06. March 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 8 – Stay (director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: , , ,

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 8 is the film Stay (2013) by director Wiebke von Carolsfeld.

Aiden Quinn and Taylor Shilling play lovers who reach a crossroads in their lives and in the lives of people connected to them when they finds out she’s pregnant in the feature film Stay by director Wiebke von Carolsfeld.  The film is shot on location in Montreal and Ireland.

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20. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 6 – Fifty Dead Men Walking (director: Kari Skogland) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: , ,

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 6 is the film Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) by director Kari Skogland.

Fifty Dead Men Walking is inspired by the book of the same name, an autobiography of Martin McGarland who was recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA.  Shot in Northern Ireland with a cast that includes Jim Sturgess, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press and Rose McGowan, the film won the DGC Craft Award in 2009 and Genies for Art Direction (Eve Steward, Production Designer) and Best Screenplay, Adapted (Kari Skogland). More »

13. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 5 – Hi-Ho Mistahey! (director: Alanis Obomsawin) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Documentaries · Tags: , , , , , , ,

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 week 5 is the film Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013) by director Alanis Obomsawin.

Hi-Ho Mistahey!, Cree for “I love you forever”, is a feature length documentary that profiles Shannen’s Dream, an activist campaign inspired by the work of Shannen Koostachin, a Cree teenager from Attawapiskat, who wanted to lobby for improved educational opportunities for First Nations youth.  Read more about Shannen’s Dream on the website for the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. More »

31. January 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 3 – The Altruist (director: Micheline Lanctôt) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Feature Films · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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 week 3 is the film The Altruist (2015) by director Micheline Lanctôt.

“On a bitingly cold winter night, Lucie, an introverted young woman, offers shelter to Eloi, a homeless man on the verge of freezing to death in the streets. This charitable gesture will entwine the two of them in a complex relationship and help them to find fresh hope, each in their own way.” — iTunes

Micheline Lanctôt was born in Frelighsburg, Quebec. Her post-secondary education was in music, fine arts and theatre at Collège Jésus-Marie in Outremont, and in art history (at the Université de Montréal and the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal) before switching to film animation, which she did originally at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and then at Gerald Potterton’s studios, Potterton Productions, where she remained for four years. More »