ENTER TO WIN Four Tickets to National Geographic Live’s “Birds of Paradise”!

A red bird of paradise adult male performing a practice display.

In a few short weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into the lush wilderness of New Guinea to meet 39 species of birds of paradise – one of the world’s most astonishing avian creatures, whose secret lives, bizarre displays and sultry courtship antics are explored at National Geographic Live’s “Birds of Paradise”, presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres. Continue reading:
ENTER TO WIN Four Tickets to National Geographic Live’s “Birds of Paradise”!

Trash Talk Documentary

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What happens to our trash after we throw it away? In this doc, the film makers behind SHIFT take a closer look at what Vancouver’s new organics ban means when it comes to our garbage and meet three local companies doing incredible things with our waste. They also track and store our garbage for 30 days to see what our waste footprint really looks like.

Top Canadian Films at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival

Oil Sands Karaoke Photo credit: VIFF

Oil Sands Karaoke Photo credit: VIFF

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) kicks off this Thursday, September 26 and runs until October 11. Besides attracting top directors from all over the globe, VIFF always includes a cool cadre of Canadian-made films.

The Canadian Images series showcases the best of Canadian feature-length and short films. This year, 75 films were selected out of approximately 600 submissions.

On Sunday, Inside Vancouver blogger Remy Scalza shared some of his festival choices with you, now it’s my turn. Below you’ll find some of my Canadian film picks. From two hapless Quebecois cycling fundraisers to west coast salmon warriors, there’s a range of must-see Canadian cinema during this year’s Canadian Images.

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Top Canadian Films at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival

Documentary Film Festival Coming to Vancouver: DOXA, May 4-13

Yemen. 2011.  A struggling Yemeni tour guide is trying to keep his travel agency and hotel afloat while revolution breaks out all around him.  When gunfire and rocket attacks cut one tour short, he returns home to the capital only to find pro- and anti-government forces facing off in the streets.  Will he join the revolution or go about business as usual?

This is the central dilemma in The Reluctant Revolutionary one of more than 100 documentaries from around the globe being screened at this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, May 4 – May 13 at venues around Vancouver.   Themes range from the Arab Spring and dissidence in China to sex workers, psychedelic drugs and grizzly bears.   For documentary fans, it’s a unique chance to see award-winning works from Canada and abroad, world premieres and groundbreaking interactive productions.

DOXA (which is a philosophical term meaning a belief tested by debate) kicks off on May 4 with a special interactive documentary called Bear 71Continue reading:
Documentary Film Festival Coming to Vancouver: DOXA, May 4-13