From my early days of loving film, I’ve always loved the subgenre of home invasion, with films like Panic Room (which was probably the first I watched), I was hooked. Whether it’s horror or more pure thriller, it works for me. It’s a bit ironic as I hate being home alone, so my love of home invasion is probably what’s stirred that paranoia. There’s something about the structure of them that’s always familiar and great, so when films are able to add twists and turns and feel like it offers something fresh to the genre, I’m generally a big fan. That's very much the case with the new thriller "See For Me." I was able to speak with the film's director, Randall Okita, which you can find here.
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.
Ditched is a story about an ambulance that is overturned at the side of a highway, in a ditch below, after it crashed during a prison transfer. Still stuck in the upside down ambulance include Melina (Marika Sila), a criminal named Franson (Kris Loranger), and many others. When they have an unexpected visit, Melina leads them all in a night-long fight for survival. The twists and turns for the film are fun as they come about, seeming to promise one kind-of film before going in a different direction. Sila leads her first horror film here, and I was able to speak with her about the release for my podcast The Filmcraziest Show. In our conversation, we talk about what she related to most about her character, the importance of representation in mainstream media, some of her acting inspirations and Miss Congeniality, her tolerance for gore and this being her first horror film, as well as working with such a collaborative team.
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 [...]
For my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to speak with the writer and director of She Paradise, Maya Cozier, about putting together the film. She talks about herself being part of a TV dance group like this one and drawing from those experiences, filming in Trinidad, bringing the short film to feature length, highlighting the dance of Soca, and talking about the character of Sparkle and Onessa Nestor’s performance as the lead character.