Sitting on a patio across from Mountain Equipment Co-op on Broadway, filmmaker Frank Wolf tells me about how he got into making environmental documentaries.
“I had always done remote wilderness trips around the world,” he says. “I began seeing first-hand how the environment was being degraded.”
Enabled by his day-job at MEC, Wolf has hiked, biked and paddled much of Canada’s wilderness on a shoestring budget. Beginning in 2003, Wolf added lightweight camera gear to the equation, turning his excursions into feature-length films.
They’re big. They’re blazing. They’re films from across the Pacific.
With 45 features and 16 shorts, the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Dragons & Tigers series is the largest Asian film program outside Asia.
“That’s true,” confirms Shelly Kraicer, a Canadian film scholar living in Beijing who selected half of the 2011 titles. “The only bigger program looking at Asian cinema is Busan’s festival in South Korea.”
The personal experiences of a social worker in Canada’s poorest postal code have come to life on the big screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival this month.