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Hot Docs 2018 Interview: Joseph Pace Documentary, The Game Changers

Hot Docs 2018 Interview: Joseph Pace Documentary, The Game Changers

The Game Changers, directed by Louie Psihoyos, Academy Award winning director of The Cove, and produced by fellow Academy Award winner James Cameron, is screening at the 2018 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. This 88-minute documentary, written and produced by Joseph Pace, stars James Wilks, an elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter. Game Changers follow Wilks as he travels across multiple countries and investigates and exposes outdated and dangerous myths about protein, strength and masculinity. I learned that, along with Wilks, James Pace is actually the one who conceived of this film and was with it from the very beginning. In this interview, Joseph Pace tells us about the challenges of making the film, the film’s journey to the doc festival circuit, and the responses from those who have seen it.

Review and Interview: Ghostbox Cowboy + Patti Smith, Horses + General Magic

Ghostbox Cowboy had me running home, alone and in the dark, scared for reasons I didn’t understand, but definitely totally freaked out, looking over my shoulder for I don’t know who or what. Man, what a relentlessly grim, dark, bleak, terrifyingly phantasmagoric dystopian nightmare of a movie. I tried to shake it off before I went to bed. I couldn’t. I woke up in a wobbly and disoriented state, having dreamt about it, and then sat down at my computer and saw email from the film’s P.R. guy thanking me for attending the screening and asking if would share my thoughts on the film. What the fuck, motherfucker?!

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Kino! 2018 Interview: Nick Baker-Monteys (The Final Journey)

After Eduard Leander’s wife passed away, despite his daughter’s disapproval, the ninety-two-year-old German sets off in a journey to Ukraine with the hope of finding Svetlana, the only woman he truly loved while fighting the Cossacks against the Red Army during World War II. Leander never talked about his dramatic past. Partially resentfully, his granddaughter

Kino! 2018 Countdown: Sonja Maria Kröner (The Garden)

In the 1970s, one extended family’s lazy days of idyllic summer are interrupted by simmering rivalries, a foreboding local disappearance, and thorny disagreements about the future. The Garden tells the story of one extended family of adults and children gathering after the funeral of a deceased matriarch not only to commemorate her life but to

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Filmmaker Interview: Michael Caton-Jones (Urban Hymn)

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 England Riots, “Urban Hymn” follows a neglected and volatile female offender, who possesses an amazing singing voice. Torn between her loyalties toward her inspiring, unconventional care worker and her possessive and volatile best friend, the film is a redemptive coming-of-age story with an all-star cast. Now, with the

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2017 Hot Docs Filmmaker Profile: Kate Brooks (The Last Animals)

Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones to the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos in ‘The Last Animals’ this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal

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