13. March 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 9 – Les Êtres Chers (director: Anne Émond) · 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 Les Êtres Chers (2015) by director Anne Émond.

Les Êtres Chers which translates to “The Loved Ones” follows a Quebecois family over 3 decades after the death of it’s patriarch and shows how the impact of love and loss transmits from one generation to the next.  Directed by Montreal-based Anne Émond, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and screened at the Lucarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.

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15. August 2015 · Comments Off on Alan Zweig’s ‘Hurt: The Steve Fonyo Story’ · Categories: Documentaries · Tags: , , , , , ,

When Jews Were Funny #2Hurt is a documentary portrait of Steve Fonyo, who in 1985, at 19 years of age, completed his run across Canada, after having lost his left leg to cancer. At first denounced as a Terry Fox copycat and unable to generate many donations, it was an uphill battle until Steve ran past the spot where Terry Fox had been forced to stop. Suddenly, publicity pickedup, donations poured in and by the time he reached the Pacific Ocean, he had raised $13 million for cancer research and was named to the Order of Canada. The next 30 years were straight downhill: petty theft, larceny, and drug addiction until the Order of Canada was rescinded in 2010. Steve Fonyo today is a mass of contradictions. Spend a year in the world of this one-time hero and see how the run has nothing to do with his life and everything to do with it. — Official Website

Director Alan Zweig went to film school at Sheridan College in the 70s where he fell in love with filmmaking. In the next 25 years he drove a cab, worked on film crews in the transport department and acted in a few short films while pursuing his own craft. His film Stealing Images won the best short film prize at TIFF in 1989 and his film When Jews Were Funny won Best Canadian Feature in 2013. Hurt is his seventh feature documentary and it screens at TIFF this year. Here’s the trailer.

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07. August 2015 · Comments Off on Stephen Dunn’s ‘Closet Monster’ · Categories: Feature Films · Tags: , , , , , ,

Filmmakers+Lounge+Happy+Hour+2010+Toronto+ELEqex8h5IulNewfoundland director Stephen Dunn‘s feature film debut Closet Monster tells the story of a teenage boy desperate to escape his dysfunctional family and get a job developing special effects for movies. The film premieres at the Toronto International Festival and will also enjoy a Blue Carpet Gala screening at the 35th Atlantic Film Festival on September 18th.

Stephen Dunn is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre and Ryerson University’s Film Program. His thesis film, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, starring Gordon Pinsent, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has won numerous awards, including the Student Visionary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Live Action Film at the TIFF Student Film Showcase. Dunn is the youngest filmmaker ever selected for the TIFF Talent Lab where he won two TIFF RBC International Emerging Filmmaker awards for his film, Swallowed. In 2009 Dunn attended the Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner with his film, The Hall, where film critic Roger Ebert highlighted Dunn as an upcoming filmmaker to watch. — Dunn’s website

Here’s trailer for Closet Monster.

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