What Works and What Doesn’t: News for Today

A rally at the Nova Scotia legislature for a last-minute schedule change to the Financial Measures Act, which cut tax credit for the film industry in the province, apparently had no effect — the Act still goes into effect on July 1st, CBC reports. It’s still not clear how the province’s  $10 million production fund will work.

Siobhan Williams, a cast member in the new Heritage Minute Nursing Sisters, tells The Calgary Herald’s Eric Volmers  she’s impressed with the production values. “It has the look of a big-budget film . . .  It did not feel like a short film, let alone a one-minute short film.” Nursing Sisters premiers on Wednesday across Canada.

Jan Neuspiel of Cumberland, BC, has found the perfect fundraiser for earthquake relief in Nepal — a screening of Sherpas the True Heroes of Mount Everest, by Nepali director Hari Thapa. The Comox Valley Record says the film features “the Sherpas as the main characters and indeed the high-altitude cameramen” and has the screening details.

Cor-Ação: The 4th Annual Portuguese Language Film Festival is taking place at May 21st to 23rd at the University of Ottawa, says the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), in a media release to Wireservice.ca. The CFI is presenting the festival in collaboration with the diplomatic Missions of the Portuguese Speaking Countries in Ottawa. Selections include the first feature film ever made in East Timor, Beatriz’s War.

“If we want people to take Canadian film and TV seriously — then we need critics to take them seriously,” says D.K. Latta at Huffington Post. And yes, he’s talking about Canadian critics.

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