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Coming Attractions and Highlights! November 2014

If you have an upcoming release date for your project, please let us know so we can feature it here. Here’s what’s happening now.

Trading Christmas
Airs on Showcase November 28

Holiday travel leads to cross-country romance when a man and a woman temporarily swap houses.

 

June in January
Airs on Movie Central, November 29

Wealthy Alex and blue-collar June are madly in love, but get their wires crossed while racing down the aisle. June’s been preparing for a very specific kind of wedding her whole life, as a tribute to her late mother, but Alex’s mother, Diana, thinks otherwise.

 

Biggest & Baddest
Airs on Animal Planet, December 1

Biologist/Explorer Niall McCann travels the world through some of the toughest terrain, researching animals to better understand their behaviour. Now he’s on a mission to find the Biggest and Baddest creatures on the planet.

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas
Airs on Showcase, December 1

To repair his tarnished image, a jaded rock star publicly decides to fulfill a child’s “Dear Santa” Christmas wish. After reluctantly agreeing to spend the holidays in a small town and perform in the local holiday Christmas concert, he’s mortified at the prospect of staying in the home of an idyllic, close-knit family, but soon realizes the true value in what they have – love, caring, and a memorable holiday spirit.

That Burning Feeling
Airs on Movie Central, December 4

Adam Murphy had it all: a great job, an endless parade of gorgeous women, and the charm to make it all look well-earned. One night, he went to bed with everything he ever wanted and woke up with something no-one ever wants… That Burning Feeling.

Mr. Miracle
Airs on Hallmark, December 6

Heavenly angel Harry Mills is sent to Earth on a trial assignment to intervene in the life of a woman who needs help getting her life on track after the death of her father. With a deadline of Christmas Day, he attempts to help her heal in order to embrace a new future, and an unexpected love, just in time to celebrate the miracle of the holiday season.

 

The Red Tent
Airs on Showcase, December 7

Based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, “The Red Tent” is a sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob.

 

Cruel & Unusual
Airs on Movie Central, December 13

A man and his wife die in each other’s arms. The husband finds himself condemned to a special place in hell, blamed for her murder – a fact he refuses to accept. His punishment is to eternally re-live that last dreadful day.

 

The Nine Lives of Christmas
Airs on Movie Central, December 18

With Christmas approaching, a handsome fireman afraid of commitment adopts a stray cat and meets a beautiful veterinary student who challenges his decision to remain a confirmed bachelor.

 

Pappardelle with Mixed Wild Mushrooms

 

It’s got lemons, it’s got mushrooms, it’s easy, it’s delicious… check out this wicked repost from Jamie Oliver! A seriously amazing go-to recipe.

Ingredients
9 – 11 ounces mushrooms
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 – 2 small dried red chilies, pounded or chopped, or chili flakes
salt and pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 pound pappardelle
parmesan cheese, grated
1 handful parsley, chopped
2 ounces butter

Directions
Slice the mushrooms thinly. Put the olive oil in a very hot frying pan and add the mushrooms. Fry, tossing once or twice, then add the garlic, chili, and a pinch of salt. Fry for 4-5 minutes, tossing regularly. Then turn the heat off and add lemon juice. Toss, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Add the cooked pasta to the mushrooms, and the parmesan, parsley, and butter. Toss, serve, and sprinkle with parsley and more parmesan.

The Best Pumpkin Soup Ever

Guys! Guys! Guys! We found the best pumpkin soup recipe, and we are not even kidding. Found on this website… and test-made by Kelly! Omnomnom.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Yields 3 1-cup Servings

Ingredients
• 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
• 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
• 4 tbsp. Butter
• 1/4 medium Onion, chopped
• 2 cloves Roasted Garlic, minced, or raw garlic, minced
• 1/2 tsp. Salt
• 1/2 tsp. Pepper
• 1/2 tsp. Freshly Minced Ginger
• 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp. Coriander
• 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
• 1 Bay Leaf
• 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
• 4 slices Bacon
• ~3 tbsp. Leftover Bacon Grease (from the bacon)
Optional:
• Freshly Grated Parmesan
• 2 tbsp. Sour Cream (per serving)

1. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, add butter and let it melt completely. You want it to darken into a golden color.
2. Dice the 1/4 medium onion, mince the 2 cloves of roasted garlic, and mince 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger.
3. In a small container, mix together all of your spices so you have them together. 1/2 tsp. Salt, 1/2 tsp. Pepper, 1/2 tsp. Freshly Minced Ginger, 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. Coriander, 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg, and 1 Bay Leaf.
4. Once the butter has turned a dark golden color, add onion, garlic, and ginger to the pan and stir well. Let this saute for about 2-3 minutes or until onions start to go translucent.
5. Measure out 1 cup of pumpkin puree and set aside.
6. Once onions are translucent, add spices to the pan and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
7. Add pumpkin puree to pan and stir into the onions and spices well.
8. Once the pumpkin is mixed well, add 1 1/2 cup chicken broth to the pan. Stir until everything is combined.
9. Bring to a boil and then turn to low, let this simmer for 20 minutes.
10. Once simmered, use an immersion blender to blend together all of the ingredients. You want a smooth puree here so make sure you take your time. Cook for an additional 20 minutes.
11. In the mean time, cook 4 slices of bacon over medium heat. Use a grease catcher to keep the mess off of your stove-top.
12. Once the soup is ready, pour in 1/2 cup heavy cream and the grease from the cooked bacon (this should be around 3 tbsp.) mix well.
13. Crumble the bacon over the top of the soup. Optional: Serve with chopped parsley and 2 tbsp. sour cream.
Enjoy!!!

Coming Attractions and Highlights! October 2014

If you have an upcoming release date for your project, please let us know so we can feature it here. Here’s what’s happening now.


Battle Cats
Premieres on Bite TV, October 27.

Each week, five passionate cat owners bring their cathletes to race against the clock and challenge their agility in a course of extreme cat obstacles: run the gauntlet, scale the wall, leap the watery divide.


Lucky in Love

Airs on MFun October 26 & TMN, October 30.

For Mira Simon, it feels like a prank when all of her dreams start coming true on April Fool’s Day. Even though it’s  the life she’s always dreamed of, Mira starts to realize that actually living this dream is much harder than she imagined.


No Clue

Airs on Mfun & TMN, October 27.

In a case of mistaken identity, a salesman is hired as a private detective by a woman to find her missing brother.


Ice Pilots NWT

Premieres on The History Channel, October 29.

Arctic airline Buffalo Airways defies the freezing cold and the competition by using resilient WWII-era propeller planes to fly vital fuel, supplies, and passengers to remote outposts all over the Canadian.


Hinterland

Premieres on Knowledge Network, November 2.

A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where the troubled but intense DCI Tom Mathias searches for redemption while solving hate crimes.


Pants on Fire
Airs on Disney XD, November 9.

15-year-old Jack Parker’s life gets complicated as all the lies he’s ever told suddenly become real. It’s up to Jack and his buddy, Ryan, to figure out who or what is behind this crazy situation, all while chasing down a plush purple hippo who may hold the key to unlocking this mind-boggler.


I Am Evel Knievel

Airs on HBO Canada, October 24.

Follow Evel Knievel’s metamorphosis from a small-town rebel in Butte, Montana, to a cultural icon. His rise to super-stardom was built on nerves of steel and the ability to get up and do it again, no matter the severity of the fall.


I Am Steve McQueen

Airs on HBO Canada, October 25.

The film tells the remarkable story of Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood’s most iconic tough guys, and digs deeper into the underexplored aspects of the legendary star’s life, such as his immense passion for racing and all things fast – cars, motorcycles and airplanes.


Killing Bigfoot

Airs on OLN, October 29.

Ex-pro wrestler Bobby Hamilton and Vietnam vet Jim Landsdale are on the hunt for Bigfoot, and are determined to prove to the rest of the world and the scientific community that Bigfoot is real.

Homemade Almond Milk

Ingredients
1 cup raw, unsalted almonds
4 c water + water to soak almonds
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
2-3 medjool dates or good quality sweetener (optional)
1/4 t cinnamon (optional)

Directions
Soak almonds (ideally overnight) in a bowl of water large enough to generously cover the almonds.

In the morning, discard the soak water and rinse the almonds well.

In a blender, combine 4 cups of water, almonds, vanilla, salt, pitted dates (or sweetener), and cinnamon. Blend on high for one minute.

Strain mixture through cheesecloth, an old cotton pillowcase, or a nut bag.

Presto: almond milk! Seal in a mason jar and store in the fridge. Leftover in the cheesecloth, you now have almond meal as well. This can be dried gently in a super-low oven and then further ground into flour or added to granola!

Inspired by the Oh, She Glows cookbook.

Coming Attractions and Highlights! September 2014

If you have an upcoming release date for your project, please let us know so we can feature it here. Here’s what’s happening now.


Cleaners
Now streaming on crackle.com.

Two skilled private operatives are teamed up on a new mission by their boss. The job seems to be going smoothly until they make a discovery that changes everything.


Brony Tale
Now on DVD & iTunes.

Tells the story of adult and teenage fans of the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, who adopt the show’s themes of kindness, loyalty, generosity, honesty, laughter, friendship, and personal responsibility.


Package Deal Season 2
Now airing on City, Thursday nights 8 PT/ET

Three brothers who are overly involved in each other’s lives try to cope as one of them cuts the umbilical cord and starts dating, a beautiful, smart, and funny woman.


Bachelor Canada Season 2
Premiered on City Sept 18.
#BachCan

Follow Tim Warmels in his in his quest for love on Season 2 of the Canadian version of the hit reality show.


Gone South
Plays at the Edmonton International Film Festival September 29 and 30th.

A hilarious and investigative look at the long history and major influence Canadians have had on the development of American pop culture, featuring exclusive celebrity interviews and classic archival footage.


Black Fly
Screens at VIFF on September 27 & 30.

Inspired by a true story. A troubled teenager and his older brother reconnect, setting off a powder keg of buried secrets, paranoia and murder.


Everything Will Be
Screens at VIFF on September 29, October 1 & October 3.

A documentary that captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood–Vancouver’s once-thriving Chinatown–in the midst of transformation.


Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
Screens at VIFF September 28, September 30 and October 6.

After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, two Vancouver filmmakers pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food.


The Pristine Coast
Screens at VIFF September 27, October 3 & October 7.

The struggle to protect wild Pacific salmon from open-net pen fish farms leads to the discovery by filmmaker Scott Renyard that many wild fish populations have collapsed, which has dire implications for climate change.


Strange Empire
Begins airing on CBC starting October 6.

A dark Western series where the women struggle to survive and are forced to become the heroes after most of their men disappear from a frontier town in the 1860s.

Highway Thru Hell
Now airing on Discovery Channel Canada, Tuesday nights at 7PT / 10ET.
#HWYTHRUHELL

Highway Thru Hell follows the men of Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue as they fight to keep the roads open between Hope, BC and the rest of Canada.


Border Security
Now airing on Global, Fridays at 10 ET/PT and on the National Geographic channel Tuesdays at 9 ET/PT.

Follow Canadian border services officers as they intercept suspicious characters and contraband from around the world.


Namaste Season 3
Starts airing on The Brand New One, Saturday, September 27, 9:30am ET.

Yoga with stunning visuals, soothing music, and entirely original movement sequences that will calm the mind, strengthen the body, and inspire the soul.

Your Film Fest Guide for Fall 2014

September 25 – October 10
Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)
One of North America’s largest film festivals, featuring hundreds of feature-length movies from around the globe.

October 17-18
Amnesty International Film Festival
Featuring award-winning documentaries that tell compelling stories about human rights from around the world.

October 17 – 29
Vancouver Polish Film Festival
An annual celebration of the best current Polish productions.

October 24 – 26
ZOOM 48-hour Student Film Festival
A very different kind of film festival.
Mulgrave ZOOM Film Festival is in its 13th year and has one of the highest participation rates of any student film competition in the province of British Columbia. Filmmakers have 48 hours to plan, shoot and produce a finished film.

November 6 – 9
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
VAFF’s theme for 2014 is “What’s Your Perspective?” – a question that calls upon our collective past and present, and how we interact with one another in society.

November 6 – 13
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
Showcases the diversity of Jewish culture, heritage and identity through film.

November 14 – 16
Vancouver Short Film Festival
Celebrates BC’s best shorts from local filmmakers.

November 21 – December 4
European Union Film Festival
A lively, provocative, stimulating, and entertaining state-of-the-Union celebration of the diversity, creativity, and accomplishment of contemporary European filmmaking.

December 3 – 7
Whistler Film Festival
Focuses on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent. A must-attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences.

Coming Attractions and Highlights! August 2014

Welcome to our new monthly feature where we share screenings, airdates, and DVD release dates of some of the projects that we’ve worked on.

Here’s what’s on the radar right now.

 

 

Intruders

Now available on Space Channel and BBC America.

bbcamerica.com/intruders

 

 

Eat St.

Premieres September 6 on Food Network Canada.

facebook.com/EatSt

 

Some Things Won’t Sleep

Screens September 14 & 18 at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax.

somethingswontsleep.com

 

Hole

Screens at TIFF as part of the Short Cuts Canada Programme in September. No firm date yet, but we will post it on FB and Twitter when we hear it.

facebook.com/holefilm

 

The Prophet

Screens September 6, 10 & 12 at TIFF.

gibransprophetmovie.com

 

After the Rain

Screens September 18 at the  Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival

after-the-rain-premieres-at-encounters

If you have an upcoming release date for your project, please let us know so we can feature it here.

Blueberry/Basil Gin & Tonic

Want a cool, refreshing drink to enjoy on a late summer afternoon? We heartily suggest a Blueberry/Basil Gin & Tonic. Pairs perfectly with flip flops and a garden view.

Ingredients
fresh blueberries
fresh basil
gin
ice cubes
tonic or soda

Directions (makes 2)
In a martini shaker, muddle a decent 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh blueberries with a good-sized sprig of fresh basil. Freshness counts!

Add 3 ounces of nice gin and ice cubes, and shake.

Strain into 2 glasses and top up with tonic, or soda, if you prefer. Garnish with blueberries (a squeeze of lime wouldn’t hurt) and enjoy!

What the Hearing Impaired Can Tell You About Captioning:
Part 2!

We’re thrilled to have Steffani Cameron, caption timer here at Line 21, take over our newsletter and blog for the second time this year. In May, she shared part one of a two-part series. Here’s part two! Welcome, Steffani!

I’ve worn hearing aids all my life so it’s apt that I’ve spent much of the last 14 years working as a captioner at Line 21. Today, I’m passionate about doing it  well. When Line 21 asked me to tell you about how hearing-impaired folks like me perceive captioning, I was thrilled. In the conclusion of my two-part blog post,  I’ll be sharing with you a few of my thoughts on phrasing and positioning.

Good captioning also understands phrasing and how that matters. With a maximum of 32 characters a line, captioning is kind of the hipster’s answer to Twitter. You think 140 characters is too little space to say anything of substance? Try 64 characters for the industry standard 2-line caption.

When those short captions are flying past, how the lines are split and where they leave off really impacts how easy it is to balance watching the show with reading the dialogue. We viewers appreciate when captions aren’t split in the middle of a phrase. When every two-line caption makes sense in and of itself, it means we don’t miss a beat, instead of our subconscious failing to marry together two halves of a phrase when one’s not on-screen anymore.

With an average of 500-700 captions per 22 minutes, the less work we have to do, the easier we can enjoy your show.

Positioned captions can help a lot when it’s a drama, but if done poorly, they make things even harder to follow. When the caption is on top of the person speaking, it makes logical and visual sense. When it’s in a completely different place and this happens repeatedly, it’s another reason to turn the captioning off, or worse, switch to a show with good captioning.

For those of us with acute hearing loss, poor captioning is a great reason not to watch a show. If I can only follow 50% or less of what I’m watching because I can’t hear dialogue or it’s unclear to me, or it’s poorly synced, I’ll turn to something else, even if I’m watching network shows streamed on the web.

For us, captioning isn’t something you’re doing to meet a broadcast requirement. For us, you’re making it possible to truly enjoy what you’re creating, and we notice when you care enough to have great captioning by people who understand how we need to read it.