Interviewing the Filmmakers – 1 Year Later

When I began interviewing filmmakers one year ago, I had been writing screenplays, attended many pitch-fests, attended many film festivals and been to film school. I really thought I had a pretty good idea of what a filmmaker looked like and the process of creating an Indy film. I found out that the process is […]

Beyond National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day 2016 (June 21st) saw announcements of several initiatives that will work to give more of a voice, through film and other media, to the First Nations of this country. CBC Docs (via CNW) has issued a call for emerging Indigenous storytellers to submit pitches for multi-platform short documentary content representing their personal […]

The Toxic Cinema of Alain Marchant (Part II)

(The conclusion of a feature-length essay on Quebecois wunderkind, Alain Marchant, and his controversial body of work. In this segment, I examine his recent films, including a highly anticipated adaptation of Robert Francis Lafferty’s Canadian literary classic Greek Idle). The next few years were busy ones for Marchant: he assisted his partner, artist Francine Lefebvre, […]

The Toxic Cinema of Alain Marchant

At one point during his infamous 2014 appearance on the CBC arts program Q, director and enfant terrible Alain Marchant set his sights squarely on English Canadian films, asserting: “You see our (Quebecois) cinema and we have directors like Denis Villeneuve, Xavier Dolan, Jean-Marc Vallée and myself. And, historically, I think of some of the […]