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Filmmakers’ festival

Nicole Fitzgerald
gives us the scoop on what's rolling at the Whistler Film Festival.



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Mosca was impressed with the film’s backing as well as Talelight’s well-stocked script library, penned by Upton’s business partner Jeff Richards. And a month and a half later, Mosca flew from Montreal to Vancouver to close the three-film deal.

Richards’s Notes From A Life, a psychological drama about a woman forced to confront her father as both man and artist, is the first of three scripts to be produced for theatrical distribution, home entertainment and television.

Past Equinoxe Film box office successes included Un dimanche a Kigali, The Passion of the Christ , My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Mambo Italiano .

“I think these trade forums are extremely valuable,” Upton said. “I would encourage anyone who is considering attending to be very proactive when it comes to initiating relationships with people that you would like to work with in the future, but also to be well prepared once you make that initial contact.”

Echoes of an Epic screens at the Whistler Film Festival prior to Sarah Polley’s Away From Her on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9:30 p.m. at Village 8 Cinemas.

Echoes of an Epic , a two-time Leo-nominated film, follows the story of an artist who becomes all consumed in his obsession with art, which both exalts and destroys him — something all filmmakers can attest to as they invest blood, sweat and tears. That was true in the literal sense for filmmaker Ken Hegan, whose dedication to his craft led to him taking one for the team when a hockey player slammed into the makeshift camera rigging with Hegan behind the lens. But all was well; the camera was left unharmed.

Commissioning filmmakers to chop up credit cards

Voice of Treason producer Ken Hegan stands in the kitchen of his Vancouver home looking at an envelope stamped with an automatic approved credit rating for a new credit card. The application form spells film funding, but his wife swore divorce if he funded a film off a credit card again. He already maxed out his credit when she agreed to let him write about their wedding, enabling the crafty freelance journalist to orchestrate a $32,000 wedding without spending a dime.

So when Hegan sat down to watch his friend Tracy Smith’s Whistler Stories debut at the Whistler Film Festival last year, he saw more than a filmmaking opportunity presented to him. The wily scribbler saw a means to expand the $5,000 Whistler Stories filmmaking grant to a $50,000 in-value production while at the same time ensuring a happy marriage for years to come.