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Learn about fan-base building with The True Heroines

We've got special guests Nick Carella and Michelle Ouellet from Sociable Films along with the stars of the pin-up-perfect web series The True Heroines about retro-housewives with the powers of strength, invisibility and speed. RSVP now to reserve your spot in the first 50 guests to get-in for only $5.

Meetup with us as we'll be chatting about building a loyal fan base for your projects as well as the journey this series took to land a deal with US distributors Hulu and so much more.

The VIFI Network is a collaboration focused monthly networking meetup that connects talent & crew in the film/TV/video industry face-to-face with a goal of creating projects and relationships!

This is sure to fill up quickly - secure your spot now to be one of the 50 people who pay only $5 (via Paypal). For all others it will be $8 at the door.

Schedule of events:
7:00pm Sign in & networking
7:30pm Individual introductions
7:45pm Special presentation
8:30pm Member announcements
8:35pm Icebreaker
8:45pm Networking

About the evening's special presentation...

Created by Jovanna Huguet, Paula Giroday, Fiona Vroom, Joel Sturrock, Michelle Ouellet & Nicholas Carella, the True Heroines is a live cabaret, a 6-part web-series and a brilliant retro world-building time-machine.  The series is completely Canadian; funded, starring and created by Canadians. They have recently been approached by Hulu for US Distribution and will be launching their highly anticipated series starting March 20th, 2013. There are other special surprises too.

The True Heroines follows the escapades of three 1950’s housewives who share a dangerous secret: they have superpowers. As products of a series of secret genetic experiments, these high-heeled “Humans with Special Abilities” now make their (perfect) homes in New Paradise Hill, leading double-lives to elude the mysterious corporation that hunts them. In an adventure that marries Madmen and X- Men on the classic MGM lot, The True Heroines fight crime by day and have dinner on the table by six.

The True Heroines is a multi-platform, interactive universe, comprised of a web-series and bi-monthly live cabaret show, as well as an upcoming print comic and collectable card game. Audiences are able to follow their favourite characters across these various media, creating a truly interactive fan experience.

The cast includes Paula Giroday as Dottie Rodgriguez, Jovanna Huguet as Margie Hepburn, Fiona Vroom as Pearl Andrews and Joel Sturrock as Gordon Fitzgerald. The stellar cast also includes well-known TV series stars Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls), Neil Grayston (Eureka), Christopher Shyer (V), Zak Santiago (The Assistants), Brendan Penny (Whistler) and the late Denis Simpson (Polka Dot Door).

Some of the topics addressed will be:

  • Building a real life & virtual fan-base
  • World-Building through live-action shows and social media
  • The Concept, The Production, The Team: What you need and what they did.
  • Story-Building
  • How they raised over $10,000 for their series.
  • Using what they HAD: dancing, singing, acting, talent, crew, contacts...
  • Biggest Lessons Learned
  • & possibly a taste of what they do at a live-cabaret.

This networking event is only $5 if you are one of the first 50 to RSVP and you pay in advance with Paypal.
For anyone who does not RSVP it will be $8 at the door.


Ceilis has $5+ build-your-own burgers on Thursdays so come have some food and a drink while doing some networking, collaborating, and learning!

Please note: You are still welcome if you do not RSVP and pay online - it just costs more at the door.

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  • EssieT

    Hi, everyone! I've got an idea for a local real-life soap opera for a book, film or perhaps a TV series, and seek some comments or suggestions. A Canadian-born (of Chinese descent) woman's mother, grandmother, uncle, and father are interferering with the woman's choice of an order gentleman for her boyfriend. Here's a Dailymotion video ..

    So, the woman's boyfriend asked random people at the PNE park for comments about their "age gap" Here is the video.

    Interestingly, the 30-year old woman's mother, who she lives with, suddenly became "nicer" to the woman, because apprently the mother is worried about her daughter moving in the the 'geezer' boyfriend:

    March 25

  • Steve O.

    Good, but the one fellow that talked a lot wasn't organized before hand, so repeated himself, went on too long, and sometimes would lower his Mike and lose the importance of his point. He did say a lot of relevant points, and gave much information. I think Presenters should be asked to think about what they want to say before it starts.

    March 2, 2013

  • steve

    I have very little interest in super heros of any kind. However, I enjoyed the presentation. My only complaint, a small complaint, was that I found it a bit long. The title of the presentation was very aptly named, with the first words being the key words... "Learn about fan-base building". That's what I went to learn about, and I got my money's worth! Lately I have been involved with a program called "cinecoup" which can be found on google. It is all about building a fan base before getting funding..... IE:, getting fans way way before turning the camera on! It's the wave of the future, and last night's presentation was well done. Thank you to all concerned.

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Louise ony responded to Alicia's inquirey as to why some members weren't attending the meetings. The fact that she has good taste in films should not be a reason to put her down.

    March 1, 2013

    • Josh R.

      I see no indication that hers was a reply to Alicia Dave. Everyone else emailed Alicia back, but she simply posted negative feedback on the event wall, attacking our presenters' concept. Her taste in films is irrelevant because the presentation was about how they managed to build up a strong following and raise money for their project so her comments were not constructive or relevant.

      March 1, 2013

  • Steve O.

    The Meetup was GREAT! I made some very good connections, am hopefully Acting next week, and was thrilled to hear about The True Heroines success story. That is encouraging in this time of massive Film Industry unemployment. We live in exciting times, where the Internet is opening up a whole new approach to the Entertainment Industry. As a Historian this reminds me of 100 years ago and the birth of early Movie Making. I started Acting in professional Films over 20 years ago, and it was tough then, but now there are so many more possibilities.
    Josh, as for Louise, "A former member", why do you let such a negative Loner comment on something they didn't even participate in? We do not want to hear some supposed Theatrical Academic pontificate on what we should be enjoying as Entertainment. I thought narrow minded Pseudo-Intellectuals like her hid in Theatre School forever.
    Let's hear from Winners!

    1 · March 1, 2013

    • Josh R.

      Glad you liked it Steve! I did see people making a lot of connections and even overheard someone get offered a paid gig so it's awesome to see that this meetup is still bringing great people together!

      As for Louise, she removed herself from the group so luckily we don't have to deal with that kind of negative and unproductive commentary anymore.

      March 1, 2013

  • steve

    I enjoyed it and learned some things and did some networking, but I found the presentation and questions a bit long.

    February 28, 2013

  • steve

    to the presenters, I spoke to one of you with Alicia tonight, if you want to email me, through my website only, I will send you links to what I am doing and it will give you an idea of how my process works, and how you can do it too.

    February 28, 2013

  • Dave H.

    I think Louise sumed the situation up perfectly

    February 28, 2013

  • Mirella G.

    See you in march. I really wanted to see this but I'm not feeling well.

    February 28, 2013

  • Murray W.

    Sorry guys... I will have to miss out tonight. See you all in March!!

    February 28, 2013

  • Ayla R.

    I have plans for this evening already.

    February 28, 2013

  • steve

    Looking forward to it. I have invited an actress/model. See you

    February 27, 2013

  • Dominic L.

    I will be coming but I don't use PayPal so I will pay at the door. See you then!

    February 23, 2013

  • Maggie

    I'll be attending! But I don't have pay pal so I'll pay at the door!!! See you then!

    1 · February 18, 2013

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