Halifax: Industry News 8/7/17

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Michelle Raine

♦ Well-aware of Hollywood’s tendency to cast male actors to play trans women on screen, screenwriter-director Shelley Thompson (of Trailer Park Boys fame) was adamant about finding an authentic transgendered actress to play the lead in her new short film, Pearls. Enter Michelle Raine, a Halifax-based actress who was thrilled to get the chance to draw from her own personal experiences with transitioning for the role. READ MORE

♦ Audiences across North America have fallen in love with Come From Away, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the true story of a flight stranded in Newfoundland after the 9/11 attacks and the heroic locals who helped its passengers through the ordeal. In a recent Q&A session, co-creators David Hein and Irene Sankoff discussed the difficult process of sorting through the rich backstories of the people of Gander to include as many as possible — even if only through one line of dialogue. READ MORE

♦ Still reeling after the provincial government’s decision to do away with the film tax credit in 2015, Nova Scotia’s dwindling film industry has taken another hit as city officials in Halifax ban the flight of commercial drones — a move which has brought a cross-Canada CBC production to a halt and will likely drive away numerous other projects. READ MORE

♦ Sparkling turquoise water, sandy beaches, sunny skies and bronzed skin are all images that spring to mind when the average person thinks about surfing, but Nova Scotia filmmaker Mike Bromley has a slightly different vision. His latest film, Perilous Sea, offers a stunning look at the little-known world of North Atlantic surfing. READ MORE

Mathew Knowles

♦ A master class at NSCC Waterfront Campus in Halifax will soon be graced with a very special guest speaker: Mathew Knowles (yes, that Knowles). Aside from launching the careers of his global pop superstar daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, Knowles has also had a very successful career of his own as a producer and author and as the founder of Music World Entertainment. He will be offering his business expertise as well as signed copies of his bestselling book at a keynote presentation on campus this month. READ MORE

♦ P.E.I. filmmaker John Hopkins’ Bluefin is making quite a splash! The nature documentary, which follows the activities of its namesake tuna fish in North Lake, has scored distribution deals with Gravitas Ventures and the National Film Board after netting numerous film festival awards. READ MORE

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