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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 for more info.

© Vancouver Courier 2007

Nightmare Update

September 14th, 2007

Update on screening times:

October 6, 9:30 pm @Pacific Cinemateque

October 7, 4:00 pm @ Pacific Cinemateque

“Nightmare on Cambie Street” is showing in a program with other Canadian short films and is second in the program. Cinemateque has a capacity of 200, so please keep in mind that other filmmakers will have their friends, families and countrymen there as well. It would be a good idea to arrive early or, better yet, get tickets ahead of time at

Watch for coming articles in The Courier and more…also interviews on CBC Hot Air and CBC Early Edition.

Vancouver International Film Festival Screenings – Nightmare on Cambie Street

September 5th, 2007

Nightmare on Cambie Street tells disturbing, dark tale of life during Canada Line construction

A day in the life of a community on the brink…

Vancouver, BC – September 5, 2007 – Shot in a single day, Nightmare on Cambie Street, is a short (15 minute) darkumentary premiering at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 6 and 7. A gritty, in the dirt short, it examines the uncomfortable reality of a tightly knit neighbourhood being torn apart due to RAV Line construction. Written, directed and produced by Vancouver’s Ana Valine, it marks her third consecutive short film at the VIFF. Shot on a shoestring budget, guerrilla style, Valine paid for it on her credit card.

The darkumentary stars disillusioned Cambie Village residents, the City Engineer, and an angry man who swears animatedly at the camera about the upheaval. There is also a cameo appearance by TV personality Zack Spencer, with a special guest appearance by Mayor, Sam Sullivan. Filmmaker, Ana Valine says she chose the topic after experiencing for herself the woes of Vancouver commuters.

“Cambie Village was once a thriving community and now it’s a ghost town. The construction is creating intense discord, so I wanted to talk to people on the street and understand what they’re going through. I was really surprised to hear just how bad things are for businesses and the people who live there. I hope the film is able to shed some light on the subject and create awareness about the situation. This is really a darkumentary about the price of progress.”


Progress. Economic Growth. Expansion. These are the reasons. Who pays the price? It’s an awkward fit in a neighbourhood full of friendly Mom & Pop shops. As the construction racket begins and the City’s plans go awry, the tunnel boring work is forced above ground and the mood turns black. Attempting to hold onto the optimism that things will work out for the best, the residents and shop owners watch helplessly as their favourite neighbourhood turns into a ghost town. Deserted and depleted, Cambie Street is dark now, even in the middle of the day.

And so our city changes and expands like a petri dish experiment, not always pretty and not always graceful. Welcome to the Canada Line construction zone.

Screening dates:

Saturday October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2007

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alice & bastard at Northwest Film Festival, Portland

November 22nd, 2006

“Trailer trash, a TV repairman, strip joints, and a four year-old girl who sees beyond the grime with an innocence that is at once blissfully free and devilishly pert.” Steve Seid, Northwest Film and Video Festival

alice & bastard in the Toronto Star

June 17th, 2006

It’s a long way to Wonderland, Alice

Good karma directed film of latchkey kidDarren Plester as Bastard, Kalyx Malek-Parker as Alice in "alice & bastard".

A contender at Female Eye Film Festival

Jun. 17, 2006. 01:00 AM



When making her first film, Alice & Bastard, Vancouver writer and director Ana Valine counted her good fortune in having friends in the industry, a healthy margin on her credit card and good karma. Chosen to screen in the Female Eye Film Festival, which opened Thursday, Alice & Bastard began with an insistent little voice. “There’s not an ounce of fact in this story. I guess I have an over-active imagination. I was hearing this kooky little character. And I wondered what this little person would do in the world.”

The character was 4-year-old Alice, a trailer park resident, circa 1977. She lives with her mother, who has been getting it on with the TV repairman, and a much older brother, a layabout known only as Bastard. The movie is shot entirely from the little girl’s point of view, often from the floor to about waist height of the adults.

Alice sees a lot during the short’s 18 minutes. She accompanies her brother on his daily visits to a strip bar, and is left for hours alone in their mother’s old car; she pours her mother gin during a noisy card game with two trailer park girls; and she overhears mum’s noisy coupling with the repairman. “That TV is always breaking down,” she tells herself.

Valine, 39, shot the movie on digital video in a trailer park in Langley, B.C., not far from Vancouver, for $5,000 — mostly the retro costumes and sets — on her credit card.

Valine says she didn’t want to hire a child actor for the part of Alice. ” I wrote a letter to a daycare and basically asked, `Do you mind if I come in and stalk your children?’ I found her in 10 minutes.” This was Kalyx Malek-Parker, whose parents were supportive of Valine’s project, despite the sometimes off-colour content of the script.

She cast Darren Plester, a crew member from one of her special events jobs, as Bastard. Vancouver actor Tammy Bentz plays the mother. Her production designer, Robyn Badger, is one of the card-playing friends, while the other is played by the manager of the trailer park where the occupants of one home lent her their digs for the three-day shoot, free.

“I was so blessed with the whole shoot. Everything and everyone we needed came when we needed them. It was sort of, `Hey, you come here, put this on.'”

Alice & Bastard started on the festival circuit last fall in Vancouver, and won one of B.C.’s Leo Awards this spring for best production design. “People either really love it or they just don’t get it,” says the filmmaker.

At Saskatchewan’s Yorkton Film Festival, it won for best fiction direction and best emerging filmmaker.

Alice & Bastard is now up for a prize at the Female Eye festival, where award-winning films will be re-screened tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the National Film Board Cinema, 150 John St.

Today’s screenings include a program of shorts directed by women; the documentary Rosita, by Barbara Attie and Joan Goldwater; and a dramatic feature, End of Silence, by Anita Doron. Tickets to screenings are $5.

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alice & bastard announcement

April 24th, 2006


WIFVV member, Writer/ Director Ana Valine is delighted to announce her short film “alice & bastard” has been nominated for Best Drama and Best Direction -Fiction at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival.  Catch “alice & bastard” at the Leo Awards Film Festival Screenings, Saturday, April 29, Short Drama – Program 1 at Pacific Cinematheque.  “alice & bastard” synopsis: Four-year old Alice and her twentysomething brother Bastard live in a trailer park with their single mother, who’s having a fling with the TV repairman.  Staring Kalyx Malek-Parker, Darren Plester and Tammy Bentz.

The Vancouverite nod to “alice & bastard”

April 1st, 2006

The Vancouverite – April,2006

This year’s Leo Awards – Celebrating Excellence In British Columbia Film and Television – are going down May 12th and 13th at the swanky Bayshore. Of particular note is a short film called “Alice & Bastard” – described, “Four- year-old Alice and her twentysomething brother Bastard live in a trailer park with their single mother, who’s involved with the TV repairman.” and directed by our friend Ana Valine. It was nominated for two Leos and two Golden Sheafs at the Yorkton Shortfilm & Video Festival. Catch it Saturday April 29 at 2:00pm at the Pacific Cinemateque at the Leo Film Festival.