Canadian Film

5 Must-See Films At VIFF 2014

Heather Magee | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Choosing what to see if always a bit daunting, as it's hard to squeeze 341 films into the span of two weeks. So to help you prepare your VIFF viewing schedule, here's five films I wouldn't miss.

Are We Missing the Point of the Canadian Film Industry?

D.K. Latta | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Some people only care about what they like. Like the gentleman I referenced convinced anyone who failed to share his passion for documentaries must be microcephalic. There are people who angrily insist the CBC should be shut down simply because it cancelled one show they liked.

Canadians Should Be Making Fewer Films

D.K. Latta | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Canadian films struggle -- most people acknowledge that. The films struggle to get made, to get distributed, to get promoted, to be seen, and to be accepted by viewers. Maybe instead of producing a 100 low-budget films we need 50 moderate budget films. Or 25 decently budgeted films.

I Love Canadian Film, I Just Don't Always Love Canadian Filmmakers...

D.K. Latta | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Perhaps the problem is Canadian film, with its limited commercial hits, is quick to turn toward idolatry. If we can't have a Steven Spielberg we at least want our Ingmar Bergman, our Akira Kurosawa. And we're quick to hoist onto our shoulders anyone who even remotely seems like a possible candidate.

Would You Expose Your Darkest Secrets For a Documentary?

Angela Hartlin | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a film crew to follow you day in and day out, documenting your daily rituals all in an effort to create a successful film? I have a chronic condition called Dermatillomania, which has left me scarred and disfigured on the outside, alienated and "different" on the inside.

Who Said Americans Are Denied Work in Canadian Film Productions?

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

A big difference between casting in American and Canadian productions is this: when a Hollywood production casts a Canadian it's in spite of the fact that the actor is Canadian. Yet often when Canadian productions import American actors, they do so because the filmmakers were told they had to have an American lead.

Have You Seen These 10 Good Canadian-Made Movies?

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Canadian suffers from a Goldilocks and the Three Bears syndrome: "Serious" Papa Bear films that win accolades but tank at the multiplexes, or lowest common denominator Baby Bear horror films and comedies. This often squeezes out the Mama Bear films -- those that don't require a degree in Film Appreciation 101, yet neither do they demand you check your frontal lobe at the door.

The Trouble With Awards for 'Canadian' Movies

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Although The Mortal Instruments didn't exactly grip me, if you loved the movie -- great. But The Mortal Instruments has already won a prize -- by selling more tickets than any other Canadian-produced movie in 2013. If there is to be a Golden Reel Award, shouldn't it celebrate movies that are actually trying to build and develop a domestic Canadian industry?

Where Are the Black Actors in Canadian Film and TV?

D.K. Latta | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Canada is, literally, one of the most multiracial/multicultural nations in the world. And yet you probably wouldn't get that impression watching a lot of Canadian movies and TV series. When it comes to Canadian film and TV, things have come a long way -- but it can also feel like two steps forward, one step back.

Thanks Pete Seeger, For Your Revolutions Big and Small

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Music
Anne Theriault

I've had a weirdly emotional reaction to Pete Seeger's death. Like, way more intense than I would have imagined. I abandoned him when I grew what I thought was a more sophisticated taste in music; his stuff started to seem too plain, too openly earnest, too babyish. Today, though, I've been listening to his songs non-stop, and nearly every single one of them has made my eyes well up.

Why Are TV Shows Ostensibly Set in Canada Viewed as Unmarketable?

D.K. Latta | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

If you think about many of your favourite American series, you'll realize how much the sense of place seeps into the story (U.S. series often put a place name in the opening credits montage). From Breaking Bad's premise arising out of the American health care system to True Blood with its southern drawls and back woods voodoo.

LOOK: 10 Canadian Films To See At VIFF

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

With over 300 feature films from around the world to choose from at VIFF, planning what to see can be a daunting task. We thought we'd help you narrow...

Fiona Morrow

Can VIFF Save B.C. Film?

HuffingtonPost.com | Fiona Morrow | Posted 09.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

It may provide a veritable smorgasbord of international cinematic offerings, but this year, the Vancouver International Film Festival is also going bi...

TIFF: Are Film Festivals Good for Movies?

D.K. Latta | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada
D.K. Latta

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the most high profile film festivals in the world. International stars walk the red carpets, the world press turn its collective eye toward Toronto and, it's hoped, tourist revenues shoot through the roof. But does being a big deal at TIFF really translate into mainstream success? Or to put it another way: do festivalgoers who LOVE movies work the same way as people who simply like them?

The (White) Face of Canadian TV and Film

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Look at the faces around you in any big city in Canada. Now turn on a TV series or movie. Is that world appearing on screen? It's not whether non-white actors appear or even star in Canadian movies -- they do! -- it's how often they get roles that don't require a non-white actor.

Cannes Diary: "It Can Make A Girl Feel Rich"

Marie Clements | Posted 07.25.2013 | Canada
Marie Clements

Here you are squeezed into a street of moving beautiful people who constantly bump against you -- it is like being sandwiched by Vanity Fair. Women in heels so high stand tilted against the wind and the weight of their hair and dresses. It feels like being in a movie...except you are not the star.

Cannes Diary: What It Means To "Get Into Cannes"

Kyle Thomas | Posted 07.18.2013 | Canada
Kyle Thomas

Folks who might not normally give you the time of day will gladly chat with you at Cannes. Maybe it's because it is apparent that you are serious about what you are doing, or maybe it's because they are drunk; either way, it does happen. A lot of Cannes is about putting yourself out there and being ready to go with the flow.

The Case for a Canadian Film Channel

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Let's start with an experiment. Take 10 seconds to write down as many Canadian films as you can. Ok, so how many did you come up with? "Not many" is the answer I received when asking the question to random folks.

Prosecutor Film Uncovers ICC Struggles

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 01.20.2012 | Canada
Anya Wassenberg