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THE OSCAR EYE (2014 AWARDS TALLY) (UPDATED 12/18 W/UTAH)
by Erik Childress
"The Oscar Eye is brings you the latest award tallies for each of the film. Who is winning? Who is being nominated? Who isnít getting any love? Will it all lead to Oscar gold or will some great films be the perpetual bridesmaid to the soft-loviní Academy? (NOTE: "Other Awards" are those signified by organizations that limit their awards to a very specific subsection of the year's qualifiers - or - awards that are not presented at the Oscars. Or the Gothams who miss about two months worth of movies. Or the Golden Satellites who voted for The Wolf of Wall Street despite not seeing the movie.)" (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: SNOWMAN DIRECTOR MIKE DOUGLAS
by Jason Whyte
"'SNOWMAN is a familiar story about dreams, risk, and friendship. Kevin Fogolin thought he had life figured out until the helicopter he was travelling in slammed into the side of a mountain.' Director Mike Douglas on his film SNOWMAN which is the closing night film of the 2014 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: BACKCOUNTRY DIRECTOR ADAM MACDONALD
by Jason Whyte
"'If you like survival thrillers like OPEN WATER, 127 HOURS, THE GREY & JAWS, then you have to see BACKCOUNTRY! It's based on a true story of a young couple who go camping deep in the backcountry. After facing natures darkest side they are forced to survive under extraordinary circumstances. There is a scene in the movie I guarantee will keep you up at night.' Director Adam MacDonald on his film BACKCOUNTRY which screens at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE DIRECTOR MURRAY FOSTER
by Jason Whyte
"'This movie is the most fun you will have in a movie theatre this year. It is about four charming Brits in a band called the Cocksure Lads who come to Toronto, split up, then spend the day getting into misadventures. It is ALSO a musical, so it has about twenty-five 60s Britpop-inspired songs. At any given moment you will be either smiling, laughing, or humming.' Director Murray Foster on THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE which screens at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: STAY AWHILE DIRECTOR JESSICA EDWARDS
by Jason Whyte
"'STAY AWHILE is an intimate portrait of the first super group in Canada told by the daughter of the bands' two principals. Long before Canadian content radio quotas made stars of Canadian musical artists, The Bells burst on the scene in the late 60s/early 70s with ubiquitous hits such as Moody Manitoba Morning, Fly Little White Dove Fly and especially Stay Awhile which led to appearances on The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin and American Bandstand. Evoking love, fortune, failure and the ties that bond in a document of unforgettable moments. Stay Awhile is a lovely nostalgic look at the late 60s/early 70s music scene, as remembered by people who were in the eye of the storm and will stir audiences to question what, and who, we are products of.' Director Jessica Edwards on her movie STAY AWHILE which screens at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: PRETEND WE'RE KISSING CREATORS MATT SADOWSKI & PETE HARVEY
by Jason Whyte
"'If you like cinematic, romantic, dramatic, neurotic, (or any other kind of tic) kinda film, that has wit, whimsy, pathos, and a bi-sexual nudist played by Zoe Kravitz, you might dig our flick. If you have ever felt like you overthink romantic situations for fear of embarrassing yourself, you will definitely like our film.' Director Matt Sadowski on PRETEND WE'RE KISSING Adds producer Peter Harvey: The film is a quirky comedy and as much fun to watch as it was for us to make! The film follows Benny and Jordan, two normal people who have a whirlwind weekend romance. Dov Tiefenbach (Harold and Kumar, Sympathy for Delicious) plays Benny, a nebbish character who struggles to make a real romantic connection; Tommie-Amber Pirie (Michael: Tuesday and Thursdays) is Jordan, a girl hell-bent on proving magical love can exist and Autumn, brought to life by Zoe Kravitz (Divergent, Mad Max: Fury Road) is an unemployed, bi-sexual hippy who is also a self-diagnosed agoraphobic." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: WE WERE WOLVES DIRECTOR JORDAN CANNING
by Jason Whyte
"'A film about family, fuckups and forgiveness. Two estranged brothers return to the family cottage after the death of their father and spend three hard-drinking, hard-smoking days hashing out the past, letting go of the man they thought they knew and taking responsibility for the men they have become.' Director Jordan Canning on WE WERE WOLVES which screens at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: AFTER FILM SCHOOL DIRECTOR JOEL ASHTON MCCARTHY
by Jason Whyte
"'AFTER FILM SCHOOL is a dark, comedic mockumentary with a sprinkle of musical, investigating the question 'What happens after film school?' For these young Vancouverites it is a dark yet comedic combination of depression and debt as they attempt to make the most controversial film of all time. A year after graduating from film school, Adam thought he would be directing blockbusters, but he and his classmates are not where they hoped they would be in their careers or lives. When his best friend, the only one of the group to find industry success, commits suicide, Adam sets out to produce his dead friends' final script. After Adam assembles his crew of film school friends to make the movie, he realizes the script is extremely depressing. Still determined to make a fitting tribute, Adam decides to turn his dead friends' melancholy drama, about a disgruntled student who goes on a killing spree, into a musical comedy romp entitled 'High School Shooting: The Musical', and hopes to transform his own career in the process.' Director Joel Ashton McCarthy on AFTER FILM SCHOOL which screens at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: WHAT AN IDIOT CREATORS PETER AND JULIA BENSON.
by Jason Whyte
"'WHAT AN IDIOT is a romantic comedy about a man who lies to the woman of his dreams, telling her that he is gay, just so he can spend time with her. If you have ever done something stupid for love then you have to come and see this movie!' Director Peter Benson on his film WHAT AN IDIOT which screens at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival. As well in this interview we are also speaking with Julia Benson, star of the film!" (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: ALLY WAS SCREAMING DIRECTOR JEREMY THOMAS
by Jason Whyte
"'Here is a merciless thriller that gets friends fighting and couples not speaking to each other. ALLY WAS SCREAMING is a moral rollercoaster, if such a thing were to exist, that acts as a tense suspense yarn at some times and as a dark comedy at others. Along the way you may root for our heroes, who may actually be villains, or fall for its antagonist, (who may be heroic, or realize that the heroes who you thought were villains may be heroic after all. Unless you believe that murder can never be justified. Something tells me that we are not all going to agree, but we may at least be remitted as the eerie drama unfolds. Unless it's a comedy... Or both.' Director Jeremy Thomas on his film ALLY WAS SCREAMING which screens at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival." (more)

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