The Whistler Film Festival has announced the opening and closing films of its 13th annual showcase this year. B.Cís Jason Priestley is at the helm to kick things off with a road-tripping tear jerker, Cas and Dylan., and to wind things down is a documentary about the tragedy of an Olympic-bound snowboarder sure attract a sizeable Whistler audience, The Crash Reel
The five-day festival kicks off Dec. 4, featuring up to 90 films from Canada and around the world. The festivalís director of programming, Paul Gratton, said the titles this year cast a wide net in terms of subject matter, sure to offer ďsomething for everyone.Ē
"Whistler continues to be a must-attend event for hip, young film buffs and emerging filmmakers, and we are pleased to carve out our own unique niche by offering a large number of Canadian premieres,Ē he said in a release.
Cas and Dylan stars an actress no stranger to the WFF, Tatiana Maslany. Her performance in Picture Day won her a Best Actor Borsos Award last year, while the film itself went on to win the top nod as winner of the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Film.
This year, Maslany plays opposite Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss, together a mismatched pair of road travelers. The comedy tells the story of a dying doctor (Dreyfuss) whose plan to check-out on his own terms takes a reluctant detour when he inadvertently winds up on the lam with an anything-but-normal 22-year-old girl.
In his directorial debut with Cas and Dylan, Priestley is expected to attend the opening night gala and ski in WFFís Celebrity Challenge Ski Race.
For closing night, The Crash Reel stitches together 15 years of home movies and archival footage to tell the story of American half-pipe snowboarding legend, Kevin Pearce.
Training to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Pearce suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. The film documents Pearceís struggle to return to the sport he loves, when even a minor blow to the head could kill him.
Pearce is expected to attend the closing night ceremonies.