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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 (aka COLE HARBOUR) Directed by Director X

12. August 2015 · Comments Off on Xavier Dolan on ‘Mommy’ · Categories: Feature Films · Tags: , , , ,

Here’s an interview with Canadian director Xavier Dolan conducted by Henry Barnes for The Guardian (UK). Dolan’s film Mommy shared the Grand Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year.


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12. June 2015 · Comments Off on Xavier Dolan’s ‘Tom at the Farm’ · Categories: Feature Films, News · Tags: , , , , ,

unnamed-1It has been quite a couple years for Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan.  The 26-year old’s fifth feature film Mommy won him a Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, he signed on to direct an English-language debut with noteworthy American actors and recently served as a jury member of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  It seems that his new found popularity in the US has resulted in his fourth feature film, a thriller entitled Tom at the Farm finally getting distribution to US theatres, nearly two years after the film made its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

Variety reports that indie distributor Amplify has acquired US rights to the title and will open the film unrated in theatres and on VOD platforms beginning August 14th, 2015.

“It’s hard to say in a fully modest way, but I was truly puzzled as to how exactly ‘Tom at the Farm’ never landed distribution in the U.S.,” Dolan said in a statement. “To me, it was by far my most accessible film. I mean, it’s a 90-minute psychological thriller, and it’s sort of gory, but then very conventional too. I’m obviously psyched that Amplify Releasing has taken ‘Tom’ under their wing. But the topic remains truly relevant — can intolerance and psychological violence ever be dull? And I’m proud to know the American public will be able to see it. And hopefully, like it.” — Variey

Here’s the trailer.

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