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Vancouver’s Most Haunted in Review

22 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Torchwood Editions
Available to order on Amazon USA

Although Ian Gibbs of Victoria’s Most Haunted (2017) didn’t take a road trip to explore the rest of Haunted Vancouver Island to put into a new book (it’s been tackled by Shannon Sinn), he is back examining the Lower Mainland instead! This time, he’s delving into the secrets Greater Vancouver has tucked away. Instead of always tackling the most well-known places, he went around to find other incidents in Vancouver’s Most Haunted: Supernatural Encounters in BC’s Terminal City.

I’ve looked at his first collection (review here) and it’s an enjoyable read. This latest shows how his narrative has developed over the years. When Gibbs is not telling tales of meeting the undead as one of the many guides in Victoria, BC’s Discover the Past’s Ghostly Walks, he’s working on his next Ghost n’ Bears podcast. What he enjoys the most is extoling the incident that helped shaped the transition of human to spirit. Sometimes, as with a certain “Private Home on Marine Drive,” it’s about testing the cultural mainstays of whether other ethnic cultures believe in this world or not. Kristy’s (not her real name) experience of staying at her grandparent’s luxury home is a standout. It is this chapter and another run-in at a private residence that I found the most engaging to read.

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The Details May Be With The Crown’s Season Four Release to Setup Spencer

22 Oct

Available to preorder on Amazon USA

Release Date: Nov 2, 2021
Sony Entertainment

While the world is eagerly awaiting the theatrical release of Spencer November 5th, the fourth and final volume to The Crown will be released days prior. This week may well be a time reserved for British Royal observers as both products delve into the sordid relationship Prince Charles and Lady Diana. As for which is required viewing, that’s going to be tough to say as both are dealing with specific moments with a heavy dramatic flair.

SYNOPSIS
As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles, who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairy tale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal Family is becoming increasingly divided.

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From Graphic Novel to Film, The Secret Path’s Hidden Message…

18 Oct

Secret Path - WikipediaPlaying at Devour! Food & Film Festival In-Person and Online

Oct 21, 2021 10 to 11am
Al Whittle Theatre
Wolfville NS

Tickets are $5

Also available on Apple TV

The animated film adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel, The Secret Path, may seem like an unusual choice for a film festival about food, but I know why. It’s essential to know this bit of Canadian history and its presentation on the big screen will make the message all the more powerful. This offering is part of this year’s RBC Big Picture Program. Its focus is on how cinema can teach kids in schools about various impacts in society, history and the environment. The organizers behind this program are Devour! Film and Food Fest and Nourish Nova Scotia.

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Delving into What Makes LAAPFF’s Pacific Cinewaves Shorts Unique

22 Sep

Playing at the
Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center

1000 W Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Saturday | September 25, 2021
3:30 pm

The Pacific Cinewaves Program at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival is my go to for kick starting this event. It’s free / pay what you can, because there’s no reason not to miss all the messages being delivered about how to preserve the ancient world of Polynesia. 

The various pieces offer a delightful, supernatural and meditative exploration on what makes this part of the world unique. I say this with mixed feelings, because not all the countries in this vast region are represented. We have Guam, and a beautifully family oriented tale about how to reconnect with one’s faith in How to Catch a Taotaomona

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From TIFF to OIAF to ImagineNATIVE w TheNFB’s The Hidden Island of Ethics

16 Sep

Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics (2021) - Official HD TrailerBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Official Selection at
Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 9-18)
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Sept 22-Oct 3)
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 19-24)

Please check links for showtimes

Anyone who has followed the media reports about the discovery of a mass grave on the grounds of a residential school in Kamloops, BC, may find Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics disturbing. Children from local tribes were plucked away from their families because someone thought it was best to teach them a different way of life. These places were operated by the Catholic Church, and it didn’t change hands until much later. The Canadian Government never knew what went on, and was left holding the bag.

This stop motion animated work by Terril Calder is evocative, powerful and moving. The story she constructed is an eerie look at what may have happened back then. Thankfully, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel in this tale.

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