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VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: BURMA STORYBOOK DIRECTOR PETR LOM
by Jason Whyte
""Our documentary tells the story of Myanmar's emergence from sixty years of dictatorship through the country's poetry. The main character and his wife are some of the most beautiful and inspiring people you will ever meet. He's a 70 year old poet who was in jail for a long long time. In the film he's waiting for the return of son from political exile, who he hasn't seen for twenty years. We filmed the family reuniting. It will make you cry." Director Petr Lom on BURMA STORYBOOK which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: BULLROARER DIRECTOR FRANCESCO SAVIANO
by Jason Whyte
""A young man leaves behind the distractions of city life and takes a trip to a remote cabin. After settling in for the night, he discovers that something ominous may be lurking close by." Director Francesco Saviano on BULLROARER which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: LUCKY DIRECTOR JOHN CARROLL LYNCH
by Jason Whyte
"The Lowdown: LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having outlived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut "Lucky", is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection. I had the honor to speak with John about LUCKY, a movie I saw twice at South By Southwest Film Festival earlier in the year, about LUCKY which is having the final of three screenings at the 2017 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
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)

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