Arvi Liimatainen, 68, on May 19 of cancer. With a career spanning over four decades, Liimatainen held numerous roles over the years from studio tech to story editor, actor, broadcaster, producer and director. He’s best known for producing TV series Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, and Intelligence with Haddock Entertainment with more recent credits on The Romeo Section, Hiccups and Gracepoint. He also produced Anne Wheeler-directed films Bye Bye Blues and Cowboys Don’t Cry. His directing work included episodes of The Beachcombers, Jake and the Kid and Breaker High, in addition to CFRN-TV Edmonton productions 3 Blondes and a Brownie, Into The Fields and Down Came The Rain. He had multiple Gemini and Leo Awards to his name, in addition to a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for his directing work on TV movie Borealis. Liimatainen was a past chair of the Banff World Media Festival and honorary lifetime director, was on board of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association, and was former director of the National Screen Institute.
Broadcast Dialogue, May 31, 2018
Arvi Liimatainen directed three CFRN-TV productions:
- 3 Blondes and a Brownie
- Into The Fields
- Down Came the Rain
Longtime Vancouver filmmaker Arvi Liimatainen, producer of Da Vinci’s Inquest and Bye Bye Blues, dies at age 68
by Craig Takeuchi on May 24th, 2018 at 4:41 PM
The Georgia Straight
B.C. and Alberta screen industries are mourning the loss of a longtime local filmmaker who worked on some of Western Canada’s most prominent films and TV series.
Finnish-born Arvi Liimatainen died from cancer in Vancouver on May 19 at the age of 68.
With a career spanning over four decades in screen industries, Liimatainen worked in numerous capacities, including as a studio technician, writer, film critic, story editor, actor, broadcaster, production manager, producer, executive producer, and director.
As a producer with Haddock Entertainment, he worked on Vancouver-shot TV series such as Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, and Intelligence. He also produced several films directed by B.C.’s Anne Wheeler, including Marine Life, Bye Bye Blues, and Cowboys Don’t Cry, and his more recent producing credits include the TV series Hiccups, Gracepoint, and The Romeo Section.
As a director, he helmed episodes of The Beachcombers, Mentors, Jake and the Kid, and Breaker High.
Over his extensive career, he collected numerous awards, including a Canadian Screen Award, Gemini Awards, and Leo Awards.
Beyond B.C., he also contributed to the Albertan and national film industries. He served as chair of the Banff World Media Festival (then known as the Banff Television Festival) and became an honorary lifetime director; was on board of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association; and was the director of the National Screen Institute.
In the art world, he also produced Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas’ film-based art installations Inconsolable Memories and Klatsassin.
Plans for a memorial are underway but details are not available yet.