Angie Nolan has had a love for film most of her life. From working on local shows and having a huge role in the Whistler Film Festival, Nolan has had quite a successful career. Currently, her film, The Twister Slipper, has made the top six out of forty semi-finalists in the Crazy8s Film Festival. The final films will be shown at Crazy8s Film Gala on February 28, 2015.
How did you get started in film?
I lived in Gibsons, BC and got the chance to work on The Beachcombers (which was filmed there) for the last three seasons as a Production Assistant.
Angie Nolan and Richard Dreyfuss and Whistler Film Festival 2013
Where did your love of film come from?
Definitely from my Step-Dad (Dad). When he was trying to win my Mum’s heart he won me over first by taking us to some very memorable films…like Star Wars at the Stanley Theatre. I loved it so much I think he took me two more times. I was pretty young but fell in love with the magic of it then…and haven’t really looked back since. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.
You are based in Whistler. Why did you chose to stay here rather than work in the lower mainland, or somewhere like LA?
I worked as an Assistant Director in the lower mainland for many years before moving to Whistler. I tried LA when I was younger and realized it wouldn’t be for me until I hit the big time up here and then I would (will) do more time there.
You are involved in the Whistler Film Festival, can you tell us a little bit about that?
It’s an incredible job really. I get to live in the most beautiful place while still working in my chosen field. I feel very lucky. My job as Programming Manager allows for me to be very involved with both the business side of film and the creative side. Plus I get to rub elbows with some pretty cool and inspirational people in the industry.
Nolan with Nils Hognestad (left) and Artine Brown (right) part of the movie, ‘Movie Out Here’
You’re film made the top 6 in the Crazy 8’s film event. Can you tell us a little bit about the event?
It’s an amazing competition in Vancouver supported heavily by the industry here that helps aspiring filmmakers catapult to the next stages of their careers. Out of 196 teams this year only 6 films get made and we’re one of those teams! So cool! We have 8 days in February to make a short film which will screen in front of almost 2000 industry folks at the Gala on Feb, 28th.
What was your role with this film?
I am co-writer and Director.
Can you tell us a little bit about your film?
Cinder is a young barista forced to conceal his true self and toil day and night in his evil stepmother’s coffee shop. Not allowed to attend the ball hosted by the very eligible Mr. Gavin Charming, a distraught Cinder is visited by Destiny, his fabulous Fairy Dude Mother, who transforms him into the stunning drag queen of his dreams. Will Cinder finally achieve his happily ever after?
What can we expect next from you?
I have a few things brewing. I’m writing three feature projects all at different stages of completion and/or development.
What is your favourite thing about Whistler?
The lifestyle here in second to none. It’s still like a small town but with such an exciting culture and world class events. People really live life to the fullest here and that’s contagious.
Nolan with David Lloydy (Vancouver actor) at Toronto Film Festival 2014
What else should we know about you and the film scene in Whistler?
There is really strong film culture here. Between short film competitions like WSSF 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown and Heavy Hitting Horror fest Whistler filmmakers have really grown into creators to be reckoned with. With events like the Whistler Film Festival bringing world class films and talent here every year mixed with the epic sports film culture, it’s definitely a film lovers and filmmakers town.
You recently went to TIFF. Can you tell us a little bit about the experience? Will you be going again?
Luckily with my job I get to go every year. It’s really fun but we go ,go, go about 18 hours a day. There really is no time to enjoy one thing for too long, as it’s a lot of networking and movie watching…but super fun.
How does that film festival differ from the ones held in Whistler?
It’s such a different experience than our festival. Whistler is so intimate and cozy, where we have a few bigger stars and some familiar faces, whereas TIFF is a whirlwind of HUGE celebrities, big flash parties and tons of paparazzi.
If you want to get involved with the Crazy8 Film Festival, there is a fundraiser at the Rio Theater on Thursday, January 29, 2014. Tickets are $8 advanced online, or $10-$16 at the door. If you aren’t able to make it to the Rio but want to donate to the indiegogo campaign online. Tickets also go onsale for the gala and after party, taking place at Science World, online soon.
Interview by: Megan Renaud
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