Vancouver Weekly Wrapup: 4/17/17


♦ On April 23, Vancouver will be the starting point for the pan-Canadian tour of Indigenous short films: Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels. To celebrate this new adventure, Wapikoni Mobile and the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) are thrilled to present a special selection of 13 films made by young Indigenous filmmakers who have participated in Wapikoni’s filmmaking workshops. The choice of these works, with their unique stories, is aimed at discovering dynamic Indigenous voices and incredible talents coming straight from the communities.… READ MORE

♦ Walk or drive around Vancouver these days and you’ll see parked production trucks, trailers, and craft-services stations everywhere. That’s not new — the city has long been a film and TV production haven favored by execs and talent for its relative proximity to L.A., well-trained crews, solid infrastructure, plus urban and natural locations — but the trend seems to be accelerating… READ MORE

♦ B.C. is providing $2 million to the Knowledge Network to fund a feature film and miniseries about an ugly chapter in the province’s history. Lions of the Sea is a feature film and four-part miniseries based on the tragic 1914 Komagata Maru incident. The film will chronicle the story of the 376 Indian passengers who sailed into Coal Harbour only to be denied entry. After two months, the vessel was forced to return to India, where 19 of the passengers were killed… READ MORE

♦ Sandi Somers describes Ice Blue, her debut feature film, as “very Canadiana.” How Canadiana? Consider the major setting, the farmhouse home of protagonist 16-year-old Arielle (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt) and her father John (Billy MacLellan). “John and Arielle live on a beaver farm,” says Somers, taking a break from shooting in Okotoks earlier this week. “They breed them for reclamation of land. So, the level of Canadiana? There’s beavers in this. You have a psychological thriller and beavers… READ MORE

♦ Three provinces — Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia — account for the lion’s share of Canadian film and television production. Their respective largest cities — Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver — and by now iconic landscapes are familiar terrain to millions of moviegoers and TV fans around the world… READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Meagan Hotz


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