For those of you new to Kung Fu & Wuxia films, a little history. The Shaw Brothers Studio was set up very similar to the Hollywood studio system in that hundreds of actors were signed to exclusive contracts, and a group of directors were instrumental in leading some of its most renowned films.
The highly anticipatedHeart and Sole: The Dylan Kalambay Storydocumentary film directed by Michael Hamilton (CBC’s Anyone’s Game, Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash’s documentary Nash), produced by Game Seven Media (Netflix’s Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators) world premieres in Toronto this month.
It is that time again… The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) returns with a full slate of programming from September 7–17, 2023. The festival will feature 10 days of films and other fun events, including Festival Street. You can find out more about some of the updates here.
As I have done in the past, I am sharing some of my personal picks of films to see at this year’s TIFF. This first installment highlights two Canadian documentaries and three fiction films from various parts of the world. I highly recommend all of them.
The importance of mental health awareness has been a focus for Workman Arts for years. This year is no different, especially with their linup for the 29th edition of the Rendezvous With Madness Festival (RWM). This is one of the largest and longest-running arts festival in the world dedicated to the intersection of mental health and artistic expression.
Since many of us are still feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion.
I have attended RWF for many years, and highly recommend you join in this year if you are able to. The list here includes my personal recommendations for films and other events that have piqued my interest.