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VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: THE MOUNTAIN OF SGAANA DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER AUCHTER
by Jason Whyte
""This film has two dimensions. One is the story of a distracted young Indigenous fisherman in the present time who is unengaged with the world around him, until one golden evening he is interrupted by a mysterious Mouse Woman dressed in Haida regalia. This Mouse Woman knits, before his eyes, a blanket with illustrations of an ancient story about a courageous young woman. We then move to the past, where we see the young woman and her lover, a sea hunter, snuggled on a beach. The girl sees a sea otter and asks her lover to get it for her. The hunter grabs his spear and wades into the water but is swallowed by a massive two-finned killer whale that takes him to a supernatural world under the sea, named the Mountain of SGaana. The young woman and two small animal companions set out to sea to find the lost lover." Director Christopher Auchter on THE MOUNTAIN OF SGAANA which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT DIRECTOR MATTHEW RANKIN
by Jason Whyte
""New York, 1905. Idealistic Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla desperately tries to complete his Electrical World System while spiraling into nervous abstraction and falling in love with a bird." Director Matthew Rankin on THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: MANIVALD DIRECTOR CHINTIS LUNDGREN
by Jason Whyte
""MANIVALD is about a gay fox in his early thirties who still lives at home with his mother. One day, a young hot wolf comes to fix their washing machine, and things get out of control." Director Chrintis Lundgren on MANIVALD which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: GAME DIRECTOR JEANNIE DONOHOE
by Jason Whyte
""GAME is a sports film with a twist! The story of a young basketball player who wants to go all the way. AJ Green is a new kid in town who shows up to tryouts for the high school boys varsity team. While testing the limits, will talent and drive be enough to make the team? The film stars former L.A. Laker Rick Fox and a cast of real basketball players. GAME is a story for anyone who has ever really wanted something but felt on the outside." Jeannie Donohoe on GAME which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: TEHRAN TABOO DIRECTOR ALI SOOZANDEH
by Jason Whyte
""Using rotoscoped characters and a combination of 3D and drawn elements for the backdrop, TEHRAN TABOO is three intersecting stories. The first centers on Pari, a brazen, warmhearted prostitute, who drags her young son Elias along on house-calls and automobile quickies. Pari's drug-addicted husband is in prison, but she can't get the divorce papers signed until she agrees to be the concubine of a corrupt religious court judge who stashes her in a nice flat in an upscale, doorman-tended building. There, Pari meets pregnant Sara, an unhappily married woman trying to devise a way to get out from under the thumb of her oppressive inlaws. Pari's path also crosses with Babak, a struggling musician, whose one night stand with Donya, a professed bride to be, leaves him struggling to find the money to pay for an operation to restore her virginity." Director Ali Soozandeh on TEHRAN TABOO which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC DIRECTOR MARK KITCHELL
by Jason Whyte
""EVOLUTION OR ORGANIC is the story of the organic agriculture movement, told by those who built it. A motley crew of back-to- the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers' sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It's a heartfelt journey of change, from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food." Director Mark Kitchell on EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC which screens at the 2017 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN DIRECTOR FELLIPE BARBOSA
by Jason Whyte
""GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN traces the last 70 days of my childhood friend Gabriel Buchmann in Africa, until his disappearance on the mythical Mount Mulanje, Malawi, in July 2009. He had been travelling the world for almost one year, in preparation for a PhD in public policies for developing countries, on a very tight budget, living with the people he met. The film recreates Gabriel's last encounters with the real characters who crossed his path, from Kenya to Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi, and follows his footsteps on two great mountains he climbed." Director Fellipe Barbosa on GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN which screens at VIFF 2017!" (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: ANGKOR AWAKENS DIRECTOR ROBERT H. LIEBERMAN
by Jason Whyte
""ANGKOR AWAKENS is an intimate look into the psyche of the Cambodian people. Ostensibly it asks the question, what are the lingering effects on the generation born after the Khmer Rouge genocide. What I have come to discover is that it's really not just specific to Cambodia, but examines how a society can lose its way and go insane. I think it has a lesson to teach us in these troubled times." Director Robert H. Liberman on ANGKOR AWAKENS which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY DIRECTOR DAVID O'LESKE
by Jason Whyte
""Fred Beckey is the original American "Dirtbag" climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey's stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. DIRTBAG tells the exceptional life story of this all-time mountaineering icon, who at age 94 looks back for the first time on his groundbreaking accomplishments and rebellious lifestyle that inspired generations. Beckey is a legendary and polarizing figure to climbers and outdoorsmen, but he's also the perfect film character; lovingly cantankerous, obsessed with his passions to a fault, simultaneously relatable and enigmatic–and we believe the film appeals to a larger audience than just the core fans." Director David O'Leske on DIRTBAG which screens at the 2007 VIFF." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: DAMN BRO DIRECTOR TRAVIS FRICK
by Jason Whyte
""A Haitian student is bullied by a star basketball player into doing his schoolwork and taking his tests, until his hard work produces surprising results for both of them." Director Travis Frick on DAMN BRO! Which screens at the 2017 Vancouver international Film Festival." (more)

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