Voices for Dignity

On December 20th we went down to the Pivot Legal Society headquarters in Vancouver, BC. to be there when they received the decision on the Bedford vs. Canada case.  Members of Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) and PACE Society along with other sex workers and allies all came together to hear the historic decision.

When the unanimous decision to strike down all three laws was published the room erupted in joyous "woohoos" and happy tears as a group of women celebrated a long and hard fought victory.  It was one of the most exciting, inspiring, and emotional moments of my life and I really can't begin to imagine what it must of felt like for the people that have been committed to this issue for more than 10 years.  

You can read more about the decision and what it means on Pivot's website here.

Please watch our short documentary about Pivot Legal Society, Pace Society, and SWUAV's trip to the Supreme Court.  The doc gives some insight into how the laws impact street based sex workers in Canada and you get to meet some of the amazing hardworking individuals that impacted the Supreme Court ruling.  


Hope In Shadows - Artist Portrait

Mitch was invited by Cineworks to participate in a cool program they run called Play It Forward that facilitates the collaboration of artists and non-profits.  Mitch and all of us at Combination Films were really honoured to be one of the three artists selected for the initiative.  Cineworks generously provided us with free gear rentals and funds to cover additional expenses.   

The non-profit we picked to work with was Pivot Legal Society; we admire the work they do so much and had great experience working with them before.  After a couple meetings with Pivot it was decided that an artist portrait of one of the Hope In Shadows winners would be the best fit for the project.  

Pivot connected us with Brian Ward, a talented artist living in the Downtown Eastside that had a winning photo selected for the calendar as well as a photo that was awarded a Honourable Distinction.  Brian and his wife, Rose, kindly welcomed us into their home for the interview and Brian shared with us his passion for art.  We had a really great afternoon shooting with Brian and learning about his art practice.

We are really happy with how the project turned out and have already been getting some great feedback.  The artist portrait screened at this years Passion for Justice (which if you missed I highly recommend you go next year - it's so fun!) to a great crowd and received a big round of applause.  The video has been screening at VanCity Theatre before the screenings of the documentary, Inequality for All.  There is one last screening tomorrow night.   

You can check out the video below and remember to pick up your own Hope in Shadows calendar sold by vendors around the city.

Laura Bachynski Music Video - Recent Shoot

Earlier this week we shot a music video for Darren's mom, Laura Bachynski.  We all stayed on location for 2 days in West Vancouver for the shoot - it was a blast.  

We will be posting the video once it's finished, but in the meantime we thought we would share some screen-grabs from the first day of shooting.  The shots below are not colour-corrected, but we think they are looking great straight out of the camera!

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Save the Date Video

Darren's bother and sister-in-law where married this summer on a stunning Vancouver Island farm.  It was a magnificent day!  Months earlier they asked us to produce a Save the Date video for them.  We wanted to document a little slice of their life while also showcasing the natural beauty of Vancouver and BC (there were a lot of guests coming from out of town).  

We were really happy with how it turned out.  Check it out - it's short and sweet.

The Cinematheque - Logo Animation

We have been huge fans of The Cinematheque for a long time, so it was very exciting for us to come up with an animated intro/logo for this incredible organization.  It will be playing in the theater soon, so be sure to look out for it!

 Gabriel Koenig did the killer sound design and music, and Steve Chow is responsible for the smokin' text design. 

Combination Films in Ottawa

Back in June, we had the privilege of shooting a documentary with Pivot Legal Society in Ottawa!  It was a totally inspiring, emotional, and entirely incredible experience, and we feel honoured to have been brought on board to work on such an important project.

You can read more about it here in our previous post.

We are currently well into the post-production on all of our material, but we thought that in the meantime we would share a few stills.  More to come soon!