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UBC DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND FILM CELEBRATES STUDENTS, FACULTY AND ALUMNI
RECOGNISED AT THE 2013 LEO NOMINATIONS
Congratulations to all of our UBC Department of Theatre and Film students, faculty and alumni who have garnered a total of 35 Leo Award Nominations this year!
We’re especially pleased to see our student’s work recognized by the Leo Awards. BFA Film Production alumni Theresa Konrad, Alice Deegan and Laura Good shot “Feint” as a 4th year student film. “Feint” has now earned this trio of producers a nomination for Best Student Film. Konrad also received a nod for Best Production Design in a Short Drama for the film.
Huge kudos to our Film Production student Baharak Saeid Monir whose MFA Thesis project, “Ambrosia”, earned her a nomination for Best Picture Editing in a Motion Picture.
Congratulations to our Film Production faculty, Adjunct Professors Murray Stiller (Best Sound Editing in a Short Drama - “The Old Woman in the Woods”) and Rafi Spivak (Best Picture Editing in a Motion Picture - “Crimes of Mike Recket”) who were nominated for their work.
ominees in the headlines include BFA Film Production alumnus Mark Sawyers and his film “Camera Shy”. The film was in the top two most nominated works, receiving a total of seven nominations including a Best Screenwriting nod for Sawyers.
BFA Film Production alumni Nimisha Mukerji and Mark Ratzlaff, earned a total of five nominations for their two films “Blood Relations” and “Beauty Mark”, including Best Feature Length Documentary Program and Best Direction in a Documentary Program or series for “Blood Relations.” Their film “Beauty Mark” was acknowledged with nominations for Best Short Drama, and Best Screenwriting in a Short Drama. Read on about our many other esteemed alumni nominated below – we’re so very proud of them.
The Gala awards ceremony will be held Saturday June 8th at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel.
See a full list of nominees at leoawards.com
Our Nominees are:
Best Direction in a Motion Picture
Mark Sawers - Camera Shy BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNUS
Bruce Sweeney - Crimes of Mike Recket MFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNUS
Best Picture Editing in a Motion Picture
Baharak Saeid Monir - Ambrosia MFA FILM PRODUCTION THESIS FILM
Rafi Spivak - Crimes of Mike Recket ADJUNCT FILM PRODUCTION FACULTY
Terry Miles - In No Particular Order CREATIVE WRITING/MFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNUS
Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture
Scott Hylands - Becoming Redwood BFA ACTING ALUMNUS
Best Picture Editing in a Television Movie
Alison Grace - Ring of Fire BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNA
Best Overall Sound in a Television Movie
Shane Connelly, Paul Sharpe, Iain Pattison, Chris Gilling BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNUS - Eve of Destruction
Best Screenwriting in a Feature Length Drama are…
Mark Sawers BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNUS, Doug Barber - Camera Shy
Best Dramatic Series
Simon Barry BA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNUS, Tom Rowe, Patrick Williams, Matthew O'Connor, Lisa Richardson – Producers
Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series
Simon Barry - Continuum - End Times BA FILM ALUMNUS
Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series
Glen Winter - Arrow - Pilot BA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNUS
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series
Alison Grace - Continuum - Family Time BA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNA
The Nominees for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series are...
Michael Shanks Saving Hope Ride Hard or Go Home BFA ACTING ALUMNUS
Best Short Drama
Mark Ratzlaff and Nimisha Mukerji BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNI, with Daniel Domachowski – Producers
Best Direction in a Short Drama
Mark Ratzlaff - Beauty Mark BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNUS
Best Screenwriting in a Short Drama
Mark Ratzlaff, Nimisha Mukerji - Beauty Mark BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNI
Meghan Gardiner Stalled BFA ACTING ALUMNA
Best Picture Editing in a Short Drama
Sabrina Pitre - Beauty Mark BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNA
Greg Ng - Vagitus BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNUS
Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama
Meghan Gardiner Stalled BFA ACTING ALUMNA
Best Sound Editing in a Short Drama
Murray Stiller ADJUNCT FILM PRODUCTION PROFESSOR, Jeremy Therrien - The Old Woman in the Woods
Best Production Design in a Short Drama
Theresa Konrad - Feint BFA FILM PRODUCTION STUDENT *CREATED AS A 4TH YEAR STUDENT FILM
Best Feature Length Documentary Program
Nimisha Mukerji, Mark Ratzlaff – Producers BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNI
Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series
Nimisha Mukerji - Blood Relative BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNA
Best Host(s) in an Information or Lifestyle Series
Mana Mansour - West Coast Style Eco - Fashion Week Part 1 BA THEATRE ALUMNA
Best Student Production
Alice Deegan, Laura Good, Theresa Konrad - Producers BFA FILM PRODUCTION ALUMNI *4TH YEAR STUDENT FILM
Best Web Series
Fools For Hire
Nicholas Harrison PHd THEATRE ALUMNUS, Mike Cavers BFA ACTING ALUMNUS, Neil Every Producers
Best Screenwriting in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series
Ryan W. Smith Mr. Young Mr. Matchmaker BA THEATRE ALUMNUS
Note: also Nominated for Best Performance in a Web Series is
Benjamin Harrison (son of Nicholas Harrison, PHd Theatre Alumnus) Fools For Hire.
MFA Student Richard Martin premiere’s Backbone at DOXA Richard Martin, a Film Production MFA student, has completed a remarkable documentary on experimental film in Vancouver. The film, Backbone, is screened with several key works from that era including Seeing in the Rain by Associate Professor Chris Gallagher.
More on Backbone
BackBone is a celebration of filmmaking and cinematic innovation. It is an exploration of experimental cinema as seen through the eyes of Vancouver filmmakers who were active during the cultural revolution of the 1960s & 70s. David Rimmer, Al Razutis, Sturla Gunnarsson and many more reflect upon the 1970s, Vancouver and a global cinematic art movement that helped shape contemporary filmmaking.
Martin plans to take the film on the fest circuit and it will be shown at the Portland Art Museum in late May. Here in Vancouver it is being shown at the DOXA festival, where it joins a program of work exploring experimental filmmaking. Backbone has been chosen as one of Vancouver Sun film critic Shawn Connor’s “6 flicks to see at DOXA.”
Backbone will be shown on May 12 at the DOXA Documentary festival.
For more information: www.doxafestival.ca/festival/films/backbone
Background on the film:
Reviews and commentary:
MFA Film student Michael Parker is producer of China’s 10th-highest grossing film of all time.
The Hollywood Reporter recently announced that our MFA student Michael Parker’s film, Finding Mr. Right, is now the tenth biggest domestic release in China of all time. Parker produced the film last year with his wife Shan Tam (putting his thesis on pause) through his production company, Maple Ridge Films. Another current student Nova Zheng, worked on promotions for the production.
Only 6 days after its release, the film had already beat Hollywood big-budget movies at the box-office, such as Resident Evil: Retribution 3D, A Good Day to Die Hard and the heavily promoted Jack the Giant Slayer Finding Mr. Right, a Chinese romantic comedy shot in Beijing and Vancouver (set in Seattle), has taken in more than 470 million yuan ($76 million) since its release on March 21, according to figures released by China Film News. This places it as the tenth-highest grossing home grown release ever in China.
The film is a romantic comedy set in both Beijing and Seattle. Read an interview with Michael Parker on ArtsWire at the link below.
Congratulations to UBC Film Production student Dylan Stirewalt who has had her film SAVAGE chosen to be included in this year's TIFF Student Film Showcase. The selected thirteen student films screen Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox, in Toronto Ontario.
TIFF’s annual spotlight on the best new short films by post-secondary students from across the country, Student Film Showcase gives Canada’s emerging young filmmakers an opportunity to share their work and participate in career-building workshops and panel discussions with industry professionals. The selected thirteen films screen Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Student’s Film Sweeps World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s Film Awards
Film Production student Leo Zuckerman’s film “Restless” won the $15,000 Grand Prize, as well as the people's choice award, at the recent World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s film competition in Whistler. Here's an excerpt from the festival blog:
“(Festival) newcomers on Leo Zuckerman's team met at UBC's Ski/Snowboard club, and were best described as "gnarly nerds" by my friend Nicole while all I could think was "my god, they're only kids!" But their film, "Restless", was as good as anything Brain Farm has released in the last few years. With an intro that blew the roof off, all I could hear around me was praise for both riders and filmers. It's hard to believe this was their first time playing with the big kids.”
The video was also selected and featured as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
The UBC Department of Theatre and Film presents
a photography exhibition
The photos represent a range of work done by students enrolled in Film Production course 235, Image Concepts for Filmmakers.
The exhibition’s opening reception is April 8th, 7-10pm, and all are welcome.
The AMS Art Gallery
Student Union Building
April 8 - 12, 2013
11 – 5pm
Telefilm Awards Inaugural Micro-Budget Funds to MFA Student & Alumna
Launched last June, Telefilm Canada has just announced the finalists in their first Micro-Budget Production Program. Congratulations to MFA Film Production student Matthew Kennedy and MFA Film Production alumna Maureen Bradley, who are two of only eight filmmakers from across Canada with projects chosen. More...
With more and more Canadians watching videos online, Telefilm seeks to encourage innovative production and distribution strategies with this new micro-budget program. The fund targets low-budget ventures by emerging filmmakers that cost less than $250,000 and are designed for various digital platforms. The emerging filmmakers, who all have short films to their credit, will receive up to $120,000 each to help realize their first feature length film.
Kudos are also due to UBC Film Production, who were part of a network of twenty-five partners, from all regions of the country, selected to recommend one candidate each to receive the financing. “We went through an extensive judging process before choosing Matt's project to put forward.” said UBC Film Production Assistant Professor Rachel Talalay, “It's a real boon for everyone. Getting $120K for a first feature is huge!” Other partners with projects chosen include the National Screen Institute of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre.
“I am very honoured to be included in the Telefilm Micro-Budget program and appreciate the encouragement and ensuing recommendation from UBC. I am eternally grateful that UBC and Telefilm are willing to give me this chance and I will not be letting either of them down. If anyone out there knows a trick to get Katherine Isabelle to star in your movie for next to nothing, please get in touch with me ASAP.” – Matthew Kennedy
Alumna Maureen Bradley was recommended to the program by the Creative Women Workshops Association. Bradley, who teaches film production at the University of Victoria, will use the funds to make her film Two4One, which is a cross-platform-media project. Two4One will utilize feature film, a reality web series and an interactive graphic novel to tell the story of a transgender man who becomes pregnant.
With the Telefilm backing in place, student Matthew Kennedy is set to start his film The Editor, a 70s Italian-style horror movie about a movie editor. Kennedy, who is finishing his final year in the MFA program, is part of a Winnipeg based film collective known as Astron-6. The company produces low-budget, 80's-centric, genre-bending, independent movies that play on the expectations of the seasoned filmgoer and often combine horror with comedy.
For details about the Micro Budget Production Program see telefilm.ca.
WHIPLASH PREVENTION CAMPAIGN VIDEO CONTEST!
BFA STUDENT JULIA PATEY AIDS WHIPLASH PREVENTION CAMPAIGN
About the contest...
There is over $6,500 in prizing to be won including cash, iPad minis, HDCam mastering, Color correction, Blu-ray transfers & more!
Contest Timeline: February 1st - March 1st
Your task: Create a video that raises awareness about the importance of adjusting your head restraint effectively to reduce whiplash injuries from rear-end car collisions. Submission videos should be between 30 seconds and 3 minutes in length. Complete an entry form and get more information at: www.whiplashprevention.org.
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability’s “Whiplash Prevention Campaign” is part of a research project funded by AUTO21 Networks of Centres and Excellence, Prevention: Reducing Occupant Injury in Rear End Collisions, involving researchers and students from UBC’s Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Dept. of FamilyPractice, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dept. of Human Kinetics and the Dept. of Pediatrics. BFA Film Production student Julia Patey is the student coordinator for the film competition and contributed to content development on the website www.whiplashprevention.org.
Vote for your favourite: On March 3rd, we will launch a public online voting system for the Whiplash Prevention Campaign Contest videos. Contest participants will be responsible for promoting their video and collecting votes. The video to receive the most votes will be awarded an iPad mini. Vote online at vancouver.24hrs.ca/contests.
Entry Categories: The contest is open to residents of British Columbia in the following categories: secondary students, post-secondary students, and seasoned professionals
No application fee.
MFA STUDENT PRODUCER ON ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH
We can't wait to see the animated feature MFA student Luke Carroll has spent the last three years producing. It's called Escape From Planet Earth (to be released Feb. 14, 2013) and is directed by Cal Brunker with an all star line up of voice talent that includes Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini, William Shatner and Craig Robinson. The movie is set on the planet Baab, where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova is a national hero to the blue alien population. Both Luke Carroll and Catherine Winder (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) are producers on this Rainmaker Entertainment production and Harvey and Bob Weinstein are executive producing.
MFA STUDENT CARI GREEN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM “WHEN I WALK” INVITED TO SUNDANCE 2013
Congratulations to MFA Film student Cari Green. The documentary film by Jason DeSilva that she worked as executive producer “When I Walk” has been invited to 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
When I Walk (Director: Jason DaSilva) is the story of filmmaker and artist Jason DaSilva, who at 25 finds out he has a severe form of multiple sclerosis. This film shares his personal and grueling journey over the next seven years. Along the way, an unlikely miracle changes everything.
MFA Film Production student Cari Green is a film and television producer with over twenty-five years experience in film and television. Cari has owned and operated four independent film companies and has produced the works of renowned Canadian and International filmmakers including ScaredSacred, 2006 Genie winner and The Corporation, an international theatrical hit feature film. Previously, Cari shaped a film distribution company (Moving Images) into a viable entity for emerging and established filmmakers.
Cari is a longtime advocate for the Canadian film industry, serving on many organizations in executive and board positions including: DOC, Women in Film and Video, Hot Docs, DOXA, and the First Weekend Club. She is currently developing an innovative project with the National Film Board of Canada, The Global Women's Memorial Website. Cari is a recipient of the Women in Film lifetime achievement award.
The Sundance Film Festival will be held January 17 to 27.
Read an interview with Cari by the Ubyssey Newspaper and find out about her master’s thesis “Citizen Jane”a dramatic feature partially inspired by the real life work of Michelle Douglas, the woman who single-handedly reversed the policy against lesbian and gay people serving in the Canadian military..
UBC film student cuts to the action at the Sundance Festival
More about the film at http://www.wheniwalk.com
See the trailer on YouTube http://youtu.be/v5ynxQ_DQhw
STUDENT WORK NAMED TO "2012 TOP TEN CANADIAN SHORTS"
UBC MFA Film Production graduate Bahar Noorizadeh's short film Lingo is among the year's "Top 10 Canadian Shorts", as named by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Tuesday evening (December 4, 2012) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. More on LINGO and TIFF
The top ten list of Canadian shorts, as well as feature films, were selected by a panel of industry professionals. The top feature films include David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, Sarah Polley's documentary Stories We Tell and Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children.
The films will be screened from January 4 to 13 at the Lightbox, accompanied by Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Next the films will tour the country stopping at Vancouver¹s Pacific Cinematheque, Edmonton¹s Metro Cinema and Montreal's PHI Centre.
"This 10-day festival offers homegrown talent a dedicated platform to showcase their success, and we couldn't be more impressed by the caliber of films the industry has produced this year," said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey in a statement.
Bahar Noorizadeh was born in Iran. She moved to Canada to pursue filmmaking and is a recent graduate of UBC's film production program. Her short film Lingo, was created as an in class project and was featured in TIFF's recent Student Showcase.
Fellow students who worked on the film include Alex Lasheras (Cinematography), Edi Leung (Editor) and Leen Issa (Producer). Lingo follows the story of Maryam, an Afghan immigrant, living with her young son in Canada. After a fire breaks out in their neighborhood they both become entangled in the consequences. Protective of her son and hindered by a language barrier, she has trouble explaining what happened. Lingo is a poignant short about cultural obstacles in Canada.
See the trailer for Lingo here: YouTube http://youtu.be/wjy2nnpbN7g
For the full list of films and more information, visit: http://tiff.net/topten
Everyone is invited to this free showcase of our UBC Film Production students’ work.
Royal Bank Cinema, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Nov 30th, 7:30 pm to 10 pm.
TA AND MFA PRODUCTION STUDENT MATHEW KENNEDY STARS IN MANBORG
Congratulations to MFA Film production student Mathew Kennedy. Kennedy is co-producer at the Winnipeg based movie collective Astron 6, and also the star of their newest hit, Manborg, which is garnering rave reviews as it opens across Canada.
“Manborg is a marvel of DIY makeup, costuming and special effects, despite being made on a budget under $2,000 (you read that right).” - The Star (Toronto)
Directed by Steven Kostanski, who also is a co-writer, Manborg is described by it’s creators as as a “horror/sci-fi pop trash hit - coming from the cool people who made "Monster Brawl". He's a half-man, half-cyborg and he is now brought back from the dead to fight Nazi vampires! We say it’s time for some ridiculous trash horror.”
“Manborg is so bad, it’s nearly perfect.” - National Post
Most recently Manborg earned a three out out of four star rating from the Globe and Mail’s Rick Groen, who begins his review by stating“If your taste runs to sci-fi horror, but the clever kind made on the cheap to lampoon the dumb kind made on a fat budget, then Manborg is definitely your cup of camp.”
Manborg is currently enjoying a small Canadian theatrical run before being released by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Read Globe and Mail review in full here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/film-reviews/manborg-the-plot-is-low-but-the-camp-is-high/article4818435/
Movie trailer: http://youtu.be/mBHau4HeTZY
VISUALIZE YOUR RESEARCH:
FIRST NATIONS FILM TOPICS
Dates: January 2-April 5 2013
Wednesdays, 9 am -12pm
LOCATION: Theatre-Film Production Building
Room 104-6358 University Boulevard
This course offers an introduction to the techniques and practice of video production within the context of First Nations Topics.
tudents will work in groups to produce short fiction or documentary videos examining First Nations topics and perspectives. In workshop-style classes, students will receive an introduction to video editing, lighting, camera and sound techniques as well as writing and researching for short films.
The students will also have a week of events in March with the UBC Film Production Program Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence, Dwayne Beaver. Selections from student work will be presented at a community showcase and discussion forum to be held in April 2013 at the Freddy Wood Theatre on the UBC Campus.
Previous filmmaking or video experience is not essential, but a background in First Nations topics or studies is required. If you do not have a background in First Nations topics or studies you can waitlist for this course. To apply for the course or place yourself on the waitlist, please contact the UBC Film Production Program at: firstname.lastname@example.org or the instructor: email@example.com
Dwayne Beaver – Rogers Teaching Fellow and Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence is a writer, director and producer working in film and television, digital media and animation. His credits include the feature film, The Rhino Brothers and the TV series Robson Arms, Alice, I Think and APTN’s Moccasin Flats. He won the Best Direction Gemini Award for his work in the reality-documentary series Conviction Kitchen and multiple Leo Awards for the OLN comedy series Road Hockey Rumble. Other works include Glutton for Punishment for the Food Network and winning the inaugural CBC Digital Lab prize in 2008 for his interactive warrior narrative ComaSTATE. His animation work includes Mainframe’s War Planets and the BBC's The Mr. Hell Show. Beaver has been a guest lecturer at universities and film festivals across the country and is currently a professor in Capilano University's Indigenous Independent Filmmakers Program.
Coverage of their 6th annual reception on our Flickr page: flickr.com/photos/ubcfilmprod
Photo Credit: Yurizen Cabrera
UBC FILM PRODUCTION STUDENTS AND ALUMNI AT VIFF 2012
It’s a strong year for our UBC Film Production alumni at the Vancouver International Film Festival, with four feature length films and seven shorts being shown (including one produced by recent graduate Woojo Jeon). Two of our adjunct professors also have films this year – Nettie Wild and Rafi Spivak. Here they are:
***FEATURE LENGTH FILMS***
Synopsis: Director Nimisha Mukerji’s (65_RedRoses, VIFF 09) documentary follows an activist fighting to save two young adults dying from Thalassemia, a rare blood disease. Suffering stunted growth and without access to medication, they remain trapped in the bodies of children. Chronicling one man’s battle, the film exposes modern India’s broken healthcare system.
Canadian Images (Canada, 2011, 75 mins, HDCAM)
Gujarati, Hindi, English
Director: Nimisha Mukerji (Film Production ALUMNI)
EXEC PROD Murray Battle, Patti Poskitt, Paul Saltzman
PRODUCER/SCREENWRITER Nimisha Mukerji
COPRODUCER/CAMERA/EDITOR Mark Ratzlaff (Film Production ALUMNI)
MUSIC Schaun Tozer
PRODUCTION CO Shotglass Productions
Oct 06 06:45 pm Empire Granville 2, Oct 10 04:15 pm Empire Granville 7, Oct 12 09:15 pm Empire Granville 2
Synopsis: A skewed reflection on public and private life, Mark Sawers’ black comedy features a corrupt Vancouver city councillor, the rare psychological disorder he’s been diagnosed with, and a mysterious cameraman who won’t leave him alone.
Canadian Images (Canada, 2012, 91 mins, HDCAM - NTSC)
Director: Mark Sawers (Film Production ALUMNI)
Cast Nicolas Wright, Lara Gilchrist, Gerard Plunkett, Hilary Jardine, C. Ernst Harth
PRODUCERS Leah Mallen, Galen Fletcher
SCREENWRITER Mark Sawers, Doug Barber
CAMERA Brian Johnson
EDITOR Cameron Glegg, Mark Sawers
MUSIC Don Macdonald
PRODUCTION CO Mark Sawers Productions
Oct 06 09:15 pm Empire Granville 5, Oct 08 03:30 pm Empire Granville 5
Crimes of Mike Recket
Synopsis: Bruce Sweeney’s (Dirty) moody mystery is a rich, moving thriller in which character psychology and suspense are seamlessly merged. Watch for very strong performances from Vancouver’s Gabrielle Rose and Nicholas Lea.
Canadian Images (Canada, 2012, 80 mins, HDCAM)
Director: Bruce Sweeney (Film Production ALUMNI)
Cast Nicholas Lea, Gabrielle Rose, Agam Darshi, Paul Skrudland, Raphael Kepinski, Jillian Fargey,
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Kevin Eastwood
PRODUCERS Rafi Spivak (Adjunct Professor in UBC Film Production), Bruce Sweeney
SCREENWRITER Bruce Sweeney
CAMERA Filip Dobosz
EDITOR Rafi Spivak
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Tony Devenyi
MUSIC Dennis Burke
PRODUCTION COMPANY Bruce Sweeney
Oct 06 09:30 pm Vogue Theatre, Oct 09 03:15 pm, Vogue Theatre
In No Particular Order
Synopsis: Suspended in post-adolescence, twenty-something Sarah alternates between hedonism and ennui. Urged on by her newlywed sister, Sarah awakens to the possibility that life could be different. Directors Terry Miles(A Night For Dying Tigers, VIFF 10) and Kristine Cofsky achieve a pitch-perfect portrait of a quarter-life crisis.
(Canada, 2012, 82 mins, HDCAM)
Directors: Terry Miles (UBC Creative Writing ALUMNI), Kristine Cofsky
Cast Kristine Cofsky, Sonja Bennett, Ben Cotton, Mike Dopud, Carmen Lavigne, Stephen Lobo
PRODUCERS Kristine Cofsky, Terry Miles
SCREEWRITER Kristine Cofsky
CAMERA Byron Lamarque (Film Poduction ALUMNI)
PRODUCTION COMPANY Lady Danger Productions / Cinemanovel Films
Oct 10 09:15 pm Empire Granville 1, Oct 11 12:15 pm Empire Granville 5
***SHORT FILMS ***
Synopsis: After a fight with her parents over her texting habit, teenage Kaylee runs away to her grandma’s. Everything is peachy until her phone dies.
(Canada, 2012, 10 mins, HDCAM)
Director: Siobhan Devine (Film Student)
Cast Gabrielle Rose, Matreya Fedor, Loretta Walsh
PRODUCERS Siobhan Devine, Roslyn Muir (UBC Creative Writing ALUMNI), Lucy MacLeod, Woojo Jeon (Film Production ALUMNI)
SCREENWRITER Roslyn Muir
CAMERA Lindsay George (Film Production ALUMNI)
EDITOR Lisa Binkley
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Clayton Flagg
MUSIC Jennifer Roworth
PRODUCTION COMPANY OMG Productions
Oct 08 06:30 pm Empire Granville 2, Oct 09 01:00 pm Pacific Cinemateque
Synopsis: A hunter’s search takes her beyond a sacred boundary, leading to a strange and terrifying discovery.
(Canada, 2012, 14 mins, Digital Betacam)
Premiere Director: Jeremy Ball
Cast Emily Piggford, Oscar Hsu, Lara Daans
PRODUCTION Lauren Grant (Film Production ALUMNI)
SCREENWRITER Jeremy Ball
CAMERA Guy Godfree
EDITOR Richard Mandin
PRODUCTION DESIGNER James McAteer
MUSIC Andrew Lockington
PROD CO Canadian Film Centre
Oct 10 06:30 pm Empire Granville 2, Oct 12 01:00 pm Pacific Cinematheque
Synopsis: Once a star in his youth, a Bosnian actor tells of his solitary new life in Canada.
(Canada, 2012, 12 mins, HDCAM)
Director: Bojan Bodruzic (Film Production ALUMNI)
Cast Jasmin Geljo, Goran Slavkovic
SCREENWRITER/EDITOR/MUSIC Bojan Bodruzic
CAMERA Bojan Bodruzic, Igor Drljaca
PRODUCTION COMPANY Japanese Polka Dancing Productions
Oct 10 09:15 pm Empire Granville 4, Oct 11 03:45 pm Pacific Cinematheque
A Red Girl's Reasoning
Synopsis: When the justice system fails the survivor of a racially motivated sexual assault, she becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante.
(Canada, 2012, 10 mins, HDCAM - NTSC)
Director: Elle-Maija Tailfeathers (ROGERS MULTICULTURAL PROJECT ALUMNI)
Cast Jessica Matten, Christian Sloan, Maija Tailfeathers, Cody Lauden, Wilf Betz, Rose Stiffarm
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Erik Paulsson, Diana Wilson
PRODUCER Rose Stiffarm
SCREENWRITER Elle-Maija Tailfeathers
CAMERA Harvey Larocque
EDITOR Jeanne Slater
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Nicole Mucci
PRODUCTION COMPANY The Crazy8s Film Society
Oct 10 09:15 pm Empire Granville 4, Oct 11 03:45 pm, Pacific Cinematheque
Where Are the Dolls
Synopsis: A woman embarks on a journey through an unfamiliar urban landscape, searching for something she cannot name.
(Canada, 2012, 8 mins, HDCAM)
Director: Cassandra Nicolaou
Cast Megan Follows
PRODUCER Damali Kai Little-White
SCREEWRITER Cassandra Nicolaou
CAMERA Daniel Grant
EDITOR Adam Locke-Norton (Film Production ALUMNI)
PRODUCTION DESIGN Martin Kyncl
MUSIC Morgan Doctor
PRODUCTION COMPANY Fighting Fish Pictures
Synopsis: Late starring Ben Cotton, Sarah Deakins, Lucia Frangione, Clint Bargen. Edited by UBC Film Production alumni Greg Ng. Two strangers struggle for an honest connection in a chance, and brief, encounter at a café
(Canada, 2011, 9 mins, HDCAM)
Director: Jason Goode
CAST Ben Cotton, Sarah Deakins, Lucia Frangione, Clint Bargen
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Rosie Perera, Jeff Benna, Nick Brampton, Chris Hansen
PRODUCER Dylan Jenkinson
SCREEWRITER Sarah Deakins
CAMERA Chris Dalton
EDITOR Greg Ng (Film Production Alumni)
PRODUCTION COMPANY Hope of Glory Pictures
Oct 08 09:30 pm Empire Granville 2, Oct 09 04:00 pm Pacific Cinematheque
Synopsis: There is a savage beauty in the surge of a massive migration, and a strange hope that comes from witnessing it. The journey of blood-red sockeye salmon up BC’s Adams River has repeated itself for millennia and, if left uninterrupted, will do so for centuries to come. Most intriguingly, while the migration of fish takes place year after year, the astounding patterns of dense, roiling salmon never recur. In pools and back eddies along the Adams River, thousands of salmon create a dynamic and mesmerizing spectacle. It is natural and colossal. It is moving art.
People locked in urban centres can easily forget that rivers in the wilderness exist—and that those forgotten rivers provide a heartbeat for humanity. Removed from the surge of migrations, the unknowing and uninformed actions of humankind can threaten to stop that wild heartbeat. Splitting the screen into multiple images, Uninterrupted brings the heart of the river into the heart of the city.
(Canada, 2012, 5 mins, HDCAM)
Director: Nettie Wild (Film Production Alumni and Film Production Adjunct Professor)
Cast (voices) Mary Thomas, Peter August
PRODUCER Tracey Friesen
CAMERA Mike McKinlay
EDITOR/SOUND DESIGN Michael Brockington
MUSIC Barry Truax
PRODUCTION COMPANY National Film Board of Canada
Sep 29 08:45 pm Empire Granville 5, Sep 30 10:45 am Pacific Cinematheque
The 31st annual Vancouver International Film Festival on now! Check out thier full online Film Guide + Schedule here: http://www.viff.org/festival/series
Congratulations to our outstanding students in UBC Film Production who have been named to the Dean's list for the most recent term: Kori DePauw, Rosaura Sarahi Lezama, Elizondo Gilberto Perez and Wahid Ibn Reza. UBC Faculty of Arts students in any Winter Session must achieve a sessional average of at least 85% while taking 24 or more credits in order to receive the notation "Dean's List" on their official transcript of academic record.
In addition to his place on the Dean’s list, student Wahid Ibn Reza had another reason to feel he’d made his mark recently. After sending a comedic fan video to the Conan O’Brian Show (a the late night talk show on TBS), the host Conan O'Brien played the video during his show. O’Brian also created a video in answer to Wahid’s. Here is the hilarious result:
LEO ROARS FOR UBC THEATRE & FILM ALUMNI
Congratulations to our UBC Department of Theatre and Film faculty, alumni and students who have been recognized with a whopping twenty-five 2012 Leo Award Nominations.
We couldn’t be more proud of their outstanding contribution to British Columbia’s film and television industry. The Leo winners will be announced at a Celebration Awards Ceremony Friday, May 25 and Gala Awards Ceremony Saturday, May 26th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. See all the nominees at http://leoawards.com/2012/nominees_2012
Best Feature Length Drama
Film Production alumnus Dylan Akio Smith, with Katherine Hazon, Oliver Linsley, Dylan Akio Smith, Kris Elgstrand
Film Production alumnus Dylan Akio Smith, with Kris Elgstrand - Doppleganger Paul
Best Picture Editing in a Feature Length Drama
Film Production alumna Sabrina Pitre - Sisters&Brothers
Film Production alumnus Greg Ng - Sunflower Hour
Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama
Alumnus & Associate Professor Tom Scholte - Sisters&Brothers
Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama
Theatre at UBC alumna Camille Sullivan - Sisters&Brothers
Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series
Film Production Alumnus Glen Winter - Charlies Angels
Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series
Theatre alumna Rebecca Lee, with April Boyes, Ceilidh Dunn - Stargate Universe - Epilogue
Best Short Drama
Film Production alumnus Matthew Gordon Long, Theatre at UBC alumnus Orsy Szabó – Producers
Best Direction in a Short Drama
Film Production alumnus Matthew Gordon Long - Lillian Code
Film Production alumnus Nicholas Humphries - The Little Mermaid
Best Cinematography in a Short Drama
Film Production alumna Amy Belling - Le Jeu des Soldats
Film Production alumna Melody Chan - Lillian Code
Film Production alumna Amy Belling - The Provider
Best Documentary Series
Theatre Production alumnus Ed Hatton with Shannon Jardine, Cal Shumiatcher, David Paperny, Terry Mialkowsky – Producers
Best Information or Lifestyle Series
West Coast Style
Theatre at UBC alumna Mana Mansour – Producer
The Wedding Belles
Theatre at UBC alumna Sarah Groundwater Law – Producer
Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series
BA Theatre alumna Mana Mansour - West Coast Style
Best Host(s) in an Information or Lifestyle Series
Theatre at UBC alumna Mana Mansour - West Coast Style
Theatre at UBC alumna Sarah Groundwater Law with Aubrey Arnason - The Wedding Belles - Fun and Photos
Best Music Video
Bad Choices by Shout Out Out Out Out
Film Production alumnus A.J. Bond, with Chris von Szombathy, and Theatre at UBC alumna Amy Belling – Producers
Best Screenwriting for Youth
Theatre at UBC alumnus ERyan Warren Smith
Best Student Production
FTW - Film Production Student Tyler Funk
See all the nominees at:
Thank you to everyone who made the screenings of this year’s UBC POV Film Festival at Granville 7 Cinema’s on April 27 and 28, 2012 such a success! Special thanks to our judges for the awards: Tony Devenyi, Thomas Billingsley, Andrew David Long, Allison Beda, Harvey LaRocque, Karen Lam and Lauren Grant.
We want to appreciate Professors Rachel Talalay and Bojan Bodruzic for all their hard work in overseeing, guiding, and managing all 36 of us and our 20 films over the past two semesters. Yes, this year we showcased 20 short student films, the largest number of films at POV ever. The festival was founded in 1989 by director and UBC professor Lynne Stopkewich along with producer Stephen Hegyes. For over two decades POV has served as a brilliant celebration of UBC film and great showcase of student art. Find out more about the festival here: http://www.povfilmfestival.com
Copies of the POV DVD are available at the UBC Film Production Program office. Contact THFL Theatre and Film Production Office at fipr.sec @ ubc.ca.
The POV 2012 Winners Are:
Swim - Nigel Ward & Julian Flavin
Friend Request/Dean - Matthew Beairsto
Soft Cell/Edward White - Georgie Daburas
Swim/Charlotte - Aden Cotter
Best Supporting Actor
Friend Request/ Xander - David Kaye
Best Supporting Actress
Melman/ Linda Locke - Jeanine Rix
Women in Film Award - Laura Good
3RD YEAR AWARDS:
Swim - Julia Patey
Swim - Julia Patey
Swim - Mike Yoo
Revolve - Ian Holliday
Swim - Julia Patey and Gabrial Adelman
Revolve - Terrance Azzuolo
Swim - Mélanie Lê Phan
4TH YEAR AWARDS
Feint - Alice Deegan and Laura Good
Feint - Alice Deegan
Feint - Theresa Konrad
Feint - Laura Good
Feint - Alice Deegan
Feint - Laura Good
Feint - Laura Good,Theresa Konrad, Alice Deegan
Feint - Theresa Konrad, Alice Deegan, Laura Good
This festival could not be made possible without all our wonderful sponsors: Pacific Backlot, Core Music Agency, the UBC Creative Writing Program, Sharpe Sound Studios, The Celluloid Social Club, Women in Film and Television Vancouver, Limelight Video, The Director’s Guild of Canada, The Vancouver International Film Festival, Genesis Matrix, Finale Editworks, CanAm Importique, Comweb and William F. White’s, UBC Continuing Studies Writing Centre, UBC Theatre, Oscar’s Art books, Bizbooks.net, CiTR and the Ubyssey. See you next year at POV 23!
GET THESE STYLIN' UBC FILM CREW T-SHIRTS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
Available in Men's or Lady's for $15.00 ($10 + $5 postage).
Thank you to our handsome model Michael who wears the chic male T-Shirt and is holding the back of the extra chic female T-Shirt. Sizes range from small to x-large.
To purchase, contact Zana our Theatre and Film Production Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
MFA Thesis Screening: CROWSNEST
Sunday May 6, 3PM
Norm Theatre, Main Floor, UBC SUB
6138 Student Union Blvd
Crowsnest is MFA student Brenton Spencer’s Thesis Film. This feature length thriller is inspired by actual events. Crowsnest is Blair Witch meets Duel. It is a Heart of Darkness journey in which 5 friends leave civilization and their social networking tools behind and document the destruction of their world as a means to survive.
Tickets: By donation at the door to Vancouver Food Bank and Crowsnest Promotion Fund.
This is an unclassified film and comes with a Warning: Coarse Language, Nudity, Extreme violence and may be disturbing to some viewers.
Please see Crowsnest Event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com
DON’T MISS THIS SCREENING OF 9 SHORT FILMS FROM THE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN FIRST NATIONS FILM TOPICS (FIPR 469A).
The course is led by the current Rogers Teaching fellow Dwayne Beaver, a multi-facetted director, writer and producer. Beaver has worked closely with his students to develop their short film projects from the writing stage all the way through to this screening event at the Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC Campus.
April 25, 7:30 PM
Frederic Wood Theatre
Map : http://bit.ly/94dLm6
POV 22 FILM FESTIVAL
UBC PERSISTENCE OF VISION FILM FESTIVAL
UBC FILM FESTIVAL TO SHOWCASE YEAR’S WORTH OF STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENT
PREMIERE OF WIDE RANGING PROJECTS A STIMULATING FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING CAREERS
POV 22 FILM FESTIVAL
UBC Persistence of Vision Film Festival
UBC Film Festival to Showcase Year’s Worth of Student Accomplishment
Premiere of Wide Ranging Projects a Stimulating Foundation for Building Careers
On April 27th and 28th at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas, students from the University of British Columbia Film Production Program will present the 22nd Annual Persistence of Vision Film Festival, or POV 22.
ALT / DOC CINEMA
AN EXHIBITION OF SHORT STUDENT FILMS FROM THE UBC FILM PRODUCTION PROGRAM COURSES ALTERNATIVE CINEMA AND DOCUMENTARY PRACTICE.
April 26, 2012, 7:30 pm
Royal Bank Cinema, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts [South East Entrance] 6265 Crescent Rd., UBC
The alternative Cinema short films are thought provoking experimental cinematic works, which have been created in response to the student’s research. The topics cover everything from a dripping tap to the meaning of time and the key to sustainable happiness in an expanding universe. The Documentary Practice films are short, carefully crafted views of reality that will leave you wonder why fiction exist. The filmmakers will be in attendance.
April 26, 2012, 7:30 pm – FREE ADMISSION
Be sure to visit the blog to see all the student's work at: http://blogs.ubc.ca/fipr235w2012/
THE UBC DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND FILM AND THE ROGERS MULTICULTURAL FILM PRODUCTION PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE YOU TO A WELCOME RECEPTION AND A SERIES OF FREE PUBLIC EVENTS FOR THE PHIL LIND MULTICULTURAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, ALANIS OBOMSAWIN.
Alanis Obomsawin is a member of the Abenaki Nation, She began her career as a singer, writer and storyteller, but dove into filmmaking in 1967 with Christmas at Moose Factory. Her early films include Incident at Restigouche (1984), a powerful depiction of the Quebec police raid of a Micmac reserve; Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child (1986), the disturbing examination of an adolescent suicide; and No Address (1988), a look at Montreal’s homeless.
Ms. Obomsawin is best known for her feature-length film on the 1990 Mohawk uprising in Kanehsatake and Oka: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), which won 18 international awards.
Most recently, Ms. Obomsawin directed the 2007 National Film Board of Canada documentary Gene Boy Came Home, about Vietnam War veteran Eugene "Gene Boy" Benedict, from her home community of Odanak.
“Alanis Obomsawin is the first lady of First Nations film,” - The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
We hope you will be able to join us on MONDAY, MARCH 5, from 5-7 pm
First Nations House of Learning, UBC.
MASTER CLASS IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING:
TUESDAY MARCH 6, 2012 / 7 - 9pm
Emily Carr University, Aboriginal Gathering Place, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
This master class led by Alanis Obomsawin is open to the public.
Hosted by Emily Carr University and the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC. Admission FREE!
WEDNESDAY MARCH 7, 2012 / 7:30 - 9pm
St. John’s College, UBC, 2111 Lower Mall Map: http://bit.ly/wT1LYt
Engage in a casual conversation with award winning filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.
Hosted by St. John’s College and the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC. Admission FREE!
IN CONVERSATION: International Women’s Day
THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 / 12 noon - 1pm
Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre, UBC, 6361 University Boulevard Map: http://bit.ly/czsV7h
Celebrate International Women’s Day with Alanis Obomsawin as she discusses her life-long career as a filmmaker, artist and activist. Hosted by UBC Department of Theatre and Film Admission. FREE!
~ Bring your lunch!
DISCUSSION & FILM: Educational Possibilities of Film
FRIDAY MARCH 9, 2012 / 2 pm – 3 pm
Neville Scarfe Building Room 310, UBC Map: http://bit.ly/9dCVlE
Discuss the educational possibilities of film with one of our country’s foremost filmmakers Alanis Obomsawin and see her short documentary When All the Leaves Are Gone (2010). This film is a deeply moving story about the power of dreams for the only First Nations student in an all-white 1940s school, as she deals with Canadian history education, bullies, and the contrast between her school and the loving reserve environment. With Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, and Elder Mary Charles. Light snack & refreshments provided. Event is free of charge, but please RSVP: CCFI Graduate Program Assistant email@example.com
Hosted by UBC Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry in Education
Ms. Obomsawin is engaging in these lectures and appearances in her role as the UBC Film Production Program’s Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence, part of the UBC Rogers Multicultural Film Production Project. For more information see www.film.ubc.ca.
Congratulations to our MFA Film Production student Matt Kennedy whose feature film FATHER’S DAY is being released in theatres across North America this year by distributor Troma Entertainment. We’re celebrating by hosting a free screening here at UBC in The Norm Theatre, Monday February 6th at 7:30 pm.
The history of the film’s creation begins with the company Kennedy co-founded, Astron-6. The group made a mark for itself with a series of award winning shorts and viral videos. Astron-6 films have regularly bent and changed genres within one story, making their trademark style hilarious, nightmarish and difficult to categorize.
In 2010 Matt’s Winnipeg company of young filmmakers, Astron-6, were approached by US distributor Troma Entertainment (The Toxic Avenger ), to turn their fake trailer for FATHER’S DAY into a feature film. Troma were big fans of Astron-6's work, having followed them for years. Kennedy completed the film while working on his MFA at in Film Production here at UBC.
Under the leadership of producer Lloyd Kaufman Troma Entertainment has been creating independent films for over 40 years. Kaufman has worked on such films as Rocky, Saturday Night Fever, My Dinner with Andre, Final Countdown, and many more. In 1974 along with college friend Michael Herz He co-Founded Troma Entertainment, which is now the longest running independent film company in the world. Troma has put out such world famous titles as The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo & Juliet, Class of Nuke Em High and over 800 more. With no sign of slowing down Lloyd is working on the fifth instalment of the beloved Toxic Avenger series.
With a triumphant run in the festival circuit FATHER’S DAY earned many accolades. Their numerous awards at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival included Best Film, Best Hero, and Most Original Film. FATHER’S DAY follows a group of misfit vigilantes on their quest to hunt down the mysterious “Father’s Day Killer”. In celebration of the subsequent theatrical release of FATHER’S DAY we’re hosting a free screening of the Film with co-writer/directors Matthew Kennedy and Conor Sweeney on hand for questions after the show.
"A gleefully tasteless quasi-grindhouse nasty that's funnier than most of the many such parodic cheesefests that have been created since, well, GRINDHOUSE!" - VARIETY
"This is real filmmaking - it entertains, it dazzles […] One of the Ten Best Films of 2011!" - DAILY FILM DOSE
FATHER'S DAY wins BEST FILM, MOST ORIGINAL FILM, BEST HERO, BEST KILLS, BEST TRAILER and BEST POSTER - Toronto After Dark Audience Awards, Nov. 5, 2011
"FATHER’S DAY is over the top, tasteless, senseless, and completely hilarious." - AIN'T IT COOL NEWS
The theatrical release begins with the New York premiere at Sunshine Cinema on the 10th of February, with the Los Angeles premiere to follow on the 24th of February at the Nuart Theatre. For a full listing of theatres see www.thefathersdaymovie.com.
FATHER’S DAY – Free screening
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6th @ 7:30 pm
THE NORM THEATRE, UBC Student Union Building
6138 Student Union Boulevard V6T 1Z1 MAP: http://bit.ly/fHtZou
Q&A with co-writer/directors, MFA Film Production student Matthew Kennedy and Conor Sweeney – All welcome!
See the Trailer on YouTube:
The title track 'Father's Day Killer' is available on iTunes:
More at: www.thefathersdaymovie.com
UBC Film Program Students have launched the new VIMEO site "UBC Film Students Video Share" as a way to show the variety of work they produce in their film production courses. Film students are producing media in many of their film courses, much of which does not end up on their reel or, at a formal exhibition yet it's very interesting creatively nonetheless.
Why Vimeo? With YouTube you're reaching a broader audience. YouTube is the number two search engine after Google, so the opportunity for someone to stumble upon your content is huge.
However, with Vimeo you have more control over the look and feel of any video you embed on your site including what is shown on the video (title, creator, etc.), the size/dimensions of the player, the color of any text, etc. Also, the quality of the video is much higher on Vimeo (free accounts can upload one HD video per month) and you're not limited to 10 minutes as you are on YouTube). All this and a "couch mode" for viewing? What's not to like?!
There's something for everyone here on our UBC Film Students Video Share - and the content keeps growing - so come over to Vimeo and add us as a contact.
UBC Film Students Video Share
A new blog has just been launched by students enrolled in UBC's Image Concepts for Filmmakers - Winter 2012.
This course explores connections between idea, meaning, and image as a basis to understanding the relationship of photography to cinematography. Image Concepts for Filmmakers starts with the book "Photography As Contemporary Art" by Charlotte Cotton, which divides contemporary photography into eight general overlapping categories.
Students produce images, on a weekly schedule in response to readings in the various categories. Student work will be conceptually based rather than aesthetically tied to photography's usual characteristics such as composition, lighting, the moment and technical manipulation. The images are informed by an idea that is generated before the shutter is released and the way the images look is secondary to what it makes the viewer think about.
Every week students will be posting their images in response to the concepts covered in the course - so watch this space:
Image Concepts for Filmmakers
~ Photography as an extension of thought
[Course code FIPR 235]
Ian is a recipient of one of this year’s David and Manjy Sidoo Family scholarships!
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Ms. Tailfeathers created Bloodland during UBC Film Production’s first year of the Rogers Project, in a class with Rogers Multicultural Teaching Fellow Dwayne Beaver, in which students create films focusing on First Nations topics.
Acclaimed actor and director Lorne Cardinal named as “Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence”and filmmaker Dwayne Beaver appointed as“Rogers Multicultural Teaching Fellow” for the UBC Film Production Program.www.protectbloodland.ca
MEREDITH HAMA-BROWN's FILM TWO DREAMS
is screening at the Fantastic Film Festival in Austin Texas in September. Her film was made in Alternative Cinema 435 and is a tense, enigmatic drama featurinsg gripping performances by Katelyn Wallace and Brad Messer. Meredith's work engages an eclectic mix of the familiar rendered in images from the shadows of the human psyche. Visit the Fantastic Film Festival
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Congratulations to Ian Holliday and Yuri Cabrera for their winning entry in the Wind Mobile "Best Conversation Ever" Competition. Their humorous plea and parody of of Memento, Inception and Batman won them a conversation with Director Christopher Nolan.
This nationwide competition required entrants to submit video about someone they would like to talk to if they could have a conversation with anyone in the world.
All of the submitted videos were voted on by Facebook users to determine which 100 videos were the most popular. The 100 winners were judged by Wind, and the top 5 were selected. Ian's long time wish to talk to Christopher Nolan will now be fulfilled.
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The 2011 recipients of the Kodak Scholarship Program have been announced, and will be screened at this year’s UFVA conference in Boston, Mass. Kodak’s annual, international competition is designed to recognize superior filmmaking skills and creativity of the next generation. The 2011 student winners, as judged by renowned cinematographer Robbie Greenberg, ASC, hail from schools around the globe.
“The quality of work being done by these students is outstanding,” says Greenberg. “The seriousness and poignancy of the subject matters the students explored was also impressive.” http://motion.kodak.com
Film Production BFA, Laura Good, won a silver prize in the International Kodak competition for her 3rd year film, made in FIPR 333.
Laura Good wrote and directed the short film While I Breathe based on a experience during a class trip in Xi'an China in 2009.
While I Breathe is the intimate story of two people affected by human trafficking, and how one chance hour together changes their respective lives forever. The film stars Christopher Shyer, Madison Desjarlais, and Crystal Balint, and is Good's first project as director.
The film was produced in part by a generous grant from the UBC Sexual Assault Support Centre, and by contributions from private donors.
While enrolled in UBC film production, Laura Good has produced a variety of short films, from the 2010 comedy "Oh Hey it's a Ghost" to the post-apocalyptic drama “Run Dry” for the 2011 Crazy 8s competition. She is currently producing an ambitious 3D short film by Rachel Talalay, and is employed as the producer’s assistant at Front Street Pictures in Vancouver.
Good has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation with a commercial pilot license.
Cinematographer/Producer: Theresa Konrad Editor/Producer: Edi Leung Associate Producers: Oliver Millar, Alice Deegan
CONGRATULATIONS TO UBC FILM PRODUCTION LEO AWARD WINNERS
The 2011 Leo Award Nominations winners have been announced!
View our Leo Award Winners
Kathleen Jayme – Little Big Kid
FEATURE LENGTH DRAMA
Stephen Hegyes – Producer - Gunless
CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A SHORT DRAMA
Amy Belling – Madam Perrault’s Bluebeard
PICTURE EDITING IN A FEATURE FILM
Richard Martin - Transparency
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM OR SERIES
Yves J. Ma, Sturla Gunnarsson, Janice Tufford – Producers – Force of Nature
BEST WEB SERIES
Maureen Bradley, Julia Dillon-Davis, Eliza Robertson, Daniel Hogg – Producers – Fisherman’s Wharf
A GOLDEN MOMENT FOR FILM PRODUCTION
Films and television series created by UBC Film Production students, alumni and faculty garnered 30 nominations for the 2011 Leo Awards. Check out the trailers for the films below:
UBC Film is please to announce two current graduate students and three UBC Film Production Alumni have been selected into the prestigious Crazy8 Short Film Festival.
FROM NICHOLAS HUMPHRIES, MFA FILM PRODUCTION
Nicholas Humphries' MFA Film Production Masters Thesis Riese: Kingdom Falling will be launching on spacecast.com's web series on March 7 and a feature cut will screen on Space Channel April 9th following the season finale of Merlin.
MAKING IT: THREE UBC FILM PRODUCTION STUDENTS TELL THEIR STORIES
Join three UBC Film Production Program students as they show clips from their film projects and discuss the challenging process of bringing original stories successfully to the screen. Wed., March 2, 6 PM. UBC ROBSON square. Free. Everyone welcome.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MFA STUDENT BRENTON SPENCER FOR HIS LEO AWARD NOMINATION FOR DIRECTING
Brenton directed "Dreams", an episode of Turner Broadcasting's Tower Prep. The nomination is in the Children and Family Drama catagory. Last year he was nominated and won last in the TV Drama catagory for directing as episode of "Sanctuary", for The SyFy Channel.