Each year, we enjoy kicking off the festival with a special film at the Vogue and then having an Opening Reception Gala at the Central Bar next door. This year we're especially looking forward to screening a made-in-BC film, "Grand Unified Theory" and to welcoming three special guests, writer / director / producer David Ray and two of the films lead actors Emma Grabinsky and Andrew McNee.
We hope you can join us! Opening Night Tickets are available now until Friday, January 20th (9am - 3pm weekdays) at the Arts Station. They're just $15 and include the film and a complimentary drink and appies at the Central following the show. Or get a Festival Pass ($40 or $35 for Arts Station members) and enjoy full access to all films and events throughout the weekend. Festival passes are also available from until Friday, January 20th at the Arts Station.
Grand Unified Theory
Friday, January 20th at 7pm at the Vogue:
During one fateful weekend, the family of brilliant astrophysicist Albert James (Scott Bellis) has a complete meltdown, setting in motion a raucous and hilarious series of events that mirror his radical theories of the behaviour of the universe.
Grand Unified Theory had its Canadian premiere on Dec. 2nd, 2016 at Whistler Film Festival. It won Most Popular Canadian Film at this festival which programs more Canadian films than any other international festival and had their biggest box office ever. This 100% original Independent film was shot entirely in BC's North Vancouver (the North Shore) in 12 days during the month of April, with only one day of rain.
Abour our Special Guests:
David Ray - Writer, Director, Producer
Vancouver-based David Ray is a passionate director with an original voice who combines a love of casting and performance with great attention to detail in the technical aspects of cinematography, elevating traditionally genre specific work with an artistic sensibility and breath-taking authenticity.
Ray’s feature length directorial debut was the dark comedy he also wrote and Co-Produced entitled FETCHING CODY, starring Jay Baruchel (TROPIC THUNDER/THIS IS THE END), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before travelling the world and being picked up by Showtime and Netflix (USA).
A stalwart at the SyFy Channel, six of his MOW screenplays have been produced, as has forays into animation, including work on the series ANIMISM for APTN and THE HENCHMEN for Bron Studios. No stranger to the gaming industry, he was the lead writer on the blockbuster NEED FOR SPEED: CARBON with Electronic Arts.
But his follow up feature as a writer, producer and director is the feature length dramatic comedy GRAND UNIFIED THEORY, a startlingly original story set during one fateful weekend when the family of brilliant astrophysicist Albert James has a complete meltdown,setting in motion a raucous and hilarious series of events that mirror his radical theories of the behaviour of the universe.
Emma Grabinsky - Actress (Lauren in Grand Unified Theory)
Emma Grabinsky is a Canadian actress known for her guest starring roles in Supernatural, R.L Stien's The Haunting Hour, and Mr Hockey: the Gordie Howe Story. Emma began her career in theatre where she received a Jesse Award nomination for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Andrew McNee - Actor (Victor in Grand Unified Theory)
Andrew McNee is an actor based in Vancouver BC, Canada. His work in film, television, theatre and voice has taken him across Canada and into Europe and England. Nominated over a dozen times, Andrew has been awarded the Jessie Richardson award twice. Some recent film appearances include Aim For The Roses, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 1, 2, and 3, and of course Grand Unified Theory. This summer Andrew is fulfilling a dream of playing Mercutio at Bard on the Beach.