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Native Actors Walk off Set of Adam Sandler Movie After Insults to Women, Elders – ICTMN.com

Native Actors Walk off Set of Adam Sandler Movie After Insults to Women, Elders – ICTMN.com.

Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday. The actors, who were primarily from the Navajo nation, left the set after the satirical western’s script repeatedly insulted native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture.

The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/04/23/native-actors-walk-set-adam-sandler-movie-after-insults-women-elders-160110

King Empire Entertainment Partners With B. Howard In Worldwide Deal

His name has been synonymous with his work with R&B legends such as NeYo, Akon, Teddy Riley, Wyclef Jean and Marqus Houston. As a producer, he’s already gone platinum worldwide. And his musical pedigree? Impressive, to say the least.

Now, R&B / POP singer and producer B. HOWARD is taking his already storied career in a new direction by joining forces with KING EMPIRE ENTERTAINMENT, a small start-up record label and artist management company based in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.

“Signing an artist with the talent, scope and credibility of B. Howard would be a coup for any record label. For KEE, it represents the culmination of our entire approach to supporting music through collaborative artist development. There really is no one else with a sound like B. Howard’s. He has the expertise to put together songs for Top 10 artists, and now he’s doing it for himself,” says Angie Haddad, founder owner.

Phil Quartararo, widely regarded as one of the most promotion-minded executives in the industry, will manage B. Howard in partnership with Tribeca/Perfection Management. Quartararo was instrumental in the careers of countless artists, from Linkin Park, Janet Jackson and Madonna to Keith Urban.

“We are proud to be associated with Brandon and the promise of his budding career,” he says.

B. Howard’s innate talent as a singer, songwriter and producer has led to collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Miguel, Vanessa Hudgens, Jason Derulo and Ciara. His 2010 FIFA world cup song, “Ke Nako”, with J. Pre, Wyclef Jean and Jazmine Sulivan,was officially endorsed by the late Nelson Mandela before he died.

In addition, he carries a significant musical legacy. Born Brandon Alexander Howard to R&B singer Miki Howard, he spent much of his early years at Hayvenhurst-the Jackson family home-and his musical family included legends like Gerald Levert, Chaka Khan and Howard McCrary.

“My music is a reflection of who I truly am as an artist-not who people or the media think I am. The title of my first North American album with KEE is Nothing to Prove. That pretty much says it all. I’m looking forward to dropping it later this year,” says B. Howard.

“When Angie and I decided to partner up, we wanted combine our methods into a new label form that works. I see this going further than anyone expects; something equal to MoTown or Def Jam,” he says.

(Photo credit: Ohrangutang)

Written by King Empire Entertainment Global 

Ugandan song, WOMAN a suitable anthem for International Women’s Day

Juliana Kanyomozi is one of the most popular contemporary musical artists in East Africa today and her latest song, WOMAN could very well be the theme song of International Women’s Day! When I first saw and listened to this song on Facebook, I played it over and over and over. 

My children are now young adults, and through my years of motherhood, my view of womanhood has changed and grown. I have a deep respect, because I’ve walked the path.

So inspired was I by this song, I had to reach out to Juliana to get more information. I am glad I did!

Aside from being extremely beautiful herself (she was named ‘most stylish female celebrity 2014’ at the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards) the video shows the beauty of the many faces / facets a ‘woman’, and depicts her love, care, hard work and guidance – from mother, caregiver, worker, and on. It definitely speaks volumes, stirs emotions, and will warm your heart.

“This song shares the pride I have for women,”  Juliana told me.  “How they are able to triumph against many odds… and how they don’t let life’s struggles and adversities stop them from striving.” And yes, a woman often has to fight for her rights and for her family.

The female anthem is said to be her comeback song after losing her only child. “She went through a lot thinking about what to sing about most, especially after what happened to her last year. Composing a club banger was the last thing on her mind,” reported UgandaOnline.com.

“I’m celebrating  the warrior woman,” said Juliana.

The music video what shot in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda the artist, who has been described as a goddess of joy by her Rwandese fans,  stands proudly against a Ugandan sky at dusk wearing a stunning white gown made by designer Tina Byaruhanga.

More than just a singing sensation, Juliana is actively involved in works of charity within Uganda, and is a patron of ‘I AM CHILDREN’S ORPHANAGE’, a centre for orphans located in Lungujja in Kampala. She is also a member of the Musicians Club, and is involved in activities that discover and nurture talent in Uganda, as well as being a vigilant artist on issues of copyright law in Uganda. That definitely is a warrior!

Looking towards her future, the artist said, “I have plans to take my music out there to the world. I’d like to work with different artists and producers across the globe. I’m excited about my future.”

Her song is doing well on social media, and has surpassed a million views on Facebook after being released in early February.  It can be viewed on Youtube here.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has taken time to listen to WOMAN. Personally it speaks to my soul as I’ve been through my own share of trials, struggles and also triumphed in many things as a female artist. I hope WOMAN inspires all women out there who get to hear it,” said Juliana.

“WOMAN” lyrics:

We don’t know how she always finds her way.
The mystery of a woman
A saviour in a time of need
The bravery of a woman
In your time of need she does the deed
The magic of a woman

Chorus
Woman woman
A warrior is a woman
Woman woman
A saviour is a woman
Yeaa eeehh

When a man will cry a woman smiles
Her shoes have walked a thousand miles
The sticks of stone can’t break her bones

She welcomes all her friends and foes
When her spirit’s down she has no time to frown
A warrior is a woman

Chorus

Bountiful wonderful
Is her frame of mine
Beautiful colourful
Style is one of a kind
Her womanhood and her motherhood
Are her strength and pride
Her warmth and grace
She cannot hide
The wonders of a woman

Chorus

Written by Juliana
Produced by D King at Neutriq Town
Video by Savy Filmz
Directed by Sasha Vybes

More about the multi-awardwinning artist:

Juliana started professional singing in the early 2000’s. Throughout her career she has recorded ground-breaking hits that have included: Say It, Mama Mbire, Taata Wa Baana, Nabikoowa, Kibaluma, Usiende Mbali and the pivotal rendition of Philly Lutaaya’s Diana.

She is the reigning East African female artist of the year 2012/2013, Best female Musician – East Africa – Kora Awards – 2012/2013, Best International Afro Beat Act – BEFTA Awards – UK – 2012/2013, Warid Woman of Substance Award – 2012/2013 for Entertainment category.

AWARDS:

Best R&B song: PAM AWARDS – 2003.
Best R&B Artist PAM AWARDS – 2004
Best R&B single PAM Awards – 2005
Song of the year: PAM Awards – 2005
Female Artist of the year PAM Awards – 2005
Best R&B Artist PAM Awards – 2005
Best R&B Artist PAM Awards – 2007
Artist of the year PAM Awards – 2008
Female Artist of the year PAM Awards – 2008
Best R&B Artist PAM Awards – 2008

  • Female Artist of the year: East African Music Awards 2011/2012
  • East African Artist of the year: Kora Awards 2012/2013
  • Warid Woman of Substance: Warid Woman of Substance award 2012/2013
  • Airtel Woman of Substance: Airtel Woman of Substance award 2014
  • Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards: Most Stylish female celebrity 2014

Juliana Kanyomozi on Facebook

PHOTO CREDIT for ABOVE IMAGE: Giulio Molfese

WOMAN-ANTHEM

 

Roy & Rosemary concert adds sparkle to Christmas

Feeling like I needed an injection of Christmas spirit, I took in the Roy & Rosemary Christmas Spectacular on December 6th held at the beautiful St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church downtown, and being new back to Vancouver, I had no idea what to except. I only recognized two names on the lineup, those  being Juno award-winning musician and actor, Jim Byrnes and reality TV star (Real Housewives of Vancouver), Mary Zilba.  I’d recently seen Zilba when she debuted her yoga line, Lotus Activa at Vancouver Fashion Week, so I was a bit confused as to her participation in this event.

But back to our headliners… Just who are Roy & Rosemary? Well on top of being a very handsome looking couple, Roy Tan’s a pianist with an amazing voice, and Rosemary Siemen’s is a spunky violinist who plays on a 300 year old fiddle which she said was likely played before King Louis the 14th.  Roy & Rosemary call themselves the “Bogart and Bacall of Hollywood’s soundtrack virtuosos.” They’ve performed at Carnegie Hall; Disney World, a Miss America gala, for Donald Trump at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach; at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics; as well as the Beijing Summer Olympics. They have appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Canada AM, Breakfast Television, and Urban Rush.

Eli Bennett performs Winter Wonderland... (Photo: Winter Wonderland)
Eli Bennett performs Winter Wonderland… (Photo: Robbin Whachell)

With the concert’s ‘sparkle’ theme, Rosemary dazzled in shimmering gowns throughout the night. One by Vancouver designer Jason Matlo, and two were styled by DonnaRoseStyles.com.  The shows lighting, decorations, and video backdrops added to the holiday dreamy feeling. The dynamic duo have a great chemistry and their music (classical and pop) was indeed spectacular.  The Roy & Rosemary fusion performed with their own orchestra, with some songs accompanied by the  gospel choir Topline Vocal Collective,  and three fantastic ballet dancers who made the best use of the center aisle of a church and short stage space that I have ever seen.

It was a treat to hear Jim Byrnes perform. A first for me to see him live. He has a deep resonance in his voice that has made him the legendary blues singer Canada cherishes and loves. Listen to Byrnes sing, “River” during the show.

It wasn’t until the ultra-beautiful Mary Zilba came out on stage in a dazzling silver gown and took a microphone did the thought finally come to my mind. “Mary Zilba sings ?!”  I had no idea… And sing she can! Zilba has a great voice and wonderful stage presence. I then learned she had performed with Rosemary at at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, and they screened the tape to prove it while they performed an excellent rendition of Ave Maria. The threesome have also recorded a Christmas CD together. Later in the concert Zilba sang “Do You Hear What I Hear.”

Mary Zilba sings Ave Maria (Photo: Robbin Whachell)
Mary Zilba sings Ave Maria (Photo: Robbin Whachell)

A fun part of the night was when Roy & Rosemary took requests from the audience of Christmas carols and played them impromptu.   If all that wasn’t enough, other artists who performed were Warren Dean Flandez, R & B singer from CBC’s Cover Me Canada, and Eli Bennett, 35 time award winning saxophonist and 4-time Leo-Nominated film composer.  Both delivered lively performances and it was great to see such fine young talent. Listen to Eli Bennett perform Winter Wonderland.  The night was a perfect mix for starting off the holiday season. It had glowing Christmas lights, beautiful sounds, dance, and the benefactor for the evening as The Canadian Mental Health Association. Oh and even Santa and Mrs Claus made an appearance.

After the show all the cast interacted with the patrons in the foyer of the church where people were able to purchase their CDs.  Fashion designer – artist Malene Grotrian‘s paintings were also on display before and after the show.

My friend who accompanied me said she felt Vancouver was a hidden goldmine of  musical talents, and if this concert was any gauge of that, I’d have to say she’s right. I look forward to exploring more of its music scene.

Check out the pre-concert rehearsal with Jim Byrnes, Roy & Rosemary HERE
Roy & Rosemary on Facebook

Jim Byrnes with Maria Zalba
Rosemary with Jim Byrnes (Photo: Robbin Whachell)
Warren Dean Flandez with Rosemary  (Photo: Robbin Whachell)
Warren Dean Flandez with Rosemary (Photo: Robbin Whachell)
Roy Chan away from the piano to sing "Believe" (Photo: Robbin Whachell)
Roy Chan away from the piano to sing “Believe” (Photo: Robbin Whachell)

 

MORE Photos HERE

(Thank you to Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet and Helen Siwak)

VIFF Announces Canadian Award Winners

2 Wins! "Violent" wins Best Canadian Film Award and Best BC Film Award - A young woman, and her last memories of the five people who loved her most, recalled while experiencing a catastrophic event.
2 Wins! “Violent” wins Best Canadian Film Award and Best BC Film Award – A young woman, and her last memories of the five people who loved her most, recalled while experiencing a catastrophic event.

Vancouver, BC, Canada – VIFF has released their Canadian Award Winners:

Winners of the 2014 VIFF Canadian Images Awards, BC Spotlight Awards, and VIFF Impact Award were announced at the BC Spotlight Awards Gala this evening on Saturday October 4, 2014 at The Playhouse Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

This year’s BC Spotlight Gala film and winner of the Audience Must See Award (#mustseeBC) was Grant Baldwin’s Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story.  Attempting to live waste-free, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer subsist on discarded food for six months.

The BC Spotlight Awards jury commented, “Canadians should be very proud, this year’s line-up of BC filmmakers was outstanding. From docs and narratives to emerging and established filmmakers, BC is a hot bed of talent in the Canadian film industry.”

BC Spotlight jurors included Joel Bakan (Co-creator, The Corporation), Cathy Chilco (Producer/Director, Sesame Street), and Bruce Sweeney (Director, Live Bait and The Dick Knost Show).

Both the awards for Best BC Film and Best Canadian Film went to Andrew Huculiak’s Violent. The Canadian Images Awards jury had this to say about the film: “Marked by strong performances, this ground-breaking and emotionally mature film has audacious ambitions and more than delivers. The story inhabits a very unusual space for contemporary cinema. A film about loneliness in an ordinary life, it had the jury rapt for the duration as its profound storytelling resonated throughout the film and long after.”

The Canadian Images jurors included John Cassini (Co-Artistic Director, Railtown Actors Studio), Peter Machen (Manager, Dublin International Film Festival, Film Columnist, Sunday Tribune), and Gaylene Preston (Director, Hope and Wire).

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story wins VIFF Impact Award
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story wins VIFF Impact Award

The VIFF Impact Award also went to Grant Baldwin for Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Jurors for the award included David Rummel (Assistant Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism), Lynne Fernie (Senior Canadian Images Programmer, Hot Docs), and Julia Ivanova (Director, Family Portrait in Black and White).

Here are the awards that were presented this evening:

VIFF Impact Award went to Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (Grant Baldwin)
$5,000 cash sponsored by Agentic Digital Media + $5,000 in marketing and strategic in-kind services provided by Agentic and Story Money

Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film was The Cut (Geneviève Dulude-Decelles)
$2,000 cash

Best Canadian Film Award went to Violent (Andrew Huculiak)
$8,000 cash prize sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award went to Ana Valine ( Sitting on the Edge of Marlene)
$7,500 cash + $10,000 credit for production equipment from William F White

Best BC Film Award went to Violent (Andrew Huculiak)
$10,000 development bursary + $15,000 credit towards post production with Encore Vancouver

Founder of VIFF inducted into The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame

Vancouver BC, Canada  – 33 years after founding the Vancouver International Film Festival in 1982, Leonard Schein was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame at the gala opening of the 33rd festival on Thursday September 25, 2014.

Schein is gem in the Canadian entertainment industry, from founding VIFF to serving as former Executive Director of the Toronto International Film Festival and Director of English language films at the Montreal World Film Festival, Schein used the silver screen to enrich the lives of countless Canadians.

In addition to film festivals, Schein owned and operated movie theatres in Vancouver for 35 years, including, Alliance Atlantis Cinemas, Festival Cinemas, The Ridge, The Park and Fifth Avenue Cinemas. He also established Festival Films, Vancouver’s first full service film distribution company west of Ontario.

“We are honoured to induct Leonard into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame recognizing his many accomplishments and contributions to the entertainment and film industry in British Columbia” says Rob Haynes, President of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. Conducting this very special induction was City of Vancouver Mayor; Gregor Robertson and Elizabeth Ball, Past President and Chair of the induction committee.

Induction ceremony at the Opening Night Gala. Left to right: Elizabeth Ball, Past President and Chair of the induction committee; Rob Haynes, President, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame: honouree Leonard Schein; and Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson. (VIFF Photo)
Induction ceremony at the Opening Night Gala. Left to right: Elizabeth Ball, Past President and Chair of the induction committee; Rob Haynes, President, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame: honouree Leonard Schein; and Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson. (VIFF Photo)

In addition to entertainment, Schein has also been honoured for his community work with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the British Columbia Community Achievement Award and the Canadian Cancer Society National Citation of Merit.

The induction  took place at the official opening of the film festival and screening of WILD.

For more information, go to www.viff.org

VIFF Announces 2014 Film Line-Up and Highlights

(ABOVE IMAGE: Wild, by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, of Dallas Buyers Club fame. Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir, stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, and portrays a self-destructive woman who attempts to leave behind her years of drug abuse and recklessness with a solo, 1,000-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.)

Vancouver BC, Canada (September 3, 2014) — The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival (September 25 – October 10) announces its 2014 line-up that pushes the envelope on world-class cinema and unique film-focused events. From Cannes to the red carpet runway, 2014 sees VIFF make a bold transition in film, industry and special events.

This year audiences can look forward to 353 films from over 65 countries, including 223 features and 130 shorts. The stellar line-up includes 32 World Premieres, 38 International Premieres, 22 North American Premieres, and 47 Canadian Premieres.

VIFF’s Opening Night Gala film is the much-anticipated feature Wild, by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, of Dallas Buyers Club fame. Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir, stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, and portrays a self-destructive woman who attempts to leave behind her years of drug abuse and recklessness with a solo, 1,000-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. VIFF’s Closing Night Gala film is the Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winner, Whiplash (USA). Fierce rhythms and ferocious humour drive Damien Chazelle’s riveting film about an ambitious jazz drummer (Miles Teller) pushed beyond his breaking point by an instructor (J.K. Simmons) who takes tough-love to extremes.

ADDITIONAL GALA FILMS INCLUDE:

The Special Presentation Gala film (formerly Dragons and Tigers Gala) is The Vancouver Asahi — World Premiere (Japan). In Vancouver’s old Japantown, a group of Canadian-born kids launched their own baseball team, the Asahi. Yuya Ishii’s (Mitsuko Delivers) lavish-scale entertainment chronicles their battles against failure, racism and prejudice—and the brief moment of triumph they enjoyed before Pearl Harbor changed everything. Director Yuya Ishii and actors Satoshi Tsumabuki, and Kazuya Kamenashi will be in attendance.

The Canadian Images Gala film, October Gale (BC Premiere) is written and directed by Ruba Nadda and stars Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman and Tim Roth. The film tells the story of a doctor who takes in a mysterious man that washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound.

“The VIFF is pleased to announce the Canadian Images Gala screening, October Gale, will be presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada. For many years, the Vancouver International Film Festival has enjoyed the distinct pleasure of showcasing the largest selection of Canadian films in the world. As partners we demonstrate our collective commitment to ensuring the celebration of Canadian cinema is at the forefront of local, national and international audiences alike. We look forward to working together in the coming years to building this signature event to be the Canadian “scene-to-be-seen” during the festival,” says VIFF Executive Director Jacqueline Dupuis.

AWARDS:

VIFF has two new exciting awards for 2014:

Best New Director (International)
An award that will go to a first or second-time director for a creative and innovative film which has not yet won significant international recognition. This competition flows directly from the 20-year history of the “Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema” and is intended to help advance the careers of some of the world’s most deserving and promising young filmmakers.

Best Canadian Film
$8,000 cash award sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada

Additional awards include:

Best BC Film
A $10,000 development bursary provided by the Harold Greenberg Fund (The Fund), and a $15,000 equipment credit supplied by Deluxe

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award
$7,500 cash award sponsored by the Union of BC Performers/ACTRA and ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society, and a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White
(Films must be signatory to a UBCP/ACTRA agreement to be eligible.)

Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film
$2,000 cash award

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Launching this year, the Style in Film Series is a stunning showcase of fashion, style, art, cinematic aesthetics and cultural iconoclasts, this series will be an experience Vancouverites will be sure to adore. Included in the 6-film series are Advanced Style (Image seen here), Hand Made With Love In France, God Help The Girl, Two Faces Of January, In The Name Of My Daughter, Looking For Light: Jane Bown. We are also thrilled to partner with Eco Fashion Week to produce a series of Q&A’s and events that will further enhance this already stylish experience, including a VIP post-screening event at Holt Renfrew following the October 5 screening of Advanced Style, the hottest new style doc. We have launched a special new Style Passport where fashionistas and style-mavens alike can purchase this exciting experience. ADVANCED STYLE examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging.

VIFF INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS:

VIFF Industry is thrilled to have secured leaders in their field to participate in this year’s conference, including:

Oscar-nominated writer Craig Borten, Dallas Buyers Club
Chris Collins (Exec. Producer & Head Writer), Sons of Anarchy
Jack Amiel (co-creator) of The Knick (HBO’s newest show)
Bernie Su (creator/executive producer/showrunner), Emma Approved and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Jay Duplass, co-writer/co-director, Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Adam Reed, creator, Archer
Corey May, Lead Writer, Assassin’s Creed
Other executives from VHX, Bond Strategy and Influence, Amplify Releasing, CineCoup, Film Presence, Seed&Spark, Indigogo, BitTorrent, Dotstudioz and Drafthouse Films.

Just one of many examples of VIFF Industry programming includes the 2nd edition of the Power to the Indie Program & Lab featuring leading experts in innovative technologies, new platforms and marketing strategies. The digital program will be enhanced by a private lab featuring six BC-based filmmaking teams who will collaboratively explore new models of direct distribution, potential revenue streams, and strategies for engaging audiences, with the goal of defining best practices for independent films as digital platforms continue to evolve.

In 2014, the VIFF will present 9 major film series:

1987 — BC Premiere (Canada) Director Ricardo Trogi (1981) delights with this hilarious and sometimes caustic souvenir of his own life when he was 17 years old. Ricardo is a cockeyed Quixote, fearlessly tilting at the repressive tyranny of everyday adolescence. Inspired by a surreal vision, he’s on a quirky quest that involves raging hormones, family drama and petty crime.
1987 — BC Premiere (Canada)
Director Ricardo Trogi (1981) delights with this hilarious and sometimes caustic souvenir of his own life when he was 17 years old. Ricardo is a cockeyed Quixote, fearlessly tilting at the repressive tyranny of everyday adolescence. Inspired by a surreal vision, he’s on a quirky quest that involves raging hormones, family drama and petty crime.

GALAS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS — Our leading section combines major works from today’s masters with several other films that we are specially showcasing on the HUGE screen of The Centre for Arts, all topped off with a sprinkling of 3D art like you’ve never seen.
CANADIAN IMAGES — One of the largest showcases of new Canadian cinema on the planet and a true point of pride for VIFF. This series is also home to the BC Spotlight, which focuses on the best and brightest of our homegrown talent.

CINEMA OF OUR TIME — A spectacular showcase of narrative films from around the globe featuring both today’s masters and tomorrow’s visionaries. Same planet. Different worlds.

DRAGONS AND TIGERS: THE CINEMAS OF EAST ASIA — For over 25 years, VIFF has presented one of the world’s largest and most adventurous collections of East Asian cinema. This tradition continues with another inspired selection of films.

NONFICTION FEATURES — As we mark the centenary of In the Land of the Head Hunters, the seminal British Columbia nonfiction film, VIFF unveils another series of acclaimed documentary and essay films that expand the form’s possibilities and invite us to view the world in different lights.

ARTS & LETTERS — A cinematic celebration of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on captivating films in which music takes centre stage.

SPOTLIGHT ON FRANCE — VIFF honours the rich cinematic culture that continues to flourish in France by highlighting the nation’s finest big-screen offerings.

ALTERED STATES — This is where international genre films come out to play and audiences will experience fantastic cinema that defies ready classification.

SHORT FILM SHOWCASE — These programmes showcase both established and emerging artists who push short-form storytelling to its limits.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Launching this year, the Style in Film Series is a stunning showcase of fashion, style, art, cinematic aesthetics and cultural iconoclasts, this series will be an experience Vancouverites will be sure to adore. Included in the 6-film series are Advanced Style, Hand Made With Love In France, God Help The Girl, Two Faces Of January, In The Name Of My Daughter, Looking For Light: Jane Bown. We are also thrilled to partner with Eco Fashion Week to produce a series of Q&A’s and events that will further enhance this already stylish experience, including a VIP post-screening event at Holt Renfrew following the October 5 screening of Advanced Style, the hottest new style doc. We have launched a special new Style Passport where fashionistas and style-mavens alike can purchase this exciting experience.

Other Film Highlights by section:

VIFF’s Closing Night Gala film is the Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winner, Whiplash (USA). Fierce rhythms and ferocious humour drive Damien Chazelle’s riveting film about an ambitious jazz drummer (Miles Teller) pushed beyond his breaking point by an instructor (J.K. Simmons) who takes tough-love to extremes.
VIFF’s Closing Night Gala film is the Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winner, Whiplash (USA). Fierce rhythms and ferocious humour drive Damien Chazelle’s riveting film about an ambitious jazz drummer (Miles Teller) pushed beyond his breaking point by an instructor (J.K. Simmons) who takes tough-love to extremes.

CANADIAN IMAGES
The Canadian Images series is the largest exhibition of new Canadian cinema in the world. This incredibly popular series has screened over 1,000 feature films and 1,600 shorts to an audience of over 600,000 since its inception.

1987 — BC Premiere (Canada)
Director Ricardo Trogi (1981) delights with this hilarious and sometimes caustic souvenir of his own life when he was 17 years old. Ricardo is a cockeyed Quixote, fearlessly tilting at the repressive tyranny of everyday adolescence. Inspired by a surreal vision, he’s on a quirky quest that involves raging hormones, family drama and petty crime.

Monsoon — BC Premiere (Canada)
Sturla Gunnarsson’s latest is a personal reflection on chaos, creation and faith in a land of believers. He explores the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied cultures of India. As the huge system gradually engulfs every region of the country, we meet a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are fundamentally affected by the phenomenon.

Elephant Song — BC Premiere (Canada)
An eminent psychiatrist (Colm Feore) disappears from his office. The last person to see him was Michael, played here by wunderkind Xavier Dolan. The director of the hospital, Doctor Green (Bruce Greenwood) interviews Michael in director Charles Binamé’s surprising tale of turning tables.

Dirty Singles — BC Premiere (Canada)
Jack (Paul Campbell) and Meagan (Alex Paxton-Beesley) have got it all. They’ve just bought a house, they’re thinking about a family, and they have a close-knit circle of zany friends that love them. A few hook-ups, break-ups and break downs later, the circle unravels and then regroups in this sharp-edged and libidinous comedy from Alex Pugsley.

BC SPOTLIGHT

Sitting on the Edge of Marlene — BC Premiere (Canada)
Ana Valine’s darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can’t catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair.

The Boy From Geita — BC Premiere (Canada)
Adam was born with albinism, a genetic condition that affects skin pigment. At home in Tanzania, Adam’s white complexion sets him apart and has made him the target of unimaginable violence. “Harrowing and poignant … Vic Sarin’s film, with its searing images, is both ode to human resilience and ingenuity, and indictment of human cruelty and stupidity.”

Two 4 One — BC Premiere (Canada)
Maureen Bradley wrote and directed this feature film debut, a bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero in an unimaginable predicament. Oddball couple Miriam and Adam have an ill-advised and pivotal one-night-stand and they both wind up pregnant. Engagingly shot by Amy Belling, watch for standout performances from Gavin Crawford, Naomi Snieckus and Gabrielle Rose.

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows — BC Premiere (Canada)
Sturla Gunnarsson’s latest is a personal reflection on chaos, creation and faith in a land of believers. He explores the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied cultures of India. As the huge system gradually engulfs every region of the country, we meet a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are fundamentally affected by the phenomenon.

The Boy From Geita — BC Premiere (Canada) Adam was born with albinism, a genetic condition that affects skin pigment. At home in Tanzania, Adam’s white complexion sets him apart and has made him the target of unimaginable violence. "Harrowing and poignant ... Vic Sarin's film, with its searing images, is both ode to human resilience and ingenuity, and indictment of human cruelty and stupidity."
The Boy From Geita — BC Premiere (Canada)
Adam was born with albinism, a genetic condition that affects skin pigment. At home in Tanzania, Adam’s white complexion sets him apart and has made him the target of unimaginable violence. “Harrowing and poignant … Vic Sarin’s film, with its searing images, is both ode to human resilience and ingenuity, and indictment of human cruelty and stupidity.”

INTERNATIONAL

With hundreds of incredible titles to choose from the International programming at VIFF 2014 is beyond explanation.

One of the themes at this year’s festival is Gentle on My Mind, a section of programming that includes extraordinarily touching films on overcoming disabilities, family caring, mental illness, and music as an aid for recovery.

Glen Campbell: I’ll be Me — BC Premiere (USA)
The legendary singer/guitarist performs on his farewell tour despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Welcome to Me — Western Canadian Premiere (USA)
Directed by Shira Piven, starring Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden and Will Ferrell. The film tells the story of Alice (Wiig) who suffers from dissociative personality disorder and wins the lottery only to decide to spend her money on a cable access talk show about herself. Director Shira Piven will be in attendance.

Another theme at this year’s festival is The Great Divide, sponsored by the Lochmaddy Foundation. One of the hottest topics today is the growing gap between the haves and have-nots. Many films in VIFF 2014 address issues of social justice, politics and the dispossessed, but this sidebar has been chosen to illuminate just some of what rising inequality is bringing to our world.

Foxcatcher — BC Premiere (USA)
The bizarre true story of Olympic wrestling brothers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) and their mentally imbalanced sponsor, played by Steve Carell.

Jalanan — North American Premiere (Indonesia/Canada)
The most successful documentary in Indonesian history shines a light on urban poverty, and also made stars of three Jakarta street musicians whose talent is only rivalled by their resourcefulness. Vancouver filmmaker Daniel Ziv will be in attendance.

Other International Film Highlights:

Handmade with Love From France — North American Premiere (France)
The French title—Le temps suspendu (time suspended)—perfectly captures this affectionate celebration of the artisans who create fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.

Red Army — Western Canadian Premiere (USA/Russia)
Home to some of the greatest hockey players ever, the Soviet Union’s Red Army team was also a key combatant in the Cold War’s propaganda battle and exemplars of the ethos that the system trumped individual stardom.

Mr. Turner — Western Canadian Premiere (UK/France/Germany)
Acclaimed director Mike Leigh and perennially unsung actor Timothy Spall are at the heights of their considerable powers in this enthralling account of visionary J.M.W. Turner’s final years. Winner, Best Actor, Cannes 2014.

Haemoo — Western Canadian Premiere (South Korea) — Dragons and Tigers Program
Co-written (and reputedly also supervised) by Bong Joon-ho, and based on a real incident notorious in Korea. A fishing-boat skipper is persuaded (against his better judgment) to smuggle a group of North Korean illegals ashore. What could possibly go wrong?

The Festival’s online box office is now open for ticket sales.
VIFF INDUSTRY’s conference schedule is now available at www.viff.org/industry

For more information, go to www.viff.org

Team Vendetta takes on Seattle, Washington

Recently Bahamian music impresario, Hip Hop artist Sasha Dunn and his production team The Vendetta Group has embarked on a major undertaking of traveling to Seattle, Washington. The goal of the trip was to push the team’s new music and help with the development and grooming of Vendetta’s young artist Angel K. and Clar.

As team Vendetta arrived into Tacoma International Airport the magnitude and beauty of the city of Seattle that was now somewhat shrouded by some fog and clouds was breathtaking but it was the vision of the iconic Space Needle that brought the bigger vision of the trip into perspective.

The team hit the ground running by organizing a series of photo shoots for the artists on the picturesque island of Anacortes. As the team drove along the highways towards the island they described it as being taken aback by the beauty of the giant majestic evergreen pines that same to be everywhere with the accompanying grandiose mountains which filled the skyline. “Entering Anacortes was like going into a time warp and this is not to say in the town looked old but rather the town seemed to possess an old time sense of innocence and mystery,” said Dunn.

10511291_10154416283320015_5304143759134943015_nThe shoot took place at a landing called Cap Sante which offered a magnificent view of the island and its accompanying islands. “The next day we got started early and made our way down to the Space Needle,” said Dunn. “Just driving towards the world famous landmark was a treat to be able to see the beauty in the architecture of the city of Seattle. The stunning arrangement of classic brownstones with modern art deco building was brilliant.” Once atop the Space Needle the team got to see Seattle’s true beauty. They say a picture tells a thousand words but even if one could take a thousand photos while there it would still not be enough to do the city justice.

Later that Week Angel K, Clar and Sasha Dunn had a date with destiny at the Skylark Bar and Grill where they were set to perform. Clar started the set with an acapella rendition of his song “Live for Something” assisted by Angel K on the hook and the conscious rap song moved the crowd.

Next up was twelve year old Angel K with Sasha performing her track called “Turnt Up.”   She did an amazing job and it shocked the crowd to see  that such a young innocent looking tween girl could possess such vicious lyrical content and confident delivery.

Next up was Mr. Dunn to close out the set with his song “G.L.S. Girls Love Sasha” which the crowd loved for its playfulness but seriousness . Overall with The Vendetta Group being the only Hip Hop act on the bill  were beyond well received. People walked up complementing the team on a job well done. “It is amazing how the team got an opportunity to see and do so much on this one amazing trip,” said Dunn. The trip was beautifully captured by No Budget Production and will be uploaded to youtube and made available on the Sasha’s Street Stash Vol. 4 DVD.

Positive is Top Marlin Awards 2014 Nominee with 13 Nominations

 

Trinidad and Tobago artist Joel "Positive" Murray is this year's top Marlin Award Nominee with 13 nominations
Trinidad and Tobago artist Joel “Positive” Murray is this year’s top Marlin Award Nominee with 13 nominations

 

Trinidad & Tobago gospel reggae recording artist Joel “Positive” Murray is this year’s top Marlin Awards nominee with a whopping Thirteen (13) nominations. Positive is also the top nominee from Trinidad & Tobago scoring nominations in a number of key categories including Album of the Year for his sophomore CD “Forever My King”, Song of the Year for his massive Soca anthem “Blessing After Blessing”, Reggae Recording of the Year for “Sweeter”, Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year–Duo/Group for “Let Me Be The One” and Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year–Male for his dub opus “Better Must Come”. He was also nominated twice in the Song of the Year category, once for “Blessing After Blessing” and the other for the dancehall track “Rock of My Life” featuring DJ Nicholas.

Sherwin Gardner and DJ Nicholas follow close behind and are tied with Eleven (11) Nominations each. Sherwin who recently celebrated twenty five (25) years in ministry with two major concert events over this past Easter weekend in Antigua and his native Trinidad, also landed nominations in most of the major categories including Album of the Year for “Relentless” and Song of the Year for his up-tempo smash “We Now Start” featuring J Prince. The single “We Now Start” was also nominated for Calypso Vocal Performance of the Year-Duo/Group and Soca Recording of the Year. In addition to being nominated for Producer of the Year, Sherwin also was nominated for Rock Recording of the Year for the single “God So Big” featuring American Gospel Hip-Hop Artist “Da T.R.U.T.H. He also scored his first ever nomination in the Foreign Language of the Year category for the single “Brinca” featuring Puerto Rican born female Hip-Hop artist Ruth Vega.

On The Shout Records CEO and Jamaican dancehall artist DJ Nicholas also captured nominations in several key categories including Album of Year for “School of Rock”, Reggae Recording of the Year & Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year-Duo/Group for “Close to You” featuring Jermaine Edwards and Kevin Smith and Song of the Year for “Rock of My Life” featuring Positive. Like Positive, DJ Nicholas was also nominated twice in the same category, first in the Dancehall Recording of the Year category for the singles “Cut If Off” and “Rock of My Life” and then in the Reggae Hip-Hop Recording of the Year category for “Meet My Star” and the Jermaine Edwards single “Never Lose My Faith”.

Jamaican gospel songbird Kerron Ennis has emerged with Ten (10) nominations which is a personal record for her and making her the highest nominated Female artist this year. In addition to being nominated for Album of the Year for her latest CD “I’M Alive”, Kerron’s apocalypse inspired single “Last Days” was successfully nominated for three (3) awards including Music Video of the Year-Female, Rock Recording of the Year and Song of the Year. She won her first Marlin Award in 2006 for the title track of her debut album “God is On Our Side”.

Also receiving Ten (10) nominations is one of Trinidad & Tobago’s leading gospel recording artist Isaac Blackman who snagged several key nominations this year including Album of the Year (World Changers), Calypso/Soca Vocal Performance of the Year-Duo/Group (Sweet Music), and Packaging of the Year (World Changers). His latest Soca single “Blessing Me” earned him nominations for Calypso/Soca Vocal Performance of the Year-Male, Music Video of the Year-Male, Soca Recording of the Year and Song of the Year. In 2009 Blackman won several Marlin Awards including one for Song of the Year for his global anthem “To the Ceiling”. Past multiple Marlin Award winner and Producer Jermaine Edwards earned Nine (9) nominations this year including Reggae Recording of the Year and Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year-Male for his single “I Feel Joy” as well as Praise & Worship Recording of the Year for “Awesome God”. He is nominated twice in the Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year–Duo/Group category, first for his single “In My Life” featuring Sean Lypher and then for his guest vocal performance on the DJ Nicholas reggae single “Close to You” that also featured singer Kevin Smith. During the last Marlin Awards hosted in 2010, Jermaine emerged as the top winner that year with awards in many of the top categories including Song of the Year for his mega hit “Make You Smile” and Album of the Year for “Destiny”.

Joining Jermaine as a nominee in the Producer of the Year category is Trinidad & Tobago new recording artist, songwriter and producer Joel Prince aka J Prince who also recived a total of Nine (9) nominations. In addition to be nominated as one of Six (6) New Artist of the Year contenders, Joel was also successful in receiving nominations for Calypso Recording of the Year and Calypso/Soca Vocal Performance of the Year-Male for his single “Di Water”. He captured a major nomination in the Song of the Year category for his guest vocal appearance on the Sherwin Gardner Soca hit “We Now Start” and also scored a nomination in the Adapted Contemporary Recording of the Year category for his urban flavored version of the universal Praise and Worship anthem “Here I AM To Worship”.

Three (3) artists received Seven (7) nominations each including Trinidad & Tobago new female recording artist Kezie Peters whose debut album “Music Over Me” earned her a nomination for Album of the Year and one for New Artist of the Year. Jamaican male recording artist Kevin Downswell also earned Seven (7) nominations this year including Album of the Year and Packaging of the Year for his sophomore CD “The Search Continues”. He also earned a nomination for Praise & Worship Recording of the Year for his worship single “More (Says The Lord)” and his inspirational ballad “If It’s Not You” earned him three (3) nominations including Contemporary Recording of the Year, Contemporary Vocal Performance of the Year-Male and Song of the Year.

Rounding out this list with Seven (7) nominations as well is gospel reggae artist and Lion of Judah Sounds CEO Monty G, making him the highest nominated Bahamian artist this year. Monty, who was nominated along with sonic partner DJ Frost for Producer of the Year, also secured a nominated for Album of the Year for his latest project “King’s Highway”. In addition to being nominated for Song of the Year for his global smash “Plead My Cause”, Monty was also successful in being nominated twice in the Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year category. He picked up one nomination for his guest vocal performance on the Rueben Heights’ single “Guide Over All” and the other for “Will You Be Mine”, the mid-tempo reggae ballad featuring Kristine Alicia.

For a complete list of all nominees interested persons can visit the awards official website at www.marlinawards.com.  Official nominations were released on Friday April 10th 2014 in over Fifty (50) Categories.

Winners will be announced during this year’s Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards scheduled to be held on Saturday July 26th 2014 at the Diplomat Center in Nassau, Bahamas. In addition to the general categories a number of special awards will also be distributed including the Life Time Achievement Award, The President’s Award as well as a number of Regional Contribution Awards in honor of several Caribbean Gospel recording artists who have passed away since the hosting of the last awards in 2010.

St Lucian recording artist Mecca’s song FLAT STOMACH to hit Paris fashion runway

Saint Lucian Parisian fashion celebrity, Vincent Mc Doom has just announced that recording artist, Keen Cotter aka The Mecca, who hails from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia will have his song,  “Flat Stomach” (also referred as “Runway Walk”) featured at the upcoming 2014 Labo Ethnik Fashion Trade Show in Paris, France this May.  Flat Stomach is an upbeat, hip and edgy song perfect for the runway.

“When I was putting together the playlist for HotCouture 2013 I asked the local models who the best DJs on the island were and one model Denise Lay spoke to me about Mecca’s album,” said Vincent McDoom who is the casting and artistic director of this years Labo Ethnik. “I listen to the entire album but one song stood out for runway walking, and so I trained the models for six weeks on that song. We also had Cotter perform the song live on the runway during the show.”

Flat Stomach will be mixed by American Fritz “djFRiTZo” Celestin of New York, who was invited by McDoom to provide the music for the fashion show on May 22nd which takes place at the Les Docks, Cite de la Mode in Paris. Expect to see high fashion designers such as Franck Sorbier, Romero Bryan, Taibo Barca, Heather Jones, Ziad Ghanem, and fashion newcomer Lisi Liu.  Fashions from St. Lucia, Trinidad, Guyana, Martinique, Gaudaloupe, Barbados, Jamaica, China, Japan, Africa, Europe, and the USA will also be represented.

“This is what the song was created for,” said an excited Cotter, after agreeing to have his song played in the Paris show. “I’m happy Vincent likes it enough to make it a part of an event of this magnitude. I am grateful to have my song featured on the catwalk in the fashion capital of the world, where models, designers, Dj’s and other noteworthy persons will be present is an awesome accomplishment for someone from a small island somewhere in the Caribbean.”

When asked what inspired the infectious song, Flat Stomach the YouthStar 2009 (St. Lucia) winner known for his Hip Hop, Pop, Electro and Dance sounds said, “Models. I wanted to do a song they could strut to, vibe to, party to. I also wanted it to be a song all females could enjoy. Some even work out to it and that’s a good look.”

Spinning "Flat Stomach" during Labo Ethnik will be djFRiTZo who is a Haitian-American dj and filmmaker living in Brooklyn, NY.djFritzo began djing in Cornell University to help pay his tuition and after graduation he returned to NY to work on films and dj in some of NY's most memorable venues like Nells, Lotus, and Club Cheetah. (Photo: Margarita Corporan)
Spinning “Flat Stomach” during Labo Ethnik will be djFRiTZo who is a Haitian-American dj and filmmaker living in Brooklyn, NY.djFritzo began djing in Cornell University to help pay his tuition and after graduation he returned to NY to work on films and dj in some of NY’s most memorable venues like Nells, Lotus, and Club Cheetah. (Photo: Margarita Corporan)

With a passion for highlighting Caribbean talent, McDoom said, “We are happy to again promote and collaborate with Mecca this season.  This is the essence of what the Labo Ethnik represents, discovering world talents and giving them a platform to express themselves, along with providing them a network of opportunity and potential to grow in the international scene.”

The Mecca, who is presently working on his debut album has released numerous mixtapes over the years – 12 to be exact, has plans to take Flat Stomach even further, working with djFRiTZo  on a remix for the album set for a late 2014 release. His single Zoom Zoom was just featured on TV in the March 17 episode of VH1′s Queen Latifah produced comedy-drama series “Single Ladies.”

Raised on a solid diet of Hip Hop, R&B, Dancehall and Soca, Mecca, a musical sponge to this day, embraces all the technology that modern music has to offer. As likely to be inspired by Jay-Z or Michael Jackson as he is by Pitbull and Flo Rida, Mecca will surely move your head, your heart and entire body.

“I would like to thank Vincent McDoom for this opportunity and my producer Sherwinn ‘Dupes’ Brice for the production on Flat Stomach. A big thanks to everyone who wishes me well.”

More information on The Mecca: www.youngmecca.com.
More information on djFRiTZo: www.djfritzo.com

For more information on Labo Ethnik visit: laboethnik.com,  or on Facebook: facebook.com/labo.ethnik