|In the fourth year of this series, expect me to interview filmmakers and write about and photograph the current film and TV productions — Fifty Shades of Grey, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Bates Motel and our own Continuum and Motive — which showcase our city and sometimes put a celebrity actor or two in the frame. Find out more on my daily blog yvrshoots.com.|
What a difference a year makes in the BC Film industry. 2013 got off to such a dismal start that it spawned a mood of doom and the Save BC Film movement or as the Leo Awards Gala hosts Zak Santiago, Pascale Hutton and Christopher Heyerdahl put it — would the last filmmaker in BC please turn out the lights? But our local film family came together and 2013 turned out to be one of the best-ever years for BC-made film and television. Definitely one worth celebrating at the 16th annual Leo Awards over three nights at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver last weekend. “Was I the only person not hired for Godzilla?” joked Heyerdahl about the monster blockbuster which brought so much work to the Vancouver area and Vancouver Island.
Ben Ratner’s Down River, inspired by his friendship with late Vancouver actor Babz Chula, capped the Leo Awards Gala on Sunday night with its win for Best Motion Picture from an unprecedented nine nominees. It’s the little Vancouver movie that could because we made it with love, said lead actor Helen Shaver, who plays an older woman named Pearl who guides three younger talents who live in her West End building. When Pearl gets ill with cancer and unexpectedly leaves their lives, the three are forced to face the future on their own.