After the Credits Episode 160: VIFF Dispatch #3 – The Wrap Show

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The end is here. Almost.

The Vancouver International Film Festival wrapped with The Incident but festival correspondent, and Green Screen of Death podcast co-host, Bill Harris (@soundjam69), Lisa (making her grand reappearance 2 years after her podcast debut) and I recorded a rambly, 2am post-midnight film wrap show in which we count down our best and worst of the fest and sing the praises of “Altered States” programmer Curtis Woloschuk (@CurtisWoloschuk) who, in 2 short years, has made the program unmissable.

After the Credits Episode 159: VIFF Dispatch #2

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It took us a few days to find the time to record another show but 11 days into the Vancouver International Film Festival, festival correspondent, and Green Screen of Death podcast co-host, Bill Harris (@soundjam69) and I finally find the time, over dinner no less, to catch up with the screenings from the last few days including loads of love for both Cannes winner Winter Sleep and Bollywood sensation Highway.

VIFF 2014 Review: Que Caramba es la Vida

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When you think of Mariachi, the first that comes to mind is likely not a woman but in Mexico City’s Plaza Garibaldi, female Mariachi are a presence even though they’re still a minority. In her latest feature Que Caramba es la Vida, German filmmaker Doris Dörrie travels to Plaza Garibaldi and gets to know a few of the women who make a living belting out traditional Mexican music in a cultural art form that is still dominated by men.

Dörrie introduces us to a few of the women who eek out a living by singing soulful tunes. María del Carmen is the best of the bunch, a single mother who spends her nights singing in the square in order to support her mother and her young daughter. Del Carmen seems an unstoppable force as she applies her make-up and dons her uniform for the evening but Dörrie slowly chips away at the calm and collected exterior and as the documentary progresses, del Carmen and the other women begin to talk candidly about the struggles of a career that is dominated by men and the harassment and hardship they face on a nightly basis.
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After the Credits Episode 158: VIFF Industry Interview with Bernie Su

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When it comes to online media, it doesn’t get much bigger than Bernie Su. An executive producer at Pemberley Digital, Su and Hank Green have been the creative force behing a number of very successful web series including the Emmy winning “Lizzie Bennet Diaries“, “Emma Approved” and “Frankenstein MD“. We talked a little about how he got into developing web series, the success of “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and what’s next!

Su is in Vancouver as for the VIFF Industry conference which kicks off today and runs through to October 4th at the Vancity Theatre. This year’s conference includes a great assortment of speakers including “Archer” creator Adam Reed, the lead writer of “Assassin’s Creed” Corey May, Dallas Buyers Club screen writer Craig Borten, director Jay Duplass and Snowpiercer screenwriter Kelly Masterson among many others.

Conference highlights include “Specific Voices – Episodic TV” which features Chris Collins, Executive Producer and head writer of “Sons of Anarchy,” and Jack Amiel, co-creator of “The Knick,” discussing how to keep their vision intact on TV, “Meet the Gatekeepers,” a panel which includes network and cable executives speaking about their approach to trends in programming and “Totally Indie Day” on Oct. 4, which features an entire day of programming designed specifically for aspiring creators.

For tickets and additional program information, check out the VIFF Industry site.

After the Credits Episode 157: VIFF Dispatch #1

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On our fist dispatch from the Vancouver International Film Festival, I’m joined by festival correspondent, and Green Screen of Death podcast co-host, Bill Harris (@soundjam69) to get some insight into great titles from Fantastic Fest and some of the highlights (and low lights) of VIFF so far.

Prepare yourself for some high praise of Xavier Dolan’s Mommy!

After the Credits Episode 117: VIFF Wrap

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I wasn’t quite able to keep up the fervered pitch with which the first few dispatched from the festival emerged, too busy with movies and stuff, but we did manage to sneak in one final show. A sort of festival wrap complete with hastily scribbled top tens, this was recorded on the streets on Vancouver mere minutes after the closing gala of Holy Motors.

I’m joined by now podcast regular Bill Harris, new comer Richard Scheib and our friend Lisa to countdown our favourites of the fest along with a couple of stinkers.

In the shuffle of enjoying what is possibly the last VIFF at Empire Granville, we lost Zack Mosley but I caught up with him later for his best and worst of the fest which you can find tucked under the seats.

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After the Credits Episode 116: VIFF Dispatch #2

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I‘m joined today by Bill Harris to chat VIFF on the fourth day of the festival. We touch on a few highlights so far and one or two misses.

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VIFF Preview: Row Three Recommendations

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VIFF kicks off tomrrow and as has become tradition, we’ve dug through the festival catalogue and found 10 titles, listed in alphabetical order, which have us excited. There’s much more we’re anxious to see but you won’t find any special presentations or major award winners on the list below, just a few fantastic looking titles that are flying low on the festival radar.

Happy scheduling and be sure to let us know what you’re looking foward to!

Ape
Title: Ape
Director: Joel Potrykus
Section: Cinema of Our Time
Reason to See: The story of a comedian that plays like a “twisted version of Louis C.K.’s FX show Louie…” that right there puts in on the see list but I must admit what got me were the clips for the movie that are floating around which look awkward and hilarious.
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As Luck Would Have It
Title: As Luck Would Have It
Director: Alex de la Iglesia
Section: Cinema of Our time
Reason to See: The Spanish satirist returns to the film circuit with the latest lambasting of society. I have yet to catch up with Iglesia’s previous film which didn’t even play VIFF, but I’m thrilled to see that Iglesia’s newest venture, which focuses on fame, is looking like a hilarious winner.
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Blackbird
Title: Blackbird
Director: Jason Buxton
Section: Canadian Images
Reason to See: The story of a teen who is wrongly accused of planning a school shooting, Buxton’s movie is bound to push a few buttons but what caught my attention is that it stars Connor Jessup who I have liked on “Falling Skies” and have wanted to see more from. Looks promising.
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After the Credits Episode 114: VIFF Chit Chat

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On today’s show, Colleen and I are joined by Zack Mosley, on location no less, to talk a little bit of VIFF including a few titles we’re excited about.

This is just a pre-cursor to tomorrow’s list of VIFF recommendations. In the meantime, if you still haven’t checked out the festival line-up, be sure to visit the official website.

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