Born in North York, Ontario, David Spaner grew up in Vancouver where he graduated from Langara College and Simon Fraser University. During his stint as a movie reviewer for The Province newspaper he published Dreaming in the Rain: How Vancouver Became Hollywood North by Northwest (Arsenal 2003 $19.95). It was followed by Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film (Arsenal 2011) which "examines the Hollywood studio system from the early days when it produced more quality yet commercially viable films, to today, when studios seem only interested in surefire sequels and comic-book adaptations aimed at a global audience. By the same token, Shoot It! also celebrates today's great movies produced outside of the studio system, chronicling the international independent film movement in seven countries (the United States, Canada, Mexico, Britain, France, Romania, and South Korea), from its roots to the revolutionary impact of digital technology. It also features commentary from indie film notables such as Mike Leigh, Gus Van Sant, Claire Denis, Miranda July, Woody Allen, Atom Egoyan, Catherine Breillat, and more."

BOOKS:

Dreaming in the Rain: How Vancouver Became Hollywood North by Northwest (Arsenal 2003) 1-55152-129-6 $19.95

Shoot It! (Arsenal 2011) 978-1-55152-408-5 $22.95

[Photo: Yvonne De Carlo]

[BCBW 2011] "Film"