Take a deeper look at eSports with Canadian documentary Smash Forward next week

Independent filmmaker Moon Ghost Productions recently announced that its documentary Smash Forward: Growing the Vancouver eSports Scene will premiere on July 15 on video-on-demand and Youtube. The Canadian documentary follows four eSports personalities and countless other players as they go behind the scenes in the Vancouver eSports community.

Moon Ghost Productions is made up of newly minted director and producer Melissa Dex Guzman and viral YouTuber Kial Natale of Megasteakman. The team spent a year diving deep into Vancouver’s grassroots esports community and came to learn of many inspiring stories of overcoming, diversity, companionship and strength.

The film focuses on four main subjects including Brendan Pryde, Martin “Zerango”​ Byerley, Jen “​Llumiya”​ Zall and Courtney “​CourtFTW” Gilbert. Smash Forward also includes appearances from prolific influencers such as competitive Super Smash Bros. professionals Eric “ESAM” Lew, Vish “​Vish”​ Rajkumar and Julian “​Jtails” Martinez.

“It’s a unique documentary that hasn’t been done before,” director Melissa Dex Guzman stated. “It’s a light that not many gamers have seen themselves in and shines straight to the emotion and passion of these young individuals.  Our team is also proud to have addressed the inclusion and diversity issues in esports today, and things are rapidly changing ⁠— we hope that Smash Forward helps guide those conversations in growing the esports industry in a positive direction.”

Smash Forward is a TELUS STORYHIVE grant-winning documentary receiving $50,000 in funding through this exclusive program, as well as a top-up grant from Creative BC. STORYHIVE has funded productions, supported filmmakers with mentorship and support from the National Screen Institute and brought hundreds of films to life online and around the world.

A free Premiere Event is planned for Monday, July 15, at The Gaming Stadium ( in Richmond, British Columbia. The event will include free-to-play PC gaming stations, Q&A with the cast and crew and a raffle with amazing prizes including a Nintendo Switch. The event is sponsored and supported by East Side Games, Archiact VR, Truly Social Games, Sam Kalensky, Breakout VR, Microsoft Store, Blackbird Interactive, Cloudhead Games, Vancouver Street Battle, Vancouver VR Community, East Van Game Jam and more.

Smash Forward: Growing the Vancouver Esports Scene will be available on TELUS Optik Video-on-Demand and on the STORYHIVE YouTube channel on Monday, July 15, at 12 p.m. Pacific.

Check out the trailer above, and stay tuned for more news here on Gaming Trend.

Elisha Deogracias is an aspiring accountant by day, freelance writer by night. Before writing for Gaming Trend, he had a small gig on the now defunct Examiner. When not being a third wheel with his best friends on dates or yearning for some closure on Pushing Daisies, he's busy catching up on shonen manga and wacky rhythm games. Mains R.O.B. in Smash. Still doesn't know if he's a kid or a squid.

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