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5th GPIFF Official Selection


Longshot: The Brian Upson Story

Tavish Kelpin

In 1982, the West Vancouver Highlanders were in the provincial championship game against a cross town rival. This was the first appearance for West Van and their head coach, Brian Upson. It would also be his last game. Brian was fighting a losing battle against cancer and was living on borrowed time. What followed was one of the most incredible stories in basketball history. This documentary contains interviews with players, family, and friends of Brian together with original footage of the game and was created by students in Rockridge Secondary’s Advanced Film class.

CANADA, 2017
51 minutes


Tavish Kelpin

Tavish Kelpin has always had a passion for film, but never had the chance to pursue his passion until he started taking film and television studies at Rockridge Secondary school in his grade 8 year. Over the following years he made many short films and music videos with his peers in his film classes. Many of his films have been awarded at film festivals over his 5 years at high school. In his grade 12 year, with his peers in his advanced film class, and with great support from his film teacher David Shannon, they created Longshot: the Brian Upson Story. The film was written, directed, shot, and edited by the students. It marked the first, and very successful year of Rockridge’s Advanced film program. The film went on to be nominated for multiple international film festivals. Tavish graduated from Rockridge in 2017 and is now in his first year at the BOSA film school at Capilano University in Vancouver.

Production Company:
Indastria Film

Claudio Bronzo
Lorenzo Lotti Pierotti
Alessandro Regaldo

Luca Aimeri

Sandro De Frin

Alberto Viavattene

Enrico Ascoli, Paolo Testa

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