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VIFF 2016 INTERVIEW: WE ARE X DIRECTOR STEPHEN KIJAK
by Jason Whyte
"(The following is an abridged version of the interview I did with Stephen at SxSW 2016.) "WE ARE X is a psychedelic violence crime of documentary shock about the greatest Japanese rock band you have never heard of ...yet!" Director Stephen Kijak on WE ARE X which screens at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2016 INTERVIEW: PRISON DOGS' PERRI PELTZ AND GEETA GANDBHIR
by Jason Whyte
""In the least likely of places, a medium & maximum security prison, puppies are trained by inmates to become service dogs for veterans with PTSD. Surprising as it may sound, the puppies live in jail cells with the inmates for two years. During this time, the men train the dogs to learn 95 commands, including turning on a light switch and pulling a blanket off a person having a nightmare. Then comes heartbreak, because it is time for the puppies to go to their new homes. It is an emotional and bittersweet goodbye. Mixed with sadness is the pride of accomplishment and the reward of giving back to society. The inmates and veterans find common ground, whether they are in a physical or figurative prison, they are both in need of a second chance, and the vehicle is a puppy." Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir on PRISON DOGS which is screening at the 2016 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2016 INTERVIEW: THE OTHER HALF DIRECTOR JOEY KLEIN
by Jason Whyte
"(The following is an abridged version of an interview I did with Joey at SxSW this year.) "The Other Half is about two damaged people who fall instantly, madly in love - like two sick animals finding and protecting each other. The film explores what real hope looks like for people burdened by severe grief and mental illness. It asks the question, when time does not heal all wounds, can love conquer all?" Director Joey Klein on THE OTHER HALF which screens at the 2016 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2016 INTERVIEW: GHOSTLAND DIRECTOR SIMON STADLER
by Jason Whyte
"(The following is an abridged version of an interview that I did with Simon Stadler when the film played at the 2016 SxSW Film Festival.) "GHOSTLAND accompanies a group of Ju/Hoansi bushmen out of the Kalahari to the modern Namibia and Europe. A journey to the world of the 'ghosts' with tables turned: the Ju/Hoansi are no longer the research specimen but the researcher, not the beggar but the teacher. The film is a view on contradiction, a mirror in which we have to face ourselves, that exposes our civilized world as well as our modern rites; an exchange of roles viewed through the eyes of the oldest existing culture on our planet." Director Simon Stadler on GHOSTLAND: THE VIEW OF THE JU/HOANSI which screens at the 2016 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2016 INTERVIEW: THE UNSEEN DIRECTOR GEOFF REDKNAP
by Jason Whyte
""What would you do if discovered you were becoming invisible? This is the nightmare faced by Bob, the character at the core of our story, and it forces him to make to leave behind everything that he loves to protect them from what he is becoming. THE UNSEEN is a re-imagination of H.G. Wells' THE INVISIBLE MAN, set in northern B.C. and Vancouver. It's a dramatic thriller with a strong genre vein running right down the middle." (more)
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016: VOYAGE OF 35 YEARS
by Jason Whyte
"It boggles my mind that we are already at the 35th edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival, an annual celebration of some of the best annual cinema from all corners of the world. This is a festival that I love and adore down to its very core, and to see it flourish every fall is simply awesome. This is my 15th year attending the festival and it is a well oiled machine every single year, bringing film-fans and industry together in many venues and opportunities during its 16 year existence." (more)
35 YEARS IN AND VIFF'S VISION IS STILL EVOLVING
by Greg Ursic
"As the gondolas and sinking architecture retake centre stage in Venice, and the red carpets in Toronto have been put away for another year, Vancouver film fan(atic)s have perused the festival guide and come up with their detailed viewing itineraries in anticipation of Canada’s other big Film Festival. Now in its 35th year, the Vancouver International Film Festival aka VIFF, runs from September 29th to October 14th during which there will be more than 500 screenings of over 354 films from around the globe at multiple venues throughout the city." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: DOES AN UNNECESSARY SEQUEL S#%@ IN THE WOODS?
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Author: The JT Leroy Story," "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week--The Touring Years," "Blair Witch" and "Max Rose."" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: BLANK SPACE
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Complete Unknown" and two new Blu-Rays of rare classics by Orson Welles from the Criterion Collection" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: ANOTHER NOT-SO-FINE MESSALA
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of “Ben-Hur” and “Spaceman.”" (more)

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