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SHORT STUFF: THE 2017 OSCAR-NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
by Jay Seaver
"It's a perennial observation, but there's probably no other category in the Academy Awards whose definition dictates the form of the film that gets made, as three of the five nominees are within a minute or two of the maximum length of a short film, leading one to wonder how many of them were cut down from something not quite feature-length and how many arrived at that length and pace naturally." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: 'ANOTHER HEAD HANGS LOWLY
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "The Cured," "Half Magic" and "7 Guardians of the Tomb."" (more)
SHORT STUFF: THE 2017 OSCAR-NOMINATED LIVE-ACTION SHORTS
by Jay Seaver
"Every year that I write one of these wrap-ups, I point out that it's an awful shame that this collection of Oscar-nominated short films is the best chance many will get to see this kind of production which isn't expanded to a commercially-viable length and can be tremendously focused as a result. It can be tough to talk oneself into the short programs at a festival, if that's even an option, and traditional means of exhibition don't exactly have room for these subjects, especially now. It's a tremendous boost to them to get this nomination, and if the Oscar Shorts programs are playing near you or are on your cable system's On-Demand menu, these five films are a heck of a package." (more)
SHORT STUFF: THE 2017 OSCAR-NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS
by Jay Seaver
"Or, "The 2018 Oscar-Nominated Shorts (Animation)", as the program would have it. They can say that officially so that it doesn't look stale, but I say that the proper title ought to refer to the year the films were released, and not the one where the awards are given." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INTERVIEW: THE OTHER SIDE OF PORCUPINE LAKE DIRECTOR JULIAN PAPAS
by Jason Whyte
""THE OTHER SIDE OF PORCUPINE LAKE is a behind-the-scenes documentary that follows independent Canadian director, Ingrid Veninger, as she makes her sixth feature film entitled PORCUPINE LAKE. This film eschews a traditional making-of documentary approach by using an observational style without interviews to reveal the intimate process of making an original female-driven feature film from writing and casting, and through to production and post. It shows a different way of making movies at a low-budget level within Canada while focusing on aspects of filmmaking that a regular viewer does not usually see in documentaries like the editor assembling material, the craft person making a meal and the crew bonding and hanging out." Director Julian Papas on THE OTHER SIDE OF PORCUPINE LAKE which screened at the 2017 edition of the Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INTERVIEW: TRENCH 11 DIRECTOR LEO SCHERMAN
by Jason Whyte
""TRENCH 11 is a WW1 set thriller. It's a men-on-a-mission situation that turns dark and horrific once the Allied team descends 100 feet below ground into a hidden German base. From then on it's a psychologically tense, suspenseful and violent ride until the end!" Director Leo Scherman on TRENCH 11 which screened recently at the 2017 edition of Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INTERVIEW: MEET THE TEAM BEHIND ORDINARY DAYS!
by Jason Whyte
""ORDINARY DAYS is a thriller that falls on the backdrop of the disappearance of a college girl, told from three different perspectives. Act I is from the parent's POV and how they deal with the disappearance of their daughter, ACT II is from the POV of the detective put on the case, and ACT III is from the girl's POV and what happened to her. Each act is directed by a different director and the whole is cut together to make one complete story." Director Kris Booth speaking on behalf of the film ORDINARY DAYS which screens at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival. The film is directed by Kris, Renuka Jeyapalan and Jordan Canning. Renuka also joins us on this interview!" (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INTERVIEW: SANTA STOLE OUR DOG DIRECTOR BRYAN MICHAEL STOLLER
by Jason Whyte
""What happens when Santa Claus acidentally steals the family dog? After the Whitehaven's dog is found missing on Christmas morning, they do a DNA test of the half eaten cookie and all signs point to Santa Claus. The family goes on a wild adventure to the North Pole to get their beloved family dog back." Director Bryan Michael Stoller on SANTA STOLE OUR DOG: A MERRY DOGGONE CHRISTMAS which screens at the 2017 edition of the Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INTERVIEW: HOLY ANGELS DIRECTOR JAY CARDINAL VILLENEUVE
by Jason Whyte
""HOLY ANGELS uses the life-affirming power of dance and the resilience of an unbowed young protagonist to explore the devastating impact of residential school." Director Jay Cardinal Villeneuve on HOLY ANGELS which screens at the 2017 edition of the Whistler Film Festival." (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INTERVIEW: NEVER SAW IT COMING DIRECTOR GAIL HARVEY
by Jason Whyte
""NEVER SAW IT COMING is a chilling story of double-dealing, violence and murder that will keep you on the edge of your seat with a roller coaster ride of the unexpected. It also has black comedy elements. And amazing actors." Director Gail Harvey on NEVER SAW IT COMING which screens at the 2017 edition of the Whistler Film Festival." (more)

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