B.C. motion picture association honours Danny Virtue for outstanding citizenship

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      The Motion Picture Industry Association of BC honoured film industry veteran Danny Virtue with the inaugural BC Creates Community Award on January 28 at Studio Records.

      Virtue has numerous credits on film and TV productions, including Bordertown, Hawkeye, The Commish, An Unfinished Life, Gunless, Shattered, and The Romeo Section, as a stunt performer and stunt coordinator since 1983. He also wrote, produced, and directed episodes of the TV series Neon Rider.

      In 2002, he established the non-profit Virtue Foundation based in Mission, B.C., which is dedicated to raising awareness about children with physical, mental, or financial challenges. Virtue was inspired to begin a riding program for sick or underprivileged children using horses retired from the movie industry.

      Also at the event, two cash awards of $10,000 each were presented to Dream Big Productions youth mentoring program and the 2015-16 MMPIA Short Film Award winner Maja Aro.

      Left to right: Producer Sara Irvine, Virtue Foundation's Danny Virtue, and filmmaker Maja Oro.
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