VIFF 2018 Documentaries - The Serengeti Rules, John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection, and Shirkers

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:09

Of the clutch of films - all documentaries - that I saw at the The Vancouver International Film Festival there was an impressive range in the content and style. I just wish I’d been able to watch more - it wrapped on Friday.

Further to my earlier VIFF documentary reviews, here’s my second set of reviews:

Haida Gwaii Set Drama Wins Best BC and Best Canadian Film Awards

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 10/07/2018 - 00:27

Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K'uuna), a drama set in 19th Century Haida Gwaii, has won both the Best BC Film Award and Best Canadian Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. 

Blending mythical and natural drama, the film was shot in two dialects of the Haida language. There are only a few handfuls of fluent Haida speakers left.

Inside Job Review

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 15:51

Earlier this month, we passed the tenth anniversary of the Bear Stearns collapse and the near total melt-down of the global financial system.  The financial crisis took many forms, from people lining up outside banks desperate to get at their savings, to the dilapidation of newly built suburban homes that were foreclosed on. Inside Job (2010), a punch-packing documentary by San Francisco based Charles Ferguson, the director who previously picked through the wreckage of US Iraq policy in No End In Sight, goes straight to the top.

Beyond the Vlog - The Business of the Web Series

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 23:47

As broadcast and cable television series have proliferated we’ve seen a massive growth in the dramatic web series.

One of the panels at VIFF Industry on Friday focused on two very different web series in terms of style and content: Carmilla is a contemporary vlog style adaptation of a 19th century Gothic vampire novella about a young woman preyed upon by a lesbian vampire.

Canadian Broadcaster Looking for Next YouTube Stars

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 22:03

The seismic shifts that the internet is bringing about in the entertainment and media industry continued to concentrate minds on the second day of VIFF Industry.

The themes that speakers came back to were familiar ones: the old guard is rapidly slipping away. Business models are by necessity being re-invented. New stars are rising. Audiences fragmenting and exploding. For those nimble enough, opportunities abound. For producers and media companies trying to follow the traditional path, it will only get tougher.