Saturday, March 18, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
THE ACT ARTS CENTRE AND RIDGE FILM STUDIOS CELEBRATE BC FILM
WITH INAUGURAL FILM FESTIVAL
“MAPLE RIDGE FESTIVAL OF BC FILM” TO TAKE PLACE
MARCH 17-19 AT THE ACT ARTS CENTRE
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT WWW.THEACTMAPLERIDGE.ORG
(Maple Ridge, BC) ~ The ACT Arts Centre and The Ridge Film
Studios, with the support of the City of
Maple Ridge, are pleased to present a new festival highlighting
films created in British Columbia. The inaugural
Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is scheduled to take place at
The ACT Arts Centre in
Maple Ridge from Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.
“Just as The ACT Arts Centre’s ‘ACT Presents’ performance
series is designed to introduce new
Canadian and BC talent to our audiences, the ‘Festival of BC Film’
has been created to bring
more attention and access to the work of BC filmmakers,”
says Executive and Artistic Director,
Lindy Sisson. “More and more films are being shot in the
Maple Ridge area and with The Ridge
Film Studios a block away from The ACT, it felt quite logical
to join forces and champion BC
filmmakers,” she adds.
John Wittmayer, owner of The Ridge Film Studios states,
“We are thrilled to be a founding partner,
along with The ACT Arts Centre, of the first annual celebration
of BC Film. This festival aims to
raise the profile of films made in British Columbia, and supporting
the awareness of the amazing
talent that this province has to offer is truly something to be proud
The Festival kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday,
March 17 at 6:30pm and features a
total of six shorts and six feature films over the course of
FRIDAY, MARCH 17 at 8:00pm
Feature Film: Numb
Director: Jason R. Goode | Starring: Jamie Bamber,
Marie Avgeropoulos, Aleks Paunovic
Synopsis: When a couple in financial distress discovers
GPS coordinates that promise to lead
to stolen gold, they must partner with a pair of mysterious
hitchhikers to enter the remote
winter wilderness to recover the coins.
Short: Anxious Oswald Greene
Director: Marshall Axani | Starring: Ryan Beil, Jason Burkart,
Synopsis: Oswald Greene must cure his crippling anxiety,
even if it means trusting a blind nurse, a talking fly, and a
flamboyant doctor with a knack for rhyming.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 5:00pm
Feature Film: Fractured Land
Directors: Damien Gillis & Fiona Rayher | Starring: Caleb Behn,
Janet Annesley, Maude Barlow
Synopsis: With some of the world’s largest fracking operations
on his territory, a young indigenous
leader and lawyer confronts the fractures within his community
and himself as he struggles to
reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.
Short: Counter Act
Directors: Heath Affolter, Jon Affolter, Nathan Affolter, &
Starring: J. Alex Brinson, Naika Toussaint, Teal Fiddler
Synopsis: When Alice, a naïve young woman having lunch in
a diner circa 1960, joins Mary and Ray
in their “sit-in” protest, the ire of the racist patrons boils over
and Alice learns what it truly takes
to stand up for what you believe in.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 7:30pm
Feature Film: Black Fly
Director: Jason Borque | Starring: Matthew MacCaull,
Dakota Daulby, Christie Burke
Synopsis: A troubled teenager and his older brother reconnect,
setting off a powder keg of buried
secrets, paranoia, and murder. Inspired by true events.
Short: The Timekeeper
Director: Scott Weber | Starring: Tom McBeath,
Nathan Dashwood, Tammy Gillis
Synopsis: A watchmaker, who pawns time from people who
waste it, is forced to question his own
use of time when confronted by someone who might value it
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 2:00pm
Feature Film: The Wingman
Director: Jim Garrison | Starring: Peter Benson, Geoff Gustafson, Iris Paluly
Synopsis: A professional womanizer coerces his relationship
counselor into helping him seduce
women, only to discover that having him as his best friend
is more important than using him to
satisfy his insatiable sex drive.
No trailer I could link up for this film
Short: I Wanna Date U
Director: Lisa Ovies | Starring: Laura Adkin, Lisa Durupt,
Synopsis: After being stood up by her dream guy, a perpetually
single Holly and her best friend
Lucy decide to take a stand for women everywhere and
hunt him down.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 5:00pm
Feature Film: Lawrence and Holloman
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk | Starring: Ben Cotton,
Daniel Arnold, Katharine Isabelle
Synopsis: The dark and twisted story of a cynical and
suicidal accounting clerk who gets taken
under the wing of a happy-go-lucky, ever-optimistic suit salesman.
Director: Deborah Burns | Starring: Jodelle Ferland,
R. Douglas Hutchinson, Dave Abustan
Synopsis: Monster is a fable set in a pastoral post-apocalyptic
time. Hannah, played by
Jodelle Ferland, draws the winning lot to feed a terrifying
hungry monster waiting in the forest.
No Trailer Available:
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 7:30pm
Feature Film: Into the Forest
Director: Patricia Rozema | Starring: Ellen Page,
Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella
Synopsis: A mesmerizing and powerful story about two teenage
sisters in their remote woodland
home who are forced to fend for themselves in a society that
may be on the brink of collapse.
Short: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk | Starring: Shauna
Johannesen, Sebastien Archibald, Blu Mankuma
Synopsis: Just when flannel-clad Tracy Polokowski thinks her
‘yes’ day has come, her hipster
boyfriend breaks up with her, she discovers she has bedbugs,
and she is ostracized by everyone
Trailer not able to be uploaded to this site.
Tickets for the inaugural Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film are
available online at www.theactmapleridge.org, by phone at 604.476.2787 or in person at The ACT Arts Centre, located at
11944 Haney Place in Maple Ridge. Ticket prices range from
$11 for single tickets, $27 for a 3-pack of tickets, and $50 for
a 6-pack of tickets. Tickets purchased for the screening on
March 17 will also be honoured at the Festival’s Opening
Reception at 6:30pm.
For more information on the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film,
please visit www.theactmapleridge.org/FestivalofBCFilm
About The ACT Arts Centre:
The ACT Arts Centre is operated by The ACT Arts Council -
a non-profit charitable society that serves the community of
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows since 1971. The ACT Arts Centre
aims to offer vibrant arts and cultural opportunities and
experiences through excellence in artistic and
educational programming, customer service, and member
community service. The ACT Arts Centre is dedicated to
“Bringing Arts to the Heart of our
About Ridge Film Studios:
The Ridge Film Studios opened for business on January 1st, 2015 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Since then, over 25 TV Movies,
and two TV Series have been filmed at the studios. With over
46,000 square feet of stage space available along with film
production equipment rentals, the vision for The Ridge Film
Studios is to provide a premiere film production studio
facility that producers, directors, and crew will find
artistically satisfying, convenient, and cost-efficient. The Ridge
Film Studios is committed to building a strong, locally run film
studio that provides stable jobs to the community and helps
make Maple Ridge a film-friendly
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Thursday, February 9, 2017
I had heard of The Badass Film Festival when my friend Nadine L' Esperance had her film "No Pets Allowed" show there. I was invited but could not attend that year but would the following year and have press for both years.
I have been given the opportunity to interview(via email) David Aboussafy co-Director of the Badass III Film Festival this year at The Rio Theater February 26, 2017 starting at 2 PM.
I will be in attendance for this years festival , hope to see you there!
What can people attending this year's event expect?
Thanks Anthony for attending from the beginning, and for your ongoing support of the Vancouver Badass Film Festival!
In brief, Badass film festival goers this year can expect an even more killer line-up of new extreme short and feature films from around the world, (our submissions tripled from the previous two years) in a bigger and more action-packed environment. The films will be headed up by the premieres and first and only Vancouver theatrical screenings of the highly anticipated new feature films: Director's Cut (Adam Rifkin and Penn Jillette's new twisted meta-masterpiece), and Frankenstein Created Bikers (Jimmy Bickert's new balls to the wall indie exploitation epic perhaps the last such film to be shot on 35 mm film, and the sequel to the legendary biker film Dear God No!).
There are also live events hosted by our master of ceremonies Mister NIckel, including post-screening Q & As with attending filmmakers and cast, appearances by Samantha Mack and others, and performances including those by by Tristan Risk, Burns the Dragon, a very special live presentation before the screening of Frankenstein Created Bikers. There will also be an award show with nominees including Hollywood heavy-hitters, indie mavericks and up and comers from both Vancouver and around the world (see vbaff.com site for nominations list just posted).
_OR watch the evenings host Mr Nickel read off all the Nominations here:
Now that we have finalized our selections, our schedule looks like:
FEATURE The Valley of the Rats 2pm
Turbo Killer 4 mins
For Blood 11 mins
Commune 15 mins
Retribution 13 mins
The Stylist 15 mins
The Parting Glass 17 mins
Engineers 6 mins
Bon Jovi Witness 11 mins
Un Amour Dangereux 4 mins
The Third Date 8 mins
Burning All The Past Away 4 mins
Marauder 13 mins
Static 16 mins
LOCAL 6:15 pm
Mortem 4 mins
Summoned 6 mins
Ghost Can 6 mins
Baiting the Abductors 3 mins
Ready to Burst 11 mins
AWARDS CEREMONY 7:15pm
FEATURE Director's Cut 745pm
FCB pre-screening live performance 915pm
FEATURE Frankenstein Created Bikers 945pm
With a love for the underground film circuit , this is easily one of the best festivals I have attended.
Having saying that, did you think/know that there would be a market for this style of film festival?
Not initially. When we set up Badass I in late 2014, Marc Boily and I were simply just a nude photographer (Marc) and a psychologist (me) looking for a venue to screen the crazy films that we and our friends liked (and made). I had previously quite enjoyed the old Cinemeutre festival which ended in the mid-2000s when Kier-la Janisse moved to Australia, and had noted that this left a gap left as historically the big fests (eg VIFF) and playing it safe studios tended to exclude more extreme or challenging films. We had hoped that fans of extreme films would still, as per the motto of our current venue The Rio Theatre, want: 'an experience that they can't download.'
Two of the major films of last years festival recently found distributors -was their showing at Badass have some help with that?
Yes, as you noted, last year's top Canadian feature from Badass II, The Evil In Us (from Vancouver's Sandcastle PIctures, Jason William Lee, Director, & Dalj Brar, Producer) and the most badass international feature Atroz (from Mexico, Lex Ortega Director, & Abigail Bonilla, Producer) both announced distribution deals shortly after their Badass Film Festival screenings. The Evil in Us found success at Sitges and Frightfest with a distribition deal from Raven Banner, with recent wide releases in the UK and Korea, and an upcoming North American release date. Atroz topped several best of extreme horror lists for 2016 and is being distributed now by Unearthed Films.
Standouts of the previous first Badass year included Quincy Perkins' Swingers Anonymous from Florida (whose poster sported part of your review after Badass I) which was featured at Cannes, and Vancouver's Luchagore/ Gigi Saul Guerrero's El Gigante (which went on to win over 50 awards at other festivals around the world and also a distribution deal with Raven Banner).
I would, of course put all the films' post Badass Film Festival successes down to the quality, originality and impact of the films, and the persistence of their teams' Producers/Directors, & etc. Most of the sales happen at film markets like AFM or Cannes, although buzz from even small festivals like ours may help get distributors or buyers attention.
Valley of the Rats is a film you co-produced any thoughts on the making of it?
I am the Executive Producer (among a few other roles) of the new feature film
The Valley of the Rats , whose new cut is kicking off Badass III. It's a vision of auteur filmmaker Vince D'Amato, and very much in the Italian thriller giallo tradition. It's also a testament to the general awesomeness of the available talented Vancouver cast and crew that we were able to make a quality art-house over the top extreme thriller, on a shoestring budget, and in a very short time. It stars Momona Komogata and Jesse Inocalla and Produced by Will Carne. For my part, I especially enjoyed bringing together and working with the cast of this film, especially cult film star Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies, Cat People) and our local scream queen superstar Tristan Risk along with Lavender, one of her albino pythons.
My future film projects include development of a higher budget film with the D'Amato team which is to be shot entirely in Italy, Los Vampiros Sexuales. I am also helping to write and produce Marc Boily and Jason William Lee's new high concept science fiction thriller AlphaMem. I am on the production team of the literary creature feature Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein -also to be shot in Europe. I am also developping the 'Mad Max, without guns, stuck in strip club' feature script that I wrote with Samantha Mack, Maniac Strippers vs. Bikers. I also co-produced the Elias Ganster creature feature Ayla, which will hit the festival circuit shortly.
Your location has changed from it's previous home of Vancity Theater to The Rio , any reason for the change for those that are curious?
Badass I and II completely sold out our first two years at the great VIFF/Vancity Theatre, where we very much enjoyed presenting our first two festivals. We've moved this year to the fabulous Rio Theatre which has about twice as many seats to allow for more people to participate in the badassery and to the see the films on the big screen
(that being said a sell out is expected and those who are interested in attending should get their passes quickly to avoid disappointment at the link at vbaff.com.)
Our attendees at Badass I & II also drank our prior venue dry, and The Rio assured us of a well-stocked bar and theatre drink service. The Rio Theatre is also cool with our fire and burlseque performers.
Badass III will really be an experience you can't download.
You had mentioned to me last year of making this an entire weekend event or even a week long event, any changes to that idea(s)? Or is that still in the planning stages?
Yes, our aspiration is to develop The Vancouver Badass FIlm Festival into a longer festival. This past year there were some issues with potential new sponsors who cited the Badass II screening of the very extreme Atroz as a reason for withholding sponsorship. This may change going forward, as new partners or a bigger submission and ticket sale base may allow funding of additional days in future years consistent with our aspirations.
I would like to thank David for the time spent on the questions and will see you all getting Badass, soon.
http://www.vbaff.com/-click here for tickets & Information
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