29. June 2015 · Comments Off on René Brar’s ‘Martin’s Pink Pickle’ · Categories: Feature Films · Tags: , , , ,

martins_pink_pickle_director_headshotShot in Vancouver, René Brar‘s Canadian Indie Film Martin’s Pink Pickle is an unlikely love story about two misfits who are both stuck in a relationship not of their choosing. Born and raised in Vancouver, Brar studied in the US and spent several years in Los Angeles where he worked as a story editor for Ridley and Tony Scott.

“Martin follows his longtime girlfriend to the small town of Hope, an ironically named hamlet where his dreams die a slow death.  His settled lifestyle is suddenly disrupted when he must take his best friend’s girl, Suzanne, on a trip back to the city for a secret abortion. But when fate conspires to strand them there for 24 hours, they must find a way to kill the time without killing each other.  What began as an awkward errand blossoms into a romantic awakening that will change their lives forever and – ultimately – leave them with some very difficult decisions to make.” – Martin’s Pink Pickle Official Website

Here’s the trailer.

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MV5BMTU5MTI3MjQ1NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDE5MjE2MTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Driven by the stunning visuals of the Norwegian landscape and a powerful original score, the micro-budgeted indie Violent tells 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. Violent is 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.

Here’s the trailer.

A 35-year-old woman fakes being pregnant to fit in with her friends in Preggoland, an indie comedy written by Sonja Bennett and directed by Jacob Tierney.  The film has enjoyed great reviews at the Toronto and Vancouver International Film Festivals and begins a theatrical run this month.

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Canadian director Harold Crooks exposes the dirty world of corporate tax avoidance in The Price We Pay, screening at the ByTowne Cinema in Ottawa on May 3, 4 and 5th.

Crooks was nominated for an Impact Award at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival and the film won Best Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle in 2015. More »