Out of the Dark and into the Spotlight: Ana Valine Shines with Sitting on the Edge of Marlene

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Ana Valine – Photo by Christine Buijs

Ana Valine has had a charmed run with her first feature film, Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, a story about a less than charmed existence for young Sammie and her pill-popping con artist mother Marlene.

The screenplay, based on the Billie Livingston young adult novella The Trouble with Marlene won the 2011 Women in the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award valued at $120,000 in kind towards production. From there, Ana built momentum with a mentorship with world renowned director Denys Arcand and a script award at The Female Eye Film Festival. Continue reading

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Actor Sonja Bennett creates her own opportunities in the #mustseeBC comedy Preggoland

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Sonja Bennett always knew she wanted to be an actress. After a successful career start, she started to notice a trend in the industry. One that was not so welcoming for seasoned female actors.

Usually the natural order of things is that the longer you do something, and the more seasoned you are, the better you get and the more money you get and the more opportunities you get. It drove Bennett, a Women in Film member, crazy that as an actor it just does not work that way and, unfortunately, there is a window of how long you can actually work. And for most females it is usually in their 20s and 30s. But as she puts it, “the solve is to diversify and make your own opportunities.”  Continue reading

How to Rent, Shop, and Accessorize for Women in Film’s Moulin Madness fundraising party

MM flyer_croppedIt’s been well over a decade since Baz Luhrmann released his pastiche-jukebox musical, Moulin Rouge, but sexy burlesque never goes out of style. This year, Women in Film & Television Vancouver is bringing back Parisian fun for its annual Martini Madness (now Moulin Madness) fundraiser, which kicks off the VIFF Industry Conference.  Keep in mind that you don’t have to go full-out “can-can” when deciding on your look of the night! Here are 10 great tips to help you achieve that sexy Nicole Kidman-inspired Moulin Rouge look – and maybe win the Best Dressed Award judged by Chloë Angus Design!  Continue reading

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