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Totally Indie Day
Sea to Sky | Totally Indie Day

Totally Indie Day, presented by STORYHIVE, is an opportunity for independent content creators to learn more about the art and business of motion pictures. The event will feature experienced industry professionals and rising new talents alike; they’ll be sharing stories, offering insights, passing on tips and more.


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Case Study: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

September 28, 2019, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Vancity Theatre
Join us for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, co-written and co-directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn. The film’s directors and producers will share their experiences with development, financing, shooting in real time and distribution, and they’ll discuss the unique role that Telus STORYHIVE’s Indigenous Youth Mentorship Project played in partnering the film’s key creatives with Indigenous youths. The STORYHIVE Indigenous Youth Mentee’s for this project include Jade Baxter, Olivia Golosky, Rylan Friday, Sol Chiniquay, Peter Robinson, Naomi Kennedy, Jaz Whitford, Jacoby MacDonald, Emma Frank, Tristin Greyeyes, and Michael Wright.
Kathleen Hepburn
Director/Writer, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Tyler Hagan
Producer, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Lori Lozinski
Producer, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Co-Director/Co-Writer, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Helen Haig-Brown
Co-Director, Edge of the Knife
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Workshop with Storyboard Artist Sam Hudecki

September 28, 2019, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm, Vancity Theatre
Sam Hudecki is a celebrated storyboard artist who has collaborated with acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve on such films as Enemy, Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049 and the upcoming Dune. He’ll share his sources of inspiration and his philosophies of drawing, as well as discuss the practical considerations of storyboarding as a critical tool used to communicate a vision to the entire production team.
Sam Hudecki
Storyboard Artist, Blade Runner 2049
Shirley Vercruysse
Executive Producer, BC & Yukon Studio, National Film Board of Canada

Indie Spirits

September 28, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:10 pm, Vancity Theatre
While advancements in technology have democratized the filmmaking process, each production faces its own unique set of rewards and challenges. Let’s hear from our featured auteurs as they share lessons learned making and debuting their early features.
Andrew Huculiak
Writer/Director, Ash
Phillip Youmans
Writer/Director, Burning Cane
Heather Young
Writer/Director, Murmur
Curtis Woloschuk
Associate Director of Programming, VIFF

Meet the Distributors

September 28, 2019, 2:25 pm - 3:30 pm, Vancity Theatre
Let’s chat with our featured distributors, who are currently acquiring indie features and documentaries for big- and small-screen release. Up for discussion: how to approach them with your pitch; how they work with filmmakers; who’s buying what and how much of it; rights; how big a role social media plays in the acquisition process; and the importance—or not—of having a name cast.
Tim Smy
Director, Theatrical Sales, VVS Films
John Bain
Head of Distribution, Level Film
Olivier Gauthier-Mercier
Director, Distribution Sales, Elevation Pictures
Danielle DiGiacomo
Senior Director of Acquisitions and Strategic Partnerships, 1091 Media
Josh Epstein
Writer/Producer, Adventures in Public School

Not Short on Talent: The Rise of the Short Form Documentary

September 28, 2019, 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm, Vancity Theatre
A study of a suburban highway, a profile of Vancouver’s growing e-sports community, a look at Indigenous tattoo practices, a blend of interviews and surrealism… whatever the subject or style, the documentary short can serve it well—and the form is coming into its own. Festivals are programming more and more short docs, filmmakers are treating them as more than just a stepping stone to features and online opportunities are multiplying. Our panelists share their thoughts on why short can be so sweet.
Sandra Ignagni
Director, Highway to Heaven: A Mosaic in One Mile
Melissa Dex Guzman
Director, Smash Forward
Sean Horlor
Co-Director/Producer, The Day Don Died
Steve Adams
Co-Director/Producer, The Day Don Died
Asia Youngman
Director, This Ink Runs Deep
Christina Willings
Producer, TELUS Originals/STORYHIVE
 

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