As the 16th annual Whistler Film Festival kicks off this weekend high in the Canadian Mountains, MEDIA INC MAGAZINE continues their coverage and support of #WomenInFilm who’s creative vision behind the camera gives hope and inspiration to the next generation and of younger feamale filmmakers.
“With 15 feature films in our lineup directed by women and over half of the participants in our talent programs being women, the Whistler Film Festival is committed to ensuring that their stories have the best opportunity for success.”, said Co-Founder and Festival Executive Director Shauna Hardy Mishaw. “The industry is calling for change and WFF is behind the movement to ensure that it happens. This year, we’re putting women at the top of our agenda and our mountain.”
Media Inc Magazine is proud to introduce each of these women and thier spectacular works of art as a collective celebration of thier hard work and passion to level the playing field with the boys enhancing gender equality in the workplace. Now let’s meet this years WFF Women In Film! (Not in any specific order)
The Will to Fly – Australia | 95min | Canadian Premiere | 2016 | English | English Sub.Screening Times: Dec 3rd @5pm and Dec 4th @ 3:30pm – Maury Young Arts Centere**Media Inc’s #1 Documentary Pick! **An extraordinary sports biography of Australian Olympic ski jumper Lydia Lassila as she trains to become the first woman to ever successfully complete a quadruple, twisting triple somersault jump, a move that combines skiing prowess and gymnastic ability. This Film is a story about resilience, dreams and fulling one’s destiny in life! *Sports Documentary and Women Empoerment *Thee Death (and life) of Carl Narrdlinger – Canada | 92min | World Premiere | 2016 | EnglishWriter / Directer: Katherine Schlemmer
Before the Streets – Canada | 97min | Western Canadian Premiere | 2016 | Atikamekw | English Sub.
Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity and MM Power Rangers) presents her directorial debut heartfelt comedy feature film about a proud new father who learns that his wife took his infertility into her own hands with a 19-year old university student and sets out on a journey to find the biological baby-daddy. Brilliant cast including Michael Ironside (Top Gun), Julia Sarah Stone, David Peatkau (FlashPoint TV Series and Crimminal Minds) and Sonya Salomma (Flashpoint TV Series). EPIC soundtrack including three songs written and performed by Canadian Award Nominated Lead actor Michael Cram.
The Sun at Midnight – Canada | 93min | Western Canadian Premiere | 2016 | EnglishWriter/Director: Kirsten CarthewThe adventure/drama tells the story of Lia, a troubled teenager from Montreal who is sent to live with her grandmother in Ft. McPherson. Desperate to get back to the city, she flees into the wilderness and finds a world of danger and vulnerability. She meets Alfred, a caribou tracker, who reluctantly takes her under his wing. When Alfred is severely wounded in a bear attack, their roles reverse and Lia must fight to save both their lives.
Anatomy of Violence – Canada – 93min – Western Canada Premier – Hindi – English Sub
Director: Deepa Mehta
Deepa Mehta takes an innovative docudrama approach to analyzing the rape culture that exists in India. She specifically workshopped six character backgrounds to depict the infamous rapists of a young woman on a decommissioned bus. Grinding poverty, deep-rooted misogyny and a sense of male entitlement are explored to great effect.
Broken – Canada – 68min – Western World Premier – English
Director: Lynne Spencer
Ballet BC’s prima ballerina Simone Orlando overcomes a career threatening injury in this intimate portrait of what happens to an artist (or athlete) who has devoted their life to a single pursuit when personal injury threatens that very way of life. Orlando is now CEO of Ballet Kelowna.
Sled Dogs – Canada – 82min – World Premier – English
Director: Fern Levitt
A provoking expose of the cruelty to dogs that permeates the commercial dog sled operations that supply sled dogs for such famous races as the Iditarod in Alaska. The film addresses the sled dog cull that occurred in Whistler and the attempts by locals to run an ethical puppy farm in its stead.
From the Land of the Moon
Below Her Mouth