Steve Fonyo is the subject and star of Alan Zweig’s doc Hurt, screening in the Platform program at TIFF this year. Fonyo’s story is well known; after raising millions for cancer research with a cross-Canada run on his one remaining leg, he descended into larceny and drug addiction. As a TIFF press release says, “The run has nothing to do with the life of this one-time hero, and everything to do with it.” Other films in Platform, a new juried program that celebrates director’s cinema, come from around the world.
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is underway at the Rio and runs till the 23rd; this year features comedy, horror, Youth Gala doc In the Turn, and more. The Georgia Straight’s Adrian Mack talks to VQFF’s Shana Myara.
Access Unlimited is back. For the second season in a row, the series from Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is visiting cities across Canada — this time, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary — to see firsthand what life is like there for residents with vision loss or mobility restriction. Each 30-minute episode follows three local residents and examines their daily routine. The show is produced in partnership with Summerhill Media Inc.
Streaming hasn’t killed the new TV season (yet) and Global has announced its fall lineup, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and a long list of new shows and old favourites.