Vanderlip’s “An Echo of Oceans” explores the unknown

Drowning in the depths, a man sinks in the crushing blue of the ocean. The broken pieces of his psyche lie shattered in his inner world, but though the darkness is surrounding, there is still light to be found…somewhere…somehow.

Director Kora Vanderlip is an aspiring writer/director currently based out of Vancouver, BC. She has been working independently and with the film community out in the Thompson Okanagan region in BC for the past 6 years and has collaborated closely with the arts community in Kamloops BC and with local crews across the region on independent shorts and features. Presently, Kora is expanding her horizons within the creative world through meaningful and authentic storytelling in every form, with a focus on screenwriting and directing.

Q/A with Kora Vanderlip

1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?

I felt drawn to this style of experimental film that was completely visual, using music as a guide to the story.  I was inspired by the music used in the film and was moved to create this concept based on the album the track is from called “Ocean Grave.” The concept is rooted in a feeling of deep contrition, a struggle with one’s self and the search for a way to look forward.

2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?

It’s difficult to pick a favorite part of the process, but one thing about the filmmaking process that is always wonderful is collaboration.  This project was a great experience to shoot, because of the people on board and the atmosphere created on set.

3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?

I admire the visual and poetic filmmaking of Terrence Malik, his work has strongly influenced me, as well as this film.

4. What is your favorite film?

I have always loved the film “Magnolia” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  That film inspired me both personally and artistically and it has stayed firmly as one of my favourite films since the first time I watched it.

“An Echo of Oceans” is the fourth short film in the Short Film Session #3, starting on Saturday, August 26 at 11am.


Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at for $10.

These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event.

Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.

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