Issue: June 2012 - Music & Film

You’re gonna need a bigger theatre: Jaws screens at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Not many films can terrify the world in the same way that Jaws did in 1975. I personally know at least one person who is still afraid of sharks because of the film. From the haunting music that signals the appearance of the massive killer, to the immense effect that the film had on the landscape of cinema, Jaws is one of the most important films in history and everyone will have a chance to witness the great white madness on the big screen when a new, director-approved digital restoration begins screening on Friday, June 29, at TIFF Bell...

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Read This: Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion

There are some things in life that I enjoy more than others, a great mystery or conspiracy, the gory madness of zombies, and the music of The Beatles being chief among them. Author and musician Alan Goldsher must have known this because his book, Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion , manages to take all of my favourite things and put them together as he explores the life — and death — of The Beatles. The book begins where the true-life story of The Beatles ends, the assassination of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman, although the outcome...

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Sean Wainsteim’s fantastical cinematic and musical journeys

Sean Wainsteim is a writer, director and animator whose work spans a broad spectrum of formats and media. He’s also a friend of mine, and when our editorial team at Toronto Film Scene announced that we’d be dedicating an issue to looking at the relationship between film and music, I immediately pitched an interview with Sean, a music video director who’s been working on narrative films and is developing several TV and feature film projects. In the course of regular friendly interactions, we rarely get a chance to grill our talented friends about their work and influences. This was...

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5 Questions: Dion Conflict, Film Historian and Creator of Shock & Awe Grindhouse Movie Marathon

When one thinks of the word grindhouse, it’s impossible not to conjure up an image of smoke-filled theatres  populated by  men in trench coats enjoying a double-feature of something you definitely couldn’t bring your Grandmother to. It’s dirty, it’s illicit, and just a little bit rock ‘n’ roll (see how deftly I tied that into TFS’ June Music & Film Issue?). That’s exactly the feeling local film historian/filmmaker/writer/b-movie programmer extraordinaire Dion Conflict is trying evoke with the fifth edition of his all-night grindhouse movie marathon, Shock  &  Awe. He explains, “When I first moved to the GT  for film...

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The Free Screen gets fluid with Liquid Metal

The Free Screen offers audiences something a little different, and this summer is no exception. TIFF Cinematheque presents the monthly free showcase of experimental film and video art, The Free Screen , and its summer season begins Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The first programme in the series will be Liquid Metal , featuring seven short films that blend digital technology, ambient music, and footage from a variety of sources, including old 35mm trailers. Highlights of the program include Collage d’Hollywood , a barrage of images taken from movie trailers to form a new film, and a live video performance...

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Celebrating First Peoples Cinema with TIFF Bell Lightbox

I was around 13-years-old when Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) came out. The three-hour Inuit epic complemented my dad’s obscure taste in films; he decided to take his two teenaged sons to the movies for some Canadian cultural enrichment. Thinking “a movie’s a movie,” my brother and I acceded. I hated Atanarjuat . My pubescent, bored self squirmed and slouched for 172 minutes of Inuits sitting in the snow. Now, years later as I watch Atanarjuat again, rapt, I laugh that my attitude has flipped over the years; Atanarjuat is a world-class movie. As the first film to screen in...

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At the intersection of music and film stands Mantler’s Chris Cummings

Mantler  is the indie-pop-meets-R&B project of Toronto-based songwriter Chris Cummings. The local indie artist has been producing beautiful music for over a decade, but his love of film (he studied it at York, and now works at TIFF) has recently been infiltrating his life even more than usual. In April, he opened for indie rockers Yo La Tengo, who presented a live score alongside a bill of experimental short films by French filmmaker Jean Painlevé    at the closing night of the  Images Festival. Last year, Chris curated a program of experimental films at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It was...

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