Christopher Heron and Whit Stillman

Film craft with The Seventh Art

A flash of red socks punctuated an impeccable suit as director Whit Stillman took the stage at Toronto’s Royal Cinema last December. He was about to address an audience which had just watched his 1998 film The Last Days of Disco–the second feature in a two-night event honouring the American filmmaker–and seemed jarred by the beaming faces filling the College Street theatre.

The Manor

Hot Docs 20 announces festival programming, opening night film

The Hot Docs documentary film festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year–from April 25 through May 4–and from what was unveiled at this week’s press conference at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (a wonderfully restored movie house that is one of the only cinemas solely dedicated to documentary films in North America) the organizers and programmers have decided to make it a spectacular one.

Raindance

The Raindance movement

When one hears or read the term “independent cinema” it is interpreted–depending on the person and their frame of reference–in any number of ways. Back in the late 60s the term was applied to movies that were still made in the Hollywood system but contain counterculture ideas and were made by people both behind and in front of the camera that flew in the face of the traditional Hollywood methodology.