Set in Vancouver, Canada’s condo and casino playground, Lady Sunrise is a story of social climbing, and the damaging effect of today’s hyper-consumerist society. Featuring six strong characters, Marjorie Chan introduces us to these women’s relationship to money and power, and how these can help them get ahead or hinder aspects of their lives.
Directed by Matt Ratner, Standing Up, Falling Down focuses primarily on struggling comedian Scott Rollins (Ben Schwartz), whom after ‘failing’ in the Los Angeles’ comedy circuit decides to moves back with his parents (Debra Monk, Kevin Dunn) in Long Island. Scott shortly develops a friendship with local barfly and dermatologist Marty (Billy Crystal). Through this ‘odd couple’ friendship, Scott gains a new perspective about his own personal life and career. Co-starring are the lovely Eloise Mumford as Scott’s ex-girlfriend Becky, and Grace Bummer as Scott’s sister Megan.
“Buffy Sainte-Marie sets the bar for everything the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award stands for,” said Gary Slaight, CEO and President of Slaight Communications/Slaight Family Foundation. “For [Sainte-Marie], worldwide success and the status of music legend was not a personal goal, but an opportunity – an opportunity to try to right wrongs, an opportunity to give back to the planet, and an opportunity to alter the course of Indigenous lives through education.”
Nose To Tail is written and directed by Jesse Zigelstein. The film stars Aaron Abrams (Hannibal, Blindspot) as a talented but abrasive chef struggling with his personal demons and the never-ending pressures of running a high-end restaurant. Over the course of one increasingly hectic day and night, Dan must deal with many trials and tribulations in a desperate attempt to beat the odds and save the business he’s sacrificed virtually everything in his life to build.
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.