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Johanna Schneller, host of The Filmmakers
Photo source: CBC Media Centre

The Filmmakers is a new 30-minute series of studio conversations with some of the talent behind the greatest Canadian films of the past 20 years.

Airing on CBC and hosted by Johanna Schneller, each of the 11-episodes centres on one film that will air immediately after the talk show.  The series kicks off on Saturday July 22, 2017 at 8:30pm with an interview with Atom Egoyan followed by his The Sweet Hereafter.

Some of the other artists featured include Xavier Dolan, Sarah Polley, Director X, Mina Shum, Kim Nguyen, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Zacharias Kunuk and Jennifer Baichwal.

Guest panelists include Connor Jessup, David Suzuki, Stephanie Morgenstern, Cameron Bailey, Sook-Yin Lee, Eli Glasner, Edward Burtynsky, Cazhhmere and Academy Award-winner Sylvain Bellemare.

Check your local CBC listings to confirm showtimes.

This is the published schedule:

July 22THE SWEET HEREAFTER – Directed by Atom Egoyan

July 29 – STORIES WE TELL – Directed by Sarah Polley

August 5 – LAST NIGHT – Directed by Don McKellar

August 12  INCENDIES – Directed by Denis Villeneuve

August 19 – DOUBLE HAPPINESS – Directed by Mina Shum

August 26REBELLE (WAR WITCH) Directed by Kim Nguyen

September 2 – J’AI TUÉ MA MÈRE (I KILLED MY MOTHER) Directed by Xavier Dolan

September 9WATER – Directed by Deepa Mehta

September 16ATANARJUAT (THE FAST RUNNER) – Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

September 23MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

September 30ACROSS THE LINE (fka COLE HARBOUR) Directed by Director X

24. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 7 – Girls’ Night Out (director: Phyllis Ellis) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Documentaries, Television

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for film 7 is the film Girls’ Night Out (2016) by director Phyllis Ellis.

Girls’ Night Out is billed as a feature-length POV documentary, an all access journey into the lives of young women and binge drinking.  The film features the first person narratives from women who talk about the epidemic proportions binge drinking has risen to in recent years.   More »

10. February 2016 · Comments Off on This Changes Everything · Categories: Documentaries, Television · Tags: , , ,

05_naomi_klein_in_ny-1024x677Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years the documentary This Changes Everything is described as “an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.”

Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller of the same name, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities believed to be on the front lines of climate change.  The film takes viewers from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

The film was screened at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 where it was awarded the 2nd place People’s Choice Award.  You can watch it on the main CBC Network on Friday February 18th.  Check your local listings.

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03. August 2015 · Comments Off on Murray Foster’s ‘The Cocksure Lads’ · Categories: Feature Films, Television · Tags: , , ,

murrayheadshot-2The Cocksure Lads, a band from England, come to Toronto on their first-ever North American tour. Ten minutes after arriving, they get into a fight over royalties and break up. The Lads scatter across the city, and spend the day drinking, fighting, meeting girls, falling in love, and searching for a claw-foot bathtub. Through it all they learn what it means to be a band – but can they patch things up before their big show that night?

Director Murray Foster was born in Toronto, attended the University of Toronto, obtaining a degree in English.  While he was there, he formed Moxy Fruvous with three high school friends.  He joined the band Great Big Sea in 2001.  Although a musician by profession, Murray has always had a keen interest for writing.  Although he dabbled in different forms of fiction he didn’t start screenwriting until he entered a local play competition.  After a collective called Filmcoop produced one of his short plays he was quickly pulled into the world of filmmaking in 2010. — official site

Foster pitched the film on the episode of CBC’s Dragons’ Den that aired on January 21, 2015.

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