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DGC Master Class Series: Adam Arkin

Program Running Time 90 min.

May 28 03:00 pm

Films in Program

(90 mins)

Launching in 2016, the Directors Guild of Canada is pleased to present a series of Master Classes in partnership with VIFF. We are thrilled to announce our inaugural guest, ADAM ARKIN, a director, and actor with multiple Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his work on Chicago Hope and Northern Exposure. His TV directing credits include the award-winning series Fargo, Masters of Sex, Justified, Backstrom, Sons of Anarchy and Secrets and Lies to name but a few.


Program Running Time 72 min.

Jun 24 06:30 pm
Jun 25 06:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Anna Rose Holmer
(USA, 2016, 72 mins, DCP)

On the surface The Fits is a simple story about an 11-year-old girl joining a local dance group, but this mesmerising film is truly about bodies, movement, individualism and the group. The title puns on physical fitness, fitting in (Toni’s brother boxes in the gym next door to the rehearsal space, and Toni works out there too), and the unexplained physical spasms that befall several of the dancers.

Vancouver Iranian Film presents: The Girl's House

Program Running Time 78 min.

Jun 15 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Shahram Shah-Hosseini
(Iran, 2015, 78 mins)

The Girl’s House deals with issues facing Iranian women while telling the story of two female university students who try to solve the mystery surrounding the murder of one of their classmates.

Conservative media have slammed the film for being against “traditional and family values” and despite a number of revisions, it has not received a permit for public screening in Iran.


Program Running Time 108 min.

Jun 24 08:10 pm
Jun 25 07:50 pm

Films in Program

(USA, 2015, 108 mins, DCP)

Set in a remote forest ashram in India, the film explores the daily life of the followers of Swami Dayananda, one of the last teachers of Vedanta. Rather than focus on the Swami or the intricacies of his teachings, Gurukulam places the audience in the ashram, evoking a visceral presence of the place and a tactile sense of the sacred.

Neon Bull

Program Running Time 101 min.

Jun 17 08:30 pm
Jun 23 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Gabriel Mascaro
(Brazil, 2015, 101 mins, DCP)

Wild, sensual and utterly transporting, Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second fiction feature unfolds within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar, a handsome cowboy who works the events. While he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar’s real dream is to design exotic outfits for dancers.

Courted (L'hermine)

Program Running Time 98 min.

Jun 17 06:30 pm
Jun 23 01:00 pm
Jun 23 01:00 pm
Jun 23 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Christian Vincent
(France, 2015, 98 mins, DCP)

In this elegant, witty courtroom drama, the outcome of the trial gradually slips into the background as Christian Vincent instead focuses on the courtship between the presiding judge (Fabrice Luchini, from Gemma Bovery and Cycling with Moliere) and one of the reserve jurists (Sidse Babett Knudsen from The Duke of Burgundy and TV’s Borgen). Witty, subtle and ultimately poignant, this is like an especially polished episode of The Good Wife, augmented with a certain savoir faire.

Gathering Festival & Cineworks present: Gathering Rhythms

Program Running Time 120 min.

This free show presented in association with The Gathering Festival and Cineworks features a program of locally produced short films, live music, and the world premiere of a 26-minute short film, The Sound We See: A Vancouver City Symphony, made by 10 young people on 16mm black and white film, with musical accompaniment by Martin Reisle in collaboration with invited street performers.

Short films:

The Gathering Place; 4:00 min; 2016

Director: Neil Volkey

An introduction to the work of The Gathering Place Community Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown South neighbourhood. Commissioned as part of Cineworks’ Play It Forward program 2016, supporting Metro Vancouver filmmakers, charities and non profits.

Intersections: Message to Younger Self (x2) 2 mins

Our World – Kamx’id; 1:42 min; 2015;

Director: Jeremy Wamiss

A magical animation that celebrates the carver.

Imagine Still Creek; 5:36 min; 2014

Director: Benjamin Rosen-Purcell

A live-action animation and dream-like meditation on time and trace, shot where the Still Creek stream still flows in Vancouver and Burnaby, BC. Featuring music by The End Tree.

Not Just Black & White; 6:49 min; 2013;

Director: Lisa G

Like tourists, we visit different neighbourhoods searching for cultural diversity. Do women feel welcome in this Canadian city, Vancouver BC? Stories inspired by the Diverse Voices & Portraits project.

Vancouver Special; 5:00 min; 2005;

Director: Lisa Marr

A portrait of Vancouver through images of one of its most quietly iconic residential architectures.

Savage; 6:00 min; 2010;

Director: Lisa Jackson

Anishinaabe filmmaker and SFU grad Lisa Jackson’s remarkable “residential school musical,” a genre-mixing depiction of a young girl’s journey into a dark part of Canadian history. Winner, Genie Award for Best Short.

Streetcar; 7:00 min; 1907

Director: William Harbeck

The earliest known surviving film footage of Vancouver, shot by US filmmaker William Harbeck, from the front platform of a streetcar as it made its way through the streets of Downtown and the West End. Originally sent to the National Archives in Ottawa, this extraordinary film is preserved and made available by the City of Vancouver Archives.


The Sound We See: A Vancouver City Symphony; 26:00; 2016;

HD video transfer from b&w handmade 16mm film; live soundtrack

Directors: Various

Music by Martin Reisle and collaborators

An intimate portrait of Vancouver from the perspectives of 10 young people, in which the changing rhythms of a 24 hour period are expressed in 24 minutes of film. The film features a live musical score, performed by Vancouver-based musician Martin Reisle, in collaboration with the filmmakers and invited street performers.

The Sound We See is a framework for exploring place through analogue filmmaking with celluloid film, established by Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo –– traveling Canadian filmmakers and founding members of Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles. Discovering and redefining techniques of past avant grade urban documentarians, the project has sparked a global ‘Slow Film’ movement with youth and their communities in Canada, USA, Netherlands, India, Germany, Vietnam and the UK. This film was commissioned by Cineworks in partnership with The Gathering Place Community Centre, with the support of a BC Arts Council Youth Engagement Grant.

Jun 19 07:45 pm

Films in Program

(Moving Images & Music Celebrating the Rhythms of Place)
Directed By: Various
(Canada, 2016, 120 mins)

This free show presented in association with our neighbours The Gathering Festival and Cineworks features a program of locally produced short films, live music, and the world premiere of a 26 minute short film, The Sound We See: A Vancouver City Symphony, made by 10 young people on 16mm black and white film, with musical accompaniment by Martin Reisle.

After the Last River

Program Running Time 86 min.

Jun 13 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Victoria Lean
(Canada, 2015, 86 mins)

Attawapiskat is a name we are hearing more often: it’s the community that has been riven with a horrific spate of suicides this past year, and the same community which Stephen Harper implied was some kind of mis-managed money pit for Canadian tax payers (misleadingly, as it turns out). Vicky Lean filmed there from 2008 to 2013, a period which saw the much-heralded arrival of a new neighbour for Attawapiskat in the form of a De Beers diamond mine, just 90 miles away. Her film may be the most pressing portrait of Canada you will see all year.