Award-winning actor Christine Solomon picks projects that give back

The busy international actor is proud of joining forces with Josh Duhamel to raise funds for the GMC veteran’s cause Building for America’s Bravest

TV host, actor and philanthropist Christine Solomon has a number of upcoming film and television projects, but in between time on-set, Christine has made it a priority to give back through her work. Recently, Christinejoined as the lead host (narrating the public service documentary-style film in support of returning U.S. military veterans, and conducting live interviews with guests and callers) for GMC’s Building for America’s Bravest and #enlistme campaign.

Renowned actor Josh Duhamel is GMC’s ambassador for the powerful campaign, which aims to raise awareness and funds for severely injured service men and women to help get them into accessible homes. Since 2016, the program, which raises money to build life-changing smart homes designed to meet the specific needs of our veterans (including automated doors and lighting, wide doorways and special showers to accommodate wheelchairs, cabinets and counters that can be raised and lowered, and central heating and air conditioning systems that can be controlled by tablets), has raised over 17 million dollars.

Born in Egypt and raised in Montreal, the multi-talent can be seen in two Hollywood feature comedies, ‘The Big Shot’  (2017) released worldwide and currently showcasing on Virgin Airline, and ‘Kids Can’ (2018), which is currently in post-production.

The Big Shot recently announced it has been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures. The comedy, which also stars John Hennigan (WWE star), James Russo (Django Unchained) and Malcom Danare (Ever After High), follows two producers who are threatened by their boss to make a successful movie. The pair turn to the only solution they can think of: Kill an actor – movie makes money.

Kids Can aligns with Christine’s goals to give back through her projects. The film, which follows two young brothers on a movie-making adventure, has just announced it is partnering with Feed the Children, and is set to donate a portion of the proceeds made by the film to their organization, as well as to Anti-Bullying groups and organizations that assist children in the arts. This feel-good film is for kids, by kids.

Christine is excited to be attached as a co-lead in ‘Gabriel’s Gift’, set to be directed by Academy Award nominee Roland Joffe, and also stars in ‘Yasmine’, a TV series set to premiere in Middle Eastern countries later this year.

The charismatic performer has worked in a wide range of Canadian, American and international productions. Her career has been one based on versatility. Stage-trained, she has performed in more than 20 plays, is a voice-over artist, and has appeared in numerous film and television roles.

Her big break came at the 2006 Cairo International Film Festival, where she was cast in two feature films: Balad Al Banat and Basra. In the films, she clearly showcased the unparalleled power of her on-screen presence, and played a critical role in having both films selected at the Cairo International Film Festival.

Her resume includes roles in ‘The Score’ (2001) starring Academy-Award winning actors Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando; VH1’s ‘Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story’ (2001); Sony Pictures’ ‘Head In the Clouds’ (2004); HBO Canada’s ‘Fakers’ (2009); and, award-winning foreign films, ‘Basra’ (2008, Egypt) and ‘Heliopolis’ (2009, Egypt). Christine has also hosted shows and events and has appeared in television commercials and endorsements.


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Todd Talbot to host “It’s Electra” Fundraising Event at Electra Meccanica on October 26, 2017 to support Convenant House Annual Sleep Out

Each year TV Personality Todd Talbot creates a unique experience for 100 of Vancouver’s finest gentlemen to join him to raise money for the Covenant House Annual Sleep Out. People are still talking about last year’s event. This year he is going ‘green’ and starting electric engines. Join Todd at Electra Meccanica Vehicles at 102 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver on October 26th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Save the date in your calendar, buy a ticket (or 10) and prepare for a wonderful night supporting an incredible organization. As with previous years, you will get a full tax receipt for the ‘ticket’ price and all you have to do is come and drive some vehicles you’ve likely never tried before. Solos, cars, scooters, bikes… then enjoy drinks, food, and festivities inside. You know the drill. Thursday October 26th, it’s the place to be!

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Covenant House’s Annual Sleep Out event raises funds to help young people leave the streets and begin a new life. One night a year, community leaders, executives and public figures sleep outside in solidarity facing the same elements and emotional experiences that homeless youth experience on the streets of Vancouver. This is a very humbling and significant experience for any who partake.  Last year, Todd slept out for the first time and it was an extremely impactful experience. This eye opening night revealed the incredible challenges many young people face, the help they need, and the work Covenant House does. On November 16th, 2017 Todd is sleeping out again and he has committed to raising a minimum of $15,000 in support of Covenant House. Your ticket to It’s Electra goes directly to meeting Todd’s fundraising goal.

We want to thank our generous sponsors that help make this event a success: Electra Meccanica, Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Trading Post Brewery, Erich Saide Photography, Black Sage Vineyards, Free Agency Creative, Urban Machina, Long Life Windows and Doors, and The Promotion People.

There is an amazing night planned with support from some very generous organizations. All details and tickets available by clicking on the link above (there are only 100 tickets so don’t miss out). Full tax receipt issued for your ticket/donation.

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         Actress Emmanuelle Vaugier hosts The Fluffball™ charity event to raise money for Forgotten Horses Rescue, Inc.

The 2017 Fluffball ™, hosted by actress Emmanuelle Vaugier (Mistresses, Two and a Half Men, Saw, Lost Girl), will be held at Lombardi House on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 5pm-8pm. This exclusive charity event aims to raise money for Forgotten Horses Rescue, Inc., a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates horses who are abandoned, unwanted and victims of extreme neglect.

“We’re thrilled to partner with a new beneficiary this year,” said Vaugier. “When I first heard about Forgotten Horses and the incredible work they do, I knew we had to work with them. Organizations like theirs is why I started The Fluffball Foundation – to bring awareness, exposure, and more importantly, raise funds for people are doing passionate work without expecting any sort of praise.”

The organization was established in 2012 and has taken in nearly 600 horses — an average of 100-150 rescues per year. There is no discrimination against certain breeds or circumstances.

Most of the horses are discovered through Craigslist ads, local horse auctions and emails from owners who no longer want or are able to care of them. Once Forgotten Horses Rescue learns of an animal in poor condition, the team brings it to the ranch where food, shelter and medical attention is provided. After a mandatory 30-day quarantine, the horse joins the rest of the rescue animals and is retrained and rehabilitated until adoption.

“Our mission is to rescue those horses that have been thrown away and forgotten, and give them the second chance that they so desperately need and deserve,” Tresha Geltner, president and founder of Forgotten Horses Rescue, said. “As a lifetime horse lover and professional horse trainer, it has enabled me to evaluate and care for these often-broken down and dispirited horses, then rehab and retrain them before matching them up with the right adopter. Forgotten Horses is so excited to be a part of this year’s Fluffball and share our love and experience with fellow animal rescue enthusiasts.”

This year’s event marks the the first Fluffball ™  to benefit horses and Forgotten Horses Rescue, Inc. Previous years have focused primarily on dog rescue, most recently having raised over $60,000 for The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation.

The 2017 Fluffball will be held on Saturday, November 4th from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Lombardi House, 1717 Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028. The guest list includes 200 celebrity and VIP guests, and offers a limited number of tickets for sale to the public. Past notable attendees have included Lori Loughlin, Anna Faris, Elisabeth Shue and Alyssa Milano.

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Emmanuelle Vaugier is a Canadian-born actress who has made a splash on both the big screen and prime-time TV. Vaugier is best known for her popular role as Charlie Sheen’s ex-fiancé Mia on the award-winning CBS comedy Two and a Half Men. For three seasons she also played Detective Jessica Angell on CSI NY.

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The Roles keep rolling in for Award Winning Actor Tammy Gillis in Ghost Wars, Siren and the third installment of Fixer Upper Movie Mystery on Hallmark

Tammy is nominated for a UBCP Award for Best Actress for the feature film Menorca

Busier than ever actor Tammy Gillis has a recurring role as Jane in the new television series Ghost Wars that premiered on Thursday, October 5th on the Syfy network. Jane is a female LAMDA mercenary who searches with Maria (Miranda Edwards) and Daphne (Carmel Amit) for a missing patient. Ghost Wars stars Avan Jogia, Vincent D’Onofrio, Meat Loaf, Kim Coates and Kandyse McClure. Evil ghostly spirits caught between our world and the next make their presence known in the little town of Port Moore, Alaska. Unable to travel to the beyond, they are determined to build their ghostly force of evil. Roman Mercer, a town outcast with unique powers, decides to fight back.

Tammy is currently filming the new Freeform original drama Siren, which is slated for release in 2018. In her recurring role on Siren, Tammy plays Deputy Marissa Staub.

Juggling her schedule at the same time Tammy is filming a supporting lead on the third installment of the Fixer Upper Mystery movie franchise premiering on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. And if that isn’t enough Tammy is nominated for a UBCP/ACTRA  Award for Best Actress for her starring role in the Award winning feature film Menorca. The UBCP Awards are being celebrated in Vancouver on November 18th, 2017.

Tammy Gillis is having an exciting year, celebrating her starring role in the indie festival gem Menorca with three “Best Actress” awards: the Noida International Film Festival in Delhi India, the Solaris Film Festival-17 in Nice France and the Black Sea Film Festival in Romania. She also earned a 2017 Leo Award nomination for “Best Lead Performance in a Motion Picture” for her captivating performance. Tammy plays a hedonistic soccer mom who indulges in her fantasy world, breaking away entirely from her family and life of motherhood.

A talented and diverse actress, she grew up in Manitoba, acting from a young age, playing a variety of roles on the stage. After high school, she went on to study at the University of Manitoba, where she was discovered by a modeling scout and cast in both a series of commercials for Greenkids and the award- winning short film The Heart of the World, directed by one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers Guy Maddin.

This exceptionally talented actress has over 50 credits to her name and has made TV guest appearances on The Arrangement (E! Network), Once Upon A Time (ABC), Motive (CTV/ABC), Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (Bravo), Supernatural (CW), Lost Girl (Showcase), Blue Mountain State (Spike TV), Continuum (SyFy), and many more.

She has recurred on the critically acclaimed award winning HBO comedy series Less Than Kind and jPod (CBC). Additional work in which Tammy has appeared includes the feature films White Noise 2, Shooter, and No Men Beyond This Point.

Upcoming is the thriller feature Violentia and the comedy feature Thirty-Seventeen. She had leading roles in Hallmark’s Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Wedding Bells, A Novel Romance, Lifetime’s Stolen from the Womb and Tiny House of Terror.

She was previously nominated for a Leo Award 2016 for “Best Guest Performance in a Dramatic Series” for her compelling work in UpTV’s Ties That Bind. Tammy’s directorial debut came earlier this year for the web series The Support Group, which she also produced and acted in.

Divvying up her time among Canada and Los Angeles, Tammy is an extraordinary performer who beings years of entertainment industry experience to the table, A well respected member of the community, she serves as a jury member for the Canadian Screen Awards and also volunteers as a mentor in the Women In Film & Television actor- mentorship program.

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Lighthouse Pictures present the hottest event at VIFF, The Annual RED Carpet Film Party

This exclusive event, hosted by Entertainment Reporter Rick Campanelli, will take place September 30, 2017 at the Imperial Theatre

Vancouver, BC – On Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Lighthouse Pictures rolled out the red carpet at the Imperial Theatre for their Annual Red Carpet Film Party during the Vancouver International Film Festival. Always the hottest party at the festival, featuring A-List filmmakers, international producers, directors and actors, the event is a must for festival partygoers and industry VIPs. “Once again we are excited to welcome the entertainment industry to celebrate with us. It is a wonderful event and a great way to showcase our local talent. Our Red Carpet has become a tradition at VIFF,” says Lighthouse Pictures’ Jamie Goehring. This year Rick Campanelli, as seen on ET Canada, returned to host the red carpet movie party during the Festival! Media were invited to attend the red carpet to interview and photograph celebrities between 8:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m. The party continued until 1:00 a.m.

This VIP Party, presented by Lighthouse Pictures in conjunction with event partners Sim Group, William F. White Int’l, Finale, Hub International, Bridge Studios, and Strategex, consisted of industry decision makers and brought together incredible cinema, amazing fashion and music. With a reputation as being the best party during the Vancouver International Film Festival, this was an event you did not want to miss.

Annual RED Carpet Film Party during the VIFF

When:  Saturday, September 30th

8:00pm to 10:00pm – Red Carpet hosted by Rick Campanelli

8:00pm to 1:00am – VIP Party

Where: Imperial Theatre

Media were welcome to attend the Red Carpet Party to interview & photograph local and international celebrities and industry professionals.


Lighthouse Pictures is a venture that specializes in producing genre and mid-to small-budget film and television projects. Industry leaders Shawn Williamson and Jamie Goehring helm Lighthouse Pictures. With over 65 productions in the past ten years, Lighthouse Pictures productions continue to be recognized.  Year after year, Lighthouse projects have received industry praise with Canadian Screen Awards nominations and numerous Leo Awards wins.

Most recently the overwhelming successful Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart (Lex Scott Davis) won four 2017 Leo Awards. Other past productions include the Academy Award nominated writer of Nebraska, Bob Nelson’s directorial debut, The Confirmation starring Clive Owen, Maria Bello, Patton Oswalt, and Matthew Modine). For Netflix, the film 1922 is a story based on Stephen King’s novella starring Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, and Neal McDonough. Lighthouse Pictures also teamed up with Muse Entertainment and Hallmark for the successful Aurora Teagarden Mystery series starring Candace Cameron Bure, Marilu Henner and Yannick Bisson, among other notable actors. The Show, starring Giancarlo Esposito, Famke Janssen, and Josh Duhamel recently premiered at SXSW. The original movie Cocaine Godmother, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Raúl Méndez and Juan Pablo Espinosa, is currently in post-production.

With a production team that has decades of experience in the film business, Lighthouse is able to leverage our numerous relationships in the industry to provide feature film quality on smaller budgets.


In 2007, after more than a 2.5 million dollar renovation, Oscar nominated film producer Bill Vince (Capote) re-opened the once Golden Harvest theatre as District 319. Gutting the old theatre to its foundation, Bill was able to successfully turn the rundown Chinese theatre into one of the coolest boutique theatres in the city, maybe even the country.

The theatre’s current incarnation, now called the Imperial, is a cross between your typical art-house screening room and a high-end steak house. Its lobby features a full-service bar as a centerpiece to facilitate the fully licensed premises. In addition to its unique design the theatre was renovated to include a state-of-the-art theatre with 35-mm and HD digital projectors, and Dolby THX surround sound.

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“A man and a woman. One white. One black. What could possibly go wrong?”

Black Tree Pictures is pleased to announce that the short film Black Chicks will screen at the upcoming International Black Film Festival on ttober 6h at the Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film starting at 12 pm. Actress Nicole G Leier (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, The Bridge Part 2) stars alongside David Cubitt (Van Helsing, Medium) in Black Chicks directed by Neil LaBute (Nurse Betty, In the Company of Men) and shot by cinematographer Brendan Uegama (Van Helsing, Riverdale). Leier and Uegama’s production company, Black Tree Pictures, consolidated some of the brightest talents in the business to produce this award-winning short film.

Neil LaBute, renowned showrunner, filmmaker, and Playwright wrote, directed and co-produced the film. Neil is known for his true-to-life characters and his ability to write the ugly sides of human nature. Nicole originally performed the role in Neil’s play “Black Girls” at James Franco’s Studio 4 in L.A. She knew it would make an excellent film so she contacted Neil who was eager to adapt the play for the screen, renaming it ‘Black Chicks.’ As Nicole was raised in a Caucasian household, this is an important story as it allowed her to understand uncomfortable situations she faced in her life, accept them and even embrace them.

David Cubitt as the co-star was an honor to work with, says Nicole. “He is so generous and an all-around cool guy. The fact that he took the time to work on this script while still shooting Van Helsing showed how giving he is of his time.”

The title of the film, Black Chicks, gives nothing away to what unfolds. A seemingly innocent conversation between two coworkers has an underlining message. Leier unveils an important story, addressing huge issues in an understated yet emotional way. Throughout the film, racial stereotypes are questioned and brought to light.

Black Chicks was recently nominated for five 2017 Leo Awards including Nicole G. Leier’s nomination for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama.  The film was also nominated for Best Short Film and Best Direction of a Short Drama. In addition, the film won two Leo Awards for Best Screenwriting for Neil LaBute and Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama for David Cubitt.

Leier and Uegama have worked together on many projects with their production company, Black Tree Pictures. This one, according to Leier, felt different. The subject matter being addressed and the commitment from the cast and crew made this piece feel like they were really part of something meaningful. Black Chicks has also screened in the Oscar-qualifying L.A. Short International Film Festival and the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

Nicole’s acting skills are evident and have kept her busy since her recurring role on Edgemont. This exceptionally talented actress’ ambition has kept her motivated and driven to work hard and succeed in both countries. She also has a passion for producing and directing which has allowed her to produce and direct a number of films on the YouTube Lot. Leier has also worked with many productions in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Nicole Leier has been quoted to have a ‘poised presence who manages to find the passion in her films and the truth in her roles’.

With many exciting projects coming up, it is a true testament of what hard work can achieve. Nicole studies with Matthew Scott Snyder at James Franco’s Studio 4 and with Larry Moss.

Nicole and Brendan will be in attendance at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville and are available for interviews, appearances, and photographs upon request.


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Nashville International Black Film Festival: Friday, October 6th starting at 12pm at the Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film, 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

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She joins an all-star voice cast including Emily Blunt, Kristin Cheoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Pena, Sia, Tay Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana.

In demand for her voice-over roles in cartoons both on the small (LEGO Nexo Knights, Kate & Mim Mim) and big screen (Seth Rogen’s “Sausage Party”), Nicole Oliver is thrilled to bring her role as Princess Celestia to theaters nationwide with the release of “My Little Pony: The Movie” on October 6th, 2017.  Nicole is the voice of Princess Celestia on the television series and now joins an all-star voice cast including Emily Blunt, Kristin Cheoweth, Live Schreiber, Michael Pena, Sia, Tay Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana.

In “My Little Pony: The Movie” a dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home. The movie features original music and songs performed by Sia, Diggs, Saldana, Chenoweth and Blunt.  Nicole also sings on the song “Time to be Awesome” as Lix Spittle, one of the new creatures the Mane 6 encounters during their adventures outside of Equestria.

Recent career highlights include a lead role in the acclaimed film festival circuit indie-gem “Marrying the Family” (VIFF, Long beach Indie FF, Texas FF), and earlier this year, Nicole Oliver expanded her diverse entertainment career in the role of Britney Spears’ mother Lynne Spears in the Lifetime Movie Britney Ever After. Starring Natasha Bassett, the movie follows the tumultuous story of pop icon Britney Spears’ rise to fame, fall from grace and eventual triumphant resurrection, firmly securing her position as one of the world’s greatest entertainers. 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, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay set to be released on November 17th, 2017.

She is the recipient of the UBCP/ACTRA award for Best Voice for her work in animation and has been nominated for Best Voice again this year for her work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Nicole has guest starred on numerous television series including “Supernatural,” “Rogue,” and “Somewhere Between” 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 of 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.

Well 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 “Bob The Builder”, and “Lego Elves”, and will continue to appear in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 7). 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.

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Actor Curtis Lum is back for the new season of CW’s Supergirl and joins the ensemble cast in the new Freeform television series Siren

Curtis makes his big screen debut in Mina Shum’s highly anticipated feature film Meditation Park opening the Vancouver International Film Festival

Actor Curtis Lum makes his big screen debut this fall in Mina Shum’s highly anticipated feature film Meditation Park opening the 2017 VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival), with a gala screening on September 28th.  With an all-star cast that includes Chinese movie legend Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), and Hong Kong-American actor Tzi Ma, Meditation Park premiered at this year’s TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival).

Meditation Park is about a devoted Chinese wife Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) discovering her husband’s infidelity when finding another women’s thong in her husband’s laundry, propelling her on an empowering journey of mental, financial and physical emancipation. Curtis makes a cameo in this film playing a young fishmonger that Maria always goes to hassle and bargain with.

“Being a part of Meditation Park is somewhat like sending a love letter to my Mom,” says Curtis, “Meditation Park honours family, tradition, community and the unique culture of our city. It hit me close to home as they shot in a part of Vancouver’s Chinatown where I used to buy fish with my dad and grandfather from the market I shot in for the film!”

On the small screen, Curtis returns to CW’s American superhero action-adventure TV series Supergirl to premiere October 9th. In Supergirl, Curtis plays Agent Demos, an agent in the DEO that works with Supergirl and her team to keep National City safe from the bad guys. Supergirl is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), and stars Melissa Benoist in the title role.

Currently, Curtis is filming the new Freeform original drama Siren, which is slated for release in 2018. In his recurring role on Siren, Curtis plays Calvin a local fisherman.

At the age of 20, Curtis did whatever it took to make his leap as an actor landing a recurring role on the Canadian teen-drama Renegade Press as Conor Ying. Soon after, Curtis booked his first movie playing a sperm-donating monk on an Anna Chi film called Dim Sum Funeral. In the recent years, he played Henry Kishida in FOX’s Prison Break and other guest roles in TV series including Travelers, The Arrangement, The Romeo Section and Psych.

Curtis is a “bonafide hustler” and a “fighter”, willing to take roles at any capacity to breakthrough an industry where Asian Americans are still a minority. He produced Jaded and Chasing Mood and a short experimental film called Pyramid, which was taken from the award-winning piece Spoken Word written by Andy Garland. He also produced the music video HeadLights featuring Cadence and starring Nalani Weston, breaking boundaries with his talent as he also sang in that song.

Curtis was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. He grew up in the family restaurant business with parents who taught him everything he needed to know about hard work. Curtis remains humble and takes all life as learning experiences, which he can apply to his craft. Curtis is involved with a non-profit community-based group called “Help Change My City”. To stay healthy, he keeps up with a regular fitness regimen with boxing, kickboxing or playing basketball and when he needs to get in shape for a role, he relies on his go-to celebrity fitness trainer Anna Wong to whip him into shape.

His world of entertainment doesn’t stop there. Curtis has been hosting club nights and MC parties since he was 16, going by the name of “CuLu”. Along with acting, Curtis is a fashionista, style-setter, a bit of a rogue, rebel, and a trailblazer all at once, turning unconventional ways into his own conventional.  Curtis currently resides in Vancouver and splits his time in LA.

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Unnerving Feature Film ‘Once There Was a Winter’ set for world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival

The white-knuckle thriller, seen through a female lens, stars Kate Corbett, Teach Grant, Juan Riedinger, and Kris Demeanor

For immediate release: Vancouver, BC–Search Engine Films / Violator Films / Rodeo Queen Pictures are pleased to announce the feature film Once There Was a Winter will have its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The first showing of the edge-of-your-seat, finger nail-biting suspense film will take place on Sunday, October 1st at 9pm, at The Rio Theatre. It will also screen on Friday, October 6 at 4:30pm, at International Village. The anticipated thriller is written and directed by Ana Valine and produced by Lori Lozinski and Seanna McPherson. Starring Kate Corbett, Teach Grant, Juan Riedinger and Kris Demeanor, the film was shot in a remote location in Northern British Columbia.

Once There Was Winter is the story of the Canadian North’s unforgiving nature, amplified to chilling effect. This northern tale takes unseemly turns when a young woman, The Lady, played by Kate Corbett (Fargo, Good Witch, Lost Girl), working as a welder’s helper finds herself in over her head with three men: The Welder (portrayed by Teach Grant – Lucifer, Damnation, Altered Carbon), The Hunter (played by Juan Riedinger – The Romeo Section, Narcos, It Stains the Sands Red, Good Behavior) and The Plumber (played by Kris Demeanor – The Valley Below, Making Treaty 7, and The Irrelevant Show), in a secluded doublewide trailer. A guilty secret, a grudge between brothers and a hidden relationship are all revealed; muted at first, but more menacing as the night wears on. Wolves, booze, and guns fuel this psychological powder keg. Entangled in a web of unresolved family drama, she learns the hard way about surviving nature in the North.

Northern BC is a central character of its own in the film, with cast and crew flying in from Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver and L.A. to shoot in the isolated location.

Once There Was a Winter twists the thriller and Western genres by locating the perspective in the female lead, in the midst of  a masculine world. This intention has been the creative force behind all technical and creative choices throughout the filmmaking process.  Lady has no name because the men in the story have no need to name her. To them, she is an object. But, the story is told through her eyes. When she first enters the trailer, she sees the three men, and the audience sees them, through her eyes.  The audience feels what she feels. To be seen and objectified by them. The threat of sexual violence permeates the story.

Told from her point of view, she is an object to the whim of men in this story. From a female director, these elements play themselves out very differently than we’ve come to expect.

This film was made with the explicit purpose of targeting a female audience, of addressing the notion of the female gaze, the role of, and construction of, genre in narrative, and creating a female subject to stir the discourse of the role of gender in cinema.

Amidst the festival success of Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, Writer/ Director Ana Valine wrote the first draft of Once There was a Winter in a creative maelstrom. Compelled to make a film that challenges genre, propels women’s cinema and expands the conversation of the female perspective, award-winning Producers Lori Lozinski, and Seanna McPherson were drawn to the project.


Other film crew credits include:

Director of Photography: Michael LeBlanc

Production Design: Grant Pearse

Editor: Ana Valine

Music Supervisor: Matthew Safran

Interviews with the cast and crew are available upon request.

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Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

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‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ (‘Gabriel e a montanha’) winner of two 2017 Cannes Critics’ Week Awards premieres in North America at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Brazilian director Fellipe GamaranoBarbosa is thrilled to announce the North American premiere of his film Gabriel and the Mountain (‘Gabriel e a montanha’) at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Gabriel and the Mountain had its World Premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the prestigious France 4 Visionary Award (Prix Révélation France 4), Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award (Prix Fondation Gan a la Diffusion) and was nominated for the Critics’ Week Grand Prize (Semaine de la Critique). The Vancouver screenings are October 2nd at 8:30 PM and October 3rd at 2:00 PM. (
With rave film reviews by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline Gabriel and the Mountain is based on a true story of Barbosa’s school friend, Gabriel Buchmann, who traveled to Africa and died on the slopes of Malawi’s Mount Mulanje in 2009. Barbosa recreates his friend’s journey in this warm-hearted feature with the help of men and women who met Gabriel along the way. This movie is a tribute – a gift, really – to his dear friend.  “Because death is not only sad, tragic, and painful – it’s also the greatest mystery of life. It makes us stronger to look at it,” says Barbosa.

Thanks to the performance by actor João Pedro Zappa (Auto Exposure, Eden, Ressaca), who deserves a great deal of credit for making Gabriel so vibrant. He gives Gabriel an authentic charm and depth. Opposite Zappa, Caroline Abras (Something Like That, If Nothing Else Works Out) plays Cristina, Gabriel’s girlfriend at the time. Cristina travelled through Tanzania and Zambia with Gabriel during his African journey. Barbosa and his actors do a beautiful job of investing audience emotions in Gabriel’s joy for a sense of brotherhood, his hunger for new experiences and his love for Cristina.

Determined to research poverty experientially far away from his comfortable Rio de Janeiro upbringing, Gabriel lived cheaply, explored widely and attempted to give away 80% of his daily budget to those in need.  The most immediately striking element of Gabriel’s personality is his sense of urgency, as his outsize appetite matches his impatience to achieve his goals. His eagerness often drifts from well meaning but naïve to arrogant but passionate, serving as a shrewd light comic skewering of traveler stereotypes.

Barbosa took to astounding lengths to make this film happen. Retracing the steps of his friend’s journey was no easy feat: from finding the people who interacted with Gabriel from eight years earlier, working partially with a non-professional cast and to tackling what was clearly a complex production, shooting in various countries in Africa and in locations that aren’t always easily accessible.

Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa was born in Rio de Janeiro, he directed the short films La Muerte es pequeña and Salt Kiss, selected at NYFF, Clermont-Ferrand, Guadalajara and Sundance. In 2008, he developed the screenplay of Casa Grande at the Sundance labs; the film premiered at Rotterdam’s competition in 2014. Gabriel e a montanha (Gabriel and the Mountain) is his second fiction feature.

Fellipe Barbosa will be in Vancouver from October 1st to October 3rd and available for interviews. The screening on October 2nd is at 8:30pm at the Vancity Theatre and at the Cineplex Odeon International Village cinemas on October 3rd is at 2pm. Gabriel and the Mountain will open in theatres in Vancouver and Toronto on November 10th, 2017.


For all media requests, information, interviews and photos please contact:

Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

For Canadian Distribution opportunities please contact 

Maison 4:3 – Claire Guidicelli | Director of Distribution | | phone: 438-387-1547

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