Screening today at the Lightbox at 10pm and tomorrow at 2:45pm is the next installment of Shorts for this year’s TIFF. The first two programmes have been filled with delightful surprises and some wonderful pieces and this collection is no different featuring a variety of pieces that are stunningly beautiful to watch.
We Wanted More by Stephen Dunn features Christine Horne, in a fantastic performance as Hannah a singer on the eve of a world tour who is wondering about the road not taken – a family and children. When she begins to lose her voice, a child arrives in the form of Skyler Wexler. We follow Hannah as she confronts what must be done if she wants to continue living her own life…
Candy, made by Cassandra Cronenberg, follows the sexual escapades and addictions as well as accepting them or abusing of them, in the course of one night, in a sharply crafted film, that doesn’t pull its punches and keeps an objective eye throughout.
Jimbo by Ryan Flowers is probably my favorite of the bunch in this programme. A documentary, the film follows Ryan’s friendship with Jimmy Leung, who dreams of making it big like his heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron, all while battling mental illness. It’s touching, funny, and shows that films touch and inspire us all. From working on their elevator pitch to filming excerpts from Jimmy’s scripts, there’s a magic and honesty to the film that resonates with every one of us who dreams of making films.
Portrait as a Random Act of Violence from Randall Okita features the creation of art from a violent act as only a creative artist could. There is violence, destruction, resurrection and beauty, all contained within this film, and its sculpture. Beautiful and stunning.
Method, the short film from Gregory Smith, features Shawn Doyle as an actor trying to get through a tough scene that features him as a cop during an interrogation. He can’t seem to get his groove, or find his way into the scene until a trip to a coffee shop helps bring everything into sharp focus. This one is funny, tense, and features an appearance by the wonderful Katie Boland!
In Guns We Trust is a short documentary from Nicolas Levesque about the small town of Kenneswa, Georgia. A place I would never be comfortable in… This is a small town that requires, by law, that the master or mistress of the house own and know how to use a firearm. That means, every home in the town has a gun in it. They say crime has gone down, and stayed down for the past 30 years, but owning a gun shouldn’t be a law, it should be a choice. It’s an interesting look at this town filled with gorgeous black and white photography.
Der Untermensch is a dance film by Kays Mejri, that is starkly photographed, and looks brilliant, as the film’s subject and its choreographer Simon Vermeulen, moves to the film’s beat, in an expressionistic interpretation of violence and repression.
As always, don’t let the fact that you aren’t in Toronto dissuade you from checking out some of these fantastic pieces, remember, you’ll be able to check some of them out on the TIFF 2013 YoutTube, bookmark it, check it regularly, and watch it here!