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Closet Monster Review

Despite flights of fancy, Stephen Dunn's coming out tale Closet Monster proceeds in fairly archetypal ways, but the film’s ambition and strong leading actor make the film one to take a chance on.

Blackbird Review

The award winning Canadian drama Blackbird is a successful and thoughtful look at how one high schooler's possibly idle threats can get blown out of proportion in our digital age with heavy consequences.

Interview: Jason Buxton

We talk with award winning first time feature filmmaker Jason Buxton about his drama Blackbird, his research into the lives of at risk youth, his struggles to make the film with his own vision in mind, and the sometimes frustrating casting process.

TIFF 2012 Reviews: Part 3

With opening day of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival now upon us, Dork Shelf's coverage rolls on with looks at Stories We Tell, On the Road, The Hunt, Peddlers, Tower, Lore, 90 Minutes, and Blackbird.