“The time has come for producers and film makers to take charge of their own distribution,” says Moyra Rodger, Out To See founder and CEO. “The pay per view site allows us to connect directly with an international audience and allows viewers to watch the program when they want, where they want, and how they want.”
Through The Red Gate tells the story of a Mennonite family’s narrow escape from Russia in 1928 and the horror of Stalin’s reign.]]>
The 21st Annual Gemini Awards, a star studded gala celebrating the best in television production, won bronze. It was the first time in the show’s 20 year history, that the Gemini Awards were produced outside Toronto. Out To See developed and produced the special for Global Television.]]>
That left local favorite Corner Gas‘ tank almost empty, a “big surprise” noted Walter Daroshin, Leo Awards president, during the Saturday night gala at the Westin Bayshore, attended by 400-plus industry people.
Along with the top variety prize for producer Moyra Rodger, the Geminis also picked up the Leo for best screenwriting (Peter Kelamis, Erica Sigurdson). Corner Gas, which had been nominated for seven Leos, won only one — best performer for Janet Wright.
The ninth annual Leos event handed out prizes in 76 categories in Vancouver June 1 and 2. The awards, run by the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, celebrate excellence in film and television production by B.C. residents who work on domestic or service productions.
The short film Regarding Sarah, about an elderly woman obsessed with videotaping her life before she forgets it, was the event’s big winner with six wins. Sarah won best short for producers Michelle Porter and Amy Belling, direction and screenwriting for Porter, picture editing for Lauren Mainland, production design for Peter Ochotta, and best actress for Gina Stockdale.
The zombie feature Fido won five Leos, but missed out on the best feature prize, which went to Everything’s Gone Green and its producers Elizabeth Yake and Henrik Meyer. Generation X author Douglas Coupland won the best screenwriting Leo for Green. Fido won Leos for overall sound in a feature, makeup, visual effects, cinematography for Jan Kiesser and musical score for Don MacDonald.
Unnatural & Accidental, the feature about native women on skid row, won three Leos, including best supporting actress for Margo Kane and actor for Callum Keith Rennie, while Mount Pleasant won direction for Ross Weber and best supporting actor for Ben Ratner.]]>
Ever since Titanic survivor Lady Duff Gordon used her personal notoriety to float a design empire, celebrity and fashion have had a long and fruitful marriage. Always for richer and never for poorer, the mutual-admiration society between celebs and celebrated designers is a laundry list of icons: Jackie O. and Oleg Cassini; Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy; Yves Saint-Laurent and Catherine Deneuve; Cher and Bob Mackie, Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier. Fashion sells a dream, and nothing is more dreamily ethereal than ourperception of life on the other side of the tabloids.]]>
As far as experiments go, the moving of the Gemini Awards to the West Coast for the first time in 21 years was a success.
From the early red-carpet happenings — glossed up substantially by ET Canada’s crew and hosts — on, the celebration of Canadian Television was slick, speedy and, by awards-show standards, entertaining.
The show opened with a clip of the cast of Corner Gas in character spoofing the fact that the awards have headed west. Hank (Fred Ewanuick) proposes that Dog River could enjoy a tourism boom thanks to all the TV types travelling from the east to the west for the Geminis.
With a running time of just over one hour, the 2006 Gemini Awards could hardly be accused of that most heinous of TV crimes: awards flatulence.
Think of it: the last Emmys creaked along for over three hours of speechifying, tears and self-congratulations. The Oscars went on even longer. But our plucky, little Geminis (honouring excellence on Canadian TV) whizzed by so fast, if you had the hiccups you might have missed everything.
RICHMOND, B.C. (CP) - A behind-the-scenes television drama about a madcap Shakespearean theatre festival captured three more Gemini Awards Saturday night.
“Slings and Arrows,” which chronicles life at the fictional New Burbage Theatre Festival, won best dramatic series.
Mark McKinney and Martha Burns were also honoured for best performances by an actor and actress in a continuing leading role for their work on the program.
VANCOUVER (CP) - As they sashayed their way down the red carpet at the 21st annual Gemini awards, for a moment it was easy to believe Canadian television stars truly are celebrities. Diamonds dripped, necklines plunged and haute couture was on full display.
At least it was easy to believe until you heard the curious onlookers and reporters start whispering “who’s that?”
But organizers and winners of the awards honouring the best in Canadian television hope their bold effort in picking up the show and moving it to Vancouver from Toronto this year and who-knows-where next will change all of that.