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VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: MEET BEAU DICK - MAKER OF MONSTERS DIRECTOR NATALIE BOLL
by Jason Whyte
""MEET BEAU DICK - MAKER OF MONSTERS is a rare and intimate look into the life of one of Canada's legendary artists Beau Dick. The film takes you through his past experiences, the people and places that shaped himself as an artist, community leader, and activist." Director Natalie Boll on MEET BEAU DICK which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: MAINELAND DIRECTOR MIAO WANG
by Jason Whyte
""MAINELAND is a coming of age film that follows a boy and a girl from China's wealthy elite as they settle into a boarding school in a small town in Maine. They are part of the enormous wave of "parachute students" who are sent alone to a boarding school in a foreign country. The film weaves between verite scenes and lyrical cinematic sequences. While told through personal stories and anchored in the universal theme of growing up as awkward teenagers in high school, the film illuminates many larger timely and relevant contexts such as China slash U.S. relations, education, and immigration." Director Miao Wang on MAINELAND which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: ARMED WITH FAITH DIRECTOR ASAD FARQUI
by Jason Whyte
""The men of the KPK BDU unit defuse terrorist planted bombs in the region, often using just their bare hands. "Indispensable" gets up close and personal with two bomb technicians and their commander as they defend their homeland from terrorists spurred by the war in Afghanistan and drone strikes in region. Ironically, the KPK BDU battle men who look like them, speak their language, share the same faith, and even come from their villages. Our characters are a window into a larger investigation of the American led war that has raged on for nearly 15 years and claimed over 50,000 civilian lives. Viewers will have unprecedented access to the legacy of devastation the conflict has wrought in the region where the battle is taking place and from where the modern face of warfare originates." Director Asad Farqui on ARMED WITH FAITH which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS DIRECTOR PHIL GRABSKY
by Jason Whyte
""He is arguably the most popular artist alive today and certainly justifies the title of 'great artist'. David Hockney has just turned 80 but has lost none of his energy, creativity and humour; all of which are in ample display in a gorgeous film that centres on two landmark shows in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London." Phil Grabsky on DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: SISSYMAN DIRECTOR JOSHUA ATEST LITTLE
by Jason Whyte
""SISSYMAN is a short intense drama about two characters clashing over what it means to be a man. It is set in the midst of the Stonewall Riots, which took place in New York City in 1969. After years of abuse and marginalization, a spontaneous mob of LGBTQ people fought an intense days' long battle with the NYPD. The protagonists of SISSYMAN, a riot cop and a drag queen, are on opposite sides of the conflict." Director Joshua Atest Little on SISSYMAN which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: BURMA STORYBOOK DIRECTOR PETR LOM
by Jason Whyte
""Our documentary tells the story of Myanmar's emergence from sixty years of dictatorship through the country's poetry. The main character and his wife are some of the most beautiful and inspiring people you will ever meet. He's a 70 year old poet who was in jail for a long long time. In the film he's waiting for the return of son from political exile, who he hasn't seen for twenty years. We filmed the family reuniting. It will make you cry." Director Petr Lom on BURMA STORYBOOK which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: BULLROARER DIRECTOR FRANCESCO SAVIANO
by Jason Whyte
""A young man leaves behind the distractions of city life and takes a trip to a remote cabin. After settling in for the night, he discovers that something ominous may be lurking close by." Director Francesco Saviano on BULLROARER which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: LUCKY DIRECTOR JOHN CARROLL LYNCH
by Jason Whyte
"The Lowdown: LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having outlived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut "Lucky", is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection. I had the honor to speak with John about LUCKY, a movie I saw twice at South By Southwest Film Festival earlier in the year, about LUCKY which is having the final of three screenings at the 2017 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: THE MOUNTAIN OF SGAANA DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER AUCHTER
by Jason Whyte
""This film has two dimensions. One is the story of a distracted young Indigenous fisherman in the present time who is unengaged with the world around him, until one golden evening he is interrupted by a mysterious Mouse Woman dressed in Haida regalia. This Mouse Woman knits, before his eyes, a blanket with illustrations of an ancient story about a courageous young woman. We then move to the past, where we see the young woman and her lover, a sea hunter, snuggled on a beach. The girl sees a sea otter and asks her lover to get it for her. The hunter grabs his spear and wades into the water but is swallowed by a massive two-finned killer whale that takes him to a supernatural world under the sea, named the Mountain of SGaana. The young woman and two small animal companions set out to sea to find the lost lover." Director Christopher Auchter on THE MOUNTAIN OF SGAANA which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT DIRECTOR MATTHEW RANKIN
by Jason Whyte
""New York, 1905. Idealistic Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla desperately tries to complete his Electrical World System while spiraling into nervous abstraction and falling in love with a bird." Director Matthew Rankin on THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)

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