The Whistler Film Festival is commonly known for featuring independent films, and providing networking and career development opportunities during the five days of the festival. But this year, they’ve added a new event to their schedule to commemorate the life and achievements of the 44-year-old Canadian film producer, William Vince, who lost his fight with cancer in June.
Throughout his career, Vancouver-born Vince produced over 35 feature films, including the 2006 Oscar-nominated Capote, and contributed immensely to the B.C. film industry through his dedicated mentorship of emerging talent.
“Bill loved his work and had an endless passion for it. His vision touched so many of us in this industry,” Rob Merilees of Infinity Features said in a recent press release. “All of us at Infinity are delighted to be a part of this wonderful tribute to Bill at the Whistler Film Festival this year. I feel it will be a great night remembering and paying tribute to an amazing producer and friend.”
The Whistler Film Festival will host a special memorial tribute, Celebrating William Vince, on Friday, Dec. 5 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Telus Conference Centre. The evening will include clips of classic Vince moments, and on-stage recollections from friends and colleagues.
Canadian-born director, producer, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Rules of Attraction, Bewoulf), American writer and film director, Roger Kumble (Cruel Intentions, Just Friends, College Road Trip) and Canadian-born actor and producer, Barry Pepper, (The Snow Walker, Saving Private Ryan, Enemy of the State, The Green Mile) will be in attendance at the memorial, which is followed by a special screening of Stone of Destiny at Village 8 Cinemas.
“The Whistler Film Festival is honoured to be the host of this special tribute to William Vince, whose work in so many ways remains an inspiration to us all,” festival director Shauna Mishaw Hardy said in a recent press release.
Tickets to the memorial can be purchased online at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com , with 50 per cent of proceeds donated to the British Columbia Film Foundation, with matching funds from B.C. Film going towards the development of the William Vince Scholarship Fund.
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