Horror film deconstruction produces ‘creepy love-child’

When two film artists put their heads together, it produces a ‘franken-baby.’ In a project entitled The Pit: A Study in Horror, seven artists deconstruct the horror genre and explore the creation of the uncanny space as part of New Westminster’s New Media Gallery that features The Scary. “When we were brainstorming, the idea of…

Film undermines preconceived notions of race and religion

“Is your opinion of other races or religions really yours?” That is the question the short film Bonjour Ji poses. The film shows how people’s interactions are influenced by their own perceptions, which are in turn based on assumptions. The movie is being presented at the fifth annual Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF)…

VIFF Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

“Maybe we’re not totally screwed” – that’s the cutline on the movie poster for Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, a documentary showing at three sold out screenings during the 34th Vancouver International Film Festival. The cutline reflects what director Charles Wilkinson took away from making his latest documentary: a sense of optimism.…

Documenting personal stories of underclass China at DOXA

The annual Vancouver Documentary Film Festival, DOXA, has been showcasing and celebrating independent documentary films since 2000 and this year’s event, which will take place at various cinematic venues around the city from April 30 to May 10, will be the longest DOXA festival at 11 days. The festival will host a number of different…

A stark tale at the VAFF

Vancouver-based filmmaker Karen Lam’s works are often rooted in non-fiction , specifically criminal court cases. Her latest film, Evangeline, is no exception. Lam’s main inspiration for this revenge fantasy film was Vancouver: Pickton and the Highway of Tears served as part of the backdrop. Evangeline will be shown as part of the Vancouver Asian Film…

Universal themes of love, support and teamwork in Soran Mardookhi’s Turbulence

Turbulence, a movie about the love between father and daughter, examines the deeper psychological element of the yearning for acceptance and validation at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Actors Kamal Yamolky, Camillia Mahal and director Soran Mardookhi want to break from stereotypical expectations by studying the relationships we have with others and the impact…