Canada Film

Four Black Actresses Give Advice on Having Great Girlfriends

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Living
Giselle Phelps

Well, I recently attended the American Black Film Festival in New York City. This time, I was lucky to have a riveting conversation with four black actresses: Terri J. Vaughn, Garcelle Beauvais, Essence Atkins, and Malinda Williams. They're all starring in a T.V. movie coming out later this summer called "Girlfriends' Getaway 2."

10 Documentaries That Will Teach Children Real Lessons

Laura Snow | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Laura Snow

If there was ever a time to educate our children, outside of the classroom, now is the time. Our earth is in crisis, the global population is expanding by approximately 80 million people a year, poverty is increasing dramatically, and we don't have enough fresh water for about 20 per cent of the population.

Greenpeace Sparked a Revolution. It's Time For Another

Emily Hunter | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada
Emily Hunter

My father, Robert Hunter, had coined the term "mind bomb" as an expression that our greatest tool for revolution was our own consciousness. He believed that mass media (early broadcast media at the time) could help spark that consciousness shift and a societal shift by changing the story of our times. The reality is the tides are turning. Despite the stories of impossibility in the fight against climate change, there are some new stories being written of possibility. It will still take many more of us -- millions and billions of us -- to continue to share these news stories and to create the "mind bomb" moments.

This Feminist Filmmaker Is Helping Change the Face of Porn

Carlen Costa | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Erika Lust's didn't want her daughters to grow up and be exposed to the commercialized and commoditized usage of women's bodies that is typical in mainstream porn; she demanded something different. Her bold emergence into the world of erotic filmmaking has been a breath of fresh air into the erotic genre industry.

How a Canadian Film Got a Second Week at the Cinemas

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Oh, to be artistically relevant. And engaging. And funny. And smart. We are talking about a romantic comedy. That magic formula. What is it? Winnin...

Whitewashing in Media Made Me Self-Conscious About Being Chinese

Calvin Dao | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Living
Calvin Dao

I started to wish I was white. I didn't necessarily want to not be Chinese. I just wanted to look like the celebrities in the movies I watched. The online outrage at the casting of Quvenzhané Wallis in the titular role in Annie, and the simultaneous approval or silent passivity at that of Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead in The Prince of Persia, Rooney Mara as a Native American girl in Pan and Scarlett Johansson as a Japanese woman in Ghost in the Shell teaches people of colour that being white opens doors that'll always be closed to us. While I'm glad to see that people are more outspoken about diversity nowadays, there are bodies like the Academy that continue to try and mute their voices. This is inadequate for our multicultural society.

A Star is Born and Her Name is Katherine Waterston

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

When it comes to the world of entertainment, we are a society that loves to discover that new talent. That new star. The new IT. That someone who at f...

5 Things to Remember When Making Your First Documentary

Molly Willows | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Molly Willows

There's no denying it -- docs are hot. Between HBO's high-gloss productions, Netflix's rise in documentaries, the influx of Kickstarter/Indieigogo campaigns, and the democratization of filmmaking gear via iPhones and cheap cameras, docs are everywhere. So you dream of making a doc?

Want to Get Ahead as a Woman? Follow Reese Witherspoon's Movie Lead

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

There are a number of lessons here for women. First, we have the capability to independently take our own journeys (metaphorically and in reality). We don't need a man. Next, we need to adjust our thinking about the events in our lives. Too often we ruminate on what we could have done differently or measure ourselves by an unachievable external bar, set way too high.

12 Must-See Movies at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

JustLuxe | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada
JustLuxe

For those of us who are obsessed with movies, fall means a slew of new films to drool over and is typically seen as the start of Oscar season. The T...

Here's A Story I'll Never Get To Tell Robin Williams

Brett Caron | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

I have my own ideas about what it means to control your own life and the right a person should have to end that life if they choose. But I'm not writing this to spout my opinion on suicide. I'm writing this to tell a story I'll never have the chance to tell Robin Williams, as if I would've had a chance of ever meeting the man.

Why I Wrote My Own Screenplay For Ghostbusters 3

Brett Caron | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada TV
Brett Caron

No matter how it winds up, Ghostbusters 3 is not, and was never going to, please everyone. I hope this doesn't come as a surprise. So whether the upcoming 21st century adventure with proton packs is a blockbuster or just destined to become 'that other one,' I'll have mine and you can have yours.

Documentaries May Be Cool, But They Aren't Making Money

Kevin McMahon | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Living
Kevin McMahon

Canadian governments and broadcasters have been quietly withdrawing all support for documentary. Commercial television, now concentrated in the hands of a few megacorps, does its shareholder diligence by playing strictly to the cheap seats; its screens are filled with sporting fights, gun-toting men, bouncing breasts and dancing cats. Federal governments, increasingly influenced by neo-liberal doctrine, have been shrinking the NFB and CBC for a generation now while refusing to enforce license conditions which might force TV to create a little public parkland within the malling of our mindscapes.

The Battle Between Tech and Entertainment

Frederic Guarino | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Business
Frederic Guarino

"It's ironic, then, that just as the Internet and TV have conspired to devastate the old business models of music and movies, they're also come together to create new business models to save them."

Noor Inayat Khan: The Muslim Spy Who Fought The Third Reich

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

With our media landscape filled with historical wartime accounts of various heroes and heroines and their respective call of duties, I honestly though...

Why You Need To Visit The Calgary Underground Film Festival

Shannon McClennan | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

As a self-admitted film fan, I'll be taking in as many of these underground gems as I can, but even the best of us need a little guidance when it comes to structuring seven days of celluloid immersion. So here I have for you my top picks for this years' Calgary Underground Film Festival.

Why Today's TV Stars Are Bigger Than Movie Stars

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

I doubt any kid is out there cutting posters or ads out of their daily newspaper. I mean, it's probably because there are no kids reading daily newspapers anymore. They don't need newspapers to see outside their living room anymore. And they don't need movies, either.

Belated Film Review: The 10th Anniversary of 'Kill Bill' and My Tribute to Quentin Tarantino

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

In Tarantino's films, you're always brought to the ledge and hung there for 180 minutes. The hammer always drops, just maybe not in the way you thought it would. Nothing goes unpunished. Nothing goes unrewarded, either.

35mm v Digital: The Cinematheque's Jim Sinclair talks Economics, Nostalgia and Tarkovsky

Allan MacInnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

This VIFF, the vast preponderance of films were projected digitally (only four out of 340 films at the fest were actually shown on film). Every film I saw looked and sounded great, insofar as there were no scratches, missing chunks, stutters, mis-projections, or glitches. It's hard to argue with perfection. That said, a new 35mm print of a film like Tarkovsky's Nostalghia is a cause for great excitement, and more than merited a talk with the Cinematheque's Jim Sinclair about film vs. digital, Tarkovsky, and other upcoming film fare.

The Real Stars of TIFF Weren't the Celebrities

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

So, what did you see? What a crop of films. What a 10 days that was. Oh TIFF; how Toronto, how Canada, how the entertainment world loves you so. The ...

What's In Store At The 2013 Calgary International Film Festival

Shannon McClennan | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

A few years ago I came up with an algorithm to help determine the number of films I could see in a season, attempting to break my 2010 record of 32 films in 10 days. Thus far, the elusive 33rd film continues to escape me. Perhaps this year?

Life of a Director at TIFF: Rush, Eat, Schmooze, Repeat

Terry Miles | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Terry Miles

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg As a director, it would be pretty easy to find a half hour here or there to talk about the day, but, as a producer/director, running around to meetings, festival events, conferences, and more meetings, it's almost impossible.

TIFF Film Review: Jeff Barnaby's "Rhymes for Young Ghouls"

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg The story of Rhymes for Young Ghouls is well-told, well-paced and nicely poised between moments of tension and tenderness. The frames are well-lit and well composed and the music -- a good portion of which is old-school Delta blues -- perfectly complements the rawness of the film's visual character.

The Attack: A Film Well Worth Seeing

Shannon McClennan | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

I love film. Foreign and documentary, quirky and Indie; I even enjoy the occasional Hollywood Box Office buster or blunder. But my favorite films are the ones you don't see coming; the ones you have to pay attention to; the ones that force you outside of a black-and-white comfort zone and into the "grey area". Films like The Attack.

Computer Graphics Are To Film What Synthesizers Were To '80s Music

Mike Gallay | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Living
Mike Gallay

CG lulls us. Characters are too shallow? Put them in 3D! Conclusion is unsatisfying? How about 53 artists work on exploding a planet at the end of the movie? What do you mean the leads have no chemistry when they kiss? Reconstruct their lips. CG is the Pepto Bismol at the end, middle and beginning of a Hollywood meal. My theory? Computer Graphics are to movies as the synthesizer is to music.