Issue: July 2013 - Teen Movies

An interview with Aaron Yeger, director of A People Uncounted

Josef Mengele was a physician stationed at concentration camps during the holocaust. He performed operations without anesthetics. Mengele forcibly inserted metal rods into fragile bodies for the sake of experimentation. Mengele operated on children. Some of those children are now adults with heartbreaking stories of survival. The horror story of Mengele is just one aspect of the holocaust. When we hear of someone like Mengele, it’s mind boggling that we live in a world where Holocaust jokes are the norm. Distasteful isn’t a word that does justice to the Anne Frank jokes that circulate the Internet. We have come...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: New Waterford Girl

Despite the fact that the list of Canadian teen films is not that long, there were still a solid number of films that we could consider for this month’s Essential Canadian Cinema. The Trotsky is an excellent example of a recent film, while My American Cousin is an older one. After evaluating our options, we finally decided on New Waterford Girl, the story of a brooding 15-year old girl named Agnes Marie “Mooney” Pottie living in small town Nova Scotia in the 70s, with her large family who thinks she’s not right in the head because she wears black...

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TFS Questions: Sharon Corder, Artistic Director of REEL CANADA

It is not a secret that Canadians aren’t typically fans of our own cinema. We want to like it, but somehow we just don’t. The problem is, many Canadians don’t know when they’re watching Canadian film, let alone a good one, despite the fact that we continue to make more films that rival those of Hollywood every year. With our collective Canadian perception of English language films being so predominantly negative, what hope can their possibly be for the Canadian film industry? Enter Sharon Corder and Jack Blum, two veterans of the Canadian film industry who wanted to open...

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Coming of age in Hollywood: a look at the gateway to adulthood in the movies

The coming of age genre can be easily defined as simply movies about being a teenager, but in fact that is not what the genre is. The coming of age genre is a specific set of films about youth (most often teenagers) becoming adults through either experience, age or rite of passage, after which they are changed (or how they are treated by those around them has changed). Over the course of film history there have been lots of movies made for teens, but not all of them fit into the coming of age category. The true coming of...

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Q&A with Christie Pits Film Festival Festival Director Emily Reid

Toronto is a world-class film city. We have so much going on in the film department all the time, but not every awesome film event, screening or even theatre is readily accessible (or affordable) to everyone in the city. If you live outside the downtown core it can be difficult to find quality film events in your area. Enter Emily Reid, a local cultural programmer and Torontonian who created the Christie Pits Film Festival. Now in its third year, the festival — a free series of films that screen in beautiful Christie Pits Park — has screened eight films...

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Interview with Adriatico My Love director Nikola Curcin and star Valerie Buhagiar

Adriatico My Love is a sweet story about a mother trying to reconnect with a daughter she has lost touch with, even though her daughter is right in front of her. The story, written, produced and directed by Serbian born Nikola Curcin brings a new take to the mother/daughter conflict story, while not treading the same path as every movie about the Mediterranean that has come before it. I sat down with Curcin and star Valerie Buhagiar, who plays the slightly lost, but eternally positive mother Alex to discuss this lovely film. TFS: How did the movie come about?...

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Media Impact: young adult fiction adaptations

In 1997 when Harry Potter and his fantasy world of wizards, creatures and fighting the evil of He Who Shall Not Be Named landed on bookshelves it ignited a fire for reading that hadn’t been seen in the publishing industry for a long time. Suddenly children and adults alike were devouring the Potter books with alarming speed. Despite the fact that the series was initially published at a rate of one book per year, it still didn’t come close to meeting fan demand and the gaps between book releases left room for a slate of authors to swoop in...

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