Posts tagged with "festival coverage"

Hot Docs 2013: Interview Charles Wilkinson, Director of Oil Sands Karaoke

Posted by Brandy Dean April 30, 2013 0 Comment 7441 views

One of the most powerful aspects of documentary filmmaking is the ability to bring a depth of opinion and examination to a topic. Often, some of the most pressing contemporary concerns become rendered as black or white, this or that in our fast paced public forums. But docs are a refuge for the rational look at complex […]

Hot Docs 2013: Good Ol’ Freda

Posted by Brandy Dean April 29, 2013 0 Comment 6933 views

The moment that I saw Good Ol’ Freda listed in the Hot Docs program, without reading the description, I knew exactly who this doc was about. That’s good ol’ Freda Kelly, once called the luckiest girl in the world by newspapers and teen rags, because she was the secretary to a little band called The […]

Hot Docs 2013: Alcan Highway (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 28, 2013 0 Comment 7955 views

Hese is a man with a mission and Alcan Highway is a document of that mission. After purchasing an antique rusty bucket truck in Alasks, he leaves his home in Finland, recruits some buds, and intends to make this contraption into a rolling mobile home. He also aims to park in Vancouver Island, a mere 4000 […]

TCM Classic Film Festival 2013: The Twelve Chairs (1970)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 28, 2013 2 Comments 8632 views

You know you’re in the right place when Robert Osborne strides out – so I am overjoyed when he personally introduces Mel Brooks.  And Brooks, at 87, still has it.  After the TCM representative reminds the audience that one of the sponsors is Porsche, Brooks quips,  “we should support Porsche cause they did so much […]

Hot Docs 2013: Northern Light (2013)

Posted by Jessica Finch April 28, 2013 0 Comment 6274 views

Northern Light is a cinema verite documentary set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s a slow paced, but powerful look into the lives of three snowmobile racers and their families. Snowmobile racing is the glue holding this loose narrative together, with everyone and everything revolving around the next big race: the Annual I-500 in Sault Ste. […]

TCM Film Festival 2013: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 28, 2013 6 Comments 27617 views

Writer/director Robert Benton spoke before the Festival’s screening of Bonnie & Clyde in the big, bad Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (I refuse to call it the TCL Chinese Theatre) and he really painted a surprising picture of the process to get the film made.  A dyslexic art department slave for Esquire Magazine , he knew he […]

TCM Classic Film Festival 2013: The Swimmer (1968)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 27, 2013 3 Comments 13254 views

The Swimmer as aptly introduced by indie filmmaker Alison Anders, is a perfect movie for our times, just as Mad Men is a series about the past, but prescient as part of our current collective consciousness.  In fact, it’s Anders herself who draws the analogy between The Swimmer and Mad Men.  Burt Lancaster could be […]

TCM Classic Film Fest 2013: From Russia with Love (1963)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 27, 2013 0 Comment 9270 views

Screened from a newly resorted and digital print, the images were sharp, with deeply saturated colors and tones. The sound, crisp and bright. And Sean Connery, as always, the strongest of Bonds.  However, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.  Now that the images are so resolute and vivid, we can discern […]

Hot Docs 2013: Buying Sex (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 27, 2013 Comments are off 9229 views

The premise is simple. Progressives argue that prostitutes would be safer if the prostitution is decriminalized in Canada. Recently, the Ontario Superior Court struck down the existing laws. Of course, the fallout of such things is not nearly as simple, and Buying Sex from directors Kent Nason and Teresa MacInnes examines the issue in the most balanced way […]

Hot Docs 2013: I Am Breathing (2013)

Posted by April 27, 2013 1 Comment 6531 views

I AM BREATHING is the end tale of Neil Platt, a totally ordinary man who inherits his father’s terminal illness 20 years before its due date, mere months after the birth of his own son Oscar.  Neil tells it himself, literally and as screenwriter, because he resolved to document his journey by means of a […]

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