The Woman Who Loves Giraffes







(VANCOUVER, BC) Robin Smith, President of Kinosmith Inc. is delighted to announce that The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, the Bell Media Original Documentary about Dr. Anne Innis Dagg from writer/director Alison Reid (The Baby Formula) will open in Vancouver on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Vancity Theatre and in Edmonton on January 9th, 2019 at Metro Cinema.

Opening to sold-out audiences at The Hot Docs – Doc Soup film series in Toronto, The Calgary Film Festival and in Waterloo The Woman Who Loves Giraffes is the previously unknown story of Canadian biologist Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, who, in 1956 at age 23, before Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey began their seminal work, Dr. Dagg traveled alone to South Africa and is believed to be the world’s first person, male or female, to study the behaviour of an animal in the wild. Her pioneering efforts were ground-breaking, but upon her return home to Canada, her career was destroyed. Anne (now 85) re-traces the steps of her trail-blazing 1956 journey, giving us an intimate look into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today and the forces that brought her back at a time when the giraffe world needs her most.

In 1972, having published 20 research papers and after working as an assistant professor of zoology at the University of Guelph, an all-male tenure committee denied her tenure as a full-time professor. She couldn’t apply to the University of Waterloo because the Dean there told Anne that he would never give tenure to a married woman. This was the catalyst that transformed Anne into a feminist activist. For three decades, Anne Innis Dagg was absent from the giraffe world until 2010 when she was sought out by an international organization of giraffologists and not just brought back to into the fold, but also finally celebrated for her work.

By retracing her original steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage, Anne offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world’s first ‘giraffologist’, whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as nasty battle scars. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes gives us a moving perspective on both.

Pursuing Giraffe Adventures Inc. produced the documentary with Joanne Jackson (The Messenger, The Big Wait, Long Haul Big Hearts) and Alison Reid, and executive produced by Paul Zimic (Grass 2, Never Enough).

Featuring the voices of Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Victor Garber (Argo, Milk, Titanic), David Chinchilla (The Expanse) and Lindsay Leese (Bomb Girls) reading letters written by young Anne, Fleur de Lys manager, Alex Matthew, Anne’s husband, Ian Dagg, and Anne’s mother, Mary Quayle Innis, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes incorporates present-day footage with vintage 16mm archival footage from 1956-57 which was filmed by Anne Dagg herself, and, when she is in frame, by South African rancher, Alex Matthew.

Cinematography by Dale Hildebrand (Peace, TO in 24) and Iris Ng (Point of Departure, Stories We Tell, The Ghosts in Our Machine), editing by Mike Munn (Hip-Hop Evolution, Stories We Tell) and Caroline Christie (Birdland, Project Grizzly), costume design by Anne Dixon (Anne with an E, Shoot the Messenger) and music by Tom Third (What Wala Wants, Yellow is Forbidden, Shoot the Messenger).

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes was made with the participation of Ontario Creates, Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program, the Rogers Documentary Fund, Rogers Telefund, and KinoSmith Inc. The film is a Bell Media Original Documentary and was commissioned by The Movie Network (TMN).

Distribution in Canada is being handled by Kinosmith Inc.


Alison Reid is an award-winning director who began her career as a stunt coordinator and second unit director. After accumulating 300 credits, she formed Free Spirit Films to produce projects diverse in genre, but similar in their exploration of the human spirit. Reid received the 2007 Crystal Award for Emerging Director from DGC/WIFT. Her independent feature, The Baby Formula  (2009), sold internationally, won the Audience Award at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Best LGBT Film at Nashville Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Zenith at Montreal World Film Festival. Her television directing credits include Saving Hope, Heartland and Murdoch Mysteries.


Founded in 2007, KinoSmith Inc. is one of Canada’s leading independent distribution companies committed to bringing the best of Canadian and international critically-acclaimed films and film content to audiences across the country. Current releases from KinoSmith include 78/52, My Scientology Movie, Shadows of Paradise, Reset, and the award-winning performance film Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett.


Vancouver: Vancity Theatre Screenings: Friday, January 11, 5:00pm, Saturday, January 12, 4:40pm, Sunday, January 13, 7:00pm, Tuesday, January 15, 6:30pm, Thursday, January 17, 6:30pm

Edmonton: Metro Cinema Screenings: January 9, 7:00pm Doc of the Month Club, January 18, 7pm, January 20, 1:00pm, January 22, 7:00pm, January 24, 7:00pm

Other upcoming screenings: January: Guelph, Ottawa, Cobourg


Toronto. February: Courtney BC: February 24th and 27th, Salmon Arms, BC: TIFF circuit at the Shuswap Film Festival, February 15th

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Pacific Screenwriting Program

Pacific Screenwriting Program announces Sarah Dodd as Showrunner for its inaugural Scripted Series Lab

VANCOUVER, December 3, 2018 – The Pacific Screenwriting Program (PSP) is pleased to announce that BC-based TV showrunner/writer/producer Sarah Dodd has been selected as the Showrunner for its first-ever Scripted Series Lab. This intensive training initiative will provide support and career-advancement opportunities for active and aspiring screenwriters from across BC. Combining real-world story-room experience, mentorship, boot camps, workshops and information sessions, the program equips writers with the skills, experience, and connections necessary to establish a sustainable career in the province’s dynamic screen industry. Petie Chalifoux, Shawn Tolleson, Todd Ireland, Michael Orlando, Kat Sieniuc and Corey Liu are the selected participants for the program. The Pacific Screenwriting Program is a collaboration between Netflix, CMPA-BC, the Writers Guild of Canada and Creative BC.

BC-based TV writer, producer, and showrunner Sarah Dodd will mentor the first group of aspiring screenwriters in the program. Currently, Sarah is an Executive Producer on the 6- part mini-series Cardinal (CTV/Hulu). She was an Executive Producer and Showrunner on Zixx: Level Three (Cartoon Network/YTV), and Head Writer and Producer on The Saddle Club (ABC/YTV).

“The Pacific Screenwriting Program is tremendously fortunate to work with Sarah Dodd as our mentor showrunner for our inaugural year,” said Brian Hamilton, Board Chair of the PSP. “Sarah is a passionate advocate for the local screenwriting community. Her credits and global experience place her in the top echelon of Canadian showrunners. As anyone who has worked with her can attest, she is insightful about the writing process and generous in her support of new voices. Sarah will provide an inspiring role model for our aspiring screenwriters.”

Sarah has written and produced hundreds of hours of television, both hour-long and half-hour, including: Ransom (CBS/TF-1/Corus/RTL), Motive (ABC/CTV), Arctic Air (CBC), Primeval: New World (SyFy/Space), Endgame (Showcase), The Border (CBC), Falcon Beach (ABC Family/Global), Blood Ties (Space), The Shoebox Zoo (BBC One), Beastmaster (Endemol/Tribune), Code Name Eternity (SyFy), and PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (CBS/Global). Sarah has also worked

in film and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Creative Writing and History in Art from the University of Victoria.

“I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to develop a new drama series in collaboration with six extremely talented BC writers,” stated Dodd. “I can’t wait to see what we create together and also what each of these fresh voices brings to screens across Canada and around the world in the future.”

For more information about the Pacific Screenwriting Program individuals are encouraged to visit the program’s official website.

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The Pacific Screenwriting Program was established in 2018 with the goal of building a vibrant screenwriter community in British Columbia. Based in Vancouver, the not-for-profit organization provides training and support to BC-based TV film and television writers at all levels, with the aim of generating a deep and sustainable pool of local talent for BC-based series and films. For more information, please visit the Pacific Screenwriting Program website, or here on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


The Scripted Series Lab is the flagship training initiative of the Pacific Screenwriting Program. The full-time 14-week curriculum polishes and prepares candidates for an entry-level writer position on a scripted series. Beginning in January 2019, six BC-based, up-and-coming screenwriters will receive the necessary support to expand their portfolio and pursue opportunities in the evolving TV marketplace. Throughout the program, participants hone their craft, strengthen their collaboration and presentation skills, and obtain a deeper understanding of the global television industry and how to market themselves within it. Through workshops, events and mentoring, candidates will also be connected with key industry professionals, including senior screenwriters, producers, and agents.

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Festive Flooring


‘Tis the season to put your best foot forward…literally!  Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring is just what you need to upgrade your holiday home. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring (LVP) is the perfect solution because it’s so realistic yet it can take all the wear and tear holiday homes can bring. Whether it is a mountainside chalet in Whistler or a cottage in Muskoka, you need to select flooring that will stand up to snow, sand, mud, and salt.

Holidays are when memories are made. Canadians are investing more and more in a vacation property, so why not make your holiday home a place to relax and enjoy.  Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring means never having to worry about your flooring, as the kids run in and out from building a snowman, racing down the slopes, or simply sitting by the fire as big fluffy snowflakes make magic outside.

We reached out to interior designer Fiona Roeske, who is the Specification Specialist for the 4 Corners brand of LVP, www.4Corners.cato ask her why Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring is so popular with designers.  The response was simple. “Not only are the colours beautiful, but the textures make this flooring so realistic, you think it’s real wood.  It’s also water-resistant and dampens sounds. The best part: LVP is super durable and able to withstand all kid and pets’ activities, all at an amazingly affordable price,” explains Fiona.  “My clients absolutely love this product!”

Over four hundred retailers across Canada carry the 4 Corners brand of Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring due their exceptional selection and service, so chances are there is a dealer near you.

Each LVP plank is comprised of several layers with an antimicrobial coating and is water, scratch, and stain resistant, making 4 Corners LVP flooring the perfect flooring option. The high standards of their mill in South Korea, also ensure the 4 Corners brand of LVP flooring satisfies Green Building Standards.

DIY enthusiasts find it easy to install. It is versatile; easy to clean and maintain. Not only that, it will last longer than other flooring choices without the high price tag. It can quickly transform any home by being able to go over other floors such as hardwood or even ceramic. The floors are flexible too; you can easily pull up one plank if needed rather than having the nightmare of undoing click together flooring.

“I’ve been installing vinyl flooring in the Greater Toronto Area for 16 years.  For the last 2 years, I’ve been installing 4 Corners Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. The contemporary colours, ease of install, makes this economically positive.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this product,” says Shawn Daley of Generations Flooring.

So as you light the fireplace this holiday, enjoy entertaining your family and friends on your beautiful LVP flooring.

Interior Designer Fiona Roeske is the Specifications Specialist for 4 Corners and founder of Isabella’s Haus, working with designers across Canada for their flooring needs.” |

Molly Annelle

Rising singer/songwriter and producer, Molly Annelle, has released her latest EP ‘Pick Me Ups’ – an alternative R&B musical journey of soothing yet funky melodies.

Back by popular demand, Molly headlines her ‘Pick Me Ups’ release at Island Cafe, White Rock on December 21st

Molly Annelle’s desire to self-produce her own songs, and fulfill her unique creative vision, is the inspiration for her 6-song EP ‘Pick Me Ups’ just released worldwide and available on all major platforms. The ethos of Pick Me Ups not only does what the title says, pick you up but also entertains with its storytelling and calms with its chill vibes.  The EP is entirely produced, written and sung by the one-of-a-kind creative machine, Molly, and covers the genres, Alternative R&B, electronic/dream pop, and chillwave.

“What drove ‘Pick Me Ups’ was the need to create something that was totally my own vision, done by me and only me,” says Molly Annelle.

What inspires this young talent to create these insightful songs? “I have an extremely busy and many times, anxious mind. I wrote Pick Me Ups to help others achieve a sense of well being. Listening to music has the power to lessen the burden that emotional conflict and other forms of mental illness can bring. It helps us escape. These six songs are meant to engender a feeling of positivity, no matter what one might be going through ‘in real life’.”

Molly’s style of music has evolved since her last album, Melody. What has caused this shift in her songs?  “I am constantly being introduced to new musical artists like SZA, Kali Uchis, Ravyn Lenae,” she says. “Their songs made me realize that I can achieve those sounds on my own. This was a revelation to me. I can achieve a sound particular to me now because I have acquired the knowledge and tools to do so. Through self-production I can create music that reflects who I truly am,” adds Molly Annelle.

In addition to writing and singing her own music, Molly’s interest in the production side of music led her to produce ‘Pick Me Up’s entirely by herself. She plans to continue to branch out to help other artists achieve their creative visions, and has already written songs for other artists and projects.

Molly Annelle EP tracklist: 

  • Wooden Spoon (feat V Volves)
  • Papillon
  • Cyberspace
  • Justice for the Candlelight Kid
  • Oh! What a Beautiful Morning
  • i like ur House

Pick Me Ups is available on all platforms Visit:

Molly will be performing at Island Cafe December 21 1237 Johnston Road, White Rock BC at 7:30pm

Photo Credits: William LukStyled by Alex S Yu & Brandy Melville

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 This raw documentary follows controversial stand-up comedian Richard Lett’s private struggle of addiction that sabotaged his promising career, lost everything and lived to tell the tale.

Filmmaker Roy Tighe is pleased to announce that the World Premiere of the documentary Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story will screen at the Whistler International Film Festival on November 29 at 5:30 at Village 8 – Theatre 6 and November 30 at 12:00 at Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre. This raw and immersive documentary tells the story of how controversial Vancouver stand-up comedian Richard Lett sabotaged his own promising career, lost everything and lived to tell the tale. Director Roy Tighe’s commitment to presenting Lett’s highest and lowest moments over the past nine years ultimately presents a message of personal redemption and shines a poignant light on the intensely private struggle of addiction.

Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story chronicles the seven-year journey of Richard Lett, a once-respected Canadian comedian whose addiction to drugs and alcohol lead to him becoming homeless, estranged from his daughter, and shunned by his community. With no one to turn to, Richard disappeared. He ran away from his problems; he ran away from his responsibilities; he ran away from his life.

In the summer of 2009, filmmaker Roy Tighe and comedian Richard Lett were ejected from a Vancouver nightclub. Richard started a verbal altercation with the club owner and was promptly told to take his cameraman and leave. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Roy began filming Lett in his day-to-day life and quickly learned that all was not right in the brash comedian’s world. So set in motion the saga of Richard Lett and Never Be Done.

Not merely a tale of one man’s downfall, Never Be Done is the story of Richard Lett’s struggle to forge a new life in the same environment that brought him down so completely. Filmed with candid intimacy and filled with archival footage and poignant testimonials, Never Be Done is a raw and unflinching documentary about the life and times of Richard Lett, who lost it all and lived to tell the tale.

Director Story

In 2003, I dabbled in the Vancouver stand up comedy circuit, performing and working with other comics. During my small stint at stand up comedy I was aware of Richard Lett due to his infamous reputation on and off stage. I was always intrigued to work with Richard, if the opportunity arose. In 2009, I was introduced to Richard through a mutual friend and fellow comedian. I had been living in Vancouver for 9 years at the time and had my own reputation for producing comedy content for the web. Richard and I originally met to talk about shooting a live one-man show he was working on. The next night we met at a local comedy club to shoot some stand up footage. That did not happen. We, instead, were ejected from the comedy club. Richard had started a verbal altercation with the club owner and was promptly told to take his cameraman and leave. Standing now in the rain out front of the comedy club, I still wanted to capture something. So right there on the street for pedestrians to watch, Richard performed one of his poetry slams. That night I saw something special in Richard and that moment became the opening sequence to this story. Never one to pass up an opportunity, I began filming Richard in his day-to-day life, and quickly learned that all was not right in this brash comedian’s world. As I followed Richard, recording the collapse of his career and his struggle with addiction, he becomes homeless. I felt a divine obligation to stick it out with Richard. Even though this was a dark, brutal time in this man’s life, I also was blessed to witness Richard find the miracle of recovery. This 7 year journey that I went on with Richard makes for a beautiful story to what’s called “Never Be Done: The Richard Glenn Lett Story.”


Director Bio

Canadian filmmaker Roy Tighe has been mentored by two time Oscar nominee, Bud Smith the Oscar-nominated editor of The Exorcist and Flashdance. Roy is currently a working director in Los Angeles directing numerous short films, web series and commercials. Working for such brands as Alcatel, TCL and Coors Light totaling well over 500 videos. Roy’s first film, Where’s Barry? was released on VOD in December 2016. Previously, Roy had spent time performing as a stand-up comedian, which led to his introduction to Richard Lett, the subject of his first feature Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story.


Richard’s Bio

Finding a home in the stand-up comedy scene in Vancouver, Richard began making a name for himself with his brash, unapologetic style of jokes and crowd interaction. After years of honing his skills on the stage, Lett found himself headlining tours for Yuk Yuk’s. In the mid 90’s Richard was a subject in the CBC’s Road Warriors, a documentary television series about the lives of touring stand-up comedians.

Never quite a household name, Richard Lett has become a sort of journeyman of the Canadian comedy scene over the past thirty years, respected by his fellow comedians and sought out by die-hard comedy fans. In the time since he began his career in stand-up, Richard has tried his hand at poetry, writing, and acting, landing small roles on the TV shows Supernatural, Dark Angel, andThe Firm, and as a playwright he has received two Jessie Richardson Award nominations for “Most Outstanding Original Play.” Most recently, Richard received a rare standing ovation at the London Poetry Slam for his one-man show “Sober But Never Clean”. His performance was described as such: “Richard grabbed our audience’s attention and didn’t let go. His ability to make the crowd laugh and reflect simultaneously by sharing intimate personal stories mixed with hilarious jokes is unparalleled. He has a unique talent in rolling poetry, comedy, and storytelling together.”

Today, Richard continues to tour across the country with his “Sober But Never Clean” show, which details his experiences in the stand-up comedy profession, his struggles with drugs and alcohol, and his complicated relationship with sobriety.

Roy Tighe and Richard Lett are available for interviews upon request and will be in attendance at the World Premiere at the Whistler International Film Festival.


Date Time Film Cinema Hall
29.11.2018 17:30 NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY Village 8 – Theatre 6
30.11.2018 12:00 NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre


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4 Corners Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

4 Corners Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring is quickly becoming industry leaders in home décor with high customer demand and designer choices

Forget your previous conceptions of what vinyl plank used to look like! Over the past 5 years, vinyl plank flooring has been completely revamped and transformed to replicate the look and feel of real hardwood, but at a fraction of the price! Established in 2014, 4 Corners is a Canadian owned and operated brand, supplying premium luxury vinyl plank flooring to hundreds of flooring dealerships across the nation. CDM Distribution Inc provides a high-quality product line, with the least amount of deficiencies, and a variety of colour options that have been determined by high customer demand and designer choices.

Their product is bright, modern, and draws the “oohs and ahhs!”  from homeowners and guests. 4 Corners is featured in condominium property management programme as a top flooring choice. The plank’s foam-backing and fiberglass core provide a cushioned and flexible surface; making it an excellent choice for a sound suppression for condo strata approval, as well as, a cushioned and soft-underfoot flooring choice for rental properties and vacation homes. 4 Corners LVP additionally satisfies green building safety standards, earns LEED points in commercial applications, and meets all building safety regulations.

Over the past 2 years, they have doubled their product line ranging from a low, medium, and premium price point to satisfy a wider range of clientele. Additionally, they have expanded their range of colour and plank variations for clients to convey their unique style. Their business model and product lines are founded on quality, customer service, and availability for residential as well as commercial application used by architectural and interior design firms.

4 Corners LVP offers 3 unique colour series that vary in plank width: Bel Air, Country Club, and French Antique. Luxury vinyl plank flooring has been manufactured to produce larger planks that not only gives a distinctive wood appearance but also make it an ideal flooring choice for those looking for a quick and easy DIY install. With a 3D HD photo finish, LVP has multiple colour variations to choose from, ranging from a modern to rustic design. Each plank is comprised of several layers; an antimicrobial coating that kills bacteria, a protective wear layer for durability, a 3D HD printed colour layer for a photo finish, a middle core for stability, and a resilient non-skid backing. This makes Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring water, scratch, and stain resistant, and easy to maintain. This is the perfect flooring option for families with a busy lifestyle, pet owners, and commercial properties with heavy foot traffic.

4 Corners have recently launched a new colour series as of this month! The stunning French Antique Series offers customers distressed wood finishes and rustic color variations, additionally the option of a wider plank design that mimics the look of wood plank flooring without the expensive price tag.

Although 4 Corners is fairly new on the market they are establishing partnerships with home renovation television series, interior designers and architects and have supplied the flooring for the offices of CW’s hit television series ‘Supergirl.

4 Corners have sales representatives across Canada, including:

  • Sam Piazza & Dave Williams – Vancouver Lower Mainland
  • Curtis Ross – Vancouver Island, B.C Interior
  • Perry Myshynuik – Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
  • Mike Otter – Greater Toronto Area

Members of the 4 Corners team are available for interviews, demonstrations and product knowledge.

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Any Wednesday


Vancouver Filmmaker Patrick Stark and Academy Award winner Allie Light screen their compelling film ‘Any Wednesdayalongside Eleanor Coppola’s ‘Two for Dinner’ at the prestigious Mill Valley Film festival on October 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Prolific American documentarian and Academy Award winner Allie Light and well-respected Canadian director Patrick Stark join forces to direct the timely feature film Any Wednesday, scheduled to screen at the prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival on October 13th at 4:30 p.m.

Any Wednesday stars Mary Black (Man of Steel) as Agnes and Shane Dean (Rogue, Fear the Walking Dead) as C’Mo. The short drama, which is based on a true story, brings together the most unlikely travel companions: Agnes, a 79-year-old woman in the early stages of dementia who has a flat tire on a dark and rainy Wednesday evening on her way home from choir practice, and C’Mo, a young homeless Iraq war veteran with PTSD who changes her tire. C’Mo asks for a ride, and Agnes can’t say no. Their commonalities of remembering and forgetting to create a bond between them. As the night continues, Agnes’ husband and son fear for the worst. While her family frets, these two people—separated by age, race, class, and even diagnoses—bond in their frail humanity.

The film is based on the real-life story of David Lundstedt’s mother, Light’s son-in-law. He and Light’s daughter, Julia Hilder, are also the film’s co-producers.

“Think Driving Miss Daisy, but with her at the wheel,” says Light.

“I was excited by the opportunity of collaborating with Allie and to ultimately help realize the vision she had for the film”, says Stark.

Patrick met Allie Light, a critically acclaimed documentarian, through a mutual friend right as he was wrapping up principal photography on his feature-length documentary, One Life No Regrets. Allie has produced, directed and edited award-winning films for more than 25 years, and is also the author of one novel and four short stories. Any Wednesday is one of those four. Patrick is an entrepreneur and filmmaker, with a web-based project in development, and a creative agency with a focus on both live action and animation.

Dementia and homelessness are unfortunately things that Patrick is familiar with. His grandmother was in the early stages of dementia before passing away, and his nephew is living on the streets in Vancouver’s East End. “When I read Allie’s script, it broke my heart. I felt it was an important story to tell and was confident that I had something to offer in helping to direct performances,” says Stark. “The actors immersed themselves in their respective roles and absolutely delivered.”

Directors Patrick Stark and Allie Light are thrilled to share the night with director Eleanor Coppola’s bittersweet drama Two for Dinner. Separated by work, a couple arranges a video chat date night. While Lainie (Joanne Whalley) dines at their favorite LA bistro, film director Jack (Chris Messina), on location, makes do at a rustic Montana eatery. Throughout the effervescent, romantic evening, they flirt, eat, toast, and Jack begs Lainie to join him—but does he mean it?


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About Allie Light

Allie Light is best known for her 1991 documentary In the Shadow of the Stars, which garnered her and her late husband, Irving Saraf, an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Her long list of credits include a variety of critically acclaimed films, such as: Rachel’s Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer (HBO),Dialogues With Madwomen, (Emmy Award; Freedom of Expression Award, Sundance Film Festival); In The Shadow Of The Stars, (Academy Award); Mitsuye and Nellie, Asian American Poets; Visions of Paradise(five films about folk artists); Shakespeare’s Children(produced by Kate Kline May); Blind Spot: Murder by Women; Children and Asthma and Good Food, Bad Food, Obesity in American Children, An Iraqi Lullaby and The Sermons of Sister Jane, and Believing the Unbelievable, and Empress Hotel.

About Patrick Stark

Patrick has worked in the film industry since 1990, climbing his way up from a variety of entry-level positions in Vancouver’s Hollywood film-service business, to writing, directing and producing his own films.

After a stint on the fifth season of The X-Files as the hit show’s trainee assistant director, he assembled many of the cast and crew to produce Tilt, a contemporary reimagining of Don Quixote. Over 700 individuals from Vancouver’s film industry assisted in this five-year endeavor, in the form of talent, labor, and money to complete it.

Patrick recently finished directing his first film,One Life, No Regrets, a documentary spanning ten years where he challenges his own fear of singing in public, from a first vocal lesson and singing in the streets to one-on-one with rock musicians and an invitation to sing with the “biggest band in the world”, U2.

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Edmonton, Alberta – For Immediate Release: September 21, 2018

International Award Winning Director Carl Bessai returns home to screen his latest feature film ‘KREUZBERG’ at the Edmonton International Film Festival

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

Internationally celebrated award-winning filmmaker Carl Bessai is returning home to screen his latest film, Kreuzberg, at the Edmonton International Film Festival. The Western Canadian Premiere of Kreuzberg will screen on Saturday, Sept. 29, 6:00 p.m., Landmark Cinemas 9, City Centre, 10200 102 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta. Carl will be in attendance.

‘Kreuzberg’ is a highly charged, political and romantic drama written and directed 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’).  In Director/Writer Carl Bessai’s words, this film is ‘A re-imagined Romeo and Juliet in a globalized world.”

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 become politically heightened.

‘Kreuzberg’ is a contemporary view of a history that few in this world could forget. This film explores the immigrant experience, gentrification, and the way love can bind us and pull us apart.

Kreuzberg will screen on Saturday, Sept. 29, 6:00 p.m., Landmark Cinemas 9, City Centre, 10200 102 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta

MEET FILMMAKER Carl Bessai for a brief discussion in-theatre immediately following this screening of KREUZBERG. Carl is available for interviews upon request.


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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.

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Goodlad Coffee, Clothing and Cut join forces under one roof in heightened retail experience

GOODLAD brings a memorable shopping experience to the North Shore in a unique retail concept located across from the Sea Bus Terminal

This summer, North Vancouver had an exciting addition to the neighbourhood. Right across the street from the Sea Bus Terminal, next to Lonsdale Quay, a one-of-a-kind retail space opened in the form of GOODLAD Coffee, Clothing, and Cut. The innovative shop has now opened its doors.

The talent behind GOODLAD is the creative trio of Shane Meier (Clothing), Christopher Glenn (Cut) and Mike Hong (Coffee). This project brought to life their idea of combining men’s clothing, barbering, and coffee under one roof for a heightened retail experience. Their collective love of entrepreneurship and passion for people, paired with their extensive business experience, is a recipe for success for the spacious shop, located at the intersection at Chesterfield and 221 Esplanade in North Vancouver. It’s the perfect stop for sea bus commuters, residents and tourists alike.

Wanting to create a ‘stand-out shop’, the team spared no expense for the interior design of the space, which took over six months to complete. Well-known and highly respected Cutler Design is delivering a concept that will create a memorable experience that clients won’t want to leave.


The man behind the concept is Shane Meier, who was a busy child actor with memorable roles that include Clint Eastwood’s son in the Oscar-winning film ‘Unforgiven’, Young Macgyver on TV’s ‘MacGyver’, and roles in Steven King’s ‘Needful Things’, ‘Andre,’ ‘The Matthew Shepard Story’, and countless more local and US network shows over the years. Having spent a number of years working in Los Angeles, Shane wanted to bring a unique men’s shopping experience that he had enjoyed during his travels, back to Vancouver. With Shane’s talent, Mike’s marketing background and Chris’ creativity as a marketing & design artist, this collaboration has the ability to leave customers in awe of the design and services offered. Adding the barbershop and coffee shop to the clothing concept was a ‘no brainer’. Men want quality service quickly, so to be able to buy clothes, grab a drink and get a shave all in less than an hour makes for a pleasurable experience.


After spending over six months looking in North Vancouver for a location, the team finally found the perfect space. They got lucky with the location, which is just a 30-second walk from Lonsdale Quay and located directly across the street from the movie theater.


Partnering with Brooklyn Clothing’s Jason Overbo and Howard Clothing’s Chris Martin, Shane is bringing their high-end men’s denim fashion brands and personal service to the North Shore.  GOODLAD is able to carry brands that other shops can’t as they have built strong relationships with vendors going back 15 years. Dressing men from head to toe, GOODLAD carries men’s denim, outerwear, boots, t-shirts, sweaters, hoodies, socks, underwear, shorts and endless apothecary.


High-end American, Canadian and European-made denim anchors the collections. Bigger brands include AG, Nudie, Kato, Canada Goose, Barbour, with smaller local brands like 18 Waits, Outclass, Viberg Boots and Vancouver’s own Reigning Champ and Wings and Horns to round out the brands that will keep men looking good and coming back for more.

As GOODLAD is a small “owner operated” shop, chances are you will have Shane helping you in your clothing search. The partners attend trade shows in New York and LA twice a year, continuously searching for the newest trends.


GOODLAD Coffee is a happening place as commuters can grab a cup of coffee and bite to eat as they travel to and from Vancouver. Conveniently located at the front of the shop for commuters running to catch the Sea Bus, it’s a quick stop and you’re on your way.

Their coffee brewer is local West End Roaster, so a cup of that paired with a tasty item from the menu, and you are ready to start or end your day. Featured items include Bullet Coffee – a high-octane blend of espresso, grass-fed butter, coconut oil, and pure MCT oil.

A must-try is the Spicy Chorizo English Muffin, combining egg, Havarti cheese, fire-roasted corn, and spicy chorizo sausage. Grilled and served hot!



GOODLAD offers traditional men’s cuts with modern techniques and style. Christopher Glenn sums up his experience as a barber, saying: “It is all about the client, their needs and nothing to do with trends or fads. GOODLAD follows the 60/ 40 rule – 60% cut, 40% experience. Our clients aren’t after a quick cut or an in and out astrosphere – they come to us for advice, community, an effortlessly cool vibe and experience that they really can’t get elsewhere. They’re our clients, not customers and we look after them as such.”

GOODLAD services include Hair Cut, Shave, Buzz Cut, Beard Trim, Wash Blow-Dry & Style, and Cleanup.

“Oh man, how cool is this concept? We love that we are bringing something very different to the clothing, barbering & coffee experience to North Vancouver. Honestly we couldn’t think of a cooler city! The people are so friendly and so cool, they’re going to really dig this,” says Chris.

Shane, Chris and Mike are looking forward to bringing their enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit and vision to the North Shore. They invite everyone to visit this unique shopping/service concept in an electric atmosphere.

GOODLAD is located at 221 Esplanade at Chesterfield in North Vancouver. 

Hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Call GOODLAD at 604-971-3939

For press inquiries, more information, interviews, and photos, please contact:

Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575


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Highway Thru Hell Returns for Season 7


Wicked Weather and Wild Wrecks: The Elite Rescue Teams of Original Canadian Hit Series HIGHWAY THRU HELL Return to Discovery for Season 7, Sept. 4

– Discovery’s most-watched series HIGHWAY THRU HELL delivers 17 all-new action-packed episodes, more than any previous season –

–Previous seasons now available for streaming on the Discovery GOapp,, and CraveTV

– Toyota returns as the exclusive automotive sponsor for HIGHWAY THRU HELL Season 7 –

– Discovery’s first-ever Facebook Live aftershow with series star Jamie Davis streams Sept. 4 at 11 p.m. ET, immediately following the season premiere –


Click HERE for a sneak peek at the all-new season of Discovery’s HIGHWAY THRU HELL

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Vancouver, BC– Battling massive mudslides, whiteout snowstorms, torrential rain, or dangerous rockslides, the highway heroes of Discovery’s most-watched original Canadian series HIGHWAY THRU HELL are set to return for Season 7 with an unprecedented 17 action-packed episodes, more than ever before! Airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PTbeginning Sept. 4 on Discovery, Season 7 kicks off with an exclusive behind-the-scenes episode featuring heavy rescuer Jamie Davis alongside friendly competitors Al Quiring, Ken Duperon, and Jason Davis reflecting on epic recoveries and discussing the various ups and downs they face in one of Canada’s toughest industries.

Following the premiere episode at 11 p.m. ET, viewers are invited to pose their questions to HIGHWAY THRU HELLstar Jamie Davis in Discovery’s first-ever Facebook Live aftershow at

(L-R): Jamie Davis, Jason Davis, and Ken Duperon – stars of Discovery’s hit original production HIGHWAY THRU HELL

Featuring stories of remarkable strength and fearless dedication, HIGHWAY THRU HELL chronicles the lives of these heroic rescue teams who often put their own lives at risk to help keep vital transport highways open and communities safe. Dropping everything to respond, it is their duty to remove the often-dangerous cargo, clean up the twisted metal, clear the road, and get traffic rolling again for thousands of drivers.

HIGHWAY THRU HELL Season 7 also sees Davis make a bold move, turning to vintage machinery to tackle modern-day wrecks. Davis’ team is not only tested by unforgiving weather conditions but also faced with the challenge of mastering old iron equipment to combat some of the most spectacular wrecks the crew has ever seen.

Discovery primes viewers for the new season with a full-day marathon of HIGHWAY THRU HELL Season 6 on Saturday, Aug. 25 beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Season 6 is also currently available for streaming on the Discovery GO app,, and CraveTV.

HIGHWAY THRU HELL has consistently attracted impressive audiences, ranking as a Top 10 series on entertainment specialty television in Canada for total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. The series has made Discovery the most-watched entertainment specialty channel in its timeslot among total viewers as well as the A25-54 and A18-49 demographics.

Toyota returns as the show’s exclusive automotive sponsor, featuring the capable, rugged, full-size Tundra pickup in HIGHWAY THRU HELL’s seventh season.



Jamie Davis is shifting gears once again. After years of keeping the highways open with some of the most modern heavy wreckers – the legendary tow man is staking his future on old iron equipment.

At Davis’ yard in Hope, B.C., Classic Holmes tow trucks – some nearly half a century old – are slowly replacing newer, costlier wreckers. For Davis, the vintage trucks are more than just a passion– they represent survival. Under pressure to reduce costs and stay competitive, Davis is confident this winter he and his crew can tackle some of the toughest jobs – on and off the Coquihalla Highway – using an aging, rebuilt fleet.

This winter season, Davis is counting on one truck more than any other – the “Mighty Mo”. After rolling out of his garage at the end of last winter, the beautifully restored Holmes 850, named after a World War II battleship, is ready for war. Known as the most powerful tow truck of its day, the hulking 40-ton wrecker will need to shoulder the biggest jobs as Davis prepares to sell his last modern truck.

After a challenging first winter working the mountain passes, former prairie operator Colin McLean is back in Hope for more adventures as Davis’ lead driver. But having run some of the best top-of-the-line hydraulic trucks, Davis’ “old iron” is going to take some getting used to.

Each one-hour episode follows the Jamie Davis Motor Truck team as well as their competitors – Quiring Towing, Mission Towing, Aggressive Towing, and Reliable Towing –as they brave the harsh conditions of the Coquihalla Highway. Ready to navigate extreme roads and weather, each team prepares to put themselves on the line in order to keep some of the most economically important and traveled trucking routes in North America open and accessible for all.

HIGHWAY THRU HELL is produced by Great Pacific Media in association with Discovery Canada. Executive Producer is Mark Miller. The series producer is Neil Thomas. For Discovery, Bruce Glawson and Heather Williamson are Executive Producers. Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media.


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About Great Pacific Media:

Great Pacific Media is a global leader in factual television. Started by TV veterans Blair Reekie and Mark Miller, their programs are seen in more than 170 countries. They specialize in the development, production, co-production, and financing of factual and lifestyle television. Great Pacific Media was acquired by Thunderbird Entertainment to accelerate the growth of Thunderbird’s presence in the unscripted television space. Thunderbird creates award-winning programming for Canadian and international broadcasters and boasts divisions in scripted and unscripted development and production, theatrical distribution, and animation.

About Bell Media Original Programming:

Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL; the record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; new comedy series JANN; new lifestyle series starring Mary Berg; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming, platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; Bravo’s mystery dramedy CARTER; Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED;   CraveTV’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. In addition to adventure drama FRONTIER, Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, in addition to new original series DISASTERS AT SEA, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all-new original scripted series in 4K.

About Discovery:
With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best factual programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at

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For more information:

Elysia Circelli, Discovery, 416.384.5166 or

Rob Duffy, Discovery, 416.384.5717or

West Coast contact: Lesley Diana | 604-726-5575 |