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‘Virgin River’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 3 (Video)

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‘Virgin River’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 3 (Video)
Drama, drama, drama: “Virgin River” has been renewed for a third season, Netflix said on Friday.

That news means we’ll get some payoff on those Season 2 cliffhangers, like Jack (Martin Henderson) being shot, the whole Paige/Michelle’s (Lexa Doig) dead-husband’s-twin-brother thing, a child-sized wrench being thrown in Preacher’s (Colin Lawrence) plans to move to San Francisco and become a fancy chef and Doc (Tim Matheson) getting some mysterious — and seemingly bad — health news from another doc in another town.

Yeah, it’s A Lot.

No premiere date has been set for the upcoming Season 3. The second season debuted on Netflix on Nov. 27.

Virgin River” follows a recently widowed big-city nurse (Alexandra Breckenridge) who moves to the redwood forests of northern California, where she meets an intriguing man (Henderson).

The series also stars Lauren Hammersley and Annette O’Toole. Joining the cast for Season 3 will be Zibby Allen and Stacey Farber.
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Alisha Newton & Martha Burns Among Cast For Canadian Feature ‘We’re All In This Together’ From Writer-Director-Actress Katie Boland

Alisha Newton & Martha Burns Among Cast For Canadian Feature ‘We’re All In This Together’ From Writer-Director-Actress Katie Boland
Exclusive: Production began this week in Hamilton, Ontario on actress Katie Boland’s (The Bet) directorial debut We’re All In This Together.

Having adapted Amy Jones’ novel of the same name, Boland will also star in the film as twins alongside Martha Burns (Alias Grace) and Alisha Newton (Heartland). The film will follow the dysfunctional Parker family which unravels after a woman goes over a waterfall and a video goes viral.

Producers are Jay Firestone of Prodigy Pictures, Gail Harvey of Straight Shooters and John Laing of Urban Post alongside Boland and Paula Brancati. Mark Pancer is associate producer. The film was made with financial support from Telefilm Canada and The Harold Greenberg Fund.

“Adapting this incredible book for the big screen and sitting in the director’s chair have been such a gratifying experience,” said Boland. “Playing twin characters Finn and Nicki Parker is an actor’s dream,
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‘V.C. Andrews’ Ruby’ Picked Up By Lifetime For Five Movie Series – TCA

Lifetime saw V.C. Andrews’s Casteel Family movie series ranking as cable’s #2 new drama series among W25-54* for 2019. Now, the network will expand its footprint within the writer’s universe by greenlighting a five movie series based on the Ruby Landry novels.

The first of the five new original movies, V.C. Andrews’ Ruby, will star Australian twins Raechelle Banno as “Ruby” and Karina Banno as “Giselle.”

Watched over by her loving Grandmère Catherine, Ruby Landry is filled with hope as love blooms with her high school sweetheart Paul Tate. But lingering thoughts of her mysterious father and her mother’s death often creep into Ruby’s mind. As dark family secrets begin to reveal themselves when Paul’s parents forbid him from seeing Ruby, Ruby is further devastated when her beloved Grandmère passes away.

Forced to flee to New Orleans from the Bayou, Ruby searches for her estranged father,
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Lorena Bobbitt Biopic Greenlit at Lifetime

Lorena Bobbitt Biopic Greenlit at Lifetime
Lorena Bobbitt’s story is getting the biopic treatment.

Lifetime has greenlit “I Was Lorena Bobbitt,” a feature about the woman who became a household name and made tabloid headlines when she cut off her husband’s penis with a knife in 1993 after years of abuse.

Bobbitt was the subject of a Jordan Peele-produced Amazon docuseries which came out less than a year ago, and this new retelling has Bobbitt herself on board as an executive producer. Casting on the project is underway and production will begin later this month. The film, announced by A+E Networks president of programming Rob Sharenow at Lifetime’s Television Critics’ Association winter tour press day, will follow Bobbitt’s “journey from a wide-eyed, immigrant bride to a battered wife into an unlikely media sensation.”

“I Was Lorena Bobbitt” hails from Cineflix International and executive producers Andy Streitfeld, Jeff Vanderwal and Charles Tremayne. Barbara Nance
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Vancouver Film: "Batwoman", "Siren", "Supergirl"

From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for July 2019, including "Batwoman", "Siren", "Supergirl" and a whole lot more:

New Media Feature

A Babysitters Guide To Monster Hunting

Local Production Company: Double Double Productions Ulc.

Director: Rachel Talalay

Producer: Ivan Reitman, Amie Karp

Aug 06/19 - Oct 16/19

The Main Event

Local Production Company: Main Event Movie Inc.

Director: Jay Karas

Producer: Ian Hay

Jun 19/19 - Aug 12/19

TV Movie

Christmas Harmony

Local Production Company: Chp Productions Ltd.

Director: Catherine Cyran

Producer: Greg Malcolm, Vicki Sotheran

Jun 17/19 - Jul 08/19

Killer In The Guest House

Local Production Company: Thriller Productions Inc.

Director: Tony Dean Smith

Producer: Navid Soofi

Jun 17/19 - Jul 03/19

Random Acts Of Christmas

Local Production Company: Jolly Productions Inc.

Director: Marita Grabiak

Producer: Navid Soofi

Jun 17/19 - Jul 08/19

Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen

Local Production Company: Ss&s Productions Inc.

Director: David Winning

Producer: Vicki Sotheran, Greg Malcolm

Jul 08/19 - Jul 25/19

Shopping
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Vancouver Film - "90210", "Project Blue Book", "Altered Carbon"

From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for June 2019, including  "90210", "Project Blue Book", "Altered Carbon" and a whole lot more:

New Media Feature

Coffee & Kareem

Local Production Company: Coffee Break Productions Inc.

Director: Michael J.E. Dowse

Producer: Ed Helms, Michael Falbo, Dan Clarke

Apr 22/19 - Jun 04/19

Operation Christmas Drop

Local Production Company: Ocd Productions Inc.

Director: Martin Wood

Producer: Steve McGlothen

May 22/19 - Jun 28/19

The Main Event

Local Production Company: Main Event Movie Inc.

Director: Jay Karas

Producer: Ian Hay

Jun 17/19 - Aug 16/19

TV Movie

All Summer Long

Local Production Company: Anchor Road Productions Ltd.

Director: Peter DeLuise

Producer: Harvey Kahn

Jun 03/19 - Jun 24/19

Darrow And Darrow 4 - Burden Of Proof

Local Production Company: Darrow 4 Productions Inc.

Director: Michael Robison

Producer: Jamie Goehring, Kevin Leslie

Jun 03/19 - Jun 21/19

Mystery 101: Movie 3 - Words Can Kill

Local Production Company: MU3 Productions Inc.

Director: Andy Mikita

Producer: Jamie Goehring,
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Vancouver Film - "90210", "Get Shorty", "Van Helsing"

From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for May 2019, including "90210", "Get Shorty", "Van Helsing" and a whole lot more:

Feature Film

To All The Boys 2

Local Production Company: All The Boys Productions Inc.

Director: Michael Fimognari

Producer: Chris Foss

Mar 27/19 - May 08/19

New Media Feature

Coffee & Kareem

Local Production Company: Coffee Break Productions Inc.

Director: Michael J.E. Dowse

Producer: Ed Helms, Michael Falbo

Apr 22/19 - Jun 04/19

Operation Christmas Drop

Local Production Company: Ocd Productions Inc.

Director: Martin Wood

May 20/19 - Jun 28/19

Windfall

Local Production Company: Windfallen Productions Ltd.

Director: Michael M. Scott

Producer: Harvey Kahn, Stephanie Slack, Margret Huddleston

Apr 30/19 - May 28/19

TV Movie

Barbecue For Two

Local Production Company: BBQ42 Productions Inc.

Director: Peter DeLuise

Producer: Harvey Kahn

Apr 15/19 - May 06/19

Chronicle Mysteries 4: The Deep End

Director: Nimisha Mukerji

Producer: Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring, Kevin Leslie

May 06/19 - Dec 31/69

Dude Ranch

Local Production Company: Dude Ranch Productions Ltd.
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Vancouver Film - "Batwoman", "Frankenstein", "The Lost Boys"

From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for March 2019, including "Batwoman", "Frankenstein", "The Lost Boys" and a whole lot more:

Feature Film

Little Fish

Local Production Company: Little Fish Pictures Inc.

Director: Chad Hartigan

Producer: Chris Ferguson, Jesse Savath, Jj Dubois

Mar 11/19 - Apr 12/19

Playing With Fire

Local Production Company: Formula M Productions Inc.

Director: Andrew Fickman

Producer: Todd Garner, Sean Robins, Matt Dines

Feb 04/19 - Mar 29/19

The Boy II

Local Production Company: The Boy Film Productions Inc.

Director: William Brent Bell

Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Richard Wright, Gary Lucchesi

Jan 28/19 - Mar 08/19

To All The Boys 2

Local Production Company: All The Boys Productions Inc.

Director: Susan Johnson

Producer: Chris Foss

Mar 25/19 - May 06/19

TV Pilot

Batwoman

Local Production Company: Renraw Production Services Inc.

Director: Marcos Siega

Producer: Jae Marchant

Mar 04/19 - Mar 25/19

Frankenstein

Local Production Company: Vbc Pilot Productions Inc.

Director: Uta Briesewitz

Mar 19/19 - Apr 05/19

Next
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Lifetime Sets Movies With Bella Thorne, Shannen Doherty, Mira Sorvino & More

Lifetime Sets Movies With Bella Thorne, Shannen Doherty, Mira Sorvino & More
Lifetime has set its fall movie lineup with seven young adult-focused films that tackle topics such as mental health, suicide and teen domestic dating violence, with Shannen Doherty, Mira Sorvino, Bella Thorne, Austin P. Mckenzie, Angela Kinsey Jason Patric and Caitlin Stasey among the cast. The Girl in the Bathtub; Terror in the Woods; Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill; No One Would Tell; Believe Me: The Lisa McVey Story and The Lover in the Attic, join previously announced The Bad Seed, directed by and starring Rob Lowe, which premieres September 9 at 8 Pm.

No One Would Tell is a remake of the 1996 cautionary teen dating movie. It stars Shannen Doherty stars as a mother who must fight for justice for her daughter against her seemingly perfect boyfriend. Mira Sorvino also stars. It premieres September 16.

Inspired by a true story, Conrad and Michelle: If Words Could Kill reveals the tragic tale
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‘Northern Rescue’: CBC-Netflix Drama Series Rounds Out Cast As Production Begins

Newcomer Amalia Williamson, Spencer MacPherson (DeGrassi: Next Class) and Taylor Thorne (Odd Squad) have joined leads William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson in Northern Rescue, as production begins in Canada on the CBC & Netflix family adventure series from Don Carmody Television.

Created by Between writer Mark Bacci and executive producer David Cormican, and Dwayne Hill (Peg + Cat), Northern Rescue follows John West (Baldwin), who uproots his three children from the big city to return to his home town to take command of the local Search & Rescue service after the death of his wife. As the family comes to terms with their loss, the series explores the effects on their individual lives. The children’s Aunt Charlotte (Robertson), struggles to help John and his children heal as she copes with the loss of her sister and her desire to have a family of her own. Along the way, John faces many situations
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Vancouver Film- "Fast Layne", "Purple Harvest", "Sacred Lies",

From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for February 2018,  including "Fast Layne", "Purple Harvest, "Sacred Lies" and a whole lot more:

Purple Harvest

Feature

Local Production Company: Tcf Vancouver Productions

Director: Drew Goddard

Exec. Producer: Mary McLaglen

Jan 29/18 - Apr 06/18

Spontaneous

Feature

Local Production Company: Spontaneous Film Productions

Director: Brian Duffield

Producer: Chris Foss

Jan 29/18 - Mar 02/18

The Perfection

Feature

Local Production Company: Perfection Canada Films

Director: Richard Shepard

Producer: Bill Block, Richard Shepard, Stacy Reiss

Feb 14/18 - Mar 16/18

A Series Of Unfortunate Events ~ Season 2 & 3

TV Series

Local Production Company: Olaf II Productions Inc

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Exec. Producer(s): Daniel Handler, Rose Lam, Barry Sonnenfeld

Apr 17/17 - May 08/18

Arrow - Season 6

TV Series

Local Production Company: Benchmark Production Services

Director: various

Producer: Todd Pittson

Jul 07/17 - Apr 26/18

Blue Book - Season 1

TV Series

Local Production Company: Blue Book 1 North Productions

Director: Robert Stromberg, Pete Travis
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Vancouver Film: "Purple Harvest", "Colony", "Fast Layne"

From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for January 2018,  including "Purple Harvest", "Colony", "Fast Layne" and a whole lot more:

Noelle

Feature 

Local Production Company: True Meaning Productions

Director: Marc Lawrence

Exec. Producer(s): Justis Greene

Producer: Heather Meehan

Oct 23/17 - Jan 18/18

Purple Harvest

Feature

Local Production Company: Tcf Vancouver Productions

Director: Drew Goddard

Exec. Producer(s): Mary McLaglen

Jan 29/18 - Apr 06/18

Spontaneous

Feature

Local Production Company: Spontaneous Film Productions

Director: Brian Duffield

Jan 29/18 - Mar 02/18

A Series Of Unfortunate Events ~ Season 2

TV Series

Local Production Company: Olaf II Productions Inc

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Exec. Producer(s): Daniel Handler, Rose Lam, Barry Sonnenfeld

Apr 17/17 - Apr 20/18

Arrow - Season 6

TV Series

Local Production Company: Benchmark Production Services

Director: various

Producer: Todd Pittson

Jul 07/17 - Apr 26/18

Blue Book - Season 1

TV Series

Local Production Company: Blue Book 1 North Productions

Director: Robert Stromberg, Pete Travis

Producer:
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Widc Selects Eight Women Directors for Story & Leadership Program at Whistler Film Fest

Director Katia Café Fébrissy has been selected for the program: cafe-febrissy.com

Women In the Director’s Chair (Widc), a professional development organization for female filmmakers in Canada, has announced the eight women who will participate in its Story & Leadership Program at the Whistler Film Festival later this month. Sonia Bonspille Boileau, Jessica Bradford, Elizabeth Lazebnik, Shannon Walsh, Sandi Gisbert, Sophie Jarvis, Katia Café Fébrissy, and Leah Cameron have been selected for the script development and director mentorship program.

Walsh, Gisbert, and Jarvis are working on their feature narrative directorial debuts. Bonspille Boileau, Bradford, and Lazebnik are developing their second features, and Café Fébrissy and Cameron are creating web series.

“These eight directors-to-watch will join the ranks of Widc’s prestigious alumnae network of over 220 women directors across Canada,” a press release details. “Between 2006 and 2016 over 60 percent of Telefilm Canada funded features directed by women were directed by Widc alumnae.”

The filmmakers will receive mentorship from directors Gail Harvey (“Looking Is the Original Sin”) and Siobhan Devine (“The Birdwatcher”) as well as writer and academic Dr. Carolyn Mamchur, screenwriter Linda Coffey (“These Arms of Mine”), and actor-producer Lori Triolo (“Candiland”).

Participants will also have the chance to network with industry guests like producer Lael McCall (“Exes and Ohs”) and Telefilm Canada’s Lauren Davis.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Widc launched an online directory of its filmmakers in May. It includes profiles of all Widc alumnae, including short filmmakers, showrunners, series creators, and feature directors.

The Whistler Film Festival will be held November 29–December 3 in Whistler, British Columbia. Widc alumnae Jackie English, Jordan Canning, Renukua Jayapalan, and Ana de Lara are among the directors screening projects at the fest.

Check out the Story & Leadership Program participants’ bios below, courtesy of Widc.

Sonia Bonspille Boileau is a bilingual Mohawk filmmaker based in Quebec. She has been working for the past decade on bringing Indigenous content to the screen for viewers of all cultural backgrounds. In 2015 Sonia wrote and directed her first feature film “Le Dep,” which made the official selection of several festivals around the world. She is now preparing to direct her second feature, “Rustic Oracle.”

Jessica Bradford is a Gemini award-winning writer and director based in Vancouver, BC whose films have screened at festivals worldwide. A graduate of the Cfc, Nsi, and Widc Banff, Jessica is completing her Mfa in Creative writing at Ubc. She teaches at Vancouver Film School and the Reel 2 Real Youth Film Festival. She is developing her second feature film, “Finn McKain and the Lost Toad.”

Katia Café Fébrissy is a writer and director based in Toronto, On. Her latest environmental cinéma vérité-style film,“ Root up” / “À la racine” (2017) has won four international film awards. Her Nfb-produced documentary, “Social Me” / “Mes réseaux social et moi” (2015) premiered on CBC’s French counterpart, Radio Canada TV. She is now developing her web series, “Grounded.”

Leah Cameron is a Toronto-based director and writer who loves telling awkward and funny human stories. A graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, her short films have played major festivals, earning jury recognition. TV is Leah’s passion. Since 2015, she has worked as a writer’s assistant for several show runners and has story edited S01 and S02 of the host-driven series, “Where Cool Came From.” She is developing the comedy web series “The Communist’s Daughter.”

Sandi Gisbert is a Vancouver-based writer, director, and producer of online content, commercials, music videos, TV, and short films. Her most recent project is producing and directing the Ami series “AppTV,” a tech show for the visually impaired. She directed the “I Want to be Evil” music video for jazz artist Andrea Superstein. Her short film “My Daphne” screened at festival across Canada, the Us, and Mexico and won at Los Angeles’ Golden Egg Film Festival. She is now developing her debut feature, a comedy called “All Pranks and No Fun.”

Sophie Jarvis is a Vancouver-based filmmaker whose award-winning films have screened internationally. Her Sfu grad film “The Worst Day Ever” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the award for Best Direction at the 2013 enRoute Film Festival. Her other shorts have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and Bell Media’s BravoFACT fund. Her latest short “Medical Drama” was shot on 16mm. She is developing her debut feature, an eco-thriller called “Invasions.”

Elizabeth Lazebnik is a multi-lingual Toronto-based writer-director who has been making fiction, documentary, experimental films, and new media content with screenings at Tiff and the Festival du Cinema Nouveau. Her work has received awards and grants from the Female Eye Film Festival and HotDocs. In 2015 she completed her Mfa in film production at York University. She is currently working on her second feature film, “Hannah,” about pioneering BC photographer Hannah Maynard.

Shannon Walsh has written and directed three feature documentary films, which have screened in cinemas, museums, and over 60 film festivals around the world. Her films have been broadcast in Canada, South Africa, and the U.S. Now based in Vancouver, she is currently finishing her fourth feature doc, and working on her first fiction feature, “Unidentified Minor.”

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'Never Saw It Coming' wraps shoot in Canada

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Exclusive First Look: Thriller stars Emily Hampshire and Eric Roberts. Marina Cordoni among producers.

Principal photography has wrapped in Sudbury, Ontario, on Never Saw It Coming.

Gail Harvey directed the thriller based on Linwood Barclay’s book about a young woman who passes herself off as a psychic.

When the charlatan targets the family of a missing woman, she becomes entangled in the dark secrets of the husband and daughter.

Emily Hampshire and Eric Roberts star alongside Katie Boland, Shaun Benson, Tamara Podemski, Nick Serino, Diane D’Aquila, Maria Del Mar, Jeff Clarke, and newcomer Keegan Hedley.

Producers Marina Cordoni of McE Inc, Harvey, and Boland of Straight Shooters Productions Inc aim to complete Never Saw It Coming by late summer in time for an autumn festival run.

Executive producers are Barclay, Jay Firestone and Steven Pasternak of Prodigy Pictures, and Michael Forsey of Rolling Pictures.

The thriller was made with the financial support of Telefilm Canada
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Emily Hampshire To Star In Indie ‘Never Saw It Coming’

Emily Hampshire To Star In Indie ‘Never Saw It Coming’
Exclusive: Emily Hampshire has landed the lead role in Never Saw It Coming, a suspense thriller to be directed by Gail Harvey based on Linwood Barclay’s 2013 novel. Shooting is set to start next week in Sudbury, Ontario. Hampshire, who more than holds her own alongside the likes of Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Chris Elliott in the Pop comedy series Schitt’s Creek, will star as Keisha Ceylon, an opportunistic psychic who finds herself too much in the middle of a…
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Heist comedy 'First Round Down' gets sales deal

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Heist comedy 'First Round Down' gets sales deal
Exclusive: Canadian outfit Marina Cordoni Entertainment is taking the title to the Efm.

Toronto’s Marina Cordoni Entertainment is in Berlin with the world market premiere of the Butler Brothers’ heist comedy First Round Down.

The feature centres on the misadventures of a former ice hockey prodigy. Dylan Bruce plays the lead as a former athlete and hitman on the straight and narrow who returns home to care for his younger brother and finds his chequered past catching up with him. Rachel Wilson and Rob Ramsay also star.

Substance Productions produced First Round Down in association with Marina Cordoni Entertainment, Telefilm Canada and Unobstructed View.

Cordoni has just licensed worldwide rights excluding Canada on Gail Harvey’s upcoming thriller Never Saw It Coming to Jay Firestone’s Prodigy Pictures. Katie Boland stars in the film, which is set to begin shooting on March 23.

The Efm sales slate includes Connor Gaston’s drama The Devout, Adam Garnet Jones’s Toronto
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Run Hide Die DVD Review

Title: Run Hide Die Rlj Entertainment Director: Collin Joseph Neal Writer: Alison Monda Cast: Alison Monda, Alicia Mendez, Ivey Bronwen, Tabitha Bastien, Nathan Christopher Haase, Gail Harvey Running time: 75min, Not Rated (Sexuality, Language, Gore, Violence) Available on DVD, VOD & Digital Video September 1, 2015 It’s the anniversary of Addison’s husband’s death and she has been distant from everyone she knows. On her front doorstep she finds a bouquet of flowers and an invite from her mother to go use her uncle’s cabin in the woods for the weekend. She calls up several of her friends and they all are eager to see her and spend some time catching [ Read More ]

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Watch: Why Finding the Right Editor is So Important

Watch: Why Finding the Right Editor is So Important
"Kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings." - Stephen King Read More: Networking for Creative Introverts: Here's How to Do It In the new world of the do-everything director/editor/shooter it's hard to remember that just because we can do it all, doesn't mean we should.  It's important to get another set of eyes on your project since as the director, you can't always see the forest for the trees. Filmmaking is a collaborative medium after all. Above in "Post-Perfect with Gail Harvey," the Episode 5 bonus feature of Raindance Step & Repeat, award-winning director Gail Harvey talks about how and when to build your team, and tactics to make sure that your edit is the best it can be.  Read More: Watch: There's So Much More to Directing Than Being on Set
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Watch: There's So Much More to Directing Than Being on Set

Watch: There's So Much More to Directing Than Being on Set
"I think it was Alfred Hitchcock who said that he spends most of his time going to meetings trying to get his movies off the ground - which is staggering when you think it was Alfred Hitchcock," says award-winning director Gail Harvey above in Episode 5 of Raindance Step & Repeat, a video series for independent filmmakers who want to make a living telling stories. Read More: Networking for Creative Introverts: Here's How to Do It There's big appeal to directing. You call the shots, and get a lion's share of the glory if your project is a success. However, what we often fail to see is all the work directors do from pre-to-post to ensure the success of their project. Harvey is one of Canada' most in-demand directors, but she's only on set shooting for about ⅓ of the year. The other eight months she's prepping, networking, looking for work, creating opportunities,
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Stellar Group of Women to Gather for Celebrated Women In the Director’s Chair Program

A stellar group of eight Canadian women directors, along with an ensemble of hand-picked Industry professionals, mentors, actors and crews, have been selected to attend the 19th annual Women In the Director’s Chair (Widc) program, and the two-day pilot session of the Widc Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion. Over the next two months these rising stars will develop their feature films and web series, while cultivating relationships with industry insiders along with key collaborators, and an ensemble of hand-picked professional actors and technicians. The program culminates with a technical creative master-class at The Banff Centre.

Mounting their directorial debut feature films are, from the Northwest Territories, Kirsten Carthew ("Prototype"), Manitoba-based Rebecca Gibson ("Jane Garbage"), from Ontario, Renuka Jeyapalan ("Sex with as Perfect Stranger"), and Simone Stock ("Dark Horse"), BC-based Kate Kroll, ("One.Last.Stop"), Reem Morsi ("Lips"), and Loretta Todd ("Monkey Beach'), and Pei-based, Jenna MacMillan is developing a new web series, ("Gran Bandit").

“These filmmakers are already established in their own right,” says Carol Whiteman, award-winning Widc producer. “They have won awards and fellowships, some from our collaborating partners like Women In Film, the St John’s International Women’s Film Festival, and the Whistler Film Festival. We all see the talent that these women possess and the potential of their projects.” “I appreciate how Widc supports women’s work and vision,” says seasoned documentary filmmaker, Loretta Todd whose sci-fi martial arts pilot Skye and Chang airs on Aptn. “Being part of Widc Sim 2.O is a significant opportunity to help me be prepared so I can be even more courageous as a director.”

This year's eight directors also benefit from the expertise of award-winning Canadian writer/directors and Widc alumnae, Katrin Bowen ("Amazon Falls," "Random Acts of Romance"), Lulu Keating ("Lucille's Ball," "The Mood Brood") who mentor in Vancouver, Deanne Foley ("Beat Down," and "Relative Happiness" premiering at Whistler Film Festival) at the Whistler Film Festival, and celebrated writer/director Gail Harvey ("Looking is the Original Sin," "Long Story Short") will be the program's Mentor Director in Banff. The line up of award-winning Widc mentors also includes director of photography, Roger Vernon ("Twilight: Breaking Dawn"), Teresa Hannigan (Rookie Blue), Jeanne Slater ("Lucille's Ball," "Evangeline"), screen-writer and Jungian expert, Dr. Carolyn Mamchur, writer/story consultant Linda Coffey ("These Arms of Mine"), and actress/acting instructor, Lori Triolo (Blackstone, Supernatural). Industry experts include, John Galway (of Harold Greenberg Fund), Maureen Levitt, (of Super Channel), independent producer, Lael McCall, (of Principia Productions), and Lauren Davis of Telefilm Canada.

The Women In the Director’s Chair (Widc) program has earned an international reputation for propelling women directors’ skills, stories and careers to the next level of excellence. Creative Women Workshops Association, The Banff Centre and Actra (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) have been Widc collaborators and Telefilm Canada has been a major sponsor since the program’s 1997 inception. This is Widc’s first year collaborating with the Whistler Film Festival, with the Widc Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion taking place on December 3 and 4.

The Festival’s online box office is now open for industry and festival passes, ticket packages, and individual film and special event tickets (until December 7). The Festival Box Office is also open for phone sales (1-877-838-film) and on November 28 for walk-in sales. Wff’s film, event and industry Summit lineup and schedules are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com.

The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa is Wff’s official host hotel. Wff has 17 accommodation partners to choose from that offer special rates to Whistler Film Festival attendees. Book your accommodation early to ensure your perfect match and price. For information, go to whistlerfilmfestival.com.

The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Tourism Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Elle Canada, the Directors Guild of Canada - British Columbia, Creative BC, The Harold Greenburg Fund, Cineplex, CTV, Pandora, Sorel, Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb, Promosa and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.

About Widc – Women In the Director’s Chair (Widc) is an internationally respected Canadian professional development offering, specially designed to advance the skills, careers and screen projects of women directors. With nearly 200 director alumnae across Canada, Widc is presented in partnership by Creative Women Workshops Association, The Banff Centre and Actra, with major support from Telefilm Canada, William F. White Intl., and with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Panavision Canada, Sim Digital, Clairmont Camera Film and Digital, North Shore Studios, The Bridge Studios, Vancouver Film Studios, Front Row Insurance, Banff World Media Festival, Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, Ubcp/Actra, Actra Alberta, Iatse 669, Iatse 212, Independent Production Fund, Wift Vancouver, Female Eye Film Festival, St John’s International Women’s Film Festival and Whistler Film Festival. Director’s chair sponsors include Creative BC, BC Arts Council, Wiftv. Find out more at www.widc.ca www.facebook.com/widc.ca @WIDC_ca #Widc enquiries@creativewomenworkshops.com

About the Whistler Film Festival: From December 3 to 7, 2014, the Whistler Film Festival (Wff) will celebrate its 14th edition as one of Canada's leading festivals. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s five day Festival will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, star-studded guests, lively celebrations and unique industry initiatives. Find out more at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.

About the Whistler Film Festival Society: The Whistler Film Festival Society (Wffs) is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. Wffs produces one of Canada's leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs for Canadian filmmakers. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.
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