Vancouver Weekly Wrap Up – 1/26

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With January coming to a close and February in sights, Vancouver has more exciting industry updates to share!

It might not be a big secret to those that live here, but according to stats gathered by MovieMaker Magazine, Vancouver ranks second-best in North America for filmmakers looking to live and work. The ranking is based on a combination of factors, including population size and density, film infrastructure, tax credits, and transportation availability. The resources in Vancouver in particular has to offer includes 17 schools with prominent film programs, 2.5 million square feet of stage space, and of course, a high number of productions to keep the industry going. Who claimed the top of the list? Maybe not who you think… Atlanta, Georgia ranked best placed to live and work as a filmmaker, while good old Los Angeles came in 3rd behind Hollywood North. Check out the full list at MovieMaker Magazine.

You hear enough about human celebrities in Vancouver, but what about those from the rest of the animal kingdom? If you keep up with wacky avian antics, you might be familiar with a certain crow known for riding public transit, chilling in McDonalds and perhaps most famously, stealing knives from crime scenes. Canuck the Crow is a beloved Vancouver celebrity, and the star of his own Storyhive documentary (which you can watch now for free!), which will be screened in the Snowtown Film Festival in Watertown, New York. Canuck’s story is in the festival as a nod to a certain Watertown native named Viggo Mortenson, and his own love of crows. Unfortunately it’s a little too far of a flight for the wild bird, but we’re all sure he’s grateful for his now international fame.

Don’t miss your chance to see all the great short films at the Vancouver Short Film Festival this weekend. January 26th and 27th at the Vancity Theatre will showcase 37 short films from various genres and origins. Notably, this year 14 of the featured shorts were directed by women, including the festival opener Akashi, directed by Mayumi Yoshida. Also featured in the festival is Cypher, one of last year’s Crazy 8’s winners. Find out the full program and schedule from the VSFF website!

Finally, Vancouver has become the host to Facebook’s first-ever scripted series. Sacred Lies, a 10-episode, half-hour horror series, begins shooting this March, and will be the inaugural scripted series for Facebook Watch. The video-on-demand service was launched in the US last August, but there is no word on when the service will be rolled out north of the border. Based loosely on a Brothers Grimm story, Sacred Lies follows the story of a teenage cult victim with no hands. True Blood alumni Raelle Tucker and Scott Winant are on board as executive producer and writers, and Blumhouse Production is producing.

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