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Brad Vancour Attends Warren Miller's 90th Birthday Party at the Yellowstone Club

Brad Vancour

We are excited to announce that Brad Vancour was invited to attend Warren Miller’s 90th Birthday Party at the Yellowstone Club! Warren Miller is the Walt Disney of Sports Action Films and famous for being the Godfather of Ski Movies. The Lodge at the Yellowstone Club is also named after Warren Miller; hence the Warren Miller Lodge. The Yellowstone Club is the only Private Ski Mountain in North America with the who’s who as members. 

Also attending were many of the past skiers and Cameraman for Warren Miller over the past years. Skiers in attendance were Brad Vancour, Scot Schmidt, Rob DesLauriers, Willi Vogl; Cameramen in attendance were Bill Heath, Tom Grissom, Tom Day and Chris Peterson Director.

The Yellowstone Club has real estate lots for sale ranging from $3M to $5M. The owners are also developing Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks around the Big Sky ski area which have become the largest ski areas in the US.

Woodinville Man Makes WWII Movie with Positive Message

Brad Vancour

Courtesy Photo. Producer and actor Brad Cullen (left) and Brad Vancour, executive producer.

There are plenty of gory, glorified war movies, but those types of films don’t appeal to Brad Vancour.

Vancour, a Woodinville real estate broker, is the executive producer for "The Last Rescue," a movie that focuses on the psychological and moral complexities of war rather than gratuitous violence.

The film is set in France during World War II.

"This war film is not your typical blood-and-guts, D-Day-type movie where everyone is getting blown up," Vancour wrote in an email from Alabama, where he’s supervising the production of the movie. "We wrote this film to show more of the humanity side of what war does to soldiers and what goes through [the] minds of soldiers when they have to kill and after they have killed."

Although he doesn’t want to give away the ending of the movie, he said the film has a "positive message." For example, the characters have to decide whether it’s right to kill someone, even though that person is their enemy.

Vancour got involved  in "The Last Rescue" when Hallie Shepherd, the co-writer of the film and an actor and producer, and Eric Colley, the director and producer, gave him a copy of the script at an event for investors.

"When I read it, it was pretty much exactly what I had in mind doing over the years, and [I] really liked their business model of writing scripts that don’t cost a fortune to film and have a good message," Vancour recalled.

The film’s cast and producers have strong ties to Washington. Shepherd and Colley (who are engaged) live in Tacoma. Seattle actor Tony Doupe plays the highest-ranking German officer in the movie.

"The Last Rescue" isn’t Vancour’s first foray into the film industry. In the 1980s and 1990s, he traveled the world as a lead skier for Warren Miller films. Since the crews were usually small, he helped with production — filming, sound and setting up shots — as well as skiing in the movies.

"Each year there were ski associates of mine in the extreme ski world that would have a bad accident and die and I knew it was just a matter of time before that would happen to me also," Vancour wrote of his decision to stop skiing. "But mostly, I was just burnt out of people telling me I was a good skier and I wanted to accomplish other things in business since I had a degree in economics, but I knew I would eventually get back in films but on the executive production side which really excited me. I found creating films more exciting than being in front of the camera, which doesn’t come natural to me."

Real estate has been his main income for the past 25 years, Vancour said. After working in commercial real estate, real estate development and residential real estate, he will now be one of the founding brokers of a new Kirkland office of Sotheby’s International Realty.

"The Last Rescue" will be released in mid-2014, and it’s already scheduled for international distribution. Vancour also hopes to show it at independent film festivals like the Sundance Film Festival.

"There’s very few films out of Washington that make the limelight, and I think this one will," Vancour said.

This article originally appeared on The Woodinville Weekly.

Seattle Filmmakers and Woodinville Producer Bring World War II Film to the Big Screen

Brad Vancour

From left to right, the members of Good Message Films: Tony Doupe (actor and instructor), Charles Wadlow (executive search guru), Brad Vancour (founder), Ben Katon (real estate developer), James Sunstad (marketing guru) and Joel Petersen (US Trust VP and chairman of Bellevue Museum of Arts).

From left to right, the members of Good Message Films: Tony Doupe (actor and instructor), Charles Wadlow (executive search guru), Brad Vancour (founder), Ben Katon (real estate developer), James Sunstad (marketing guru) and Joel Petersen (US Trust VP and chairman of Bellevue Museum of Arts).

The World War II film “The Last Rescue” premiered Oct. 4 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The film’s director/producer Eric Colley and writer/producer Hallie Shepherd (owners of Fireshoe Productions) are natives to the Puget Sound area. One of the film’s executive producers, Brad Vancour, resides in Woodinville.

“The Last Rescue” stars Cody Kasch (Desperate Housewives, Chain Letter) as Private Lewis, a young soldier unprepared for the horrors of war. His hesitation in battle results in the severe wounding of his commanding officer Captain Beckett (Brett Cullen, The Dark Knight Rises, Lost). When the group gets stranded behind enemy lines, the soldiers and nurses try to orchestrate an escape by taking a high-ranking German officer as their prisoner.

The film has already been signed by Los Angeles-based Artist View Entertainment.

This article originally appeared on The Woodinville Weekly.

Seattle Filmmakers Bring World War II Film to the Big Screen

Brad Vancour

Special guests, investors, and World War II veterans will have the chance to see an exclusive red carpet preview screening of the World War II film, THE LAST RESCUE, and meet the Los Angeles cast on Saturday evening, October 4th at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The film’ s director/producer Eric Colley and writer/producer Hallie Shepherd (owners of Fireshoe Productions) are natives to the Puget Sound area and will host the red carpet event. One of the film’s executive producers, Brad Vancour, is also local to the area, residing in Woodinville. THE LAST RESCUE stars Cody Kasch (Desperate Housewives, Chain Letter) as Private Lewis, a young soldier unprepared for the horrors of war. His hesitation in battle results in the severe wounding of his commanding officer Captain Beckett (Brett Cullen, The Dark Knight Rises, Lost). Beckett’s life-threatening injury delays the field hospital evacuation and as a result, Lewis and Beckett are stranded behind enemy lines with Lieutenant Maxwell (Darren Keefe), Nurse Corps officer Vera Cornish (Hallie Shepherd) and her subordinate Nancy Bell (Elizabeth Rice, Mad Men). The group takes a high-ranking German officer (Tino Struckmann) as their prisoner and tries to orchestrate an escape.

Supporting roles offer unforgettable performances by Gilles Marini (Sex in the City, Dancing with the Stars) as a grieving French farmer, Johann Urb (the Resident Evil franchise) as a German military policeman, Ryan Merriman (Final Destination 3) as an American paratrooper, and Seattle native Tony Doupe (Safety Not Guaranteed) as a villainous SS commander.

One unique aspect of the story, which broadens its appeal to a wide range of audiences, is its portrayal of the women who served during World War II. While most historical war films only feature women in secondary roles away from the battlefield, THE LAST RESCUE puts them in danger alongside the men, which was the reality for many servicewomen during that time. Most notably, 67 Army nurses were held as POWs by the Japanese in World War II.

Filmed in November 2013 in rural Alabama, THE LAST RESCUE filmmakers teamed up with military reenactment groups from the southern states to use authentic, restored World War II military vehicles, weaponry, and props. The majority of the cast and crew were flown to the set from the Los Angeles and Seattle areas, with additional cast and crew coming out of Atlanta, Alabama, and surrounding areas.

Brad Vancour (Right) with Cast Member, Brett Cullen

Brad Vancour (Right) with Cast Member, Brett Cullen

The film has already been signed by Los Angeles-based Artist View Entertainment. “We are very excited to be involved with this tightly crafted war picture. The high-end production values, clever direction, and crisp cast performances make this a very unique, entertaining feature film,” says Artist View’s President Scott J. Jones.

Fireshoe Production’s next film will be shot in the Seattle/Tacoma area in 2015.


Contact Information:

Hallie Shepherd, Producer, Fireshoe Productions, 310.684.3939 ext. 3; hallie@fireshoe.com

Brad Vancour, Executive Producer, 206.484.0167, brad.vancour@rsir.com

The Last Rescue, Cast & Crew

The Last Rescue, Cast & Crew