Hot Docs 2017: Q&A with Takao Gotsu on Living the Game

The documentary Living the Game centers around the world of professional gaming, particularly the rivalry between number one player Daigo “The Beast” Umehara and up-and-comer Momochi. The film is part of the extensive Japanese line-up at this year’s Hot Docs, presented in partnership with TokyoDocs. I had the answer to ask Living the Game‘s filmmaker Takao Gotsu a […]

Podcast: Interviews – Sonita Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

To coincide with the start of the Ban This Series at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, here is my interview from Hot Docs 2016 with Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami on her documentary Sonita. OPENING CLIP – Sonita Trailer Excerpt 00:38 – Introductions 02:40 – Interview with Sonita director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami 10:24 – Closing Comments CLOSING […]

Podcast: Interviews – Cast and Crew of Secret Santa

It’s time for a holiday episode of the Sean Kelly on Movies podcast as I dig into my interview archives and post an interview I did with the cast and crew of the holiday slasher film Secret Santa, which screened at the 2015 Blood in the Snow Film Festival and is being released today on […]

Podcast: Interviews – Blood in the Snow 2016

After a more than 3 month hiatus, the Sean Kelly on Movies Podcast returns with a collection of interviews I recorded last week at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival. Please note that some of the interviews contain spoilers, so please refer to the show notes and skip ahead if needed. Opening Clip – […]

Reel Asian 2016: Fu Tien-Yu and Rhydian Vaughan discuss My Egg Boy

One of the most anticipated films of the 2016 edition of the Reel Asian Film Festival is the North American premiere of My Egg Boy, screening tomorrow evening at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. This Taiwanese production is the third film from director Fu Tien-Yu and is a comical tale on freezing time […]

TADFF Interview: Jeff Maher on Bed of the Dead

The horror film Bed of the Dead, directed by Jeff Maher, will be having its Toronto premiere tonight at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Born in Montreal, Jeff Maher is one of the people behind Guelph, Ontario-based film production company Black Fawn Films, which is responsible for films such as Antisocial, Bite, and Let Her Out. […]

Interview: Adam Irving on Off the Rails

The documentary Off the Rails tells the story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s Syndrome in New York City, who has spent half of his life in jail for his habit of impersonating train conductors. As someone with Asperger’s Syndrome myself, I immediately found myself draw to the film. I was also excited to talk to […]

Q&A: Producer Christopher Giroux and Co-Star Annette Wozniak on Bite

The Canadian body horror film Bite is released today on DVD and Blu-Ray by United Front Entertainment and Black Fawn Distribution. Last fall, I talked to producer Christopher Giroux and co-star Annette Wozniak before Bite‘s final public screening at the 2015 Blood in the Snow Film Festival. Of the subjects covered, there was quite about of discussion about Bite‘s […]

Podcast: Lost Interviews 01 – Justin Decloux on Teddy Bomb

It’s the first episode of Sean Kelly on Movie’s podcast series “Lost Interviews.” Over the years I have accumulated a number of interviews with filmmakers, usually at film festivals. Usually, I would transcribe and post the interviews to coincide with the reason of the film I am interviewing for. However, sometimes that doesn’t happen and […]

Interview: D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on Unlocking the Cage

The documentary Unlocking the Cage, opening today at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, follows the crusade of animal rights lawyer Steven Wise and his crusade to get autonomous non-human animals, particularly chimpanzees, to be legally defined as people and the rights that designation affords. The film is directed by the veteran filmmaking team of D.A. Pennebaker […]