Afterparty Poster

AFTERPARTY to premiere in Toronto at The Canadian Film Festival

First thing’s first: HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!! We hope that everyone has a fun and safe St. Paddy’s Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you ALL YEAR LONG!

We are very much looking forward to this upcoming week! Afterparty is making its Toronto debut as part of The 2014 Canadian Film Fest & we couldn’t be happier. Nick, Kevin, Graham along with myself are originally from Toronto so it feels especially significant to be able to share the film with our friends & family. Hopefully we’ll see all you lovely people at the screening this Saturday March 22nd @ 8:45 pm. Since we are the closing night film (what an honour) your ticket to the screening also gets you entry into the Closing Night Gala at the Monarch Tavern.

If you don’t have your tix yet, check out this link.

For more deets about the screening check out our Facebook Event.

There so many exciting, independent films programmed this year that I can’t decide what to see!! I’m thinking since I missed Patch Town at @WFF13 that I’m definitely going to catch it this week.

ICYMI, here are a few of our favourite articles about AFTERPARTY:

The Georgia Straight from March 7th 2014 written by Adrian Mack

Next Projection from December 6 2013 written by Adrian Charlie

The Huffington Post Part 1 from December 2nd 2013 written by Ilana Rapp & of course check out Part 2 of her interview with Ali here.

Follow @lizardladynj, @adrianmacked  & @adrian_charlie for the latest in entertainment and independent cinema. 

& lastly here’s our trailer. Hope to see you all Saturday for some good old Sociable fun! In the meantime thanks for stopping by & #StaySociable

 

A few photos from the Vancouver premiere of @afterapartymovie @WIFTV

Canadian Screen Week Wrap-Up, Women in Film and Ghostly Encounters

Well, well, well…what a week it was last week.

As a small boutique company production company still only a couple of years old we work long hours for little (and in some cases no) pay so it’s always pretty surprising (if not blog worthy) when a week comes along where not one but TWO projects are screening in the same week. I can’t tell you how many summers I’ve spent hunched over my computer editing, converting, uploading or making urgent 911 calls to my more experienced editor friends hoping for a technological bail out. Last week, not unlike Halley’s Comet probably won’t happen for another 75-76 years so I thought I’d share a quick wrap-up of our Sociable week in pictures.

Ghostly Encounters

We’re doing a new web series & we’re pretty stoked about it. Check our brand new teaser here and let us know what you think:

 

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

We are still buzzing from the Vancouver premiere of @Afterpartymovie on March 8th (International Women’s Day) at @WIFTV.  All of the usual suspects were in attendance but I was especially stoked to have our choreographer @JoelSturrock in the house. @EllieHarvie moderated our Q&A and it was AWESOME!

Big thanks to all of the festival organizers especially Carolyn & Carla. 

A few photos from the Vancouver Premiere of @afterpartymovie at @WIFTV

Canadian Screen Week

As some of you may know The True Heroines (the web series I direct, Nick writes and produces & Ali stars in) was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series Fiction. We didn’t win (congrats to our friends over at Space Janitors) but we sure had fun! I loved spending the week with my other partners in crime over at True Heroines Entertainment. For a full list of winners click here. 

Big thanks to Clutch PR & Narces for providing all of us ladies (Jovanna, Paula, Fiona and moi) with our beautiful red carpet attire. Ali was wearing a dress by Celia Krithariote & she was styled by the amazing Lindsay Zir.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time! 

#StaySociable

- written by Michelle Ouellet

ELLE CANADA on newsstands now!

AFTERPARTY to Premiere at the 9th ANNUAL VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL

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written by Michelle Ouellet

Hello Sociable Friends,

2014 is off to a rip-roaring start as we gear up to premiere Afterparty in the town we call home, our beloved Vancouver. When I first moved to Vancouver 7 years ago (how time flies!) I volunteered for the WITFV festival as a way to get to know some of the local filmmaking talent in the city. It was an amazing and inspiring experience; so many great films! Flash forward 7 years & it is a great honour to be part of this festival. We hope you can make it out!!

Here are the details in a nutshell:

AFTERPARTY Screening –  March 8th 2014 at The 9th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival @ 9:30 pm

For a link to our Facebook Event click here.

As added bonuses the award-winning short film (a Sociable Co-Pro) When I Saw You will also be screening at the Festival as part of their Date Night Program on March 7th @ 9:00 PM & The Canadian Screen Award nominated web-series The True Heroines (which I direct, Nick writes and produces & Ali stars in) will be part of the Web Series Lounge on Sunday March 9th. 

For more information about the 9th ANNUAL VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL and tickets to AFTERPARTY & WHEN I SAW YOU click here.

Also, here are a few shots from The Elle Canada Photo Booth as part of #WFF13. These wonderful people will be attending our #WIFTV screening next month.

The March 2014 Elle Canada is available on newsstands now!

ICYMI - our trailer!!  We love the music composed by Darcy Rego & Jay Nunes of The Meligrove Band. You guys rock!

#StaySociable

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Our Whistler Film Festival Wrap Up

I know, I know.  The Whistler Film Festival was 3 weeks ago –  I’m a naughty blogger!

But here we are December 27th and I’m ready to share! Okay so, Whistler truly is “Canada’s Coolest Festival” (click here for WFF press release confirming this fact) and we have a lot to discuss.

But first, I want to begin by thanking our incredible festival sponsors: SIP Soda Co, Driftwood Brewry, Therapy Vineyards, Eristoff Vodka, Maureen’s Natural Foods, The Candid Confectioner, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Gentle Fawn and  Left of Houston.

We would have been naked and hungry without our sponsors & so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity.

THANK YOU TO: 
- SIPsoda for being our Official Non-Alcoholic sponsor of the festival.  This is the 3rd time we have been lucky enough to work with SIP and Jennifer Martin and we couldn’t be more grateful.  My personal favourite flavour is the Rosemary Lime!
Driftwood for sponsoring us again with their incredible local beer.  The Fat Tug IPA was definitely a hit with the Whistler crowd.
- Therapy Vineyards for their delicious Freud’s Ego 2010 and Freudian Sip blends.  Our guests were also treated to a glass of sparkling Fizzio Therapy Blanc upon arrival.  A very swanky and delicious touch!
- Eristoff Vodka for making our party FUN.  If you were were wondering why it tastes so good, it’s because it’s made from 100% pure grain, distilled as part of a three-step process and charcoal filtered to create a clean, smooth taste.
- Maureen’s Natural Foods for her delicious and healthy late night snacks!  We served up her 100% vegan hotpockets at midnight & people couldn’t get enough.   Maureen is so incredible because she doesn’t use any artificial additives or preservatives in her products.
- The Candid Confectioner for providing their incredible handmade chai caramels for our party.  I am totally addicted.  I’m serious.
- BCBGMAXAZRIA for dressing Michelle and I for our fancy Red Carpet appearances.
and last but not least,
- Gentle Fawn & Left on Houston for keeping me cozy in the most amazing coats and sweaters.
Check out this ET Canada clip to see my fav coat in action (whilst eating a Beavertail).

OUR MOVIE (!!!) 

We had two sold out screenings for our World Premiere!  It was absolutely thrilling to hear people (a real, live audience) laughing and being moved by the story of Afterparty and we are so grateful to the outstanding Whistler Film Festival team: Shauna, Paul, Angie & Ellie for programming us and making this a festival experience we will NEVER forget!  Whistler truly is my favourite film festival.  If you have never been – book your dance card for next year (Dec 3-7, 2014) because it just keeps getting better.

To see more great photos check out our fb page  and also Whistler’s fb page.

OUR PARTY: Was off the hook.  Fondly referred to as “The Mansion Party”, if you missed it – you missed out.  Don’t fret my pet – we’ll do it again next year.

We were lucky enough to have the fabulous photographer Gail Stephan capturing some of the mischief.  Check out her flickr and fb page to see more of her work.

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We also had Christopher James Guy doing our photo wall/ “In Highschool I…” pics for us.   See the full album here.   

THANK YOU: TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!!! for working both hard and cheerfully getting us ready for the Mansion Party.  We love you!!! And we also want to give big props to Morgan and Mieka at The MPR Firm for the incredible Whistler press coverage!  Couldn’t have done it without you industrious and glamorous women.

CONGRATS: To all of our deserving friends who took home awards at the Gala on Sunday morning.

Until next year – which is in 5 days,

Stay Sociable (and keep warm)

xo

Liebs (and Nick & Michelle)

Afterparty Stills

LineUps & Tickets & Trailers, Oh My!

Well.

This is going to be a jam packed Afterparty-esque blog if there was ever was one! On Tuesday, the Whistler Film Festival announced their very exciting lineup and we are thrilled to announce that Afterparty has two fantastic screenings during the fest, both at the 250 seater Millennium Place, in Whistler Village.

I am predicting (she says whilst crossing her fingers and toes) that both screenings will be sold out, so be sure to get your tickets online ( HERE ) as soon as you can.  The majority of the cast and key crew will be in attendance to both screenings so we will be doing talk backs after the movie.

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Our cast: Nicholas Carella, Emma Lahana, Peter Benson, Erica Carroll, Ali Lieber, Jodi Balfour, David Milchard, Christina Sicoli and Graham Coffeng

Three other films I am personally going to check out are my buddy Teach Grants film “Down Here”, the legendary Bruce McDonald’s film “The Husband”, (starring our very own Jodi Balfour) and my homegirl Tat’s movie, “Cas & Dylan”.

Can you believe it? Only one month today until our World Premiere! Can. Not. Wait.

So to tide you Afterpartiers over, we present to you our trailer:

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Friends, Photos, Recipes & More!

written by Nicholas Carella

Back on September 21st we threw our 2nd Annual Sociable Films FRIENDraiser.  Based on the success of our event last year, we thought, “Hey, what the heck?  Let’s do that again!”  But aside from our inherent need to nurture our second careers as event planners (read: not really) we were thrilled to be able to fill a room with folks we love and vouch for from our community.  It was a tremendous opportunity for us to introduce industry professionals from different circles to each other, in hopes of making one giant circle of good people working together.  Hence the word FRIEND in FRIENDraiser- so those of you who skipped it because you thought it was a FUNDraiser- read your invite more closely next year!

We also like to throw this little party to thank the vendors, technicians, artists, sponsors and anyone else who helped Sociable Films make waves in our inaugural year with no immediate benefit to themselves other than to just say “yes”.  Companies like Nelson the Seagull,  Integral ArtistsSim Digital, William F. White, UBCP, Maureen’s Natural Foods, SIP Soda, Driftwood Brewery, Rigamarole Wines, Bacardi, Save on Meats, Budget Broadway as well as all of the talented “gamers” who come out on their days off- make it possible to make independent films and prove that the filmmaking community here in Vancouver is alive and thriving.

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And of course a very big thank you to  Ever New for providing Ali and Michelle with gorgeous dresses & accessories for the event.

On behalf of Ali and Michelle, we thank you sincerely for your ongoing support.

BUT WAIT!  THERE’S MORE….

As a teensy bonus here are the drink recipes for the signature cocktails served at this year’s FRIENDraiser.  In the spirit of community, we did our best to have our drink sponsors schmooze within the confines of a glass.  Make these at home & enjoy the photo gallery below. All photos courtesy of Jessie Robertson. Check out her blog here.

Sociable Friend Cocktail

1 part SIP Soda Coriander Orange

1 part Driftwood White Bark Ale

1 oz. Bacardi White Rum

Garnish with a Orange Wedge

Afterparty Spritz

1.5 oz. Bombay Gin

.5 oz. Lemon Juice

poured over ice

topped with SIP Soda Lavender Lemon Peel

Garnished with a Cucumber Slice

SIP 75

1 oz. Bombay Gin

2 oz. White Wine

Pour over ice

Topped with SIP Soda Rosemary Lime

SIP 75 POINT OH!

Over Ice

1.5 oz. Bacardi White Rum

2 oz. White Wine

Topped with SIP Soda Coriander Orange

PHOTO GALLERY:

And a few late night photos from our buddy & Afterparty co-star David Milchard:

Check out his hit web series “Convos with My Two Year Old” here.

Afterparty to premiere at The Whistler Film Festival

We couldn’t be happier to announce that AFTERPARTY will be receiving it’s World Premiere at The Whistler Film Festival!

In an excerpt from yesterday’s Playback Magazine:

 “Whistler will kick off on Dec. 4 with a screening of Cas & Dylan, the Tatiana Maslany and Richard Dreyfuss-starrer that is expected to first debut at the upcoming Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax.

Cas & Dylan will be one of six titles to compete for Whistler’s Borsos award, with Craig Goodwill’s Patch Town confirmed as another entrant.

Other Whistler titles so far booked by programming director Paul Gratton include Uvanga, co-directed by Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu and coming from the producers of Atarjuanat – The Fast Runner.

And Whistler booked a world premiere for Afterparty, from director Michelle Ouellet and starring Ali Liebert, Emma Lahana and Jodi Balfour.

Also screening at the west coast festival is Barry Avrich’s Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione, to bow in Toronto, Sex After Kids, which Jay Brazeau, Mimi Kuzyk, Katie Boland and Kristin Booth, Jane Clark’s Meth Head, and the Benicio Del Toro-starrer Jimmy P.” 

For the full article click HERE. 

For The Whistler Film Festival’s Press Release click HERE. 

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Our first Sociable feature Afterparty is finished!

It has been a great year finishing our first film! We’ve worked with so many amazing and talented people & we can’t wait to see what happens next…

For updates, announcements and events related to “Afterparty” click here.

True Heroines Hits the Web March 27th

written by Ali Liebert 

For those of you who don’t know, Michelle, Nick and myself are also involved in The True Heroines which is an original episodic sci-fi dramedy produced for the web. The web-series explores the lives of three seemingly “normal” housewives with superpowers, as they evade the evil corporation that created them. Nick writes and produces the episodes, Michelle directs them and I play quirky neighbour Ethel Worthington. Sociable even served as co-producer on some of the episodes that we shot last summer, so as you can see this is a project that is very near and dear to us.

On Tuesday March 12, 2013 we launched the series with a splashy red carpet do at The Rio Theatre here in Vancouver. Here are a few photos:

photos by Jessie Robertson

The night was a tremendous success as you can see by our great press & reviews of the night:

Huffington Post “The True Heroines Tantalize at Advanced Screening”

The Vancouver Observer “The True Heroines: Naked Launch at the Rio”

Vancouver Sun “Vintage lingerie and right-now energy ruled”

Also, check out our trailer and Meet the cast! 

But most importantly, we ask that you watch our first two webisodes, premiering on YouTube on MARCH 27TH.  That’s next Wednesday y’all!

And if you love them, share them! Email them, tweet them, fb share them, do whatever you need to do to get them out into the world. And, yes the 27th is the very same night that Bomb Girls Season 2 premieres in the US, but I know you will have time to watch both!  I believe in you.

#staysociable

L-R:  Ali Liebert, Fiona Vroom, Paula Giroday, Joel Sturrock & Jovanna Huguet-Burke

L-R: Ali Liebert, Fiona Vroom, Paula Giroday, Joel Sturrock & Jovanna Huguet-Burke

Dream More

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by Ali Liebert

Does this happen to you too? You sit down to write and a wave of anxiety washes over you and suddenly have to do your laundry?

<10 minutes later>

Well, the laundry is in and now I write.

This update comes to you from sunny Los Angeles where I am happily camping out for the next couple of months with a few of my Bomb Girls pals.  Much to the chagrin of said housemates, I recently picked up a copy of Dolly Parton’s book, Dream More.  Now to be honest, I have always loved Dolly.  I love her singing – both the sassy uptempo beats and her heartfelt ballads, her hair and her use of hairspray and her enthusiasm for living life to the fullest.  I also admire her work ethic, or what I observe to be, her work ethic.

After reading this book, I have to tell you, I am an even BIGGER Dolly fan than I was before.  My assumptions about her work ethic were correct.  She earned it.  She worked her tail feathers off. Growing up in a small town and struggling to make it in zee show biz myself, I feel a connection to Dolly, like maybe we would be friends if we met.  We’d call each other brassy broads and I’d like that very much.  As a sidebar, it’s important to point out that I am in no way comparing my cozy childhood in Duncan BC to Dolly’s humble beginnings in the foothills of the  Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.  Although, I have recently driven through the Smoky Mountains and they are gorgeous!  I even broke into Dollywood, but that is a story for another time.

So why Dolly? Why on the Sociable blog am I prattling to y’all about Dolly?

photo copyWell, when reading it, I was deeply inspired to…wait for it…wait for it…DREAM MORE.  It made me reflect on how Sociable Films was formed and how as partners, friends, family members of sorts, we have constantly encouraged each other to pursue our dreams, both collective and personal.  We help each other light that fire in our bellies – you know the one – that persistent feeling that propels us to do things that scare us.   Like write a blog post (Me). Or start a production company (Us). Or write and direct your first short (Jane Hancock).  Or create and star in your own web-series (The True Heroines gang).  Or write your life as a Broadway musical (Dolly).   Dolly really goes for it, huh?

So here we are on February 22nd, 2013 and my partners Nick Carella and Michelle Ouellet are hard at work in Vancouver hustling for our company in the deep dark land of post production on two of our projects, ‘Afterparty’ & ‘The True Heroines’.  I want to take a quick second here on the interweb to congratulate Nick & Michelle for being super hero producers on Jane Hancock’s Crazy8s film, ‘When I Saw You’.  Crazy8s is an incredible local film competition where the filmmakers go through an extremely intense process to have their scripts selected.  From pitching and meeting with juries, to working with story editors and directing mentors, congrats to all those who  helped Jane’s vision become a reality.

This Saturday (tomorrow night) the film, along with the other 5 winners of this year’s Crazy8s competition will be screening at a Gala at the Centre for the Performing Arts. If you live in Vancouver, please go and support emerging local filmmakers! (PS there’s a party after)

Details and tickets at Crazy8s.cc.

We also have some very exciting news on the True Heroines front.

We are presenting an EPIC live show & special screening of the web series at the lovely Rio Theatre in just a few weeks.  Do not miss this evening! I’m serious. You will be mad at yourself.  And I will also be mad at you. As an added bonus for those who care, I will be performing in the show as well, reprising my role as weirdo neighbour, Ethel Worthington.

trueheroines-logoWhen: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013- 6:30pm

Where: The Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway

What: The official red carpet, live show & web-series season one- advance screening.

For all other info visit the True Heroines facebook page here.  

And now, I will check on my laundry and wish you, dear reader, an excellent and creative day as you dream your ass off and call a friend and inspire them to do the same.

In the words of my future BFF Dolly, “Dream more, Learn more, Care more, Be more”.
Till next time,
Ali