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Amazon Falls is based on Bowen’s B-movie experiences in Los Angeles and unapologetically exposes the grit behind the glitz of fame.

Featuring actual midnight movie footage from Katrin’s brief foray as a Troma Films actress, Amazon Falls stars former beauty queen April Telek (Flight 93), as Jana, an aging starlet who refuses to give up on the Hollywood dream. Get showtimes and watch the movie trailer below.

The Editor's Review - by Dean Horsfield

Watching Amazon Falls was a great start to what is sure to be an excellent year for the Vancouver International Film Festival.

What impressed me the most about the film was it’s unique ability to take a played out concept (a struggling actress trying desperately to make it in Hollywood) and bring it closer to the audience than I have ever seen before.

Jana, the main character played by (April Telek) is a washed out actress, making her final bid to become the star she had always dreamed of becoming. The film follows her through a last desperate attempt at success, and there are moments when you just want to reach out, touch the screen and say, “Your not alone, I’ve been there myself.”

There is an incredibly powerful scene in the bathroom, where Jana stares into a mirror and briefly comes to grips with her aging reality. Staring straight into her own eyes, she is pained to see the person staring back at her. She rubs her face violently, hits herself in the chest, cries in anguish as if to say, “You are not me, I am not you.” Falling to the floor, she weeps.

This scene is the one that resonated with me the most. I think to some degree we are all purposefully dressing up our lives, dressing up who we are, pretending to be something we are not.

Anyway, it is this Editors opinion that Amazon Falls is a must see film at the VIFF. But if not this one, then at least make sure you get a ticket to something. With half the films coming from Canadian artists, it is an amazing year for our homegrown talent.

The Jammer Review - by Jamil Karim

After leaving the theatre on Monday afternoon, I was left wondering, “is this what life is really like for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles”? April Telek gives an A-list performance as Jana, an aging wannabe actress who can’t let go of her fading dream of becoming a Hollywood starlet. Telek’s performance was the highlight of the movie as she made the audience smile, tremble, and cringe all at the same time.

This film does a great job of showing us “the other side” of life in the business. You want Jana do to well, and in your head you’re cheering for her so hard that it becomes painful when you see her life begin to tailspin out of control.

The film does move at a slower pace and Jana’s failures do become a tad predictable and redundant. However, this does allow the audience to hold out hope that Jana will find success at some point and get her life back on track. Jana is a character that people can definitely relate to and her life is filled with so many ups and downs, that you have no choice but to end up rooting for her by the end of the film.

At the end of the day, we couldn’t have been happier to see this film. The premise and storyline were intriguing and as we alluded to earlier, Telek’s performance was a distinct highlight of the film.

Be sure to check out this Canadian made film at the Vancouver International Film Festival this upcoming week!

Tue, Oct 5th 9:30pm - Empire Granville 7 Th 1
Thu, Oct 7th 2:50pm - Empire Granville 7 Th 1
Tue, Oct 12th 12:40pm - Empire Granville 7 Th 5


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