Canadian Teen Singer Sofia Evangelina wins “Best Album” Award at the Young Artist Academy’s 40th Consecutive Awards Gala in Hollywood
Sofia Evangelina, a Canadian sixteen-year-old singer/songwriter has just arrived home from Los Angeles where she was astounded when they announced on July 14th that she is the winner of the “Best Album” at the Young Artist Academy’s 40th Consecutive Awards Gala, where members of the Academy cast the votes. With steep competition, Sofia was nominated for Best Vocalist and Best Album. She won the “Best Album” award for her first album entitled “Butterfly” which was recorded 2 years ago and dropped in August 2018.
Mesmerizingly, almost every great Hollywood star has hailed from the Young Artists Academy. Sofia is in good company as past honourees, winners and/or nominee during their youth include Hollywood’s A-listers Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Drake, Johnny Depp, Bradley Cooper, and Natalie Portman, just to name a few.
Sofia is thrilled to win this award. After a long evening of interviews, media, red carpet, after-party and mingling, Sofia and her entourage were the last to leave the gala. To their bittersweet surprise, they were greeted by a group of long awaiting fans with stacks of photos for Sofia to autograph.
Her debut album “Butterfly” is a collection of iconic songs interweaving elements of R&B, soul, gospel, and pop, a perfect blend of historical resonance and pop modernity produced by Bryant Olender who has worked with Michael Bublé.
What’s next for Sofia in the industry? This up and comer has been collaborating with music producer Roy Hamilton III (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Keri Hilson) recording the major productionof two powerful singles which will be part of an upcoming 5 song EP. The launch of this epic new material will be released later this year. Also an aspiring actress, Sofia is preparing her character for a lead role that she has been cast in for an independent feature film, shooting this summer.
Sofia recently moved from Whistler BC to Cloverdale BC to be closer to Vancouver. With so much ahead for this young Canadian talent, please contact us if you wish to expand this news to an interview.
One of Canada’s most accomplished Hip Hop Dancers Travis Lim will be a judge for the World of Dance Competition in Vancouver on June 7th and 8th, 2019
Seventeen-year-old Travis Lim, one of Canada’s most accomplished Hip Hop Dancers, is pleased to announce that once again he will be on the Judges panel in all-Canadian events for the upcoming World of Dance completion tour that will have a stop this June 7th and 8that the Aria Convention Centre in Surrey, B.C. https://www.worldofdance.com/events/wodvan19 World of Dance events feature the industry’s best as judges, performers, or guests, including many performers who have appeared in nationally televised dance competitions, such as World of Dance, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC), and more. The brand encompasses more platforms than any other dance content provider or dance show case, including World of Dance competitions in more than 25 countries, the NBC World of Dance television show (executive produced by Jennifer Lopez),
World of Dance is the largest International Urban Dance Competition with focus on the art of street dancing and today’s new aged choreography. Competitors are scored based on performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. World of Dance is the largest touring event that embraces Urban Dance and Lifestyle. Hundreds of participants with the country’s top dance teams, and thousands of spectators will partake in a performance festival setting, awarding today’s top dancers with the most prestigious acknowledgements. The 2019 World of Dance Tour promises to deliver an unparalleled experience to both participants and spectators in an effort to build a reputation as the Nation’s authority in Urban Dance Culture.
Travis Lim started his career on the competitive stage making a name for himself at various international competitions winning a Silver and Gold medal at HHI’s World Hip-Hop Championships, 3 Golds at the IDO World Championships, Getting certified to be a HHI Judge, and travelling on our very own World of Dance tour as the first WOnDerkid. Since then he’s been featured in World of Dance Season 2 Duala along with his crew Freshh, hosted his own television show HipHop with Travis Limon the Shaw network, and other various television series. Not only is he an international figure, Travis has a strong presence in the Vancouver community donating his time and studio to further develop Vancouver’s dance scene all while teaching his own students, performing internationally, and achieving in school. Starting September Travis will be living in LA pursuing his career will continuing his studies at UCLA.
Travis is a role model, a champion and a spoke person who exudes confidence, dedication, passion that he commands in life on and off the stage encouraging people to follow their dreams.
Travis is available for interviews, appearances and photos upon request.
Actor / Filmmaker Camille Mitchell is nominated for 2019 Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Female – Dramatic Series for Netflix’s Van Helsing
2019 trip of a lifetime at the famous Venice Carnival with Michelin-starred cuisine
Award-winning actor Camille Mitchell is nominated for the 2019 Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series for playing the refined Mrs. Fontleroy, on Netflix’s hit series Van Helsing directed by executive producer Michael Nankin, with whom she previously worked with on Caprica.
In this exotic episode, Camille’s character helps the lead actor Vanessa (Kelly Overton), chase down vampires in Hong Kong in the 1890s. Camille plays the terribly British, polite and reserved Mrs. Fontleroy, the Governor’s wife, and daughter of John Seward, who was a faithful servant to the great vampire-slayer, Abraham Van Helsing (Vanessa’s grandfather). The episode was shot at the heritage Overlynn Manor in Burnaby and at Dr. Sun Yay-Sen Gardens, which were amazing backdrops for this period episode. “The tricky bits were getting used to the corsets and keeping those long skirts out of Vancouver’s rain puddles,” says Camille.
This year’s 2019 Leo Awards Red Carpet will be even more special. Camille is thrilled to be wearing a vintage dress designed by Christian Dior that her mother, Johanna Mendel Mitchell, wore to the Hollywood premiere of “Carousel” in 1956 in which her father, Cameron Mitchell, starred as Jigger. Last year Camille was also nominated for a Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Female – Dramatic Series her role as Esperanza on ABC’s Somewhere Between that creator and executive producer, Stephen Tolkin, then told Camille, “I wrote this role for you.”
2019 has been full of adventure for Camille. Earlier this year Camille attended the Venice Carnival, the oldest carnival in Europe. Dating back to 1162, it is the last hurrah before Lent, a weeks-long farewell to all things fun. Camille’s experience of it was a joyous fantasia of people from all over the world in costume parading through the streets from dawn till dusk, gathering in San Mark’s Square to pose for iPhones and sip prosecco. At the traditional Baglioni Ball, she was feted to a six-course feast in a palazzo, Baroque music, instruction in the minuet by a Commedia del Arte troupe and she danced the night away by candlelight.
She was then whisked off to Rome to take a cooking class with Francesco, tackling fettuccine, ravioli, and a killer tiramisu. https://www.italiancookingclassesinrome.com To top the trip off Camille and her companions dined at Aroma the most magnificent Michelin-starred restaurant across from the Colosseum and kitty-corner to the Forum on the fourth floor of the Palazzo Manfredi. www.aromarestaurant.it/en
Although acting is her first love, Camille embraced filmmaking with her first short film, A Mother’s Love that won her Canada’s Crazy 8s Film Competition and numerous accolades at festivals around the world, including the Madrid International Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival and London’s Best Drama Award at the SuperShorts International Film Festival.
A year later, Camille received a scholarship to Screenwriting and Film Production at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television in Los Angeles to pursue her Master’s degree in Production and Feature Film. She quickly proved her talent transcended from in front of the lens, to behind it as well, with Camille winning the Best Shorts Film Competition and 2016 Award of Merit for her second short film, By the Fountain, which also screened at the 2016 New York City International Film Festival, the 2016 People’s Film Festival of Harlem, and at the 2016 Marche du Film in Cannes with Camille in attendance.
Camille has garnered extraordinary acclaim for her versatility onstage and onscreen. Well known on television for her Leo Award-nominated role portraying tough-talking Sheriff Nancy Adams on the CW’s hit television show Smallville for five seasons, she also appeared onstage as a leading lady at the Stratford and Shaw festivals, where she was hailed her as “a gift to the theatre” by the London Times.
Camille won Canada’s Jessie Award for her portrayal of Ariel in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” opposite Gordon Pinsent and was also nominated for Best Actress Awards for Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Madame Tourvel in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and Elizabeth in “The Crucible.”
Born in Santa Monica to Hollywood star Cameron Mitchell and Johanna Mendel Mitchell was raised in Vancouver, Canada, and studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
Camille is available for interviews and photos upon request.
The Leo Awards are celebrating their 21st Year of recognizing excellence in BC film and television
This year’s celebrations will include two ceremonies at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre on May 25 & 26th, culminating in the Gala Awards on Saturday, June 1st at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hosted by Peter Kelamis
The Leo Awardsare celebrating 21 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 these awards presentation to life, where standout talents from across the big and small screens will be honored for their work.
Hosts for the three 2019 Leo Awards evenings have been announced. Matthew Kevin Anderson will be the host at the Celebration Awards Ceremony One on Saturday, May 25thand Lucie Guest and Kalyn Miles will host the Celebration Awards Ceremony Two on Sunday, May 26th. Both ceremonies will take place at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Peter Kelamis will host the Gala Awards Ceremony on June 1st at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver.
Leading this year’s awards with 20 nominations is the Syfy/Netflix TV series Van Helsing, including Best Program, Best Direction Jacquie Gould and Michael Nankin, Supporting Male Aleks Paunovic and Vincent Gale, Supporting Female Rukiya Bernard and Lead Male Jonathan Scarfe.
CBC’s critically acclaimed miniseries Unspeakableabout Canada’s tainted blood scandal has 17 nominations in the Dramatic Series category, including three for Best Supporting Male: Alex Rose, Brian Markinson and David Lewis.
The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco has eight nominations, including Lead Female for Crystal Balint, while Netflix’s hit series The Order follows with six, including Best Guest Performance Female for Jewel Staite.
In the Motion Picture category, three films garnered 10 nominations apiece: Gwaii Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s Haida-language epic Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K’uuna), Bruce Sweeney’s acclaimed feature Kingsway, and Marie Clements’ Red Snow.
Jesse James Miller’s drama Rabbit has nine nominations in the Motion Picture category, including three for Supporting Female: Jennifer Copping, Johanna Marlowe, and Gabrielle Miller.
In the Documentary category Letter to Masanjiathe feature-length documentary about an SOS letter sent from inside a Chinese labour camp, received six nominations, including Best Feature-Length Documentary, Best Direction, and Best Screenwriting.
Overall, 110 awards will be handed out in the categories of Short Drama, Documentary Program or Series, Information, Lifestyle or Reality Program or Series, Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series, Animation Program or Series, Youth or Children’s Program or Series, Web Series, Music Video, Dramatic Series, Motion Picture, and Student Production.
A complete list of the 2019 nominees is available at the Leo Awardswebsite.
About the BC Film & TV Industry:
In 2018, the B.C. film production industry set a new record, According to a report released by the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), the budgets of film and TV production Canada increased by 5.9 per cent to an all-time high of $8.92 billion in 2018. 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 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 Awardswill take place at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre and Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
The Celebration Awards One:
Saturday, May 25th Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Celebration Awards Two:
Sunday, May 26th Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
The Leo Gala Awards:
Saturday, June 1st Hyatt Regency Vancouver
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 1st, 2019.
For more information, interview requests, a spot on or a list of celebrities walking the Gala awards Red Carpet, please contact:
Adam Lolacher has received a 2019 Leo Award nomination for Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama in A Snake Marked
Adam just wrapped a leading role in the feature film All-In Madonna
Adam Lolacher is thrilled to be nominated for a 2019 Leo Award for Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama for his lead role in A Snake Marked. The Short is directed by Award Winning Juan Riedinger and has received numerous awards including Best Actor at the Vancouver Short Film Festival. He previously won a 2013 Leo Award for Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama for his role in Plating.
Adam also co-wrote and produced A Snake Marked.After many years, a convict (Adam) who spends his days sketching charcoal art in his prison cell receives a surprise visit from his estranged father (Howard Siegel). This encounter forces him to contemplate his own existence and place in the world. As he begins to remember the past, his memories cause him to lose grasp, blurring the lines of his present reality.The short film has been accepted into a number of Film Festivals around the world http://augohr.de/catalogue/a-snake-marked
This nomination comes as Adam just wrapped a leading role in a Telefilm Talent to Watch funded film All-In Madonnadirected by Arnold Lim and produced by Ana De Lara and Robin Chan and written by Susie Winters.All-In Madonna is a coming-of-age drama about family secrets and forgiveness. The story follows Maddie (Melanie Rose Wilson), a home schooled teenage girl who demands to go to school for the first time. After learning of her father’s criminal past through her classmates, Maddie struggles to reconcile the father she knew with the man he turned out to be. Maddie’s struggle is further tested when her father becomes a suspect in a murder investigation in their small town. Plans are for All-In Madonnato be submitted to film festivals this fall.
No stranger on screen Adam has a long successful career as an actor appearing on a number of television series including The Terror for AMC, Travelers, Hit the Road, The Good Doctor, ICE, Arrow, Supernatural, and Smallville. He also plays the antagonist in the soon to be released feature film The Curse Willow Song written and directed by Karen Lam.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada Adam is a University of Ottawa Theatre graduate; Adam split his time between Toronto and Vancouver, working across Canada on the stage and in Film and television. A character actor at heart, he has studied with mentors: Warren Robertson, Ben Ratner and Larry Moss. Adam has a number of theatre credits on stages across Canada that include roles in Ithaka, Good People, A Christmas Carol in the role of BelfryandUs and Everything We Own.
As a filmmaker Adam is currently writing a feature film version of A Snake Marked. He also has a television series in development. Adam had the privilege of working with Showrunner/ Executive Producer Matthew Parkhill on the eOne/DirecTV series Rogue Season 4. This invaluable experience changed his life giving him the experience and confidence to start writing his own film and television projects. Adam resides in Vancouver BC and is represented by Performers Management.
Adam is available for interviews and photos upon request.
Multi-talented Karen Holness has a busy 2019 with roles on The 100, My Mom’s Letter from Heaven, Always Be My Maybe, The Art of Running in the RainandTravelers & more.
Karen continues to amaze us with her elegance and strength as an actor and vocalist.
There is no slowing down for multi-talented actor Karen Holness. This spring Karen has a number of productions including Lifetime TV’s MOW My Mom’s Letter from Heaven airing on April 20th at 10:00 pm. A single father has a fractious relationship with his rebellious teenage daughter. When a lost letter written to the daughter from her dying mother is miraculously found, everything starts to turn around. Inspired by a true story. Playing a hero for the first time, Karen plays Maggie in a role mixed with surprises starring alongside Barry Watson, Cindy Busby, and Jordyn Ashley Olson.
Karen also has a recurring role on the new season of The 100 that starts airing on April 30th. Her ark as the character Blythe Ann begins on episode 3 that airs mid-May. Tune in as Karen plays one of the weirdest characters that she has ever played, with lots under the surface, Karen refers to this role as deep and delicious. Karen enjoyed the experience as The 100is such a huge production with a high level of commitment from everyone on set.
Karen is also a gifted singer that was helpful for her booking the role Always Be My Maybe a comedy-drama that will be airing on Netflix in May 2019. Starring Ali Wong, Keanu Reeves, Randall Park, Daniel Dae Kim. Karen’s character is Kathy a Diana Ross Impersonator who ends up in some interesting situations. Also on Netflix, you can see Karen on several episodes of Travelers that were directed by Amanda Tapping who also directed her on The 100.
Karen worked with Milo VentimigliainThe Art of Running in the Rainwhere she plays a veterinarian. The feature also stars Amanda Seyfried, and Gary Cole. A dog named Enzo (the voice of Kevin Costner) recalls the life lessons he has learned from his racecar driving owner, Denny. Dog lovers believe their canine family members understand language, comprehend events, have opinions, and exude loyalty. The wise old dog Enzo shares thoughts about life experiences, which prepared him to protect his family in times of greatest need.
Karen also plays the role of Katie Wyer in Hallmark Channel’s series The Chronicle Mysteries. In the sports comedyBenchwarmers 2: Breaking BallsKaren plays Iris alongside Chris Klein, Jon Lovitz, Chelsey Reist.After a freak accident ruins a guy’s chances at playing professional baseball, he joins a competitive softball league for lawyers.
The independent feature film Torn will be hitting the festival circuit this fall. Karen plays the role of Imani Bell. Directed by Dan Rizzutoand stars Sam Vincent and Sharon Taylor.
With a long list of film, television and theater credits, Karen Holness has made a name for herself as a triple threat in the entertainment industry. With over 100 acting credits her film credits include Tortured (alongside Laurence Fishburne), Donovan’s Echo, Hollow Man 2, MOW Trustand her starring role on APTN and the Showcase original series Cashing In. Karen is also proud of her recent holiday movie role as Riley in Christmas on Hollylanethat aired on Lifetime in 2018.
Karen worked with some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities early on in her career. Her recurring role as ‘Mary’ on Showtime’s TV miniseries Out of Orderhad her working alongside an all-star cast, including William H. Macy, Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman, Peter Bogdanovich, and Justine Bateman. Karen’s other television series, recurring and supporting roles, include A&E’s # 1 rated show Flight 93, Fringe, Showtime’s Out Of Time, JPOD, Arrow, Lucifer, The Crossing, Da Vinci’s Inquest, and Frances Ford Coppola’s First Wave, and a lead role as Lisa Dolittle in 20th Century Fox’s Dr. Dolittle 4 – Top Dog and Dr. Dolittle 5 – Going Hollywoodand a recurring role on Sacred Lies just to name a few. Her guest star appearances include Smallville, Fighting The Odds, Twilight Zone, Dead Zone, and Frances Ford Coppola’s Firstwave.In feature films, she has a role in Big Fat Liar 2and one of Karen’s highlights was shooting a lead role in Alliance Atlantis’s Riverworldin New Zealand. Another memorable experience for Karen was performing in the Oscar Winning movie Chicago.
Born in Jamaica, with Spanish, European, African and Aboriginal heritage, Karen feels privileged to have grown up in the Metropolitan city of Toronto where there is great support for the Arts. Vancouver is now home to Karen. Her passion for entertaining had her performing in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Color Dreamcoat’ with Donnie Osmond as the Egyptian seductress Mrs. Potipher, touring in the Canadian company of ‘Rent’ and in the Gershwin musical ‘Crazy For You’, which she performed for two years at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Karen was born to perform and shine with the stars.
Actor Darcy Hinds gets back in the ring as Randy Van Ronson in an upcoming episode of ‘Riverdale’ re-match with lead actor K. J. Apa ‘Archie Andrews’ airing on the CW on April 17th, 2019 and Netflix on April 18th
Will Archie get Revenge?
Getting into a boxing ring is nothing new for Action Actor Darcy Hinds. In his recurring role as Randy Ronson on the hit CW’s series ‘Riverdale’ he is back in the ring with lead actor K. J. Apa (Archie Andrews) in a role that Darcy is most proud. This role combines his many talents as a boxer, stuntman, and actor that he has taken to get to this point in his career. After winning the first fight with Archie in the recent episode 313 they meet up again in upcoming episode 318 that airs on April 17th and April 18th on Netflix. Darcy’s Riverdale character Randy Van Ronson is also a main character in the comic book Katy Keene. The Riverdale TV series navigates the troubled waters of romance; school and family, Archie and his gang become entangled in dark Riverdale mysteries.
The first week of April Darcy will be seen on several hit TV series. In addition to his upcoming recurring role on ‘Riverdale’ Darcy can also be seen in an upcoming episode of ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ airing on April 1st where his talents as a stunt double are featured playing a Werewolf who is also a Mexican wrestler.
No stranger to many of the popular TV series, Darcy has appeared numerous times on ‘Arrow’, ‘The 100’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘iZombie’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Van Helsing’, ‘Supergirl’, the list goes on!With over 60 credits on imdb, Darcy first entered the world of entertainment after a successful boxing career. Boxing has been a big part of his life with over 140 full contact fights throughout Canada and the USA winning multiple titles. His boxing career is one of the reasons that Darcy got into stunts and acting. These skills cemented his role on Riverdale fighting Archie and elevated him to the role as the Boxing Coordinator for the Riverdale series.
Representing Canada in boxing throughout North America Darcy has trained and fought hard by training up to 3 times a day and sometimes fighting 3 times in a weekend as many boxers know is not uncommon. He started martial arts at age 8 and started full contact fighting at 15. One of his most memorable training sessions saw him getting up at 2:00 am filling a wheelbarrow full of rocks and pushing it up a steep hill in the cold rain with teenagers driving by laughing!
Darcy is always running and shadow boxing in all conditions of weather. Wearing a weighted vest with hand, ankle and head weights running upstairs, hills or the North Shore’s Grouse Grind are just some of the ways he put his body through his brutal training regime needed to win fights and book roles. When he was young, he was chugging back raw eggs because Rocky did it in the movie. All just to win fights to be the champion it takes to represent Canada while chasing the Olympic dream.
Darcy recalls the teacher that asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and he told her that he wanted to be a boxer. She replied, “That’s great but boxing not a career and how will you make a living?”
“I didn’t know either at the time but I knew it was my passion, my dream and I had to follow it! Now here I am today with an amazing career fighting! Not the fighting I had envisioned that day in class but fighting in film, stunts, acting and teaching. So blessed and grateful with so many supportive people helping along the way!!” Says Darcy.
As a working actor and stuntman, he enjoys doing the combinations of stunts and acting in a new acting category called Stunt Actor. “I’ve had many Stunt/ Actor roles. One that was very cool was on a show called ‘Frequency’ where I fought Mekhi Phifer.” Darcy adds. “I’ve always known I’ve wanted to be an actor! Especially after watching movies like ‘Superman’ and seeing action actors like Bruce Lee.”
Darcy got serious about acting and stunts in 2008 when he enrolled in acting school full time at School Creative. Since then he has continued acting classes in and around a Vancouver currently continuing his studies at The Drama Class in White Rock.
Darcy was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C, and grew up in South Surrey/ White Rock where he still resides. He is also praised for rescuing a kid on the Grouse Grind several years ago. In addition to his busy life as a boxer and stunt actor Darcy also served as a volunteer firefighter for the White Rock fire department for 5 years.
Darcy is available for interviews and photos upon request.
Photographer Suzanne Rushton is bringing the beauty of outside, inside, through her stunning photography
Suzanne is a bold, innovative and engaging photographer who tells the story of businesses, individuals and places.
Vancouver photographer Suzanne Rushton is bringing the breathtaking beauty of the outdoors, indoors, through her photography prints. As businesses move towards a cost-effective solution to “green their offices” by installing large format nature photographs on their walls, Suzanne’s work offers the perfect pieces to adorn said walls. The trend, called biophilia, suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Biophilia, also called BET, is the direction that Suzanne is encouraging clients in Canada and worldwide to venture towards.
Vancity Credit Union commissioned Suzanne for a pilot project to bring nature indoors at their Vancity Centre location in Vancouver. The project included adding nature photos on the risers of their stairwells to encourage employees to get exercise by taking the stairs rather than the elevator. From there, Suzanne was asked to create several local nature feature walls as well. The final installation was well received by staff.
As employers continue to become more aware of the scientific research, the mental and physical benefits to their workforce, and the growth of their bottom line due to sustainability and increased performance, the more important biophilia will become in today’s world. “I think they are amazing and bring calmness and beauty into our space,” says Vancity’s Wendy Worrall about the art.
A number of published articles are linking nature images to happier, more productive employees, helping to create workplace satisfaction. Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing; as the world’s population continues to urbanize, these qualities are ever more important.
It is her love of nature that has inspired Suzanne to take thousands of photographs and images on her hikes in British Columbia and around the world. Some of Suzanne’s recent travel photos have been selected by the Curacao Tourism Board for their new website. Suzanne also plans to provide designers, businesses and residential properties with affordable nature wall print wraps. By both consulting with clients and subsequently delivering the photos, Suzanne plans to bring her photography to new buildings, hospitals, offices, airports and homeowners who want a nature feature wall. “This new trend is a perfect combination of my experience with interior spaces, and my love of nature photography.”
Suzanne is a professional photographer with a portfolio that spans the globe. As one of the top rated real estate photographers in Vancouver, Suzanne fuels her passion by consistently working to raise the bar for real estate photography. She specializes in corporate photography, real estate architecture, large-scale photo art installations, events and destinations.
Suzanne is also dedicated to growing and empowering the global photography community through Vancouver Photowalks, the #1 photography tour company in the city. Evidenced by her Instagram photos, Suzanne stands in joyful awe of nature; as such she seeks to inspire commercial and residential spaces to “green” their environments.
“I love my job. The beauty of discovery is present in all spaces. I strive to express my enthusiasm and gratitude for this work with every photo I take, and to inspire people by capturing my sparkly view of the world. I am humbled to learn from each person I meet, and through the amazing opportunities I am bestowed,” says Suzanne.
To give back to the community that she loves in a meaningful manner, Suzanne volunteers at Dress for Success, a local non-profit that empowers women into the workforce.
Suzanne lives and works from Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia and is looking forward to bringing her passion project of enhancing spaces with her photography, to a wall near you.
Nominated for 10 awards including Best Feature “AMI” will be the closing film on Sunday, March 31st, 10:30 pm at the Rio Theatre.
IndustryWorks Studio is proud to announce the Vancouver Premiere of “AMI” at the Vancouver Badass Film Festival. Nominated for 10 awards including Best Feature “AMI” will be the closing film on Sunday, March 31st, 10:30 pm at the Rio Theatre. Created by Evan Tylor and James Clayton and written and directed by Rusty Nixon , the film stars Debs Howard (iZombie, TV’s “The Good Doctor”), Sam Robert Muik (CW’s “Riverdale”), Phil Granger (Syfy’s “Ghost Wars”), Havana Guppy (Hulu’s “Shut Eye”) and Bonnie Hay (TV’s “A Million Little Things”) as the sinister “AMI.”
“Move over ‘Siri’, ‘AMI’ is here to kill us all” – Luke Rodriguez, Modern Horrors
“Hey AMI, who should I kill today? According to Hollywood, technology has been trying to kill us for decades now — whether it’s HAL 9000 or Skynet — but in a new horror film called “AMI,” it’s your smart phone’s A.I. assistant, not unlike the Siri or Alexa currently sitting in your pocket, that does the dirty work”. – Brian Welk, The Wrap[
Young Cassie (Debs Howard) comes across a discarded cell phone with the latest artificial intelligence on it called AMI. Cassie customizes the AI to sound like her deceased mother which soon fulfills the void in Cassie’s life. As their relationship deepens, the nurturing and seemingly caring AI drives Cassie to perform heinous acts of murder that AMI convinces her are totally justifiable.
The film was executive produced by Evan Tylor and Paul Purton; produced by James Clayton and Blaine Anderson; and was co-produced by Marc Petey, Ryan Petey, and Zach Steele.
IndustryWorks Studios’ Caterina Scrivano is handling worldwide distribution of “AMI”. Look for the film to be released summer of 2019.
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Direct from her workshops in France, Interior Designer Fiona Roeske establishes Isabella’s Haus as the North American importer of fully restored, authentic and officially certified rare Napoleon III furnishings now available through her online collection.
Isabella’s Haus is a unique online collection of rare Napoleon III French antiques from the mid-1800’s that are either fully restored or are in the process of a full restoration. Along with her colleagues in France, owner Fiona Roeske finds and restores these Napoleon III pieces, which feature spectacular Boulle marquetry and the use of rich bronzes and stunning materials, and brings them to collectors and enthusiasts throughout North America.
The online catalogue at Isabella’s Haus provides access to these one-of-a-kind authentic French Napoleon III antiques, giving collectors and customers the opportunity to transform their homes and businesses with these high-quality, exceptional items of furniture. These rare Napoleon III pieces had previously adorned palaces throughout Europe, and now, adorn the stately homes of clients from Russia to Qatar, London to Beijing.
Isabella’s Haus also has an award-winning interior design team in-house, helmed by Fiona, who is a sought-after interior designer, to help make choosing a conversation piece for your home, adding an invaluable item to your office, or gifting a priceless piece to a loved one, an easy and enjoyable experience.
With a continuously updated catalogue of quality, exclusive pieces, there is always something new to browse on Isabella’s Haus.
Fiona spent much of her youth traveling in Europe with her family, developing her love of European art and architecture. Captivated by the French architecture, design, and culture from the 15th to 19th century, Isabella’s Haus was born. As an interior designer, Fiona was inspired to bring European sensibilities and style to her clients with hand-picked, authentic pieces that now adorn their homes.
Fiona currently divides her time between France and Canada, importing these fabulous authentic historical pieces from chateaus and castles across Europe.
Fiona’s sense of thrill goes beyond finding fine antiques. For 20 years she was a stunt woman in the film industry with over 45 credits to her name, doubling for A-list actors that include Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, and Uma Thurman, to name a few. While jumping off rooftops, driving stunt cars and being set on fire was exciting, she found new exhilaration in discovering unique pieces in European castles and French chateaus!
Fiona’s interior design passion hasn’t gone unnoticed. Her penthouse on Vancouver’s harbour front was featured on HGTV’s hit series, “Lofty Ideas”, as well as in The Province newspaper. She has also hosted a TV Travel Show on CTV in Vancouver.
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