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

Behind the Lens: Amy Belling, DOP of torture doc-drama Stress Position

DP Amy Belling

DP Amy Belling

It’s been a busy couple of years for cinematographer and producer Amy Belling. In that time, she has lensed five features as well as shorts, music videos and a television series. I manage to squeeze in a chat with her on the same weekend her feature, Stress Position, is opening theatrically in VancouverContinue reading

Vancouver stunt performer Maja Aro nominated for 2014 Taurus World Stunt Award

Aro1 cropped***Update! Maja Aro sent a note: She did not win the award, but had a great time at the show in L.A. as a nominee. Good for you, Maja!***

When Maja Aro comes over to meet me at the Dominion building the athletic young woman is what I had expected from a stunt performer. However, I am impressed when I see two recent scars in her face and a splinted hand. When I ask her about it, Aro smiles and shrugs. Injuries come with her job and she doesn’t make a big fuss about it.

She obtained the cuts at the set of the sci-fi show The Tomorrow People, where she flew through a tempered glass door and got such a big gap on her face it needed stitches. However, Aro says she didn’t deal with it until the take was over and continuity pictures were shot.

“I have a very high pain threshold, luckily, and I don’t bruise easily,” she laughs, Continue reading