Carved in Stone: George Arlook (2019)

An intimate look at the life and work of artist George Arlook.

Directed & produced by: Angela Heck & Ivan Hughes
Runtime: 22:00

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Fourth Period Burnout (2018)

Three teens document how they experience high expectations and pressure to succeed. Their artistic recreations show what it’s like to be overwhelmed, overworked and heading towards burnout.

Director: Madison Thomas
Producer: Angela Heck
Runtime: 14:55

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Declutter (2017)

When there’s trauma in the family, decluttering means more than just cleaning.

Director: Madison Thomas
Producer: Angela Heck
Runtime: 4:45

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Soul of the Sea (2012)

How far would you go for a dream?

Hayley Shephard, a New Zealand-born Canadian pursues her dream to solo kayak around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia to bring awareness to an endangered species, the albatross.

Directors: Hayley Shephard, Katie Mustard
Producers: Katie Mustard, Angela Heck
Editor: Ivan Hughes

Runtime: 22:00 & 52:00 minute versions available

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Meagan McGrath takes in the view from the top of the world in DER CLUB DER ABENTEURER / THE EXPLORERS CLUB © 2011

The Explorers Club – Episode 4 (2011)

High altitude mountaineer Meagan McGrath explores the world of hurricane force winds, bone numbing temperatures and unstable snow slopes as she attempts to climb the world’s highest mountains in a journey of spiritual and personal discovery.

Produced for FlorianFilms GmbH for ZDF/arte.

Runtime: 52:00


Speedbumps (2008)

The Olympics are coming to Whistler in 2010, but few know what it took to bring them there.

SPEEDBUMPS is Whistler’s history of Olympic bids as told through the Olympic and World Cup ski Champions it helped create. 

Featuring; Nancy Greene-Raine, Rob Boyd, Ross Rebagliati and Britt Janyk.

Written & directed by Ivan Hughes

Runtime: 22:30


Back to the Wall (2006)

Sheer desire is not enough.

BACK TO THE WALL chronicles the 10-year journey of a quadriplegic rock-climber, Brad Zdanivsky, as he pursues his dream of climbing the 1700-foot vertical wall of the Squamish Chief as he tries to realize his epic dream to get back to climbing.

Directed & edited by Ivan Hughes
Produced by Angela Heck
Commissioned by CBC

Runtime: 22:30


University Wall (2006)

An entertaining look at the historical exploits of fouryoung lads as they take their academic studies to new heights.

In 1965, four university students, Glenn Woodsworth, Hamish Mutch, Tim Auger and Dan Tate, began cutting classes so that they could attempt a new route up the Squamish Chief, each day they would push the route higher and at the end of each adventure they would return to their books. In a time of youthful rebellion and enthusiasm they also began to climb the walls of the university.

Directed & edited by Ivan Hughes
Produced by Angela Heck
Premiered at Banff Mountain Film Festival

Runtime: 10:14


In the Shadow of the Chief (2003)

On a rain-soaked morning in May 1961, amidst the snow-capped mountains and verdant forests of Squamish, British Columbia, two young climbers, Jim Baldwin and Ed Cooper started up the “unclimbable” Stawamus Chief.

Within two weeks news of their attempt had spread and soon 12,000 cars crowded the base of the Chief with onlookers convinced they were about to witness a deadly fall. Braving relentless heat, mosquitoes and a barrage of reporters, it seemed unlikely that Ed and Jim would finish the climb.

Using never-before-seen archival footage and photographs IN THE SHADOW OF THE CHIEF takes a unique look at a part of climbing history.

Directed and edited by Ivan Hughes
Produced by Angela Heck
Commissioned by CBC
World premiere: Whistler Film Festival 2003. Audience Choice Award winner.

Runtime: 50 min.

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The Squamish Chief. Photo credit: Ed Cooper