One of Canada's coolest (and coldest) film festivals took place last week in B.C.'s Coast Mountains. The 13th annual Whistler Film Festival featured 91 films over five days, and featured a ton of talent from Canada and abroad, including stars like Jason Priestley, Richard Dreyfuss, Emily Hampshire and Robert Carlyle.
After helping out with CBC Vancouver's Food Bank Day on Friday, George spent the weekend at the festival, where he sat down with Jason Priestley for a red chair interview in front of a live audience. One of the topics that George and Jason touched on was the Vancouver-born actor's feature directorial debut, Cas & Dylan, a road trip movie starring Ophan Black's Tatiana Maslany and Richard Dreyfuss, which opened the festival. In this clip, Jason talks about what it's like working with an actor like Dreyfuss:
And here's the film's trailer:
Each year, a number of prizes are handed out at Whistler. The big winner this year was veteran Canadian director Bruce McDonald, who won the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film (and $15,000) for The Husband. The film tells the story of a man who is left to raise his child alone as his wife serves a long prison sentence — for having an affair with a 14-year-old student. "This is a provocative drama that turns the tables on domestic conflict and made us richly uncomfortable,” said the jury. Here's the film's trailer:
And for the second year in a row, Maslany won the Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film Award, this time for her performance in Cas & Dylan. Other winners at the fest included Jingle Bell Rocks!, about filmmaker Mitchell Kezin's obsession with Christmas songs, which won the World Documentary Award; Anxious Oswald Greene, whose titular character visits a very unusual doctor to cure his anxiety, which won the $1,000 Canadian ShortWork Award; and The Crash Reel, which won the Best Mountain Culture Film Award for its look at the aftermath of the accident that ended snowboarder Kevin Pearce's career.