The “wow” factor at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is the strong presence of female directors in the program’s offerings–for the first time in the festival’s history, 50% of the directors are women. It will be fun to see if this new parity for women at the festival changes the film landscape in the coming years: will the stories be different? What will the films look like? Will the female characters speak more, be more nuanced, have more onscreen time, challenge traditional stereotypes?
As the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival prepares for one of its biggest years once again, the Canadian Film Centre is sending out congratulations to the more than 30 school alumni who will take part in this year’s 36th annual festival.
New releases this week on DVD and Blu-ray: Josh Brolin takes on a ruthless terrorist in the wild west comic book adaptation of Jonah Hex; Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley play with science in the horror film Splice; plus a look at How to Train Your Dragon and the Robocop Trilogy on Blu-ray.
Samuel L. Jackson and a string of celebrities attended the annual Star! Schmooze for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.
Walking the red carpet were stars from Shortbus, Everything’s Gone Green, and Away from Her to name a few.