VIFF Selects Knowledge Original 'Shut Up And Say Something' as BC Spotlight Film |

VIFF Selects Knowledge Original 'Shut Up And Say Something' as BC Spotlight Film

VIFF Selects Knowledge Original 'Shut Up And Say Something' as BC Spotlight Film

Highlighting Knowledge Network’s commitment to British Columbia’s storytellers

VANCOUVER - British Columbia’s public broadcaster, Knowledge Network is delighted to announce that its latest documentary and Knowledge Original film Shut Up And Say Something has been selected for the BC Spotlight Awards Gala at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Commissioned by Knowledge Network, the documentary by filmmaker Melanie Wood, makes its world premiere at VIFF and will leave audiences inspired by the talent being developed right here in British Columbia.

"Knowledge Network is committed to developing and commissioning creative documentaries from the independent production community in BC,’’ said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network. ‘‘We are especially fortunate to be collaborating with such talented filmmakers as Melanie Wood to showcase different voices and perspectives to audiences across British Columbia and Canada.”

Shut Up And Say Something tells the untold story of internationally acclaimed spoken word artist Shane Koyczan as he embarks upon an emotional road trip to reconnect with the father he hardly knew. Seen and heard by millions worldwide and feature performer at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Games Opening Ceremonies, Shane's poignant and powerful poems tackle everything from bullying to body image. But behind his larger-than-life stage persona is a private and introverted man. As Shane unravels the story behind his troubled childhood, Shut Up And Say Something presents a powerful and intimate look at how a master wordsmith mines the scars of his past for truth, acceptance and the most important poem of his life.

All screenings during VIFF for Shut Up And Say Something take place at the Playhouse Theatre:

  • October 4 at 6:15 PM
  • October 7 at 7:30 PM (BC Spotlight Awards Gala)
  • October 8 at 12:30 PM/li>

Tickets start at $15 and are available for purchase at

All films in the BC Spotlight, including Shut Up And Say Something, will compete in VIFF’s #mustseeBC competition. Launched on September 7, the social media campaign invites film fans to preview trailers, promote local creators across social networks and VOTE online for their favourite film. The film that receives the most fan votes takes the title “Audience Must-See-Film” and earns a special red carpet screening. Voting details can be found at

Shut Up And Say Something - Trailer from Stranger Productions on Vimeo.

About Knowledge Network:
British Columbia’s Knowledge Network offers programs of direct relevance to British Columbians to inform and inspire dialogue on the important issues of our time. The viewer-supported public broadcaster provides commercial-free documentaries, arts and culture, drama and children’s programs from British Columbia, Canada and around the world. Knowledge Network also plays a vital role in supporting the independent production community in B.C. through the commissioning of broadcast and digital interactive content. Through its broadcast channels, websites and apps, Knowledge Network presents diverse points of view promoting culture and identity from provincial and global perspectives.


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