VWIFF On The Air: Focus on the Horror Genre

‎Vancouver Women in Film Festival in the news!

This year’s Vancouver Women in Film Festival showcases a significant and curious collection of feature and short films in the Horror genre. Media attention seems to find this intriguing and interviewers capture some director insights into the unique perspective women filmmakers bring to horror films.

The collection of Short Film Screenings with Talkback, Embracing the Darkness, screens from 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm this Friday, March 9th, 2012 at the Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC. For Tickets go to the WIFTV website.

THE PROVIDER | 8:15 mins 2011, Canada, directed by Brianne Nord-Stewart In a small town in 1940’s America, the local doctor’s home would be the safest place to seek refuge. Or is it? In this alternate history short film, Mr. Connors discovers not only that the doctor is ‘out’, but that his wife is taking desperate measures to feed her family. See this post for an interview with director Brianne Nord Stewart.

Still image from The Red Hood filmTHE RED HOOD | 9:00 mins 2010, Canada, directed by Danishka Esterhazy Set in the Canadian prairies during the Great Depression, The Red Hood is a dark re-telling of the traditional fable Little Red Riding Hood. Celebrated for her visually stunning and character-driven films, writer/director Danishka Esterhazy has delighted audiences across Canada and around the world with her haunting stories. Danishka is a graduate of the National Screen Institute and the Canadian Film Centre. Her debut feature, Black Field, won the Best Feature Drama award at Vancouver’s Women in Film Festival and the Best Canadian Feature award at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival.

Still image from Ms ThingMS. THING | 7:00 mins 2010, Canada, directed by Karen X. Tulchinsky An emotionally volatile urban lesbian is looking for love in all the wrong places until she unexpectedly finds it in an unusual package.

Still image from Biatch!BIATCH! | 12:00 mins 2011, United Kingdom, directed by Deborah Haywood Beth and Chantel are best friends until Aroon comes on the scene.

DOLL PARTS | 10:00 mins 2011, Canada, directed by Karen Lam A serial killing driver’s bad day becomes much worse when he picks up the wrong girl.

still image from Face ItFACE IT | 10:00 mins 2011, USA, directed by Sharyn Paul Brusie Face It is a quirky dramedy about a woman who faces herself and who she has become. She takes us on an emotional journey, while moving through her fear and acceptance of growing older. This is a humorous story of reflection, discovery and revelation.

Still image from Anna May Got LostANNA-MAY GOT LOST | 10:58 mins 2011, Canada, directed by Katie Yu In this metaphorical tale of forgotten childhoods, a little girl named Anna-May encounters a strange woman claiming to be searching for her. Unsure of the woman’s motives but unable to recollect her past, Anna-May tries to escape but to no avail. Exhausted and defeated, Anna-May finally listens to the woman who reveals the girl’s redundant purpose in life and that her fate now rests in the hands of her creator.

The Crossing of The Living Room still imageTHE CROSSING OF THE LIVING ROOM | 18:34 mins (LA TRAVERSÉE DU SALON) 2011, Canada, directed by Geneviève Albert. After a stay in an alcohol treatment center, Celine tries to reinvent her life.

still image from The Provider by Moira SauerTHE PROVIDER | 6:00 mins 2011, Canada, directed by Moira Sauer Struggling through a long, dark Yukon winter with only her sled dogs for company, a lonely heroine hungry for companionship finds a unique way to fulfill her needs.

Checkout the March 5th interview with Desiree Lim (Director of The House), Roslyn Muir (Our lovely Festival Director), and Karen Lam (Director of Doll Parts) on Electric Playground: Here.


Still image from Doll Parts

Show synopsis: Jose catches up with John Carter director Andrew Stanton to get his perspective on the epic Martian adventure; Miri gets details on the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria; Victor has Mass Effect 3, the latest baseball games, and more console and PC games in the Sonar; Briana heads to the Vancouver Women in Film Festival to meet the ladies who excel in the horror genre; Scott finds out what the future holds for Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja developer Halfbrick Studios; and finally, Shaun catches up with professional wrestler turned actress Trish Stratus to learn about her new movie, Bounty Hunters.

The Express did a little piece on our Film Festival! Here is an interview with Karen Lam the Director of ‘Doll Parts’. The interview starts at the 8 minute mark in the broadcast.

In the Director’s Chair with Brianne Nord-Stewart

Gabrielle Rose at Mrs. Applebee in The Provider

Gabrielle Rose at Mrs. Applebee in The Provider

Brianne-Nord-Stewart-headshotBrianne Nord-Stewart is the co-writer/co-director with Andy Thompson of the short film THE PROVIDER, screening Friday, March 9th at 7pm as part of the Vancouver Women in Film Festival. She chats with Allison Evin. Here are some highlights:

AE: Can you tell us a bit about how you got started as a director?

BNS: I got started when I was a kid making home movies with my sister. And then I decided that I wanted to go to film school.

AE: You live in Vancouver … but you’re a world traveller. Is there a particular part of the world that has inspired you?

BNS: I’ve travelled in different ways. When I was in Australia, I was there to make a film, so it was a really unique experience in learning a new form of communication. I was travelling this past summer in Eastern Europe and one of the things I found so inspirational again was being put in a situation where I really know nothing about the place…everything’s new and you’re looking at everything from a really fresh perspective.

AE: You have a wide body of work; you wear many hats. What is the most exciting kind of project for you to work on and why?

BNS: Anything that’s new to me. Anything that presents a new challenge. Something that I’m not familiar with. And that’s definitely why I have branched out into so many different areas. Because I want to learn and collaborate with people in new ways.

AE: Your short film THE PROVIDER was shot and edited in 48 hours for The Bloodshots Film Festival. Now it’s premiering at the VWIFF. What was different about this film than the others that you have done?

BNS: For this film, in addition to the time restriction that we had, it was also the biggest crew and cast that I’ve worked with on any short film before. And as well, it was very much a collaborative process between me and Andy Thompson which had its benefits and its challenges. Ultimately we’re very proud of what we came together to work on.

AE: What’s the most exciting part of having a film in the Vancouver Women in Film Festival this year?

BNS: It’s really exciting to be part of the Vancouver Women in Film Festival this year. It’s my first time being part of the festival. I think celebrating those unique creative female voices is a really great thing to celebrate, to be with the peers around you, but also to be in such a nurturing environment, that really wants you to succeed, and wants you to do your best, and tell the best stories, and recognize you for it.

See the full interview on Youtube here.