First Weekend Club is promoting the opening of Lauren Grant’s first feature-length film, Picture Day, at Vancity Theatre on Sunday April 14th. Grant is a BC native and a former WIFTV member and was the recipient of the 2011 WIFTV Banff Mentorhsip. She is currently a WIFT-T Toronto member. Kate Melville is the writer and this is her directorial debut.
Grant is the principal of Clique Pictures. She attended UBC, receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts in Film Production and History as a double major and also attended Canadian Film Centre’s Producers Lab in 2006. In 2011, Grant won the best live action short drama Genie Award for the residential school musical Savage; the film screened at over 30 film festivals. She was selected to attend the CFC North South Marketplace at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and to participate in Women in the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Program.
Melville, a Toronto native, has several writing credits, (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Endgame, Being Erica) and worked on the Picture Day screenplay for 20 years before making it her directorial debut.
Picture Day won the $15 000 Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Whistler Film Festival and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) won WFF’s new Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film Award for her role in the film.
From the press kit for Picture Day:
Forced to repeat her senior year of high school, Claire’s (Maslany) reputation is sliding from bad-ass to bad joke. Armed with an acid tongue and shielded by ever-present headphones, Claire locks onto the only student clueless to her sordid rep: Henry (Van Wyck), a nerdy freshman she used to babysit. At night, Claire escapes to raucous concerts where she catches the eye of 33-year–old Jim (McCarthy, frontman of The ElastoCitizens), a would–be rock star who feeds on young fans’ adoration. Jim leads her into an intoxicating world of hard-partying musicians, while at school, Claire takes Henry under her wing. She reinvents her dorky friend as the mysterious rebel, throwing Henry’s life into hilarious turmoil. As Claire dances across the surface of these relationships, she eventually learns hard lessons about the difference between sex, intimacy, and friendship.
This is a great opportunity to watch a great film and support both women and Canadian filmmaker’s. Go to First Weekend Club’s site for more on the film Picture Day: http://www.firstweekendclub.ca/site12/films/film-database/item/picture-day
1181 Seymour Street
Pre-show wine reception (cash bar) @ 6:45pm
Screening @ 7:45pm
Q&A with writer/director Kate Melville by video Skype after the screening
Producer: Lauren Grant, Peter Harvey, Kate Melville
Production: Snitch Pictures, Inc
Distribution: Mongrel Media
Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Spencer Van Wyck, Steven McCarthy, Susan Coyle, Fiona Highet, Catherine Fitch, Mark DeBonis