As I’ve started to watch more documentaries, my favourite kinds of documentaries end up being documentaries on subjects I know absolutely nothing about. That’s true with food activism, explored in the informative documentary Food for the Rest of Us, about four different groups of people from different walks of life, living off the land and each leading a food revolution. These stories are set in Hawaii, Kansas City, Missouri and the Northwest Territories; with each group featured with sometimes similar goals, but completely different stories. The story set in Hawaii, for instance, is set on an organic farm where many employees are teens 17-24 who are signed to two-year contracts, pay their tuition and give them stipends. The theory goes, “When youth cultivate the land, the land cultivates them.” I was able to speak with the minds behind the film, with the film’s director, co-writer and producer Caroline Cox, as well as producer and co-writer Tiffany Ayalik. In our conversation, we talked about their backgrounds, what brought them to a story like this one, and what food activism actually means.
Robbie Walsh’s The Letters is set to the backdrop of the Cervical Check scandal in Ireland, inspired by true events (but not based on anything directly). His film follows three women from different walks of life – Cliona (Sarah Carroll), Mary (Kathleen Warner Yeates) and Sam (Mary Murray) – who each have weeks to live once they learn about their cervical cancer diagnoses.
Featured image: Timothy V. Murphy as Ben in New Year. (Courtesy of Nathan Sutton.) In New Year, celebrity photographer Kat (Elisha Renee Sutton, who also co-writes the film) and her esteemed playwright husband, Ben (Timothy V. Murphy), host a New Year’s Eve party, inviting some of their closest friends to celebrate and usher in the [...]
In this review, I take a look at that the horror film "Lair," starring Corey Johnson as a skeptic of the paranormal, setting out to capture something paranormal on tape to get his friend out of prison. The film has a strong look and some decent scares, but is too convoluted to be truly entertaining.
I love the feeling of going into a film knowing as little as possible. For The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, I didn’t know what to expect other than its tragic end. Director and writer David Midell throws us right into the situation.
Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. (Frankie Faison) turns over in his sleep and accidentally triggers his LifeAid pendant, which he wears because of a heart condition. Responding to this, three police officers show up to his apartment around 5:20 a.m. on November 19, 2011, for a welfare check, eventually leading to Kenneth’s tragic death.