There’s a rumour out there that Vancouver is the “Hollywood of the North”. Lots of people think this is because tons of American films come here to shoot our beautiful streets and picturesque forests, thinking that our city could easily be New York or Baltimore if edited correctly. Us Vancouverites know the truth. We know that Vancouver is called “Hollywood North” for many reasons. Lots of famous people live here, we have great parties, oh, and we are home to amazing filmmakers and artists. Vancouver is a diverse and creative city that draws people of all kinds to it. These are just a few reasons why Vancity has a great pulse, both artistically and otherwise.
The Vancouver International Film Festival is one event that showcases creativity from Canada and around the world. Vancouverites are lucky to get to experience both international and local film at this great festival. VIFF 2014 runs from September 25th – October 10th.
If you know anything about Vancouverites, you know that we are proud of our city, and will brag [in the nice Canadian way] about how awesome our city is to anyone who is willing to listen. So, it is no surprise that we love to support our own. Here are a few BC films that we are excited to see at the VIFF 2014. Check out must see. BC.Viff.org to find out which BC features have won an awesome cash prize that will allow them to continue to create great film.
“Bye Bye Blues”
‘Anne Wheeler’s most decorated film is an upbeat musical melodrama based on her mother’s wartime memories. Daisy Cooper (Rebecca Jenkins) is a wife and mother who joins a dance band to provide for her family while her husband is at war. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Vic Sarin, it’s bittersweet and poignant, with fine performances by Jenkins and Robyn Stevan, both of whom won Genies for their work.’ – See full synopsis here
“Everything Will Be”
‘Director Julia Kwan documents the pivotal changes affecting the culture and economy of Vancouver’s Chinatown, one of the oldest in North America. With humour and sympathy, Kwan introduces us to residents who see their way of living eroding and to others who welcome the transition, including real estate consultant Bob Rennie.’ – See full synopsis here
‘Ruth (Sonja Bennett, who also penned the screenplay) fakes being pregnant to fit in with her child-rearing friends. This uproarious comedy from Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) will have you cringing in between fits of uncontrollable laughter as Ruth’s web of lies becomes increasingly tangled. The road to acceptance has never been so baby-bumpy; you’ll be laughing until you birth. Sorry, burst.’ - See full synopsis here