Archive for the ‘Screenings’ Category

A Good Way to Start…

October 20th, 2014

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks.

Thank you to our Vancouver home town for a grand welcome: I received the BC Emerging filmmaker award sponsored by UBCP/ACTRA and WFW and then came home for closing night to get the WIFTV Artistic Merit Award. The juries for both awards were incredibly gracious in their comments and I’ll take this forward as encouragement on the next one!

Also, thank you to Busan International Film Festival. I love traveling for work and to be sent to the other side of the world with a nomination for one’s movie is pretty dreamy. The film festival there is top-notch and absolutely worth the jet-lag. The people in South Korea were so kind and generous – thank you Dosin Pak and Ji-in. Makes me want to do a film every year just to come back!

And now, back to work, and grateful to have projects to come home to. This writing and filming and editing stuff is so essential to my day to day. It keeps me grounded and curious…
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Today is Marlene’s Day

October 1st, 2014

I’m up late writing on a little project and thinking about Marlene’s debut this evening. As much as I’m ready for it, I’m nervous and excited and all of those things that happen when our blood and guts are strewn out for public display.

We are up for Best Canadian Feature, Best BC Film and BC Emerging Director. Saturday I am off to the Busan International Film Festival as we are nominated in the Flash Forward program.

It’s been a wild ride.

Here we are: Amber, Dakota, Paloma and I at the VIFF Opening Gala. Tonight, Wednesday, October 1 will be the first screening for us all; cast & crew, family & friends and VIFF audiences. Suzanne is shooting another feature and has sent a lovely note that she will be with us in spirit. And does Marlene have a spirit!

Must get back to writing and get a nap in before the sun rises. It’s a magical time….
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Eunice plays Vancouver & London

March 3rd, 2011

How Eunice Got Her Baby is playing Sunday March 6 at 3:30 at VanCity in Vancouver in the Women in Film Festival.

She is also crossing the sea to play in the Bird’s Eye View Festival in London, UK on Friday March 11 at 6:15 pm

http://www.birds-eye-view.co.uk/3160/features/grown-up-movie-star.html

Northwest Film Festival – How Eunice Got Her Baby

November 1st, 2010

Eunice will screen at the Northwest Film & Video Festival:

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Eunice deemed too “dark” for opening night.

October 26th, 2010

So…sadness. But we’re going to turn this frown upside down!

At the 13th hour, the night before opening, we got a note. Eunice is too “dark” for an opening night celebration; it has been decreed. I’m not sure I agree – I always thought that little movie was about love and family strength but there you have it. Quite a kerfuffle.

I had to laugh after I got back on my feet. Too dark? Wait until they get a load of the next one! Sure, people die and stuff, but it’s always about love.  Sweet love.

Eunice will be screened, instead, on Friday night at 7:00.

Eunice loves St John’s. Go get em, girl!!

“How Eunice Got Her Baby” plays opening night Gala at the St. John's Women's Film Festival

October 23rd, 2010

St. John’s Women’s Film Festival 2010

Venue: OPENING NIGHT GALA – Arts and Culture Centre
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time: 8:00 pm

Director/Réalisateur: Ana Valine
Producer/Producteur: Jordan Gross, Kristin Somborac
Writer/Scénariste: Dane Clark, Linsey Ann Stewart
Country/Pays: Canada
Running Time/Durée: 16 min

Fresh from the Canadian Film Centre, this hard little gem comes with a parental advisory. Children are best left at home for it, but adults will surely appreciate the excellent story-telling skills at work here. Director Ana Valine – about whom we are going to hear a lot more – and her talented writing team have crafted a bold, harsh fable about a young woman with starry dreams and a fair measure of hard luck. Living in small-town Canada can do that to you. Flo is like a young Courtney Love, but without the benefits. Flo’s life changes one night when a handsome bad boy walks into the groc & conf and holds her up at gunpoint. They have a much shorter ride than Bonnie and Clyde, and with no one to run from but themselves. Enter Eunice. Opening night hero Gordon Pinsent narrates in his typically whiskey-throated way – all velvet, no ice.

Northwest Film Festival screening of “How Eunice Got Her Baby”

October 19th, 2010

“How Eunice Got Her Baby” will be screening on opening night at the Northwest Film Festival in Portland, November 5.

Eunice CFC Screening; Toronto and Vancouver

July 7th, 2009

A year in Toronto and six months on “How Eunice Got Her Baby” and, finally, the little film is set free. The CFC screenings in Toronto and Vancouver went very well. Eunice was up there with the four other shorts from my program mates and the general consensus was that it was one of the strongest years in many. I was incredibly proud to be up there with my peers; Steve Rosenberg, Shelagh Carter, Maxime Desmoines and Spencer Maybee. I’m very excited to see what we get up to next.

Big special thank yous to the creative and production teams that brought this film to life; Jordan Gross, Kristin Somborac, Linsey Stewart, Dane Clark and Kye Meechan. And great support from John Paizs, Greg Klymkiw, Kathryn Emslie.

“Eunice” has been submitted to several festivals worldwide so we’ll keep our fingers crossed and post the news as we hear it.

The Vancouver Sun “Nightmare on Cambie Street”

October 6th, 2007

A short look at construction on Cambie

Dan Haves, Special to the Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, October 06, 2007

If anything deserves to be immortalized on film, it is the Canada Line construction on Cambie Street.

Ana Valine will make her third consecutive appearance at the festival this year with her short film Nightmare on Cambie Street.  The film, which was shot in one day, looks at the destruction and loss that has come at the hands of the Cambie Corridor construction.

Valine’s previous two entries at the festival have brought her recognition in the form of two Leo Award nominations; the award celebrates the best in British Columbian television and film production. Her work has also been screened overseas at festivals in Russia and Spain.  All of this from a woman who made her first independent project just three years ago.

“I feel very lucky,” she says.  “Especially since I’m still really exploring the craft.”

Valine, who got her start in the craft by changing garbages and parking cars as a production assistant, says persistence was key to getting her foot in the door.

“I pestered the crew with questions the whole time with ‘what’s this, what’s that, what does this do?'” she says.

After venturing out on her own and filming her first short – alice and bastard – she also got a chance to attend her first festival as a contributor in 2005.  She didn’t stop there.

“I challenged myself to do a short every year and hope that it gets accepted (into the festival) so I can get that magic pass that lets me sit in the dark and watch movies for two weeks.”

Valine says that Vancouver provides a lot of support and she attributes much of that to her success.

“This is the community where I started learning and continue to learn everyday,” she says.  “This familiarity and trust goes a long way in terms of being able to translate a vision.”

Her family is another source of encouragement.

“I keep telling my parents that their friends are going to stop coming over because every time they have visitors they insist on showing (my films).”

Her latest film, which will be screened at the festival on Oct. 6 and 7, speaks directly to Vancouverites as it delves deep into to the Cambie Corridor debate. The film, with a title borrowed from the horror genre, paints a grim fate of Cambie Street business owners.

“I kind of started with a tongue in cheek approach, I mean ‘no one’s dying here,’ let’s get a sense of humour about this,'” Valine says. “But as I worked on it, did some more research, and learned more about it, I realized, ‘You know what, people are dying here'”.

The director, who still keeps in contact with some of the Cambie Street business owners, was disturbed by the desolate shop windows.

“The day I filmed there were 35 businesses closed, and now there are 40,” she says. “I couldn’t be glib about it anymore, because I was really affected by it.

“It’s about bringing awareness to (the situation) now,” she says of the project’s new focus. “By the time the Olympics happen, everything will be underground again and there will be a subway to the airport and everyone will be happy.”

The Cambie Street project is certainly not Valine’s last as she hopes to make films for many years to come.  “I’m working at something I love to do,” she says.  “It’s long, hard hours, but it’s a hell of a good time.”

Nightmare on Cambie screens on Oct. 6 at 9:30 p.m. and Oct 7 at 4 p.m. at the Pacific Cinematheque.

Vancouver Courier “Nightmare on Cambie Street”

October 3rd, 2007

‘Darkumentary’ captures Cambie construction horror

Sandra Thomas, Vancouver Courier

Published: Wednesday, October 03, 2007

When local filmmaker Ana Valine first decided to make a documentary about the ongoing construction on Cambie Street, she initially thought she’d take a humourous look at the issue.

“I thought, ‘No one’s dying down there, I’ll do it as a spoof,'” Valine says. “But once I started asking questions, I realized this is serious stuff, so my film ended up being a lot more serious and dark than I planned.”

That’s not to say Nightmare on Cambie Street doesn’t have its funny moments, particularly scenes shot with an unidentified foul-mouthed angry man whose rant gives Canadian comedian Rick Mercer a run for his money. As well, Valine successfully gives her 15-minute “darkumentary,” which premiers this week at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the look and feel of a B-movie horror by using Psycho-style music and creepy close ups.

Cut and cover tunneling began on Cambie Street two years ago as part of the ongoing Canada Line rapid transit project. Cut and cover tunneling is done by digging huge craters in the street and building the rapid transit line in the hole, section by section. When complete, the Canada Line will connect Vancouver to Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. The project was initially proposed to include bore tunneling along most of Cambie, so merchants were caught off guard with the change of plans. Since the tunneling began, almost 40 businesses have been forced to close or relocate because of traffic disruptions due to construction.

Valine says she purposefully didn’t research all of the politics of the controversy before she hit the street. Accompanied by two friends who volunteered as her film crew, she shot the movie guerrilla-style in one day and paid for it with her credit card. During the filming, Valine grew more and more upset as the business owners and residents she met told her of how the construction has devastated their lives.

“It’s one thing to put up with the noise and the disruption–it’s another thing to lose your business,” Valine says. “I asked the owner of the Don Don [noodle café] what he was going to do now, and he said, ‘I guess I’ll have to put on a suit and look for another job.’ It’s ridiculous.”

At one point, Valine and crew filmed inside one of the deep trenches under construction. As they emerged from the pit at 12th Avenue near city hall, coincidently, Mayor Sam Sullivan was going by. Valine asked the mayor if he’d be willing to speak on camera and he agreed. In the film Sullivan explains how short-term pain is needed for long-term gain. “It was just a matter of timing, and he was really very gracious.”

As for the possibility of a happy ending for any of the merchants on Cambie, Valine isn’t so sure.

“I guess that depends on who you ask,” she says. “It’s been absolutely devastating for 40 businesses so there will be no happy ending for them. They’re done. I also think [Cambie Street] will lose its charm and become just another generic sleek neighbourhood.”

Valine’s directorial debut, Alice and Bastard, garnered two Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival for best director as well as two Leo nominations for emerging filmmaker. Her second short, A Love Poem, is currently touring film festivals.

Nightmare on Cambie Street screens with Chinook Wind at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Oct. 6 and 7, at Pacific Cinematheque. Go to www.viff.org for more info.

© Vancouver Courier 2007