, audiences will be able to feel an innately rich and intimate connection to our characters’ inner lives and truly experience that pang of self-recognition in the stories reflected onstage.”

The Full Light Of Day
photo: Don Lee

Complementing the stage production, Electric Company Theatre Co-Founder Kevin Kerr has created a collection of short films shot in 360° Virtual Reality. The works can be viewed separately from the theatre production or experienced at special installations located throughout the Vancouver Playhouse lobby. These films are told from the perspectives of individual characters, placing the viewer inside their actions and perceptions. The films will be available to the public for free viewing in the Playhouse lobby during the afternoons prior to performances of The Full Light of Day.

The Full Light of Day runs January 7 – 12, 2019 at The Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street. For showtimes and tickets visit electriccompanytheatre.com

2018 DOXA Festival Closes With Awards Presentation

As the 2018 DOXA Documentary Film Festival came to a close last Sunday night, the annual DOXA Awards were announced in advance of the Festival’s closing night screening.

Four juried awards were presented to the following;

The Feature Documentary Award :  Mercedes Dominioni’s The Creator of Universes.

Of the winning film, jury members Tom Charity, Steffanie Ling and Anoushka Ratnarajah stated: “We celebrate Mercedes Dominioni’s patient and caring The Creator of Universes, a layered, captivating film built around a unique collaboration between the filmmaker’s teenage brother Juan, and their grandmother Rosa. This is a film of extraordinary formal creativity balancing Juan’s dramatic home movie/Telenovela footage (often very funny) with a sense of real life spilling over the edges. Dominioni’s love for these characters is simply transmitted.” 

Honourable Mention: Shevaun Mizrahi’s Distant Constellations “A poetic portrait of the inhabitants of an old people’s home in Turkey remarkable for its intimacy, humour and cinematography.”

The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary : Laura Bari’s Primas.

Jury members Ana Carruzales, Kelly Maxwell, and Susi Porter-Bopp said of the film: “Primas is a timely cinematic tale that travels beyond survival, walking the audience through the inconceivable with artistic sensibility, gently amplifying the voices of these courageous, unforgettable cousins. Filmmaker Laura Bari’s empathetic camera fiercely refuses to shy away from a heinous reality that is still so sadly relevant for young women. With poetic, sublime and rough imagery on its edges, Bari sheds a triumphant light by capturing the beautiful spirit of our Primas.”

Honourable Mention: Simon Plouffe’s Those Who Come Will Hear, for its evocative and unique representation of the languages, speakers, and context in Northern Quebec.  

The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming : Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap.

The jury of Steven Hawkins, Jacob Saltzberg, Tegan Dobson, Anna Hetherington, and Maya Biderman stated: “The film follows a group of three young men who bond together through friendship and skateboarding to escape violent families in a small town. Bing has an acute ability to extract raw emotions from his friends. He portrays the cruel cycles of domestic violence, and shows the ongoing dynamic effects these have on all the relationships surrounding them. This allows him to paint a picture of harsh realities that would otherwise be masked by society’s policing of machismo ideals. This is an important film for adolescents and parents alike to see, and therefore a clear choice to receive this award. Congratulations, Bing.”

Honourable Mention: Jules Koostachin & Rick Miller’s Butterfly Monument, “Equal parts a memorial to Shannen Koostachin, and a spotlight on the importance of her advocacy work. It shows the impact one young life can have on both a cause and community, and reminds us that spirit is transcendent.”

The Short Documentary Award : Paloma Martinez’s Cristanto Street.

Jury members Michelle Mason, Tony Massil, and Sonia Medel awarded the prize “for exposing the collateral social damage of contemporary racism and land cartels with surprising tenderness and hope. On a little street in San Francisco, Paloma Martinez captured the beauty of community and the true meaning of home in a powerful short with global implications.”

Honourable Mention: Michelle Latimer’s Nuuca for “its quiet urgency and artfulness in a timely meditation on land, tying the violent nature of resource extraction to the exploitation of indigenous women.” 

For more details about the award winning documentaries and jurist biographies, visit doxafestival.ca/festival-awards.
Return next spring for more great documentary films from around the world at DOXA 2019.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival Returns

DOXA Documentary Film Festival returns to screens around Vancouver this May 4th to 14th, bringing over a hundred film screenings, panels, workshops and artists talks to cinemas across the city.

The 2017 Festival opens with Marie Clements’ documentary musical The Road Forward, a celebration of First Nations history and a portrait of a people who have retained their identity and power through art, activism and community.   Closing DOXA 2017, Julian Rosefeldt’s MANIFESTO shouts revolution from the rooftops in the protean form of Cate Blanchett, playing thirteen different characters reciting this century’s greatest cultural and social manifestos.

DOXA’s midweek special presentations include Olivier Babinet’s youth blast of teenage energy in Swagger, and Jacob Smith’s Waking the Sleeping Giant that follows an intersectional coalition of activists, politicians and ordinary folk who are fighting for real democracy in the post-Trump USA.

On the eve of the Provincial election, we are very proud to present a special town hall screening of Charles Wilkinson’s new film Vancouver: No Fixed Address, which looks at the hot topic of Vancouver’s housing market.

As always, DOXA has a great line up of curated special programs some of which includes:

Justice Forum pairs each film with a speakers panel to facilitate active and critical engagement between audience, community and filmmakers.

Spotlight on Troublemakers celebrates folk who upend the applecart, wreak havoc and generally disrupt business as usual with a selection of films that resist, rage on and fight for real change.

Transmissions is DOXAs acclaimed short film program exploring the convergence between contemporary arts practices and non-fiction films.

Trumped! Now What? Guest curated by David Beers is an ensemble selection of incendiary new political films.

French French includes a retrospective of the work of the legendary filmmaker Chris Marker.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival opens May 4th at 7pm with The Road Forward at The Vogue, and closes May 14th  at 6:30pm when MANIFESTO is screen at Vancity Cinema.

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

2nd Story: Blood Alley

The Only Animal has a mission to create theatre that has a deep connection with place, the environment is often the inspiration for many of their theatre experiences and that is exactly the case for their latest The Only Animal presentation, 2nd Story: Blood Alley.

Launching September 27th and 28th, the outdoor setting allows guests to experience theatre in augmented reality.  Using the 2nd Story mobile app, the experience maps the personal stories and history of Blood Alley. The brick lined lane was chosen as a space rich in history, having seen so many changes since the founding of Vancouver.  Stories were collected, then adapted to theatre plays that were recorded and turned into the digital surprises that come alive when patrons hold the 2nd Story app up to the appropriate location.

The 2nd Story: Blood Alley app is available to download on the iTunes or Google Play stores. During the launch event, September 27-28, loaner mobile devices will also be available for those without their own.  The  experience lasts approximately 30 minutes, and content will be available as a self-guided tour until October 31st.
For more information on 2nd Story: Blood Alley visit theonlyanimal.com.

 

Native Shoes debuts The Natives

While the major networks debut their Fall TV Seasons, Native Shoes announces the launch of a new series on their Nativision portal. The Natives is a a series of lighthearted short films capturing the spirit of a cross-section of individuals across the globe. Each character was hand-selected for their uniqueness, creativity, innovation and light heartedness, beliefs held by Native itself. “The Native brand is about celebrating individuality across the globe,” said Founder Damian Van Zyll De Jong. “We envisioned the series as a way to relate to a diverse community and express, in a creative and fun way, that Native is for everyone.”

Created by filmmakers Corey Adams and Alex Craig of the famed Machotaildrop, each film in The Natives will highlight the featured individual’s local environment and distinctive passion. Viewers will learn about Thor’s dedication to motorcycles in Portland, Jozsef’s quirky dance moves in Budapest and Shawnt’s ice cream truck adventures in Los Angeles. The characters portrayed are wildly different from one another, though share a uniqueness that sets each apart from the other seven billion people on this earth.  The premier film, featuring New York photographer Tim Barber, debuted August 28, 2012 on Nativision as well as YouTube.  New “Natives” videos from Budapest to Los Angeles will make their debut every two weeks following today’s premiere video!

Step out of your world and into someone else’s shoes. Follow the stories of individuality, creativity, innovation, and passion all over the globe. Out of the 7 billion people on this planet, how do you stand out? The Natives, the adventure walks. #onein7billion

Polaris Music Prize – Short List Announced

Following the June anouncement of the Polaris Music Prize Long List the jury has cut the orginal list of 40 to the short list of the Top 10 Albums to vie for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. The ultimate winner will be selected by the 11 member Grand Jury and announced at a Gala presentation on September 19th.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Austra – Feel It Break

Braids ­? Native Speaker

Destroyer ­? Kaputt

Galaxie ­? Tigre et Diesel

Hey Rosetta! ­? Seeds

Ron Sexsmith ­? Long Player Late Bloomer

Colin Stetson ­? New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Timber Timbre ­? Creep On Creepin’ On

The Weeknd ­? House Of Balloons