16. June 2015 · Comments Off on Adam MacDonald’s ‘Backcountry’ · Categories: Feature Films · Tags: , , , , , , ,
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81f7431122fccaf8ae07090e45cc63a3Based on a true story about an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness, writer/director Adam MacDonald‘s directorial feature film debut Backcountry is described as “a full blown, full blooded horror film about the apathy of nature and the folly of human resistance in the face of its violent shrug. There are no cartoonish, cross-eyed, cannibalistic hillbillies lurking in these deep, dangerous forests. There is simply the sheer panic of being swallowed by the unknown‚Ķand the very real possibility of being ripped to shreds by one very hungry bear.” — Fangoria

‚Äú[The movie] came to me when I was lying in a tent with my wife and I heard something large walking around at the crack of dawn. I was scared, and luckily for us, whatever it was walked away, and left me with an idea.‚ÄĚ says Adam MadDonald about the film that was shot in 17 days in North Bay and Squamish, B.C.

The film returns to theatres¬†in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal on June 26, 2015. Check local listings. Here’s the trailer.

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Wet Bum posterAn awkward teenage outcast finds unlikely companions in two aged residents of the retirement home where she works in Wet Bum (international title: Surfacing), the charming and poignant debut by Canadian director Lindsay MacKay.

Expected to work as a cleaner in the seniors’ residence her mother manages, fourteen-year-old Sam (Julia Sarah Stone) endures a daily gauntlet of disgruntled residents. In addition, her slower physical development has made her very self-conscious about her body. Unhappy amongst her schoolmates, Sam finds herself increasingly drawn to two of the seniors at her work. As her relationship with them deepens, she finds worlds far more complex and intriguing than the one inhabited by her peers. Wet Bum is a poignant debut whose hard-won wisdom belies the youth of both its star and director. —¬†Synopsis from TIFF

Wet bum was developed as part of TIFF’s professional development¬†program STUDIO and starts¬†a theatrical run¬†at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Friday May 15th.

Anne Brodie from CHEX TV 12 Durham recently spoke with director Lindsay MacKay and actress Julia Sarah Stone about the film and the title “Wet Bum“.

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A 35-year-old woman fakes being pregnant to fit in with her friends in Preggoland, an indie comedy written by Sonja Bennett and directed by Jacob Tierney.  The film has enjoyed great reviews at the Toronto and Vancouver International Film Festivals and begins a theatrical run this month.

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23. April 2015 · Comments Off on TIFF’s updated All-Time Top Ten List of Canadian Film · Categories: News · Tags: , ,
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via TIFF The votes are in! Here are the top ten Canadian films of all time, curated by Canadian filmmakers, industry, critics, academics & programmers.

Posted by Ottawa Indie Fest on Monday, 27 April 2015

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According a¬†the press release from TIFF, the films on the All-Time Top Ten List will be screened free of charge at TIFF Bell Lightbox in July and August. Screening times and more details will be announced May 20. More »