B.C. filmmaker, Kathleen Hepburn has been smashing the Vancouver International Film Festival with her feature, Never Steady, Never Still. A film about a devoted mother that works in Alberta’s oil fields, struggling with Parkinson’s and a son dealing with the tough development of adulthood attempting to get a hold of his sexual identity.
Hepburn has received a handful of prizes and recognition from: Union of B.C. Performers/ ACTRA ($7,500 cash prize), William F. White. ($10,000 equipment credit), the Directors’ Guild of Canada ($2,000 Emerging Canadian Director Award), Sea to Sky Award ($20,000 which recognizes the effort from a female key creative in a B.C. – produced feature or short film)
Another B.C. feature film, Wayne Wapeemuka’s Luk’Luk’I captures the Downtown Eastside on the last day of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. With the use of nonactors playing semi-fictional versions of themselves, Wayne mentioned that “it wasn’t a calk walk in any way, shape, or form.” The feature was recognized as the Best B.C. Film ($10,000 development bursary), from the Harold Greenberg Fund and a $15,000 reward for post-production service from Encore.
Other artists that were recognized were Yassmina Karajah’s Rupture, for the Best B.C. Short Film award ($5,000) from Creative BC. Rupture is about four Arab teens on the search for a public swimming pool in their new Canadian home.
Cory Bowles’ Black Cop received the Best Canadian Film, ($10,000) from the Directors Guild of Canada. This mysterious film features an unnamed character who uses his title against the privileged white folk.
There’s a ton of local talent in our province and country.
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