Derek Jenkins: E6 Process

Derek Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hamilton, ON. His practice is handmade, personal, and documentary, with an interest in labour and the domestic. In his current exhibition the E6 Process, he showcases the invisible labour beneath moving images. It is a work about work: the unseen beneath the seen, the heard beneath the unheard. It is subterranean. Continue reading “Derek Jenkins: E6 Process”

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Made in Canada – Shape of Water

“There are so many issues with the plot”, a friend says to me after she watches Shape of Water. I don’t have the same reaction. And after it winning Best Picture, Direction and Production Design, she may have to reconsider her comment. I really liked the dark-comedy/thriller/fantasy aspect of the movie. What I didn’t know when I watched the movie several weeks ago was that it was shot in Toronto and Hamilton. It was while I was watching it that I had to take a second look and realize that City Hall, Dofasco and the Skyway bridge, very key landmarks to the Hamilton vernacular were captured in the film.  Continue reading “Made in Canada – Shape of Water”

Johnathas de Andrade – On Fishes, Horses and Man

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A fish dying in the arms of a man is what first strikes us upon entering Jonathas de Andrade’s exhibition. The film O peixe (The Fish) depicts in ten vignettes fishermen cradling their catch, the two species merged in a morbid embrace of sinew and scale. The scenes in the film, simultaneously brutal and tender, confront the viewer with the tension and pathos of the dying process, up until the fish takes its last breath. At that exact moment, the scene moves on to the next couple – man and fish – and the tension begins again, transforming the single action, through endless repetition, into a ritual. The predator, the human, is stronger than its prey, the animal. He dominates it, yet he devotes himself to the fish throughout the process of its passing.

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Wunderkind U: Motion Picture & Advertisng

Wunderkind U is gathering for individuals in the advertising realm to connect in a salon type environment. This week, the topic of “Motion Picture & Advertising” came under the microscope. The main presenter Chilion Benedict, Strategist of Penguin Perspective took the stage to present his perspective of the current state of the industry and how important telling a story is in the communication of a brand campaign. Continue reading “Wunderkind U: Motion Picture & Advertisng”

Solo by Isaac Cravit

Synopsis:

Attempting to move past a family tragedy the summer previous, 17-year-old Gillian takes a job as a counselor at a remote summer camp. As part of her initiation, she must spend two nights by herself on the camp’s island, an intimidating collision of rock and wilderness carved out of the lake, supposedly haunted by the ghost of a camper who disappeared suspiciously decades before. When Gillian’s ‘solo’ is interrupted by a local man responding to a distress call, what was meant to be a peaceful time alone in nature devolves into something disturbingly different. As her paranoia mounts, a horrifying secret is uprooted and Gillian finds herself in desperate fight to survive.

When I first heard of this film, I was sitting in a meeting with the writer/director Isaac Cravit. He was explaining the process of writing and directing a feature film, getting distribution and looking for investors. The second time the movie came across my screen was when the premier screening was announced at this year’s Montreal Film Festival. When I heard it was playing in Toronto, I had to see what all the hype was about.

Now, I will admit that I used to like scarey movies until, I started beveling in the ghostly tales and stopped watching them completely. As an urban kid, camping in the woods, going to the forest, being one with nature is not really my thing and this movie tells the story of why I will never go into the woods by myself. Initiation or not.

Solo, follows the journey of a teenage girl who is vying for a camp counselor job. In order to be considered for the role, she has to spend two days alone on a haunted island. That’s right, haunted, by ghosts. I would right then and there pack by bags and make my way back to the city. But she stays and learns the truth about the spooky place.

This movie was well shot, suspenseful, and very Canadiana. When it is available on iTunes I would highly consider that you download it and get ready for a solo trip.

TIFFing in Toronto

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For 10 days in September, Toronto becomes ‘Hollywood North’. Celebrities flock to the city premiering their latest films in hopes of creating some Oscar buzz. For a veteran of the scene, the Toronto International Film Festival is more like a marathon of screenings and epic long lines. With over 40 celebrities in attendance, star gazing added an element to the festival that literally transformed public spaces into local stages with loyal fans waiting in the wings.

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Roy Thompson Hall is where the gala screenings take place. For those who saw films during the festival, this central location is where one passes through to pick up their tickets. For the special few, it’s where you can catch a glimpse of your favourite celebrity as they glide down the red carpet to greet media before shuffling into the theatre.

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I was surprised to see fans camping out in front of the barriers so early in the morning. They were all vying for that sweet spot and proximity to the TIFF canopy. But what really shocked me was the lack of security controlling the crowds. It was an absolute farce as myself and daring tourists took to the red carpet for some pictures of our own.

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For a brief moment, we were the movie stars and not the fans. To think that Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock have walked down the this very catwalk; with paparazzi flashing cameras. This is the spot that the fans just meters away were waiting for and we owned it

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TIFF adds its own subtle yet unmistakable flavour to the city, and this flavour is slightly different for every Torontonian and tourist.