The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts opens their doors for the 14th annual Crazy 8’s short film screening at 7PM on Saturday, February 23rd. The event will showcase six new short films that were created by some of Vancouver’s most talented up-and-coming filmmakers. These films, that range from noir thrillers to dramatic comedies and science fiction, were made in only eight days!
Here’s a glimpse of what the night has in store for you:
A playful riff on the value of human connection, “When I Saw You” gives voice to the “Missed Connections” ads written by people who wish they were brave enough to speak up and take chances. In a world of missed opportunities, mixed signals and the fear of appearing vulnerable, will anyone be bold enough to start the conversation?
Director/Writer: Jane Hancock
Producers: Nicholas Carella and Michelle Ouellet
In this homage to the great film noir thrillers of the 1940s and 50s, hard-boiled private eye Hamilton Drake is hired to chase down the rat who’s blackmailing rich dame Georgia Thurlow and her sultry movie star companion, Carrall Cordova. But in this sapphic underworld, nothing is ever black and white.
Director/Writer: Mackenzie Gray
Producers: Ryan Catherwood and Simona Atias
Danny’s over Jake, but that doesn’t mean that Jake’s over Danny. Six months after their breakup, Jake finally gets the call he’s been waiting for – Danny needs him to come over. But when Jake discovers all his ex really needs is a dog-sitter, mayhem ensues. A dark comedy revenge action movie about kicking ass, letting go and moving on.
Director: Sean Tyson
Writer/Producer: Patrick Currie
Jodi’s mother passed away from cancer five years ago, and since then, her father has pretty well stopped living as well. Arriving unannounced on his doorstep one day, and with shattering news of her own to share, Jodi is determined they both make the most of the time left to them.
Director/Writer: Nimisha Mukerji (shown above)
Writer: Orsy Szabó
Producers: Haydn Wazelle and Anand Raghavan
In a dystopian near-future where controversy rages over the legitimacy of using memory-extraction technology on victims of violent crime, the race is on to decipher Phillip’s final memories. A science fiction short with a dark sarcastic edge, “Braindamage” imagines a future where our minds are no longer our own.
Director/Writer: Matt Leaf
Producer: Victoria Angell
A quirk of evolution has caused men to begin having periods, and Peter cannot believe his misfortune. While trying to improvise an acceptable male hygiene product, he must simultaneously deal with unsympathetic doctors, a heartless girlfriend and overly emotional buddies. An unapologetic role-reversal comedy.
Director/Writer: Ryan Haneman
Writer: Christopher Lee
Producer: Derek Green
After the screenings, the party continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery, where everyone can mix and mingle over three floors of still and live art.
On the first floor, be fascinated by roving performers, Mind of a Snail puppetry, and cabaret-style mischief with the Myrtle Family Band while you have a snack. There will be an ample amount of food and drinks, including a flowing fountain of chocolate. On the third floor, explore the Art Gallery’s new exhibit, Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps, displaying a diverse collection from the acclaimed comic artist, Art Spiegelman.
And when you’ve had enough of taking in the show, put on a show of your own as you dance up a storm on the rooftop patio. Electro-swing sensation Spry Bry and DJ K-Tel will keep you moving all night long.
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Tickets are $30.00 advance and can be bought at www.crazy8s.cc, or at ticket outlets at Videomatica Sales (1972 West 4th Ave), Beat Street Records (439 West Hastings St) and the Rio Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway St). Tickets will also be available at the door for $35.00.