I am pleased to announce that the full length version of the documentary film, Surviving In The Cracks, will be having its first public screening in Vancouver on Tuesday, November 9th at 8pm. Click on the Brown Paper Tickets logo or the link at the bottom of this post to purchase your tickets!
On June 19, 2009, a micro-budget theatre production called Surviving In The Cracks wowed an enthusiastic sold-out crowd at Ironworks Studios in Vancouver. It was about a group of street youth who, with their allies, advocated for the reopening of three safe houses whose funding was cut by the provincial government in March 2004. The play was written and performed by these youth, some who are still very close to being street involved today. In the months of rehearsal leading up to this performance and the months that followed, I was there with my camera, and produced a short documentary film that screened at the Vancouver Short Film Festival in October 2009 and the World Community Development Film Festival in January 2010.
I went on to create this 56 minute version of the film which goes into much more depth surrounding some of the main subjects and the issues that they and the project faced. This version earned a grant from the National Film Board, which I will be using to complete the film in preparation for its DVD release and the educational market. At this screening on November 9th, you will have a chance to provide your input on what this final DVD version will look like. Ticket proceeds will go towards the cost of the screening and supplement the grant for the final edit and completion costs of the film. A Q&A will follow with myself and some of the actors from the play.
The show begins at 8pm on Tuesday, November 9th at the Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver, BC). You can purchase your advance tickets here for $10 (plus service fee) .
I hope to see you there!
The trailer for Surviving In The Cracks.
SURVIVING IN THE CRACKS: looking for music composer, animator, graphic artist, publicist, distributor and screeners
As the days count down to some big film festival deadlines, I am editing, editing, editing away at the longer version of Surviving In The Cracks. While I have not landed any structured financial support to complete this project I have received encouraging words from the likes of the National Film Board, Paperny FIlms and Knowledge Network. So onwards I go.
To enhance the depths of this version of the film I am looking for animators, graphic artists, music composers, and I am again in touch with Tegan and Sara, who generously allowed me to use their song “Divided” in my trailer this summer. I will need a publicist and a distributor as well, if you know of any good ones. Lastly, I am looking for screeners to view rough cuts and provide feedback. If you feel you have anything to contribute in any of the roles mentioned, please get in touch with me soon.
I intend to submit this version of the film to DOXA in Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest documentary film festival, Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada’s largest doc film fest, and Yorkton, in Yorkton, SK – the longest running film festival of its kind in North America. In the new year, I will continue to search for and submit to other appropriate festivals.
I also have some updates on a few of the actors, for those of you who have seen the play or caught the 15 minute film at VSFF. I took Cody out for lunch on Sunday and bought him his first G-Money burger from Vera’s – a sure bet to satisfy even the hungriest person. Cody is doing well, playing hockey, staying out of trouble, and he even gets to see his little sister from time to time. I showed him the film (he hadn’t seen it yet) and he laughed his head off. I went with Davina to see Fraggle perform in David Diamond’s “After Homelessness” Forum Theatre Production – wow, Fraggle is an amazing actor – go Fraggle! Here is a link to an article about that play. I also spoke with Amethyst a week ago and she seems to be doing well too.
Back to editing…
SURVIVING IN THE CRACKS: screening at the Vancouver Short Film Festival Friday, October 23 at Vancity Theatre
I learned this week that the 15 minute version of Surviving In The Cracks was one of twenty-two films selected to screen at this year’s Vancouver Short Film Festival. The film represents Langara College and will be screening in the Student Shorts category with 11 other entries from UBC, SFU, VFS, Capilano University, Emily Carr University, BCIT, the International Language School of Canada, and the Art Institute of Vancouver. The Student Shorts start at 8pm on Friday, October 23 – tickets are $8, available at www.vsff.com or at the door. World’s Best Shorts and the Pro Shorts category screen on Saturday, October 24 followed by the awards ceremony. The festival will be held at Vancity Theatre located at 1181 Seymour Street in Vancouver, BC. There were a total of 139 submissions to the festival this year.
The 10 minute version of the “Surviving In The Cracks” documentary film will be screening, along with other short documentary and dramatic films, at Langara College Main Campus on Sunday, September 27, starting at 3:00pm.
I will also be putting the film into a draw to be screened at the next meeting of the Celluloid Social Club, on Wednesday, September 23. UPDATE: Since “District 9″ guests were presenting tonight, the draw for the screening was pulled from the agenda.