Canadian Film Fest

CFF Interview: Shooting The Musical

"I basically said to myself because we have no one financing this film, let’s make the film that no one would finance." and other great quotes from Joel Ashton McCarthy who wrote and directed a comedy about film school grads making a High School shooting musical.

CFF Interview: Ben’s At Home

Following an exceptional festival run, we interviewed Ben's At Home creators Dan Abramovici and Mars Horodski prior to its screening at the Canadian Film Fest this weekend.

CFF 2014: The Privileged Review

The Privileged A junior lawyer (Joshua Close) at a high profile firm desperate to make amends with his boss (Sam Trammell) after a colossally botched case agrees to play nice at his boss’ Northern Ontario cottage. What he doesn’t realize is that he and his expectant wife are about to be caught up in a […]

CFF 2014: Play the Film Review

Play The Film When the opening night of a new play goes horribly awry, actors are forced to frantically improvise the plot onstage. Clashing egos, tested friendships, and a series of disastrous misunderstandings combine to create the most offensive, shocking and accidental piece of live theater ever to debut. Such a funny premise (and I […]

CFF 2014: Patch Town Review

Patch Town Craig Goodwill adapts his darkly charming 2001 fairy tale short to feature length with great success. It might work better for those who haven’t seen the film it was based on – because it’s more or less the same thing – but the material is just as strong now as it was then […]

CFF 2014: Afterparty Review

Afterparty On the night of his brother’s wedding, best man Charlie (Graham Coffeng) gets the old gang together for a fun-filled, post-reception after party at the newlywed’s home where he has been staying for several weeks. Unsure of how to proceed with his own troubled marriage, Charlie reunites “the fellas” fifteen years after high school […]

Interview: Shandi Mitchell

Dork Shelf talks to Nova Scotia based writer and director Shandi Mitchell about her debut feature The Disappeared, about the differences between writing for publishing and film, her connection to the ocean, shooting on 16mm, and the recent cultural fascination with mortality under extreme conditions.

This Week in… Festivals

No DVD column this week, but we'll return with it next week. Instead, we take a look at a whopping FIVE film festivals kicking off in Toronto this week: the 7th annual Canadian Film Fest, the Canadian Music Week Film Fest, Water Docs, the 13th annual aluCine Latin Film Festival, and Creepy Christian Cinema.

Canadian Film Fest At a Glance

Dork Shelf film writers Andrew Parker, Phil Brown, Will Perkins, and Noah Taylor take a look at some of the films playing at this year's Canadian Film Fest, running from March 28th to March 31st at The Royal in Toronto.