Hot Docs 2014: Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer Talk About Food Waste and Just Eat It

Halfway through Hot Docs 2014, I had the great pleasure to sit down with filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer to discuss their call to arms Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Number fourteen of the top twenty audience favourites this year, and winner of the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award, it’s an eye-opening demonstration of just how much we’re...

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Hot Docs 2014: A Chat With Kris Kaczor and David Regos of Divide in Concord

It was a sunny afternoon, and the temperature was finally starting to inch upwards of ten degrees when I met Kris Kaczor and David Regos. Director and Producer respectively of Hot Docs 2014 feature Divide in Concord, they met me at TIFF Bell Lightbox for a quick chat before the second screening of their film. Taken with the distinct Twin Peaks vibe of the LUMA...

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After the Credits Episode 149: Interview with That Burning Feeling Director Jason James

A mid month podcast? What’s going on?! During last year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, I had the opportunity to see Jason James’ romantic comedy – about STDs – That Burning Feeling (review). I also had the chance to catch up with director Jason James shortly after he introduced the movie. We made our way to the lobby...

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Bill Murray did a Reddit AMA…

While you can read the entire AMA over here, here are the highlights. On his favorite movie of his: I did a film with Jim Jarmusch called Broken Flowers, but I really enjoyed that movie. I enjoyed the script that he wrote. He asked me if I could do a movie, and I said “I gotta stay home, but if you make a movie that i could shoot within one hour of my...

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The End of the Ice Fishing Story

If you’ve seen American Hustle, you either love it or hate it or are still scratching your head. No matter you’re feelings on the film, you can’t tell me you didn’t come away a little upset at not hearing the end to Louis CK’s ice fishing story about him and his brother and their angry father. Well, wonder no...

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Errol Morris on The Unknown Known

A Q&A I recorded at one of the Toronto International Film Festival screenings of Errol Morris’s new documentary on Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Morris talks a bit about language, and a bit about the contradictions and snowflakes of a political lifer that is still in his bubble of denial. It is a rather excellent 12 minute supplement to the...

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A Few More Words with Don Thacker of MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH – Part II

A Few More Words with Don Thacker of MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH – Part II

Following my roundtable interview with Don Thacker during Toronto After Dark, and after seeing Motivational Growth, I had a few follow up questions for the delightfully verbose director. Sitting on a Starbucks patio at Queen St West and John, Thacker was kind enough to answer my questions. The result was an in depth discussion on what makes his film tick, the...

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A Few Words with Don Thacker on MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH – Part I

During the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Don Thacker, writer and director of the inventive, absurdist film with the talking mould: Motivational Growth. Now, Don’s a wonderful guy. But to say that I spoke at all would not only be an understatement, but it’d be a downright lie. Neither myself, nor my two fellow...

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Jeremy Gardner and Adam Cronheim discuss THE BATTERY

Far and away one of the best films at Toronto After Dark this year, The Battery has been taking not only Toronto, but the international festival circuit by storm. Winner of three audience award prizes, and official selection of over 20 international film festivals, it’s living up to expectations as one of the best zombie films in years. I had the opportunity to...

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Matthew Johnson and Owen Williams Discuss THE DIRTIES and the Bullying Epidemic

Garnering accolades at festivals across North America, Matthew Johnson’s The Dirties tackles the now unfortunately trendy topic of bullying. The film attempts to shed a non-judgmental light on what drives the bullied to their breaking point, pushing them into the territory of infamous mass murderers. What Johnson’s managed to create is a relatable portrayal of...

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