Dec 31

Thanks for an Amazing 2022!

I started our Filmmaker 5 series in 2021 as an approach for interviewing Bill Morrison about his experimental short “let me come in.” Quickly I used the format again and produced several Filmmaker 5 interviews that year. In 2022, I set an intention to interview a dozen filmmakers across the year. As I write, I […]

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Dec 27

Filmmaker 5 with Mat Sheldon: The Electricity in Me

In his first-person confessional short film The Electricity in Me, filmmaker Mat Sheldon shares the story of his birth mother Joan. Pregnant by her 50-year-old university professor, Joan gave her son Mat up for adoption, afterwards moving to England to forge a new life as a secretary for the University of London. Returning to visit […]

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Dec 17

Filmmaker 5 with Marshall Tyler: SLOW PULSE

Short film SLOW PULSE follows lead character Bernard Brash as he learns to dance in his Los Angeles community. His resolve to learn and his determination to perform serve to inspire, all before the audience discovers the reason behind his seemingly futile pursuit. The result is a moving story of a father’s devotion and the […]

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Nov 29

Filmmaker 5 with Andreas Kessler: NAKAM

During WWII the Nazis invaded Belarus, rounding up Jews for deportation to concentration camps. Twelve-year-old violin prodigy Modechai “Motele” Schlein managed to hide as his father, mother, and sister were arrested and sent to Auschwitz. On his own, Motele encountered a partisan group actively working to attack Nazi units in occupied-Belarus and Ukraine with the […]

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Oct 07

Short on Shorts: MR. CROCKET and BAD RABBIT

The Bite Size Halloween series of spooky short films is back for its third season. The 2022 offering includes 21 stand-alone shorts blending horror, comedy, sci-fi, thriller and drama, showcasing BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women filmmakers, stories, and actors. Part of 20th Digital Studio’s mission to work with emerging filmmakers from underrepresented groups, Bite Size Halloween […]

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Oct 05

Short on Shorts: REMOTE and ANGELS

The Bite Size Halloween series of spooky short films is back for its third season. The 2022 offering includes 21 stand-alone shorts blending horror, comedy, sci-fi, thriller and drama, showcasing BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women filmmakers, stories, and actors. Part of 20th Digital Studio’s mission to work with emerging filmmakers from underrepresented groups, Bite Size Halloween […]

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Oct 03

Short on Shorts: NZU and FRACTURE

The Bite Size Halloween series of spooky short films is back for its third season. The 2022 offering includes 21 stand-alone shorts blending horror, comedy, sci-fi, thriller and drama, showcasing BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women filmmakers, stories, and actors. Part of 20th Digital Studio’s mission to work with emerging filmmakers from underrepresented groups, Bite Size Halloween […]

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Oct 01

Short on Shorts: NIAN and SNATCHED

The Bite Size Halloween series of spooky short films is back for its third season. The 2022 offering includes 21 stand-alone shorts blending horror, comedy, sci-fi, thriller and drama, showcasing BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women filmmakers, stories, and actors. Part of 20th Digital Studio’s mission to work with emerging filmmakers from underrepresented groups, Bite Size Halloween […]

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Sep 14

TIFF 2022 Picks: Canary / Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova / Plan 75

Classic Couple Academy Recommends CanaryShort Cuts Programme 05Director: PH Dallaire & Ben Therriault A touching animated short about a boy and a canary who forge a friendship while working in a Canadian turn-of-the-century coal mine. Contrasting childhood and adulthood, play with toil, and joy with sadness, Canary touches on universal themes in a story relatable […]

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Sep 12

Filmmaker 5 with PH Dallaire & Ben Therriault: Canary

Canary is Rodeo FX’s first feature-quality animated short film. Set in a Canadian coal mine at the turn of the 20th century, it’s a universal story about freedom, childhood, hope and grief that can be appreciated by global audiences from all walks of life.  Canary has its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, […]

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