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The Shortest Day Short Film Fest returns

The Shortest Day Short Film Festival is returning to Canada for the second year, this time for a span of three days leading up to the shortest day of the year. From Dec. 19 to 21, the celebration is offering free screenings in more than 60 venues in various cities all across the country and …

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A still from Window Horses. Photo courtesy of Ann Marie Fleming.

Crowdfunding Films in Canada: Window Horses

This is a corrected version of a story originally published Dec. 18. The earlier story misquoted Ann Marie Fleming regarding the theme of her film in the fourth paragraph. We apologize for the mistake. Crowdfunding is a phenomenon that involves pitching a film idea to a crowd and asking them to invest money in the …

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Film review: Mommy’s chances at the Oscars

“Mommy” — the word written on a gold necklace, given to a middle-aged woman as a gift from her son. This is a scene from a film with the same title, directed by Xavier Dolan. Mommy, which is set in a fictional version of Canada, tells the story of widowed mother, Diane ‘Die’ Seprés (Anne …

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Chew but don’t spit — Nisker’s The Dark Side of the Chew

Filmmaker Andrew Nisker’s new documentary The Dark Side of the Chew brings a comedic approach to a serious issue harming the environment: chewing gum. “(The film’s) playful and fun, like chewing gum,” Nisker said. The film premiered on Nov. 9, closing out The Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. The sticky stuff is a large …

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A fight for The Family Farm: Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival with Ari Cohen

In the afternoon he was eating a hamburger, but Ari Cohen was not expecting to see where his patty came from. Later that day, after finishing his meal, he would pay a visit to the local slaughterhouse. There, he and a few farmers watched as a butcher with a bloodied white apron and wireframe glasses …

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