Issue: February 2012 - Awards

Oscars vs. Genies: the ratings, the stars, the films

When the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) announced the nominations for this year’s Genie Awards last month, the press conference was hardly star-studded. People certainly didn’t gather around the water cooler at work and debate who got robbed of recognition or who’s sure to be best dressed like they did on January 24th, the morning that the Oscar nominations were announced. In fact, it’s almost a guarantee that while eager cinephiles were rushing out to see all of the newly-nominated Oscar films, only a handful of those same people would seek out the Genies nominees; that is,...

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5 Questions: Alex Huls, TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies

Toronto is a movie-centric city with a thriving film industry that employs over 25,000 members of the  city’s population””most of them not in front of the camera.   So why is it that we only ever seem to hear about high profile people like directors or actors? In this new column, we’ll talk to some of the Toronto film industry’s unsung heroes: the people slogging away behind the scenes to help make your life just a little more entertaining. TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies (SNAM) has become  a veritable institution for movie-lovers all across Ontario. It began in...

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SIRT talks stereographic 3D production and Toronto film community listens

On a blustery Monday afternoon, a  sizable  crowd converged on a sound stage nestled in the heart of Pinewood Toronto Studios for a Stereoscopic 3D Production Seminar hosted by the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre  (SIRT). The event made big promises about addressing all aspects of 3D production, from covering the details of production and equipment, to presenting a market overview, to addressing the creative possibilities of using 3D””and then delivered on each of those promises. The presenters included Bill White (CEO of 3D Camera Company Ltd), Diane Woods (VP of 3reedom Digital), Brent Robinson (stereographer of Silent...

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Keeping it alive: Ryan Ward and Matt Heiti talk Son of the Sunshine and Genie nominations

Independent Canadian filmmaking might rightfully be compared to the myth of Sisyphus. In a system that’s unwelcoming to newcomers and fresh voices, young filmmakers are left to fund a production with little more than sheer grit and then endlessly push a boulder across lonely prairies from film festival to film festival, hoping to garner enough kudos along the way to attract a wider audience. This state of affairs might partially explain why Ryan Ward, director, lead actor, and co-writer of Son of the Sunshine, wasn’t really planning on attending the 32nd Annual Genie Awards press conference during which nominees were announced.

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Read This: Gods Behaving Badly

Our new column, Read This, is a forum for us to write about something we’ve read that has something to do with movies ““ it could be a short story or a comic book, a newspaper article on 3D animation technology, or the unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise. Really, anything goes. As an avid reader, I volunteered for the inaugural column, and decided to read Marie Phillips’ novel Gods Behaving Badly because 1) the film version is currently in post-production, and 2) it’s not a dystopian teen novel ““ although I have a great affection for them, there’s just...

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Toronto For Rent: The Little Video Shop

Nestled into the pretty Baldwin Village in Toronto’s west end is a tiny gem of a shop that makes up for what it lacks in size with an abundance of charm and the feeling that you’re amongst a family of true cinephiles. The  Little Video Shop  acts as a sort of hub for the community, offering not only popcorn, hot drinks and gelato on top of a well-curated film collection, but also a respite from the bustling city streets. Visitors can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi as they relax on the homey front porch taking in the always...

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At Home Film Festival: Genie gems

If  there’s one  definitive conclusion that could be  reached by observing the interactions of people from  Toronto and Montreal,  it’s that  we here in Canada love us a good  old-fashioned friendly rivalry.  Most would be quick to point to hockey as the main source of antagonism – somewhere along the line the number of Stanley Cups eclipsed all else  as the main indicator of provincial superiority. What is often forgotten however is that the root of this not-always-so-friendly competition lie in our country’s  history of bilingualism.    The evolution and historical tradition of “nos deux langues officielles” has been...

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