Metalhead is a personal film. I grew up in a small community in the remote part of Iceland and as a teenager sought refuge and inspiration in heavy metal music. With this film I want to celebrate the music and the impact and influence it has had on me and millions of others around the world.
I used to anticipate the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF, as it were) with something approaching glee. But as I prepare to head north on Sunday, I feel, well, not dread or even trepidation -- I guess resignation is the word I'm looking for.
Leading up to their 37th year, TIFF announced a fantastic lineup of films that--if films were chocolate--would make a cinema buff salivate. While the complete listing is a smorgasbord of foreign, local, big-name and independent items, there are a few that I particularly want to see. So here you have just a handful of entries on Shannon's list of films she hopes will make their way from TIFF to CIFF this year.
Twenty years ago, three young boys were found murdered in a forest. The crime scene was appalling and -- most mysteriously -- there was no hard evidence. Who could have committed these horrors? If the evil force that killed the boys couldn't be found, then a comprehensible solution needed to be conjured. For all the talk of Satanic ritual and blood sacrifices discussed in the case, it is my firm belief that the only real act of magic was performed by the prosecution team as they convinced a jury to find three young men guilty in the complete absence of any physical proof.
I've watched enough rabid fans make terrible stalking mistakes only to be shut down by security to know exactly how I would track down my favourite celebs if one day I were to lose my press credentials (knock on wood). So you want to meet famous people, too? Forget the TIFF 2013 premiere schedule; you've got much smarter stalking to do.
Some of the best places to spot celebs will be in those hotels, restaurants and coffee shops near the TIFF Bell Lightbox on King Street West or in the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood uptown. Both the King Street West Starbucks and the Starbucks between Yorkville and Bloor will be filled with Star power.
A part of me wanted to quit; it seemed pointless. I was only sent out for Native roles and even those were few and far between. Something was wrong with the industry. Growing up, I had almost never seen Native people on television. I was frustrated and angry, but something inside me told me if I wanted to change things, I had to stick with it.
We are only a week away from the 2013 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival! The film announcements have been long since finalized and the only thing left to do is to secure tickets the festival screenings. I thought that I would give some tips to help save you from disappointment when you arrive at the box office.
If you've never participated in the advanced ordering process for the Toronto International Film Festival before, it can be a bit of a bewildering experience. Here are some tips.
So you want TIFF tickets? Good luck. If you have a full-time job (that you enjoy and want to keep) serious TIFF-ing is probably not for you. Also, before you dive right in, know that there are a lot of bad films at film festivals, even TIFF. Now, here's your step by step guide to acquiring TIFF tickets.
As Toronto and the film industry gear up for another go-round at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month, another cinematic showcase is prepping for its opening in the city. The CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase gets underway on August 17th and continues into September.
Oh, Canada Part 2. We continue our list of Canadian arts mavens you should know. Our source? Some more make it happen Canadians who are plugged in to ...
Asphalt Watches directed by Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman is a Canadian adult-oriented animated feature that looks completely messed up. That is why it interests me.
On August 22, 1972, John Wojtowicz and two accomplices attempted to rob a bank in Brooklyn. Things didn't go as planned: first, one of the accomplices ran out, not able to go through with it.
Long ago TIFF went from showcasing great movies to premiering great movies that matter. This year's opening-night gala promises to be a landmark occasion for the film world and society at large. The Toronto International Film Festival landed the world premiere of The Fifth Estate, a movie about WikiLeaks and its controversial founder Julian Assange.
Who better to share their thoughts on arts mavens in Canada that you may not know, but should, than folks who are at the pulse of the magic that is going on in our country. The secret nuggets that are just blooming. Here are their picks of what you should know.