The ACT Arts Centre and The Ridge Film Studios, with the support of the City of Maple Ridge, are thrilled to present the second edition of the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film. Highlighting films created in beautiful British Columbia, the festival is scheduled to take place at The ACT Arts Centre during the last weekend of March.
Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film
When: Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, 2018
Where: The ACT Arts Centre (11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge)
Tickets: Available online, by phone at (604) 476-2787, or in person at The ACT Arts Centre (11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge). Ticket prices range from $10 for single film tickets to $20 for opening night (opening night films + reception) and $50 for a Festival Pass (all films throughout the 3 days + opening night reception).
The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 23 at 6:30pm and features a total of six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary over the course of three days.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23 at 8:00pm
Feature Film: The Prodigal Dad
2017 | Comedy/Drama | Filmed in Vancouver & Squamish
Director: Robert Wenzek | Starring: Brad Dryborough, Krystyna Kozlowski, Ryan Cashin, Allie Pev, Andrea Bang, Mackenzie Gray, Jacqueline Samuda, David Lewis, Fred Ewanuick, & Beverley Elliott
Synopsis: After losing his wife, George arrives uninvited at his daughter Lily’s shared college house, but she is less than thrilled. Surprisingly, Lily’s roommates embrace George and he soon becomes the life of the party – and the instigator of mayhem.
Short Film: No Reservations
2017 | Comedy | Filmed in Maple Ridge
Director: Trevor Carroll | Starring: Lorne Cardinal, Bradley Duffy, & Denise Jones
Synopsis: When Peter and Marilyn Whiteman’s peaceful existence is uprooted by an unforgiving yet jovial corporation, they take matters into their own hands to stop the disruptive installation of a pipeline underneath their house.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 at 5:00pm
Feature Film: Primary
2014 | Thriller | Filmed in Vancouver
Director: Ross Ferguson| Starring: Dustin Milligan, Michael Eklund, & Katharine Isabelle
Synopsis: An insurance executive, seen simultaneously in the future and in the present, is betrayed and left penniless, and then must battle his closest friends to try to gain back his life.
Short Film: The Prince
2017 | Drama | Filmed in Vancouver
Director: Kyra Zagorsky | Starring: Lee Majdoub, Ashé Sabongui, Bodhi Sabongui, Brendan Taylor, Kim Villagante, Scott McGrath, Jennifer Copping, & J. Alex Brinson
Synopsis: Young tap dancer Olivia and her uncle Amir, an actor, struggle with what it means to be Middle-Eastern Canadian in today’s racially divided world. When Amir books a role on a film, Olivia uses her dance routine as a way of expressing her true feelings.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 at 7:30pm
Feature Film: Drone
2017 | Drama/Thriller | Filmed in West Vancouver, Langley, & Mumbai
Director: Jason Borque | Starring: Sean Bean, Patrick Sabongui, Mary McCormack, & Maxwell Haynes
Synopsis: Ideologies collide with fatal results when a military drone contractor meets an enigmatic Pakistani businessman.
Short Film: Cypher
2017 | Drama | Filmed in Burnaby & Vancouver
Director: Lawrence Le Lam | Starring: Jerome Yoo, Alex Barima, James R. Baylis, & Angela Palmer
Synopsis: Tensions still linger in 1997 LA between the Korean-American and the African-American communities after the riots of 1992. After an incident in his father’s restaurant, Jay, a Korean-American high school student, finds himself pulled into LA’s underground hip hop scene where the two worlds collide.
SUNDAY, MARCH 25 at 5:00pm
Feature Film: Hello Destroyer
2017 | Drama | Filmed in Prince George & Vancouver
Director: Kevan Funk | Starring: Sara Canning, Ian Tracey, & Jared Abrahamson
Synopsis: A young junior hockey player’s life is shattered by an in-game act of violence. In an instant, his life is abruptly turned upside down; torn from the fraternity of the team and the coinciding position of prominence, he is cast as a pariah and ostracized from the community. As he struggles with the repercussions of the event, desperate to find a means of reconciliation and a sense of identity, his personal journey ends up illuminating troubling systemic issues around violence.
Short Film: The United Guys Network
2016 | Comedy | Filmed in Vancouver
Director: Tabatha Golat | Starring: Georgie Daburas, David Mackenzie, Meghan Hemingway, Dustin Finerty, John Kerrigan, & Tara Webster
Synopsis: Loving newlywed husband, Paul Seger, is making the other guys in the neighbourhood look bad. Time for the United Guys Network to step in and teach him how to be a “real” husband.
SUNDAY, MARCH 25 at 7:30pm
Documentary: Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux
2016| Documentary | Filmed in the Selkirk Mountains
Director: Damien Gillis | Starring: Craig Pettitt & Toby Spribille
Synopsis: From award-winning documentary filmmaker Damien Gillis (Fractured Land, Oil in Eden) and Valhalla Wilderness Society, Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux is the story of the majesty, magic, and endurance of one of the world’s last truly ancient inland temperate rainforests – the incomparable Incomappleux.
Short Film: Send Us Smokes
2017 | Fantasy | Filmed in New Westminster & Mission
Director: Michelle Kee | Starring: Sara Canning, Matthew MacCaull, & Ada Jones-Kuranko
Synopsis: When 7-year-old Adelaide finds that the care package of cigarettes she prepared for her father won’t be delivered to him, as he serves on the front lines of World War I, she decides to embark on a fantastic adventure to take it to him herself.
Short Film: Scattered
2017 | Comedy | Filmed in North Vancouver
Director: Ellie Harvie | Starring: Kalyn Miles & Debra Sears
Synopsis: Two women venture into the woods to scatter their friend’s ashes and fumble for a way to say goodbye.
I have a pair of passes to give away ($100 value) that will give one lucky winner at their guest access to all films throughout the 3 day festival, plus the opening reception. Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
- Click below to post an entry on Twitter
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, March 2, 2018.
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Update The winner is Shelley!