Friday, March 3, 2017

Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film--March 17, 18 & 19, 2017--The Act Arts Centre




(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
 three days.

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, 
Trevor Devall
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, & 
Thomas Affolter
Starring: J. Alex Brinson, Naika Toussaint, Teal Fiddler
Synopsis: When Alice, a na├»ve 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.

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Short: I Wanna Date U

Director: Lisa Ovies | Starring: Laura Adkin, Lisa Durupt, 
Anthony Konechny
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.

Short: Monster

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.
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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 
she knows.

Trailer not able to be uploaded to this site.

Tickets for the inaugural Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film are 
available online at, 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, 

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 

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

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