Category Archives: Film Festivals

Hellifax Horror Fest preview

There's a new film festival in town, and it's spooky. The Hellifax Horror Fest screens an international collection of the best short films to scare the pants off you. The executive directors are film guys Angus Swantee and Walter Forsyth, whose names should be familiar to anyone who's worked in the local biz, and they're…Read More

#LDF2020 Review — iHuman

Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei | 99 min This is a very bleak look at our possible fate given the rapid development of artificial intelligence. This documentary travels the planet, speaking to scientists and researchers on a future that could be amazing — AI could solve a lot of our problems — but, according to…Read More

#FIN2020 Reviews — Shorts!

At this year's FIN Atlantic International Film Festival I've taken in a couple of full shorts programs, and then a few other random shorts that caught my eye, all available online. There's more time to watch them now the the program has been extended to Sunday, given concern around Post-Tropical Storm Teddy, which didn't end…Read More

#FIN2020 Review — Deux (Two of Us)

Directed by Filippo Meneghetti | Written by Meneghetti, Malysone Bovorasmy, and Florence Vignon | 99 min I'd read this described as an Amour for same-sex seniors, but that's more than painfully reductive... it's also plain wrong. Deux has something else going on. In its delicate heart it's a late-life lesbian love story, but it's paced…Read More

#FIN2020 Doc Reviews: No Ordinary Man, There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace, Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President

No Ordinary Man  In their documentary investigation into the late jazz musician Billy Tipton, Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt have brought a strikingly compassionate examination of what it means to be trans. The film examines the legacy of jazz musician Billy Tipton — he was someone who hid his biological gender. The film also explores…Read More

#FIN2020 Review — Percy

Directed by Clark Johnson | Written by Garfield Lindsay Miller and Hilary Pryor | 100 min Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Saskatchewan. In the late '90s he was sued by Monsanto, the global agribusiness conglomerate, who accused Percy of growing canola seeds that include their patented tech. He claimed to have done it unknowingly…Read More