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Thursday, 16 May, 7pm. Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street Vancouver. It’s the launch of Rachel Walls’s World Film Locations: Vancouver book. She’s edited the volume, which includes essays and scene analyses. I wrote about Marpole-as-Hawaii in Snakes on a Plane (2006, David R. Ellis), the archaeology of the now-demolished Campbell Fishwharf near Rogers Sugar in Stakeout (1987, John Badham), and the prescient past-future of pre-Expo Vancouver in Swingspan (1985, Bruno Lazaro Pacheco).

At Thursday’s event, attendees will hear a few words from Professor Colin Browne (School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University), watch a show reel (edited by Vancouver filmmaker Flick Harrison) of film scenes analyzed in the new book, and join a discussion about Vancouver film led by a panel of film professionals hosted by Diane Burgess (Instructor in Film Studies, UBC) and including Loretta Sarah Todd (director, writer, producer at Nehiyawetan Productions) and Sharon McGowan (filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film Production, UBC). The evening will end with drinks and conversation and another chance to see Vancouver writer and critic Michael Turner’s On Location 2: Four Double Bills, in which eight well-known Vancouver-made films are edited to remove everything from them but their Vancouver locales. http://www.thecinematheque.ca/book-launch-world-film-locations-vancouver

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