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Hollywood North: Midnight madness on the mountains at Whistler film fest

The movies will be out at midnight this year at the 12th annual Whistler Film Festival. At a private media luncheon at Cin Cin, the festival’s new director of programming, Paul Gratton, announced the creation of a late-night screening series that kicks off with American Mary – the latest horror hit by Jenn and Sylvia Soska, the twin Vancouver chiller phenoms behind Dead Hooker in a Trunk, The series also screens some scariness from Toronto – The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh.

Gratton, who has over thirty years of industry experience ranging from programming rep cinemas to programming for TV networks, says his goal is to make the festival a must-attend event for B.C. filmmakers and to create an event with, “a hip, cool vibe.”

The festival is also featuring a series of high-profile documentaries including the latest in the acclaimed “7 up series” – 56 Up.

This year’s festival kicks off with an opening gala presentation of the western Canadian premiere of Michael McGowan’s Still on Nov. 28 and ends with the world premiere of The Sheepdogs Have At It – a new documentary about Saskatchewan’s Rolling Stone coverboys (Dec. 2).

Other world premieres include Bird Co. Media (directed by Vancouver’s Jason Bourque); director David Hick’s new film, The Movie Out Here; Tempting Fear by Mike Douglas; Karen Cho’s documentary about the real status of women in Canada, Status Quo; and the director’s cut of Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage. Says Gratton: “I really tried to mix it up and be as eclectic as possible.”

The festival also has numerous English-Canadian and western Canadian premieres, and the North American premiere of Blood Pressure, directed by Sean Garrity.

Gratton told journalists that on the drive to the restaurant he locked down the North American premiere of White Deep Plain – a three-hour Chinese feature that he says doesn’t just include “the most beautiful photography of wheat fields I have ever seen” but also “levels of tawdry sex the likes of which I did not think you could find in Chinese movies so the three hours are not as lugubrious as you might otherwise think.”

The festival is also adding an animation component and hosting panels on TV movies and a panel on visual effects, featuring some of the B.C. effects specialists whose work is being featured around the world. “I wanted to focus on healthy parts of the B.C. industry,” says Gratton.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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Hollywood North: Midnight madness on the mountains at Whistler film fest

The movies will be out at midnight this year at the 12th annual Whistler Film Festival. At a private media luncheon at Cin Cin, the festival’s new director of programming, Paul Gratton, announced the creation of a late-night screening series that kicks off with American Mary – the latest horror hit by Jenn and Sylvia Soska, the twin Vancouver chiller phenoms behind Dead Hooker in a Trunk, The series also screens some scariness from Toronto – The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh.

Gratton, who has over thirty years of industry experience ranging from programming rep cinemas to programming for TV networks, says his goal is to make the festival a must-attend event for B.C. filmmakers and to create an event with, “a hip, cool vibe.”

The festival is also featuring a series of high-profile documentaries including the latest in the acclaimed “7 up series” – 56 Up.

This year’s festival kicks off with an opening gala presentation of the western Canadian premiere of Michael McGowan’s Still on Nov. 28 and ends with the world premiere of The Sheepdogs Have At It – a new documentary about Saskatchewan’s Rolling Stone coverboys (Dec. 2).

Other world premieres include Bird Co. Media (directed by Vancouver’s Jason Bourque); director David Hick’s new film, The Movie Out Here; Tempting Fear by Mike Douglas; Karen Cho’s documentary about the real status of women in Canada, Status Quo; and the director’s cut of Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage. Says Gratton: “I really tried to mix it up and be as eclectic as possible.”

The festival also has numerous English-Canadian and western Canadian premieres, and the North American premiere of Blood Pressure, directed by Sean Garrity.

Gratton told journalists that on the drive to the restaurant he locked down the North American premiere of White Deep Plain – a three-hour Chinese feature that he says doesn’t just include “the most beautiful photography of wheat fields I have ever seen” but also “levels of tawdry sex the likes of which I did not think you could find in Chinese movies so the three hours are not as lugubrious as you might otherwise think.”

The festival is also adding an animation component and hosting panels on TV movies and a panel on visual effects, featuring some of the B.C. effects specialists whose work is being featured around the world. “I wanted to focus on healthy parts of the B.C. industry,” says Gratton.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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Hollywood North: Midnight madness on the mountains at Whistler film fest

The movies will be out at midnight this year at the 12th annual Whistler Film Festival. At a private media luncheon at Cin Cin, the festival’s new director of programming, Paul Gratton, announced the creation of a late-night screening series that kicks off with American Mary – the latest horror hit by Jenn and Sylvia Soska, the twin Vancouver chiller phenoms behind Dead Hooker in a Trunk, The series also screens some scariness from Toronto – The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh.

Gratton, who has over thirty years of industry experience ranging from programming rep cinemas to programming for TV networks, says his goal is to make the festival a must-attend event for B.C. filmmakers and to create an event with, “a hip, cool vibe.”

The festival is also featuring a series of high-profile documentaries including the latest in the acclaimed “7 up series” – 56 Up.

This year’s festival kicks off with an opening gala presentation of the western Canadian premiere of Michael McGowan’s Still on Nov. 28 and ends with the world premiere of The Sheepdogs Have At It – a new documentary about Saskatchewan’s Rolling Stone coverboys (Dec. 2).

Other world premieres include Bird Co. Media (directed by Vancouver’s Jason Bourque); director David Hick’s new film, The Movie Out Here; Tempting Fear by Mike Douglas; Karen Cho’s documentary about the real status of women in Canada, Status Quo; and the director’s cut of Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage. Says Gratton: “I really tried to mix it up and be as eclectic as possible.”

The festival also has numerous English-Canadian and western Canadian premieres, and the North American premiere of Blood Pressure, directed by Sean Garrity.

Gratton told journalists that on the drive to the restaurant he locked down the North American premiere of White Deep Plain – a three-hour Chinese feature that he says doesn’t just include “the most beautiful photography of wheat fields I have ever seen” but also “levels of tawdry sex the likes of which I did not think you could find in Chinese movies so the three hours are not as lugubrious as you might otherwise think.”

The festival is also adding an animation component and hosting panels on TV movies and a panel on visual effects, featuring some of the B.C. effects specialists whose work is being featured around the world. “I wanted to focus on healthy parts of the B.C. industry,” says Gratton.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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