At a time when countless concerts and performances have been cancelled across the country, Sonic Boom, Canada’s beloved record store has created an online venue for Canadian artists to launch their Spring record releases.
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full lineup of films selected for the 2020 Festival. Originally scheduled to be revealed on March 24, the announcement was delayed when this year’s Festival, slated for April 30-May 10, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hot Docs’ decision to announce its official selections is mainly to honour and celebrate the hard work of the filmmakers and to support them as they seek opportunities in these difficult times.
While attending Sundance Film Festival, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with UK-based composer, Nainita Desai.
Desai talked about her start in the film industry working on feature films, and eventually moving onto composing for documentary films. We discussed her most recent work, music for the documentary The Reason I Jump, which premiered at Sundance. As well, she touched upon her work on For Sama, the Oscar-Nominated documentary which was a festival favourite in 2019.
Emily Wilson‘s Danny’s Girl had its World Premiere in the ‘Midnight Shorts Program’ at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
The film follows the first in-real-life meeting of Danny and Cleo, who have had an intimate online realtionship for some time. Per chance, Danny accidentally discovers something utterly shocking in Cleo’s luggage. When Cleo realizes this, tension and chaos ensue. Amidst the chaos, their mutual vulnerability and desire to connect wins.
Wilson was able to answer a few questions post premiere of her short film at Sundance.
Did you know that 1 in 7 girls in Canada will leave school this week due to a lack of access to period management products? Just wow!
Directed by Canadian Screen Award winner Rebecca Snow, and helmed by an almost exclusively female production team, Pandora’s Box: Lifting The Lid on Menstruation locates the global issue of period poverty and menstrual inequality at the intersection of health, economic, social, and even environmental justice
Inspired by a very real and transformative moment in co-director Elle-Máijá Tailfeather‘s life, The Body Remembers When The World Broke Openthreads a delicately complex story of a chance encounter between two Indigenous women with drastically different lived experience, navigating the aftermath of domestic abuse.
Daniele Bartolini, artistic director of DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT), premiered a brand-new of the version critically acclaimed walkabout performance – The Stranger 2.0 tonight.
Designed for the first time to include two audience members at a time and featuring an exciting new virtual reality component developed by mixed reality content specialists toasterlab.
I took part in the original version The Stranger 1.0 back in 2014 as part of SummerWorks. It was such a fun experience, I jumped at the chance to ask Bartolini my 5 Questions… about this latest version of the show.
Director Thomas Heise was born in East Berlin, and his first films were banned from release until the fall of the German Democratic Republic in 1990. Over the past thirty years, Heise has worked as a director of both theatre and documentary films, exploring the cultural and political changes through this tumultuous period in Germany.
In Heimat Is A Space In Time, Heise examines his family home and homeland, through the many ups and down of 19th-20th century Germany. Through the use of family letters, photographs and government records, Heise attempts to piece together what remains of his family.