Canadian Film

Loosening Talent Rules Would Be A Move Backwards For Canadian TV Industry

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Business
D.K. Latta

The rules weren't put in place to keep out imported talent -- they were put in place because no one trusted producers to give domestic talent a fair shake. (And history has shown this isn't just paranoia). So why does the CRTC want to change this?

Canada's Film And TV Biz Has Untapped Potential For Self-Satire

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

Storytellers often draw upon what they know. You could program an entire cable network with nothing but movies and TV shows self-reflectively set within the world of Hollywood. Yet the Canadian film and TV industry has rarely been explored in Canadian films or TV.

The Unspoken Reason Why Canadian TV Lacks A Canadian Identity

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

Is the problem deeper than faceless executives supposedly redacting Canadiansms from scripts? Maybe too many of the writers and actors and directors themselves don't know any better. And they don't care.

Exploring Canadian Identity In Canadian TV

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

There are different ways we define our society: One: the way we genuinely perceive it. Two: the way we want to perceive it (and how we want others to perceive it). Three: the society we want it to become. The Canada I perceive, the values I think it represents -- might not be yours.

The 50 Best Canadian Films Of All Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Living

There's plenty to love about the made-in-Canada film scene.

Deepa Mehta's 'Beeba Boys' Is Stylish, But Falls Victim To Gangster Genre

Jugni Style | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jugni Style

Delivering a film that's actually for the South Asian community and diaspora is easier said than done with Beeba Boys, which could have been promising but fails on many levels.

WATCH: Deepa Mehta's New Film Digs Into Vancouver Gangs

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Inspired by true events.

'My Internship In Canada' is a CIFF 2015 Must-See

Shannon McClennan | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

My Internship in Canada focuses on the experiences of Souverain Pascal, recently arrived from Haiti on a mission to secure an internship in Canadian federal politics. Souverain receives a single response from Independent Member of Parliament, Steve Guibord. Souverain is thrust into the deep end when MP Guibord -- through a series of unlikely and surprising events -- holds the deciding vote in whether Canada will send troops to support the looming war.

Canadian Films Are Becoming Available to Everyone

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada
D.K. Latta

One of the first pieces I had posted on Huffington Post Canada was commenting on a proposal for an ill-fated TV specialty channel -- Starlight -- ded...

The Best Sites for Canadian TV and Film

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

Personally I think sites like TV, Eh?, First Weekend Club and Eye on Canada that focus on Canadian productions are good, at least for people specifically looking for that topic. So maybe a preferred venue is a more mainstream newspaper or website that include Canadian coverage next to the more obvious Hollywood stuff.

Mohawk Girls and Other Canadian TV and Film Notables

D.K. Latta | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada
D.K. Latta

In the last couple of years Canadian TV programmers have gone nuts for comedy -- specifically so-called "American-style" sitcoms. So far it hasn't really worked out too well with a lot of cancellations and even those series that continue often receiving mixed reviews. So maybe it should come as no surprise that one of the best comedies to come along on Canadian TV is out of left field -- APTN's Mohawk Girls!

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?