A Kandahar Away

Professor at Sheridan College, Associate Programmer of Hot Docs and Programmer of SYFF (the Syrian Film Festival of Toronto), Toronto-based filmmaker’s Aisha Jamal’s short films have been screened in festivals worldwide. With a focus on Afghan roots, her family’s personal history, and the cultural crossover between Afghanistan and Canada, Jamal’s first feature length documentary A […]

Sticks and Stones (Review)

Far away in San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily, Siciliambiente, an annual film festival focusing on environmental issues and social change welcomes documentaries, short films and animation from around the world. As the festival’s 2016 edition is about to start (July 19th to 24th), it’s a great occasion to talk about Isaac King and his animated […]

Hippypocalypse & the Midnight Grind Series

1960s exploitation films have been a campy little treasure of underground cinema — and now young Toronto-based filmmakers are bringing them back in all their gore and glory. PM Pictures is Director Carlo Schefter, Producer Joe MacKinnon, Eugene Scott-Barnard, and Ross Kerr-Wilson, and a team of young, eccentric visionaries of the grindhouse comeback. Hippypocalypse opens […]

Rencontre (Review)

Rencontre is a simple, bittersweet haiku about unexpected encounters and their equally unexpected brevity, directed by Toronto-based director Brennan Martin. The short film won the awards for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Film at the TAPFest, a film festival for GTA (Greater Toronto Area) productions founded by the actors’ collective The Actors Place. A […]