Driven by the stunning visuals of the Norwegian landscape and a powerful original score, the micro-budgeted indie Violenttells the story of a young woman and her last memories of the five people who loved her most.
Best known as the drummer for innovative Canadian pop band We Are The City, director Andrew Huculiak has had a long standing passion for cinema. Violentis his first feature film.
The film just swept the best feature, direction, screenwriting and music categories at the 2015 Leo Awards during a gala celebration on Sunday June 14. In a separate celebration on June 6, Joseph Schweers was honoured for Violent’s cinematography and editing, while he also shared the best visual effects trophy with Marc Whitelaw. The Leo Awards are the awards program for the British Columbia film and television industry. Held each May or June in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Leo Awards were founded by the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia and in 1999.
The film was also named best Canadian and best BC feature at the Vancouver International Film Festival last year.
Human Harvest (aka Davids and Goliath), a controversial documentary on organ harvesting in China directed by Vancouver filmmaker Leon Lee just won a prestigious Peabody Award.
“It’s the highest honour in Canadian broadcast TV, something that (Stephen) Colbert recently proclaimed to be ‘like an Oscar wrapped in an Emmy inside a Pulitzer.’ Unlike Oscars and Grammys, the Peabodys revolve around a unanimous vote of 17 judges. Try to get a bunch of creative types to agree on anything, and you’ll soon see why the award is so highly coveted within the broadcast industry.” — VancityBuzz
“Winning the Peabody is a great honour and the highlight of my career so far. My hope is that the attention this film receives can help shine a light on the terrible crime of organ harvesting.” – Leon Lee
Canadian filmmaker Ingrid Veninger inspired attendees at the Digi60 Summer Institute of Film and Television in Ottawa last year when she spoke about her approach to independent filmmaking and presented her film The Animal Project. If you missed SIFT, check out this in-depth interview conducted by the folks at The Seventh Art, where she covers some of the same points. The Animal Project is available on demand on Vimeo.