Music Documentary “Love Shines” featuring Ron Sexsmith Premieres at 2010 VIFF

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Paperny Films is pleased to announce the World Premiere of “Love Shines” at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival.

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–     World Premiere VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Fri., Oct. 8 at 9:30 p.m. PST     –

–     Empire Granville 7 Cinemas     –


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Vancouver, BC – September 15, 2010 – Paperny Films is pleased to announce the World Premiere of “Love Shines” at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival. The film is a “Special Presentation” screening Friday, October 8 at 9:30 p.m. at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas followed by showings at the Vancity Theatre on Saturday, October 9 at 3:30pm and Friday, October 15 at 3:45pm. Eight years in the making, the film takes us to the core of Ron Sexsmith’s gift for song, intimately revealing his elements of character along the way. The film was commissioned for theatrical release by The Movie Network and Movie Central with funding from Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund and Rogers Documentary Fund.

“Director Douglas Arrowsmith has done something quite rare, and quite remarkable: he’s dedicated the last several years of his working life to following Sexsmith at home and abroad. The result is a film that delivers genuine honesty and intimacy.” – David Paperny, Executive Producer, Paperny Films.

In “Love Shines,” the curtain is pulled back for a rare glimpse inside the recording studio as Sexsmith partners with legendary hit-maker producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe). The process with Rock turns introspective and, through a series of flashbacks, the songwriter confronts the meaning of success, the realities of the music industry and the humble beginnings that sparked the birth of his songs.

Punctuated by Super 8 footage chronicling the early years, an extraordinary playlist and a stellar cast featuring Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Feist, Kiefer Sutherland and Daniel Lanois, “Love Shines” is a journey to the heart and soul of what songwriting is truly about.

Douglas Arrowsmith, Gemini award-winning director and producer, began producing current affairs documentaries for television a decade ago. His last feature film, “Memory & Desire”(2009), is a hauntingly poetic journey with brit pop songwriter Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy (Duran Duran’s founding singer), which premiered at London’s 17th Raindance Festival in 2009.  The film was nominated “Best Micro-Budget Feature” and received a nomination for the “Sound & Vision Award” at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, Denmark. Douglas has a PhD in Social & Political Thought from York University.

Paperny Films Inc. – run by partners David Paperny, Audrey Mehler, and Cal Shumiatcher – is an independent, Vancouver-based production company that has garnered worldwide acclaim for its provocative, innovative, and entertaining television programming. From groundbreaking documentaries to reality television series to lifestyle programming, Paperny Films excels in capturing the essence of human stories.


For further information,  contact Tanya Tweten t. 604-872-2352