Ken Foster: Vancouver’s Van Gogh

Ken Foster

Gravitas Ventures and Devilworks have announced the US Cable VOD and Digital HD release of Josh Laner’s gut-wrenching documentary Ken Foster, known to locals as Vancouver’s Vincent Van Gogh. Shot over the course of eighteen months, Laner followed Ken through the streets of Vancouver, documenting his creative process. The result is some of the most stark, visceral footage to ever come out of Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. This documentary features interviews, interactions and the rabbit hole that is the creative process of a broken artist.

Ken Foster world premiered at the Vancouver Lift-Off Film Film Festival, where it won Best Picture, before screening at Toronto’s Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Ontario’s Hamilton Film Festival and the Kansas City Film Festival. Gravitas will release the film on Cable VOD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Google Play, Comcast, Cox, Verizon Fios, Dish Network and more, on September 25.



Out of the shadowy world of Vancouver’s Gastown, Ken Foster emerges as an enigmatic figure. A prolific artist, Foster is known as much for his beautifully distorted renditions of iconic cityscapes as he is for peddling them on the streets to support a serious crack habit and subdue a schizophrenic mind. Inside Ken’s squalid hotel room we are privy to an intimate look at life in the city’s most unforgiving neighborhood and Foster’s fragmented approach to his relationships and his work. When Ken’s considerable talent is put to the test in Vancouver’s Art Battle competition, what emerges is a gut-wrenching portrait of a man caught in conflict between ambition, ego and the desperation of needing his next fix.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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