Friday, October 19, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
It was inevitable that I would eventually reference the Wu-Tang Clan on this blog (and for that I do not apologize)
'Reunited, double LP, world excited
Struck a match to the underground, industry ignited'
Or not. We're back after a brief hiatus. (Can I get a 'Suuuuuuuu'?)
'Well I'm Too $hort baby, hear what I say
I never do work but I always play
Cause the game is life and I play the game
So you never talk down on a player's name'
Which is to say that the Student Shorts Film Festival is coming to Innis Town Hall, October 18 to October 20. Basically, while most of us were sitting at home in our underoos, downloading BitTorrent files of old Family Guy episodes, there were university students from Canada and across the globe who were putting in work to create delicious, bite-sized samplings of cinema. So give props where props are due and creep on over to Innis next week for the fest.
(And take a look at the festival's Lego-inspired trailer. Does this remind anyone else of being a kid and trying to film stop-motion animated features on a family member's camcorder, or was I the only one who was lame enough to do that?)
From October 13 to October 20, The Royal Cinema will be hosting the Toronto International Latin Film Festival. TIIFF is dedicated screening the best in contemporary Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese cinema and this year the festival will feature films from Cuba, Venezuela, the United States, Brazil and Quebec. I'm interested in checking out 'Chavez, The People Have Awoken - The Venezuelan Revolution', in part because I recently read that El Commandante has come out against whisky, Hummers, and breast implants (say it ain't so, Hugo!).
The imagineNative film festival is coming up. Showcasing films by Indigenous film makers across the globe, the festival 'fills a void in the artistic and cultural landscapes of Toronto in which Indigenous filmmakers and media artists are often underrepresented or misrepresented'. The festival runs from October 17 to October 21, with the opening screening of 'Four Sheets to the Wind' being held at 7:00 PM at the Bloor Cinema. Along with feature films, the festival program includes selections of shorts, music videos, experimental works, and documentaries.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Just found out about this:
The Commfest Community Film Festival is happening today until Sunday at Rainbow Cinema, 80 Front Street East. Here's the description from the website:
"COMMFFEST Community Film Festival is a registered charitable organization, combining public exhibits with forums for individuals and communities to engage in a dialogue of social issues and cultural exchange through the powerful language of film in all genres.
COMMFFEST showcases a wide variety of local, national, and international films. Its main objective is to bring communities together to increase awareness and understanding that we are more alike than not. Each film represents a voice to share experiences, educate others on their struggles, and discover common bonds of solidarity."
The films (which tend to be on the short side) are grouped into a number of series and tickets for each series are $9.
As part of Ladyfest Toronto 2007, a collection of short films will be screened at the Brunswick Theatre tonight at 7PM. Artists include:
- Micheline Durocher
- Kim Kielhofner
- Cara Spooner
- Allie Caldwell
- Sidrah Laldin
- Freeshow Seymour: the films of Allyson Mitchell and Christina Zeidler
Tickets are $5-10 at the door. For more info on the artists involved, go to the Biographies page on the Ladyfest website.