In the Toronto film, art and literary communities, Marc Glassman is a true renaissance man and this weekend the former owner of beloved Pages Bookstore synthesizes all of his loves into the Pages Festival (from the 13th to the 15th). In this first part of a two part interview, we talk about how Glassman's previous work has led to the creation of the festival, as well as in depth looks at events with Atom Egoyan and Bob Bossin and talks about urban narratives and the art and future of the book.
Here is the deal. There is a feeling in this country that people just don't care about English Canadian films. That we would rather watch any crap that the US slams down our throats then a decent English Canadian flick. We here at the cinema always think hard about showing Canadians films or not. We just aren't sure people will actually come out to see them. The first and second wave of Canadian Cinema films has been announced!
When was the last time you saw a good Canadian film? How many Canadian films can most people even name? Maybe that’s because unlike music and television, there are no government enforced quotas for Canadian content in our movie theatres, allowing Hollywood to dominate our screens. the city’s newest rep theatre, the Toronto Underground Cinema is taking long overdue measures to remedy this. Starting this Thursday, the Underground is dedicating all 8 of its weekend screenings to great Canadian films.