Author: Ardo Omer

Backlight: TIFF, Hellboy Casting, and the State of Women in Hollywood

TIFF 2017: Great Films and the Famous Descend on Toronto Megan and I covered some of the films at TIFF 2017, so you can check out the reviews on the site. The festival is usually really great at being organized and making the process of purchasing tickets not a terrible experience. That said, this year was a bit rockier than usual. Ticketmaster was used, which was a horrible experience if you wanted to get your tickets a day earlier — and trust me, you do. There was also a good chance your digital tickets wouldn’t work if you pulled...

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Angels Wear White Is Sun-Drenched Modern Day Noir

Angels Wear White Vivian Qu (director and writer), Benoît Dervaux (cinematographer), Hongyu Yang (editor) Wen Qi, Zhou Meijun, Shi Ke, Peng Jing, Geng Le and Liu Weiwei (cast) September 9, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival 2017), September 12, 2017 (London Film Festival) My first screening at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival was quite the experience. This year, I focused on films directed by women of colour, and immediately chose Vivian Qu’s Angels Wear White because of its teen girl lead starring in what was described as a “moody modern-day noir.” Set in a seaside village, this Chinese film follows Mia...

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38 Films Directed by Women of Colour at TIFF 2017

It’s that time of year again! The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is gearing up for another round of great films. I’ve been attending the festival since 2012 (except 2016 but that was mostly due to strep), and I’ve been tweaking the types of films I plan to see with my limited time and funds. It began with a mix of international indie films (Watchtower from Turkey) and films that would appear in theatres weeks later (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Then I realized I wanted to watch more women behind the camera, especially women of colour. This year...

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A Look at GOOK with Justin Chon, David So, and Simone Baker

From April 30 to May 4, 1992, Los Angeles was enraged. What finally set it off was a verdict. Four white LAPD officers were found not guilty of the severe beating of Rodney King, a black man, which was caught on tape. The riots that followed would be remembered 25 years later, and Justin Chon’s new film, GOOK, tackles the topic from a different perspective. GOOK is about two Korean-American brothers, Eli (Justin Chon) and Daniel (David So), who own a struggling women’s shoe store where an 11-year-old African-American girl named Kamila (Simone Baker) hangs out during school hours....

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A Fantastical Stroll Through Nightlights

Nightlights Lorena Alvarez Nobrow Press March 14, 2017 Lorena Alvarez’s Nightlights is a book of wonder. Before you even take a peek inside, you’re drawn in by the stunning cover with its dark purples and greens, light pinks and oranges, and aquatic blues. I wanted to read this book when I first saw the cover almost a year ago and in hard cover, it’s even more stunning. Nightlights is about Sandy, a little girl who captures the tiny lights in her room at night and turns them into fantastical creatures. She then recreates them in her drawings. The drawings are pretty good, and a...

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