For the film and television industry in British Columbia, 2017 was a tough year to beat.
A record-breaking $2.6 billion streamed into the province last year, much of it coming from international productions.
Prem Gill, CEO of Creative B.C. who has been named one of the province’s most powerful women leaders, said there has been tremendous growth in the industry in the past few years and it won’t slow down anytime soon.
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You couldn’t find two more different characters than Christopher Coppola and Jeffrey Gliwa: one a garrulous, big bear of man, who likes bandana head gear, the other a smiley smaller fellow favoring ball caps emblazoned with a shark.
Nevertheless, they just premiered their second collaboration as director and producer, “Torch”, a heist film involving Mayan curses, modern shamans and shot in the jungles of Belize.
As if that wasn’t enough, Coppola and Gliwa just announced plans to build a studio somewhere in the Bay Area, perhaps the Presidio, to be called Blue Shark Pictures, the name of Gilwa’s company. Expanding on the indie tradition established in San Francisco by Christopher’s uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, they will employ film students, to both save money and stimulate what could become an indie hub.
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