In Conversation with Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah

In Conversation with Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah

What a treasure it is, to learn from creative women! Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah, Artistic Directors of this year's Vancouver Queer Film Festival, speak to their creative collaboration and its fruitful results. “Amber and Anoushka beam support for one another and seemed to be incredibly in-sync on just about everything... The power duo embody this year’s festival theme of Love and Resistance—loving through art, activism, conversation and community while resisting troubling and problematic patterns that have historically suppressed marginalized voices.” Film fans rejoice!

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In Conversation with Cat Mills

In Conversation with Cat Mills

Cat Mills' short film FIXED! is one of our must-sees in this year's DOXA program. If you're invested in urban sustainability and community engagement, here's your film. “Repair Cafés bring together people from all walks of life, sticks them in the same room, and provides an excuse to help one another. People will be drawn to the cafés for financial reasons (it's free!), environmental reasons (keep items out of the landfill) and technical reasons (playing with technology—huzzah!), but regardless of the reasons, it is a safe place to get to know other people. It brings us together.

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Review: Dolores and City Voices at DOXA

Review: Dolores and City Voices at DOXA

It's that time of year again, folks! The stellar DOXA Documentary Film Festival is back with another finely curated line up—a cinematic smorgasbord, if you will. The fest doesn't officially start until May 4, but we've got a few previews in the works, to prime you all for what's to come. If you're at a loss for film picks, look no further! Our first two suggestions are here!

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In Conversation with Greg Durrell

In Conversation with Greg Durrell

Canadian design wiz and newly minted documentary filmmaker Greg Durrell talks inspiration and process. “Instead of going to film school, making this documentary was my film school,” Greg says, laughing as he adds,” the whole thing was really fucking hard. Making a documentary feels like you’re aimlessly wandering through the dark.” Bet it's worth it, though. We can't wait to check out Design Canada and learn more about home-spun design history!

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In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

Writer Paloma Pacheco speaks with the inimitable Barbara Chirinos, programmer of the Black History Month film series at Vancity Theatre, and touches on the vitality of film as story-telling medium and the importance of diverse experience in art. “What I try to do with all Black History events is to promote them in the broader community. It is very important for the black community to show up because we need to be reminded of what we’ve accomplished, to recognize all of the people that have made contributions, to see people who look like us and to be reminded: We are worthy, we are fantastic, and we contribute to society.”

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In Conversation with Patrick Stark

In Conversation with Patrick Stark

“I learned that I have no control over what other people think.” Patrick shares of his takeaway. “What am I afraid of? What people will say about me or not like me, but is that any of my business?”

Patrick asks me if I’ve ever watched a variety show where contestants are put in booths full of bills of money flying around. I have. 

“That’s what my life feels like right now. I love jumping out of bed in the morning because I’m excited to work on so many things. My career is not work—it’s my art, and that’s one and the same.”

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Review: Things to Come

Review: Things to Come

“Things To Come is a film about so many things; how we survive the inevitable disappointments and catastrophes of a life; how we navigate the changing seasons of youth, middle age, old age; how we learn to sit with our loneliness; how art and ideas can propel us through it all. But it is, perhaps above all, an impeccable dialogue between two exceptional women—one, a young director distinctly claiming her place as one of the truly great filmmakers of our time, and the other, an actor delivering one of the best performances of an already impressive career.”

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