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Cold Fronts

Cold Fronts

| 5 min

Director Murray Siples' love/hate letter to Vancouver weather captures both the mundane and the thrilling experience of living on the West (wet) Coast. The winter rain colours every aspect of city life, but people cope, wielding umbrellas like swords, clutching coats and hats against the constant deluge.

A personal take on one man's experience of the winter, Cold Fronts is a kaleidoscopic view of the collision point between nature and the city.

This film was produced in partnership with VANOC and Canada CODE for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

  • writer
    Murray Siple
  • director
    Murray Siple
  • associate producer
    Teri Snelgrove
  • director of photography
    Mike Mckinlay
  • editor
    Murray Siple
    George Faulkner
  • composer
    Mat the Alien
  • production assistant
    George Faulkner
  • re-recording engineer
    Jamie Mahaffey
  • mix facility
    The Mix Room
  • online editor
    Eliot Piltz
  • post-production services
    Finale Editworks
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Kay Leung
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen


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Ages 15 to 17

English Language Arts - Poetry
Geography - Weather and Climatology
Media Education - Film and Video Production
Social Studies - Environmental Challenges

Before viewing, ask students to consider how geography and weather influence their ideas of the meaning of Canada; after, discuss this theme in the film. Media and film students may examine the film's blending of sound and visuals, and then produce a slide show or one minute film focusing on a localized weather theme. Ask writing students to build poetic imagery on still photographs that depict their local changing seasons.

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