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VIFF documentary follows semi-pro NYC photographer and actor - and homeless man - Mark Reay

Homme Less, a documentary by Thomas Wirthensohn, follows former model to the hotspots of New York as he snaps photos of models and retires every night to a rooftop where he sleeps tucked away under a tarp.

Homme Less plays at the Centre for Performing Arts on Sunday and October 7 at SFU Woodwards.

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Homme Less plays at the Centre for Performing Arts on Sunday and October 7 at SFU Woodwards.

Follow your bliss, but be prepared to live your nightmare.

It's a revealing line in Homme Less, a documentary by Thomas Wirthensohn that follows former model Mark Reay to the hotspots of New York as he snaps photos of models, picks up acting gigs and lives a life that - at least on the face of it - appears to be the stuff of many a bright-lights-big-city dream.  

Except that he's 51 and still hustling to try and make it as a photographer and actor.  

So how far would he go to pursue his dreams? Well, rather than get an unsatisfying job that would earn him some money for rent, Reay's retires every night to a rooftop and sleeps tucked away under a tarp. Fair to say he's going to follow those sweet dreams right to the cold, bitter end.      

Homme Less won the Grand Jury Award at DOC NYC 14. It screens at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Centre for Performing Arts and Oct. 7 at SFU Woodwards (11 a.m.). More information at VIFF.org.

Looking for something a little more uplifting? Gateway Theatre's got you covered. Award-winning Quebec playwright and novelist Michel Tremblay's homage to his mother, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again - voted audience favourite at the 2011 Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa - runs Oct. 8 to 24. Tickets on sale now. More information at GatewayTheatre.com.

You can see Meghan Gardiner's LOVE BOMB at the Firehall Arts Centre until Oct. 10. "[It's] a rock concert within a play - and a mystery on top of that," says Gardiner. "It was so gratifying to put together, but amidst all the fun, we knew we had a pretty dark story to tell. The darkness is what hooked me. Everything else was a way to tell the story." Tickets $28-$33 at FirehallArtsCentre.ca.

And speaking of rock concerts, Are We Cool Now? is an indie-rock road trip inspired by Vancouver's own Dan Mangan (written by Amiel Gladstone).

"It's an indie-rock musical about life and love in your 20s and Dan Mangan's music provides the backdrop," says Gladstone. "I've always been curious about how to get the music we listen to every day on to the stage. Dan and I knew each other and I really liked his music. We looked for a narrative in Dan's music and found themes of love, longing, nostalgia and road trips and Are We Cool Now? was born."

Check it out at the Historic Theatre at the Cultch until October 10. Tickets start at $20. More information at TheCultch.com. 

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