Category Archives: Directors

Interview: Hu Wei (Butter Lamp)

UPDATE (January 15, 2015): Butter Lamp has been nom­in­ated for an Academy Award in the cat­egory of Best Live-Action Short. Best of luck to Hu Wei and the rest of his team! One of the most impress­ive short films I … Continue read­ing

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Company Man: The Best of Robert Altman at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Robert Altman is a dir­ector I’ve always loved and respec­ted. I loved that he dir­ec­ted indus­trial films in his twen­ties, made tele­vi­sion in his thirties, and was well into his forties before he began mak­ing fea­ture films. He has also … Continue read­ing

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Interview: Micheal Palmieri and Donal Mosher

At this year’s Hot Docs, the film that undoubtedly had the biggest effect on me was Off Label. This erstwhile “issue doc” turned out to be so affect­ing that I lit­er­ally could not write about it for months. You can … Continue read­ing

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Room 237

Room 237 screens as part of the Vanguard pro­gramme. Check the fest­ival web site for screen­ing times and loc­a­tions. Room 237 (Director: Rodney Ascher): I’ll start with a con­fes­sion. I hadn’t actu­ally watched Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining until … Continue read­ing

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Fathers and Daughters: The Films of Mia Hansen-Løve at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Though I’ve only seen two of her three films, I’m tre­mend­ously excited that the smart folks at TIFF have seen fit to bring French dir­ector Mia Hansen-Løve to Toronto for a sur­vey of her work so far. Just 31, Hansen-Løve … Continue read­ing

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