Thursday, March 05, 2009

Mark Leiren-Young film The Green Chain opens

My friend Mark Leiren-Young has done the impossible - made a movie that is opening commercially in theatres Friday March 6!

Here's the info about a few special events - go see the film - support a Vancouver movie writer/director!

Here's the scoop:

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Mark Leiren-Young’s enviro film

The Green Chain

Opens in Vancouver Friday March 6 - Fifth Avenue Cinema

Director Q&A at ALL Opening weekend screenings.

Cast and Crew Q&A at Friday 7:10pm screening.

Green Panel Talk back at Saturday 1:30pm screening.

The Green Chain Writer/Director/Producer: Mark Leiren-Young
Greenpeace: Eduardo Sousa
Big Jacob Malthouse
David Suzuki Foundation: Michelle Connolly
BC Green Party candidate for Vancouver Fairview: Vanessa Violini

Western Canada Wilderness Q&A with Ken Wu at Sunday 1:30pm screening.

Vancouver, BC - Kinosmith, Middle Child Films, Perpetual Motion Productions and Donna Wong-Juliani are pleased to announce that the Canadian distribution rights for The Green Chain have been acquired by Kinosmith. This award-winning film by Mark Leiren-Young is set for theatrical release in Vancouver on March 6 with other Canadian cities to follow.

The battle between loggers and environmentalists is defining, dividing and destroying communities in Canada and around the world. The Green Chain is a powerful, funny and thought-provoking film about the conflicts between people on both sides of the battle who love trees -- and are willing to risk anything to protect their personal visions of the forest.

The Green Chain examines a community and a way of life through a series of riveting interlinking monologues inspired by the true tales and personalities that define today’s forests.

Donations to the STANLEY PARK FUND will be made from each ticket sold for THE GREEN CHAIN. For more info:

The film’s cast is comprised of some of Canada’s most heralded actors including Gemini Award winner Babz Chula, Leo Award winner for her role in The Green Chain Jillian Fargey (Mount Pleasant), Tricia Helfer and Tahmoh Penikett from TV’s Battlestar Galactica, Genie and Gemini award winner August Schellenberg (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; The New World), Genie and Gemini award winner Brendan Fletcher (RV, 88 Minutes) and Scott McNeil (Sleeping With Strangers).

The Green Chain writer/director Mark Leiren-Young is one of Canada’s most prolific and versatile writers. He has written for virtually every medium, in almost every genre.

He is an EarthVision award winner for his eco-comedy Greenpieces, and writes a column for Vancouver’s alternative on-line newspaper The Tyee. Most recently, Leiren-Young published his book Never Shoot A Stampede Queen, a biting memoir that re-visits his early years as a journalist – specifically his event-filled odyssey in Williams Lake, British Columbia.

Armed robberies, bomb-strapped defendants, and pilot-less plane crashes are just a few of the anecdotes that Mark muses on – all in a place that the city-bred writer came to admire.

Just like the rest of Mark’s work, it’s filled with affection, enthusiasm, and humour.


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