Feb 08

Filmmaker 5 with Lola Atkins: Purple Beatz

British independent feature Purple Beatz takes a trip back to the underground drum ‘n’ bass music scene of 1990s London. Music-driven and starring Izzy Jones as an aspiring singer, the coming-of-age story explores the challenges of pursuing your dreams and not losing yourself in the process. Purple Beatz features a strong diverse, female-led cast and […]

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Jan 29

Exclusive Interview: Cast and Director of Exceptional Beings

Exceptional Beings, the prequel to Godhood, tracks the existential crisis of two supernatural beings as they begin to question their very being and purpose. When they encounter a woman with an essence they can’t “read,” they begin a quest to discover who or what she truly is, which does not fit with their 4,000 years […]

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Jan 02

Filmmaker 5 with Benjamin Massoubre and Amandine Fredon: Little Nicholas Happy as Can Be

First published in 1959 in the Sud-Quest Dimanche newspaper, the ‘Nicolas’ stories enchanted French audiences of adults and children alike. The collaborative creation of writer René Goscinny and cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé, the pair published more than 222 ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ stories, later created into books. ‘Le Petit Nicolas’, or Little Nicholas, became part of French […]

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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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Sep 20

Filmmaker 5 with Valerie Buhagiar: Carmen

In accordance with Maltese tradition, when a young man became a priest, his eldest sister followed him to the rectory and became his maid. She received no education or salary and had no family of her own—spending her life in servitude and spinsterhood. Inspired by true events, Carmen follows the story of one such woman […]

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Sep 15

TIFF 2022 Picks: Raymond & Ray / The Banshees Of Inisherin / Moving On / EO

Classic Couple Academy Recommends Raymond & RayGala PresentationDirector: Rodrigo García Two brothers share a name and a road trip to their estranged father’s funeral. Reunited to carry out their father’s last wishes to dig his grave, they dig deep into their past traumas and uncover the history of the man they both hate. Resentments, secrets, […]

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Sep 13

TIFF 2022 Picks: The Good Nurse / Self-Portrait as a Coffee Pot / Viking / Bruiser

Classic Couple Academy Recommends The Good NurseSpecial PresentationDirector: Tobias Lindholm Single mother Amy (Jessica Chastain) is an ICU nurse struggling to keep her life on track while dealing with her own health issues. A new nurse arrives on her shift Charles Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) and the two begin a strong friendship as Amy trusts him […]

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Sep 12

TIFF 2022 Picks: Sidney / Charcoal / Chevalier / Free Money

Classic Couple Academy Recommends SidneyGala PresentationDirector: Reginald Hudlin Sidney Poitier was one of the most gifted and talented actors in the history of cinema. He set a new standard for Black actors in Hollywood as a leading man, becoming the first Black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in […]

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Sep 11

TIFF 2022 Picks: The Umbrella Men / Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues / The Woman King

Classic Couple Academy Recommends The Umbrella MenContemporary World CinemaDirector: John Barker Musician Jerome Adams returns home to Cape Town for his father’s funeral. There he learns his dad left him the Bo-Kaap community’s beloved Goema Club, as well as leadership of The Umbrella Men minstrel troupe. His father also left a substantial debt with a bank […]

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Sep 10

Exclusive TIFF Interview: Cast and Director of The Umbrella Men

When musician Jerome Adams flies into Cape Town for his father’s funeral, he finds his dad has bequeathed him the Bo-Kaap community’s beloved Goema Club. Along with the Club comes the care of The Umbrella Men, the legendary minstrel troupe led by his father. Soon Jerome discovers the Club comes with a huge bank overdraft, […]

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