Interviews

The Free Spirits of Contemporary Canadian Cinema

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Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) just wrapped up its 42nd edition. Following up on his evening-in-the-life of FNC Temps 0 section programmer Julien Fonfrède, The Independent’s Patrick Pearce decided to find out what’s going on in the festival’s Canadian-dedicated Focus section by speaking to a few of the directors featured in it. In 2012,… Read more »

TIFF 2013: President of the Club of Romantics

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A Promise is a romantic drama filled with silent glances, small gestures, and hidden emotions. It is set in Germany, just before WWI, and revolves around a married woman (Rebecca Hall) who falls in love with her husband’s (Alan Rickman) protégé (Richard Madden). The film had its North American premiere at the 2013 Toronto International… Read more »

All Indie Family

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In the land of Hollywood hyphens, the Trost family shares more than titles and a familiar last name. Together, they have enough skills to staff their own projects. That’s one reason brother and sister Jason Trost and Sarah Trost recently collaborated on three indie features: The FP, All Super Heroes Must Die, and Wet and… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Dawn Porter

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The odds may be long, but it is possible to see your first film be accepted by Sundance, win a Sundance award, and be bought by HBO. All you need is talent, passion, drive, determination, discipline, great collaborators, support, luck, perspective, intelligence and a killer idea at the perfect time. Do you have all that?… Read more »

Outsider Writers: Four Not-in-LA Grad Programs in Screenwriting

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You don’t have to spend your whole savings and attend a graduate program in Los Angeles or New York to learn screenwriting. In fact, could a program, unshackled from geographic proximity to Hollywood, actually be a unique and advantageous experience for its students? The programs at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, Hollins University in Virginia,… Read more »

The New in Nouveau is a Moving Target

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Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema deals in the new, from new cinematic territories to new media forms that take their cues from film. The Independent’s Patrick Pearce met with FNC Lab section and short film programmer Philippe Gajan to chat (in English and French) about what “new” means to him, and why it is so… Read more »

The Ascent of Assange

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Hushed tones. Top-secret documents. Governments, pissed-off across the globe. Whether praised or demonized, few people can debate the significance of Australian-born Julian Assange, founder of the contentious WikiLeaks. It was only a matter of time before a biopic would follow and so Robert Connolly’s Underground: The Julian Assange Story made its world premiere at the… Read more »

Five TIFF Filmmakers Who Play it Short

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Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond the flashing bulbs, glitz, and glamour of a high-profile film festival like the Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF. There’s no shortage of star power and tent-pole films. Even the top indie features have to fight to get noticed and are the unsung heroes of festivals. There’s another kind… Read more »