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Stellar Group of Women to Gather for Celebrated Women In the Director’s Chair Program

A stellar group of eight Canadian women directors, along with an ensemble of hand-picked Industry professionals, mentors, actors and crews, have been selected to attend the 19th annual Women In the Director’s Chair (Widc) program, and the two-day pilot session of the Widc Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion. Over the next two months these rising stars will develop their feature films and web series, while cultivating relationships with industry insiders along with key collaborators, and an ensemble of hand-picked professional actors and technicians. The program culminates with a technical creative master-class at The Banff Centre.

Mounting their directorial debut feature films are, from the Northwest Territories, Kirsten Carthew ("Prototype"), Manitoba-based Rebecca Gibson ("Jane Garbage"), from Ontario, Renuka Jeyapalan ("Sex with as Perfect Stranger"), and Simone Stock ("Dark Horse"), BC-based Kate Kroll, ("One.Last.Stop"), Reem Morsi ("Lips"), and Loretta Todd ("Monkey Beach'), and Pei-based, Jenna MacMillan is developing a new web series, ("Gran Bandit").

“These filmmakers are already established in their own right,” says Carol Whiteman, award-winning Widc producer. “They have won awards and fellowships, some from our collaborating partners like Women In Film, the St John’s International Women’s Film Festival, and the Whistler Film Festival. We all see the talent that these women possess and the potential of their projects.” “I appreciate how Widc supports women’s work and vision,” says seasoned documentary filmmaker, Loretta Todd whose sci-fi martial arts pilot Skye and Chang airs on Aptn. “Being part of Widc Sim 2.O is a significant opportunity to help me be prepared so I can be even more courageous as a director.”

This year's eight directors also benefit from the expertise of award-winning Canadian writer/directors and Widc alumnae, Katrin Bowen ("Amazon Falls," "Random Acts of Romance"), Lulu Keating ("Lucille's Ball," "The Mood Brood") who mentor in Vancouver, Deanne Foley ("Beat Down," and "Relative Happiness" premiering at Whistler Film Festival) at the Whistler Film Festival, and celebrated writer/director Gail Harvey ("Looking is the Original Sin," "Long Story Short") will be the program's Mentor Director in Banff. The line up of award-winning Widc mentors also includes director of photography, Roger Vernon ("Twilight: Breaking Dawn"), Teresa Hannigan (Rookie Blue), Jeanne Slater ("Lucille's Ball," "Evangeline"), screen-writer and Jungian expert, Dr. Carolyn Mamchur, writer/story consultant Linda Coffey ("These Arms of Mine"), and actress/acting instructor, Lori Triolo (Blackstone, Supernatural). Industry experts include, John Galway (of Harold Greenberg Fund), Maureen Levitt, (of Super Channel), independent producer, Lael McCall, (of Principia Productions), and Lauren Davis of Telefilm Canada.

The Women In the Director’s Chair (Widc) program has earned an international reputation for propelling women directors’ skills, stories and careers to the next level of excellence. Creative Women Workshops Association, The Banff Centre and Actra (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) have been Widc collaborators and Telefilm Canada has been a major sponsor since the program’s 1997 inception. This is Widc’s first year collaborating with the Whistler Film Festival, with the Widc Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion taking place on December 3 and 4.

The Festival’s online box office is now open for industry and festival passes, ticket packages, and individual film and special event tickets (until December 7). The Festival Box Office is also open for phone sales (1-877-838-film) and on November 28 for walk-in sales. Wff’s film, event and industry Summit lineup and schedules are available at

The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa is Wff’s official host hotel. Wff has 17 accommodation partners to choose from that offer special rates to Whistler Film Festival attendees. Book your accommodation early to ensure your perfect match and price. For information, go to

The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Tourism Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Elle Canada, the Directors Guild of Canada - British Columbia, Creative BC, The Harold Greenburg Fund, Cineplex, CTV, Pandora, Sorel, Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb, Promosa and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.

About Widc – Women In the Director’s Chair (Widc) is an internationally respected Canadian professional development offering, specially designed to advance the skills, careers and screen projects of women directors. With nearly 200 director alumnae across Canada, Widc is presented in partnership by Creative Women Workshops Association, The Banff Centre and Actra, with major support from Telefilm Canada, William F. White Intl., and with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Panavision Canada, Sim Digital, Clairmont Camera Film and Digital, North Shore Studios, The Bridge Studios, Vancouver Film Studios, Front Row Insurance, Banff World Media Festival, Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, Ubcp/Actra, Actra Alberta, Iatse 669, Iatse 212, Independent Production Fund, Wift Vancouver, Female Eye Film Festival, St John’s International Women’s Film Festival and Whistler Film Festival. Director’s chair sponsors include Creative BC, BC Arts Council, Wiftv. Find out more at @WIDC_ca #Widc

About the Whistler Film Festival: From December 3 to 7, 2014, the Whistler Film Festival (Wff) will celebrate its 14th edition as one of Canada's leading festivals. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s five day Festival will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, star-studded guests, lively celebrations and unique industry initiatives. Find out more at

About the Whistler Film Festival Society: The Whistler Film Festival Society (Wffs) is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. Wffs produces one of Canada's leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs for Canadian filmmakers. Find out more at
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Viff 2012 Roundup – Random Acts of Romance

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Canadian director Katrin Bowen follows her first feature Amazon Falls (Viff 2010) with an anti-romantic comedy, about love and all those crazy and obsessive behaviors associated with it.

Random Acts of Romance, which had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival 2012, revolves around the lives of two couples whose relationships are falling apart.

Newly weds, David(Robert Moloney) and Holly(Laura Bertram) continue to live their monotonous married life rather than admit they aren’t happy and Dianne(Amanda Tapping) and Matt(Zak Santiago), have been together for 5 years yet Matt still doesn’t know what she drinks and Dianne is still the sole financial supporter while Matt is working on his online degree. When Dianne gives Matt an ultimatum, Matt decides he must sacrifice to save the relationship resulting in a surprising turn of events and a chance for Holly to put an end to her unhappiness.

The quirky characters,
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Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau: Genie Award Winners

Viggo Mortensen (Sigmund Freud), Michael Fassbender (Carl Jung), A Dangerous Method Monsieur Lazhar Tops Genie Awards Meilleur Film / Best Motion Picture A Dangerous MethodMartin Katz, Marco Mehlitz, Jeremy Thomas CAFÉ De FlorePierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin, Jean-Marc Vallée * Monsieur LazharLuc Déry, Kim McCraw StarbuckAndré Rouleau The WhistleblowerChristina Piovesan, Celine Rattray Meilleure RÉALISATION / Achievement In Direction David CronenbergA Dangerous Method Steven SilverThe Bang Bang Club Jean-marc VALLÉECafé de Flore * Philippe FalardeauMonsieur Lazhar Larysa KondrackiThe Whistleblower Meilleures Images / Achievement In Cinematography Miroslaw Baszak, C.S.C. – The Bang Bang Club Pierre CottereauCafé de Flore Jon JoffinDaydream Nation * Jean-FRANÇOIS Lord – Snow & Ashes Ronald PlanteMonsieur Lazhar Meilleur Montage / Achievement In Editing Jean-FRANÇOIS BergeronThe Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom Michael Czarnecki – In Darkness Patrick DemersJaloux * STÉPHANE LafleurMonsieur Lazhar Ronald Sanders, C.C.E. A.C.E. – A Dangerous Method
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Playback released on demand, Grimm preview, interviews with Anna Galvin, Patton Oswalt, Aleks Paunovic and James Marsters

The Friday round of updates:

A new episode of Grimm, with Sasha Roiz, airs tonight at 9 pm. Here is the synopsis:

As Portland's homeless youth start to go missing, Nick uncovers a deadly black market supplying the Grimm world with human organs for all types of elixirs. As the investigation heightens, Nick and Juliette befriend a pair of homeless siblings, Hanson (guest star Daryl Sabara, "Spy Kids") and Gracie (guest star Hannah Marks, "Necessary Roughness"), whose friends have gone missing.Valerie Cruz from Alphas and The Dresden Files also guest stars.

Starting next week, NBC will be airing Grimm reruns on Thursdays at 10 until March, and The Firm is moving to Saturdays.

You can find a bunch of stills from Extracted on the film's Fb page.

Here is a sneak peek from Grimm:

Playback with Alessandra Torresani is finally available on demand. The film will also hit theatres on March 9. Synopsis and clip,
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New interview with Sasha Roiz and the weekend monster update

Let's start the weekly round-up with Grimm.

Grimm's ratings dropped a little this week, but the show still won the 18-49 demo in its timeslot, finishing ahead of CSI: NY, Fringe and Supernatural, and rising by a full frakking ratings point (1.8) after Chuck (0.8). Wake up, Chuck.

Hitfix visited the set in Portland recently and posted a lengthy report. Here is a snippet:

Sasha Roiz on how his character will develop later in the series: "I’m not a Grimm descendent, but I'm a descendent of a long line that dates back just as Grimm does and we have a bit of a history and a past, so my line is a royal line and that will slowly unfold throughout the series."Collider has a longer interview with Sasha and Reggie Lee (more at the link):

It’s nice to see your character – like the main character – has the duality.
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Hey Montreal: 'Amazon Falls' In a Theatre on July 1

The independent Canadian film Amazon Falls, directed by Katrin Bowen, will be released for a short period of time in Montreal on July 1.

The film will be available at the Parallèle Movie Theatre from July 1 to 3.

Bowen's first feature film, which was made with a budget of $60,000, tells the story of a fading B-movie starlette named Jana (April Telek). She dreams to become a famous Hollywood star. However, she's getting closer to her fourties and personal income gets smaller. Will she leave her acting dream behind?

The film also stars Anna Mae Routledge, Gabrielle Rose, Zak Santiago, Benjamin Ratner, Matty Finochio, Tom Braidwood, Alexandra Staseson, William B. Davis, Drew Scott and J.D. Scott.

The DVD release date of the film has yet to be announced.
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Leo Awards report & new interview with Esai Morales

Great news from the Leo Awards in Vancouver yesterday, where several Caprica & BSG actors snagged prizes. Congrats again to all who were nominated!

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series

Carmen Moore - Blackstone - White Bread, Red Class

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series

Ryan Robbins - Sanctuary - Animus

Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series

Richard Harmon - R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour - Nightmare Inn

Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series

Michael Eklund - Fringe - The Plateau

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series

Callum Keith Rennie - Shattered - Out of Sorrow

Several cast projects also won awards. Transparency, with Kendall Cross, Aleks Paunovic and Anna Galvin, won two, for Best Direction and Best Picture Editing in a Feature Length Drama. Tucker & Dale vs Evil,
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The Leo nominations & new Caprica story

The nominations for the Canadian Leo Awards have been announced today and several Caprica and BSG actors scored nods in different categories, for different projects. The Leos are presented by the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia.

Genevieve Buechner has been nominated for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series, for her work in Caprica 1x05, "There Is Another Sky." Huge congratulations to Genevieve and everyone else who has been nominated.

Here is the list:

Carmen Moore - Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series - Blackstone ("White Bread, Red Class")Ryan Robbins - Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series - Sanctuary ("Animus")Brian Markinson - Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series - Shattered ("Out of Sorrow")Richard Harmon - Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series - The Haunting
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New interviews with Kevin Murphy & Bear McCreary

Hollywood Reporter has a new interview with Kevin Murphy. Among other things, he talks about Caprica and some of the challenges they faced in the second half of the season. The relevant bit:

The Hollywood Reporter: You’ve had some quickly-canceled shows on your resume. What did you learn from them?

Kevin Murphy: In a case like Caprica, I came in halfway into the order. After a week or so, Ron Moore and David Eick promoted me to showrunner and one of the interesting things there was figuring out how to make it grand -- how to make it live up to the [Battlestar Galactica] franchise while being realistic about the fact that the show had ended up costing NBCUniversal a lot more than they had originally expected or budgeted for. Part of that was the nature of the beast. When you’re doing a show set on a spaceship, you
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Sunday updates

A few quick updates today:

Edward James Olmos has posted a short video on his official site, in which he talks about his last flight on BSG. Check it out at

Gun Hill Road has won Best Film at the Dallas Film Festival and Harmony Santana, who plays Esai Morales' transgender son, has won an award for Best Performance.

Alessandra Torresani is now a contributing editor and has her own column at The Printed Blog.

Patton Oswalt wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal. You can read it here: Family Travel to an iPod Beat

Aleks Paunovic and Tahmoh Penikett talked about their short film, The Hostage, at C2E2. The clip with the interview and some footage from the film is on Kind of Epic Film's Fb page.

Daydream Nation with Calum Worthy, Genevieve Buechner and Luke Camilleri, will be out in theatres on May
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"Amazon Falls" - March 18, 2011

Director Katrin Bowen reports that her first feature, "Amazon Falls" will screen at the Magic Carlton Cinema 9, Toronto, Ontario, the week of March 18, 2011. The film will subsequently screen at select cities across Canada ending in Vancouver at the Denman Cinemas for the week of April 15, 2011.

"Amazon Falls" premiering @ the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, September 2010, stars April Telek ("Flight 93"), Anna Mae Routledge ("Harpers Island"), Zak Santiago ("Young Blades"), Ben Ratner ("Fathers and Sons"), William B. Davis ("The X-Files") and Tom Braidwood ("The X-Files").

Co-produced by Darren Reiter, the film is loosely based on Bowen's experiences as an 18-year-old B-movie performer living in Los Angeles.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Amazon Falls"...
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Katrin Bowen's "Amazon Falls"

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We attended a great party September 13 @ Toronto's Queen Street West rock venue "The Bovine Sex Club", as Vancouver-based director Katrin Bowen, celebrated the Canada First Tiff screening of her debut feature "Amazon Falls".

The film is described as Bowen's take on her personal 'B-movie' experiences, as a performer in Los Angeles, "...unapologetically exposing the grit behind the glitz of fame..."

Cast includes April Telek as 'Jana', William B Davis as 'Calvin', Zak Santiago as 'Aron', Anna Mae Routledge as 'Li', Ben Ratner as 'Derek',

Tom Braidwood as 'Tommy' and Gabrielle Rose as 'Margaret'.

"...'Jana' is a fading B-movie actress who was famous for her roles in Amazon movies playing a variety of pre-'Xena' warrior-princesses. Nearing 40 she is desperately trying to keep her leg in the B-movie game and decides to pursue her fading career with a zealous fervor. But new roles are elusive and the clock is ticking. Will she
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Line-Up of Canadian Films at the Vancouver Int'l Film Festival

The Vancouver International Film Festival, which will take place from September 30 to October 15, is known for bringing the world to people in and around Vancouver. Moreover, it also has Canadian films in its line-up. All in all, expect to see some Canadian films that are currently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The opening film will be the Canadian-Italian co-production Barney's Version. Other Canadian films include:

* A Drummer's Dream, by John Walker

* A Night for Dying Tigers, by Terry Miles

* A Simple Rhythm, by Tess Girard

* Altitude, by Kaare Andrews

* Amazon Falls, by Katrin Bowen

* An Ecology of Mind, by Nora Bateson

* Barney's Version, by Richard J. Lewis

* Breaking the Silence: Burma's Resistance, by Pierre Mignault and Hélène Magny

* Curling, by Denis Côté

* Everywhere, by Alexis Durand-Brault

* Father & Sons, by Carl Bessai

* Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, by Sturla Gunnarsson

* Guido Superstar: The Rise of Guido, by Silvio Pollio

* Les amours imaginaires,
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Viff has movies. Lots of movies. We've got the line-up (so far)

The Vancouver International Film Festival is my baby. In its 29th year, this is the event I look forward to every year. The lists I've kept through the year come out and I eagerly look through the list of titles in search of those little gems and every year Viff responds with a huge assortment of titles. This year's festival is no different.

Some of the titles we're most eagerly anticipating include Tsumetai Nettaigyo’s Cold Fish (trailer), Gareth EdwardsMonsters (trailer, review), Jo Sung-Hee’s apocalyptic road movie End of Animal, Carl Bessai’s Repeaters (trailer) and Xavier Dolan's Heartbeats (trailer, review).

There's loads more so be sure to check the titles (so far) after the break. Many more to be announced in the coming days.

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Altitude (Kaare Andrews), B.C.

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A weekend getaway aboard a small plane turns deadly for a rookie pilot and four teenage friends.
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The Complete 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Line-up

Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower The Toronto International Film Festival has added even more films to their line-up today as the complete line-up was announced, which ended up causing the festival's server to crash, but I was lucky enough to get in and get out before missing out on the information.

First off, the festival's Mavericks line-up is quite interesting, which includes a series of guest presentations and this year will see Edward Norton interview Bruce Springsteen, NBA All-Star and native Canadian Steve Nash will present his hour-long film Into the Wind, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will talk with the audience as his Cannes Palm d'Or-winning film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives was just added to the Masters programme, Ken Loach and Paul Laverty will be interviewed by Michael Moore on politics and cinema and Philip Seymour Hoffman will have his own panel. Also on hand will be Bill Gates,
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The Updated 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Line-Up

The organizers at the Toronto International Film Festival have put together one hell of an impressive line-up that has grown significantly since my first list announcing the Galas and Special Presentations, a pair of lists that have also grown since then.

The lists have grown to include Massy Tadjedin's Last Night starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet, which will serve as the closing night film.

It's also grown to include Danny Boyle's 127 Hours starring James Franco. Boyle recently spoke about the film at Movie Con and told the audience there it may be a challenge to watch saying, "It's a lovely way of doing a new kind of filmmaking, really. We want it to be a challenge to you [the audience] to see if you can sit and watch it."

In the film Franco plays real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston who ended up trapped under a
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Tiff 2010 Line-Up of Canadian Feature Films

As usual, the Toronto International Film Festival sticks to one of its mission: promoting Canadian films to the world. In fact, the complete line-up of Canadian films has been revealed today. Moreover, the festival will be held from September 9 to 19.


A Beginners Guide to Endings (Jonathan Sobol) World Premiere

Previously announced Canadian Galas include: The Bang Bang Club (Steven Silver), Barney’s Version (Richard J. Lewis), Casino Jack (George Hickenlooper), and Score: A Hockey Musical (Michael McGowan).

Special Presentations

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (Sturla Gunnarsson) World Premiere

Good Neighbours (Jacob Tierney) World Premiere

Incendies (Denis Villeneuve) North American Premiere

Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) (Xavier Dolan) English Canadian Premiere

Repeaters (Carl Bessai) World Premiere

Trigger (Bruce McDonald) World Premiere

Canada First

Daydream Nation (Mike Goldbach) World Premiere

Amazon Falls (Katrin Bowen) World Premiere

High Cost of Living (Deborah Chow) World Premiere

Jaloux (Patrick Demers) World Premiere
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Tiff 2010: Bruce McDonald, Xavier Dolan and Denis Villeneuve Headline The Canadian Titles At Tiff 2010!

The Toronto International Film Festival announced their complete slate of Canadian titles today, including the first announced midnight title in Michael Dowse's Fubar II. The Canadian slate this year looks to be a pretty compelling slate of newcomers and familiar names. Check all the news below!


A Beginners Guide to Endings  Jonathan Sobol, Canada World Premiere

Raucous, charming and very funny, Jonathan Sobol's comedy A Beginners Guide to Endings follows three sons as they deal with their gambler father's somewhat complicated legacy. Featuring the legendary Harvey Keitel, the film also stars Scott Caan, Paolo Costanzo, Wendy Crewson, Tricia Helfer, Jason Jones, and J.K. Simmons.

Previously announced Canadian Galas include: The Bang Bang Club, Steven Silver; Barney's Version, Richard J. Lewis; Casino Jack, George Hickenlooper; Score: A Hockey Musical, Mike McGowan.

Special Presentations

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie Sturla Gunnarsson, Canada World Premiere

At 75 years old,
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[News] Production Complete for 'Amazon Falls'

Canadian director Katrin Bowen announced on the blog of her next film, Amazon Falls, that its production is over. Besides, the film should be in film festivals.

It tells the story of Jana (April Telek), a B-movie actress. She has made a name for herself by playing "pre-Xena warrior-princesses". However, even though Jane is getting closer to her forties, she still believes that acting in B-movies is the job she deserves. As new roles become rare for her, will Jana throw the towel or keep fighting?

Other stars of the film include William B. Davis, Gabrielle Rose, Adrian Holmes, Lisa Marie Caruk, Gary Chalk, Zak Santiago, Anna Mae Routledge, Tom Braidwood, Benjamin Ratner, Matty Finochio and Alexandra Staseson.

Finally, no release date has been confirmed for this film that was shot in Burnaby, Vancouver (both are cities from British Columbia, Canada) and Los Angeles. Nonetheless, here's a behind the scene clip of the film.
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