Tag: NFB

Dear Guelda, Part 2: Julian Roffman Rediscovered in Print + Film

Dear Guelda, Part 2: Julian Roffman Rediscovered in Print + Film

February 9, 2018 | By

Follow-up profile of pioneering filmmaker Julian Roffman includes a book review of Dear Guelda, reviews of selected short films, and the features Sarumba (1950), The Bloody Brood (1959), and Spy in Your Eye (1965).

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Film: And So They Live (1940) / Up from the Ranks (1943) / The Proudest Girl in the World (1944) / Nahanni (1962)

Film: And So They Live (1940) / Up from the Ranks (1943) / The Proudest Girl in the World (1944) / Nahanni (1962)

February 9, 2018 | By

Reviews of 4 Selected Shorts by Julian Roffman: And So They Live (1940), Up from the Ranks (1943), The Proudest Girl in the World (1944), and Nahanni (1962).

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Gysin and Burroughs’ Dreamachine

Gysin and Burroughs’ Dreamachine

July 28, 2015 | By

Reviews of two docs on a very trippy gizmo requiring no drugs or alcohol: William S. Burroughs in the Dreamachine (2015) from Cult Epics + FLicKeR (2008) from Alive Mind.

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HOT DOCS 2014: Reviews Set 5

HOT DOCS 2014: Reviews Set 5

May 7, 2014 | By

Hot Docs 2014 Reviews, Set 5, include four NFB docs: Absences (2014), Guidelines / La marche à suivre (2014), Out of Mind, Out of Sight (2014) and Where I’m From / D’où je viens (2014).

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Film: Absences (2014)

Film: Absences (2014)

May 7, 2014 | By

As her own mother’s mental health disintegrates from the gradual effects of Alzheimer’s, director Carole Laganière seeks to understand how a major absence effects people (namely adults with traumatic events in their youthful pasts), but in the process of making this film, she also creates an absence…

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Film: Guidelines / La marche à suivre (2014)

Film: Guidelines / La marche à suivre (2014)

May 7, 2014 | By

Director Jean-Francois Caissy’s portrait of students at a rural high school in Quebec captures the awkwardness and attitude of unruly teens as they accept and adapt to the school’s behaviour code. The tough discipline from prior eras has been replaced with lengthy progress meetings…

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Film: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (2014)

Film: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (2014)

May 7, 2014 | By

After examining the specific case of a violent act committed by a mentally ill individual in NCR: Not Crimminally Responsible (2013), director John Kastner broadens his scope in this related doc regarding the treatment of patients at Brockville’s Mental Health Centre…

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Film: Where I’m From / D’où je viens (2014)

Film: Where I’m From / D’où je viens (2014)

May 7, 2014 | By

Claude Demers’ personal reflections on his childhood in Verdun, a borough in Montreal, Quebec, are conveyed in a slightly experimental narrative design where the director’s impressionistic narration flows over striking images of the city’s waterways and rough streets…

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Film: Self(less) Portraits (2014)

Film: Self(less) Portraits (2014)

April 26, 2014 | By

The personal reflections, confessions, and deeply private thoughts of 50 people might be a bit heavy at 98 mins., but Danic Champoux’s semi-experimental film is a meticulously arranged collage of human vulnerabilities, captured by a locked camera that occasionally slow-zooms towards the raconteurs…

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Gravity, Things Spacey, and How To Creatively Mount Your Gravity Poster

Gravity, Things Spacey, and How To Creatively Mount Your Gravity Poster

March 14, 2014 | By

Alongside Gravity, I’ve added related reviews of the International Space Station Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomy-themed docs, including the classic NFB short Universe;and Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter’s score for It! The Terror from Beyond Space. PLUS: a guide to creatively mounting your Gravity movie poster. Yes, really.

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