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“Coppers” Review and Interview with Director Alan Zweig

“Coppers” Review and Interview with Director Alan Zweig

Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig’s latest documentary, Coppers, is a disturbing, sad and very moving look at the long term effects of working as a police officer. It recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I was able to speak with the director about the film. “I drove a cab for 18 years and I hated cops,” Zweig told me over the phone while doing press at TIFF. “I always saw them as bullies. But when I met Gary I saw a tough guy who had been through a lot.”

“Henry Glassie: Field Work” Interview w/ Director Pat Collins

Henry Glassie: Field Work, the latest film by acclaimed director Pat Collins (Song of Granite), recently had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. It’s main subject is an American folklorist who has dedicated 50 years of his life to studying folk artists and their work. From sculptors in Brazil, to carpet weaver and ceramicists in Turkey, Collins’ film accompanies Glassie as he visits several countries to explore how each culture manifests its own standards of beauty and meaning through its artisans and craftspeople. I recently sat down with Collins and asked him about his film.

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CPH:DOX 2017 Filmmaker Profile: Petr Lom (Burma Storybook)

Burma Storybook is a creative documentary about a country emerging from years of dictatorship, told through Burmese poetry. The film circles around the story of the country’ s most famous dissident poet alive today, as he waits for his long-lost son to return home, having inspired fellow prisoners and younger generations to take up the

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Berlinale 2017 Filmmaker Profile: Carol Salter (Almost Heaven)

Carol Salter’s ‘Almost Heaven’ is a reflection on death and the fragility of life but also a reflection what it is like to be young and alive; a tender elegy to first love, friendship and caring for the dead. The documentary film shows Ying Ling’s scruples and fears to participate in the intimate moments of

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Berlinale 2017 Filmmaker Profile: Rafael Kapelinski (Butterfly Kisses)

In ‘Butterfly Kisses,’ we follow Jake and his two best friends, Kyle and Jarred through a world distorted by sex and porn. Filmed in high contrast black and white, set to haunting organ music, the film portrays the life of a teenager whose increasing isolation takes on a sinister form under the burden of a

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Berlinale 2017 Profile: Katja Gauriloff (Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest)

In 1935, Swiss writer Robert Crottet, suffering from tuberculosis, began having vivid and powerful dreams of bright-eyed creatures that called to him from the enchanted northern forests of Finland. He is welcomed by the Skolt Sámi – and is mesmerized by the richness of their oral traditions, especially the unique storytelling gift of the lively

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