Everyone has a list of things they want to do. These things aren’t towering milestones that are waiting to be crossed off a bucket list, but their big enough to constantly hang out in your head and remind you that you’ve been wanting to accomplish whatever you wanted to do.
It seems I usually have a list like this for every month, but July seemed to be that month where I finally was able to interview who I’ve been meaning to interview and see movies I’ve been meaning to watch.
Filmmaker Shawna Steele has been a friend of mine who I met through my wife, Sky. She’s not only talented behind-the-scenes, but she’s impressed me with how often she wears more than one hat on productions.
After first watching her short form doc Manhood (a film about an amiable fella who received a cringe-worthy penile fracture) and her co-directed endeavour Refuge (a drama about an African immigrant remembering her past as she’s questioned at an airport), I thought Shawna sat comfortably in the director’s chair. Little did I know, she also dabbled as a producer, an editor, and more. I’m so glad I finally got to talk shop with her and figure out her outlook on the film industry among other topics.
Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour was a movie that was wowing audiences and holding a “one of the best films of the year” title. Since Toronto’s Big Picture Cinema was re-releasing Upstream Colour giving audiences another chance to see it on the big screen, I figured this would be a great opportunity to watch it and help spread the word. I added my word-of-mouth dosage, but it wasn’t exactly glowing.
However, I was able to gush once again about Michael Schmidt’s super short film Free Door. It’s hilarious, offers two memorable well cast performances that play off each other nicely, and movie goers were given the chance to watch it online as a part of the NSI Online Short Film Festival. Make sure you click the link for more details.
July even gave me the chance to ease into a fascinating programme being held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. MODERN LOVE: The Films of Leos Carax promises some truly unique works by the Holy Motors director. When July was nearing its end, I was able to catch and promote the upcoming screening of Carax’s awe-inspiring debut Boy Meets Girl. More reviews from MODERN LOVE will be appearing on Film Army in August, but click here for a rundown of what the programme offers.
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