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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Vancouver Dementia Prevention Centre encourages people to take the first step towards better brain health and fitness.
Chief of Staff Patrick Malone has created the Brain Spa for Home, Business and Corporate Wellness Programs
For immediate release: Vancouver, BC, March 14, 2019 – Vancouver’s Patrick Malone is enthusiastic about introducing Brain Spa fitness to everyone’s radar this week with Brain Awareness Week https://www.dana.org/BAW/March 11 – 17, 2019. It is common for people to spring clean their homes, start a summer fitness routine and get your teeth cleaned yet most people don’t even think about sweeping the cobwebs out of their brain.
To popularize brain fitness Vancouver Dementia Prevention Centre Chief of Staff Patrick Malone has created the Brain Spa for home, business or corporate wellness programs. 20 minute Brain Spa sessions simultaneously combine; Photobiomodulation, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Molecular Hydrogen Inhalation, Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency, 40Hz Audio-Visual Encompassment and 300mg of sublingual NAD.
Each of these brain-boosting modalities is extensively peer-reviewed and easily investigated by both the public and the press. “We didn’t invent any of this neurotech, but we believe it’s time the public had easy access to the best tools for brain fitness, packaged in a luxurious spa-like experience,” states Chief of Staff Malone. The Vancouver Dementia Prevention Centre promotes brain fitness with neuro-tech tools and sublingual NAD.
What are the benefits of a detoxifying brain drain, beyond a quicker wit and sharper memory? Brain fitness affects far more than just our mental acuity. Brain fitness directly impacts our daily moods, motivation, motor skills, and appearance. But for every job there’s the right tool; and for too long neuroscientists have kept theirs benched deep inside academia, out of reach to the general public. Everyone from students seeking study support to executives in need of enhanced mental acuity to older people intent on staying bright for life can benefit from Brain Spa Treatments.
The ancillary gain from adopting brain fitness is better eye health. Both the brain and the eye require herculean amounts of energy to function and produce massive oxidative waste. The benefits of improved waste disposal; that’s central to brain fitness are shared by the retina of the eye, which is otherwise vulnerable to macular degeneration.
Fortunately, there is new entrepreneurial ‘stirring of the loins’ in Canadian universities; bringing exciting Neuro-REgenerative treatments and devices into the hands, guts, beds and onto the heads of a public, interested in staying bright for life. Malone is bringing the transition of neurotech from university labs into the hands of the public.
The mission critical at the Vancouver Dementia Prevention Centre is to broadcast the very best brain fitness tools available to the public and embolden Neuro-Texperts to finally take sides, and assist the public – saving them time and money – by separating the most powerful Neuro-REgenative tools and treatments from the least likely to succeed.
In the Canadian battle for cognitive longevity, there will be heroes, cowards, and quislings; but only the bold will cross unto the most honourable side of medical history.
“To be honest” continues Chief Malone, “we were inspired by Terry McBride, who create YYoga because the studios he first went to, lacked amenities and a higher end user experience. That is very similar to where neurotech is today; too much clinic and too little pampering. The Brain Spa sets out to change all that!”
It should come as no surprise that some of the world’s most advanced neurotech is being developed in Canada. In the U.S. getting ‘memory problems’ on your medical records adversely impacts your insurability, and that of your children as well. There are no punitive measures whatsoever applied to brave Canadians who enlist in medical trials intent on winning the battle against age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s. To those participants, we’ll all owe a debt of gratitude.
Patrick Malone is available for speaking engagements and interviews upon request.
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Comedian Byron Bertram is busy touring Ontario with his Comedy routine then recording his upcoming album “Passport and Prozac” at Yuk Yuks in Vancouver on March 28th to March 30th
Canadian Comedian Byron Bertram has a couple of busy months coming up. He is touring with his comedy routine throughout Ontario in February. The tour started in Thunder Bay on February 15th and 16th at the Crickets Comedy Club, then the Port Credit Comedy Fest from February 22nd to 24th, before the Burlington Comedy Fest from February 24th to 26th, then at the Kitchener Waterloo Comedy Fest from February 28th to March 2nd, then Abbotsford at Yuk Yuk’s March 22nd and 23rd, and finally at the Vancouver Yuk Yuks March 28th to March 30th.
All these performances are leading up to the taping of his upcoming Comedy “Passport and Prozac” at Yuk Yuks in Vancouver on March 28thand March 30th. Byron recently signed on with the highly respected comedy record label ‘800 Pound Gorilla Records’ to help him get his comedy out to millions of people worldwide. 800 Pound Gorilla Records also represents Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, George Lopez, and is also known for their work with the estates of Richard Pryor and Robin Williams. Byron is thrilled to be in such good company.
Byron has had an exciting journey as a comedian that includes receiving high praise from Simon Cowell as he advanced on ‘Britons Got Talent’. He also received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Other memorable moments in his career include performing for the president of Singapore and the time that Dame Judi Dench gave him a $50 dollar tip! Byron has appeared on stages around the world as a finalist in the San Diego Comedy Fest, semi finalist in the Boston Comedy Fest, and received a 5 star review in the Australian Times for his own man show ‘Guilt Ridden Sociopath’.
When he isn’t appearing on stage making audiences laugh around the world multi-talented Byron has an active acting career having appeared on Netflix’s Riverdale, CW’s Supernatural, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, BBC America’s Dirk’s Gently, Netflix’s Game Over Man, CBS’s Jordon Peele’s Twilight Zoneand Tim BurtonsBig Eyes. Byron has worked with Christoph Waltz, Tim Burton, Eddie Izzard, Zach Galifianakis, Flight of the Concords, Iliza Shlesigner, and Roy Wood Jr. as a comedian and/or an actor.
And if that wasn’t enough, Byron has a current events comedy podcast that covers politics, news, and history with hilarious and controversial opinions entitled The Dry Shave Show that you can find it at dryshave.podben.com
Growing up watching SCTV, Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live, George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Norm MacDonald is when Byron knew that being a comedian is what he wanted to do. Byron went to an all-Asian high school. As he was different from his classmates as he wasn’t academic and was overweight he got acceptance from his peers by being the class clown. Feeling that sense of adulation of making the class crack up was a drug that he couldn’t quit.
He first learnt how to be a juggler in a summer school for the arts, from there he built his stage presence and comedy timing chops as a street performer. Byron has performed in 20 different countries doing a comedy, juggling & magic style show. He realized that he wanted to go the avenue of stand up comedy, and hit up any stage he could get on whether it was at home in Vancouver or on the road while street performing. He did stand up on pool tables for bikers in Australia, old folks homes in Scotland, Dance Clubs in New Zealand, to everything in between. “Comedy is like a science experiment of words. The formula either works or it blows up in your face. You don’t know until you know though. The best training is by throwing yourself into the lion’s den and learning from your mistakes,” adds, Byron.
Byron grew up in Vancouver in a home that appreciated the arts. His father is a gold record winning saxophone player who played with the well known Canadian group “The Powder Blues” and opened for ZZ Top, the Who, and Tina Turner. His mother is an amazing watercolour painter who took after her famous father Toni Onley.
His late Grandfather renowned Canadian Artist and Order of Canada recipient Toni Onley started Canada India Village Aid. The program raises funds for impoverished villages in India and shortly before his grandfather Toni Onley passed away he asked Bryon to get involved with the charity. He is also involved with The British Columbia Paraplegic Association through the comedy shows “Laughing Spasms” that is a program that brings laughter to people recovering from severe spinal cord injuries.
Whether Bryon is making people laugh through his comedy routines or appearing on TV series and feature films, entertaining people is in his blood. Byron resides in Vancouver is available for interviews upon request.
‘NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY’ IS THE CLOSING FILM AT THE2019 VANCOUVER JUST FOR LAUGHS FILM FESTIVAL ON FEBRUARY 20th, 8:30 PM AT VANCITY THEATRE
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 documentary Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Storywill screen at the 2019 Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival on February 20, at 8:30 pm at Vancity Theatre. The documentary is the closing film of the festival and tells 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 Storychronicles 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. The documentary had successful screenings at the Whistler Film Festival and took home top prize at the Studio City Film Festival for Best Documentary.
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 Doneis 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.
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.”
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.
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 showsSupernatural, 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 screening at Vancouver Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and will have a Q and A after the screening.
NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY
Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 8:30PM
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver BC V6B 3M7)
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Multi-talented actor/singer/songwriter Arden Alfonso takes on the role of Cindee in the feature film “Sorry for Your Loss” screening at the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival on February 19th at 6:30 pm at Vancity Theatre and is streaming on Showtime USA
Arden is an award-winning singer/songwriter with new music being released in 2019
Multi-talented actor Arden Alfonso is proud of her role as Cindee in the feature film “Sorry For Your Loss” screening at the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival on February 19th, 2019 at 6:30 pm at The Vancity Theatre in Vancouver. In the role of Cindee she plays a stripper with a ‘heart of gold’ that works in the strip club that Ken’s (Justin Bartha) father Andy frequently visited before his death. When new dad (Justin Bartha) has to return home to bury his estranged father, things take a complicated turn when the dead man’s final wish is to have his ashes scattered on the field of his favorite professional sports team.
Arden acts alongside a stellar ensemble cast that includes Justin Bartha (The Hangover, The Good Fight), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, The Post), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards, Homeland), Lolita Davidovich (How to Get Away with Murder, Shades of Blue), and Kevin MacDonald (Kids in the Hall). “Sorry For Your Loss” is also currently streaming on Showtime USAin the United States. The Canadian Theatrical Release dates TBA in spring 2019 and the feature film will be airing on CRAVE TV this summer. “Sorry For Your Loss” had its World premiere atThe 2018 Calgary International Film Festival and also screened at The 2018 Whistler International Film Festival.
“I was very excited when I booked my role as Cindee in “Sorry For Your Loss.” It is my first comedic role in a feature film. I had to audition so many times to get the part but I knew I wanted to be a part of the project. I was thrilled to be cast with such a talented group of actors.” Arden adds.
Arden has had inspiring roles on other television series and feature films. In the feature film “I Still See You” she plays Mary. The feature film stars Bella Throne (Paradise City, Famous in Love), Richard Harmon (The 100, The Age of Adaline), and Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend, The Wedding Date). The screenplay is based on the book Break My Heart 1000 Timesby Daniel Waters and is written by Jason Fuchs and directed by Scott Speer. The film was released theatrically in October 2018. Since 2017 Arden has booked numerous roles in film and television including a recurring role in USA Network’s “Damnation” from the executive producers of Game of Thrones and producers of Walk the Linethat was shot in Alberta, the feature film “JT Leroy” starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern and a guest starring role on “Wayne” starring Mark McKenna and Ciara Bravo.
Arden grew up on a farm in the small town of St. Andrews outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba. When she was ten years old she begged her mother for singing lessons, then booked her first role as Annie in a theatrical production in Winnipeg. She was hooked! Arden majored in Theater at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and trained at the Actor Training Centre in Manitoba. She now resides in Toronto pursuing her passion for the arts.
Arden was nominated for Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Artist in 2014 Manitoba ACTRA Awards for her work in “The Christmas Heart” She was also a guest star on the TV series “The Pinkertons” that was nominated for Directors Guild of Canada award for best TV Series.
Arden is a classically trained singer and songwriter, and has won many singing awards and scholarships since childhood. She plays guitar, piano and has written songs with many award winning songwriters and producers. She released her debut single “Living Memories” in 2016 of which was co-written and produced by Grammy Award winning producer David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins), Erik Alcock (Pink, Kanye West, Eminem) and Ryan McCambridge (Rush, Metric). She is currently working on some exciting new music projects that will be released 2019.
Arden Alfonso is available for interviews upon request.
Teen actor Hunter Dillon plays Tyler in the new television series Holly Hobbie now airing on Hulu in the US and Family Channel in Canada
Canadian teen actor Hunter Dillon continues to shine with an impressive career booking roles on both feature films and on TV series. This rising star can currently be seen in his leading role on the new TV series Holly Hobbienow airing on Hulu in the US and just released on Family Channel in Canada starting on January 12th, 2019 airing on weekends at 11:30am et/pt. https://www.family.ca/shows/holly-hobbie/
The series follows Holly Hobbie (Ruby Jay) who has lived her whole life in the small town of Collinsville. Holly’s a 13-year-old singer-songwriter who’s got her best friends and close-knit family by her side, but she’s dreaming of ways to save the world – even if it’s starting in her own backyard. Hunter plays a leading role of Tyler Flaherty the middle son of Collinsville’s most powerful family that has been missing in action for a year. No one (except his family) knows what he was up to. Tyler left town a preppy and popular kid and returned darker and edgier – Collinsville’s new rebel without a cause. Tyler is smart and quick-witted. His interests include drawing, photography and tormenting Holly and her friends. Holly’s convinced Tyler isn’t the jerk he pretends to be – is she right?
Another recurring role that Hunter is proud of playing is Caleb on the second season of Fox TV’s The Exorcist along side Brianna Hildebrand and John Cho. The series follows three priests dealing with cases of a demonic presence targeting a family and a foster home. He also enjoyed his recurring role as young Arnold on AMC/Netflix’s television series Dirk Gently Holistic Detective on Season 2 as Detective Dirk Gently investigates cases involving the supernatural.
Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Hunter Dillon is most recognizable for his major series recurring roles above. He has also appeared in Fox’s Wayward Pinesand booked his first acting role portraying a young Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) on The CW’s Supernatural.
Hunter has appeared in several feature films including To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before released in August 2018 playing the role of young Peter Kavinksy in Flashbacks of the lead (Noah Centineo) when he was younger. In 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 starring Ryan Reynolds, he plays the role of Branding Boy, a young boy being branded at the orphanage.
Hunter has been nominated for several awards including The Best Breakthrough Actor for his role in The Exorcist Season 2at the CineAwards and Best Ensemble in a Feature Film forTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before at the 2018 Joey Awards. Hunter started his acting training at Project Limelight when he was 11 and has remained involved in the community-based program throughout his acting career. He has also trained with Beatrice King at McIlroy & Associates and at LeBlanc School of Acting. Hunter also loves music and enjoys playing the guitar, singing and songwriting.
Hunter is available for interviews and photographs upon request.