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The Leo Awards are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of recognizing excellence in BC film and television

The Leo Awards are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of recognizing excellence in BC film and television

This year’s celebrations will include three ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, culminating in the Gala Awards on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 hosted by Brent Butt and Nancy Robertson 

Photo by Phillip Chin

The Leo Awards are celebrating 20 years of honoring the best in British Columbia film and television this year. The anticipated annual ceremony, where the awards are presented to the distinguished winners, is a major part of the British Columbia film industry’s awards season.

Walter Daroshin and Sonny Wong are thrilled to be bringing this milestone awards presentation to life, where standout talents from across the big and small screens will be honoured for their work.

Hosts for the three 20th Anniversary 2018 Leo Awards have been announced. Brent Butt and Nancy Roberston will host the Gala Awards Ceremony on June 3rd. Peter Kelamis will host the Celebration Awards Ceremony Two on Saturday, June 2nd and Lucie Guest and Kalyn Miles will be the hosts at the Celebration Awards Ceremony One on Saturday, May 26th.  All ceremonies will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver.

Leading this year’s awards with 13 nominations is the Syfy/Netflix TV series Van Helsing. Its nods include three for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series, for Christopher Heyerdahl, Jonathan Scarfe, and Aleks Paunovic. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and Ghost Wars also received a number of nominations in the Dramatic Series category, with seven nominations each, followed by Riverdale with six.

In the Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series category, Android Employed leads the way with eight nominations, and Kim’s Convenience follows with four.

In the Motion Picture category, the horror Dead Shack has the most nods, with 12 nominations, followed by the comedy Adventures in Public School with 10.

Other categories that will be recognized at the awards include: Television Movie, Short Drama, Feature Length Documentary Program, Short Documentary Program, Documentary Series, Information, Lifestyle or Reality Program or Series, Animation Program or Series, Youth or Children’s Program or Series, Web Series, Music Video, and Student Production.

A complete list of the 2018 nominees is available at the Leo Awards website.

About the BC Film & TV Industry:

In 2017, the B.C. film production industry set a new record, topping $2.6 billion Canadian in revenue. The British Columbia film and television industry provides more than 25,000 jobs and generates more than $2 billion (Canadian) in economic activity each year, making the industry an integral one to the economic and social vitality of British Columbia.

 

About the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia and the Leo Awards:

The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and promote the achievements of the British Columbia film and television industry through the presentation of an annual awards program – The Leo Awards.

The Leo Awards were established in 1998 to provide support and recognition for the work of film and television producers, writers, directors, performers and others in the industry. Nominees for the Leo Awards – which recognize on-screen and behind-the-camera excellence in the British Columbia film and television sphere and are handed out over three ceremonies.

Through a system of peer adjudication, Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants complete the final ballot tabulations for the awards.

Walter Daroshin, President of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia and the Leo Awards says, “We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our jurors – many of whom spent upwards of five weeks screening and adjudicating our 1225 eligible entries. They exemplify the spirit of community service and we are grateful for their care and consideration while deliberating.”

Leo Awards Event Details:

The Leo Awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

The Celebration Awards One:

  • Saturday, May 26th

Celebration Awards Two:

  • Saturday, June 2nd.

The Leo Gala Awards:

  • Sunday, June 3rd

Celebrate with the largest Red Carpet in Western Canada with nominees walking the Red Carpet with press in attendance.

Walter Daroshin and Sonny Wong are available for interviews leading up to the Leo Awards or on the Red Carpet on June 3rd, 2018.

 

For more information, interview requests, or a spot on the Red Carpet, please contact:

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

Jasmyn Rowley | Jasmyn@thepromotionpeople.ca | 705-255-6887

Leo Awards Social Media Handles:

The Dark & The Wounded Screening Cannes Festival

IndustryWorks Studios presents the Cannes Market Debut of the Award Winning Short Film Documentary “The Dark & The Wounded” screening on Monday, May 14th at 8:00 pm, Palais H

Beyond Fear …There is Freedom

IndustryWorks Studios is pleased to announce the Award Winning short documentary film by renowned artist James Picard, “The Dark & The Wounded” in a market debut at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.  IndustryWorks will reveal details on the feature film production, “The Dark & The Wounded” original and multi-award winning short doc at the screening on Monday, May 14th Palais H with the artist James Picard in attendance.

For those of you not familiar with the brilliant works of the painter/artist, his work, prized by an ever-growing number of collectors, can be seen in both in public and private collections across the United States, Canada, London, Paris, Japan, Germany, Spain, and Australia. Picard’s work has elevated to such a high degree that it has been exhibited next to world-renowned art legends such as Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and Warhol.

With the new series he entitled, “The Dark and The Wounded”, Picard has delved deep into the human psyche.  He holds back nothing and forces us to look inside ourselves, face our demons and heal. Staged at abandoned asylums, hospitals and prisons, places the artist states are the perfect exhibition venues as they have housed the darkness that we fear the most. With a music scored by film composerJeff Danna (Resident Evil: Apocalypse, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), the experience is truly chilling. The exhibition has received rave reviews among attendees and art collectors around the world.  Many have said that the visceral effect of these unique events literally took them through life changing vivication.

The tour and the short film culminated with a show in 2015 at the historical Alcatraz prison in San Francisco where Picard and his ‘D&W’ crew tied together all the wounds and darkness of humanity in one of the darkest places on the planet. The results for all those who attended were nothing short of phenomenal.

Enter the year 2018, ‘The Dark and The Wounded’ feature film. Continuing from the documented US Tour of the paintings, Picard is now touring Europe with events taking place in some of Europe’s darkest and most wounded places such as the White Chapel (tying in with Jack the Ripper), the Tower of London, and at Oradour-sur-Glane, the abandoned town left as a monument in France by Charles de Gaulle (it was destroyed in 1944 by the Nazis). As well, Picard is looking at the Paris Catacombes, the Berlin Bunkers, and a Nazi concentration camp located in Poland as aspirational venues. The feature film documentary will be the result of filming in all these locations, and is planned to release end of this year. The finale, a place known all over the world as the ultimate symbol of fear.

 

Press and Distributors are invited to drop by the IndustryWorks Booth D4 Riviera at Cannes.

To inquire about the details of ‘The Dark & The Wounded’ feature film, contact:

Caterina Scrivano VP Sales & Marketing at caterina@industry-works.com. Subject: The Dark & The Wounded

Cannes Press please contact Timothy Gambey to interview James Picard and to attend the screening: tim@industry-works.com

About IndustryWorks Studios/Pictures

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

James Picard The Dark & The Wounded Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITTQ38wATyI

For Worldwide Distribution please contact:

Caterina Scrivano | caterina@industry-works.com

To schedule a meeting in Cannes please contact:

Anna Rasmussen | anna@industry-works.com

For more information on The Dark & The Wounded in Cannes, visit Booth D4 Riviera.

For Press Inquiries, interviews and photos please contact:

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

James Picard, The Dark & The Wounded, Alcatraz, photo courtesy of IndustryWorks Studios – www.darkandwounded.com

 

Kreuzberg Feature Film

A controversial and topical love story about discrimination, gentrification and immigration.

‘KREUZBERG’

A revisioning of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in a globalized world.

 

IndustryWorks Studios is pleased to announce the market debut of Award Winning Director/Writer Carl Bessai’s newest feature film ‘Kreuzberg’ at the Cannes Film Festival. ‘Kreuzberg’ is a highly charged, political and romantic drama written by Carl Bessai, produced by Munire Armstrong and Carl Bessai and is being distributed worldwide by IndustryWorks Studios.

The layers of cultural, social and political elements that are at the root of ‘Kreuzberg’ make the exploration unique in its time and place.  By using the fabric of the classic Shakespeare tale Romeo and Juliet as the basis for the conflict, the tragedy, and in this case – the forgiveness of two families divided – ‘Kreuzberg’ is a construct of something engaging as a story, but with ripples of social and political history that are important to our contemporary dialogue as citizens of the global community. ‘Kreuzberg’ stars Denise Ankel (‘Immigration Game’, ‘The Disenchanted’), Lila Gurmen (TV Series ‘Karadayi’), and Horst-Gunter Marx (TV Series ‘In aller Freundschaft – Die jungen Ärzte’).

A young woman (Denise Ankel) living in Berlin falls in love with a Syrian immigrant despite the misgivings of her family and friends. Jasmine (Denise Ankel) runs the Café Kotti in central Kreuzberg in the heart of Berlin with her East German father Werner (Horst-Gunter Marx) and her Turkish stepmother Lila (Lila Gurmen).  For a long time, Kreuzberg was considered an undesirable place, but 25 years after the fall of the wall, the boutiques and fancy restaurants are on the doorstep and slowly the neighborhood is changing.  Some people associate the latest wave of Syrian immigrants with crime and drug dealing but others, like Werner and Jasmine, hold an open door policy.  When Jasmine breaks up with her German boyfriend to take up with the handsome young Syrian refugee, the division between friends, family and neighbors becomes politically heightened.

The film is a contemporary view of a history that few in this world could forget. ‘Kreuzberg’ makes its market debut in Cannes. Press and distributors are invited to drop by the IndustryWorks Booth D4 Riviera at Cannes May 8-18th, 2018.

About IndustryWorks Studios/Pictures

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

Kreuzberg: www.imdb.com/title/tt7699316/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1

For Worldwide Distribution

Please contact: Caterina Scrivano | caterina@industry-works.com

To schedule a meeting in Cannes please contact:

Anna Rasmussen | anna@industry-works.com

For more information on ‘Kreuzberg’ in Cannes, visit Booth D4 Riviera.

For Press Inquiries, interviews and photos please contact:

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

 

Straight Out of Sci-Fi is a star-studded fundraiser for 4-year-old Luke McLetchie

Stars from The 100Van HelsingTravelersStargate SG-1, and Continuum headline May 27 fundraising event in support of 4-year-old sci-fi fan currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant

May 27 | Vancouver TheatreSports | 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

2pm – 4:30pm

Tickets:  From $100 at http://www.yellowheartpictures.com/fundraiser

 #StraightOutOfSciFi | #starscomeoutforLuke

(Vancouver, BC) – Theirs are some of the most impressive names in the sci-fi sphere: Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1Sanctuary); Simon Barry (ContinuumGhost Wars); Leah Cairns (Travelers); Aleks Paunovic (Van HelsingWar for the Planet of the Apes); Chelsey Reist (The 100); Rukiya Bernard (Van Helsing).

And now, these sci-fi standouts are coming together for a single out-of-this-world afternoon in support of a 4-year-old sci-fi fan who needs all the help the universe can muster.

The event is Straight Out of Sci-Fi: A star-studded sci-fi fundraiser for 4-year-old Luke McLetchie. The fundraiser – which takes place at Vancouver TheatreSports on May 27 and is produced by Yellow Heart Pictures – puts these sci-fi stars in conversation with award-winning film and TV journalist Sabrina Furminger (YVR Screen Scene). The event offers a kind of “Inside the Actors Studio” but with a sci-fi – and charitable – twist.

Also on the schedule: silent and live auctions of rare and unique items; photo opportunities with the stars; refreshments available for purchase; the opportunity to sign up to be a bone marrow donor with Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch program.

All funds raised from Straight Out of Sci-Fi will go towards providing needed relief to Luke McLetchie and his family.

4-year-old sci-fi fan Luke McLetchie has been diagnosed with severe Acquired Aplastic Anemia (AAA), which is a rare, life-threatening bone marrow disease. Only 2 children in one million are diagnosed each year in North America. His bone marrow is not producing red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets which puts him at risk for an overwhelming infection or hemorrhage. The best treatment for AAA is a bone marrow transplant; however, his brothers and parents are not a match. A worldwide search for an unrelated bone marrow donor has been started. Meanwhile Luke is receiving blood transfusions and platelet infusions on a regular basis and has started treatment of immunosuppressant drugs at BC Children’s Hospital.

More information about Luke McLetchie is available on the GoFundMe page Fighting For Luke (https://www.gofundme.com/fighting-for-luke) as well as in this recent CTV News Vancouver story: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/he-doesn-t-have-an-immune-system-b-c-boy-needs-bone-marrow-donor-1.3911148

Tickets for Straight Out of Sci-Fi: A star-studded sci-fi fundraiser for 4-year-old Luke McLetchie begin at $100 and available at www.yellowheartpictures.com/fundraiser.

A.M.I. Started Production in Vancouver

“What if Siri was evil and had a consciousness?”

The Horror Feature Film ‘A.M.I.’ started production in Vancouver on May 7th

For immediate release: Vancouver, B.C. May 8, 2018 – IndustryWorks Studios is pleased to announce that the principal photography for the horror feature film entitled ‘A.M.I.’ began in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 7th. Brought to you by the producers of  ‘American Mary’, ‘Selfie from Hell’ and the SyFy/Netflix Original television series ‘Van Helsing’, the film’s Executive Producers are Evan Tylor and Paul Purton.  ‘A.M.I.’  will be produced by Blaine Anderson and James Clayton and co-produced by Marc Petey. The feature film ‘A.M.I.’ is written and directed by Rusty Nixon (Residue, Candiland).

‘A.M.I.’ stars Debs Howard (I Zombie, The Evil in Us), Samuel Muik (Riverdale, Making Waves), Phil Granger (Ghost Wars, The Killing, Rogue) and Havana Guppy (Shut Eye, Aftermath).

Logline: A young girl forms a co-dependent relationship with an artificial intelligence on her phone and goes on a murderous rampage.

Synopsis: Cassie (Debs Howard) has become a recluse ever since her mother died in a horrible car accident. In an effort to fill the void, she downloads the latest virtual assistant A.M.I. (think Siri, Alexa) that is also the first to have a real consciousness. Their relationship quickly deepens into a twisted co-dependency and Cassie falls deeper and deeper under AMI’s spell; driving her to perform what Cassie perceives as justifiable murderous acts. But what are AMI’s true intentions? Soon Cassie begins to realize AMI has something sinister planned.

A.M.I. production details can be reviewed in Cannes, Riviera D4 with the sales and production team from IndustryWorks.

About IndustryWorks Studios/Pictures

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

For Press Inquiries, interviews and photos please contact:

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

Worldwide Distribution

INDUSTRYWORKS STUDIOS | 604-876-0547

Caterina Scrivano | caterina@industry-works.com

www.industry-works.com

To schedule a meeting in Cannes please contact:

Anna Rasmussen anna@industry-works.com

For more information on Kreuzberg in Cannes, visit Booth D4 Riviera.

Laura Mitchell lands the coveted role of Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge in the Lifetime TV Movie ‘Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance’

The movie will premiere on May 13th, 2018

Singapore-born, Vancouver native Laura Mitchell has landed the ‘once in a lifetime’ role of portraying Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, in the much-anticipated Lifetime movie ‘Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance’. The movie is set to premiere in the US and Canada on May 13th, 2018. Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, follows Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s whirlwind romance. Meghan and Harry meet after being set up by friends and keep their initial courtship a secret before going public and dealing with the intense media attention. Parisa Fitz-Henley (Midnight Texas) plays the role of Meghan Markle, Murray Fraser (The Loch) has the role of Prince Harry, and Australian actor Burgess Abernethy portrays Prince William.

The film tells the story of the pair’s courtship, from their first date to the media circus that ensued once word of their relationship got out. Prince Harry and Markle announced their engagement in November last year. They will marry on May 19th, 2018 at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Laura says, “Having the opportunity to play Kate was absolutely a dream come true. It was an amazing experience and everyone on the cast and crew worked so hard to bring this show to life and make sure to do the story justice.  I just hope people have as much fun watching it as we did making it.”

Laura can be seen in a variety of films and TV shows. Most recently she worked on ‘Finding Santa’ (Hallmark), in the role of Amy, a high school friend of Jodie Sweetin’s character who helps show two potential lovebirds the magic of Christmas when they take refuge with her family during a storm. In ‘October Kiss’ (Hallmark) she plays Megan, a loving sister and matchmaker who wants her single sister to settle down and find love. In the indie ‘Poignant’, Laura plays a neurologist who is haunted by the spirit of a murdered girl. Amy goes mad in hopes of tracking down the girls’ murderer to help set her soul free. Other notable roles on ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ (BBC America), ‘iZombie’ (CW), ‘Seasons Greeting’ (UPTV), ‘The Menendez Brothers: Blood Brothers’ (Lifetime) and ‘Christmas Bucket List’ (Hallmark).

Born in Singapore, Laura then lived in Jakarta until the age of three, when her parents moved to West Vancouver. Growing up around nature and the ocean had a huge effect on Laura’s imagination and creative desires as a child. She realized that she wanted to perform at a young age and was very active in theatre, musical theatre, piano, and art as a child by performing in a touring theatre troupe and singing / theatre competitions.

After deciding to pursue her passion for acting as a career, her years of dedication paid off, as she has been steadily on the rise and quickly making a name for herself. When she’s not working you can find her teaching and coaching at Rogues West Studio in Vancouver.

Laura has trained in Meisner with the acclaimed teacher Jaqueline McClintock in Montreal and in Vancouver at Lyric School of Acting, The Actors Foundry and with Ben Ratner, Ted Whittall, and Andrew Mcilroy.

Laura is also a passionate and avid traveller who makes it a priority to discover new cultures and ways of life by exploring somewhere new every year and plans to knock every country off her bucket list.

‘Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance’ has attracted attention worldwide, and will premiere on Lifetime in the United States and Canada on May 13th.

 

Laura Mitchell is available for interviews and photos upon request:

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

Photo Credit: Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance photos courtesy of Lifetime

Photo Credit: Laura Mitchell’s headshot: Jenna Berman. 

Laura Mitchell Social Media Links:

World Renowned Keyboardist and Musician David Sancious offers Audio Services to musicians worldwide

 

Hall of Fame musician David Sancious, Keyboardist, Guitarist and Composer is pleased to announce that he is now offering an Internet audio service “SANCIOUS AUDIO” to musicians and producers world wide. David has worked with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, Seal, Aretha Franklin, Santana, Erikah Badu, Jeff Beck and many more. The versatility of David’s career has made him one of the few musicians to play on stage and in the studio with some of the world’s most talented and respected artists.

 

Having worked successfully with producers and musicians from throughout the United States, David is now opening up his audio services.  Musicians can send their audio files (Logic / Protools) via Internet or post and specify their project needs, whether it is Keyboards – Guitars – Vocals – Arrangements. The files will then be recorded and integrated into their project and returned with the performance of choice. Rates are tailored to the size of the project.

Please contact Lesley Diana for direct contact information with David to discuss your project needs.

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

Photo Credit: Craig McCord

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @DavidSancious,

Website: www.davidsancious.com

‘SELFIE FROM HELL’ THE VIRAL PHENOMENON NOW A FEATURE FILM WILL BE RELEASED IN THEATRES AND DRIVE INS ACROSS CANADA ON MAY 4TH

Since 2015 a Short video titled ‘SELFIE FROM HELL’ has been going viral, scaring literally millions with one well-placed, well-timed, jump-scare – the jump-scare heard around the world. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhAFyaObY6U

Vancouver, Canada  – The horror movie, SELFIE FROM HELL, has been picked up by Landmark Cinemas and Cineplex Theaters across Canada to be released on May 4, 2018 in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, New Westminster, Winnipeg, and more cities to be confirmed. If there was ever a movie that will make you afraid of the internet, ‘SELFIE FROM HELL’ is it!

IndustryWorks Studios, the producers behind the horror cult-phenom ‘American Mary’ gave first-time director Erdal Ceylan a shot at his first feature film. With his jump scare shared by millions online, seems like anyone between the ages of 13-35 with a cell phone, tablet or computer got a glimpse of what might be beyond our ‘selfies’. As well as the technology lurking in the dark corners of the internet and what the infamous ‘dark net’ has in store for us.

‘SELFIE FROM HELL’ is co-written by Paul Burton of Southpaw Productions and stars Alyson Walker (The Burning Kiss), Tony Giroux (The Romeo Section, Arrow), Meelah Adams (Die Tierliebhaber), Ian Butcher (Fringe, Supergirl), and Tyler Smith.

LOGLINE: When a sinister and mysterious entity stalks a young woman, her cousin is forced to delve into the depths of the dark net – where few venture – to discover the origin of the Selfie From Hell.

Youtube Feature Film Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihrVv5rW4X8

 “A film that will make you think twice about being so damn vain!” _iHORROR 

Creepiest, spine-tingliest flick!” – Starcasm

 

 

 

 

SELFIE FROM HELL – Movie Trailer                                                              ‘Selfie From Hell’  Original Short Video

The ‘Selfie From Hell’ viral video reached over 26 million views online, winning best short video of 2015.

Audiences everywhere anticipated the jump-scare of the year! WATCH HERE

All image from “SELFIE FROM HELL” the movie – Courtesy of IndustryWorks Studios

Production companies: IndustryWorks Studios & Southpaw Productions
Executive Producers: Evan Tylor, Paul Burton, Andrew ffe Smith, Gurparm Singh Bentley Brar, Chad Oakes and Michael Frislev
Written and Directed By: Erdal Ceylan
Produced By: Evan Tylor, Paul Burton
Story by: Erdal Ceylan & Paul Burton
Director of Photography: Jeremy Walter Cox
Soundtrack Composer: Peter Allen
Starring: Alyson Walker, Tony Giroux, Meelah Adams, Ian Butcher, and Tyler Smith.
Distributor: IndustryWorks Studios/Pictures
Running Time: 75minutes
Genre: Horror

About IndustryWorks Studios/Pictures

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

About Southpaw Productions

Paul Burton formed Southpaw Productions Incorporated to facilitate working on many productions in Vancouver, Canada. Southpaw has been fortunate enough to have worked on feature films, MOW’s, and television series such as ‘The X-Files’, ‘Seven Days’, ‘Battlestar Galactica’, and ‘Supernatural’ to name a few.  Southpaw also lends its’ creative experience to local companies to develop and shape such films as ‘Cannibal Lipstick’, ‘The Privileged’, and produced the eagerly anticipated feature film ‘Selfie From Hell’. This company is currently forging a path for showcasing local talent and filmmakers, as well as launching original projects sought after by major studios.

‘SELFIE FROM HELL’ opens across Canada at Cineplex and Landmark in each city on May 4th, 2018. Purchase advance at Landmark Cinemas on April 20th, 2018, purchase tickets here: https://www.landmarkcinemas.com/film-info/selfie-from-hell#movietimes

For Press Inquiries, interviews and photos please contact:

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

 

Worldwide Distribution INDUSTRYWORKS PICTURES | 604-876-0547

Caterina Scrivano | caterina@industry-works.com

Anna Rasmussen | anna@industry-works.com

www.industry-works.com

SELFIE FROM HELL’ SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES:

Facebook @Selfiefromhellthemovie

Twitter: @SFHthemovie

Instagram: @SFH_film

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5686622/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

Like Selfie From Hell’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/selfiefromhellthemovie/) for more information about the feature film or post your scariest selfie on the page to receive exclusive swag from IndustryWorks Studios.

Theatres screening Selfie From Hell May 4th, 2018

  • Landmark Cinemas 24 Kanata
    • 801 Kanata Ave, Kanata, ON K2T 1E7
  • Landmark Cinemas 10 Shawnessy Calgary
    • 16061 Macleod Trail SE #100, Calgary, AB T2Y 3S5
  • Landmark Cinemas: Edmonton City Centre 9 Cinemas
    • 10200 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4B7
  • Landmark Cinemas 10 New Westminster
    • 800 Carnarvon St #390, New Westminster, BC V3M 1G2
  • Landmark Cinemas Winnipeg Towne
    •  301 Notre Dame Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1P2
  • Landmark Cinemas 24 Whitby
    •  75 Consumers Dr, Whitby, ON L1N 9S2
  • Landmark Cinemas 12 Kitchener
    • 135 Gateway Park Dr, Kitchener, ON N2P 2J9
  • Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas
    • 10 Dundas St E #402, Toronto, ON M5B 2G9
  • Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
    • 8 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9
  • The Movie Mill
    • 1710 Mayor Magrath Drive South Lethbridge AB T1X 2R5
  • Carnival Cinemas
    • 5402 47 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z4
  • Imagine Cinema – Lakeshore
    • 164 Commercial Blvd., Tecumseh, ON N9K 1G5
  • Imagine Cinemas – Downtown Movie Lounge
    • 40 Elm St, Sudbury, ON P3C 1S8
  • Imagine Cinemas – Timmins Cinema 6
    • 215 Cedar St S, Timmins, ON P4N 8N7
  • Imagine Cinemas – Village 8 Cinemas
    • 4295 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
  • Imagine Cinemas – Elgin Mills
    • Yonge Place, 10909 Yonge St unit 33, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3E3

Drive In Theatres:

  • Starlight Drive-In BC
    • New Millenium Cinemas Limited PO Box 77 Enderby BC, V0E 1V0
  • Number 5 Drive In, Oakville, Ontario
    • 2332 Ninth Line, Oakville, ON L6H 7G9
  • Starlight Drive In Hamilton, Ontario
    • 59 Green Mountain Rd E, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 2V5
  • Stardust Drive In New Market, Sharon, Ontario
    • 893 Mt Albert Rd, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
  • Starlight Drive In, St Catherine (Stoney Creek) Ontario
    • 59 Green Mountain Rd E, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 2V5
  • Sunset Drive In, Barrie, Ontario
    • 134 4 Line S, Shanty Bay, ON L0L 2L0

Curtis Lum is on the Hunt for Mermaids in the New Sci-Fi Series Siren

 Curtis can also be seen on TV this month in Supergirl and Life Sentence

Rising Canadian actor Curtis Lum has a recurring role as local fisher, Calvin, in the buzzed-about new Freeform original series, Siren. The drama follows a mermaid-obsessed town that is turned upside down when a mysterious girl appears and havoc ensues. Siren recently had its two-hour premiere, and is currently airing on Thursdays on Freeform.

Calvin is a local from Bristol Cove. He is one of the crew members on the North Star that is convinced they caught a mermaid. But, before they can figure out exactly what it is, it is immediately confiscated by the military. This leads the crew to take matters into their own hands to see if there are more mermaids in the deep.

Curtis can be seen elsewhere on the small screen in two CW series’: Supergirl and Life Sentence. Curtis returns to Supergirl in his role of Agent Demos, an agent in the DEO that works with Supergirl and her team to keep National City safe from the bad guys. His next action-packed episode airs on April 23rd, and he will be returning later this season in a must-see lead-up to the season finale. And on April 11th, Lum is guest starring on the CW dramedy Life Sentence, starring Lucy Hale. Curtis plays Wallace, Aiden Abbott’s (Jayson Blair) ex-boss and friend.

On the big screen, Curtis is appearing in his first feature film, Meditation Park, now in its second month in Canadian theatres. Withan all-star cast, including Chinese movie legend Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), and Hong Kong-American actor Tzi MaMeditation Park premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, before screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival and in theatres across the country.

Meditation Park is about a devoted Chinese wife, Maria (Cheng Pei Pei), who discovers her husband’s infidelity, 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.

Curtis broke into the world of entertainment when he landed 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 recent years, he has played Henry Kishida in FOX’s Prison Break and other guest roles in TV series’ including TravelersThe ArrangementThe Romeo Section, and Psych.

Curtis is a “bonafide hustler” and a “fighter”, willing to take on a variety of roles to breakthrough in an industry where Asian Americans are still a minority.

He has worked behind the camera on a number of projects, including producing 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 on the song.

Curtis Lum is available for interviews upon request.

For more information and interview requests please contact:

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

Agent: Aaron Alexander | aaron@triskotalent.com 604.637.7009

 

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Photo credit for the attached: 

Curtis Lum photographed by: Richie Lubaton

Curtis Lum2 photographed by: Justin Wu

Twentyfiveish, Best Dramedy Nominee, a Must-See Entry at the Vancouver Web Fest April 19-21, 2018

Brendan Robinson (Pretty Little Liars) leads an award-winning, diverse cast in a fun, modern take on #adulting

 

VANCOUVER, BC – The 5th annual Vancouver Web Festival (VWF) running April 19-21, 2018 will present a web series by rising talent and Vancouver native, Katie Micay titled Twentyfiveish.

Twentyfiveish follows five characters who grew up together but parted ways after high school. Rosie (Katelyn Tarver), Griffin (Ben Welch), Tucker (Brendan Robinson) and Stella (Valerie Lucas) are all at very different points in their lives and facing their own challenges. Now approaching twenty-five, they meet up for a long weekend at a beach house. They are forced to navigate their complicated history and examine old feelings and wounds. The arrival of an unexpected guest, Ben (Ritesh Rajan), upends the group’s normal dynamic and forces them to face their regrets, fears and the realization that, in the 7 years since high school, maybe they haven’t changed quite as much as they thought.

Katie Micay co-wrote Twentyfiveish with Kyle Bown and Jacquelyn Ryan. Bown has worked in television for the better part of a decade.  He’s spent time on many shows, including Fringe, The Mentalist, Dark Blue and Moonlight before landing at Pretty Little Liars where he co-wrote two episodes as well as series of PLL webisodes. Over the past couple of years, Jacquelyn Ryan has worked as Production Supervisor on Freeform TV shows Pretty Little Liars and Famous In Love and as Production Coordinator on the John Wells’ production American Woman. Ryan recently produced the web series Slave 4U and Hers and History. She is the founder of the nonprofit Wide Angle Film Center, supporting a more sustainable and diverse media industry. Ryan joined the Producers Guild of America in 2017.

After completing a very successful crowd funding campaign and gathering a large social media following, Twentyfiveish premiered as a finalist in Seed & Spark’s New Voice Rally at Seriesfest in 2017. After screening at many festivals, including ITVFest, Orlando Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, amongst others, Twentyfiveish is making its Canadian Premiere in Katie Micay’s hometown Vancouver.

“From the start, we knew casting would be crucial,” notes Co-Writer/Producer Kyle Bown. “We brought on Brendan Robinson (Pretty Little Liars) very early. He was excited about the project and eager to both act and produce. We were very lucky to get Katelyn Tarver (Big Time Rush) and Ritesh Rajan (Stitchers), both of them really related to the subject matter. From there we did casting sessions and were so grateful to find Valerie Lucas and Benjamin Welch, who both did amazing auditions.”

Brendan Robinson (Tucker) is an American actor known for playing Lucas Gottesman on the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. In addition, he has also worked on Cold Case, Miss Behave, Review with Forrest MacNeil, How I Met Your Mother, Weeds and Bones. Twentyfiveish is Brendan’s first foray into producing.

Ritesh Rajan (Vikram) played Linus Ahluwalia on the Freeform series Stitchers. He also played Mowgli’s father in Disney’s 2016 Oscar winning film The Jungle Book.

Katelyn Tarver (Rosie) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her recurring roles as Jo Taylor on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, Natalie on the ABC Series No Ordinary Family, Mercedes on the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and on Marlene King’s new series Famous In Love. Katelyn released an EP of music, titled Tired Eyes, last year. Her music video “You Don’t Know” has 23 million hits on YouTube.

Valerie Lucas (Stella) is an actress and producer, known for iCarly, DriverX and Twelve.

Benjamin Welch (Griffin) is known for his work in Homicide Hunter, Good Girls and Torn.

Twentyfiveish evolved as we were writing it.” notes Katie Micay. “Turning 25 puts a new perspective on things. It’s when suddenly your decisions hold a lot more weight. You’re expected to have answers, not questions. And your choices open up new paths and close others. But I also think people grow apart sometimes as they grow older and that can really hurt. That’s a part that I didn’t expect. I had just gone through a massive, devastating breakup with my best friend and I was blindsided. So we started writing from there because friendship breakups are complex and aren’t often talked about. Then we built out the world and all the other characters.”

About Director Katie Micay

Katie Micay graduated from Loyola Marymount University’s film production program. Her first short film, For Love, created at New York Film Academy’s summer program at age 14, is nearing 4,000 hits on YouTube. Her short film Limited Engagement was an Official Selection for the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival and received an Award of Merit at Women’s Independent Film Festival. Micay also received a nomination for Film Outside The Frame, LMU’s annual student awards and film festival, for her writing. Her short film My So Called Family was an Official Selection for Bel Air Film Festival. Her short film Flirt was an Official Selection for the Reality Bytes Film Festival, and she is currently developing it as a feature.

Micay’s latest short film The Firefly Girls, starring Savannah Paige Rae (Parenthood), just finished an impressive run of 10 film festivals, including Mill Valley Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival and Omaha Film Festival.

Micay loves to draw from personal experience when creating a story. My So Called Family was a loose, comedic account of her great aunt’s passing away the week of her grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. Don’t worry, this aunt was a stand up comedian and would have enjoyed the film! Flirt was inspired by Micay’s experiences in college. The Firefly Girls started out as a cute, whimsical story but quickly developed into something very personal. It helped her process the sudden passing of her aunt.

Twentyfiveish was created while Micay was dealing with her own quarter-life crisis.

 

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