Things Are Good: A Futuristic Conclusion to HIGHRISE

HIGHRISE is back with another look into how we humans live in our built environments. We’ve looked at HIGHRISE before (Out My Window and One Millionth Tower) and this last iteration is just as captivating. We are becoming a vertical—and digital—species. Billions of us live in highrises, and three billion of us are connected to ...

Cowichan Conversations: The Ballad of Crowfoot-By Willie Dunn

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger There are times when Facebook is a pain in the ass and other times when it is a valuable resource connecting you with old friends and issues that they forward to you. Joe Mock sent this along this morning. It is not the type of story in tone or content that we ...

cartoon life: McLaren Workshop app. Eh.

and    Two scribbles out of the NFB’s McLaren Workshop IOS app. I am disappointed that it’s so locked into Vimeo, because for some reason iMovie just spins it’s wheels trying to read the film, which shows up as a long black strip of credits, and the films won’t play in Quicktime Player. I would ...

Art Threat: Free Int’l Women’s Day Films at NFB.ca

The beaten (by the Canadian Conservative budget cuts) but not down National Film Board of Canada is offering a treasure trove of titles for free streaming today, in celebration and recognition of International Women’s Day. Included in the bunch is the 2012 experimental short by Jenn Strom, below (after the jump), called ASSEMBLY. We’re not ...

ezra winton: Free International Women’s Day Films at NFB.ca

The beaten (by the Canadian Conservative budget cuts) but not down National Film Board of Canada is offering a treasure trove of titles for free streaming today, in celebration and recognition of International Women’s Day. Included in the bunch is the 2012 experimental short by Jenn Strom, below (after the jump), called ASSEMBLY. We’re not ...

Art Threat: The People of the Kattawapiskak River: watch for free until January 18

With Attawapiskat and its band chief, Theresa Spence, remaining in the headlines, the NFB has made Alanis Obamsawin’s new documentary on life in the First Nation community available for free. The People of the Kattawapiskak River can be streamed online at NFB.ca until Friday, January 18. Or just click the play button above and watch ...

Walking Turcot Yards: À St-Henri, le 26 août – Screening Thursday Night

Great opportunity to see this film and pick up some information about Projet Montreal. From the NFB page– Glide along the boulevards of St-Henri with the charming perpetual motion machines that are this district’s diverse denizens, from the taciturn milkman to resourceful Doris the gleaner to a group of fashion-forward Mohawk hipsters. This kaleidoscopic romp ...

Art Threat: One Month Later – How the 2012 Federal Budget Impacts the Arts

With the release of the 2012 federal budget one month behind us you’ve likely captured the gist of the budget – cuts to the CBC and none to the Canada Council for the Arts. Here’s a full breakdown of how the cuts (and non cuts) affect arts and culture in Canada over the next three ...

Art Threat: Hot Docs 2012 – The good, the bad, the incomprehensible

The 19th edition of North America’s largest documentary showcase and one of the world’s largest film festivals begins this week, running from April 26 to May 6 in Toronto. With Charlotte Cook replacing Sean Farnel as head programmer, new directions (less films, more focus is the official line), new initiatives (Hot Docs’s very own Kickstarter, ...

Art Threat: Killed by Canada’s Oil & Gas companies? – Doc subject & eco-activist Wiebo Ludwig succumbs to cancer

Wiebo Ludwig, Canada’s controversial anti-oil patch activist died of esophageal cancer yesterday, leaving behind a legacy of resistance against this country’s dirtiest industry and greediest corporations. The Albertan had his share of scuffles with the law (and a shamefully demonizing mainstream media), and was accused (and charged once) of eco-terrosim in several pipeline and oil/gas ...

Art Threat: Amazing online cinema archive for educators – 2500 films & study guides in NFB’s “Campus” project

"Oxford Tire Pile #8" by Edward Burtynsky The National Film Board of Canada — producer of such great films as Manufacturing Consent, Ryan, Jesus of Montreal, The Decline of the American Empire, The Big Snit, Lonely Boy, Manufactured Landscapes, Madame Tutli-Putli, Rocks at Whiskey Trench, Walltown – has announced an online tool for educators giving ...

Art Threat: Let’s keep this planet & change Hollywood – Friday Film Pick: Earthkeepers

Suffering through the late night throes of programming for Cinema Politica I stumbled upon what seemed to be a promising documentary called Greenlit, a film about sustainability and the film industry, made by LA insiders. It had a light-hearted start that seemed to me conspicuously set up to suck in the non-environmentalists and the “average” ...

Things Are Good: One Millionth Tower

One Millionth Tower is a new interactive documentary on the hyper-local level focusing on Kipling Ave. in Toronto. It’s a logical follow up to Out my Window (we’ve looked at it before) and explores how participatory urban design can change our highrise urban landscape. The highrise re-imagined. One Millionth Tower re-imagines a universal thread of ...