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SPOTLIGHT ON BC FILMMAKERS AT VIFF 2011

40 Days at Base Camp

World Premiere

40 DAYS AT BASE CAMP

Canada | Dir: Dianne Whelan | View Trailer

[40DBA] | Tue. Oct 11, 7:00pm, Granville #1
Fri. Oct 14, 12:20pm, Granville #1

With only half the level of oxygen we have at sea level, to be at base camp on Mt. Everest is to be dying a little bit every day. Director Dianne Whelan brings a photographer's eye and a storyteller's ear to this inhuman environment.

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Comforting Skin

World Premiere

COMFORTING SKIN

Canada | Dir: Derek Franson | View Trailer

[COMFO] | Mon. Oct 10, 9:30pm, Granville #1
Wed. Oct 12, 1:15pm, Granville #2

One night Koffie gets a tattoo—a last ditch attempt to imbue her life with excitement. But with the tattoo comes a mysterious connection that fills her life with taunting whispers and frantic desires. Director Derek Franson’s debut is a dark, intriguing psychological drama.

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Desert Riders

World Premiere

DESERT RIDERS

Canada | Dir: Vic Sarin

[DESER] | Sat. Oct 1, 9:30pm, Granville #5
Sun. Oct 2, 12:20pm, Granville #1

Camel racing is one of the Middle East’s most popular sports, but rarely revealed is the unspeakable horror thousands of boys face when sold into the world of jockeying. Director Vic Sarin gives a voice to these children in this bold and compelling doc.

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Donovan

DONOVAN'S ECHO

Canada | Dir: Jim Cliffe

Classification: PG--violence; coarse language

[DONOV] | Sun. Oct 9, 6:20pm, Granville #3
Tue. Oct 11, 1:00pm, Granville #7

Thirty years after a tragic accident, Donovan returns to his family home. Convinced history is repeating itself, he risks everything to save an unsuspecting family from the same fate. Directed by Jim Cliffe, Danny Glover adeptly brings a deeply conflicted character to the screen.

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Everything and Everyone

World Premiere

EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE

Canada | Dir: Tracy D. Smith | View Trailer

[EVERY] | Wed. Oct 12, 6:45pm, Granville #1
Thu. Oct 13, 2:50pm, Granville #1

Tracy D. Smith's latest feature is a beautifully told story of love, laughter, loss, and everything in between. A troubled group of family and friends deal with crises of age, love, death, parenthood and identity, taking us on a journey both hilarious and heartbreaking.

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Family Portrait in Black and White

FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE

Canada | Dir: Julia Ivanova | View Trailer

Classification: PG--coarse language; theme of racism

[PORTR] | Tue. Oct 4, 3:00pm, Granville #1
Sat. Oct 8, 6:00pm, Granville #4
Mon. Oct 10, 11:30am, Granville #4

Director Julia Ivanova introduces strong-willed Olga, a single woman raising 16 black orphans in a small Ukrainian town. Growing up in a country of blue-eyed blondes, these children must always be on guard against the world around them. Winner, Best Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2011.

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Hamlet

World Premiere

HAMLET

Canada | Dir: Bruce Ramsay | View Trailer

[HAMLE] | Mon. Oct 10, 6:15pm, Granville #4
Wed. Oct 12, 2:50pm, Granville #1

Director and star Bruce Ramsay offers a noirish adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, stripped for speed and steeped in claustrophobic angst. A subtle palette and superb 40s set design serve as the perfect backdrop to this tale of angst and internal conflict.

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Nash--The Documentary

NASH--THE DOCUMENTARY

Canada | Dir: Michael Hamilton, Corey Ogilvie

Classification: TBA

[NASHX] | Tue. Oct 11, 6:45pm, Vogue
Thu. Oct 13, 4:15pm, Vogue
Fri. Oct 14, 1:00pm, Granville #7

Directors Michael Hamilton and Corey Ogilvie deliver a delightful profile of BCs most famous basketball player in this exceptional doc. We get to know Nash the player as well as his other personae: entrepreneur, philanthropist, filmmaker and family man.

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On the Line

World Premiere

ON THE LINE

Canada | Dir: Frank Wolf | View Trailer

[ONTHE] | Thu. Oct 6, 7:00pm, Granville #2
Tue. Oct 11, 1:45pm, Granville #2

Director Frank Wolf’s low-tech journey from the Alberta Tar Sands to the B.C. coast traces the planned route for the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project, highlighting the soon to be affected locals and the as yet unspoiled wilderness over which this environmentally heedless project looms.

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Peace Out

World Premiere

PEACE OUT

Canada | Dir: Charles Wilkinson | View Trailer

[PEACE] | Tue. Oct 4, 6:00pm, Granville #5
Thu. Oct 6, 3:20pm, Granville #5

As Canada’s energy consumption grows, scientists, industry and government are making hard choices about how to feed it. Charles Wilkinson’s latest eye-opener is a concentrated look at the harrowing costs of our technological affluence.

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Rainforest

World Premiere

RAINFOREST

Canada | Dir: Richard Boyce

[RAINF] | Tue. Oct 11, 9:15pm, Cinémathèque
Wed. Oct 12, 3:20pm, Granville #5

Inspired by his relationship with a Kwaxkwaka'wakw elder, Richard Boyce embarks upon an evocative cinematic journey contrasting the tree-farms that dominate the landscape surrounding his Vancouver Island home with an ancient—and threatened—rainforest.

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Sisters&Brothers

SISTERS&BROTHERS

Canada | Dir: Carl Bessai

[SISTE] | Wed. Oct 5, 9:15pm, Vogue
Tue. Oct 11, 1:30pm, Vogue

Carl Bessai's raucous, poignant feature is the latest in his series of collaboratively written comedies on the theme of family. This comedic tale about the trials and tribulations of four sibling pairs is an example of ensemble filmmaking at its finest.

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Sunflower Hour

SUNFLOWER HOUR

Canada | Dir: Aaron Houston | View Trailer

[SUNFL] | Thu. Oct 13, 6:45pm, Granville #1
Fri. Oct 14, 4:20pm, Granville #2

The buzz is very strong for Aaron Houston’s playful mockumentary about four puppeteers vying for one position on a hit children's television show. Following these social outcasts, we discover that perhaps they’ve got no business being near children in the first place... Winner, Independent Camera Award, Karlovy Vary 2011.

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Surviving Progress

SURVIVING PROGRESS

Canada | Dir: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks | View Trailer

[SURVI] | Sun. Oct 2, 4:15pm, Vogue

Based on Ronald Wright’s bestseller A Short History of Progress, this documentary provides a subversive diagnosis of mankind’s unique abilities and the danger they’ve brought to the world. Directors Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks probe the fundamental nature and effects of the human condition with disturbing precision.

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SHORT FILMS

At Lunchtime: A Story of Love

AT LUNCHTIME: A STORY OF LOVE

Canada | Dir: Brad Dryborough

[EARTH] | Mon. Oct 10, 9:15pm, Granville #2
Tue. Oct 11, 4:00pm, Cinémathèque

A group of bus passengers throws caution to the wind in the face of a perilous future.

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Bloodland

BLOODLAND

Canada | Dir: Elle-Maija Tailfeathers

[ONTHE] | Thu. Oct 6, 7:00pm, Granville #2
Tue. Oct 11, 1:45pm, Granville #2

This film explores the irreversible and detrimental impact of the thirst for gas and oil on our planet—and ourselves.

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Blood/Sweat/Tears

BLOOD/SWEAT/TEARS

Canada | Dir: Kevan Funk

[WATEX] | Sun. Oct 9, 9:30pm, Granville #2
Mon. Oct 10, 4:00pm, Cinémathèque

Emotionally wrecked, a couple makes a last attempt to fight for one another.

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Bone Wind Fire

BONE WIND FIRE

Canada | Dir: Jill Sharpe

[WATEX] | Sun. Oct 9, 9:30pm, Granville #2
Mon. Oct 10, 4:00pm, Cinémathèque

Taking us on a stunning visual journey from Mexico City to the American Southwest and the rainforests of British Columbia, this beautiful and subtle film pays homage to the inner lives of three important modern painters: Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, and Emily Carr.

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CMYK

CMYK

Canada | Dir: Marv Newland

[AIRXX] | Wed. Oct 12, 9:15pm, Granville #2
Thu. Oct 13, 4:00pm, Cinémathèque

Cyan, magenta, yellow and black. A dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement.

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The Coconut

THE COCONUT

Canada | Dir: Nimisha Mukerji

[SISTE] | Wed. Oct 5, 9:15pm, Vogue
Tue. Oct 11, 1:30pm, Vogue

A window into the misadventures of a young musical talent torn between her dreams and her responsibilities.

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Derailments

DERAILMENTS

Canada/Italy | Dir: Chelsea McMullan

[FIREX] | Tue. Oct 11, 9:15pm, Granville #2
Wed. Oct 12, 3:45pm, Cinémathèque

Myths surrounding "the most famous film never made", Fellini's Il Viaggio di G. Mastorna Detto Fernet, are examined.

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Falling From the Sky

FALLING FROM THE SKY

Canada | Dir: Moira Simpson

[PLANE] | Wed. Oct 5, 6:30pm, Granville #2
Sat. Oct 8, 1:15pm, Granville #2
Fri. Oct 14, 11:00am, Granville #2

Surrounded by beauty, Koko dances her memories of being a child stranded in Japan during WWII.

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Move Out Clean

MOVE OUT CLEAN

Canada | Dir: Kelly-Ruth Mercier

[FIREX] | Tue. Oct 11, 9:15pm, Granville #2
Wed. Oct 12, 3:45pm, Cinémathèque

As Jake cleans his apartment, he comes to grim realizations about himself and his failed relationship.

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The Planting

THE PLANTING

Canada | Dir: Jason Goode

[FIREX] | Tue. Oct 11, 9:15pm, Granville #2
Wed. Oct 12, 3:45pm, Cinémathèque

A man reflects on a wasted life of digging holes and filling them back in.

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The Provider

THE PROVIDER

Canada | Dir: Brianne Nord-Stewart

[AIRXX] | Wed. Oct 12, 9:15pm, Granville #2
Thu. Oct 13, 4:00pm, Cinémathèque

In a small town in 40s America, the local doctor's home should be the safest place to seek refuge. But is it?

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Suffer

SUFFER

Canada | Dir: Kimani Ray Smith

[FIREX] | Tue. Oct 11, 9:15pm, Granville #2
Wed. Oct 12, 3:45pm, Cinémathèque

To save a beautiful stranger, Logan risks his life in Hell's Kitchen.

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Wait for Rain

WAIT FOR RAIN

Canada | Dir: Kyle Rideout

[WATEX] | Sun. Oct 9, 9:30pm, Granville #2
Mon. Oct 10, 4:00pm, Cinémathèque

In a future where water is scarce—making healthy plants the newest form of bling—James tries to get a girl's attention.

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Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2011

September 29 - October 14, 2011 | Film Info: 604.683.FILM (3456) | VIFF Office: 604.685.0260