Byron Bertram

Comedian Byron Bertram is busy touring Ontario with his Comedy routine then recording his upcoming album “Passport and Prozac” at Yuk Yuks in Vancouver on March 28th to March 30th

Canadian Comedian Byron Bertram has a couple of busy months coming up. He is touring with his comedy routine throughout Ontario in February. The tour started in Thunder Bay on February 15th and 16th at the Crickets Comedy Club, then the Port Credit Comedy Fest from February 22nd to 24th, before the Burlington Comedy Fest from February 24th to 26th, then at the Kitchener Waterloo Comedy Fest from February 28th to March 2nd, then Abbotsford at Yuk Yuk’s March 22nd and 23rd, and finally at the Vancouver Yuk Yuks March 28th to March 30th.

All these performances are leading up to the taping of his upcoming Comedy “Passport and Prozac” at Yuk Yuks in Vancouver on March 28thand March 30th. Byron recently signed on with the highly respected comedy record label ‘800 Pound Gorilla Records’ to help him get his comedy out to millions of people worldwide. 800 Pound Gorilla Records also represents Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, George Lopez, and is also known for their work with the estates of Richard Pryor and Robin Williams.  Byron is thrilled to be in such good company. 

Byron has had an exciting journey as a comedian that includes receiving high praise from Simon Cowell as he advanced on ‘Britons Got Talent’. He also received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Other memorable moments in his career include performing for the president of Singapore and the time that Dame Judi Dench gave him a $50 dollar tip!  Byron has appeared on stages around the world as a finalist in the San Diego Comedy Fest, semi finalist in the Boston Comedy Fest, and received a 5 star review in the Australian Times for his own man show ‘Guilt Ridden Sociopath’. 

When he isn’t appearing on stage making audiences laugh around the world multi-talented Byron has an active acting career having appeared on Netflix’s Riverdale, CW’s Supernatural, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, BBC America’s Dirk’s Gently, Netflix’s Game Over Man, CBS’s Jordon Peele’s Twilight Zoneand Tim BurtonsBig Eyes. Byron has worked with Christoph Waltz, Tim Burton, Eddie Izzard, Zach Galifianakis, Flight of the Concords, Iliza Shlesigner, and Roy Wood Jr. as a comedian and/or an actor.

And if that wasn’t enough, Byron has a current events comedy podcast that covers politics, news, and history with hilarious and controversial opinions entitled The Dry Shave Show that you can find it at dryshave.podben.com

Growing up watching SCTV, Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live, George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Norm MacDonald is when Byron knew that being a comedian is what he wanted to do. Byron went to an all-Asian high school. As he was different from his classmates as he wasn’t academic and was overweight he got acceptance from his peers by being the class clown.  Feeling that sense of adulation of making the class crack up was a drug that he couldn’t quit. 

He first learnt how to be a juggler in a summer school for the arts, from there he built his stage presence and comedy timing chops as a street performer. Byron has performed in 20 different countries doing a comedy, juggling & magic style show. He realized that he wanted to go the avenue of stand up comedy, and hit up any stage he could get on whether it was at home in Vancouver or on the road while street performing. He did stand up on pool tables for bikers in Australia, old folks homes in Scotland, Dance Clubs in New Zealand, to everything in between.  “Comedy is like a science experiment of words. The formula either works or it blows up in your face.  You don’t know until you know though.  The best training is by throwing yourself into the lion’s den and learning from your mistakes,” adds, Byron.

Byron grew up in Vancouver in a home that appreciated the arts. His father is a gold record winning saxophone player who played with the well known Canadian group “The Powder Blues” and opened for ZZ Top, the Who, and Tina Turner.  His mother is an amazing watercolour painter who took after her famous father Toni Onley. 

His late Grandfather renowned Canadian Artist and Order of Canada recipient Toni Onley started Canada India Village Aid.  The program raises funds for impoverished villages in India and shortly before his grandfather Toni Onley passed away he asked Bryon to get involved with the charity. He is also involved with The British Columbia Paraplegic Association through the comedy shows  “Laughing Spasms” that is a program that brings laughter to people recovering from severe spinal cord injuries.  

Whether Bryon is making people laugh through his comedy routines or appearing on TV series and feature films, entertaining people is in his blood. Byron resides in Vancouver is available for interviews upon request.

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Byron Bertram Tour Dates:

  • Thunder Bay Crickets Comedy Club on February 15th and 16th
  • Port Credit Comedy Fest from February 22nd to 24th
  • Burlington Comedy Fest from February 24th to 26th
  • Kitchener Waterloo Comedy Fest from February 28th to March 2nd
  • Abbotsford Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club on March 22nd and March 23rd
  • Vancouver Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club on March 28 to the 30th.

‘Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story’

‘NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY’ IS THE CLOSING FILM AT THE2019 VANCOUVER JUST FOR LAUGHS FILM FESTIVAL ON FEBRUARY 20th, 8:30 PM AT VANCITY THEATRE

This raw documentary follows controversial stand-up comedian Richard Lett’s private struggle of addiction that sabotaged his promising career, lost everything and lived to tell the tale.

Filmmaker Roy Tighe is pleased to announce that the documentary Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story will screen at the 2019 Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival on February 20, at 8:30 pm at Vancity Theatre. The documentary is the closing film of the festival and tells how controversial Vancouver stand-up comedian Richard Lett sabotaged his own promising career, lost everything and lived to tell the tale. Director Roy Tighe’s commitment to presenting Lett’s highest and lowest moments over the past nine years ultimately presents a message of personal redemption, and shines a poignant light on the intensely private struggle of addiction.

Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Storychronicles the seven-year journey of Richard Lett, a once-respected Canadian comedian whose addiction to drugs and alcohol lead to him becoming homeless, estranged from his daughter, and shunned by his community. With no one to turn to, Richard disappeared. He ran away from his problems; he ran away from his responsibilities; he ran away from his life. The documentary had successful screenings at the Whistler Film Festival and took home top prize at the Studio City Film Festival for Best Documentary.

In the summer of 2009, filmmaker Roy Tighe and comedian Richard Lett were ejected from a Vancouver nightclub. Richard started a verbal altercation with the club owner and was promptly told to take his cameraman and leave. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Roy began filming Lett in his day-to-day life and quickly learned that all was not right in the brash comedian’s world. So set in motion the saga of Richard Lett and Never Be Done.

Not merely a tale of one man’s downfall, Never Be Doneis the story of Richard Lett’s struggle to forge a new life in the same environment that brought him down so completely. Filmed with candid intimacy and filled with archival footage and poignant testimonials, Never Be Done is a raw and unflinching documentary about the life and times of Richard Lett, who lost it all and lived to tell the tale.

Director Story

In 2003, I dabbled in the Vancouver stand up comedy circuit, performing and working with other comics. During my small stint at stand up comedy I was aware of Richard Lett due to his infamous reputation on and off stage. I was always intrigued to work with Richard, if the opportunity arose. In 2009, I was introduced to Richard through a mutual friend and fellow comedian. I had been living in Vancouver for 9 years at the time, and had my own reputation for producing comedy content for the web. Richard and I originally met to talk about shooting a live one-man show he was working on. The next night we met at a local comedy club to shoot some stand up footage. That did not happen. We, instead, were ejected from the comedy club. Richard had started a verbal altercation with the club owner and was promptly told to take his cameraman and leave. Standing now in the rain out front of the comedy club, I still wanted to capture something. So right there on the street for pedestrians to watch, Richard performed one of his poetry slams. That night I saw something special in Richard and that moment became the opening sequence to this story. Never one to pass up an opportunity, I began filming Richard in his day-to-day life, and quickly learned that all was not right in this brash comedian’s world. As I followed Richard, recording the collapse of his career and his struggle with addiction, he becomes homeless. I felt a divine obligation to stick it out with Richard. Even though this was a dark, brutal time in this man’s life, I also was blessed to witness Richard find the miracle of recovery. This 7 year journey that I went on with Richard makes for a beautiful story to what’s called “Never Be Done: The Richard Glenn Lett Story.”

Director Bio

Canadian filmmaker Roy Tighe has been mentored by two time Oscar nominee, Bud Smith the Oscar nominated editor of The Exorcist and Flashdance. Roy is currently a working director in Los Angeles directing numerous short films, web series and commercials. Working for such brands as Alcatel, TCL and Coors Light totaling well over 500 videos. Roy’s first film, Where’s Barry?was released on VOD in December 2016. Previously, Roy had spent time performing as a stand-up comedian, which led to his introduction to Richard Lett, the subject of his first feature Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story.

Richard’s Bio

Finding a home in the stand-up comedy scene in Vancouver, Richard began making a name for himself with his brash, unapologetic style of jokes and crowd interaction. After years of honing his skills on the stage, Lett found himself headlining tours for Yuk Yuk’s. In the mid 90’s Richard was a subject in the CBC’s Road Warriors, a documentary television series about the lives of touring stand-up comedians. 

Never quite a household name, Richard Lett has become a sort of journeyman of the Canadian comedy scene over the past thirty years, respected by his fellow comedians and sought out by die-hard comedy fans. In the time since he began his career in stand-up, Richard has tried his hand at poetry, writing, and acting, landing small roles on the TV showsSupernatural, Dark Angel, andThe Firm, and as a playwright he has received two Jessie Richardson Award nominations for “Most Outstanding Original Play.” Most recently, Richard received a rare standing ovation at the London Poetry Slam for his one-man show “Sober But Never Clean”. His performance was described as such: “Richard grabbed our audience’s attention and didn’t let go. His ability to make the crowd laugh and reflect simultaneously by sharing intimate personal stories mixed with hilarious jokes is unparalleled. He has a unique talent in rolling poetry, comedy, and storytelling together.” 

Today, Richard continues to tour across the country with his “Sober But Never Clean” show, which details his experiences in the stand-up comedy profession, his struggles with drugs and alcohol, and his complicated relationship with sobriety. 

Roy Tighe and Richard Lett are available for interviews upon request and will be in attendance at the screening at Vancouver Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and will have a Q and A after the screening.

NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY

SCREENING DETAILS

  • Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 8:30PM
  • Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver BC V6B 3M7)

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Arden Alfonso New Role

Multi-talented actor/singer/songwriter Arden Alfonso takes on the role of Cindee in the feature film “Sorry for Your Loss” screening at the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival on February 19th at 6:30 pm at Vancity Theatre and is streaming on Showtime USA

Arden is an award-winning singer/songwriter with new music being released in 2019

Multi-talented actor Arden Alfonso is proud of her role as Cindee in the feature film “Sorry For Your Loss” screening at the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival on February 19th, 2019 at 6:30 pm at The Vancity Theatre in Vancouver. In the role of Cindee she plays a stripper with a ‘heart of gold’ that works in the strip club that Ken’s (Justin Bartha) father Andy frequently visited before his death. When new dad (Justin Bartha) has to return home to bury his estranged father, things take a complicated turn when the dead man’s final wish is to have his ashes scattered on the field of his favorite professional sports team. 

Arden acts alongside a stellar ensemble cast that includes Justin Bartha (The Hangover, The Good Fight), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, The Post), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards, Homeland), Lolita Davidovich (How to Get Away with Murder, Shades of Blue), and Kevin MacDonald (Kids in the Hall). “Sorry For Your Loss” is also currently streaming on Showtime USAin the United States. The Canadian Theatrical Release dates TBA in spring 2019 and the feature film will be airing on CRAVE TV this summer. “Sorry For Your Loss” had its World premiere atThe 2018 Calgary International Film Festival and also screened at The 2018 Whistler International Film Festival.

“I was very excited when I booked my role as Cindee in “Sorry For Your Loss.” It is my first comedic role in a feature film. I had to audition so many times to get the part but I knew I wanted to be a part of the project. I was thrilled to be cast with such a talented group of actors.” Arden adds.

Arden has had inspiring roles on other television series and feature films. In the feature film “I Still See You” she plays Mary. The feature film stars Bella Throne (Paradise City, Famous in Love), Richard Harmon (The 100, The Age of Adaline), and Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend, The Wedding Date). The screenplay is based on the book Break My Heart 1000 Timesby Daniel Waters and is written by Jason Fuchs and directed by Scott Speer. The film was released theatrically in October 2018. Since 2017 Arden has booked numerous roles in film and television including a recurring role in USA Network’s “Damnation” from the executive producers of Game of Thrones and producers of Walk the Line that was shot in Alberta, the feature film “JT Leroy” starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern and a guest starring role on “Wayne” starring Mark McKenna and Ciara Bravo. 

Arden grew up on a farm in the small town of St. Andrews outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba. When she was ten years old she begged her mother for singing lessons, then booked her first role as Annie in a theatrical production in Winnipeg. She was hooked! Arden majored in Theater at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and trained at the Actor Training Centre in Manitoba. She now resides in Toronto pursuing her passion for the arts.

Arden was nominated for Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Artist in 2014 Manitoba ACTRA Awards for her work in “The Christmas Heart” She was also a guest star on the TV series “The Pinkertons” that was nominated for Directors Guild of Canada award for best TV Series.

Arden is a classically trained singer and songwriter, and has won many singing awards and scholarships since childhood. She plays guitar, piano and has written songs with many award winning songwriters and producers. She released her debut single “Living Memories” in 2016 of which was co-written and produced by Grammy Award winning producer David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins), Erik Alcock (Pink, Kanye West, Eminem) and Ryan McCambridge (Rush, Metric). She is currently working on some exciting new music projects that will be released 2019. 

Arden Alfonso is available for interviews upon request.

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Arden’s headshot – photo credit: Lane Dorsey 

Hunter Dillon

Teen actor Hunter Dillon plays Tyler in the new television series Holly Hobbie now airing on Hulu in the US and Family Channel in Canada

Canadian teen actor Hunter Dillon continues to shine with an impressive career booking roles on both feature films and on TV series. This rising star can currently be seen in his leading role on the new TV series Holly Hobbienow airing on Hulu in the US and just released on Family Channel in Canada starting on January 12th, 2019 airing on weekends at 11:30am et/pt. https://www.family.ca/shows/holly-hobbie/

The series follows Holly Hobbie (Ruby Jay) who has lived her whole life in the small town of Collinsville. Holly’s a 13-year-old singer-songwriter who’s got her best friends and close-knit family by her side, but she’s dreaming of ways to save the world – even if it’s starting in her own backyard. Hunter plays a leading role of Tyler Flaherty the middle son of Collinsville’s most powerful family that has been missing in action for a year. No one (except his family) knows what he was up to. Tyler left town a preppy and popular kid and returned darker and edgier – Collinsville’s new rebel without a cause. Tyler is smart and quick-witted. His interests include drawing, photography and tormenting Holly and her friends. Holly’s convinced Tyler isn’t the jerk he pretends to be – is she right?

Another recurring role that Hunter is proud of playing is Caleb on the second season of Fox TV’s The Exorcist along side Brianna Hildebrand and John Cho. The series follows three priests dealing with cases of a demonic presence targeting a family and a foster home. He also enjoyed his recurring role as young Arnold on AMC/Netflix’s television series Dirk Gently Holistic Detective on Season 2 as Detective Dirk Gently investigates cases involving the supernatural.

Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Hunter Dillon is most recognizable for his major series recurring roles above. He has also appeared in Fox’s Wayward Pinesand booked his first acting role portraying a young Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) on The CW’s Supernatural

Hunter has appeared in several feature films including To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before released in August 2018 playing the role of young Peter Kavinksy in Flashbacks of the lead (Noah Centineo) when he was younger. In 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 starring Ryan Reynolds, he plays the role of Branding Boy, a young boy being branded at the orphanage.

Hunter has been nominated for several awards including The Best Breakthrough Actor for his role in The Exorcist Season 2at the CineAwards and Best Ensemble in a Feature Film forTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before at the 2018 Joey Awards. Hunter started his acting training at Project Limelight when he was 11 and has remained involved in the community-based program throughout his acting career.  He has also trained with Beatrice King at McIlroy & Associates and at LeBlanc School of Acting. Hunter also loves music and enjoys playing the guitar, singing and songwriting.

Hunter is available for interviews and photographs upon request.

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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES,

A DOCUMENTARY

ABOUT DR. ANNE INNIS DAGG,

FROM WRITER/DIRECTOR ALISON REID,

OPENS IN VANCOUVER ON JANUARY 11, 2019 AND EDMONTON ON JANUARY 9, 2019

 

(VANCOUVER, BC) Robin Smith, President of Kinosmith Inc. is delighted to announce that The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, the Bell Media Original Documentary about Dr. Anne Innis Dagg from writer/director Alison Reid (The Baby Formula) will open in Vancouver on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Vancity Theatre and in Edmonton on January 9th, 2019 at Metro Cinema.

Opening to sold-out audiences at The Hot Docs – Doc Soup film series in Toronto, The Calgary Film Festival and in Waterloo The Woman Who Loves Giraffes is the previously unknown story of Canadian biologist Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, who, in 1956 at age 23, before Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey began their seminal work, Dr. Dagg traveled alone to South Africa and is believed to be the world’s first person, male or female, to study the behaviour of an animal in the wild. Her pioneering efforts were ground-breaking, but upon her return home to Canada, her career was destroyed. Anne (now 85) re-traces the steps of her trail-blazing 1956 journey, giving us an intimate look into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today and the forces that brought her back at a time when the giraffe world needs her most.

In 1972, having published 20 research papers and after working as an assistant professor of zoology at the University of Guelph, an all-male tenure committee denied her tenure as a full-time professor. She couldn’t apply to the University of Waterloo because the Dean there told Anne that he would never give tenure to a married woman. This was the catalyst that transformed Anne into a feminist activist. For three decades, Anne Innis Dagg was absent from the giraffe world until 2010 when she was sought out by an international organization of giraffologists and not just brought back to into the fold, but also finally celebrated for her work.

By retracing her original steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage, Anne offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world’s first ‘giraffologist’, whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as nasty battle scars. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes gives us a moving perspective on both.

Pursuing Giraffe Adventures Inc. produced the documentary with Joanne Jackson (The Messenger, The Big Wait, Long Haul Big Hearts) and Alison Reid, and executive produced by Paul Zimic (Grass 2, Never Enough).

Featuring the voices of Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Victor Garber (Argo, Milk, Titanic), David Chinchilla (The Expanse) and Lindsay Leese (Bomb Girls) reading letters written by young Anne, Fleur de Lys manager, Alex Matthew, Anne’s husband, Ian Dagg, and Anne’s mother, Mary Quayle Innis, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes incorporates present-day footage with vintage 16mm archival footage from 1956-57 which was filmed by Anne Dagg herself, and, when she is in frame, by South African rancher, Alex Matthew.

Cinematography by Dale Hildebrand (Peace, TO in 24) and Iris Ng (Point of Departure, Stories We Tell, The Ghosts in Our Machine), editing by Mike Munn (Hip-Hop Evolution, Stories We Tell) and Caroline Christie (Birdland, Project Grizzly), costume design by Anne Dixon (Anne with an E, Shoot the Messenger) and music by Tom Third (What Wala Wants, Yellow is Forbidden, Shoot the Messenger).

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes was made with the participation of Ontario Creates, Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program, the Rogers Documentary Fund, Rogers Telefund, and KinoSmith Inc. The film is a Bell Media Original Documentary and was commissioned by The Movie Network (TMN).

Distribution in Canada is being handled by Kinosmith Inc.

ABOUT ALISON REID

Alison Reid is an award-winning director who began her career as a stunt coordinator and second unit director. After accumulating 300 credits, she formed Free Spirit Films to produce projects diverse in genre, but similar in their exploration of the human spirit. Reid received the 2007 Crystal Award for Emerging Director from DGC/WIFT. Her independent feature, The Baby Formula  (2009), sold internationally, won the Audience Award at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Best LGBT Film at Nashville Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Zenith at Montreal World Film Festival. Her television directing credits include Saving Hope, Heartland and Murdoch Mysteries.

ABOUT KINOSMITH

Founded in 2007, KinoSmith Inc. is one of Canada’s leading independent distribution companies committed to bringing the best of Canadian and international critically-acclaimed films and film content to audiences across the country. Current releases from KinoSmith include 78/52, My Scientology Movie, Shadows of Paradise, Reset, and the award-winning performance film Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett.

SCREENING DATES:

Vancouver: Vancity Theatre Screenings: Friday, January 11, 5:00pm, Saturday, January 12, 4:40pm, Sunday, January 13, 7:00pm, Tuesday, January 15, 6:30pm, Thursday, January 17, 6:30pm

Edmonton: Metro Cinema Screenings: January 9, 7:00pm Doc of the Month Club, January 18, 7pm, January 20, 1:00pm, January 22, 7:00pm, January 24, 7:00pm

Other upcoming screenings: January: Guelph, Ottawa, Cobourg

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Toronto. February: Courtney BC: February 24th and 27th, Salmon Arms, BC: TIFF circuit at the Shuswap Film Festival, February 15th

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screeners:

Lesley Diana | The Promotion People | 604.726.5575 | lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca

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  • Writer/Director Alison Reid
  • Dr. Anne Innis Dagg

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Pacific Screenwriting Program

Pacific Screenwriting Program announces Sarah Dodd as Showrunner for its inaugural Scripted Series Lab

VANCOUVER, December 3, 2018 – The Pacific Screenwriting Program (PSP) is pleased to announce that BC-based TV showrunner/writer/producer Sarah Dodd has been selected as the Showrunner for its first-ever Scripted Series Lab. This intensive training initiative will provide support and career-advancement opportunities for active and aspiring screenwriters from across BC. Combining real-world story-room experience, mentorship, boot camps, workshops and information sessions, the program equips writers with the skills, experience, and connections necessary to establish a sustainable career in the province’s dynamic screen industry. Petie Chalifoux, Shawn Tolleson, Todd Ireland, Michael Orlando, Kat Sieniuc and Corey Liu are the selected participants for the program. The Pacific Screenwriting Program is a collaboration between Netflix, CMPA-BC, the Writers Guild of Canada and Creative BC.

BC-based TV writer, producer, and showrunner Sarah Dodd will mentor the first group of aspiring screenwriters in the program. Currently, Sarah is an Executive Producer on the 6- part mini-series Cardinal (CTV/Hulu). She was an Executive Producer and Showrunner on Zixx: Level Three (Cartoon Network/YTV), and Head Writer and Producer on The Saddle Club (ABC/YTV).

“The Pacific Screenwriting Program is tremendously fortunate to work with Sarah Dodd as our mentor showrunner for our inaugural year,” said Brian Hamilton, Board Chair of the PSP. “Sarah is a passionate advocate for the local screenwriting community. Her credits and global experience place her in the top echelon of Canadian showrunners. As anyone who has worked with her can attest, she is insightful about the writing process and generous in her support of new voices. Sarah will provide an inspiring role model for our aspiring screenwriters.”

Sarah has written and produced hundreds of hours of television, both hour-long and half-hour, including: Ransom (CBS/TF-1/Corus/RTL), Motive (ABC/CTV), Arctic Air (CBC), Primeval: New World (SyFy/Space), Endgame (Showcase), The Border (CBC), Falcon Beach (ABC Family/Global), Blood Ties (Space), The Shoebox Zoo (BBC One), Beastmaster (Endemol/Tribune), Code Name Eternity (SyFy), and PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (CBS/Global). Sarah has also worked

in film and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Creative Writing and History in Art from the University of Victoria.

“I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to develop a new drama series in collaboration with six extremely talented BC writers,” stated Dodd. “I can’t wait to see what we create together and also what each of these fresh voices brings to screens across Canada and around the world in the future.”

For more information about the Pacific Screenwriting Program individuals are encouraged to visit the program’s official website.

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ABOUT THE PACIFIC SCREENWRITING PROGRAM

The Pacific Screenwriting Program was established in 2018 with the goal of building a vibrant screenwriter community in British Columbia. Based in Vancouver, the not-for-profit organization provides training and support to BC-based TV film and television writers at all levels, with the aim of generating a deep and sustainable pool of local talent for BC-based series and films. For more information, please visit the Pacific Screenwriting Program website, or here on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

ABOUT THE SCRIPTED SERIES LAB

The Scripted Series Lab is the flagship training initiative of the Pacific Screenwriting Program. The full-time 14-week curriculum polishes and prepares candidates for an entry-level writer position on a scripted series. Beginning in January 2019, six BC-based, up-and-coming screenwriters will receive the necessary support to expand their portfolio and pursue opportunities in the evolving TV marketplace. Throughout the program, participants hone their craft, strengthen their collaboration and presentation skills, and obtain a deeper understanding of the global television industry and how to market themselves within it. Through workshops, events and mentoring, candidates will also be connected with key industry professionals, including senior screenwriters, producers, and agents.

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Festive Flooring

FESTIVE FLOORING UPGRADES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY HOME

‘Tis the season to put your best foot forward…literally!  Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring is just what you need to upgrade your holiday home. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring (LVP) is the perfect solution because it’s so realistic yet it can take all the wear and tear holiday homes can bring. Whether it is a mountainside chalet in Whistler or a cottage in Muskoka, you need to select flooring that will stand up to snow, sand, mud, and salt.

Holidays are when memories are made. Canadians are investing more and more in a vacation property, so why not make your holiday home a place to relax and enjoy.  Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring means never having to worry about your flooring, as the kids run in and out from building a snowman, racing down the slopes, or simply sitting by the fire as big fluffy snowflakes make magic outside.

We reached out to interior designer Fiona Roeske, who is the Specification Specialist for the 4 Corners brand of LVP, www.4Corners.cato ask her why Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring is so popular with designers.  The response was simple. “Not only are the colours beautiful, but the textures make this flooring so realistic, you think it’s real wood.  It’s also water-resistant and dampens sounds. The best part: LVP is super durable and able to withstand all kid and pets’ activities, all at an amazingly affordable price,” explains Fiona.  “My clients absolutely love this product!”

Over four hundred retailers across Canada carry the 4 Corners brand of Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring due their exceptional selection and service, so chances are there is a dealer near you.

Each LVP plank is comprised of several layers with an antimicrobial coating and is water, scratch, and stain resistant, making 4 Corners LVP flooring the perfect flooring option. The high standards of their mill in South Korea, also ensure the 4 Corners brand of LVP flooring satisfies Green Building Standards.

DIY enthusiasts find it easy to install. It is versatile; easy to clean and maintain. Not only that, it will last longer than other flooring choices without the high price tag. It can quickly transform any home by being able to go over other floors such as hardwood or even ceramic. The floors are flexible too; you can easily pull up one plank if needed rather than having the nightmare of undoing click together flooring.

“I’ve been installing vinyl flooring in the Greater Toronto Area for 16 years.  For the last 2 years, I’ve been installing 4 Corners Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. The contemporary colours, ease of install, makes this economically positive.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this product,” says Shawn Daley of Generations Flooring.

So as you light the fireplace this holiday, enjoy entertaining your family and friends on your beautiful LVP flooring.

Interior Designer Fiona Roeske is the Specifications Specialist for 4 Corners and founder of Isabella’s Haus, working with designers across Canada for their flooring needs.” www.4corners.ca | fiona@4corners.ca

Molly Annelle

Rising singer/songwriter and producer, Molly Annelle, has released her latest EP ‘Pick Me Ups’ – an alternative R&B musical journey of soothing yet funky melodies.

Back by popular demand, Molly headlines her ‘Pick Me Ups’ release at Island Cafe, White Rock on December 21st

Molly Annelle’s desire to self-produce her own songs, and fulfill her unique creative vision, is the inspiration for her 6-song EP ‘Pick Me Ups’ just released worldwide and available on all major platforms. The ethos of Pick Me Ups not only does what the title says, pick you up but also entertains with its storytelling and calms with its chill vibes.  The EP is entirely produced, written and sung by the one-of-a-kind creative machine, Molly, and covers the genres, Alternative R&B, electronic/dream pop, and chillwave.

“What drove ‘Pick Me Ups’ was the need to create something that was totally my own vision, done by me and only me,” says Molly Annelle.

What inspires this young talent to create these insightful songs? “I have an extremely busy and many times, anxious mind. I wrote Pick Me Ups to help others achieve a sense of well being. Listening to music has the power to lessen the burden that emotional conflict and other forms of mental illness can bring. It helps us escape. These six songs are meant to engender a feeling of positivity, no matter what one might be going through ‘in real life’.”

Molly’s style of music has evolved since her last album, Melody. What has caused this shift in her songs?  “I am constantly being introduced to new musical artists like SZA, Kali Uchis, Ravyn Lenae,” she says. “Their songs made me realize that I can achieve those sounds on my own. This was a revelation to me. I can achieve a sound particular to me now because I have acquired the knowledge and tools to do so. Through self-production I can create music that reflects who I truly am,” adds Molly Annelle.

In addition to writing and singing her own music, Molly’s interest in the production side of music led her to produce ‘Pick Me Up’s entirely by herself. She plans to continue to branch out to help other artists achieve their creative visions, and has already written songs for other artists and projects.

Molly Annelle EP tracklist: 

  • Wooden Spoon (feat V Volves)
  • Papillon
  • Cyberspace
  • Justice for the Candlelight Kid
  • Oh! What a Beautiful Morning
  • i like ur House

Pick Me Ups is available on all platforms Visit: www.MollyAnnelle.com

Molly will be performing at Island Cafe December 21 1237 Johnston Road, White Rock BC at 7:30pm

Photo Credits: William LukStyled by Alex S Yu & Brandy Melville

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‘NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY’ WORLD PREMIERE AT THE WHISTLER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ON NOVEMBER 29 AND 30, 2018

‘NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY’ WORLD PREMIERE AT THE WHISTLER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ON NOVEMBER 29 AND 30, 2018

 This raw documentary follows controversial stand-up comedian Richard Lett’s private struggle of addiction that sabotaged his promising career, lost everything and lived to tell the tale.

Filmmaker Roy Tighe is pleased to announce that the World Premiere of the documentary Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story will screen at the Whistler International Film Festival on November 29 at 5:30 at Village 8 – Theatre 6 and November 30 at 12:00 at Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre. This raw and immersive documentary tells the story of how controversial Vancouver stand-up comedian Richard Lett sabotaged his own promising career, lost everything and lived to tell the tale. Director Roy Tighe’s commitment to presenting Lett’s highest and lowest moments over the past nine years ultimately presents a message of personal redemption and shines a poignant light on the intensely private struggle of addiction.

Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story chronicles the seven-year journey of Richard Lett, a once-respected Canadian comedian whose addiction to drugs and alcohol lead to him becoming homeless, estranged from his daughter, and shunned by his community. With no one to turn to, Richard disappeared. He ran away from his problems; he ran away from his responsibilities; he ran away from his life.

In the summer of 2009, filmmaker Roy Tighe and comedian Richard Lett were ejected from a Vancouver nightclub. Richard started a verbal altercation with the club owner and was promptly told to take his cameraman and leave. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Roy began filming Lett in his day-to-day life and quickly learned that all was not right in the brash comedian’s world. So set in motion the saga of Richard Lett and Never Be Done.

Not merely a tale of one man’s downfall, Never Be Done is the story of Richard Lett’s struggle to forge a new life in the same environment that brought him down so completely. Filmed with candid intimacy and filled with archival footage and poignant testimonials, Never Be Done is a raw and unflinching documentary about the life and times of Richard Lett, who lost it all and lived to tell the tale.

Director Story

In 2003, I dabbled in the Vancouver stand up comedy circuit, performing and working with other comics. During my small stint at stand up comedy I was aware of Richard Lett due to his infamous reputation on and off stage. I was always intrigued to work with Richard, if the opportunity arose. In 2009, I was introduced to Richard through a mutual friend and fellow comedian. I had been living in Vancouver for 9 years at the time and had my own reputation for producing comedy content for the web. Richard and I originally met to talk about shooting a live one-man show he was working on. The next night we met at a local comedy club to shoot some stand up footage. That did not happen. We, instead, were ejected from the comedy club. Richard had started a verbal altercation with the club owner and was promptly told to take his cameraman and leave. Standing now in the rain out front of the comedy club, I still wanted to capture something. So right there on the street for pedestrians to watch, Richard performed one of his poetry slams. That night I saw something special in Richard and that moment became the opening sequence to this story. Never one to pass up an opportunity, I began filming Richard in his day-to-day life, and quickly learned that all was not right in this brash comedian’s world. As I followed Richard, recording the collapse of his career and his struggle with addiction, he becomes homeless. I felt a divine obligation to stick it out with Richard. Even though this was a dark, brutal time in this man’s life, I also was blessed to witness Richard find the miracle of recovery. This 7 year journey that I went on with Richard makes for a beautiful story to what’s called “Never Be Done: The Richard Glenn Lett Story.”

 

Director Bio

Canadian filmmaker Roy Tighe has been mentored by two time Oscar nominee, Bud Smith the Oscar-nominated editor of The Exorcist and Flashdance. Roy is currently a working director in Los Angeles directing numerous short films, web series and commercials. Working for such brands as Alcatel, TCL and Coors Light totaling well over 500 videos. Roy’s first film, Where’s Barry? was released on VOD in December 2016. Previously, Roy had spent time performing as a stand-up comedian, which led to his introduction to Richard Lett, the subject of his first feature Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story.

 

Richard’s Bio

Finding a home in the stand-up comedy scene in Vancouver, Richard began making a name for himself with his brash, unapologetic style of jokes and crowd interaction. After years of honing his skills on the stage, Lett found himself headlining tours for Yuk Yuk’s. In the mid 90’s Richard was a subject in the CBC’s Road Warriors, a documentary television series about the lives of touring stand-up comedians.

Never quite a household name, Richard Lett has become a sort of journeyman of the Canadian comedy scene over the past thirty years, respected by his fellow comedians and sought out by die-hard comedy fans. In the time since he began his career in stand-up, Richard has tried his hand at poetry, writing, and acting, landing small roles on the TV shows Supernatural, Dark Angel, andThe Firm, and as a playwright he has received two Jessie Richardson Award nominations for “Most Outstanding Original Play.” Most recently, Richard received a rare standing ovation at the London Poetry Slam for his one-man show “Sober But Never Clean”. His performance was described as such: “Richard grabbed our audience’s attention and didn’t let go. His ability to make the crowd laugh and reflect simultaneously by sharing intimate personal stories mixed with hilarious jokes is unparalleled. He has a unique talent in rolling poetry, comedy, and storytelling together.”

Today, Richard continues to tour across the country with his “Sober But Never Clean” show, which details his experiences in the stand-up comedy profession, his struggles with drugs and alcohol, and his complicated relationship with sobriety.

Roy Tighe and Richard Lett are available for interviews upon request and will be in attendance at the World Premiere at the Whistler International Film Festival.

NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY

Date Time Film Cinema Hall
29.11.2018 17:30 NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY Village 8 – Theatre 6
30.11.2018 12:00 NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre

 

For more information, photos, interviews please contact:

Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca| 604-726-5575

 

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4 Corners Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

4 Corners Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring is quickly becoming industry leaders in home décor with high customer demand and designer choices

Forget your previous conceptions of what vinyl plank used to look like! Over the past 5 years, vinyl plank flooring has been completely revamped and transformed to replicate the look and feel of real hardwood, but at a fraction of the price! Established in 2014, 4 Corners is a Canadian owned and operated brand, supplying premium luxury vinyl plank flooring to hundreds of flooring dealerships across the nation. CDM Distribution Inc provides a high-quality product line, with the least amount of deficiencies, and a variety of colour options that have been determined by high customer demand and designer choices.


Their product is bright, modern, and draws the “oohs and ahhs!”  from homeowners and guests. 4 Corners is featured in condominium property management programme as a top flooring choice. The plank’s foam-backing and fiberglass core provide a cushioned and flexible surface; making it an excellent choice for a sound suppression for condo strata approval, as well as, a cushioned and soft-underfoot flooring choice for rental properties and vacation homes. 4 Corners LVP additionally satisfies green building safety standards, earns LEED points in commercial applications, and meets all building safety regulations.

Over the past 2 years, they have doubled their product line ranging from a low, medium, and premium price point to satisfy a wider range of clientele. Additionally, they have expanded their range of colour and plank variations for clients to convey their unique style. Their business model and product lines are founded on quality, customer service, and availability for residential as well as commercial application used by architectural and interior design firms.

4 Corners LVP offers 3 unique colour series that vary in plank width: Bel Air, Country Club, and French Antique. Luxury vinyl plank flooring has been manufactured to produce larger planks that not only gives a distinctive wood appearance but also make it an ideal flooring choice for those looking for a quick and easy DIY install. With a 3D HD photo finish, LVP has multiple colour variations to choose from, ranging from a modern to rustic design. Each plank is comprised of several layers; an antimicrobial coating that kills bacteria, a protective wear layer for durability, a 3D HD printed colour layer for a photo finish, a middle core for stability, and a resilient non-skid backing. This makes Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring water, scratch, and stain resistant, and easy to maintain. This is the perfect flooring option for families with a busy lifestyle, pet owners, and commercial properties with heavy foot traffic.

4 Corners have recently launched a new colour series as of this month! The stunning French Antique Series offers customers distressed wood finishes and rustic color variations, additionally the option of a wider plank design that mimics the look of wood plank flooring without the expensive price tag.

Although 4 Corners is fairly new on the market they are establishing partnerships with home renovation television series, interior designers and architects and have supplied the flooring for the offices of CW’s hit television series ‘Supergirl.

4 Corners have sales representatives across Canada, including:

  • Sam Piazza & Dave Williams – Vancouver Lower Mainland
  • Curtis Ross – Vancouver Island, B.C Interior
  • Perry Myshynuik – Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
  • Mike Otter – Greater Toronto Area

Members of the 4 Corners team are available for interviews, demonstrations and product knowledge.

For more information, interviews, photos please contact:

Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca| P: 604-726-5575

www.4corners.ca CDM Distribution Inc. – 4 Corners P: 604.496.4267 | TF: 1.855.319.9522

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