Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mockumentary Comes Home to Win Best Ensemble

It really could not have worked out any better for Sunflower Hour, a Vancouver-made mockumentary about four puppeteers competing for a coveted opening on the children's TV show of the same name. After world premiering in Europe this summer, the movie came home to roost at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival and was rewarded this weekend with the prize of Best Ensemble Cast.

Two of the four main cast members are B.C. natives; all are active members of the local film and TV production scene. Writer-director-producer Aaron Houston also hails from Vancouver, where he is a co-producer of monthly indie screening series the Celluloid Social Club and annual sideline competition the Hot Shot Shorts competition.


Houston and co. shot the movie over eight weekends in 2010. After a world premiere in the Czech Republic at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July, the mock-doc now appears to be well on its way. Stateside, the run should be buoyed by the fact that co-stars Patrick Gilmore and Kacey Rohl are both part of AMC's new series The Killing.

And just to complete the homegrown circle, the actors got their puppeteering training from Victoria, B.C. bred expert Jeny Cassady. This is a woman who knows the difference between a Muppet, a Predator, and pretty much everything in between.

[Sunflower Hour]

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