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The Best Places To Visit In London This Summer

travelcuts | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Travel
travelcuts

Thinking about touching down in London town this summer? With vivacious festivals, tons of outdoor attractions and the city playing host to Europe's biggest street party, there has never been a better time to venture to the capital city.

Black Creative Inspiration Abounds At The American Black Film Festival

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada TV
Giselle Phelps

As someone who's been a working journalist and video content creator for more than a decade, I want to take my storytelling to the next level, particularly when it comes to telling the stories of black women. I want to be someone who helps change the narrative. The 20th anniversary of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) seemed like the right place to cultivate creative inspiration.

Meet A Grad That Brings Digital Movie Magic To Life

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

In technology, we often do work that supports everyone in the company, and all of the artists. It's incredibly satisfying to see this work on screen that we've helped facilitate, like Jurassic World and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The Canadian Screen Awards: Call 'Em The 'Candys' From Now On

CP | Cassandra Szklarski | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living

We think John would've been proud.

Discussing TIFF's Food On Film Series

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

The best of Culinary Cinema will be curated by the Toronto International Film Festival's (TIFF) Food on Film Series with specialty screenings running from March to the end of June. We talked with the Executive VP of the James Beard Foundation to learn more about the festival.

Talking About 'Unicorn Island' With YouTube Superstar Lilly Singh

Chris Taylor | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

In a fast-changing media world, it's hard to wrap your mind around how much clout Lilly Singh has. So here are a few statistics to help you out: 8 million subscribers to her YouTube channel ("IISuperwomanII"). More than a billion total views. A new documentary, "A Trip to Unicorn Island," about her recent 27-city world tour. Not bad for a girl from Scarborough, Ont., wouldn't you say?

6 Interview Tactics I've Learned From The Best

Caitie Drewery | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Living
Caitie Drewery

I've been binge listening to Sarah Koenig riveting podcast "Serial" and it's got my wheels turning about interview tactics. Sarah is a phenomenal interviewer. She has a subtle way of making everyone she speaks to feel like a buddy, like she's on your side, even when she's asking very tough questions. So how the hell does she do it?

DiCaprio's Hypocritical 'Activism' Is His Best Performance Yet

Cody Battershill | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Living
Cody Battershill

It's not easy being Leonardo DiCaprio. While preaching that fossil fuel use is triggering a global climate catastrophe, Leo hops around the world on fuel-guzzling private jets. "If we do not act together, we will surely perish," he tells the United Nations. I'll say it again: Leo has a hard time aligning his message with his actions.

Hollywood's Issue With Diversity Goes Beyond The Oscars Boycott

ByBlacks.com | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Living
ByBlacks.com

There aren't enough movies being made with Black actors, which is why we are outnumbered on nomination day. We need to hold the industry accountable for not creating more opportunities for Black actors, not funding Black films and making silly excuses like the financial bottom line.

Why Idris Elba's And Beasts Of No Nation's Oscar Snub Is A Big Deal

Lauren Messervey | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

It's no secret that the Academy Awards does not favour diversity. Through the decades, we have seen countless white faces at the podium. In the 88 years that the Oscars have been given out, we have seen only a handful of performers with different racial backgrounds.

Star Wars Destroys Harry Potter's Opening Day Record

CP | Jake Coyle, The Associated Press | Posted 12.19.2015 | Canada

Disney is projecting the film will bring in $220 million in the U.S. alone this weekend.

The Martian Teaches Us About Resilience

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

The film is, on the surface, about a botched space mission that leaves Matt Damon stranded on Mars. It's also a film for anyone who's found themselves thousands of miles away from the life they'd planned. If you've lost a child, lost a spouse, survived a crime, been disabled, been diagnosed with a critical illness, you likely have had moments when you feel alone on a strange planet with no guarantee of making it back home.

You Should Care About Diversity in Film and Television

Justin Beach | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada TV
Justin Beach

It is frequently said that Hollywood is "out of new ideas" and the rash of sequels and reboots attest to this. The reality though is that a small subset of a small subset of the global population is running out of new ideas.

'April and the Extraordinary World' Is Strange and Wonderful at CIFF 2015

Shannon McClennan | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

April and The Extraordinary World (Avril et le Monde Truque, 2015, Belgium/France) isn't anime, but it is an excellent example of the power of animation to unite reality and fantasy in a colorful whirlwind of intrigue and adventure.

"Funny Bunny" is Quirky, Thoughtful Film at 2015 Calgary International Film Festival

Shannon McClennan | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

When three lives -- each complex and troubled in their own, unique way -- become inadvertently intertwined in director Alison Bagnall's 2015 Funny Bun...

'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.

How Not to Be a Douche at the Toronto International Film Festival

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Living
Marcello Cabezas

In a few days, show businesses big fete lands in Toronto and you are all invited. The excitement of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is building and everyone can feel it. It's a time that brings out the best and at times the worst in people.

Four Black Actresses Give Advice on Having Great Girlfriends

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.18.2016 | 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 05.14.2016 | 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?