Black History Month 2014: EYES ON THE PRIZE

This year, I had intended to read The “Autobiography” of Martin Luther King for Black History Month, however, the winter has really depressed my energy levels and I really balked at the idea of reading a book, as ridiculous as that sounds (well, I did just finish WAR & PEACE; perhaps there’s a relation). I …

The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia

Last year I rented an acclaimed documentary whose trailer had completely sold me, on a topic I’m passionately curious about.  I learned very little from it.  Cannibal Warlords of Liberia changed how I viewed warfare and war makers; the world; the history of the world; the Third World; the First World; and documentary cinema.  It’s …

LR103104: Capturing Truth (Is Hard)

Shooting this “challenge” documentary has been a real experience: it’s a good mental challenge to work on non-fiction and find a compelling narrative; it’s great to be shooting something; and, again, it is a real eye-opener to how difficult it is to shoot the truth. Over and over again (pretty much every day I can …

Be Aware of the Ides of July, or, CINEFORUM Starring Reg Hartt in 3-D

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. And, you can’t always get what you want, and I really wanted to make a fiction project in 2013. If you try sometimes, you might get what you need. I’ve been turning over a documentary idea for a while now, about Reg Hartt, Toronto’s notorious …