Toronto True Crime Film Festival: Short Films

Here are my reviews of the short films that screened during the Toronto True Crime Film Festival. Maybe If It Were a Nice Room (Alicia K. Harris) Maybe If It Were a Nice Room can be best described a visual poem, showing many different styles of rooms. Each line of the poem gets into more […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival: Hostages

A pair of newlyweds are part of a plan to hijack a plane out of the USSR in Hostages. Nika ( Irakli Kvirikadze) and Anna ( Tinatin Dalakishvili) are a young Georgian couple, who are preparing for their upcoming nuptials. However, the two are also part of a plan, along with Sandro (Giorgi Grdzelidze), Koka (Giga […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival: The Stranger

A woman’s relationship with a man she meets on Facebook turns out to be too good to be true in The Stranger. Amanda Kastrup is a single mother, who is randomly messaged by a woman on Facebook, trying to set Amanda up with the woman’s cousin Casper. It isn’t long before Amanda is in contact with […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival: My Name Is Myeisha

The victim of a police shooting muses over her life, using hip-hop, spoken word poetry, and dance in My Name in Myeisha. After getting a flat tire while out with cousin Roni (Dominique Toney) and friend Kai (Dee Dee Stephens), 19 year old Myeisha (Rhaechyl Walker) opts to stay with the car while her friends get help. Later, […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival: Abducted in Plain Sight

The youngest daughter of a naive Idaho family is targeted by their neighbour in Abducted in Plain Sight. On October 17, 1974, 12 year old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her neighbour Robert “B” Berchtold, who had been friends with her family for the previous two years. The kidnapping is only the beginning of a story […]

Hot Docs 2018: Wrap-Up

The 25th edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary festival has come and gone. The general theme this year seemed to women’s rights, with half the selection being directed by women and there even being a program dedicated to “Silence Breakers.” It seems that Hot Docs becomes bigger every year, which can be evidenced […]

Hot Docs 2018: Transformer Wins Audience Award

At the conclusion of the 25th edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, it was reported that Michael Del Monte’s Transformer was the winner of both the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary and the overall Hot Docs Audience Award. As winner of the former award, Michael Del Monte with a $50,000 cash prize courtesy of the […]

Hot Docs 2018: Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

The music and politics of international popstar M.I.A. are told in Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.. Matangi Arulpragasm, aka Maya to her friends and M.I.A. to most of the world, moved in 1985 with her family as refugees from war-torn Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom. Initially aspiring to be a documentary filmmaker, M.I.A. broke into the music industry in […]

Hot Docs 2018: Don’t Be Nice

A slam poetry team prepares for nationals in Don’t Be Nice. Coached by Lauren Whitehead and Jon Sands, the Bowery Poetry Slam team of Ashley August, Timothy DuWhite, Joel Francois, Sean “Mega” DesVignes, Noel Quiñones prepare for the National Poetry Slam in Atlanta. Lauren encourages the team to come up with new poems for the competition that really digs deep into the […]