WOMEN IN FILM + TELEVISION VANCOUVER: MOULIN MADNESS
Well it’s film festival season which means parties, galas and a little bit of madness, in this case the madness is 25 years in the making.
Once a year around this time the good people at WIFTV throw a massive bash called Martini Madness…..this year they are changing it up a touch and going Parisian with a little Moulin Rouge theme! As the fundraiser which kicks off the VIFF Industry Conference, this will be one party you must not miss.
If you haven’t been introduced to WIFTV, this is one local not-for-profit society that makes a difference, committed to advancing and (as I love) celebrating women in film & tv.
WIFTV’s main objectives are: to further the artistic and professional development of women in the Canadian screen-based media community; and to recognize and promote the artistic and professional contributions of women in the Canadian screen-based media community and in the community at large.
WIFTV wants women to make films. More importantly, they want women to continue to make films, find their artistic voices, and to keep on telling their stories through screen-based/digital media.
So for their 25th anniversary they are asking you to bring a Boa & your Beaux this Wednesday at Granville Street’s Fanclub for a night to remember! There will be prizes for best costume, silent auction and a few special guest appearances (rumour has it one of my faves will be performing….True Heroines). Tickets are available at www.womeninfilm.ca. See you at Moulin Madness and save me a dance!
Support Your Local Female Filmmakers, Actors, Writers & More!
*Photos by: Wendy D Photography*
VIFF INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
As you all know, The Vancouver Film Festival is about to start up with red carpet galas, opening film parties and one of the best parts of the fest, the Industry Conference.
For you that are in the know….I don’t have to remind you how important this piece of the VIFF puzzle is to our local market, but for you that have yet to experience it, dive in and enjoy.
VIFF Industry Conference takes place during the heart of the Vancouver International Film Festival Oct 1-4, 2014. Offering four days of professional development for registered participants, session topics are wide-ranging and industry-relevant, from content creation and financing, to marketing and direct distribution, to storytelling and audience engagement.
Highlights for 2014 include:
Power to the Indie: Direct Distribution, Marketing and Engagement Program and Lab for Indie Filmmakers
Industry Sessions, Panels and Roundtable Discussions
Telefilm Canada Tête-à-Tête and Speed Dating Meetings
Totally Indie Day
Networking and Parties
If you are interested in joining the VIFF Industry Conference, more information and tickets can be found at: www.viff.org/industry
BC BuzZ: Dakota Daulby
Ever so often comes a talent that even if you wanted to ignore it, you couldn’t. That talent today comes in the form of actor-extroadinaire Dakota Daulby. A young, bright, kickass kid that is making head-waves in the local film/tv market. With a look that could pierce the glass on a film camera and the talent to go along with it, Dakota Daulby has what it takes to be the next big thing! I sat down to chat about what he’s up to, school at New Image College and what his future entails. If you haven’t already seen him on TNT’s Falling Skies, make sure to get your butts down to The Vancouver Film Festival and check out Sitting on the Edge of Marlene and Black Fly. Both films are up for the #MustSeeBC award at VIFF, so take a peek and then vote for your fave.
Support Your Local Actors!
THE BURRARD HOTEL
Vancouver has some very cool hotels, from the lavish resort style to the simple B&Bs, but most people that know me, know in this lovely city of ours, my fave hotel is the Burrard Hotel! Located at Burrard and Helmcken, it’s a wicked-retro boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver which was originally built in the 1950s. Since then the hotel was recently renovated and now features modern rooms with funky mid-century designs! Add the best little (unknown) courtyard, free cruisers, free wifi and a funky feel that is loved by all ages. I love it so much I got on board to shoot their newest promo video. Watch, enjoy and next time you want a stay-cation or have friends coming to town, make sure to call The Burrard!
PHRIKE FILMFEST 72 HOUR FILM COMPETITION
BC BuzZ is proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Phrike FilmFest! What is “Phrike” well it’s pronounced freak-ee and it takes its name from the Greek goddess of horror, which is meant to inspire and embody the spirit of this competition. A competition like no other in Vancouver….and there’s 5000 reasons for that.
New Image College (BC BuzZ sponsor) is proud to announce the first annual “Phrike FilmFest 72 Hour Film Competition”; a thrilling, no holds barred race which will challenge fledgling and professional filmmakers of all ages to bring their own unique horror-themed short films from script to screen in less than 3 days. Participants will then have the opportunity to vie for a $5,000 cash prize, the Grand Goblin Award and more, at this year’s inaugural “Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo” on October 18-19, at the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver, where qualifying films from the “Phrike FilmFest 72 Hour Film Competition” will be premiered for the public, and judged by a panel of their peers.
Participants must register no later than October 7th, 2014 (registration has already begun) and will begin their filmmaking challenge on October 11th when top secret packages will reveal assigned elements such as dialogue lines, scene shots and props which they must incorporate into their 13 minute-or-less spine-tingling horror flicks.
Judges at the first annual “Phrike FilmFest 72 Hour Film Competition” will include Actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Falling Skies), Creature & Effects Designer Tom Woodruff, Jr. (Aliens, Terminator), Actor Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Actor Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie), Executive Producer Rob Labelle (Motive, Watchmen), Film Critic Thor Diakow (Breakfast Television) and veteran Talent Agent Murray Gibson. The public will also get a chance to vote online for their favourite scary short film.
For information on how to participate and register for the “Phrike FilmFest 72 Hour Film Competition”:
Saturday Shots of Squamish Music Festival!
Squamish Valley Music Festival 2014 - Pre Fest!
It happens once a year in a small community halfway up the Sea-to-Sky highway. It has gone from 6000 people in it’s first year to upwards of 35,000 this year. It has seen everyone from the unknowns of the rock world to the Eminem’s of the rap world. It is smack dab in the middle of mountains, forests and the ocean. It is one my favourite Canadian events and it’s happening next weekend in my backyard!
Squamish Valley Music Festival kicks off in only days and I got to sit back with the creator himself Paul Runnals to chat about what to expect at this year’s party.
Get ready BC for some happy times, in a big field with some awesome music. Eminem, Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Roots, Nas and about 70 other musicians will headline this sweet event in Squamish.
SQUAMISH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL!
Virgin Mobile Presents Squamish Valley Music Festival is teaming up with the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada – Squamish, BC, to provide Festivalgoers and locals alike with the most exciting and jam-packed weekend of the summer! Whether you’re in town for the Festival, just visiting for the weekend, or are a member of the community, there is something for everyone to enjoy this August 8, 9, & 10.
Sea to Sky Gondola
The Squamish Valley Music Festival is excited to announce their partnership with the new Sea to Sky Gondola to provide Festival guests with the opportunity to ride the gondola 880m above beautiful Squamish. Throughout the Festival weekend, pop-up bands will be performing at the Summit Lodge at the top of the gondola. This 9,000 square foot viewing deck offers fresh local cuisine and beverages on a patio that overlooks Howe Sound on one side and Sky Pilot Mountain on the other. The views are breathtaking and it has been noted that the Squamish Lodge deck could be one of the best patios in all of Canada. Sea to Sky Gondola will be offering Festival guests $5.00 off gondola rides when they show their Festival wristband or coupon at the ticket window before 1:00pm each day. A complimentary shuttle will pick up and drop off guests at the Squamish Adventure Centre.
Squamish Adventure Centre
Open for all of your tourist needs and desires, the Squamish Adventure Centre will be the epicenter for extreme thrill and excitement this Festival weekend. Located just over 1km away from the Festival grounds on Loggers Lane, visitors are welcome to stop by to rent a bike, book an activity, ask a question, grab lunch at Caffé Garibaldi, shop The Squamish Store (with a 10% discount for Festival wristband holders), or catch your Sea to Sky Gondola shuttle.
Tourism Squamish Visitor Street Team
Tourism Squamish will have its Visitor Street Team deployed for the entire Festival weekend. The Street Team will be roaming around the Festival grounds and camping areas to provide guests with Squamish insider tips and local recommendations. Tourism Squamish will also have extra agents available at the Visitor Information center to accommodate all information requests and activity bookings.
On the Street Festival
The 3rd annual On the Street Festival returns once again to Cleveland Avenue in Downtown Squamish to celebrate summer and bring the community together. On Friday, August 8 from 5:00pm-8:00pm, the streets will be abuzz with live music performances and late night shopping. Saturday and Sunday will feature a pancake breakfast from 9:00am-12:00pm, music on the street, a Kids Fun Zone with a bouncy castle, an Art Market, street entertainment, and sidewalk sales. Visitors and locals will also enjoy local produce, amazing handcrafts and delicious food trucks at the Squamish Farmers’ Market, on Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Mornings on the Farm
Within walking distance from the Festival grounds, Mornings on the Farm will host live pop-up music performances from Festival artists, a coffee shop, a juice bar, and an ice cream shop, all open for business at 7:00am to help ensure a relaxing start to your day. Mornings on the Farm will be open from Friday to Sunday, and can be found at 1861 Mamquam Road.
The 2014 Squamish Music Festival is the largest outdoor music festival in Canada, and will take place at the Logger Sports Grounds and Centennial Fields in Squamish, British Columbia, August 8, 9 & 10, 2014 and will feature over 70 performers including headliners Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire and EMINEM.
Keep your eyes & ears open to as we BuzZ about the best party in BC!
10 Days to Go!
Theatre Review: Bard on the Beach - The Tempest
I’ve been enchanted.
As my second LIVE performance at Bard on the Beach, Tempest wove it’s magic with ease.
A combination of comedy, fairy tale romance, tragedy, supernatural elements and historical intrigue, Meg Roe left nothing to chance.
Every element was perfectly positioned to play its part, whether in character, prop, lighting or music.
And so, the opening scene unfolds.
A ship cast out into a tempest with a crew crying out as they cling for their lives. A ship’s rope doubled for the boat and a string quartet enriched the musical ambiance and lyricism. The lights and sounds were timed perfectly, providing for the perfect storm.
Of-course, as with any storm, surviving is key.
I suppose that’s what’s unique about the tale.
The storm isn’t quite as frightening as you’d think. Prospero, an exiled duke from Milan had instructed a mischievous spirit (Ariel) to put the Tempest into motion (and cause a shipwreck) in order to separate the King’s son from his crew.
Prospero’s intent is solely to unite his daughter Miranda with the Prince (Ferdinand), and as expected, they are quickly smitten.