Women in Film Festival

Last weekend many of us watched the biggest and most successful in filmmaking at the Academy Awards collect their statues or be recognized with nominations for their work. During the broadcast, Louis C.K. joked how those nominees in the Documentary Short Film category would never be rich or famous for telling the stories they tell.

“These people, this is documentary short film. … You cannot make a dime on this … So this Oscar means something, because all they do is tell stories that are important.”

A few weeks earlier, I took the time to see the Oscar nominated Live Action Short Films at Vancity Theatre and was absolutely blown away by the caliber of storytelling. I left the theatre both heartbroken and with a smile in my soul. Most will never see these films, and it’s a pity.

Louis C.K.’s comments reminded me once again that some of the most heartfelt, authentic, important storytelling happens outside of the “system”. You have to go beyond what’s showing at large theatre chains, but it’s not hard once you know where to look.

This week I’ll be attending screenings at the 2016 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, happening March 8th – 13th. I am excited to support these filmmakers by seeing their work, and know I will leave feeling inspired by their art.

Here are the screenings I’ll be attending. If you have any interest in film I encourage you to visit WIFTV’s webpage to view the schedule. Maybe I’ll see you there!

The Connections Collection – Short Films

Still from “Impulse” – Through intimate dialogue five women reveal the doubts, passions and fears that permeate romance in contemporary society. This work delves into the female experience of love and its consequences, while blurring the line between fiction and documentary.

Showing Thursday, March 10th

Included shorts:

70% Dark – Short Films

Showing Friday, March 11th

Included shorts:

Crushed

Still from “Crushed”. Directed and written by Megan Riakos.

Feature Film showing Friday, March 11th

Her father’s death brings Elliot back to the family home and business, a 100-year-old vineyard on the brink of bankruptcy. Here, she unravels the mystery of his death by facing her own traumatic past. The film explores themes of loss, memory, and renewal, while paralleling the disintegration of a family with the corporate abuse of a landscape. This “environmental thriller” has been enthusiastically received by juries and audiences alike, screening at the Montreal, Napa Valley and Melbourne Underground film festivals.

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