Saturday, November 10, 2018

Movie Review- BIGGER-Available Now

This is the tale of two brothers Joe & Ben Weider who created an empire.
Facing many challenges along the way but not letting that get in the way of their dreams of building an empire for bodybuilders.


They would start off small, these two from Montreal and go to start Mr Olympia which of course would bring Arnold Schwarzenegger to become the first overall winner that year. Many years later we know who he is.
The likeness and physique of the young man playing Arnold makes you have a double look at him often in scenes. They do a great job there of making his innocence come through and his naivete as well.
There is more than just the Mr Olympia story here there is also the issue of competition and this plays out like a typical scene in most of these movies are the biopic's. Making the audience want to hate the "bad guy" so much to have him root for the lead character(s) It's something that kind of weaken's a film such as this. It has some really great performances and some good storytelling, minus some key factors that it plays out like a made for TV movie.
Joe and Ben would start off by making the publication "Your Physique" which they would later change to "Muscle & Fitness" Magazine. Their circulation  has dwindled from 327,000(2014) to 271,000(2016)-US Numbers(stats from Statista).
Joe would later create "Shape" magazine with his wife Betty, "Shape" would later be bought out by Meredith Corp and combined with "Fitness".
In it's time "Shape" was the fitness magazine for women.
All in all I did like this film and thought they pulled off what they set out to do, minus a few things mentioned previously.

Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely 
Anthony Nadeau

Monday, November 5, 2018

Press Release-Whistler Film Festival Rolls Out 2018 Film Lineup and Juries MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS and MOMENTUM GENERATION to bookend festival






















Whistler Film Festival Rolls Out 2018 Film Lineup and Juries
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS and MOMENTUM GENERATION to bookend festival
Canadian Premieres include ON THE BASIS OF SEX, STOCKHOLM and UNTOGETHER
Western Canadian Premieres include IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, ROMA and AT ETERNITY’S GATE
11 World Premieres plus $146,500 in cash and prizes to be awarded

Whistler, B.C. (November 1, 2018): The 18th annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF), taking place from November 28 to December 2, announced today its opening night film and full program lineup. Selected from over 1,000 submissions, festival goers can look forward to 85 fresh films including 50 features and 35 shorts representing 12 countries. Selections for this year’s festival include leading award season fare, quality Canadian content (69% of the lineup) and more female-directed films than ever before (46% of the lineup). ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ remains true to its mandate of discovering new talent, with the inclusion of 16 first time feature films, 21 feature films directed by women, and with 64% of its program premiering Canadian features, more than any other international Canadian film festival this year. Plus, WFF’s juries feature some of the industry’s top talent, who will present 14 film awards and $146,500 in cash and prizing ($31,500 cash and $115,000 in prizes).




WFF is set to open this year with Josie Rourke’s MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, starring two of last year’s Oscar nominated best actresses, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. Rourke’s breathtakingly beautiful directorial debut explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan), and her struggle to reclaim her rightful throne as Queen of Scotland, then under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie).






Closing the festival is the Canadian Premiere of groundbreaking surf documentary MOMENTUM GENERATION. Directed by Academy Award-shortlisted and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, the documentary follows the biggest names in surfing, including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb and the late Todd Chesser. Executive produced by Sundance founder Robert Redford with stunning archival footage from the godfather of surf films Taylor Steele, MOMENTUM GENERATION gives audiences an inside look at the lives of these teenagers as they rose to super stardom as the first competitive surfers.



WFF is proud to screen six award season contenders including hosting the Canadian premieres of
 ON THE BASIS OF SEX, Mimi Leder’s topical biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg played by Felicity Jones, also
 Robert Budreau’s STOCKHOLM with Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace.
The festival will also feature Western Canadian Premieres of AT ETERNITY’S GATE, director Julian Schnabel’s take on the life on Vincent Van Gogh played by Willem Dafoe;
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, the first film from director Barry Jenkins since winning the Academy Award for Best Picture with MOONLIGHT.
Alfonso Cuarón’s masterful ROMA, which - for the first time ever at WFF - will be shown in 4k projection and 7.2 sound.
FAMILY FIRST (CHIEN DE GARDE) directed by Sophie Dupuis, Canada’s entry in this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar category.



Other highlights include the World Premiere of Borsos Jury member Bruce McDonald’s CLAIRE’S HAT, an unprecedented filmic mea culpa about the making of the 2001 fiasco PICTURE CLAIRE. This funny, insightful and brilliantly reconstructed exploration documents what went wrong during the shooting of McDonald’s biggest budget movie to date.
Direct from its premiere at Telluride, Brigitte Berman’s HUGH HEFNER’S AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA, features a treasure trove of archival footage with everyone from Lenny Bruce to Moms Mabley.

Paul Gratton, programming director of the Whistler Film Festival.
           

Director of Programming Paul Gratton stated: ”It is gratifying to note that the Whistler Film Festival continues to improve on the quality of its film offerings at the same time that it is growing its representation of female directed movies. It is not just at the first-time features end of the spectrum that female directors continue to shine at Whistler, many of our top titles are directed by women. The quality of our Canadian submissions are the best ever, with major directors such as Bruce McDonald, Brigitte Berman, Maxime Giroux, Gary Burns, Sébastien Pilote and Robert Budreau entrusting us with their latest films. The Borsos jury will have a particularly challenging time picking the winners this year.”

Programming strands include American Indies, Canadian Vanguard, Contenders, Doc Bloc, First Features, From Overseas, From The Vault, Mountain Culture, ShortWork, and World Premieres.






This year, WFF is proud to boast that four of its five films in its American Indies strand will grace Canadian screens for the first time in Whistler
Titles include Wendy McColm’s funny and bittersweet BIRDS WITHOUT FEATHERS;
Adisa’s horrifying look at sex trafficking in SKIN IN THE GAME;
Alex Harvey’s brilliant WALDEN: LIFE IN THE WOODS with Oscar nominee Demián Bichir; and Emma Forrest’s moving UNTOGETHER, with Jamie Dornan (50 SHADES OF GREY), Jemima Kirke, Lola Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn and Jennifer Grey.
Finally, Sebastián Silva’s TYREL features Michael Cera in a story about a lone black man on otherwise all-white weekend of drunken bro debauchery on a birthday trip to a cabin in the Catskills.

It’s not just Americans entrusting WFF with their Canadian premieres as WFF proudly presents the international premiere of WFF’s Canada-China co-production alumnus Lutao Wang’s first feature KARMA, and the Canadian Premiere of the Norwegian disaster movie THE QUAKE, featuring the same characters that survived THE WAVE, a 2015 hit that played at WFF.

Cinematic excellence remains at the heart of the Whistler Film Festival. To recognize the vitality of this art form, films are carefully programmed and slotted into seven juried sections. This year, WFF will present 14 film awards, with over $146,500 in cash and prizing ($31,500 cash and $115,000 in prizes) including:
  • The Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature that includes a $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and $15,000 Post Production Prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver, along with awards for Best Director also presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia, Best Performance, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography presented by the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 669;
  • World Documentary Award;
  • Mountain Culture Award presented by Whistler Blackcomb;
  • International ShortWork Award;
  • Canadian ShortWork Award ($1,000 cash award);
  • BC Student ShortWork Award ($500 cash award);
  • MPPIA Short Film Award ($15,000 cash award plus up to $100,000 in production services) presented by MPPIA and Creative BC;
  • The Alliance of Women Female Journalists (AWFJ) EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Short Film; and
  • Audience Award (to be announced on December 3).

To best honour the wealth of Canadian filmmaking talent, the 15th annual Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature returns with the second largest festival prize in the country in honour of the legacy of the man behind the title, Canadian filmmaker Philip Borsos, best known for his inspiring work on the Genie Award-winning films THE GREY FOX (‘82), and BETHUNE: THE MAKING OF A HERO (‘90). WFF opened up the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature four years ago to all Canadian dramatic features making their Western Canadian Premiere at the festival.






This year, 18 Canadian films will compete for Canada’s second largest festival prize. Borsos titles feature seven World Premieres including --
Jon Silverberg’s haunting WOODLAND (shot in BC); Métis director Shane Belcourt’s mission to Mars comedy RED ROVER starring Cara Gee; Jesse Zigelstein’s restaurant owner drama for foodies NOSE TO TAIL, Carolyn Combs’ ode to multiculturalism in Vancouver BELLA CIAO!; Natty Zavitz’s moving forbidden romance drama ACQUAINTED; Maja Zdanowski’s ambitious multi-character drama IN GOD I TRUST; Zack Bernbaum’s hilariously deadpan road movie about two Toronto Jews on a trek into Poland THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA; and Rama Rau’s HONEY BEE, which features another unforgettable performance by Julia Sarah Stone (WFF 2017 Star to Watch Alumni) as an underage truckstop hooker. We are also honoured to present the World Premiere of Borsos Jury member Jennifer Dale’s latest starring role which she also co-wrote, Shelagh Carter’s INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT, about a widow’s attempt to rekindle lost artistic ambitions and a romantic flame, which will be shown out of competition.

Western Canadian premieres in the Borsos Competition include Deanne Foley’s poignant exploration of mental illness and maternal yearnings, AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS; Kristina Wagenbauer’s moving story of mother/daughter conflict SASHINKA; Geneviève Dulude-De Celles’ A COLONY (UNE COLONIE), a memorable small-town coming of age story; Roz Owen’s study of a disenfranchised First Nations woman TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN featuring Cara Gee; Renée Beaulieu’s shockingly honest THE NATURALLY WANTON PLEASURE OF SKIN (LES SALOPES); Darlene Naponse’s FALLS AROUND HER featuring a career-best performance by Tantoo Cardinal; Lenin M. Sivam’s ROOBHA, a moving and empathetic look at transgender romance within the Canadian Tamil community; Sébastien Pilote’s award-winning coming of age story THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE; Sophie Dupuis’ first feature FAMILY FIRST (CHIEN DE GARDE), Canada’s entry in this year’s Foreign language Oscar category; and the Canadian Premiere of Robert Budreau’s STOCKHOLM with Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace.

In addition to the Canadian Premiere of the definitive surfing documentary MOMENTUM GENERATION which will close the festival, this year’s Mountain Culture films include premieres of Whistler-based directors Brian Hockenstein and Tamo Campos’ THE RADICALS which follows a group of snowboarders and surfers who drift from the mountains and oceans into the world of activism; Patagonia’s stunning winter film TREELINE which explores the diverse forests of British Columbia, Nevada, and Japan, directed by Vancouver-based Jordan Manley; and winner of the Best Documentary award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, FREE SOLO, directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold’s preparations to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock - the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park - without a rope.




This year’s Doc Bloc competition features a refreshingly diverse line-up. Two BC-based productions will grace our screens, including NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY directed by Roy Tighe about a self-sabotaging Vancouver based stand-up comic, and the World Premiere of FUCK YOU ALL: THE UWE BOLL STORY directed by Sean Patrick Shaul. Canadian premieres include Brian Bellinkoff’s PSYCHONAUTICS: A COMIC’S EXPLORATION OF PSYCHEDELICS with comedian Shane Mauss, and Brigitte Berman’s HUGH HEFNER’S AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA. In addition, WFF will screen the World Premiere of Jaren Hayman’s eye-opening exploration of Canada’s largest black community in THIS IS NORTH PRESTON. Western Canadian premieres include THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, Tom Donahue’s timely reminder of gender inequality in the film and television industries being shown as part of WFF’s Women on Top Series, and our British Columbia premiere selection includes Laura Marie Wayne’s LOVE, SCOTT, about the lasting impact of a horrific incident of homophobic violence, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.




Other films of note in this year’s lineup include the family-friendly first feature from the Northwest Territories’ Jennifer Walden, ELIJAH AND THE ROCK CREATURE; musical Christmas zombie movie ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE that simply must be seen to be believed; Gillian McKercher’s realistic look at working in the Alberta oil sands CIRCLE OF STEEL; Collin Friesen’s hilarious comedy about burying a deceased father’s ashes featuring a stand-out performance from Bruce Greenwood, SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS; and Eva Husson’s rousing film detailing a Kurdish all-female battalion, GIRLS OF THE SUN. Borsos award winner Maxime Giroux (FELIX AND MEIRA 2014) returns with his newest THE GREAT DARKENED DAYS, and Gary Burns honours us with his Mountain Culture entry MAN RUNNING, about a doctor running a marathon in the Rockies.



WFF’s Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature jury is made up of a diverse group of Canadian storytellers all of whom have had films at our festival and two of which are previous Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature winners. This year’s jury includes Canadian film and television director, writer and producer Bruce McDonald (THE HUSBAND WFF 2013) known for his award-winning cult films ROADKILL and HARD CORE LOGO, and Canadian film director and writer, who won the 2016 Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature, Jamie M. Dagg (RIVER WFF 2015), and, Canadian actress and writer, Jennifer Dale, known for SO YOU SAID YES (2015), SAVING HOPE (2012) and WHAT WOULD SAL DO? (2017).

The World Documentary jury includes Vancouver based filmmaker Denis Paquette, whose company RealWorld has produced over sixty hours of content for TV, Web, theatrical and direct distribution, WFF Alumni Documentary filmmaker from Australia Katie Bender whose feature-length directing debut documentary THE WILL TO FLY premiered at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival where it received 'Best World Documentary Award' and 'Best Mountain Culture Film Award’, and Canadian Métis playwright, performer, director, producer and screenwriter, Marie Clements, known for RED SNOW (2018), LOOKING AT EDWARD CURTIS (2018) and THE ROAD FORWARD (2017).

The Mountain Culture jury includes Andrea Wing, a Squamish based filmmaker and current director of video and content at outdoor agency Origin, she has worked with high-end commercial clients for over a decade; WFF Alumni filmmaker Darcy Hennessey Turenne, whose film THE MOMENT closed last year’s festival, sold out over 100 screenings worldwide, and debuted at #3 on the US iTunes Independant Film charts, and Leo Hoorn WFF Alumni (TSIRKU 2017) and award winning cinematographer at Whistler based Sherpas Cinema.

The ShortWork Jury includes WFF Alumni producer of MOUNTAIN MEN (2014) Jason James (known for ENTANGLED), WIDC Industry advisor Karen Lam (known for the feature EVANGELINE and the webseries MYTHOS), and WFF Alumni director Lawrence Le Lam, whose short film CYPHER received honorable mention at last year’s festival, and whose student film THE BLUE JET won the WFF Student Shortwork prize in 2015. Le Lam received WFF’s BC Talent to Watch Award in September.

Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Awards will be presented for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and for Best Female-Directed Short Film. Eligible female-directed films are being screened as part of the festival’s regular program, and are being nominated for EDA Awards consideration by Whistler Film Festival’s administration and programmers. The Narrative feature jury includes: Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media, Washington, DC; Marilyn Ferdinand - Ferdy on Films, Chicago; Alexandra Heller-Nicholas - Senses of Cinema, Melbourne;  Jennifer Merin (Chair) - Cinema Citizen, New York; and Rebecca Murray - Showbiz Junkies, Edgewater, Florida. The Short Film Jury includes: Marina Antunes (Chair) - Row Three, Vancouver; Betsy Boszdech - Common Sense Media, San Francisco; Katherine Brodsky - Variety, Vancouver; Linda Cook - Quad City Times, Davenport, Iowa; and Susan Wloszczyna - Gold Derby, Washington, DC.

The 12th annual MPPIA Short Film Award pitch competition presented by MPPIA and Creative BC, and sponsored by Bridge Studios will take place on December 1. Five shortlisted candidates will pitch their projects before a jury of three industry professionals and an audience. The winner will be awarded with $15,000 cash plus $100,000 worth of services in kind from across the industry including mentorship, production services and equipment supplies enabling them to complete their project. The completed project will have its world premiere at the 2019 Whistler Film Festival. The MPPIA jury includes writer, director, and actor Angie Nolan, formerly WFF’s Director of Industry Programming, WFF Alumni and award-winning producer, writer and director whose work has been featured on Disney, Amazon, VICE, PBS and OWN, Nimisha Mukerji, and Canadian director,VFX artist and App designer, Zach Lipovsky who recently won VIFF’s BC Emerging Filmmaker award with his latest feature FREAKS.

From November 28 to December 2, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring innovative and inspiring films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs with time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Industry Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age. Featuring innovative and thought provoking films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s fest will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, honoured guests, lively celebrations, and unique industry initiatives.



WFF’s Content Summit schedule and industry guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, and will be updated regularly. WFF’s full film lineup and schedule is available online as of November 1. Signature Series honourees and additional guests will be announced later in November.

The Festival’s online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/tickets/ is now open for VIP Patron Passes, Industry Passes, Ticket Packages and event tickets. Single film tickets go on sale on November 15. The Festival Box Office is open for phone sales (1-877-838-FILM) and on November 23 for walk-up sales.

Air travel, ground transportation deals and early bird accommodation rates are now available on whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend/. WFF has 20 accommodation partners to choose from including host hotel, the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa.

The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada and Western Economic Diversification, and by the Province of British Columbia, Creative BC and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Gibbons Whistler, Tourism Whistler and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.

The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.
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WFF 2018 COMPLETE FEATURE FILM LISTING BY PREMIERE STATUS:




World Premieres (11):

ACQUAINTED (Canada) Dir. Natty Zavitz
BELLA CIAO! (Canada) Dir. Carolyn Combs
CLAIRE’S HAT (Canada) Dir. Bruce McDonald
FUCK YOU ALL: THE UWE BOLL STORY (Canada) Dir. Sean Patrick Shaul
HONEY BEE (Canada) Dir. Rama Rau
IN GOD I TRUST (Canada) Dir. Maja Zdanowski
INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT (Canada) Dir. Shelagh Carter
NOSE TO TAIL (Canada) Dir. Jesse Zigelstein
RED ROVER (Canada) Dir. Shane Belcourt
THIS IS NORTH PRESTON (Canada) Dir. Jaren Hayman
WOODLAND (Canada) Dir. Jon Silverberg


Canadian Premieres (13):

BIRDS WITHOUT FEATHERS (United States) Dir. Wendy McColm
THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA (Canada) Dir. Zack Bernbaum
HUGH HEFNER’S AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA (Canada) Dir. Brigitte Berman
KARMA (China) Dir. Lutao Wang
ON THE BASIS OF SEX (United States) Dir. Mimi Leder
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (United Kingdom) Dir. Josie Rourke
MOMENTUM GENERATION (United States) Dir. Jeff & Michael Zimbalist
NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY (Canada) Dir. Roy Tighe
PSYCHONAUTICS: A COMIC’S EXPLORATION OF PSYCHEDELICS (United States) Dir. Brian Bellinkoff
THE QUAKE (Norway) Dir. John Andreas Andersen
SKIN IN THE GAME (United States) Dir. Adisa
STOCKHOLM (Canada) Dir. Robert Budreau
UNTOGETHER (United States) Dir. Emma Forrest
WALDEN: LIFE IN THE WOODS (United States) Dir. Alex Harvey

English Canadian Premieres (1):

A COLONY (Canada) Dir. Geneviève Dulude-De Celles

Western Canadian Premieres (15):

AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS (Canada) Dir. Deanne Foley
ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (United Kingdom) Dir. John McPhail
AT ETERNITY’S GATE (United States) Dir. Julian Schnabel
FALLS AROUND HER (Canada) Dir. Darlene Naponse
FAMILY FIRST (CHIEN DE GARDE) (Canada) Dir. Sophie Dupuis
THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE (Canada) Dir. Sébastien Pilote
GIRLS OF THE SUN (France) Dir. Eva Husson
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (United States) Dir. Barry Jenkins
THE NATURALLY WANTON PLEASURE OF SKIN (Canada) Dir. Renée Beaulieu
ROMA (United States, Mexico) Dir. Alfonso Cuarón
ROOBHA (Canada) Dir. Lenin M. Sivam
SASHINKA (Canada) Dir. Kristina Wagenbauer
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING (United States) Dir. Tom Donahue
TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN (Canada) Dir. Roz Owen
TYREL (United States) Dir. Dir. Sebastián Silva

British Columbia Premieres (7):

CIRCLE OF STEEL (Canada) Dir. Gillian McKercher
ELIJAH AND THE ROCK CREATURE (Canada) Dir. Jen Walden
THE GREAT DARKENED DAYS (Canada) Dir. Maxime Giroux
LOVE, SCOTT (Canada) Dir. Laura Marie Wayne
MAN RUNNING (Canada) Dir. Gary Burns
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS (Canada) Dir. Collin Friesen
TREELINE (Canada) Dir. Jordan Manley

Whistler Premieres (2):

FREE SOLO (United States) Dir. E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin
THE RADICALS (Canada) Dir. Brian Hockenstein & Tamo Campos

WFF 2018 COMPLETE FEATURE FILM LISTING BY STRAND:

American Indies: (5)

BIRDS WITHOUT FEATHERS (United States) Dir. Wendy McColm
SKIN IN THE GAME (United States) Dir. Adisa
TYREL (United States) Dir. Sebastián Silva
UNTOGETHER (United States) Dir. Emma Forrest
WALDEN: LIFE IN THE WOODS (United States) Dir. Alex Harvey



Canadian Vanguard (6):

AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS (Canada) Dir. Deanne Foley
FALLS AROUND HER (Canada) Dir. Darlene Naponse
THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE (Canada) Dir. Sébastien Pilote
THE GREAT DARKENED DAYS (Canada) Dir. Maxime Giroux
MAN RUNNING (Canada) Dir. Gary Burns
THE NATURALLY WANTON PLEASURE OF SKIN (Canada) Dir. Renée Beaulieu

Contenders (6):

AT ETERNITY’S GATE (United States) Dir. Julian Schnabel
FAMILY FIRST (CHIEN DE GARDE) (Canada) Dir. Sophie Dupuis
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (United States) Dir. Barry Jenkins
ON THE BASIS OF SEX (United States) Dir. Mimi Leder
ROMA (United States, Mexico) Dir. Alfonso Cuarón
STOCKHOLM (Canada) Dir. Robert Budreau

Discoveries (5):

A COLONY (Canada) Dir. Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
ACQUAINTED (Canada) Dir. Natty Zavitz
THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA (Canada) Dir. Zack Bernbaum
HONEY BEE (Canada) Dir. Rama Rau
ROOBHA (Canada) Dir. Lenin M. Sivam

Doc Bloc (7):

FUCK YOU ALL: THE UWE BOLL STORY (Canada) Dir. Sean Patrick Shaul
HUGH HEFNER’S AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA (Canada) Dir. Brigitte Berman
LOVE, SCOTT (Canada) Dir. Laura Marie Wayne
NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY (Canada) Dir. Roy Tighe
PSYCHONAUTICS: A COMIC’S EXPLORATION OF PSYCHEDELICS (United States) Dir. Brian Bellinkoff
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING (United States) Dir. Tom Donahue
THIS IS NORTH PRESTON (Canada) Dir. Jaren Hayman

First Features (5):

CIRCLE OF STEEL (Canada) Dir. Gillian McKercher
ELIJAH AND THE ROCK CREATURE (Canada) Dir. Jen Walden
SASHINKA (Canada) Dir. Kristina Wagenbauer
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS (Canada) Dir. Collin Friesen
TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN (Canada) Dir. Roz Owen

From Overseas (4):

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (United Kingdom) Dir. John McPhail
GIRLS OF THE SUN (France) Dir. Eva Husson
KARMA (China) Dir. Lutao Wang
THE QUAKE (Norway) Dir. John Andreas Andersen

From The Vault (1):

CLAIRE’S HAT (Canada) Dir. Bruce McDonald

Galas (2):

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (United Kingdom) Dir. Josie Rourke
MOMENTUM GENERATION (United States) Dir. Jeff & Michael Zimbalist

Mountain Culture (4):

FREE SOLO (United States) Dir. E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin
MAN RUNNING (Canada) Dir. Gary Burns
MOMENTUM GENERATION (United States) Dir. Jeff & Michael Zimbalist
THE RADICALS (Canada) Dir. Brian Hockenstein & Tamo Campos
TREELINE (Canada) Dir. Jordan Manley

World Premieres (6):

BELLA CIAO! (Canada) Dir. Carolyn Combs
IN GOD I TRUST (Canada) Dir. Maja Zdanowski
INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT (Canada) Dir. Shelagh Carter
NOSE TO TAIL (Canada) Dir. Jesse Zigelstein
RED ROVER (Canada) Dir. Shane Belcourt
WOODLAND (Canada) Dir. Jon Silverberg

WFF 2018 Feature Films Eligible for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature:
A COLONY
ACQUAINTED
AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS
BELLA CIAO!
THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA
FALLS AROUND HER
FAMILY FIRST
THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE
HONEY BEE
IN GOD I TRUST
THE NATURALLY WANTON PLEASURE OF SKIN
NOSE TO TAIL
RED ROVER
ROOBHA
TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN
SASHINKA
STOCKHOLM
WOODLAND

WFF 2018 COMPLETE SHORTWORK FILMS LISTING BY PREMIERE STATUS:


World Premiere:
LOSING SPOONS (Canada) Dir. Nima Gholamipour
20 MINUTES TO LIFE (Canada) Dir. Veronika Kurz
HOW LONG (Canada) Dir. Ayden Ross
I SEE STARS (Canada) Dir. Caid Dow
WAY OF THE HUNTER (Canada) Dir. Robert Moberg
FANTASMAGORIA (Canada) Dir. Lilen Aimare

Canadian Premiere:
AEROPLANES (UK) Dir. Paul Shammasian
KEEP COMING BACK! (Canada) Dir. Brendan Brady
MISS WORLD (Taiwan) Dir. Georgia Fu
THE DAY DON DIED (Canada) Dir. Steve Adams and Sean Horlor

Western Canadian Premiere:
LITTLE WAVES (Canada) Dir. Ariane Louis-Seize
HUNTING SEASON (Canada) Dir. Shannon Kholi
CC (Canada) Dir. Kailey and Sam Spear
I WILL KEEP YOUR LIGHT (Canada) Dir. Chelsea Xinyi Chen
THREE CENTIMETERS (Lebanon) Dir. Lara Zeidan
FORALDRASKAP (Canada) Dir. Mazi Khalighi and Brian Allan Stewart

British Columbia Premiere:
THE GARAGE (Canada) Dir. Derek Langer
ALL THESE CREATURES (Australia) Dir. Charles Williams
LUNAR-ORBIT RENDEZVOUS (Canada) Dir. Mélanie Charbonneau
CEDAR TREE OF LIFE (Canada) Dir. Odessa Shuquaya
EMPTYING THE TANK (Canada) Dir. Caroline Monnet
THE FISH AND THE SEA (Canada) Dir. Philip Thomas
EGG (France) Dir. Martina Scarpelli
BROTHERHOOD (Canada) Dir. Meryam Joobeur
SNOWSTORM ROULETTE (Canada) Dir. Matt Wright
THE FIELD (India) Dir. Sandhya Suri
ACCIDENCE (Canada) Dir. Guy Maddin and Evan and Galen Johnson
UMBRA (Iran) Dir. Saeed Jafarian
NIGHT JOURNEY (USA) Dir. David Marroquin

Whistler Premiere:
THUNDERBIRD (Canada) Dir. Erin Collins
THE BUS STOP (Canada) Dir. Kama Sood
THE CERTAINTY MACHINE (Canada) Dir. Jean-Francois Ferland
GIRL IN THE GALACTIC SUN (Canada) Dir. Heather Perluzz
TOUGH GUY (Canada) Dir. Gryffin Morgan
EDGE OF APOLLO (Canada) Dir. Marcus Hann

I leave you with the trailer for this year's festival:


Thank you for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau








Bloodlines: The Art & Life of Vincent Castiglia--Available November 13th-On DVD & Streaming

Let's talk about art, shall we?
When you think of art you often think of the masters -Van Gogh, Matesse , Renoir, and for some even Andy Warhol.
Think abstract, still life, there are so many.
Now think of the colors, watercolor, oils and water paints.
Then there is.....
Blood
Yes you read that right and what you see is right(above).
Vincent Castiglia paints with blood, his own and on some special occasions other people's blood as well. What might strike some reading this as odd is something that should not be judged until it is fully seen to be appreciated in John Borowski's new film, Bloodlines: The Art & Life of Vincent Castiglia.
Where Vincent has such a great skill as a painter, regardless of his medium or desire to paint in blood, John captures the art and the styling of Vincent so very well in this very intimate and enthralling documentary about a man that was basically tortured as a young child by his mother. He shares some very personal things with the viewer and yet through all of the pain and anguish --emerges an artist.
His decision to start in blood really happened when in a fit of anger smashed a number of things in the apartment they were in and wrote. "Welcome to my Hell" in his own blood on the wall from his fingers that were dripping of it.
Later the pain would become too much for Vincent and he started abusing drugs--any drug he could get his hands on, went into his body.
This is not a plea for sympathy on his part or something the director is trying for either, this is a pure tale of truths that happened in his life and the pace and style of this film is one of the best I have seen this year.


John Borowski has made a good number of documentaries on serial killers over the years. I had reviewed his film "Serial Killer Culture" a few years back, with this film he really knocks this one right out of the park. He really shows his craft here with the skill of telling the story to keep the audience involved. Even if you are slightly disturbed by the sounds of the painting in blood, there is nothing sinister here or even remotely disturbing. What I found disturbing was the footage of a plastic surgeon doing some of his work. I think Vincent does amazing work and John does a fantastic job of capturing that.
                  John Borowski(left) Vincent Castiglia (right)

We meet some friends of Vincent who have known him for many years and have seen him in his darkest and best days.
We meet a few fans of his work , including some from Heavy Metal bands, such as Slayer. Kerry King and Gary Holt are big fans of his work and Gary even had Vincent use  blood and do some work on a guitar for him.(seen below)
Sometimes the best art is born from the darkness, Mary Shelley apparently wrote "Frankenstein" on a stormy weekend. Had it been a nice sunny weekend maybe the creature wouldn't have come to life.
The same can be said here if you will, it's still art whether you agree, like, dislike his paintings. It's his release , it is what he has found that does best for his expression and that is what art is all about.
Vincent explains to us that he tried the other varieties of painting and found he couldn't connect with the paints him. He needed something that he could fully express himself with.

"This is how-I pray
These are my prayers. This is my sacred space. 
That canvas is like the alter.
I'm spilling myself out, on that alter & giving a blood sacrifice in the name of art, & evolution & personal progress."
(Vincent Castiglia)
Vincent even did a painting of John Borowski(above).
Amazing work by both creative parties here, John really helps Vincent's work breathe a life of it's own. I think this is a masterful film. 
Sometimes the most tortured souls can give us such beautiful gifts.


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Thank you for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau





Friday, November 2, 2018

Music Review --Stone Leaders(Stone Leaders)Incredible Musicianship Available Now For Your Listening Pleasure!



                                         -- 5.5/5 -- Stars
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How is it that the score is higher than the maximum amount? 
This is one of those albums that takes you by surprise and gives you such joy as only some incredibly talented musicians can do! 


A mix of great skills on a vocals & keyboards-guitar-bass & drums all share the experience these talented musicians share and it comes across in some of the best music that I have heard this year! 
If you like to hear songs that change tempo often and doesn't  sound exactly like the last one that just played and enjoy progressive rock music-this is the album for you, well it is for me anyway.

                                    
Ivan Mihaljevic  -  Vocals, guitars 
Dino Jelusic – Vocals, keyboards 
 Marko Karacic – Bass 
John Macaluso – Drums 

Below is from their bio: 
“Dark-Prog” act STONE LEADERS came to life in early 2016 when renowned drummer John Macaluso (of ARK, Yngwie Malmsteen, TNT, Symphony X, James LaBrie, Labyrinth and Michael Romeo) was contracted to do a drum clinic in Zagreb, Croatia.  Asking the clinic organizer to find a band to accompany him in the clinic, Macaluso then met guitarist Ivan Mihaljevic and bassist Marko Karacic of Croatian band Side Effects ten minutes before the clinic began and decided on what they would play.  The start of the clinic (now basically a full-fledged gig) was the Deep Purple classic “Burn” and it brought the house down. Right then, the trio knew they had something special here so when New Yorker John went back to Italy (where he now lives) he contacted Ivan and plans were made to get together and write and record an album. Throughout the meetings together in Italy and Croatia the band discovered that they also clicked as friends as well. As songwriting began. John and Ivan started the process with Macaluso recording his drum tracks with song arrangements in mind after which Mihaljevic then took the drum parts and started writing riffs and moods over top with some help from Marko on a couple of songs. John lays out the writing and recording process. "The writing and recording process is much different than the way most bands do it. We did it the way my past band Ark did. First I went into the studio and did a demo of only drum arrangement before any notes were written. I recorded the track with songs in mind, intro, verse, chorus etc. Then I sent these tracks to Ivan and then the songwriting process began: recording over the drum tracks while writing the song. I also gave him a song title so he could capture a mood and not just write cold over drum beats. It worked with Ark and worked for STONE LEADERS also. Ivan and I really click as a writing team, he is very talented and thinks out of the box." 
  


 I feel very privileged to hear this music -such a treat for the ears for me. My ears are enjoying every riff-vocal note, bass line and crash of the snare and crash cymbal. As well as every note on the keyboards, a fantastic solo on Box of Time followed by an equally great guitar solo.
Each song is so wonderfully orchestrated and being a drummer myself I love that the songs when recorded all started with the drums done first. 

Song Titles: 
1-Box of Time-5:01 
2-DV84U4ea-4:04 
3-Fire Up The Oceans-4:58 
4-Blind Crusade-5:58 
5-Shot By Lies-4:26 
6-Toxic Guide-5:37 
7-Heartless Stereo-5:34 
8-Unearthly Designs-5:41 
9-Electric City-5:19 
10-Ignigted-4:50 
11-Gravity-4:11 
12-Seeker-6:04 

More from their bio:

The punchy “Box of Time” opens the album, a track that addresses erasing and deleting someone or something from your life and eventually your mind.  “You know, one day you’re doing fine until soon you’re walking down a street and a voice or scent, or even a song, pulls you right back to where you were before,” explains Macaluso.  “Ultimately, the song is about the power of the mind because sometimes survival depends upon this deleting mechanism in the brain. “Fire Up the Oceans” touches more on contemporary prog rock than perhaps the rest of the album, while enveloping itself in fantasy.  “However it can also be interpreted in modern day reality with war and religion,” muses the drummer. “Every religion prays to their own god, which, of course, is the only God.  Everyone wants to bring their God to life but, what if you do and you find out that you really dislike them?  You’ve ritualized to get them here and it can’t be reversed. You’ve played with fire, it’s not what you expected and now you’re about to get burnt.” The infectious “Toxic Guide” opens with a touch of a jazz riff before settling into a melodic moody piece driven by Mihaljevic. “This one is about that girl.  You know the one – you’re convinced that she’s the perfect one for you but she winds up being toxic.  The song is about the moment you realize she’s the devil’s daughter and you need to get the hell out of there. “Ignited” was written by John in memory of his longtime friend and bandmate Randy Coven (1960 – 2014), “When someone passes away they’re actually with you for eternity.” 

Stone Leaders -First 2 Songs From The Album!-click here-

I cannot name just one song that I prefer off of this album although if I had to choose they would be: 
Box of Time ,Electric City -love the crash cymbal here & the time kept with the drums in the quieter places of the song & Seeker, really love the drumming on all three songs. 
Most of this music gave me goosebumps , and again as I listen to the album one more time as I finish this review. 
I sincerely thank all the members of the band for some quite inspiring music to enjoy. 

 Thank you for reading this  
Sincerely 
Anthony Nadeau