Review: Surviving Supercon (2021)

Review: Surviving Supercon (2021)

As I’ve enjoyed more and more documentaries over the past little while, the documentaries made for entertainment, or behind-the-scenes documentaries, are some of my favourites. That’s exactly the case with Surviving Supercon, from director and editor Steven Shea, which takes us on a behind-the-scenes look into the Florida Supercon. Founded by by husband-and-wife team Mike Broder and Sandy Martin, their event has grown to attract over 60,000 fans, and this documentary focuses on their 2018 Fort Lauderdale event.

Nightstream Review: Alien on Stage (2021)

Nightstream Review: Alien on Stage (2021)

Featured image: The alien bows on stage after Alien on Stage. (Courtesy of Alien on Stage.) Directed by Lucy Harvey, Danielle Kummer. Starring (as self) Jason Hill, Lydia Hayward, Jacqui Roe. Runtime 1h 26 min. Alien on Stage had its latest festival stop as part of the Nightstream Film Festival. Some spoilers follow. Alien on Stage [...]

Nightstream Review: Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest (2021)

Nightstream Review: Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest (2021)

Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest follows a group of friends who are united by their love of video games and the Bip Bip Bar. They’re also united by the loss of a friend named Thomas who committed suicide some years prior. At the centre of the friend group is our main character, Kim Cannon Arm. A video game legend, Kim is known for playing the 1983 arcade game “Gyruss” for 49 straight hours on one coin. Obviously a very long time, but for further context, the average game of “Gyruss” lasts 3-4 minutes. Even crazier, Kim sets out to be the first person to play an arcade game for 100 hours straight.

TIFF 2021 Review: “The Rescue”

TIFF 2021 Review: “The Rescue”

The Rescue is the first documentary I’ve seen at TIFF, as part of their TIFF Docs programme. It’s a documentary about the rescue efforts in Thailand in 2018, when a soccer team of 12 kids and their coach found themselves trapped in the complex Tham Luang cave system. I have a terrible memory, but I’m sure I tracked this story when it made global headlines in 2018. I must have missed some important factors about it, as I was picturing them being lost deep in a cave, or being caved in somehow, where I was picturing a 127 Hours or Kirk Douglas film Ace in the Hole kind-of scenario. I didn’t realize it was flooding that trapped them. These are some of the perfect details tracked.

“Lift Like a Girl” Interview | Director Mayye Zayed | The Filmcraziest Show

“Lift Like a Girl” Interview | Director Mayye Zayed | The Filmcraziest Show

Featured image: 14-year-old Zebiba lifts weights at a competition in the documentary Lift Like a Girl. (Photo courtesy of Route 504 PR.) In the new documentary Lift Like a Girl, a 14-year-old female weightlifter named Zebiba trains in Alexandria, Egypt, on a street corner that looks like an abandoned construction site. This doesn’t look like the spot [...]

“Levi: Becoming Himself” Interview | Levi Nahirney, Shannon Kaplun | The Filmcraziest Show

“Levi: Becoming Himself” Interview | Levi Nahirney, Shannon Kaplun | The Filmcraziest Show

Featured image: Levi and Kailyn Nahirney for the documentary Levi: Becoming Himself. (Photo credit: Mina Lumena.) One’s own identity is such a tricky thing to figure out. That’s just one of the many aspects of the new CBC documentary Levi: Becoming Himself, about Levi Nahirney, a 19-year-old trans man where we follow his journey of finding his [...]

Interview with Aurora Brachman, for her short documentary “Joychild”

Interview with Aurora Brachman, for her short documentary “Joychild”

In Aurora Brachman’s short documentary Joychild, it explores an 8-year-old child coming out as transgender to their mother. Through voice-over narration trying to put their feelings into words over footage of them playing, it’s a compelling short doc told in a unique way. Through e-mail, I was able to chat with Aurora about her short documentary, which is now available to watch on The New Yorker. Find that conversation here.

“The Holy Game” Interview | Co-directors Brent Hodge and Chris Kelly, and Father Michael Zimmerman | The Filmcraziest Show

“The Holy Game” Interview | Co-directors Brent Hodge and Chris Kelly, and Father Michael Zimmerman | The Filmcraziest Show

For The Holy Game, I was able to speak with the film’s co-directors Brent Hodge and Chris Kelly, as well as one of the film’s documentary subjects Father Michael Zimmerman, now a priest in Boston. This was also the first time I had a priest on my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, so that was rather neat.

In the conversation, we talked about what got the directors on the film, some of the background for the Clericus Cup and its fanbase, deciding what voices from which best team could best help tell this story, finding the audience for the film, filming the sports scenes and a lot of other conversation topics in between. As well, Father Michael talked about his reactions to watching the film for the first time. 

“Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation” Interview | Director, Producer Lisa Immordino Vreeland | The Filmcraziest Show

“Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation” Interview | Director, Producer Lisa Immordino Vreeland | The Filmcraziest Show

Featured image: Director and producer Lisa Immordino Vreeland. (Courtesy of Kino Lorber.) Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation gives a great idea of the work, lives and personal journeys of both Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams as friends and sort-of “frenemies.” It’s told through archive footage and a great score, but director and producer Lisa [...]

Short Doc “Testimony of Ana” Interview | Director Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda | The Filmcraziest Show

Short Doc “Testimony of Ana” Interview | Director Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda | The Filmcraziest Show

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, my guest was Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda, whose new film, a 24-minute documentary called Testimony of Ana is currently on the festival circuit, currently playing at the Krakow Film Festival (from May 30 to Sunday, June 6) in Poland after premiering at the Hot Docs Film Festival earlier this month. The film is about the life of Anaben Pawar, an elderly tribal woman accused of witchcraft in rural India.