Shorts That Are Not Pants Festival will be opening their very first festival this weekend. The inaugural festival will host 50 films from around the world: Narrative films, documentaries, and animated shorts; something for everyone! Festival founder, James McNally, graciously answered my 5 Questions… to share more about the short film series and film festival. READ MORE
TIFF Cinematheque is currently celebrating one of cinema’s most consequential names, Ingmar Bergman. This film retrospective, Bergman 100, offers the opportunity to (re)discover the works of a master so influential, that his impact can not only be seen in the works of auteurs like Andrei Tarkovsky, but also in parodies by SCTV, The Muppets and even The Simpsons.
TIFF Cinematheque programmer James Quandt answers 5 Questions… on Bergman. READ MORE
Written by one of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights, Secret Life of a Mother, developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre, is an exposé of modern motherhood and Hannah Moscovitch’s most personal writing to date. One of her oldest friends, the multiple Dora Award-winning actor Maev Beaty, tells this story, and through it her own motherhood secrets start to surface. READ MORE
Ranging from features to docs, shorts to animation, drama to comedy, the experimental to international festival highlights from Berlin, Leipzig or Oberhausen, the Goethe-Institut Toronto’sGoethe Films series, curated by Jutta Brendemühl, offers film lovers the opportunity to see a top selection of German contemporary arthouse film. READ MORE
Conchi León is a renowned playwright, actorand director from Yucatán, México. She is the founder of the Sa’as Tún Theatre Company. Her artistic career has been marked by the development of texts and testimonial montages that rescue the memory, tradition and customs of the Mayan culture, with a special focus on women.
This year, her latest work Del Manantial del Corazón (The Spring of the Heart) opens the RUTAS International Multi Arts Festival. To learn more about León and her work, I had the privilege of asking her a few questions. READ MORE
Selma Vilhunen is no stranger to TIFF. Her 2016 film Little Wing debuted at TIFF and went on to play around the world. As with Little Wing , Vilhunen’s Stupid Young Heart, focuses on young people trying to define themselves in the face of dire circumstances.
Darlene Naponse is an Anishinaabe Kwe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek – Northern Ontario. She is a writer, film director, and video artist. The idea for Falls Around Her came to Naponse about seven years ago, and over the years she would work on it between her many other artistic endeavors. READ MORE
Award-winning composer, Federico Jusid, is a multifaceted artist with many titles including concert pianist, conductor, and film and theater producer. He is best known for scoring the Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language film, The Secret in Their Eyes, which Federico composed with Emilio Kauderer. During TIFF, I had the opportunity to converse with Federico. We talked about his early influences, his work for television, and film.
ASC Award-nominated Director of Photography Pepe Avila del Pino’s dynamic cinematography has skyrocketed him to the forefront of cinematography across all genres and platforms including film, television and commercial. Most recently, Del Pino shot the Maven Pictures’ Sundance Festival’s Grand Jury Prize-nominated film, The Kindergarten Teacher, starring Oscar-nominated Maggie Gyllenhaal – which screened at TIFF this year, and is set to premiere on Netflix October 12. READ MORE