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Terry Gilliam On Finishing The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

"I just thought ‘it’s over.’... I didn’t seem to have the energy to want to do anything."

Terry Gilliam talks about how he finished The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus following the death of his lead actor Heath Ledger.

Green Carpet Premiere For Age of Stupid In Vancouver

Franny Armstrong's climate change movie The Age of Stupid had its green carpet premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival on Tuesday night, with a medley of local luminaries from political, film, and television worlds.

Vancouver Film and Television Forum 2009: Storyville Pitching Session

Following the Vancouver Film and Television Forum's Storyville morning session, with the introductions to the panel of commissing editors, we had the pitching session in the afternoon. What a contrast to the last pitching session that I saw at the VIFF Trade Forum.

VIFF Docs Follow the Money

The implosion of the U.S. housing bubble last year, and the subsequent fallout, is the subject of several documentaries at this year's Vancouver International Film Festival (1-16 October). Part of a finance related strand entitled Follow The Money, the docs try to untangle the complex financial web behind the sub-prime disaster

Filmmaking Universe Is Hyperaccelerating

For Peter Dekom, a dry-humoured, Hollywood entertainment lawyer, the single most important factor right now in human development is the speed at which our world is changing.

Dekom, who gave the Vancouver Film and Television Forum keynote talk on Tuesday morning, likes to refer to this "diabolical change" as hyperacceleration.

Vancouver Launches Film Festival Programme

I don't know if it was the fact that Vancouver was under a deluge this morning, or there's just fewer journalists around these days, but the Vancouver International Film Festival media conference seemed less busy than in previous years.

Vancouver Film Festival: Green Filmmakers See Red

The 16-day Vancouver International Film Festival gets underway on 1st October. If previous years are anything to go by, you can expect a programme bursting at the seams with world cinema, documentary, music and arthouse work from across the globe. In particular, with the Earth Summit in Copenhagen coming in December, expect festival artistic director Alan Franey to field a strand of hard-hitting environmental documentaries when the full VIFF programme goes live on 12th September.

Charlie Kaufman Lined Up For Vancouver Trade Forum

Vancouver, Canada – The programme for the 24th Vancouver Film & TV Forum (29 Sept - 2 Oct, 2009) along with New Filmmakers’ Day on 3 Oct, has been announced. Among the highlights of the five day industry and educational event will be a masterclass with non-linear Hollywood scribe Charlie Kaufman.

Vancouver International Film Festival reviews and previews

Films examining man, the land, and cultural identity at Vancouver Film Festival touch on themes close to home in this West Coast city.The Vancouver International Film Festival gets under way this week. Of the films that I've had a chance to preview, one theme that is cropping up is the land and the way that our culture and identity feeds off it.

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