40 DAYS AT BASE CAMP by Dianne Whelan

40 DAYS AT BASE CAMP is a feature length documentary film that puts a knife through the heart of the Everest myth with stories of climbers being interwoven with the daily life at base camp. 40 DAYS AT BASE CAMP provides a modern take on the transformation of Everest from what was once a revered, sacred space to the mountain theme park it is sadly becoming.

ONE WEEK JOB Vancouver premiere

A year and a half after he graduated from college, Sean Aiken found himself struggling to answer the question “What should I do with my life?” His mother suggested teaching. His older sister told him to apply for an entry-level corporate position. His father said, “it doesn’t matter what you do, just make sure it’s something you’re passionate about.”

Taking his father’s advice to heart, Sean created The One Week Job Project and embarked on an epic journey to find his passion. His goal – work 52 jobs in 52 weeks. http://oneweekjob.com/documentary


1. ONLINE oneweekjob.eventbrite.com Admission – $10

Super Supporter – pay more with a Super Supporter ticket! (funds go towards the One Week Job mission of inspiring others to find their passion).

2. AT THE DOOR Admission – $12

Or by donation for students and underemployed – suggested $5
(no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

WHEN: Jan 15, 2011

WHERE: Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique, 1131 Howe Street.

2PM Reception, followed by a screening of the film. There will be a post film Q&A with Sean Aiken & Ian MacKenzie.

* a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Steps Over Swaziland (http://www.nnlfilm.com/steps-over-swaziland)

Musical performances during the reception by Karly Warkentin and guests. Copies of Sean’s book One-Week Job Project and One Week Job on DVD available for sale!

WE CAN’T SEE YOU BEATING US at Vancity Theater

This award winning film by DOC BC Board Member Adelina Suvagau will have its world premiere at Vancity Cinema February 5, 2011.

For most of us, the thought of losing our vision is unimaginable: living in a world of darkness seems almost unbearable Indeed, the blind and those losing their sight can experience grief, alienation, fear, and depression. Yet many who cannot see reject the social model of disability that defines blindness as a deficiency or an illness. What actually disables is being excluded or stigmatized because of differing vision. Whether ostracized or pitied, the blind may have a harder time with our prejudice than with their lack of sight. For some, the antidote is to nurture self-confidence and independence – and occasionally shattering all expectations…

Meet Linda, David Yvonne and Jim. Each of them lost their sight in early adulthood. All have struggled with personal crises – from failed marriages to lost jobs, from medical disasters to shattered dreams. Yet all four have found individual ways to deal with their blindness and find success in their lives. Despite their different diagnoses and personal backgrounds, they now share extraordinary experiences: paddling together on a dragon boat team called “Eye of the Dragon” and filming with no vision.

Descriptive video for the visually impaired will be available on the DVD release.

WE CAN’T SEE YOU BEATING US was exclusively funded through OMNI’s Independent Producers Initiative, a $32.5 million independent production fund that to date has supported over 200 new documentary programmes.


Julia Ivanova’s FAMILY PORTRAIT goes to Sundance

Congratulations to our very own board member Julia Ivanova: her latest, FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE, will have its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance festival in Park City, Utah.

In a small Ukrainian town, Olga Nenya raises 16 black orphans amidst a population of Slavic blue-eyed blondes. Their stories expose the harsh realities of growing up as a bi-racial child in Eastern Europe.

This Land

In March 2007, seven Canadian and Inuit rangers and documentary filmmaker Dianne Whelan set out to cover more than 2000 km of the harshest terrain on the planet. They confront blizzards, labyrinths of crushed sea ice and near-impassable glaciers, with temperatures hovering around -50°C, to raise a flag on the northernmost tip of Canadian soil. With a mesmerizing soundtrack by Nunavut-born singer and narrator Tanya Tagaq and spectacular footage of the Arctic landscape, Dianne Whelan’s documentary captures the epic adventure with raw immediacy.

THIS LAND, an NFB production, won best LEO for Best SHORT DOC and best OVERALL SOUND. http://www.diannewhelan.com

Marriage Fraud: The Price of Heartache

Looking for love in a foreign land, many single Canadians, including three subjects of this documentary, put it all on the line to find a partner for life. The stakes are high, because what seems like love could actually be marriage fraud. From Lainie’s day in court to Stephanie’s struggle with converting to Islam to Roxanne’s joyful welcoming of her new husband home, each woman has to struggle with the question of her spouse’s honesty — is he coming to Canada for love, or for residency status? Marriage fraud is a more common occurrence in Canada than we might think, due to our immigration laws and the Canadian government’s failure to enforce them. Canadians who shockingly discover they are being maliciously used by the individuals who claimed to love them can attest to the difficulty of forcing the government to investigate their cases. The final humiliation is the perpetrators are allowed to remain in Canada while the victims suffer through financial and emotional hardship. In the end the question remains, will the Canadian government do something to ease the victims’ pain? What is the right thing to do?

No Fun City

No Fun City is a film about the underground music scene in Vancouver and its ongoing struggle in a city that seems hell-bent on shutting down all the fun. Witnessing the ups and downs of life behind the scenes, we watch as venues are closed, parties are raided, and musicians resort to playing in illegal venues, warehouses, and even parking lots. No Fun City focuses on the lives of local promoters such as Wendy 13 from the Cobalt and Malice Liveit from the Sweatshop as they face police raids, evictions, deportation, million dollar lawsuits, and city hall in order to keep Vancouver’s underground music scene alive.


Under Our Skin

A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money UNDER OUR SKIN exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are all in their head. Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.