Author: William Brownridge

Review: A Lot Like You – Female Eye Film Festival 2012

What we’re looking for in life is frequently not what we find. Call it fate  or coincidence, a journey of self-discovery will often lead a person to an unexpected place. Director Eliaichi Kimaro found just that in her documentary A Lot Like You . A first generation American, born to a Tanzanian father and Korean mother, Eliaichi was raised in Washington, DC surrounded by her mother’s family. When her parents retired and moved back to Tanzania, she decided to travel with  them to find out about her father’s past and her roots among the Chagga tribe on Mt. Kilimanjaro....

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What do Rebecca and The Remains of the Day have in common? A look at James Ivory: Elegant Pairings at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Beginning Tuesday, June 19, 2012, TIFF Bell Lightbox features the series James Ivory: Elegant Pairings. Co-curated with James Ivory himself, the series consists of seven double features, one classic Merchant Ivory film followed by a second film that inspired or complements it. The opening night films include The Remains Of The Day and Rebecca , with both films featuring an introduction by James Ivory. For some pairings, the reasons they’re together may be quite obvious. For others, the reason is much more subtle. This seems to be the case for Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rebecca and James Ivory’s The Remains Of...

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Review: Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

Having an opinion on art can be a challenging thing. Not only does everyone have their own idea of what is good, but conflicting opinions can lead to argument. That makes a review for Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present even more difficult. Are we judging the film alone, or will our opinion on Abramovic’s art affect our final judgment? Regardless of personal feelings of the content, the film manages to be a fascinating look at a controversial artist. Opening Friday, June 15, 2012 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the film follows performance artist Marina Abramovic as she performs her...

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Review: Falafel

A night out with friends doesn’t normally end with a gun purchase and a search for the guy who scratched up your moped, but that’s exactly what happens to Toufic (Elie Mitri) in Michel Kammoun 2006 debut feature Falafel . Screening as part of the TIFF series Once Upon A Time, Lebanon: Visions Of Postwar In New Lebanese Cinema , Falafel takes viewers on a wild night on the town with Toufic, a young man living in Beirut. While having a good time at his friend’s house, he gets into an altercation with a local tough guy. Instead of...

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Review: Ok, Enough, Goodbye

Growing up can be hard for children and parents. That moment when your child is old enough to move out on their own is a proud, but heartbreaking, time. What happens when that child is middle-aged and instead of waiting for them to leave you, you leave them? That’s the idea behind Ok, Enough, Goodbye , screening as part of the TIFF series Once Upon A Time, Lebanon: Visions Of Postwar In New Lebanese Cinema . The unnamed protagonist (Daniel Arzrouni) is a middle-aged bachelor living with his mother (Nadime Attieh). He rarely goes out, except for work, spending...

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Review: i am a good person/i am a bad person

With a perfect blend of reality and fiction, i am a good person/i am a bad person takes viewers on a journey behind the scenes of film festivals. Opening Thursday, June 14, 2012 at The Royal, the film follows Ruby (Ingrid Veninger), a struggling filmmaker screening her latest film, Headshots , at a few film festivals. She brings her 18-year-old daughter Sara (Hallie Switzer, Veninger’s real daughter) along with her. The two don’t get along very well as Ruby seems more immature than Sara, and both women are also keeping a secret from the other. When Sara decides to...

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Magenta sky: an interview with Ingrid Veninger

Ingrid Veninger isn’t one to follow rules. In fact, she’d prefer if everyone just ignored the rules and dove headfirst into everything, doing what feels right to them. This idea is something that runs through pUNK Films, the company  Veninger founded in 2003, as well as her latest film i am a good person/i am a bad person . As I sat down with  Veninger to talk about her latest film, I decided that I should dive headfirst and left my list of questions folded up in front of me. She is open, honest, and intelligent, and I soon...

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