Canada, 8 minutes, 2012
Directed by Devon Cooke, Produced by Bill Nikolai, Storybubble Media.
Saturday February 9th, 7:30pm
RIO Theatre (N.B. 19+ adults only!) MAP
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A weekend warrior documents his quest to complete a personal one-day urban biking / hiking / paragliding triathlon.
Bill Nikolai, a 56 year-old librarian, has dreamt of combining three passions - bicycling, hiking and paragliding - in a one-day adventure in Vancouver. From his patio in the heart of the city, he contemplates the summit of Grouse Mountain and decides to get himself and his gear to the Peak and back, using only physical effort. Chocolate milk provides the fuel as city traffic is navigated, the infamous Grouse Grind trail is ascended and - ultimately - 45 pounds of baggage is shed and transformed into an aircraft.
Director, Devon Cooke
Devon Cooke uses film to lend his eyes and ears to the audience. Occasionally, he lends other sensory organs as well. But, most importantly, he gives his heart away in every film he makes. Without heart, why watch?
Before ParaGrinding, Devon directed Tofu Meets Greens — A romantic short with dancing, vegetables, and dancing vegetables. But he does far more than direct — he produces films for Storybubble, runs dance events for The Fusion Exchange, and spends far too much time obsessing over making the world a better place. Hopefully he doesn't screw it all up.
Storybubble is a Vancouver-based production company. Stories are everywhere. A story can make us excited; it can turn the mundane into an extraordinary adventure, or it can change the course of your life. Whatever the story, it will be remembered if it's well told, and Storybubble tells good stories. Stories need bubbles. What's a bubble? A sphere of influence. Our audience is our bubble, and they're just as important as the story itself. Our bubble carries our stories to the far corners of the universe, and we hope you will carry our story with you when you leave today.
Storybubble has produced several short films and a wide range of corporate videos. Our films have played in Amsterdam, Buenos Aires and locally, here on the streets of Vancouver, during the 2010 Olympic Games. We make films about food, films about family, and films about dancing the night away. Storybubble is currently developing a web series that will change your life.