Seycove Secondary School students
With popcorn churning, box office humming and couches front and centre in classrooms-transformed-into-theatres, the Grade 11s and 12s at Seycove Senior welcomed REEL CANADA into the heart of Deep Cove in North Vancouver, BC, for their first film festival!
Students had opportunities to meet a variety of guests. They heard behind-the-scenes collaborations to movie-making, were privy to personal journeys into the craft of acting, screenwriting and producing/directing and were encouraged to unpack the issues and stories told through a diverse programme of Canadian films of different genres, lengths and themes with the help of guests, REEL CANADA facilitators and their teachers.
NOT ANOTHER DAMN MUSICAL actor, Frank Zotter
Guests included Frank Zotter, actor and star of NOT ANOTHER DAMN MUSICAL, a short film made during the Crazy8s filmmaking competition in Vancouver. Despite its strong festival life, this was Frank's first time screening the film with an audience! Robert Chomiak, co-writer of FIDO, attended and spoke to a packed room about his experiences developing, making and following the distribution of FIDO. And via Skype, Paul Saltzman connected to attentive students following the screening of PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI, full of anecdotes on the making of a documentary and on the art of capturing sensitive subject matter.
PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI filmmaker, Paul Saltzman
The principal, David Overgaard, spoke to us about how this festival props up his school’s themes for 2013: community and experiential learning. He was clearly thrilled at the event’s production value and joined the audiences at a number of the screenings throughout the day. Lead teacher Sean Clancy was impeccable to work with, taking care of so very many details to make this day run as smoothly as possible. Kerry Henderson, the Seycove teacher facilitator, jumped in to provide set-up and discussion points on THE TROTSKY and C.R.A.Z.Y. Her students were overheard in deep discussion into the lunch hour about the films, and the issues they raised.
For REEL CANADA, it was a chance to continue our gradual infiltration of the entire Lower Mainland, another notch on our belt of “RC/BC” communities.