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MAY 18, 2018

LOVE, HOPE & AUTISM TO BE RE-BROADCAST ON CBC, SUNDAY JUNE 17 AT 9PM

CBC has scheduled a prime-time rebroadcast of director Helen Slinger’s documentary Love, Hope & Autism on June 17. Produced by Infinity Films, the doc is also available for streaming in Canada on the CBC POV website. 

Based on a lifetime of home movie footage, the documentary Love, Hope & Autism takes the viewer on the Fresco family’s deeply personal journey of raising a son with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The film provides an extraordinarily intimate look inside a family as they deal with autism from birth through adulthood, and confronts the startling statistical rise of ASD in North America, as well as the heartbreaking outcome for many autistic children aging out of a publicly-funded system.

 

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May 23, 2017

19th Annual Courage to Come Back Awards Gala Raises a Record 1.63 million

On Tuesday May 16, 2017, a sold out crowd came together for Coast Mental Health’s 19th annual Courage To Come Back Awards and fundraising gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Over 1,500 people celebrated six remarkable British Columbians who overcame adversity against incredible odds. Through the generous support of these attendees, Coast raised a record $1.63 million to ensure Coast Mental Health can continue to provide compassionate, meaningful support for anyone with the courage to come back.

Infinity Films is proud to produce this event. The 20th anniversary gala is already confirmed for May 10, 2018. For more information, consult the Courage to Come Back Awards website.

 

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January 31, 2017

Chinese capital bringing new film productions to B.C.
Locals land co-production deals as China pursues North American market ambitions

By Tyler Orton | Jan. 31, 2017, noon

New girl in town meets local boy. They fall in love. Her parents don’t approve.

It’s one of those universal stories told in cinemas across the globe, says Shel Piercy, president of Infinity Films Entertainment Group Ltd.

So after his company facilitated the filming of Chinese-financed Bayue and Weiyang in Vancouver last fall, Piercy recalls, he told director Wang Xiaofang he should shoot an English-language version of the Mandarin romantic comedy.

“They’re exactly like romantic comedies that exist in North America except they have a Chinese theme,” Piercy told Business in Vancouver. “And they’re hoping to bring in more productions.”

Infinity Films’ partnership with Chinese producers began last year following a trade mission to the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART).

Piercy is returning to FILMART in March to secure more partnerships and perhaps even look at importing “unusual” TV formats from China into the North American market.

“The future looks promising,” said Piercy. “It’s probably going to take a couple years to develop fully but I believe we can do it really well.”

“We see a lot of investors that are looking to come into British Columbia,” said Robert Wong, Creative BC vice-president and acting B.C. film commissioner.

“But they’re also looking to partner up with existing companies that can help produce product that has that North American feel but mainly for an Asian market.”

In mid-January Paramount Pictures inked a US$1 billion deal with Shanghai Film Group Corp. and Beijing-based Huahua Media to co-produce and distribute films, according to Deadline.

While a Vancouver production house isn’t likely to land such a colossal deal, Piercy said Chinese money could still have a big impact on the local industry.

Facilitating the service production for Bayue and Weiyang required Infinity Films to smooth over cultural barriers as the Chinese crew shot the Vancouver-set film.

“They have a very efficient way of doing things, but they’re not used to the requirements. We have a very sophisticated industry in Vancouver. … We have approved ways of doing things in terms of safety and a manner of other things. And I think it was hard for them to get used to working that way.”

Wong added that working with the crew was a terrific experience nonetheless.

“We need to identify more Mandarin-speaking crews in town. I think we need to improve our documentation so more of it has been properly translated into Mandarin.”

And on the Cantonese side of the business, Infinity Films is gearing up for a co-production with Salon Films (HK) Ltd. that will go before cameras this November.

The Canadian-penned Second World War drama Brick Hill follows Hong Kong, British and Canadian characters during Japan’s invasion of the former British colony.

January 14, 2016

CBC SUPPORT FOR LIFE IS A HIGHWAY

Infinity Films is starting 2016 on a high note! Our documentary Life is a Highway has received a development investment from the CBC Docs programming strand.

Life is a Highway is the incredible story of Robert Fresco and his son Fraser who is autistic.  Fresco, a Gemini Award-winning director of photography, became the father of twins Fraser and Hallee when he was 56.  With Fraser’s devastating diagnosis, Robert’s life changed utterly and irrevocably. His marriage crumbled, he moved his family from Ontario to British Columbia, he focused less on making films and more on making a life for Fraser and Hallee.  And all through everything, through the painful times, through the tough times, through the triumphs, Fresco, director of photography to the core, filmed the journey of his little family.  The incredible result is over 500 hours of high-quality footage – 18 years in making.  An unprecedented visual documentation of the challenges dealing with autism and, ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit.

Produced by Shel Piercy and Cynthia Chapman and the award-winning team at Infinity Filmed Entertainment Group Ltd., Life is a Highway will be written by Helen Slinger and directed by Slinger and Robert Fresco.  Production is scheduled to begin in May of this year.

 

November 11, 2015

LOVE and DUTY SCREENING HELD ON MAYNE ISLAND, B.C.

Love and Duty is the inspiring story of 641 women who traveled overseas to volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross in WWII. We made this documentary in 2003 and it is wonderful to see that the story still resonates today. Producer and writer Susan Culver attended a screening of Love and Duty recently on Mayne Island, B.C. where the film was received with happy tears and spontaneous singing! We are grateful and today we remember the sacrifices these women made.

Love and Duty producer and writer Susan Culver at a screening on Mayne Island, November 2015.

Love and Duty producer and writer Susan Culver at a screening on Mayne Island, November 2015.

Love and Duty producer and writer Susan Culver at a screening on Mayne Island, November 2015.

Love and Duty producer and writer Susan Culver at a screening on Mayne Island, November 2015.

September 9, 2015

JOYFUL NOISE REBROADCAST ON KNOWLEDGE NETWORK

Infinity’s musical documentary JOYFUL NOISE will be playing again on Knowledge Network September 9 and 10. Check your local listings!

Held at the St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, this incredible concert combines the voices of two Vancouver Gospel choirs with special guests Jim Byrnes and The Sojourners. An evening of music not to be missed!

 

May 8, 2015

COURAGE TO COME BACK AWARDS RAISES 1.15 MILLION

Infinity Films is proud to have produced the 16th annual Courage to Come Back Awards. Held last night at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, the gala dinner was attended by a record-breaking 1400 guests. By the time the last tears were shed and the last thank yous echoed in the night air, 1.15 million dollars had been raised for Coast Mental Health. These funds ensure that Coast can continue their work in housing, supporting, counseling, training and inspiring those who need their help.

May 9, 2014

COURAGE TO COME BACK GALA RAISES $2.2 MILLION

1,200 people gathered in the Vancouver Convention Centre’s ballroom last night and collectively raised almost $2.2 million for Coast Mental Health.

“We will all leave tonight with our souls nourished,” Lorne Segal said at the close of the gala. “By giving, caring, faith, hope and endurance, we will find the strength to face our own fears and achieve our own dreams. These [award winners] are symbols of the possibility that lies within us all.”

The gala saluted the six award winners – Brenda Gardiner, Paul Caune, Joe Calendino, Kennedy Baker, Kristine Stanbra and Jackie Hooper and raised money for the evening’s host, the Coast Mental Health Foundation. Segal, whose father Joe is a long-time Coast supporter, is the chairman of the annual event which, this year, had a record-breaking sold-out crowd.

Among the attendees were several provincial cabinet members and mayors. At one point, Terry Lake, minister of health, “spontaneously” got up to whisper into the ear of finance minister Mike de Jong. Lake then announced that de Jong had approved of a $1-million commitment to Coast Mental Health’s at-risk youth program, which provides housing and support for youth between the ages of 18 and 25 who are living with mental illness. “Make sure you get a receipt,” de Jong quipped.

Infinity Films has been producing the Courage to Come Back awards since 1999.

August 25, 2014

LOVE IT OR LIST IT VANCOUVER RENEWED FOR A THIRD SEASON

Corus Entertainment’s W Network Green Lights Season Three of Big Coat Productions’ Hit Reality Series Love It or List It Vancouver.

Top-rated home reality series franchise returns to W Network with hosts Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot as they make dreams come true for homeowners across Vancouver.
 
Corus Entertainment’s W Network has ordered a third season of Big Coat Productions’ hit property reality series, Love It or List It Vancouver. The series premiered on W Network in January 2013 and is the spin-off of the original hit series Love It or List It, which debuted on W Network in 2009.  Both series are among the network’s top-rated.
 

Co-hosted by TV personality and interior designer Jillian Harris and real estate entrepreneur Todd TalbotLove It or List It Vancouver is a ‘friendly’ battle of wits between the two hosts. Harris makes every attempt to convince homeowners to renovate their run-down home based on her design savvy (‘love it’) while Todd charges in with his real estate prowess to steer the family into putting their home up for sale (‘list it’) in favor of buying one of his new home options. The decision is never easy for the homeowners and can often lead to butting heads – will they choose Jillian’s gorgeous renovation and stay, or Todd’s expert real estate advice and sell?
 
Love It or List It Vancouver has blossomed into a fan favourite on W Network. While the original Love It or List It format remains unchanged, Jillian and Todd bring their unique charm and humour to this Vancouver spin,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Women’s and Family Television, Corus Entertainment. “We look forward to another entertaining new season of Love It or List It Vancouver and to the continued success of the franchise locally and around the world.”

 

“We have lots of surprises in store for Love It or List It Vancouver fans for the third season of the series – and we are confident that W Network viewers will continue to ‘love it,’” said Maria Armstrong, Executive Producer for Big Coat Productions.

 

Love It or List It Vancouver is produced by Big Coat Productions in association with W Network.

 

In the U.S., both Love It or List It and Love It or List It Too (aka Love It or List It Vancouver) air on HGTV.

November 1, 2013

INFINITY FILMS INVITED TO AUSTRALIA’S SCREEN FOREVER CONFERENCE

 

Infinity Films Partner Shel Piercy is headed Down Under later this month to participate in the Screen Forever Conference in Melbourne.  “This is a unique opportunity for us to expand our international co-poduction horizons and meet collaborators for future projects.  I am beyond excited to be part of the Canadian delegation of producers.”

 

Screen Forever is hosted by the Screen Producers Association of Australia.  It is Australia’s leading media and entertainment conference and the largest congregation of content creators, producers or anyone working in the screen industry who is seeking insight, inspiration, networking, professional development and fun.   The conference will be held at the Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne.

 

The conference sessions run over two days and focus on opportunities in the entertainment economy.  This event offers a plethora of interviews, lively panel discussions, keynote addresses, roundtable briefings, pitching events, an international partnership market, business networking opportunities and social events.

 

Established 28 years ago and attended by over 600 delegates, the SPAA conference has featured hundreds of local and international innovative thinkers and globally celebrated film and television executives at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology.