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Spring lifts me out of winter

April 20, 2013

Last week, we got amazing news via email: it read:

Lost Lagoon wins the Tonya Lee Williams Award for Outstanding Canadian Feature at ReelWorld Film Festival 2013 during its Brunch With Brilliance Awards held at Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas in Toronto. The award was presented by TD Bank Group.  Lost Lagoon is directed by Rob Leickner and produced by Rob Leickner and Michelle Kim.

Juror comments included:

The film is “a fresh and contemporary exploration of the Canadian immigrant experience in Vancouver, this poignant film juxtaposed the beauty and isolation of the West Coast with an authentic story of finding and maintaining individualism in a new world. Leickner’s strong direction, script and scene composition was coupled with an evocative Indy soundtrack, outstanding lead performance from Diana Bang and complex supporting characters resulting in humorous yet subtly dangerous tone.”

Great news and new beginnings always seem to come this time of year, at the exact moment the cherry blossom trees start to open up in Queen Elizabeth Park, just a few blocks away from my house. And in chorus with the pink and white blossoms, my life and heart opens up as well, and everything sings. New possibilites, new love. This year, we captured this seasonal pattern in my film THE TREE INSIDE. Here is a still:

What does spring mean to you?

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