BC-shot ‘arthouse thriller’ screens this Thursday, with cast and crew in attendance

Aden Young and Camille Sullivan come together to help their daughter in the BC-shot family/horror/sci-fi drama The Unseen.

A family drama with horror/sci-fi elements, The Unseen is a B.C.-shot movie that its makers call an “art-house thriller.”

Released on the festival circuit in 2016, the movie is getting a screening this Thursday at the Rio Theatre. Cast and crew will be in attendance at the July 12 screening, which starts at 9:30 p.m. (doors: 9 p.m.) Here’s a closer look at the film and cast.

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BC-shot ‘arthouse thriller’ screens this Thursday, with cast and crew in attendance

Special Deadpool screening to #SavetheRio

Our Crowdfunding Campaign is now complete! Thanks to all our Rio Fans we raised over 500K! As the

#SavetheRio is a fundraising campaign for the East Vancouver’s Rio Theatre. Since launching earlier this year, it has raised over $500k—”making it the highest funded campaign in the history of crowdfunding, for our industry,” according to Indiegogo.

But the theatre is still working on the full amount needed for a deposit—$3m. With the clock running, the independent theatre is hosting a number of fundraisers next week (June 24-26). They include a live podcast and special screenings of Deadpool, a documentary about the cult TV series Freaks and Geeks. See more below.

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Special Deadpool screening to #SavetheRio

Badass welcomes Badsville at film fest this weekend

Director April Mullen’s feature Badsville screens at the Rio Theatre as part of this year’s BadAss Film Festival.

The Fourth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival is the biggest edition of the annual festival in its four-year history.

Running Feb. 23-25 at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), the event includes six feature-length films (including four premieres), shorts, special guests and a circus performance. Visit vbaff.com for details.

One of those feature-length films is April Mullen’s violent gang film Badsville (screening at 10 p.m. Feb. 24). We talked to the director, who splits her time between Toronto, L.A. and other locales, about Badsville, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and being part of a festival like Badass.

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Badass welcomes Badsville at film fest this weekend

Lord of the Rings Fans Can Watch the Entire Trilogy at Rio Theatre

Lord of the Rings fans, prepare for an epic viewing party.

January brings with it cold, snowy weather that inspires some of us to hightail it to local ski hills and others to hunker down under warm covers and hibernate ‘til spring. This winter, the Rio Theatre is offering another option: haul yourself out of bed and settle in at the theatre for a full day’s binging of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Continue reading:
Lord of the Rings Fans Can Watch the Entire Trilogy at Rio Theatre

Card game makes fun of Vancouver traditions like _______ and __________.

The Fictionals committing Improv Against Humanity. Photo courtesy Zemekiss Photo.

One of Vancouver’s hardest-working improv troupes has released a new party game that makes fun (with love, of course) of our fair city.

Created by the Fictionals Comedy Co., Cards Against Vancouver is a spin-off of the hugely popular Cards Against Humanity game. The Fictionals recruited dozens of Vancouver comedians and comedy fans to create the game, which is free to download, print and play. And the troupe will officially launch the game Dec. 20 at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) as part of its monthly show Improv Against Humanity.

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Card game makes fun of Vancouver traditions like _______ and __________.

Eight New Year’s Eve Events in Vancouver to Fit Any Style of Celebration

Spectacular fireworks over Coal Harbour usher in the new year with a bang.

Whether you’re ringing in 2018 with your sweetie or a group of friends, craving a wild costume party or intimate dinner, or seeking a celebration that suits even the youngest revelers, Vancouver has a New Year’s event to suit. Read on for eight soirées in and around Vancouver that will guarantee a December 31 to remember.

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Eight New Year’s Eve Events in Vancouver to Fit Any Style of Celebration

Where to celebrate the life and music of Gord Downie in Vancouver

Gord Downie. David Bastedo photo.

Even non-Canadians probably noticed a pall over the country these past couple of days.

On Oct. 17, we lost one of our greatest poets and chroniclers. Gord Downie, frontman for Kingston band the Tragically Hip, was 53 when he passed away from brain cancer.

Fans of the singer and the group he helped form over three decades ago were, and still are, bereft. There have been gatherings and impromptu musical tributes to Downie, in his hometown of Kingston and across the nation. Fans are still coming to terms with their grief. No doubt we can expect many tributes to Downie and his music in the weeks and months to come.

In the meantime, there are a couple of events in Vancouver that will allow people to grieve together, to share stories, memories and music. One is a screening of the new documentary about the Tragically’s Hip’s final tour; another is a chance to sing one of the band’s greatest songs with others.

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Where to celebrate the life and music of Gord Downie in Vancouver