Q&A: Chris Trebilcock on The Dark Stranger

The fantastical horror film The Dark Stranger is released today at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas. Last fall, when the film played as part of the Blood in the Snow Film Festival, I had a chance to talk with director Chris Trebilcock about his motivations behind The Dark Stranger. What’s the film about? It’s about a young woman […]

Interview: Tonje Hessen Schei discusses Drone

The documentary Drone opens today and covers the very timely subject matter of drone strikes in the middle east. The film is directed by Norwegian director Tonje Hessen Schei, who is previously known for the documentaries Independent Intervention (2006) and Play Again (2010). When Drone screened earlier this year at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, I sat down with Tonje […]

Interview: Jessica Edwards discusses Mavis!

The music biography Mavis! opens today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. The documentary looks back at the career of Mavis Staples, who was best known as one of the members of the Staples Singers. Mavis! is the first feature-length documentary by director Jessica Edwards, who previously directed the documentary shorts The Landfill (2012), Tugs (2011), and Seltzer Works (2010). When […]

Interview: Ravi and Geeta Patel discuss Meet the Patels

The documentary Meet the Patels continues its Toronto theatrical run by opening today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for a week-long run. The documentary focuses on Ravi Patel, who undergoes the matchmaking process by his very traditional parents. The whole process was filmed by Ravi’s sister Geeta and turned into a romantic comedy-styled documentary. Meet […]

TADFF15 Interview: A discussion with the producers, writers, and cast of A Christmas Horror Story

The holiday-themed horror anthology A Christmas Horror Story screens this evening at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. A Christmas Horror Story is the brainchild of producer/director Steve Hoban and producer Mark Smith. Throughout his 23 year career, Steve Hoban has produced many Canadian genre films, such as Ginger Snaps, Splice, Haunter, and the TV series Darknet, […]

TADFF15 Interview: A discussion with the cast and crew of Synchronicity

The time travel themed science fiction film Synchronicity screens this evening at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The film is directed by Jacob Gentry, who was previously known for the 2007 horror film The Signal, as well as the My Super Psycho Sweet 16 trilogy. When Synchronicity had its world premiere this past summer at the Fantasia International Film […]

Interview: Jeffrey St. Jules on Bang Bang Baby

This week saw the release of the 1960s-set musical fantasy film Bang Bang Baby. The film is the debut feature film for director Jeffrey St. Jules, who developed the film in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation. Bang Bang Baby had its premiere at the 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the award for […]

Q&A: Alex Winter on Deep Web

The documentary Deep Web opens today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.  The film is directed by Alex Winter, who also directed the 2013 documentary Downloaded and is probably known by most for his acting role of Bill S. Preston Esq. in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.  Alex Winter took the time to answer a few questions about […]

Interview: Speaking with That Guy Dick Miller

Last week, quintessential character actor Dick Miller was in Toronto, along with his wife Laine, to promote the release of the documentary That Guy Dick Miller, which is now playing at the Carlton Cinema.  Dick Miller has had a long career of nearly 60 years, starring in at least 300 films, which includes being a […]

BITS 2014 Interview: Patricia Chica on Serpent's Lullaby

We are heading into the final stretch of interviews from the 2014 Blood in the Snow Film Festival.  Next up is my interview for the short film Serpent’s Lullaby, which had its Toronto Premiere at the festival.  Via a Skype conversation arranged by executive producer Byron A. Martin, I talked about the film with director […]