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WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: THE LIFE & DEATH OF AN UNHAPPILY MARRIED MAN'S TOMMY BEARDMORE
by Jason Whyte
""After a series of unfortunate and life-altering events, a disillusioned young man hits the road and heads for his Oklahoma hometown to figure out where it all went wrong. He finds liberation amidst the people and experiences along the way, which inspires an important choice he ultimately has to make." Actor Tommy Beardmore on THE LIFE & DEATH OF AN UNHAPPILY MARRIED MAN which screens at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2015 INTERVIEW: THE STEPS DIRECTOR ANDREW CURRIE
by Jason Whyte
""THE STEPS is a comedy-drama about extended families. How we connect with each other, or don't connect, and how more often we just screw each other up. But, in spite of this, how we need each other. We all need to stay connected to each other. We live in a world where that is happening less and less, when it needs to be happening more. Being connected, in spite of our differences, makes us stronger, and happier, and kinder." Andrew Currie on THE STEPS which screens at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2015 INTERVIEW: FSM DIRECTOR MELANIE M. JONES
by Jason Whyte
""FSM is about a woman not wanting to conform to traditional ideals about love and relationships, yet still bound by the universal need we all have for love. The film explores male/female friendships, hook-up culture, online dating, and the underground DJ scene in Vancouver through the eyes of its main character, Samantha (Vanessa Crouch). The eclectic soundtrack features Canadian musicians and DJs, ten of whom are Vancouver-based." Director Melanie M. Jones on her film FSM which screens at the 2015 edition of the Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2015 INTERVIEW: THE SABBATICAL'S JAMES WHITTINGHAM
by Jason Whyte
""THE SABBATICAL is about the joy of life and evaluating what part of that joy we leave behind with each year we go through adulthood. I like quoting one my favourite songs by R.E.M., NIGHTSWIMMING, when I talk about this movie: "It's not like years ago/The fear of getting caught/The recklessness in water/They cannot see me naked/These things they go away/Replaced by every day. We get used to life. Nothing is all that new after a while. We lose our sense of wonder due to familiarity and routine. This is what bothers me about middle age. The only cure I have found so far is travel, something I can rarely afford as an actor working on the prairies. The film asks the question: Why do we let go of the wonderful things of our youth? Why do we let ourselves grow up and stop laughing, stop exploring, stop filling our lives with wonder every day? My character is privileged and self-possessed. He made it with a hit photography book twenty years ago and coasted on its success every since. He's become boring and complacent. He's lost touch with his wife, his friends, and especially the next generation: his students. He's lived in the bubble of his success as an academic at a small prairie university for too long but when forced to conjure up the artist he was in his youth to produce a new book for the dean on his year off, he can't. Not until meets Lucy, a young artist in the glory of her youth. Nothing bothers her. She's an eternal optimist and she'd rather starve than sell any of her paintings that are dear to her. My character James Pittman is confounded by her but he goes along for the ride as a beautiful and unexpected friendship blossoms. It's not a manic pixie dream girl film that audiences might be set up to expect. The story and the characters will surprise you." Lead actor James Whittingham on THE SABBATICAL which screens at the 2015 edition of the Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2015 INTERVIEW: THE LIFE & DEATH OF AN UNHAPPILY MARRIED MAN'S JOSH HOPE
by Jason Whyte
""A 29 year-old Chicago man (Tommy Beardmore) tries to understand his feelings of unhappiness with his failing marriage and his dead end job. When he loses both the same week - his wife leaves him for another man and all his worldly possessions are stolen - he decides to revisit his past. Returning to Oklahoma where he grew up he tries to understand where he may have derailed his life." Director Josh Hope on THE LIFE & DEATH OF AN UNHAPPILY MARRIED MAN which screens at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2015: A FESTIVAL PREVIEW 15 YEARS YOUNG
by Jason Whyte
"The 2015 edition of the Whistler Film Festival feels like a breaking point for both myself and the festival. Starting as a small event in 2001 and now one of the leading festivals in Canada, this is a year to celebrate and not just because it has turned 15 years old. I have been attendance for the last nine of them, and it is like my own festival kid I adopted has grown up into an adult but without the growing pains and arguments. It's the festival kid that gets better with age." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2015 INTERVIEW: THE SABBATICAL DIRECTOR BRIAN STOCKTON
by Jason Whyte
""THE SABBATICAL is a mid-life comedy. It's about a photography professor who thinks he's going to have a relaxing sabbatical but is under pressure to replicate his past success with a new photography book. He's feeling old but starts feeling young again after hanging out with a young artist named Lucy." Director Brian Stockton on THE SABBATICAL which screens at the 2015 edition of the Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2015 INTERVIEW: CHASING BANKSY LEAD ACTOR ANTHONY SNEED
by Jason Whyte
""CHASING BANKSY is a TRUE story about how in 2008 I traveled down to New Orleans to find and steal a very valuable piece of Bansky street art spray painted on an abandoned building. A month later I'm having a birthday party at my apartment, and by sheer chance and through my network of artist friends, guess who shows up? Banksy." Lead actor Anthony Sneed on CHASING BANKSY which has its world premiere at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2015 INTERVIEW: LAST HARVEST DIRECTOR HUI WANG
by Jason Whyte
""LAST HARVEST continues the story where other similar-themed documentaries left off, after the people have been relocated and have to rebuild their lives. It explores the personal impact of modernization in China through an intimate story of two appealing farmers, Mr. and Mrs. Xu, being relocated by the government's water diversion project." Director Hui Wang on LAST HARVEST which screens at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2015 INTERVIEW: THE TEAM FROM THE COLOSSAL FAILURE OF THE MODERN RELATIONSHIP
by Jason Whyte
""THE COLOSSAL FAILURE OF THE MODERN RELATIONSHIP" is the story of one couple's relationship disaster set against the luscious, romantic backdrop of wine country in the "Honeymoon capital of the world." Director Sergio Navarretta on his new film which screens at the 2015 edition of the Whistler Film Festival. Writer Alessandra Piccione also joins us on this interview for efilmcritic.com" (more)

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