What Is Democracy? asks Astra Taylor’s NFB feature doc

-Starting January 4 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Theatrical run followed by campus screenings and discussions in Montreal and Toronto.star

Astra Taylor’s timely and provocative National Film Board of Canada (NFB) feature What Is Democracy? is back in Toronto after its North American premiere at TIFF earlier this year, with screenings at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema starting January 4.

The film’s Toronto engagement early in the new year follows screenings at Vancouver’s Vancity Theatre, which started December 7.

After its Toronto theatrical run, What Is Democracy? will be back in the city on January 26 at Ryerson University at the DemocracyXChange Summit—a new annual event co-founded by the Open Democracy Project and the Ryerson Leadership Lab—where Taylor will deliver a keynote address, followed by an evening screening of her film.

Theorist Silvia Federici, interviewed in What Is Democracy?, joins Taylor in Montreal on January 23 for a film screening and discussion presented by Cinema Politica Concordia, with the NFB announcing more campus, community and festival events across Canada soon.

What Is Democracy? was just nominated for Best Canadian Documentary by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, with winners announced at the VFCC’s awards ceremony on January 7. Continue reading “What Is Democracy? asks Astra Taylor’s NFB feature doc”

Markham hosts 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships November 5 to 18

Join the City of Markham to support Team Canada at the Li-Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018, hosted in partnership with Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario from November 5 to 18, 2018 at the Markham Pan Am Centre.

Cheer on Brian Yang, Canada’s first-ever Olympic Badminton medalist and top ranked male junior singles player. Brian competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and won the Canadian Junior Open in singles, doubles and mixed doubles back in March. He will lead Team Canada at the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships next week.

“Badminton is the number one participatory sport in Markham schools and the second most popular sport in the world,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Support Team Canada at the Markham Pan Am Centre, a global sports destination where exceptional athletes and role models strive to achieve greatness and make us proud.”

The World Junior Badminton Championships is an international sporting competition, featuring 400 athletes from close to 50 countries. Many of the Canadian athletes proudly call Markham, and York Region, home. This is only the second time in the history of the sport that the World Junior Badminton Championships will be hosted in Canada.

“Canada is hosting the best junior players in the world, athletes that are well on their way to the Olympic podium” says Marty Deacon, Chair, Li-Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018. “We believe this experience will help prepare our Juniors for the best success possible, as they continue their journey on the high performance athlete pathway.” Continue reading “Markham hosts 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships November 5 to 18”

TIFF TOP FIVE: SPARKLE, SIZZLE & SHINE

TIFF stands with women in front of and behind the camera. In the film industry, like any other, women play different roles as actresses, film directors, film producers cinematographers, and other film industry professionals. Due to cinegoers, film lovers and the movies they champion, these past years have been incredible for women.
Some of the top films that were screened at TIFF this year, were women centric, either in lead roles or in the creative aspect.

Presenting the ‘Top 5’ films in my opinion, based on screenplay, acting, and theme.

A STAR IS BORN

Hollywood’s most enduring story of love and ambition gets a glorious reinvention in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. Drawing deep on the pleasures audiences previously discovered in the 1937, 1954, and 1976 versions, Cooper brings the narrative right up to the present. He takes on the role of the fame-weary star himself and, for the ingénue with megawatt potential, he crafts a perfect big-screen role for Lady Gaga.
As an actor, Cooper has worked with Clint Eastwood and David O. Russell; here he shows both Eastwood’s unfussy economy and Russell’s emotional intensity. But the style is entirely his, finding its biggest moments in scenes between just two people, and stripping away any excess to showcase Gaga’s confident, honest performance. Both intimate and epic, this is a love story that hovers between the shadow of tragedy and the bright light of artists at their peak. Continue reading “TIFF TOP FIVE: SPARKLE, SIZZLE & SHINE”

When was the last time you looked at the sky? 

Celestial documentary Cielo opens in Toronto on August 10, 2018
Canadian/Chilean Co-Production directed by Alison McAlpine
“[Cielo] has a transporting power that comes close to approximating what it must be like to actually stand in Atacama, gazing up in awe.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

Second Sight Pictures, in association with SeaFarNorth, is pleased to announce the star-laden documentary Cielo will open in Toronto on August 10, 2018 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Cielo wil be broadcast on CBC documentary in late 2018.

Written, directed by Canadian filmmaker Alison McAlpine, Cielo is a cinematic reverie on the astonishing beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert, Chile. This sublime nonfiction film drifts between science and spirituality expanding the limits of our imagination. Cielo features encounters with Planet Hunters and the desert’s residents as they share their visions of the stars, mythic stories and existential queries with a contagious sense of wonder.

 Hailed as the “one travel movie every millennial should watch this year,” by Culture Trip, and a “contemplative and richly visualized astronomy doc” by American Cinematographer,  Continue reading “When was the last time you looked at the sky? “