My latest documentary film project, Knowing (previously titled Alexis), has been selected to pitch at Storyville at the Vancouver International Film Festival Film and TV Forum on September 28. Am I excited? Yeah. Scared? A little. Why not more excited and scared? I dunno… still too soon. Well just wait until I have to stand up at the front of the Vancity theatre. Seats full of seasoned industry pros analyzing my demo, watching me stutter, counting my ums and ahs… silently picking me and my pitch apart – and then there’s the panel… this year we’re talking BBC (UK), NHK (Japan), ARTE (France), PBS (USA), NFB and Knowledge (Canada) – and it’s their job NOT to be silent… it is their duty to criticize my project and my pitch in front of everyone in the theatre, and possibly a webcast audience as well. Scared now?
I’ll certainly be in good company. Darn good company. Other filmmakers on the slate: Oscar Nominee David Paperny. Emmy Nominee (and fellow 2010 Hot Docs Doc U alumni) Jodie Martinson. Gemini Nominee (fellow Cookin’ Creative and also Doc U alumni) Nimisha Mukerji. Ten other projects with experienced teams behind them. And me (albeit with a very experienced exec producer behind me). I nominate myself for a kick in the arse and a lot of preparation! Hmm, I should have taken those Toastmasters meetings more seriously.
So, wanna watch? Check out the synopsis here. Then check out my pitch September 28 at the VIFF TV & Film Forum at Vancity Theatre.
UPDATED: THE RADIO INTERVIEW ON CJSF 90.1FM ( Cable 90.3FM) or online at cjsf.ca WILL AIR NEXT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 AT 3PM.
What a weekend! Surviving In the Cracks premiered Friday, October 23 at the Vancouver Short Film Festival to a full house. This was the first public screening of the film and it went splendidly! It was amazing to be part of this festival and to be included among such a solid lineup of films and it was a huge thrill to see it up on the big screen at one of the nicest theatres in Vancouver, Vancity Theatre!
The film didn’t win any awards (visit vsff.com for the winners), but it did draw the attention of some press: I just finished recording an interview with Nick Pannu at CJSF 90.1FM ( Cable 90.3FM) or online at cjsf.ca. The interview will be airing at 3pm Monday, November 9th on the Arts Indy program.
Surviving In The Cracks is an ongoing project… it started as a play, became a grad film project which spun off this version, and now has legs to become much more. On the live-theatre front, we are working on getting support for a re-mount of the play. On the documentary front, a longer version is in post-production now, and I plan to submit this to larger festivals before the end of the year. On a third front, we are seriously exploring the possibility of creating a new media component… Send me an email if you want to offer your support.
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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.