A guide to the WSSF arts 

Pique breaks down all the festival's artistic offerings so you don't miss a minute

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DARCY BACHA, SUBMITTED - big air Darcy Bacha is one of the photographers who will compete in the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown this year.
  • Photo by Darcy Bacha, Submitted
  • big air Darcy Bacha is one of the photographers who will compete in the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown this year.

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Vengeance in the Valley: Roller Derby

When: April 15, 7 p.m.

Where: Whistler Conference Centre

Cost: $15, Whistler Activity Centre

What: Roller Derby is definitely more sport than art, but it's so badass we're outright stealing it for this guide. Although Whistler's Black Diamond Betties team was formed back in 2011, this bout (that's the correct term for a game) marks their first time competing on home turf. The team will be taking on the Squamish Sea to Sky Sirens in this gripping, full-contact game that combines speed roller skating with blocking and checking. The event will take over the Whistler Conference Centre's Sea to Sky Ballroom where a flat track will be installed, along with plenty of spectator seating. Be sure to check it out! (see pg 56 fro more)  

Olympus 72 hr. Filmmaker Showdown and Olympus 72 hr. Filmmaker Showdown Encore

When: April 16, 9 p.m. and April 17

Where: Whistler Conference Centre

Tickets: $25 (first night sold out), Whistler Activity Centre

What: Hear that? That's the sound of the deadline for this guide whizzing by. Hopefully the filmmakers competing for $10,000 in cash and $5,000 in prizes as part of this showdown will fare better under the pressure of a tight timeline. Each team in this annual competition will be given — you guessed it — 72 hours to shoot, edit and produce a film all created within a 100-km radius of Whistler. The resulting three to five-minute clips will be screened for a sold-out crowd April 16 where the Best in Show will be chosen by a panel of judges. But there are still tickets available for the April 17 show, during which the crowd will choose the People's Choice award.    

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