Film & Media Showcase: Cineworks, WIFTV, DOC BC @ Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, Vancouver [28 June]

Film & Media Showcase: Cineworks, WIFTV, DOC BC

19:00 - 21:00

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Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society
1131 Howe St # 300, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2L7
The Film and Media Showcase is a public forum for members of Cineworks, WIFTV and DOC BC. It provides filmmakers with an opportunity to share their work with other artists and the public, across genres and in a variety of lengths, in a space dedicated to discovery, discussion and inspiration. Each screening will be followed by a question and answer session with creators, with informal conversation and networking.


Run The North | 48 min | 2016
Filmmaker: Jake Bergen (DOC BC)
Run the North is a documentary film that brings the Polar Bear Marathon to the screen… an extreme marathon which takes place in the 'Polar Bear Capital of the World'. Each year, the run brings together a unique collection of adventurers, each with fascinating stories to tell.

A Fare | 11 min 58 sec | 2016
Director/Producer: Lily Hui (WIFTV); Writer: Pamela Jones (WIFTV)
An elderly music teacher meets a curmudgeonly cabbie on his last fare of the day and their lives take a surprising detour. A Fare has screened at Film Cleveland Festival, Vancouver International Women In Film Festival and was finalist in competition at Austin Film Festival. It showed at the Palm Springs Festival Showcase where it was bought by the Gaia Network.

In the Garden | 2 min 8 sec | 2016
Filmmaker: Gregory Brown (Cineworks)
A gardener recounts her conversation with a man from the coffee shop that morning. She fantasizes of what could have been until she comes back to reality and is grounded back in the moment of her garden. Simultaneously living in the past, present, and fantasy, she rallies her thoughts and finds comfort in herself.

VOKRA | 2 min 46 sec | 2017
Filmmaker: Anaïsa Visser (Cineworks)
A short video playfully engaging key issues behind the work of Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association. Created as part of Cineworks’ most recent Play It Forward initiative – an annual program of collaborations bringing together Metro Vancouver nonprofits and filmmakers to communicate the valuable work of the regional nonprofit sector.

LOUD | 3 min 30 sec | 2017
Filmmaker: Isabelle Swiderski (Cineworks)
A short video communicating the ethos and mission of LOUD Scholarship Foundation – a charity supporting the development of emerging leaders in the LGBTQ business community. Created as part of Cineworks’ most recent Play It Forward initiative – an annual program of collaborations bringing together Metro Vancouver nonprofits and filmmakers to communicate the valuable work of the regional nonprofit sector.

Artist Biographies

Jake Bergen
A relative newcomer to the world of documentary filmmaking, Fraser Valley-based Jake Bergen has a background in industry, business and marketing. Despite his interest in film at a young age, he was raised in a cult where the arts were largely considered taboo and as a result, his filmmaking aspirations have taken some time to materialize. He now manages a small non-profit studio by day through which he has produced hundreds of visual media pieces, and in his own time works on passion projects. Jake has produced short documentary-style content for the internet, and is striving to push his boundaries creatively. His first mid-length doc, Run the North, was filmed in Churchill, Manitoba. It premiered at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival in February, and was broadcast on Shaw TV Manitoba.

Lily Hui
Lily started on her path to film and television at Julliard School in New York as a Production Stage Manager, before joining EXPO '86 as Supervisor of Ceremonies. In 1988, she began producing and production managing TV commercials for Polaris Entertainment, (Beyond the Line ) moving on to work as production supervisor, production manager and line producer on projects including Sands of Time (Warner Brothers) and Home Song (CBS). Lily recently produced Seasons 1, 2 & 3 of Lifetime/A+E’s hit series UnReal and season 3 of Mistresses. Other credits include: Black River (for FOX); Kevin of the North (feature film); and Babylon 5 – Legend of the Rangers (Warner Brothers). She is in the final days of producing a Lifetime TV movie starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. A Fare is Lily's first film as director.

Pamela Jones
Pam has written for Knowledge Network for the past 13 years. She has only been screenwriting for the past two years and was thrilled to recently place in the Top 10 at the Cannes Short Screenplay Competition for co-writing Restoration, which also placed at the Cinefest screenwriting competition in Berlin. With a BA from UBC and a Broadcast degree from BCIT, she has written for ad agencies and several major market radio stations as a writer and talk show producer before founding Soundswrite, an audio production company. Recently Pam started StoryMaker Entertainment Inc. to write for and with producers. She is honoured to be on the Board of Directors of Women in Film and on the Advisory Board of BCIT.

Gregory Brown
Gregory Brown is a filmmaker, cinematographer and editor who brings ten years of experience working with top commercial brands and film productions. His visual aesthetic reveals internal worlds, reshaping life's moments.

Anaïsa Visser
Anaïsa grew up all over the world, namely in Mozambique, the United States, then France, before moving to Vancouver to pursue an undergraduate degree at Emily Carr University. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Film, Video and Integrated Media. Since then, she’s worked at Emily Carr University, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, and most recently at William F. White. She dedicates all of her spare time to helping others make their independent films, to writing and producing her own work, and volunteering with the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association as a photographer and videographer. She is also humom to a feline by name of Simon.

Isabelle Swiderski
Isabelle is a human-centered designer by trade and a filmmaker by choice. She has written and directed 2 dramatic shorts that went on to screen in festivals in North America and Europe. She is currently focused on telling stories in other ways but also writing a feature on a journalist covering the Syrian conflict.
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