More at VIFF

From Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s documentary Human. Photo courtesy of Showing October 10 (VIFF at the Centre) and October 12 (Vancouver Playhouse). mesmerizing and unconventional by Robert Alstead • Koneline: Our Land Beautiful, by local filmmaker Nettie Wild, takes a fresh, even-handed approach to a heated subject: resource development in BC’s Northwest wilderness. The hereditary land … Read more

Welcome back VIFF

The first Vancouver International Film Festival under its new boss Jacqueline Dupuis opens September 25 and runs until October 10. A former executive director at the Calgary Film Festival, Dupuis will be helming VIFF ( through the uncertain waters of the digital age. Alan Franey, who stepped down from VIFF’s leadership role last year, remains … Read more

Rites of passage

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave his approval for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. After years of government hard-sell and a blitz of pro-pipeline advertising in BC, the PM’s last-minute, tepid approval of the 1,200km pipeline from the tar sands came as some surprise. As crowds roared defiantly in … Read more