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Celebrated chefs cook incredible meals with celebrities guests Alan Thicke, Darryl Lenox and Aleks Paunovic 

Leftcoast TV is pleased to announce that “Get Cooking with the Stars” with creator/host Laurie Belle is premiering on CHEK TV Tuesday, December 5th at 2:30 PM. “Get Cooking with the Stars” is a celebrity cooking series that takes viewers on a tantalizing journey to visit the hottest eateries, cook incredible dishes and chat with famous celebrities. Each half hour show is celebrity laden as Laurie embarks on culinary adventures with famous celebrities and world-renowned chefs that share one of their favorite dishes from their menu to share new cooking skills and techniques. The TV series airs on Tuesdays at 2:30 P.M. and Thursdays weekly at 2:00 P.M. on CHEK TV and weekly on NOVUS TV in Vancouver.

“Get Cooking with the Stars” kicks off with one of the last interviews with the late great actor Alan Thicke (Growing Pains, How I Met Your Mother) filmed from the Whistler International Film Festival where Alan was honored. Other guests include Award winning actor Aleks Paunovic (War for the Planet of the Apes, Van Helsing, Numb) and ‘Blind Ambition’ NYC & Yuk Yuk’s comedian Darryl Lenox. Join them as they grocery shop with Laurie and visit Dinakas Mediterranean Grille as they cook up mouthwatering treats with Excecutive Chef Sadat Noori. Award winning director Katrin Bowen directed a number of the episodes.

Other scrumptious episodes feature some of Canada’s top talent including David Lewis (Dirk Gently, Rogue, Traveler), Karen Holness (Arrow, Make it Pop) and Jaime Callica (UnReal, The Romeo Section, Wayward Pines) with Chef Parinya from Ban Chok Dee Thai Cuisine. Actor/director Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-I, Sanctuary, Supernatural), Adrian Holmes (19-2, Arrow, Smallville) and Jennifer Spence (Continuum, SGU – Stargate Universe), Lochlyn Munroe (Riverdale), Dan Payne (Good Witch, Descendants 2) drop by to join Laurie and the chefs. The first season also features other celebrity guests 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Ashleigh McIvor, International Musician Devin Townsend. BC Lions/Saskatchewan Roughrider Geroy Simon to name a few. World-renowned chef Tojo is a big supporter of the show hosting several episodes with CTV’s Marke Driesschen.

Laurie Belle, the vibrant host of “Get Cooking With the Stars,” has an extensive background in the entertainment industry – from appearing in television shows, movies, commercials and music videos to modeling internationally. She also has a business degree, a communications degree and a Master’s degree in Education. Getting the inside scoop with celebrities and interviewing high-profile personalities comes effortlessly to her. Laurie has also interviewed Gene Simmons, supermodel Coco Rocha and politician Hedy Fry who are fans and supporters of the show. She makes her guests at ease with her fun and lively personality. Having covered interviews on the Red Carpet at VIFF, TIFF, the Olympics, Leo Awards and Vancouver Fashion Week this is one savvy host ready to cook up new adventures. Laurie adds, “I am blessed to be able to apprentice under these famous chefs by taking Thai cooking class with Chef Parinya and learning to make sushi with Tojo. As the shows develop I am honing my cooking skills and will be sharing all the chefs’ recipes in a series celebrity cookbook.”

Laurie is sponsored by Champers Hair Salon, Blushing Boutique, Artist /Author Ron Schwartz Coffee Table Book, Dale Harding Pizzazz Internationaland and is excited to partner with Dynamite Clothing for the new season. The series is Executive Produced by Laurie Belle of Leftcoast TV and Remy Gill of Icon Ad Inc. The new theme music is composed by musician Logan Jones. “Get Cooking with the Stars” is being acquisitioned by Canada and US markets.

Laurie Belle is available for interviews and photos upon request.

For more information and interviews with Laurie Belle please contact:
Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

Laurie Belle’s Agent | Lissa Lloyd | | 604-880-9898

Restaurants and sponsorship opportunities contact:
Remy Gill | | 604-726-4414

Get Cooking with the Stars airdates:
CHEK TV – Tuesday 2:30 P.M. and Thursday 2:00 P.M.

NOVUS TV – SundayMondayWednesday, and Friday are at 12:30am10am, and 9pmTuesdayThursday, and Saturday are at 1:30am, and 10:30am weekly

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Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters documentary film to screen at VANCITY THEATRE NOVEMBER 24th – 29th

Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters documentary film gives an intimate look into the life of one of Canada’s greatest artiststo screen at VANCITY THEATRE NOVEMBER 24th – 29th

Athene Film Inc. is pleased to announce that the documentary Meet Beau Dick – Maker of Monsters will screen at Vancity Theatre in Vancouver on November 24, 25, 27, 28 & 29. Executive producers Natalie Boll, Randall Perry, and LaTiesha Ti’si’tla Fazakas have spent over seven years completing this much anticipated documentary. In the roles of directors, producers, and writers, Natalie and LaTiesha put their hearts and souls into telling a story that needed to be told. Since the world premiere of at VIFF, Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters is attracting interest throughout British Columbia and festivals around the world. The film will have a screening for the community in Alert Bay, (Beau Dick’s hometown), in Haida Gwaii, Salt Spring Film Festival, The Victoria Film Festival and World Community Film Festival in Courtenay B.C.

Meet Beau Dick – Maker of Monsters is a portrait of a Canadian art legend, Beau Dick, an enigmatic carver from a small remote village on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. His remarkable masks have been celebrated across the global art scene as vibrant expressions of West Coast Indigenous culture and a sophisticated crossover into the contemporary art world. Dick had an unprecedented ability to tap into the collective memory of his people and breathe new life into age-old traditions.

The film strives to capture the essence of Beau Dick and his mysterious enigma as an artist who symbolized Canada’s history with the First Nations and the ethical dilemmas faced in reconciling with that colonialist history. Dick was able to use his celebrity to call attention to the injustices done to his people and the environment.

Weaving together the personal and cultural until both become inseparable, Meet Beau Dick – Maker of Monsters presents an artist who succeeded in reconciling the two. Sadly, Beau passed away in March 2017, but he was able to see a rough cut of the film before his passing at 61 years old. This film has become a beautiful legacy of who Beau Dick was.

Meet Beau Dick – Maker of Monsters illuminates a man whose art and life continue to transcend expectations and boundaries. Natalie Boll explains, “We wanted to tell a story of both the artist and the world that informed his work. We aimed to present Beau in an intuitive and authentic tone, and to define his position within Canada’s complex colonial history and the larger struggle for Indigenous rights.”

“There are always good local artists and craftsmen, but only a few in each generation who are recognized on the international stage. Beau’s masks are wonderful to look at, but more than that, one can see the colour interactions, design, and balance in the indefinable blend that truly makes them special. Beau was also a work of art himself, as wonderful a person as he was quirky,” adds Randall Perry, past gallery owner and member of London’s Chelsea Art Club.

The project started with LaTiesha Fazakas in 2010 as Beau’s representative, close friend, and adopted family member. After two years of development, she met Natalie Boll, and together they worked for the next five years on the project as co-directors/partners. “I wanted the storytelling to be reflective of Beau’s cultural background, and yet accessible to a non-Native audience. And so we proceeded, throughout the journey, in an organic fashion that put us in the place of listener rather than speaker. And we listened very closely to everything that Beau said.” –LaTiesha Fazakas.

Natalie Boll’s career included over 15 years of production experience as a Producer, Writer, and Production Manager. The first time Natalie held a Beau Dick mask, she felt it had power, it had spirit, and it was alive. Natalie committed herself to the documentary after she flew to Alert Bay to meet Beau and found he was just as magical as his mask. Natalie has worked as a producer in both scripted and non-scripted television specializing in online content strategies. Natalie has also managed a variety of productions including Food Networks’ World’s Weirdest Restaurants, HGTV Canada’s Urban Suburban and the feature film Rampage 3 now on Netflix.

Director of the Fazakas Gallery in Vancouver BC, LaTiesha Fazakas’ experience managing galleries, curating, and art consulting gives her a unique insight into the art world. A leading expert in Northwest Coast Native art, LaTiesha represents some of the genre’s most talented individuals. LaTiesha’s close personal and professional relationship with Beau spanned over two decades and forged the dynamics of this project.

Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters screens at the following times:

WHERE: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver BC


  • Friday, November 24 at 7:10 PM
  • Saturday, November 25 at 5:00 PM
  • Monday, November 27 at 8:20 PM
  • Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 29 at 8:20 PM

Natalie and LaTiesha are available for interviews upon request.

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Feature Film ‘The Girl The Mother and The Demons’ to have Canadian Premiere at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival in Toronto on November 10th at 9:00 PM

IndustryWorks Studios is pleased to announce that the Swedish feature film The Girl The Mother and the Demons will have its Canadian premiere at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival in Toronto on November 10th at 9:00 PM at the Workman Theatre. Swedish director Suzanne Osten will be in attendance in Toronto for the screening.


Synopsis: It’s no small measure of the resilience of children that they can ‘normalize’ almost anything. It’s a question of survival for one thing: the child learns to accept in order to adapt and live on. In this sense, young Ti (Esther Quigley) is like most other kids. But Ti’s circumstances are making it harder to carry on as though all is ‘normal’: her mother (Maria Sundbom) suffers from episodes of mania and hears voices. They tell her what she should and should not being doing, and she listens to them with nearly the same respect and attention that Ti listens to her mother.

Inspired by filmmaker Suzanne Osten’s own childhood experience, The Girl, the Mother and the Demons may seem to cover terrain many films on the family impact of mental illness have already crossed, but with a very significant and illuminating difference: it focuses on the enduring love of a prematurely grownup young girl for the only mother she knows, and the unconditional nature of that bond. Even as Ti comes to gradually accept that her mother is sick, dangerous and badly in need of help, she never lets go of the most important fact of her life: this is her mother. No matter what.

Details: The Girl, the Mother and the Demons November 10th 9:00pm | Workman Theatre (English sub titles)

(Suzanne Osten, Sweden, 2016, 92 minutes, Canadian Premiere)

Generously supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Canada

Co-presented by: Regent Park Film Festival

Director Suzanne Osten will be in attendance and available for interviews upon request.

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‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ (‘Gabriel e a montanha’) winner of two 2017 Cannes Critics’ Week Awards opens in Toronto and Vancouver on November 10th

The film opens at Famous Players Canada Square in Toronto and at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas in Vancouver on November 10th

Brazilian director Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa is thrilled to announce that his film ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ (‘Gabriel e a Montanha’) will open at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas in Vancouver and Famous Players Canada Square Cinema in Toronto on November 10th after successful screenings at the North America premiere 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).

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 is available for interviews upon request via phone, email and skype from Brazil.

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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.


Christine is available for interviews and photos upon request. Please contact:

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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!

Welcome to ‘It’s Electra’ Get your tickets NOW

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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About Forgotten Horses Rescue, Inc.

Forgotten Horses Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on rescuing, retraining and rehabilitating extremely neglected animals. They specialize in saving horses from slaughter and poor conditions, and then work to give them a second chance and perfect home.
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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.

Tammy Gillis is available for interviews and photos upon request.


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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.


Please contact: Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

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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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