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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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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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The feature film An Ordinary Man starring Sir Ben Kingsley to be released on demand/Digital HD on April 17th, 2018

Enderby Entertainment’s Canadian Producer Rick Dugdale at the helm

Enderby Entertainment is pleased to announce that the feature film thriller An Ordinary Man will be released On Demand/Digital HD on April 17th, 2018. An Ordinary Man is directed and written by Brad Silberling and is starring Ben Kingsley, Hera Hilmar and Peter Serafinowicz.

An infamous war criminal and former general (Ben Kingsley) spending his life on the run from international authorities is suddenly moved to a new hideout, where he develops a relationship with the maid (Hera Hilmar) that looks after him.  But when he discovers that she is actually an agent hired to protect him, he makes a decision that will drastically change both of their lives.

 Ben Kingsley plays the role of The General. After earning an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and two BAFTA Awards for his riveting portrayal of Indian social leader Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Ben Kingsley has continued to bring unequaled detail and nuance to each role he portrays, remaining a coveted and ubiquitous talent.  Hera Hilmar who takes on the role of Tanja the maid hired to look after the General is fast becoming one of the most sought after talent within film and television. Hailing from Iceland Hera was selected as a European Shooting Star at the Berlin Film festival in 2015 for her lead performance in the drama Life in a Fishbowl. Hera is best known for her portrayal of Vanessa in Starz’s hit historical fantasy, “Da Vinci’S Demons,” starring opposite Tom Riley and Laura Haddock. Later this year, Hera will be seen taking the lead in Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines.

Director/Producer/Writer Brad Silberling prior features include CITY OF ANGELS starring Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage, MOONLIGHT MILE, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon; LEMONY SNICKETT’S A SERIES OF UNOFORTUNATE EVENTS, starring Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep; 10 ITEMS OR LESS starring Morgan Freeman, LAND OF THE LOST starring Will Ferrell, as well as his debut film, the family classic CASPER, produced by Steven Spielberg.  In television, his growing stable of hit series include the critically acclaimed comedy “Jane the Virgin” as well as the period drama “Reign”, and the contemporary reboot of 80’s water cooler sensation “Dynasty.”

An Ordinary Man was filmed entirely on location in Belgrade, Serbia, and along the Serbia and Bosnia border, utilizing local talent from the re-emerging Serbian cinema community. Prior to the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia’s rich cinematic tradition was renown, and Silberling was able to harness the region’s legendary production designer Miljen Kreka Kljakovic (Delicatessen, Black Cat White Cat) for the task of lending history and authentic textures to the film’s design. Principal photography lasted 25 days on locations throughout Belgrade, and in studio with the construction of the General’s apartment under Kreka’s design

An Ordinary Man will be available on digital platforms on April 17th and DVD/Blu-Ray on June 12th

YOUTUBE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWE79tDMOiQ

PUBLICITY MATERIALS: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uhctas86ltdw0ap/AAAPoRIgT-4QS9QwnwLNqwIya?dl=0

Canadian Producer Rick Dugdale, President and CEO of Enderby EntertainmentI is making tremendous strides as a Canadian Producer now in the big leagues of movie making, producing multi-million dollar feature films starring A-list actors, all over the world. As CEO, Rick oversees all aspects of the company’s business, finances and production, and spearheads the company’s relationships with its worldwide community of financial partners. Dugdale’s career started in his native British Columbia, where he gained extensive experience in physical production, working at all budget levels in feature film, television commercials and music videos.

Currently, Dugdale is in post-production in Europe on Enderby’s most ambitious project to date: Three films shot back to back, based on a series of European best sellers by the immensely popular Swedish author Håkan Nesser.  The three stand-alone thrillers, adapted by Ditta Bongenhielm & Daniel Alfredson who directs all three films, are stories interconnected by the Café Intrigo, which gives the three films their overall title.  The first film, Intrigo: Death of an Author, stars Ben Kingsley and was shot on location in Belgium and the Balkans.  The second film, Intrigo: Dear Agnes stars Carla Juri and Gemma Chan and the third is entitled Intrigo: Samaria. Dugdale, on behalf of Enderby, financed and green lit the trilogy, which will be distributed in various territories worldwide by Fox International.

Dugdale also produced the thriller Blackway, featuring a remarkable cast, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig and Hal Holbrook, with Ray Liotta in the title role all shot in Rick’s hometown of Enderby, B.C.  Directed by Daniel Alfredson the film was feted with a gala world premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival ahead of its 2016 release.

Dugdale most recently produced the upcoming film NOMIS – starring Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, Alexandra D’Dadario and Stanley Tucci. Previously for Enderby, Dugdale produced Dawn PatrolRosemont and About Cherry (Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel). For Tony-Seven Films, Enderby Entertainment’s genre film division, Dugdale served as executive producer on The Speak, Vile and 5 Souls and as producer on A Haunting at Silver Falls, No Tell Motel and Blood Shed.  Dugdale also produced Tony Seven Films’ first sequel, the upcoming A Haunting at Silver Falls 2.

Rick is also in pre-production with a TV series ‘Beneath’ that he plans to shoot in Canada this summer.

About Enderby Entertainment
Los Angeles-based Enderby Entertainment most recently released the Electric Entertainment release BLACKWAY, starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig, Ray Liotta and Hal Holbrook and directed by the acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Daniel Alfredson.  They are currently in postproduction on AN ORDINARY MAN starring Ben Kingsley and directed by Brad Silberling, to be released later this year.  Producer Rick Dugdale and writer-director-producer Daniel Petrie, Jr founded Enderby Entertainment in 2006.

For more information, visit EnderbyEntertainment.com.

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“The Dream Writer” Book Launch Terri-Lyne Gedanitz Author

On April 20, LuvnGrace & Metro Living Zine will be presenting veteran Vancouver casting director & author, Terri-Lyne Gedanitz, who will be having an exclusive Media BOOK Launch Event for her “murder mystery” short story series “The Dream Writer”— this event will be better known as a Celebrity Murder Mystery Cocktail Party!

Come and mingle with actors and help solve the murder mystery for a chance to win prizes!

Look for interesting clues from this amazing book to be acted out throughout the event to entertain, engage and help aid you in finding the acting murderer that lurks in the shadows.

Many of Vancouver’s media, film, fashion and art industries will also be attending this very special event.

The venue is Twelve West Cocktail Lounge located at 1219 Granville St, but the entrance for this is a mysterious back alley.

Dresscode for the evening will be black and red. Many prizes will be up for grabs for those who participate.

About the Book: The Dream writer is a fictional short story book series that takes you into the life of Jacky Bess; an alcoholic writer that discovers her dreams are psychic premonitions when she begins to dream of her own life that reveal evil presences lurking in the shadows. It is an allegory of an unfulfilled life that explores and combines death; both physically and metaphorically.

A preview of BOOK ONE can be viewed and purchased through Kindle, Amazon, Goodreads, Apple and Bookbaby BOOKSHOP on April 20th 2018 https://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Dream-Writer

 

About the Author: Terri-Lyne Gedanitz is best known as a Canadian Casting Director. Since 2012, she has cast feature films such as ‘Selfie from Hell’ and ‘Wrecker’; Web-series such as ‘Noirorotica’; Music Videos such as ‘Tunnel’; by Lou Potter, and various other projects in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. In addition tocasting, Terri-Lyne enjoys creating entertaining and thought provoking fiction, fantasy, thriller, and suspenseful stories in both film and literature.Terri-Lyne’s passion is weaving her dynamic life experience’s and lessons into her creative works to entertain and inspire others. She has recently published an allegorical short story thriller that brings both nightmares and dreams to life through the eyes of ‘The Dream Writer’. Terri-Lyne shares her writing experiences and processes in developing her concepts into books and film on Instagram and Facebook.

Tickets are $35 (Ticket includes a hard copy of “The Dream Writer” – Payment via Paypal or E-Transfer at Terrilynegedanitz@gmail.com )

Event details here: https://linkedevents.net/vancouver/author-terri-lyne-gedanitz-the-dream-writer-book-launch/

AUTHORS IMBD http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4628654/

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Hesham Hammoud creates magic onscreen for the hit ABC television series ‘Once Upon A Time’

Hesham Hammoud brings his VFX creative talents to the small screen, compositing for ABC TV’s hit series Once Upon A Time, currently in its 7th and final season. The incredible visual effects on the show have helped to make it a fan favorite with its various fantasy-driven storylines. One episode of Once Upon A Time can consist of 300 VFX shots, and with 22 episodes per season, Hammoud is kept busy with all of the shots needed in a short turn around time.  It takes talent, long hours, and hard work to handle a show of Once Upon A Time’s scale.

“I got into the visual effects industry to creatively help tell a story.  For me, that can involve working on-set as part of the VFX team and eventually move on to become a VFX Supervisor, or it can be in the office digitally creating the effects.  I also love being in front of the camera bringing words to life with a character.  I’m just blessed to have all the opportunities that I have had so far, but I will keep working for more because I love what I do.” Hesham says.

Visual Effects (VFX) consists of editing videos to combine real filmed footage with computer-generated imagery.  Today it is used across television shows and widely used in bringing the magic, stunts, and excitement to blockbuster feature films. Common VFX uses are fake environments that are filmed on green screen when going to location is impossible (or it doesn’t exist), or doing digital stunts that are too dangerous or impossible.  It is also used to enhance shots that don’t look like they have any effects, such as digitally removing reflections in a window, or wires attached to an actor.

Hesham is an Alumnus of the Interactive Multimedia and Design program at Carleton University before moving west to Vancouver to further his education at the Vancouver Film School. Hesham landed his first job in VFX at the Academy Award winning VFX house, Rhythm & Hues, where he received his first credit as a compositor on his first feature film, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. He has also composited VFX on Into the Storm, Dead of Summer, Future Man and When We Rise.

Shortly after wrapping on Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Hesham made his way to Zoic Studios, as part of the render team, as an on-set Zeus Operator as well as a compositor in house.  Zeus is Zoic’s proprietary system that allows experienced artists such as Hesham to do live keying on set and lay out the virtual environment so the directors/producers can accurately visualize and plan their shots with ease.  It’s a complex system of computers and camera tracking technology that significantly increases creativity on set.

When Hesham isn’t on set or compositing, he is bringing his years of expertise to helping the current Render Team. “Being in this industry for 5 years now, I love that I can wear many different hats”, says Hesham. “It is rare to have one person take on many tasks in this industry. I love being a compositor and bringing shots to life to help tell the story, but I also love that I can be on-set or bring my expertise to the render team.  I feel it makes me a stronger compositor since I understand different aspects of our industry.”

Hesham wants to work on anything that requires creativity and being able to use his talents.  He can also be seen on the other side of the camera, acting in over 13 different productions that include Altered Carbon, Arrow, Prison Break and X-Men Apocalypse.  He had a scene with Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Augustus Prew and Rick Yune on Prison Break, which was a dream come true. Prison Break was his favorite TV show of all time as a teenager. The show was cancelled, but fast-forward 9 years and he is acting on the series opposite the lead actors.

Hesham also got to film a scene on Once Upon A Time opposite Colin O’Donoghue and Faran Tahir. And then he ended up working on it in post-production!  “I had to do the visual effects on my own shot.  It’s a surreal feeling and a really neat experience being on both sides of the same production,” says Hesham.

Hesham grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and now resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is physically active and loves being outdoors in the sunshine. His health routine consists of waking up at 6:30 am then hits the gym for weights and high intensity cardio, while eating a strict healthy diet to keep him fit for the long days on set.

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Rising star Kyla Matthews lights up the screen in her role as Ruby in the Award Winning Series CBC ‘Anne’ and on Netflix ‘Anne with an E’

Teen actress Kyla Matthews shines on screen in her role as Ruby Gillis on the award winning television series. Anne with an E. Ruby is an overly emotional and dramatic school friend of Anne’s (Amybeth McNulty) who is completely obsessed with Anne’s love interest, Gilbert (Lucas Jade Zumann). The revival series of Anne of Green Gables, known as Anne on CBC Television in Canada won Best Dramatic Series at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards, and was also nominated for Achievement in Casting. Anne with an E follows the adventures of a young orphan girl Anne living in the late 19th century as she learns to navigate her new life on Prince Edward Island, in this new take on L.M. Montgomery’s classic novels. Season One can be seen on Netflix in the US and Canada. They have just wrapped principal photography on Season 2 of Anne, which should premiere in the fall! Details TBA.

Kyla has been fast tracked as a young actor on the rise working consistently since her first role in 2016 on TV series that include Fox TV’s Wayward Pines (acting alongside fellow Vancouver actress, Emma Tremblay), and Netflix’s Project MC2.  She also landed roles on 2 NBC pilots, Reverie and Miranda’s Rights. Although the pilots didn’t get picked up, the roles were amazing opportunities for Kyla to grow as an on-screen actress. Shortly thereafter, Kyla landed a much larger supporting role on the fan favourite series, Signed Sealed Delivered on Hallmark.

Kyla was born and raised in Vancouver BC and got her first taste for acting when she got involved with Project Limelight at the age of 8. As soon as she went on stage, she realized how much she loved acting. Project Limelight has ‘Acting for Film and TV programs’ where she was able to act alongside professional actors and learn about the filming process. Her favourite role was playing an edgy version of Goldilocks for a Project Limelight performance where she sang in a Kiss cover band and was a habitual thief with a criminal record for breaking and entering. Now Kyla would like to give back and participate as a volunteer for the society. (www.projectlielightsociety.org)

Producers and directors are taking notice of Kyla. She is a talent that we will be seeing a lot more in the very near future.

 

Kyla is available for interviews upon request. Please contact: Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

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Canadian House of Cards writer’s un-romantic comedy ‘THIS’ comes home to Vancouver from April 26th to May 5th”

Directed by Bill Dow, THIS stars Loretta Walsh, Benjamin Ratner, Zak Santiago, Karen Holness and Brad Dryborough.

For Immediate Release: Kindred Entertainment is pleased to present THIS, an original play written by Vancouver raised Playwright and House of Cards Showrunner Melissa James Gibson. The production will run from April 26th (Opening night) to May 5th, 2018 at Studio 16, 1555 West 7th Ave, Vancouver. THIS is directed by Bill Dow, with Barbara Pollard as his Assistant Director and stars some of Canada’s most in demand actors, including Loretta Walsh, Benjamin Ratner, Zak Santiago, Karen Holness and Brad Dryborough.

Loretta Walsh (When Calls the Heart) plays Jane, award-winning actor Benjamin Ratner (Wonder, Travelers) plays Alan, Zak Santiago (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The X-Files) plays Jean Pierre, Brad Dryborough (Prodigal Dad, A Christmas to Remember) plays Tom, and Karen Holness (Make It Pop, Chicago) plays Marrell.

An ‘un-romantic comedy’, THIS, by Canadian-born playwright Melissa James Gibson, is an unapologetic and fiercely intelligent glimpse into the lives of five friends approaching middle-age and grappling with where they’ve found themselves and what could, or should, come next. Funny and honest, Gibson’s script rides the edge between comedic and deeply painful, revealing the grit underneath the surface of her characters and their relationships, and lying bare the imperfections and insecurities that make them (and us) human. THIS examines urban existence in midlife, including parenthood, loneliness, loss and adultery. In the play, Jane is a widowed mother whose witty and well-meaning friends try to fix her up with an eligible bachelor.

THIS is a smart, sexy play with crackling humor about contemporary and complicated people.  THIS is a thrilling ride about the messiness of heading face first into middle age. THIS rides the edge between comedic and deeply painful. “It’s the best new comedy I’ve seen in many a season……They’re us.” The New York Observer

Melissa James Gibson is the current show runner on the hit Netflix series House of Cards. Born in Ottawa, Melissa grew up in North Vancouver and is now based in New York. “For me, the best writing comes from grappling with something – often on a very unconscious level – grappling with something on the page,” Gibson told the Globe and Mail in August 2012. “I’m definitely attracted to writing that really sits on the edge of comic and deeply painful. That, to me, is where life exists most fully. So that’s the edge I’m most attracted to exploring.”

Kindred Entertainment is an ensemble theatre company in Vancouver BC, where great plays meet fresh design ideas. Our passion is to tell stories about how we live today. Our mission is to engage with our audiences, keeping them on the edge of their seats – to make them think, laugh and feel, sometimes all at once.

THIS runs from April 26th (Opening night) to May 5th, 2018 at Studio 16, 1555 West 7th Ave, Vancouver. Tickets here: https://kindredpresentsthis.bpt.me

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Press quotes:

“Gibson graduates into the theatrical big leagues with this beautifully conceived, confidently executed and wholly accessible work.” New York Times

” . . . not just her finest to date, but also the best new play to open Off Broadway this fall.”—The New York Times

“As a title, “This” may sound disconcertingly vague. But it actually evokes something that feels quite right about the characters Gibson so intelligently conjures, and their belief that their own mess is the only one that matters.” – Washington Post

“It’s the best new comedy I’ve seen in many a season…… They’re us.” The New York Observer

“I thought I wanted to write a play about adultery,” Gibson says, “but then really discovered that I was writing about mortality and grief and, yes, middle age, and what we all live with.” – Globe and Mail

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Principal Photography Begins for new Feature Film by Co-Directors Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, a new feature film co-written and co-directed by award-winning filmmakers Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn, begins principal photography in Vancouver, Canada. Canadian Screen Award winning Tailfeathers will co-star alongside newcomer Violet Nelson, in her debut acting role.

Marking the feature-length directorial debut for Tailfeathers, who was awarded the Sundance Institute’s 2018 Merata Mita Fellowship, the film is inspired by a very real and transformative moment in her life. The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open weaves an intricately complex, while at the same time very simple, story of a chance encounter between two Indigenous women with drastically different lived experience, navigating the aftermath of domestic abuse.

Her co-writer and co-director, Hepburn, whose first feature Never Steady, Never Still (2017) premiered at TIFF and was recently nominated for 8 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Film, Best Director. Norm Li, who was nominated for Best Cinematography for Never Steady, Never Still, has also come on board as Director of Photography and will be shooting The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open on 16mm film.

In concert with the production, TELUS STORYHIVE has provided support to launch an Indigenous Youth Mentorship program which will see eleven Indigenous youth, ages 16–28, working with key creatives through all departments to gain creative and practical filmmaking experience.

One of the youth mentees, Jade Baxter from the Nlaka’pamux Nation, whose short films that have played at festivals such as imagineNATIVE and RIDM, will be working closely with both co-directors Tailfeathers and Hepburn to learn the ropes of directing a feature film.

A Canada-Norway co-production, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is produced by Tyler Hagan of Experimental Forest Films, Lori Lozinski of Violator Films, and Alan R. Milligan of  Tannhauser Gate and Film Farms. The feature is funded by Telefilm’s new Indigenous Screen Office, CBC’s Breaking Barriers Film Fund, and the Norwegian Film Institute.

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About Violator Films

Violator Films Inc. is a Vancouver-based independent production company that has been telling maverick stories since 2007. Owned and operated by Lori Lozinski, Violator Films is recognized for producing socially-conscious, high-quality, character-driven stories with emerging female creatives. www.violatorfilms.com

About Experimental Forest Films

Experimental Forest is the collaborative home of film and video works by Kathleen Hepburn and Tyler Hagan. Their first feature film NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL premiered at TIFF 2017 and was nominated for 8 Canadian Screen Awards.  Working through cinema to tell stories firmly rooted in their environment, Experimental Forest is a namesake and a reminder. It represents our connection to the land and a history of the place we call home. Projects include Never Steady, Never Still and Similkameen Crossroads (NFB Interactive). http://experimentalforest.ca/ 

About Film Farms

Film Farms is a Norway-based production company focused on development and co-production of international projects with some of the most exciting talents in filmmaking today. Titles include Rams (co-production IS/DK/NO) directed by Grímur Hákonarson won Un Certain Regard prize in 2015, and Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (2014) which was screened at TIFF. http://www.film-farms.com/

About TELUS STORYHIVE

STORYHIVE offers production grants, career training and distribution opportunities for filmmakers, musicians, storytellers and creators in BC and Alberta. storyhive.com 

About Telefilm Canada

Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Telefilm.ca

About CBC’s Breaking Barriers Film Fund

CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund helps finance English-language feature film projects that are written or directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities and persons with a disability who have had at least one feature-length film showcased at a recognized film festival. Unlike other funds targeted towards emerging talent, CBC’s fund is geared towards underrepresented Canadian creators. The Fund complements CBC’s existing and continued commitment to Canadian film, including licensing more than 50 Canadian feature films since 2014. http://www.cbc.ca/breakingbarriers/

About the Norwegian Film Institute

The Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) is the Norwegian government administrative body for the film sector and advisor on film policy issues. NFI support audiovisual development, production, coproductions and marketing. It also offers grants, training and talent development for the film industry. https://www.nfi.no/eng

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‘Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick’ has Canada-wide theatrical tour with Cineplex Odeon

The eleven-city release that includes Toronto and Vancouver opens March 29th

The independent documentary making big waves, ‘Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick,’ has signed on with Cineplex Odeon for a Canada-wide theatrical tour. The award- winning feature documentary will screen in eleven cities across Canada on March 29th and April 1st in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Oakville, Sudbury, Windsor, Halifax, Petersborough, Calgary, Winnipeg and Cote Saint-Luc, Quebec.

“It is amazing and a huge honour to see our small independent film get recognized by so many people and have the opportunity to have a Canada-wide release with Cineplex”, says producer Natalie Boll.

‘Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick’ is a portrait of 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. In 2017, his Undersea Kingdom series was listed as one of the top highlights to see at documenta 14 (Kassel and Athens).

‘Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick’ 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, ‘Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick’ presents an artist who succeeded in reconciling the two.

 

The film 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.”

LaTiesha Fazakas, Beau’s longtime friend and gallerist, conceived the film in 2010. After meeting film producer Natalie Boll in 2012, LaTiesha and Natalie began filming with Beau. “I just had the feeling everyone should meet Beau Dick, and a film seemed like the perfect way for that to happen,” says LaTiesha Fazakas.

In the beginning, the filmmakers tried to secure grants and broadcaster interest to help with funding. “We literally applied for funding everywhere and to everyone,” says Natalie Boll. However, after exhausting all funding avenues, these determined women persevered and continued filming with only the help of friends and family. They describe their crew volunteering or working for small honorariums to keep the project going. In 2015, Randall Perry came on as an Executive Producer and helped secure financing to complete the project. The film shot for a total of five years.

“It was so challenging, but it was like an obsession for me. I had to see it through,” says LaTiesha. “And we weren’t the only ones with true commitment. Our editor, Steve Bowyer, was with us since the beginning in 2012. He went through hundreds of hours of footage to help create the final story.”

Shortly after completion, the film was selected for the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival where it experienced three sold-out screenings and an additional six screenings after the festival as part of the VIFF Repeats. The film recently won the Cultural Currents Award at the Victoria International Film Festival and is slated to screen at various other festivals and cities within BC in the coming months.

The project caught the eye of Brad LaDouceur from Cineplex Odeon after meeting with Natalie Boll at AFM in Los Angeles in 2012. After recently viewing the completed film, Brad decided to partner with the filmmakers and their distributor Dfilms to host a series of special screenings in 11 cities across Canada as part of Cineplex Events.

Beau Dick worked within an ancient tradition and rose to the ranks of international success. In 1986, Dick was commissioned to carve a mask to be showcased in Expo 86 in Vancouver. The Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) in Gatineau, Quebec, acquired Dick’s mask, and it remains on display there. In 1998, he was one of only seven Canadian artists to be invited to the reopening of Canada House in London, England, in the presence of Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Queen Elizabeth II.

Sadly, Beau passed away in March 2017 shortly after the film was completed. The theatrical tour with Cineplex will begin two days after the anniversary of his death. Beau Dick daughter Linnea Dick has been invited to Australia by the High Commission of Canada to showcase the film in three cities: Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne.

“The film could not have been completed at a more fitting time with critical issues Beau talks about in the film like the Kinder Morgan pipeline, fish farms, and Indigenous rights are currently being brought to the forefront of Canada’s political landscape,” says Boll.

‘Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick’ opens across Canada has one screening at Cineplex Odeon in each city on March 29th and again on April 1st.  Tickets are limited so advance bookings are suggested to avoid disappointment. Purchase advance tickets here. https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/maker-of-monsters-the-extraordinary-life-of-beau-dick

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Award-winning veteran Actor Paul McGillion starring on the big screen in the music-driven drama Heartbeats, in select theatres this month

 Paul McGillion has been cast in recurring roles on the hit CW series The Flash and in Discovery’s original historical drama, Frontier

Award-winning veteran actor Paul McGillion will be seen in several upcoming features due for release in 2018, including a starring role in the music-driven drama Heartbeats. The film, which follows a journey of love, redemption, and dance, is written and directed by Duane Adler (Step Up, Save the Last Dance), and is already receiving rave reviews across the globe.

Heartbeats follows an American dancer (Krystal Ellsworth) who travels to India with her parents (McGillion, Daphne Zuniga) for a week-long Indian wedding where she meets a young man who teaches her a new style of dance.

The film, which features new music from Jay-Z, opens in theatres in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver this month, and in the US on iTunes/VOD on March 20th, 2018.  It will be released for home entertainment in Canada on April 3rd, 2018 on iTunes/VOD/DVD.

Paul will also be co-starring in the feature film Midnight Sun, in theatres on March 23rd, 2018. He plays the role of entrepreneur Blake Jones in the romantic drama, which stars Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

And this summer, he will be appearing alongside Dwayne Johnson in the highly anticipated blockbuster, Skyscraper, hitting theatres in July.

On television, Paul was recently cast in a recurring role as the lovable rogue P.I. Earl Cox in the popular CW superhero series, The Flash, starring Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh. He has also be cast in a recurring role on the action-filled Discovery series Frontier, starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Justice League). McGillion will be playing the character of Major Vinnicombe, a pivotal role in Season 3.

Paul is not only passionate about his work in front of the camera, but behind it as well. He recently directed and starred in the short film Before The Day. The film is set for its world premiere at the Canadian Film Fest on March 24th, 2018.  The short follows brothers Ray (McGillion) and Danny (Steve Belford) the day before a life-changing event.

With over 100 credits to his name, Paul’s career spans with roles in such successful hit series as Supernatural, 24, The Killing, Once Upon a Time, A Girlfriends Guide to Divorce and Stargate: Atlantis. His previous feature film work includes performances in the TIFF festival gem Hello Destroyer, Tomorrowland, and Star Trek, along with many other critically acclaimed films.

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

Vancouver Cineplex Screening Info:

Ontario Cineplex Theatre Info:

  • Starting March 9th
  • Toronto: Yonge & Dundas
  • Oakville: Winston Churchill
  • Richmond Hill: York Cinemas

TRAILER: Heartbeats Trailer

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