Marc Arellano

Marc Arellano, a Professor of Communications at Okanagan College, is an award-winning poet and filmmaker, and is based in Kelowna, BC. Marc views film and video as opportunities for raising social issues and creating community.

His short documentary, (kə nā′dē ən), screened at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2008, placed in the top 10 in the CBC/Radio Canada International competition, Migrations, and just received a U.S. premiere at the largest Hispanic film festival in the U.S., Cine Las Americas.

Marc’s last project, Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in The Central Okanagan, is a feature-length documentary that explores family-run orchards and the issues of land, labour and water. It recently received the Best Home Grown Film award at the 2010 Okanagan International Film Festival. It was also screened at the 2010 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto. Most recently it was selected as an Official Finalist Award winner at the 2011 Las Vegas Film Festival as it “demonstrated superior and standout filmmaking and is deserving of special recognition.”