BC Production Community Shows a Great Appetite for Giving
Bates Motel was the hungriest taking top honours in the Reel Thanksgiving Challenge, but the productions and industry labour organizations that raised food and funds for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank showed that a little healthy competition can bring out the best in everyone. The motion picture production community colleagues challenged one other to together hit a $25,000 goal to ensure that the Food Bank could count on more resources for the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving. Instead, people from twenty two participating productions dug a little deeper, more than doubling the original goal for a total of $55,551.75 raised.
Participants in the challenge included: Almost Human, Arctic Air, Arrow, Bates Motel, Fairly Odd Summer, Falling Skies, Motive, Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Rogue, See No Evil 2, Some Assembly Required, Step Up 5, Supernatural, The 100, The Adventures of Max and Banks, The Interview, The Tomorrow People, Tommorowland, Vow of Violence, When Calls the Heart, Witches of the East End, DGC BC, IATSE 669, IATSE 891, Teamsters 155, UBCP and the BC Council of Film Unions.
Some highlights of the ‘competition’:
1) “Bates Motel” takes first place donating more than $11,000 in funds and food.
2) “Arrow” collected 1,151 pounds of food and took second place.
3) “Arctic Air” was first out of the gate and never dropped below third place.
4) 15 out of 22 productions raised in excess of $1,000.
Congratulations to all!