Actor Sonja Bennett creates her own opportunities in the #mustseeBC comedy Preggoland

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Sonja Bennett always knew she wanted to be an actress. After a successful career start, she started to notice a trend in the industry. One that was not so welcoming for seasoned female actors.

Usually the natural order of things is that the longer you do something, and the more seasoned you are, the better you get and the more money you get and the more opportunities you get. It drove Bennett, a Women in Film member, crazy that as an actor it just does not work that way and, unfortunately, there is a window of how long you can actually work. And for most females it is usually in their 20s and 30s. But as she puts it, “the solve is to diversify and make your own opportunities.”  Continue reading

Producer Robyn Wiener takes flight with Black Fly

“I love the creative challenge of making films and love working with creative people” - Robyn Wiener, producer.

“I love the creative challenge of making films and love working with creative people” – Robyn Wiener, producer.  Photo by Wendy D

Past president of Women in Film + Television Vancouver and long-time member Robyn Wiener is an energetic, committed film producer who loves a challenge—and with over 50 professional credits she has obviously risen to many of the trials and tribulations that filmmaking can bring.

Her latest film to grace the screens at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is Black Fly, written and directed by Jason Bourque & produced by Ken Frith of Gold Star Productions.

Robyn had known Jason for a number of years and they talked about working together on other projects. Then Black Fly came along and she knew right away she wanted to be involved.  Continue reading

Suzanne Crocker finds happiness in the Yukon wilderness in her doc “All the time in the World”

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***Update: The 10th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival (#VIWIFF2015) is please to offer an encore screening of All the Time in The World on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3 PM. This screening is open to audiences of all ages. The feature documentary is preceded by three shorts, of which two are local: Michelle Kee’s Mattress and Arwen Hunter’s Vie.***

“I always envisioned myself as being one of those moms who would have fresh baked cookies and a glass of milk ready for their kids when they walked in the door after school,” says filmmaker Suzanne Crocker in the opening scene of her new doc All The Time In The World, as she pulls a canoe jam-packed with supplies up a rocky Canadian river. But she always felt there wasn’t enough time for the things that really counted.

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