Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck will be the Closing Night film of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival on Friday, October 13. Shut Up and Say Something, Melanie Wood’s entrancing documentary about internationally acclaimed spoken word artist Shane Koyczan, will screen at its BC Spotlight Awards Gala on Saturday, October 7.
Todd Haynes (Carol) returns with Wonderstruck a marvelous time-traveling tale that follows the parallel fortunes of two deaf 12-year-olds – Ben (Oakes Fegley), a lad in 1977 Michigan, and Rose (luminous newcomer Millicent Simmonds), a girl in 1927 New Jersey – who, for seemingly different reasons, are drawn to a gloriously rendered New York City in search of their own burgeoning identities.
VIFF unveiled its inspiring Creator Talks program, as well as the VIFF LIVE lineup.
VIFF Creator Talks
Jeremy Podeswa, Director, Game of Thrones and Greg Middleton, Cinematographer, Game of Thrones
Emmy nominees, and the winners of multiple awards for their work, director Jeremy Podeswa and cinematographer Greg Middleton are two of Canada’s most successful film and television artists. They most recently brought their skills to the HBO series Game of Thrones, directing and shooting the Season 7 premiere and finale. Earlier collaborations include the films Fugitive Pieces and The Five Senses.
Carlton Cuse, Writer/Executive Producer/Showrunner, Bates Motel
Showrunner Carlton Cuse has mastered the art of primetime storytelling. One of television’s most successful scribes, he’s currently writing, exec-producing and showrunning the upcoming series Jack Ryan for Amazon and Colony for USA. His TV credits include Bates Motel and the smash hit Lost. Carlton also wrote the hit film San Andreas. He is the recipient of 10 Emmy Nominations.
David Slade, Director/Executive Producer, American Gods and Black Mirror
Join us for a fascinating and informative session as David Slade shares some incredibly unique experiences from directing pilots and forming cinematic language for series including the critically acclaimed anthology Black Mirror and hit series American Gods. The Creator Talk will be preceded by a screening of the American Gods episode, “The Bone Orchard.” Hosted by Tim Goodman, Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter.
Ane Crabtree, Costume Designer, The Handmaid’s Tale
A celebrated costume designer for film and television, Ane Crabtree made a lasting impression by creating the look for the Justified, Rectify, Outcast and The Sopranos pilots, along with designing multiple episodes of those shows. Most recently, she has designed costumes for the critically acclaimed series The Handmaid’s Tale. Ane has received Costume Designers Guild Award nominations for Westworld, Masters of Sex and Pan Am.
VIFF LIVE creates exceptional immersive experiences that pair live bands with films. These one-time-only shows provide an opportunity for talented visual artists to collaborate with musicians and explore the interplay between visions and voices.
In addition to the special presentation of The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia accompanied by a live score from Kronos Quartet, VIFF LIVE will also feature live music performing series with some of British Columbia’s hottest rising talent: Little Destroyer, Sam the Astronaut, I M U R, Jon and Roy, LIINKS, Brasstronaut, Tonye, So Loki, Louise Burns, Graftician, Desi Sub Culture and Horsepowar.