Wednesday, June 25, 2008

William (Bill) Vince - 1963-2008

A service to honour the life of Academy Award-nominated producer William (Bill) Vince, who died last weekend (June 21) after waging a battle against sarcoma, will be held this Friday, June 27, in West Vancouver.

Many in Vancouver's film community are saddened by the death of the savvy, generous man who produced such films as the upcoming The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the Oscar-winning Capote, and writer-director Charles Martin Smith's upcoming Stone of Destiny, as well as his Smith's efforts The Snow Walker and the first of the Air Bud franchise.

"Bill Vince was the most generous person I have met. Generous with his time, his talent and his knowledge of the business. He touched so many people with his determination and spirit. He was an amazing partner and a loyal friend. All of us here at Infinity loved him dearly and will miss him terribly," Infinity producer Rob Merilees, said in a released statement.

Testimony to Merilees's remarks, Vince still made time to meet with film school students (including my own students), even after earning his Oscar nominations.

In the same release, Capote star and Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman remarked, "I could talk to Bill. Bill wore his heart on his sleeve, thank God. He'd fight with you, thank God. He knew how to hug, thank God. He was attracted to passion, therefore I was attracted to him. He stood by me and I'll never forget it. I loved him, loved him."

A foundation has been established in Vince's name to create an annual scholarship fund to be awarded to an aspiring young filmmaker who has overcome adversity in his or her life. Donations will be matched by the BC Film Foundation and can be made to:

The William Vince Foundation c/o Debra Thomas, The Canada Trust Company, PO Box 10083,Vancouver, B.C., V7Y 1BC

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