“Hello Destroyer” featuring Paul McGillion heads to VIFF following an acclaimed run at TIFF

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Photo Credit: Aaron Smedley

Multi-award winning actor Paul McGillion, who has over 100 film and television credits to his name, and has roles in two acclaimed films that premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Hello Destroyer – his third film with celebrated director Kevan Funk – and the film (Re)Assignment, directed by the renowned Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours).

In Hello Destroyer, Paul plays Ron Burr, the stern father of Tyson Burr, played by Jared Abrahamson (Awkward, Fear the Walking Dead). The father and son struggle with communication, a trait handed down through the generations. Hello Destroyer raises deeply troubling questions about how society teaches boys to become adults, particularly within the context of Canada’s national obsession: hockey. The film will be screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 1st at 6:00 pm and October 6th at 3:45 pm.

More information on screening details can be found here: https://www.viff.org/Online/default.asp

In the jaw-dropping audacious revenge thriller (Re)Assignment, Paul plays District Attorney Paul Wincott lobbying to keep Sigourney Weaver’s character behind bars. Sigourney Weaver plays a score-settling surgeon who puts a lowlife killer through full male-to-female reassignment surgery.

Photo Credit: Heart Beats

Photo Credit: Heart Beats

Upcoming roles in feature films include Midnight Sun (2017), where Paul plays entrepreneur Blake Jones alongside Patrick Schwarzenegger; Day to Night (2017) where Paul stars opposite Camille Sullivan and Robert Maloney as Will Sheen, a gregarious vice principal that tries to keep the peace during one very awkward evening; and in the comedy Big Fat Liar 2 (2017), where he is cast as Tom Sheppard, the father of the mischievous genious Kevin Sheppard (Ricky Garcia), directed by Ron Oliver (Universal Studios)

Paul has just recently wrapped one of his most adventurous film experiences to-date with his lead role in the Hollywood/Bollywood romance Heartbeats (2017) from the creator of the Step Up franchise and Save the Last Dance. Paul plays Richard Andrews, opposite Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place, One Tree Hill), who travels to Mumbai, India, with his family for a wedding. Romance, drama and dance ensue.

Paul’s work on the small screen is extensive, with credits including: ABC’s Once Upon a Time,  Fox’s 24, AMC’s TheKilling, BRAVO’s Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Fringe, Supernatural, When Calls the Heart and the cult-classic The X-Files. Paul is widely recognized for his role in the award-winning sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis, where he played the lovable Scottish physician, Dr. Carson Beckett for five seasons.

Over the years, Paul’s storied acting career has led him to work with some of the industry’s top talent, including Chris Pine and Karl Urban in Star Trek, directed by JJ Abrams, George Clooney and Britt Robinson in Tommorowland, directed by Brad Bird, and Academy Award winner Sally Field, in A Cooler Climate.

Born in Paisley, Scotland, the sixth of seven children, Paul immigrated to Canada with his family as a child. Paul was raised in southern Ontario (Niagara region). While pursuing his acting career, Paul obtained two degrees (B.A. and B.Ed) and was a member of the National Champion Brock Badgers varsity wrestling team.

Paul currently resides in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two children.

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LINKS
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0569295/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Twitter: @PaulyMcGillion

Reviews are in for ‘Hello Destroyer’:
TIFF 2016 Review: Hello Destroyer
‘Hello Destroyer’ puts hockey’s culture on display
Hello Destroyer ruminates on our thirst for violence in hockey – until it all goes wrong
Quiet hockey film, Hello Destroyer, helps put Banff-born filmmaker Kevan Funk in the big leagues
TIFF 2016 Movie Review: HELLO DESTROYER (Canada 2016)

Agent contact:
Jamie Levitt | Jamie@llatalent.com | 604-739-8611
Ellen Lubin Sanitsky| esanitsky@arlookgroup.com | 310-550-5714

Actress Alison Wandzura Plays With Vampires in Van Helsing SyFy Series Premiering September 23rd at 10/9c

alisonwandzura_n2a1359_creditjamesfrystakActress Alison Wandzura will be lighting up the screen in the highly anticipated TV series Van Helsing. From the Producers of Emmy winning Fargo and Hell on Wheels, Van Helsing features Alison Wandzura as a key character in an apocalyptic vampire world. The new series premieres on September 23, 2016 at 10/9c on the SyFy network.

Van Helsing is described as “a twist on the classic vampire adventure tale”. In Van Helsing, Alison’s character was originally written only into the pilot episode but was expanded over the first season. Alison plays the recurring character Nicole alongside Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Christopher Heyerdahl (True Blood), David Cubitt (Medium, Ray Donovan), and Aleks Paunovic (Continuum). Vanessa Helsing, distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is resurrected only to find that vampires have taken over the world. She is humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.

“I fell in love with the Van Helsing characters and their journeys”, says Alison. “The show is gritty and unpredictable, and the stakes (pardon the pun) are always high. As an actor, you’re entering a world where your life is constantly in danger, with vampires gnashing at the gates, and you have to make that authentic to you, so it’s authentic to the audience.”

“It’s a gift to be part of the Van Helsing family, as it is the best crew and cast I’ve worked with,” reflects Alison. “Kelly Overton, our leading lady, is incredibly down-to-earth and gracious,” Alison continues. “The vibe on any set trickles down from the top, so when the star of the show is as warm a person as Kelly, that spirit is contagious.”

Alison is currently working on the movie Story of a Girl, which is Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut, and part of Lifetime network’s “Broad Focus” initiative to promote female directors, writers, and producers. Alison plays a well-to-do former colleague of the character played by Jon Tenny (Scandal, The Closer). Alison will also be appearing on The Magicians (SyFy) and Rogue (DirecTV), both airing in 2017. Other credits include The X Files, iZombie, Mistresses, Age of Adaline and Once Upon A Time.

Courtesy VanHelsing

This year Alison co-produced and co-starred in Singer Sisters, a comedic short film that won a $10,000 grant from Telus Storyhive. In the film she plays Sarah, an actress who’s being pressured to go under the knife in order to land a role on a TV show. This film specifically created opportunities for women, as the producers, writer, director and many of the crew were female.

Alison grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Early signs of a future in acting began around the age of six when Alison started improvising shampoo commercials in her bathtub. As a kid she loved putting on puppet shows for whoever would watch. The turning point came in University while she was majoring in Business and minoring in Drama. She began performing in stage plays, which she considers to be the best training ground for an actor. “In a two-hour stage performance, you have to give a lot of yourself, and the stamina required for a three-week run with nightly performances is huge,” says Alison.

In her personal life, Alison has a 2-year-old Chihuahua named Cheetah, which she adopted through a group called “Big and Small Rescue”. She encourages people to save an animal’s life by adopting. Alison sticks to a regular workout regimen to stay in shape, often doing push-ups with her 10-pound Chihuahua on her back for a fun and further challenge.

Alison continues to pursue her acting career with the goal of telling thought-provoking stories, particular those with strong, empowering portrayals of women.

Alison is available for interviews and photographs upon request.

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Alison Wandzura’s Links  

IMDb: imdb.com/name/nm3004926
Twitter: @alisonwandzura
Van Helsing pilot footage: vimeo.com/182407063
Demo Reel: vimeo.com/155090579
Vimeo: vimeo.com/user26720120
Website: alisonwandzura.com

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Fresh off multiple roles in “Sausage Party”, in-demand voice over artist and veteran actor Nicole Oliver stars as Kathy in “Marrying the Family”

nicole“Marrying the Family” will have its world premiere at VIFF this month

Nicole Oliver continues to expand her diverse entertainment career, balancing voiceover work in a high-profile Hollywood animated feature film with a lead role in an indie-gem, while simultaneously booking roles for a number of upcoming projects.

Nicole recently voiced the roles of Sally Bun, Ice cream, Watermelon and Female Shopper #1 in Seth Rogen’s buzzed-about adult animated comedy “Sausage Party”. The movie also features the voices of James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and Selma Hayek. This isn’t Nicole’s only recent work alongside impressive A-list actors: She also has a role in “Wonder”, a feature film starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay.

Nicole can next be seen in the indie film “Marrying the Family”, which is set to make its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival. “Marrying the Family” unites Nicole with many of the ensemble cast from the Film Festival darling “Leap for Your Life”. The film follows Dylan (Taylor Hill), as she is getting ready for her wedding to her high school sweetheart Corey (Adam Di Marco). However, any plans for a simple wedding are put on hold when her wedding planner mother Kathy, played by Nicole, steps in to design a wedding Dylan will never forget. “Marrying the Family” is a sweet comedy about love, family, growing up and letting go. It is directed by Peter Benson (What An Idiot).

10736341_new-sausage-party-extended-tv-spot-released_b5252f2b_mThe multifaceted entertainment veteran has countless film and television credits to her name. She is the recipient of the UBCP/ACTRA award for Best Voice for her work in animation.

Nicole has guest starred on numerous television series including “Supernatural” and “Rogue”. She has also starred in many MOW’s including “Radio Hype” starring Alison Sweeney, Lifetime’s “Ungodly Acts”, “The Christmas Ornament” starring Cameron Mathison and Kellie Martin, “The Woodcarver” with John Ratzenberger; “Taken Back – Finding Haley” with Amanda Tapping and “Innocent” with Bill Pullman and Marcia Gay Harden. For four seasons, Nicole was also the host on the hit Slice Network series “Crash Test Mommy”. A highlight for Nicole was acting alongside her young son, William Ainscough, who starred as Billy in City TV’s “Seed” for two seasons.

jamm0295Well known throughout the world at Brony and Fan Conventions as Princess Celestia and Cheerilee on “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and Zoe on the cartoon “Littlest Pet Shop”, her acclaimed voice-over work continues to thrive. In animation, she has popular roles on “Max Steel”, “Martha Speaks”, “Strawberry Shortcake”, and “Superbook”. She has provided her voice to over 100 companies including American Express, Starbucks, Salon Selectives, Club House, and IKEA.

Nicole Oliver has worked for over twenty years in the entertainment industry as an actor, producer, and director. This multi-talented, incredibly busy mother and professional has mastered the balance between family and work, and has furthered her education with a Masters of Arts in Communication from Royal Roads University (2011). She is the recipient of both the Founders Award for leadership and sustainability and the Chancellors Award for highest academic achievement.

 

Nicole Oliver is available for interviews upon request.

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Website: nicoleoliver.com
Twitter: @mouthnoize
IMDb: Nicole Oliver

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William Ainscough stars as Milton in the feature film “Milton’s Secret”, based on the book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman

picture_1“Milton’s Secret” has its World Premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival and opens in Theaters across the United States on September 30th

Thirteen-year old actor William Ainscough is a rising child star who is making headlines starring as Milton alongside the distinguished and legendary Donald Sutherland in the feature film Milton’s Secret. Opening in select theatres throughout the United States, and On Demand/ Digital HD on Friday, September 30, 2016, Milton’s Secret will have its World Premiere as a Family Gala feature at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.

The feature film Milton’s Secret, is an adaptation of Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman’s book of the same name. William plays 12 year-old Milton Adams, who is growing up in an uncertain world. Milton feels as if his whole world is in crisis – his parents are stressed about their careers and finances and Milton is being bullied at school. However, when his Grandpa Howard (Donald Sutherland) comes to visit, he discovers anxiety about the past and worrying about the future only make things worse and prevent him from finding true happiness moment to moment.

094William initially auditioned on tape, followed by a Skype session for the role of Milton. Award-winning writer-director Barnet Bain, best known as producer of What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr., very quickly found himself blown away by the young man’s emotional openness. “It was so powerful that I kept forgetting it was over Skype. It felt like a live session.” The director wanted to see if this young performer could connect to the story. “I asked him if he had grandparents and something caught in his eye. I asked William what he was thinking of just then and he said, “Well yeah, I had a grandpa.” I asked him to tell me about him and – well, it was like a fire hydrant – an explosion of emotion and tears.” Bain relays what happened next. “I asked his parents if they would be comfortable if I did a scene with William from this place. And when we did, I’ve just never seen anything so powerful. It had so much energy – it was so raw, and it was so real. And I knew we had received a great gift: that’s our Milton.” William’s talent is definitely deep and beyond his years.

William began in the entertainment industry following his parent’s footsteps (Nicole Oliver, actress; Chris Ainscough, composer/film editor). It was after watching his mother in action during visits to the sets of some of her film projects that William’s interest in the acting world began. Nicole inspired him to try acting for himself and he began taking classes.

It was clear after booking his first two auditions that for William, acting was a path well chosen. William’s very first attempt at acting was a success, when he landed his first audition in an open casting call for the feature film Hidden. William was successful in landing the role of Joey, a slightly shy and soulful boy and close friend and neighbor of Zoe’s (Emily Alyn Lind). The feature film, which follows a family hiding in a bomb shelter after a mysterious outbreak devastates civilization, stars Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Battleship) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Made in Dagenham). The film Hidden was directed by The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things).

William soon followed that experience with playing Billy on the CW/City TV series Seed for two seasons. William received many award nominations for Seed including a Leo Award and UBCP/ACTRA nomination. William won the Joey Award in 2014 for best leading role youth actor (9 and under) in a TV series Comedy/Action. Other recent highlights for William include playing the iconic role of John Darling in ABC’s Once Upon a Time, a major supporting role in Zapped the television feature for the Disney Channel starring the US pop music sensation and actor Zendaya, a guest star role in The Haunting Hour, and a supporting role in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original program The Christmas Secret. William is also the voice of Sean on the PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go, which has now been renewed for a second season.

William has just completed principal photography on Radu Mihaileanu’s sweeping epic, The History of Love, an adaptation of Nicole Krauss’ 2005 book of the same name. The movie will be the first English-language film for Radu Mihaileanu, a Bucharest-born French filmmaker whose previous film La Source des femmes competed at the Cannes film festival in 2011. William plays Bird Singer. He is a preoccupied, strangely serious child, concerned by the woes of the world; he is convinced he is a “lamed vovnik,” one of the thirty-six holy people, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, and perhaps even the Messiah.

William is currently working on the second season of the PBS Kids hit animation series Ready Jet Go, providing the voice for the character Sean. The new season will feature 24 new episodes, an hour-long special and a collection of new web games and mobile apps, and is set to launch in late 2017. Since Ready Jet Go’s February premiere, the series has reached 22 million viewers, including 7.6 million kids on linear TV, and its content has been streamed more than 93 million times since January. In addition to airing on PBS stations, full-length segments from the show are available for streaming on pbskids.org and on the free PBS KIDS Video app on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. The series is also on Amazon Prime Video.

Aside from acting, William is an accomplished drummer, loves soccer, Medieval combat and Parkour, and is a huge fan of the online game Minecraft.

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William Ainscough Links:

Website: williamainscough.com
Imdb: imdb.com/name/nm5303080/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Twitter: @will_ainscough

‘Milton’s Secret’ Links:
Website: miltonssecretmovie.com
Trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=EM5VPl-MVWs&feature=youtu.be
Facebook: facebook.com/MiltonsSecretMovie
Twitter: @MiltonsSecret

‘Milton’s Secret’ Theatrical Run – Friday September 30, 2016
Los Angeles – Arena Cinema
Denver – Westminster Promenade 24
Chicago – Streets of Woodfield 20
Houston – Willowbrook 24
Kansas City – Town Center 20
Philadelphia – Cherry Hill 24
Minneapolis-St. Paul – Iver Grove 16
Boston – Liberty Tree Mall 20
Seattle-Tacoma – Cascade Mall 14
San Franscio-Oak-San Jose – Deer Valley Stadium 16

‘Ready Jet Go’ Links:
pbskids.org/readyjetgo
variety.com/2016/tv/news/ready-jet-go-wind-dancer-second-season-1201839213

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Actor Gerald Auger is taking his film projects by storm with WE ARE: JUSTICE NATION, WINDCATCHER, LOST FACE, and ANICHKOV BRIDGE


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will screen at the Calgary International Film Festival on September 25, 2016.

Gerald Auger – actor, writer, producer, director, entrepreneur and motivational speaker of Woodland Cree descent from Alberta, Canada is taking his film projects by storm, continuing his mission to change the Hollywood stereotype of Indigenous people and how they are perceived. We Are: Justice Nation campaign, Windcatcher, Lost Face, and Anichkov Bridge are his latest additions taking new heights this fall. Awarded the National Native Role Model Award by the Governor General of Canada and as a recipient of the Rotary International Integrity Award for the Avenue of Nations in Alberta, Auger steps up to the plate as a man of high regard who is ready to change the face of Hollywood.

Auger’s standpoint is that Hollywood is still not representing people of color, especially the Indigenous in a respectful or authentic way. He signed on We Are: Justice Nation with Mindshadow Entertainment (mindshadowonline.com) and Windcatcher (WindcatcherTheMovie.com) because both projects respect and honor Indigenous people, language, culture and history. Auger also emphasizes the importance of the social media hashtag #Oscarsowhite as a movement towards the change needed in Hollywood to include people of all race and color equally.

Auger is the face behind We Are: Justice Nation that is an International campaign by Mindshadow Entertainment for the Superhero genre. They are currently working on a platform for this campaign that includes a comic book, an animated series and a feature film. We Are: Justice Nation is about the modern day hero and shero as the Voice of this generation and the next.

Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is an epic film now in development by Spirit Wind Films. The Windcatcher project is the story of Lewis and Clark Expedition from Sacajawae’s perspective which for the first time is from an Indigenous woman’s perspective and has never been done before in Hollywood. Auger plays Chief Cameahwait. The Windcatcher team is devoted and passionate to not only Sacajawea and her story, but also to Indigenous languages, cultural preservation, and providing internships for Indigenous young people.

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Photo Credit: Dark Mass Productions

Lost Face, starring Gerald Auger and Martin Dubreuil, alongside some of Canada’s finest indigenous talent, has so far experienced a fantastic and epic run on the 2016 short film circuit. Kicking off at the Cannes Métrage Short Film Corner, it has also been accepted into The LA Shorts Fest, Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF), LA Lift Off Festival and the Canberra Short Fest in Australia. Lost Face has already recently won the Open category of the AFI/AACTA Social shorts online competition in Australia and will soon be featured on the prestigious Short of the Week website. Lost Face will be screening at the Calgary International Film Festival on September 25, 2016.

Anichkov Bridge which was filmed in St. Petersburg Russia is premiering on September 22, 2016. Anichkov Bridge is one of the stories from the Petersburg, A Selfie collection by director Natalia Kudryashova, which is a collection of 7 stories about Russia’s most beautiful city through the perspective of 7 women on the concept of love. Auger plays a Native American Spirit with a rockstar style who is encountered in the physical realm.

Auger has been working in the entertainment industry since being discovered at the opening ceremonies of the 1995 Canada Winter Games. He had a supporting role in Gunslinger’s Revenge with Harvey Kietel and the Late David Bowie, a lead role in the National Geographic IMAX-production Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West, Hallmark Entertainment TV miniseries Dreamkeeper. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks miniseries Into the West, CTV’s Luna: Spirit of The Whale, FUBAR 2, Western Confidential, The Plateau, CBC’s Strange Empire and AMC’s Hell on Wheels as Pawnee Killer.

Auger also produced and starred in the horror Bohemian Blood in which he plays an Indigenous Cult leader. He produced, wrote and also directed the short film Walking Alone for National Film Board, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and CBC. His directorial debut with National Film Board of Canada documentary Honour Thy Father won Best Film Representing Cultural Diversity at the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards in 2009.

He worked on the sequel to his film Honour Thy Father, which deals with how Christianity has disconnected Indigenous spirituality in Indigenous country. He is currently producing a new series he developed and wrote The Ancients with Dark Mass Productions. A series about the coming of age of a young medicine man in the vampire genre. Auger continues to produce films, television series and documentaries aiming to advance the status and expose the stereotyping of his people. Auger latest roles are doing just that, playing an Indigenous Cult Leader in horror to a modern day Native American Spirit with a rock star style in Russia.

Auger has been on his spiritual journey for over 20 years. It has taught him that life is not what it seems in the physical world. That humanity needs to come together in unity and healing for the children and their children’s children. That the division being created by the human being is only going to lead to more chaos, confusion and mayhem in life for our children and those yet to be born.

Gerald is available for interviews and photographs upon request.

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Gerald Auger Links

Website: geraldauger.ca
Twitter: @Auger1
Facebook: facebook.com/gerald.auger.7
Instagram: @geraldauger
Pinterest: pinterest.com/geraldauger
IMDb: imdb.com/name/nm1370064 

Mindshadow Entertainment

Website: mindshadowonline.com 
Twitter: @MindshadowTeam
Facebook: facebook.com/MindshadowTeam

Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea

Website: WindcatcherTheMovie.com
IMDb: imdb.com/title/tt2837492/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
IMDb: imdb.com/title/tt2837492
Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/WindcatcherFilms

Lost Face
socialshorts.com.au/open
calgaryfilm.com
socialshorts.com.au/open/lost-face

Anichkov Bridge
ctb.ru/en/films/petersburg-tolko-po-lubvi

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ACTOR/WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER BEN RATNER’S HARD-HITTING SHORT FILM “GANJY” TO PREMIERE AT 2016 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Gangy_Poster_June6Multiple award-winning actor/writer/director and producer Ben Ratner is gearing up to debut his latest film Ganjy, which had him working both in front of, and behind, the camera. The dramatic short film will make its world premiere at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Ganjy tells the story of a retired boxer, portrayed by Ratner, who is suffering from dementia pugilistica. The film follows what unfolds when his friends try to come to his aide – before it’s too late.

At advance screenings, industry experts have been knocked out. Award-winning writer/director of Facing Ali and I Am Bruce Lee, Pete McCormack says this about the film: “In Ganjy, Ben Ratner’s exquisite performance as the eponymous lead character tenderly but powerfully reminds us of the undeniable side-effects of the boxing trade.”

Bestselling author (“The Power of the Actor”) and acting coach Ivana Chubbuck worked with Sylvester Stallone for his Golden Globe winning, Academy Award nominated performance in Creed, and worked closely with Ratner as he prepared to play “Ganjy.” Says Chubbuck, “In his touching, yet unsentimental self-directed short film, Ganjy, Ben Ratner gives a performance, and directs a piece that is a testament to the human spirit. No matter how much battering, both emotionally and physically a human being can withstand — there is a survivor in all of us. Ganjy is this, and more.”

GANJY 1Ratner handpicked a group of Vancouver’s busiest actors – Aleks Paunovic, Zak Santiago and Donny Lucas – to play Ganjy’s former boxer friends. Ratner wrote the parts specifically for these film and TV veterans, all of whom were competitive amateur boxers in their younger days.

Ratner felt a very real connection to the film’s lead. “In some ways, I am Ganjy. I’ve been at this a long time, and I know what it feels like to take some hits from showbiz. But I’ve still got a whole lot of fight left and a whole bunch of stories in me, and with cast mates like Aleks, Zak, and Donny in my corner, along with my producing partners Tony Pantages and Helena Marie, I’m confident we can take this film out into the world and make an impact,” said Ratner. 

One of the film’s producers, Tony Pantages, says this movie couldn’t come at a more pertinent time. “The topical subject matter of dementia, particularly in sports-related head injuries, and the recent passing of Muhammad Ali makes Ganjy hugely relevant, and in our opinion, very important at this time.  Of course, when we shot the film we didn’t know Ali would pass away only months later as we were in our final post, but we were honored to be able to pay tribute to him with the film.”

GANJY 3Plans are being made to develop Ganjy into a feature film. In the meantime, a crowdfunding campaign is being launched to assist with the costs associated with the making of this short film, and get it the opportunity to be seen by a wide audience on the festival circuit.

The film was produced by Tony Pantages (of Glass Factory Pictures) and Ben Ratner (of Haven Films). Both are available for interviews upon request.

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Social Media Handles

Trailer #1: vimeo.com/179831341
Trailer #2: vimeo.com/179831337
Facebook: facebook.com/GanjyMovie
Twitter: @ganjymovie
Crowdfunding Campaign: indiegogo.com/projects/ganjy-film

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BEN RATNER – BIO

With over 100 film and TV credits, multiple award-winning actor/writer/director and producer Ben Ratner has starred in numerous feature films that have played at top international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin and Toronto, and has had series regular, recurring and guest starring roles on TV shows in both the US and Canada. He will next be seen in a supporting lead role with Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay (Room) in Wonder, a feature film from Lionsgate, slated for release in April 2017.

As a writer-director, Ratner has helmed two award-winning, theatrically released feature films: Down River (9 wins and 12 nominations, including Best World Showcase Feature at the 2014 Soho International Film Festival, NYC) and Moving Malcolm (4 wins and 1 nomination, including Best Feature Film at the 2003 Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival). He also wrote and directed the short film Power Lunch (2006 Vancouver International Film Festival) and in 2005, directed an episode of the popular TV series Robson Arms for CTV.

Gritty mystery Dark Harvest, starring James Hutson and Cheech Marin, hits the festival circuit across North America starting August 29th

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.15.59 PMThe feature film chronicles the end of illegal marijuana and the subsequent fallout for two growers and a cop on a mission

The gritty marijuana murder-mystery, Dark Harvest, is set to make its world premiere at the Portland Film Festival on August 29th, followed by a full festival schedule with screenings across North America. The feature film stars an impressive ensemble cast, including: James Hutson, Hugh Dillon, Tygh Runyan, Bernie Coulson, Alan C. Peterson and Cheech Marin. The film marks the first feature from James Hutson (Insomnia, Reindeer Games), a passion project that he not only stars in, but also wrote, directed and produced.

Dark Harvest chronicles the struggles of two growers and a suspended narcotics officer as they deal with a series of murders on the eve of marijuana legalization. When Carter Holmes (Hutson), a veteran marijuana grower determined to retire, is robbed of a quarter million dollars worth of weed, he goes against the advice of his mentor (Cheech Marin; Up in Smoke, Desperado) and seeks out a legal medical cultivation license to secure an income stream. Violent crimes, murders shrouded in mystery, and a race to find who is responsible, leads Carter to work with an unlikely partner to survive.

578572_227006580810214_1910513238_nHutson was inspired to write Dark Harvest while working at his former job that involved acting out scenarios for the Vancouver Police Department to train new officers. While on the job, he would ask veteran cops to share stories with him. After hearing about a drug bust that went sideways, the story for Dark Harvest began to brew in the filmmakers mind. The film was then cast with an ensemble of award winning actors that bring years of experience and engaging performances to the project. The movie, which takes audiences on a dramatic, 87-minute ride, was shot in Vancouver, Toronto, Cuba and Mexico.

 

screenshoteditThe list of festivals on the slate for Dark Harvest this fall include:

  • Portland Film Festival: August 29th – September 5th
  • Williamsburg International Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY):  September 9th -11th
  • Oregon Independent Film Festival (Eugene): September 20th – 22nd & (Portland): September 23rd – 26th
  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (Big Bear, California): September 22nd – 25th
  • Edmonton International Film Festival: September 29th – October 8th

For more information, visit: http://darkharvestmovie.com.

James Hutson will be in attendance at all film festivals screening Dark Harvest and is available for interviews upon request.

For interviews, photos and more information please contact:
Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726- 5575

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MUSIC AND MOVIES COME TOGETHER WITH THE DIGITAL RELEASE OF INDUSTRYWORKS STUDIOS NEW FEATURE FILM ‘BB’ AVAILABLE ON BITTORRENT NOW – THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 2016

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“Sexy, provocative, and suspenseful.”. – HorrorSociety

IndustryWorks Studios (Producers of acclaimed feature film ‘American Mary’ and Syfy’s new Television Series ‘Van Helsing’) is about to ‘drop’ the new feature film, ‘BB’. A provocative new thriller accompanied by a stellar soundtrack featuring artists Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y, Mother Marygold, Lil Wayne & Curren$y, Rykka, T.Y., 3D Na’Tee just to name a few, on BitTorrent Now Media, download the special bundle August 18th, 2016.

The new thriller ‘BB’ will be released on the hottest new file sharing platform BitTorrent Now. After one year and 100 Million legal downloads later, BitTorrent Now Media provides a file sharing format that truly defines the meaning of art and commerce.

The bundle for ‘BBwill include the hi-res HD feature film mp4, the movie trailer, nine exclusive hi-res official posters, exclusive soundtrack key art, fact sheet, and the pièce de résistance: a 27-track soundtrack fit for any music fan, including tracks by Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y, Mother Marygold, Lil Wayne & Curren$y, Rykka, T.Y., 3D Na’Teefeaturing Tila Tequila and more, plus 9 bonus track score from award-winning artist Anna Meredith.

Synopsis: ‘BB’ is the provocative story of a girl named Leah who, under the name “Candy Cummings”, performs strip shows online from her apartment for thousands of strangers every day, never fully knowing the extent of the evils that could be watching on the other side of the screen.

“Releasing ‘BB’ on BitTorrent Now is the perfect way to launch the film. The soundtrack amplifies the story of a girl in love who will do just about anything to keep that love alive. For BTB users and all movie lovers looking to support artists and receive exclusive bonus material that they can’t get anywhere else, this is the place to go. We hope everyone enjoys all the perks, available for a limited time only.” – VP Sales and Marketing, Caterina Scrivano, IndustryWorks Studios

“I am excited and anxious to deliver my debut film to a horror audience that I think has grown weary with the repetition of the genre and has been craving a film like ‘BB’ to come around and I think we delivered for them in a big way using very little.” – Writer/Director, CJ Wallis

About IndustryWorks Studios/Pictures
IndustryWorks Studios/Pictures is committed to the primary efforts of developing, producing and releasing creative and marketable content into the marketplace with a recognizable brand of content and quality. IndustryWorks releases films theatrically and on all platforms globally while providing independent productions with the support and ability to market, schedule, budget and ultimately release their films theatrically.

For more information, interviews and photographs, please contact:
Lesley Diana | lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

For IndustryWorks information, please contact:
Caterina Scrivano | caterina@Industry-works.com | 604-876-0547 | www.industry-works.com

Go to Bittorrent Now and download ‘BB’ – now.bt.co/bundles/bb

Basketball teams from across the globe set to meet in British Columbia for the inaugural HaiCo World Indigenous Basketball Challenge

The tournament will take place at Simon Fraser University from
August 10th-13th, 2016

DaveWahl_posters_output-2-page-002The Skidegate Saints Men’s Basketball Team in Haida Gwaii is excited to announce they will be hosting the first-ever HaiCo World Indigenous Basketball Challenge at Simon Fraser University, from August 10th – 13th, in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Aboriginal teams from across North America, as well as indigenous and island nation teams from around the world, will be traveling to BC to compete in the exciting new tournament, which provides an opportunity for not only some friendly competition between international competitors, but also a unique opportunity for culture sharing and teaching.

Some of the teams confirmed to be participating in the new event include: Bermuda, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Zambia, Maori, Haiti, Oklahoma and Montana (a full list of confirmed teams is detailed below). Day passes for the tournament are $5 at the door and weekend passes are $15. All games will be broadcast online by Via Sport Media.

The new tournament stems from the success of the popular All-Native Tournaments in Prince Rupert (which the Skidegate Saints have won for the past five years!). This tournament, which has been hosted annually for the last 55 years, has demonstrated incredible support and interest from fans—with over 180,000 people watching the championship game online last year.

Desi PosterThe inaugural HaiCo World Indigenous Basketball Challenge was also inspired by a visit from the Haida Gwaii team to New Zealand, to play against the Maori National Team. This experience involved not only fierce competition, but also an invaluable and moving opportunity for cultural sharing.

It is this new tournament’s goal to continue to help nourish the connection between cultures from around the world, while competing at a sport they share a passion for.

The 16-team tournament will follow the same model as the BC High School Championships where all teams play 4 games. Basketball BC and Basketball Canada have certified the tournament, which aims to continue every two years going forward, in different locations around the world each time.

 

Committed Teams

North America
Skidegate Saints, Team Vancouver, Team – Vancouver Island, Team Alberta – War Scouts, Team Blackfoot Confederacy, Team Montana or Winnipeg, Team Gitnamaax, Lords of the Plains – Oklahoma

International
Maori National Team, Zambia National Team, Zimbabwe – Foxes (Pro Club), Team Haiti – Bongu, Bermuda National Team, South Sudan National Team, Team BC – China, IATE Tonga – Senior Men’s National Team

Game Schedule – all games will be played in the West Gym at SFU

Wednesday to Friday, August 10th – 12th
Game 1: 10:30 am
Game 2: 12:00 pm
Game 3: 1:30 pm
Game 4: 3:00 pm
Game 5: 4:30 pm
Game 6: 6:00 pm
Game 7: 7:30 pm
Game 8: 9:00 pm

Saturday August 13th Final Games
Consolation Final: 2:00 pm
3rd Place Game: 3:30 pm
Aboriginal High School All-Star Game: 5:00 pm
Cultural Sharing: 6:30 pm
Final: 8:00 pm

For more information about the HaiCo World Indigenous Basketball Challenge:
Dave Wahl | dwahl@sd50.bc.ca or Desmond.Collinson1@skidegate.ca

To request an interview regarding the event, please contact:
Lesley Diana | lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604.726.5575
Jasmyn Rowley | Jasmyn@thepromotionpeople.ca | 705-255-6887

World Indigenous Basketball Challenge on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/IndigenousBasketball2016/?fref=nf

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Canadian Composer Logan Jones to perform live with Grammy-nominated songwriter Carey Ott Saturday, July 30th at the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada

LJB_Jul2016Poster_V4-page-001Historic Music Project ‘Silver In Your Veins’ shines the spotlight on Logan Jones

Vancouver teen composer, musician Logan Jones and Nashville Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist Carry Ott travel to the historic desert town of Tonopah, Nevada for the creative project ‘Silver in Your Veins’.

Joining Logan and Carey will be John Smits, sound engineer/session musician/lecturer at Soundsphere recording in South Africa. Logan, Carey, and John will be composing sketches of music inspired by the atmospheric wonders of the Nevada desert and the township of Tonopah. The tough grit of 1880’s Silver miners and 1940’s bomber pilots will set the stage.

Followed by the live performance in Nevada, Jones, Ott, and Smits along with their support crew head to Nashville where they’ll begin the process of bringing to fruition the Tonopah sketches at the amazing Darkhorse Recording Studio complex. Dark Horse Recording is a 4-studio complex set on a multi-acre plot of scenic farmland based just outside of Nashville.

This chapter of Logan Jones young career will be documented on film headed up by revered Chicago director, filmmaker, and Final Cut editor Jim Quattrocki – http://rockoproductions.com.

 

Silver in Your Veins

A Song Writing Journey of History and Exploration
Come and Hear music being made about Tonopah
To be Recorded in Nashville

What: LIVE MUSIC
When: SATURDAY, JULY 30th at 8pm
Where: Mizpah Hotel
Tonopah Nevada

At the young age of sixteen, Logan is now no stranger to the spotlight.
This past April Logan had his first television appearance ‘On Da Grine with Valentine’ on Shaw TV Vancouver and returned this month with the cast of Lifetime’s “Center Stage: On Pointe” directed by award-winning Director X (Drake Hotline Bling), as they danced to Logan’s music.

Catching the attention of television producers/hosts Logan is currently working on the theme music for two television series “BC Brew on Tap” and “Get Cooking with the Stars.”

Brian and Logan Jones 2Already Logan has an impressive resume of international work, having worked with musicians from Nashville, London, Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, to South Africa.

Within every city of travel Logan finds musical inspiration.

This past May Logan flew from Vancouver to see his favourite musical composer Brian Tyler conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Logan had the opportunity to meet Brian at the concert and is now followed by the famous Hollywood movie Composer.

Logan has been fortunate and is thankful to have such great music mentors.

Logan is looking forward to working again with John Smit coming from South Africa, who was the Drummer, bass player and Producer for Logan’s most recent album Platinum Grooves, and Carey Ott coming from Nashville, who has worked on Logan’s Believe album and has been apart of Logan’s Early Years https://vimeo.com/158514038.

unnamed-4“Logan is a musical dreamer whose ideas as a composer and multi-instrumentalist are blooming all the time. He has a knack for painting emotive, melodic hooks over odd time signatures and sci-fi landscapes. His work is simultaneously strange and familiar.

Logan reminds me of myself in that he is always looking for the next creative challenge. Like a surfer always looking out for the next big wave, Logan is ready to ride. I think we’re all gonna be hearing a lot more of Logan Jones music in the months and years to come…”

– Carey Ott

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