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Films addressing immigration, autism, dementia, queer romance, skating, and missing student featured at Crazy8s gala

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Kevin Ang directed "Gone Abroad", which is set in a Catholic school.

The Crazy8s Film Society is hosting its 25th annual gala on Saturday (April 20), featuring six short films. Under the rules of the Crazy8s film competition, every film had to be made over eight days.

Vancouver actor Cardi Wong (Golden Delicious) will host screenings of the six finalists at The Centre in Vancouver, followed by an afterparty at Science World.

Wong, Max Archibald, and Ricky Chi Kay Lee, are part of the cast of “Gone Abroad”, which is among the finalists. Filipino-Chinese-Canadian writer-director Kevin Ang’s film is about a 15-year-old student at a Chinese Catholic school, who learned that his best friend has mysteriously left the country for his studies. That leads the teenager to try to figure out what really happened.

Watch the trailer for “Gone Abroad”.

Another finalist, “Astronaut”, has an immigration theme. Hong Kong-Canadian director Kevin Cheng (“Fugue in C”) set his film in the 1990s. It focuses on a young boy of Chinese ancestry who’s visited by his absent father. The dad builds a spaceship out of cardboard, launching his son on a mission to connect with other kids. It features Tobi Wong, Victor Wong, and XioaQing Ye.

Watch the trailer for “Astronaut”.

A third finalist, “DTF?” is billed as a coming-of-age comedy. It’s about a young queer writer who ends up on a date with a former English professor. Directed by multi-hyphenate artist Jess McLeod (Almost Actors, Boy/Girl), it features Sam Krochmal and Garfield Wilson.

Watch the trailer for “DTF?”

Crazy8s finalist offers insights into dementia

Meanwhile, Dave Beamish (Dark Corners) directed another of the finalists, “Our Long Goodbye”. It’s a tale about family love and dementia. A semi-professional musician doubles as a caregiver for his father, who’s suffering from late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. However, the son is able to trigger his dad’s memories by playing old songs.

Beamish’s story isn’t that far-fetched. Last year, Pancouver published a feature article on Burnaby violinist Tom Su, who has been involved in a research project looking at the impact of music on dementia patients.

Watch the trailer for “Our Long Goodbye”.

The fifth finalist, “Toe Pick”, is about a 12-year-old figure skater who pursues her passion for the sport after a serious accident at a morning practice. Directed by Teresa Alfeld (Doug and the Slugs and Me, The Rankin File: Legacy of a Radical), it features Nylee Phiney, Gigi Neil, Robert Egger, and Valencia Budijanto.

Watch the trailer for “Toe Pick”.

Larissa Thompson, who’s autistic, wrote and directed the sixth finalist, “What Are You Supposed to Do with Your Hands?”. It’s a fantasy-comedy revolving around “the unique experience of living as a late-diagnosed autistic woman”. Thompson also acts in the film, along with Megan Toner and Princess Davis.

Watch the trailer for “What Are You Supposed to Do with Your Hands?”

Each of the six finalists in the competition receives $2,000. In addition, they qualify for in-kind production and post-production services worth up to $50,000 from the sponsors.

For more information and tickets to the Crazy8s gala screening and afterparty, visit the Crazy8s website. Follow Pancouver on Instagram @PancouverMedia.

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Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith

Pancouver editor Charlie Smith has worked as a Vancouver journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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