Canada

Now Playing (Again): "Fort McMoney"

LJ Kessels returns to the virtual world of Canadian oil fields as a player of "Fort McMoney."


Fort McMoney: Where Film Meets Video Game.

Fort McMurrey's oil production represents 20 percent of Canada's GDP says the trailer to the interactive reality doc, Fort McMoney. As a result, everything there is larger than life. The real-time game, divided in episodes, is back on and anyone can dip their toe in the oil through February 16th.

David Dufresne’s interactive documentary game is back for a second round.

The Free Spirits of Contemporary Canadian Cinema

Patrick Pearce asks Canadian filmmakers about what's happening in its regional cinema and why.


Isaka Sawadogo stars in Frédérick Pelletier's "Diego Star," which picked up two jury awards at FNC.

The Independent’s Patrick Pearce gets the inside scoop on Festival du Nouveau Cinéma's Canadian line-up from directors featured at the fest: Raphaëlle Bilodeau (Épicentres), Ashley McKenzie (Stray), Frédérick Pelletier (Diego Star), and Elza Kephart (Go Into The Wilderness).

Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) just wrapped up its 42nd edition.

Zero Time with Programmer Julien Fonfrède

Patrick Pearce offers up an evening in the life of FNC Temps 0 section programmer Julien Fonfrède.


Sylvia Camarda in "The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears."

Montréal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is running on all cylinders through October 20, 2013. Mid-festival, Patrick Pearce caught up with programmer Julien Fonfrède to find out just exactly he was looking for when selecting films for the edgy Temps 0 section.

“That day is not good for him—he’s really tied up,” writes my usually agreeable Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) communications point person.

Tribeca 2013: From Novel to Screen in "A Single Shot"

Katherine Brodsky meets up with cast and crew of "A Single Shot" on set in Vancouver.


William H. Macy in "A Single Shot."

You've been working on your movie for how long? Take heart, A Single Shot clocks in around 15 years, probably longer if you factor in how long Matthew F. Jones worked on the novel he later adapted. Katherine Brodsky talks with star Sam Rockwell, the director, producer and others while on set in Vancouver.

As indie filmmakers know, making a film is a long process that requires a passion that burns deeper than the holes is your pocket. There's a certain dedication that goes into bringing a story alive that is borderline obsessive compulsive. But without that commitment, most films will never make it onto celluloid, let alone into movie theatres.

The New in Nouveau is a Moving Target

Festival du Nouveau Cinema's Philippe Gajan considers the shifting landscape of his programmatic specialities: short format and new media.


"Daytona" is a short that's shot in the "real" world with actors.

Festival du Nouveau Cinema's Philippe Gajan explains how web docs are new media and not just documentaries on the web: "The place of the viewer is completely different now. You can choose the way you participate in the documentary." The Independent's Patrick Pearce gets the whole scoop on how the definition of nouveau changes from year to year.

Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema deals in the new, from new cinematic territories to new media forms that take their cues from film.

Adam Cohen on the Marriage of Music and Film (he's for it)

Katherine Brodsky stops into the third annual Festival Music House during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.


Adam Cohen's 2011 album cover for Like a Man.

Festival Music House invites Canadian musicians to apply for a spot on their three-day invite-only concert line-up that coincides with the Toronto International Film Festival. Mixing, matching, and marriage between motion picture and sound is encouraged and one of this year's featured performers, Adam Cohen, has no problem with that whatsoever.

The Festival Music House set up camp at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival for the third consecutive year. The invite-only three-night event lured in top Canadian indie musicians and put them in front of filmmakers, producers, and other film industry types.

Five TIFF Filmmakers Who Play it Short

At TIFF 2012, Katherine Brodsky talks with Canadian short filmmakers about the benefits of an abbreviated form.


From "The Dancing Cop," a short by Kelvin Redfers that played at TIFF.

Shorts programs may not garner headlines, or coverage at all for that matter, but there are MANY reasons to cut it short. The Independent's Katherine Brodsky spoke to five Canadian filmmakers at Toronto International Film Festival about why short is soo sweet.

Sometimes it's difficult to see beyond the flashing bulbs, glitz, and glamour of a high-profile film festival like the Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF. There's no shortage of star power and tent-pole films. Even the top indie features have to fight to get noticed and are the unsung heroes of festivals.

Postcard from Northern Ontario

John Charette reports from Sudbury, Ontario about the local films and filmmakers featured at the 23rd Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival.


From Benjamin Paquette's "A Year in the Death of Jack Richards."

For 23 years, the Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival has come at the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival. But Cinefest has no red carpet, and the only big name you’re likely to see is on the screen. John Charrette introduces us to one Ontario filmmaker whose name you should know, Benjamin Paquette. His fourth feature, (Non) Fiction premiered at Cinefest over the weekend.

Filmmaker Benjamin Paquette stood stoically by the theater lobby with his crew, his friends and collages. He quietly greeted movie goers as they filed in to the premiere of his fourth feature film, (Non) Fiction, at this year’s Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival in Sudbury, Ontario.

Leader of Red Sheep

Lou Reed and his cousin--organizer, activist, and spitfire, Red Shirley--talk life after his documentary about her screens at the New York Jewish Film Festival.


Activist and organizer Shirley Novick worked in New York's garment district for 47 years.

REMEMBERING LOU: In Red Shirley, notorious rocker Lou Reed asks his 101-year-old cousin, Shirley Novick, to share her wisdom on camera. Reed and Novick appeared with the short doc at its New York premiere at the 2011 New York Jewish Film Festival. We are republishing to honor Reed...

Red Shirley, Lou Reed’s 28-minute homage to his 101-year-old cousin, Shirley Novick, had its New York premiere January 15th, as part of the 20th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival which runs through January 27th.

George Hickenlooper on “Casino Jack” and the New Definition of Independent Film

Katherine Brodsky spoke with the now departed filmmaker in Toronto.


Director George Hickenlooper behind the scenes of "Casino Jack."

From a childhood of activism to the Reagan campaign of 1984, the late George Hickenlooper wrestled with politics on and off screen. He discussed his final effort, Casino Jack, a fictional re-telling of lobbyist Jack Abramoff's rise and fall, opening on December 17th, with The Independent.

There’s no doubt that making a political film was meant to be in Casino Jack director George Hickenlooper’s future.

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