Crazy 8s Gala inspires with six amazing short films by Vancouver filmmakers

Saturday night I went to the Vogue Theatre for the Crazy8s  Gala that supports local filmmakers. Friends in the film industry, like Robyn Wiener from Women in Film, suggested I come out and I’m glad I did because the evening was a great success. It took me Sunday to recover from a great night full of meeting many creative and inspiring people and watching six amazing short films.

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The song’s lyrics and music were well done, with the lyrics satirical humour being well sung by the film’s cast. I was very impressed at the quality of the songs, considering having only an eight day time line to complete the work.

Film: Stupid Chainsaw Tricks Director: Kellie Ann Benz, Writer: Kris Elgstrand, and Producer:  Christopher Shyer Synopsis: “Facing yet another disappointing birthday, Karl inspires his friend Ted, to realize the possibility of immortality through chainsaws.”
This film was full of life and energy.

Film: Sad Bear Director: Liz Cairns, Writer: Joe Lo Bianco, Producer: Erica Landrock Synopsis: “Sad Bear travels the world taking away people’s saddest belongings, until he meets Steve, who is not willing to part with his saddest object, a pair of crocodile leather shoes.”
This movie had the tone of a children’s story, based on a simple yet poignant idea that the Sad Bear character can take away our sadness by taking our saddest belongings. The film was minimalist in approach as the Sad Bear didn’t speak but simply followed the main character Steve around waiting for him to give up his saddest belongings. It was a sweet story that presented a beautiful story idea in a new and thoughtful way.

Crazy8’s slogan is “tell a great story in ten minutes or less”, and every film shown was so well crafted and acted that you forgot the limited production time (8 days) and budget ($800) they had to put together the films.

DJ's Timothy Wisdom and Michael Venus playing at 560 club on Seymour

After the Gala was over, the event carried over to the after-party at the grand opening of the new club 560 on Seymour. When I arrived on Seymour, there was a long line up down the block. Everyone seemed ready to let loose after the Crazy8s' week long experience.
The club is located at the location of the old A&B Sound at 560 Seymour Street. After following a curvy hallway into the club, you notice the beautiful and big wooden dance floor and the creative lighting. I liked the second floor VIP room which has a glass railing that you can lean on and look down at the dancers on the main floor.

The club filled up fairly quickly, inspired by DJ’s Timothy Wisdom, DJ Mars, and from New York, DJ Honey Dijon.
In another room, there was a completely different feeling with a long table and sofas for people to hang out, talk, or just chill out from dancing. There was art work along the walls and funky colourful chandeliers on the ceilings. At the far end of the room was a bar and a huge art piece hanging behind the bar.
Overall the night was filled with great people, film, art, and music. What more could one ask for on a night in Vancouver?

Photo gallery: Crazy8s Gala and opening of 560 club


Theatre goers outside the Vogue theatre


Film producer Robyn Wiener and Jaia 'Quarian artist in Vogue theatre lobby.


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Crazy8s Event and Communications Co-ordinator Diana Wilson, and Vogue staff member Andrea Simmonds.


Actors Parm Soor, Parisa Kasaei, and Mireille Urumuri in Vogue theatre lobby.


Crazy8s Gala winners on stage at Vogue Theatre


Second room at 560 club.



Second Bar at 560 club on Seymour st.


Dance floor at 560 club on Seymour




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