Weekly Virtual Film Festival

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WEEKLY VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL
 
WATCH Tonight: Tuesday June 7th. 8pm EST (5pm on the West Coast.).
 
Virtual Film Festival, Sponsored by Yonge/Dundas Square.
 
Featuring the BEST DRAMA & EXPERIMENTAL Shorts from around the world today:
 
 
TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020 | 8PM | DRAMA & EXPERIMENTAL FILMS
1st ACT – DRAMA
 
PLAY, 13min., Poland, Drama
Directed by Piotr Sulkowski
 
A man consumed by guilt because he did not dare to defend his mother,
plays the role of a murderer and forces his ten-year-old self to face
his original trauma…
 
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OKAY, 3min., USA, Drama
Directed by Leanne Nicole
 
3 minute short about the struggle growing up in an abusive environment
 
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WEEP NOT, 13min., USA, Drama
Directed by Lenore Thomas Douglas
 
Journey Gordean, a successful journalist gets to cover a story of a
lifetime, but her ambition is tested when that very assignment is the
man who assaulted her when they were children.
 
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SPIRIT: A MARTIAN STORY, 10min, USA, Drama/Fantasy
Directed by Stimson Snead
 
NASA sought evidence of life on Mars.
That search begins with water, and the search for water begins with the
study of the rocks and the soil.
That was the historic mission of the rovers SPIRIT and OPPORTUNITY.
This is SPIRITS story.
 
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TERRA BEACH, 20min, Canada, Sci-Fi/Drama
Directed by Mike Gallant
 
A college freshman in 2069 returns home and kindles a romance with a
Hispanic girl only to realize they have gained the space colony’s
attention.
 
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2nd ACT – EXPERIMENTAL
 
BLACK STAINS, 14min, USA, Experimental/Dance
Directed by Tiffany Rhynardag
 
Black Stains addresses the systemic pattern of racial profiling by the
police. Inspired by the personal experiences of choreographer Trent D.
Williams, Jr., the film illustrates the reality of being black in the
United States. Through interviews with men of varying ages and robust
athletic dancing, the film persistently asks the question: why do we not
see black men as human?
 
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WHEN EARTH TOOK A BREATH, 5min., USA, Music
 
Directed by Lambert Grand
 
Ora The Molecule’s “When Earth Took A Breath (Are You There?)” depicts
our relationship with the natural world. Filmed with a full spectrum
camera, plants and trees appear in unfamiliar colours – the sea of red
pulsating like alarm bells as we’re reminded of our planet’s climate and
biodiversity emergency.
 
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MONOH – With Attitude, 4min., Germany, Music
Directed by Jan Sommer
 
A visual journey through space, nature and the mind. The music video for
MONOH’s new single With Attitude.
 
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STRUT – 1980s, 5min., Australia, Music
Directed by Tim Cash
 
Pierre’s prized pink flamingo has been brazenly pickpocketed! The
shocking crime has led to a phone call to the FBI (Flamingo Bureau of
Investigation) & the search is on. The situation grows so dire that the
Pink Ninja is called to duty! ‘Strut – 1980s’, directed by Tim Cash, is
the lead single off Pennan Brae’s 5th release, ‘Gravity – The Astronot’.
The track is mixed by producers Kirk Kelsey & Eric Alexandrakis &
mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Grammy Award-winning engineer Sean
Magee. Filmed In Central Oregon with music recorded in Vancouver, BC.
 
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AMERICAN QUARTET, 9min., USA, Music
Directed by Jesca Prudencio
 
In a 2030s small town bitterly divided over who belongs, a young
Muslim-American woman puts herself at risk when she shares her private,
digitized memories with strangers, challenging the status quo in the
hope that empathy will triumph over hate.
 
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Agoria – Call of the Wild, 5min., France, Music
Directed by Loïc Andrieu
 
Throughout a cinematic video, director Loïc ANDRIEU introduces a new
female hero high-concept. It features Jane, an enigmatic L.A.P.D
officer, forced to face her Orphic power to dive into death.
 
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SEARCHING FOR WONDER, 6min., USA, Music
Directed by Greg Osei
 
Searching for Wonder was inspired by conversations with fellow artists
who have diverse relationships to the African Diaspora. These
discussions highlighted how we all feel lost in different ways, because
history, slavery, colonialism & fear have left many of us feeling
disconnected, searching for something we can’t fully articulate.
Searching for Wonder deals with the tremendous power we have to
rediscover & reimagine ourselves through our ancestors, their gods,
their cultures & our interconnectedness.
 
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UNDER THE WATERFALL – THE AVENGER, 3min., France, Music
Directed by Sebastion Caudron
 
This video clip shows an explosive passion between two lovers,
punctuated by an elegant and a contemporary choreography in the streets
of Paris where buildings are changing into real waterfalls. It is an
hymn to love that uses the metaphor of water for its fluidity
 
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The Prestige — The Not Left Handed Either Film Guide

It was disappointing not to see the new James Bond film in cinemas this April as planned but I’m not too bothered by having to wait. Imagine if the cinema closures had struck this time last year though or at Christmas, when I was counting down the days to Endgame or The Rise of Skywalker, […]

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A Fish Called Wanda — The Not Left Handed Either Film Guide

Let’s start with the stutter. In this film Michael Palin’s Ken is known for his debilitating stammer and back in 1988 when the film was released this was a source of acceptable humour. The question is, is this still funny now? Well stuttering, certainly to the level that Ken suffers from it in this film, […]

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The Girl with a Bracelet — The Not Left Handed Either Film Guide

Most movie courtroom dramas are filled with grandstanding speeches, elaborate exposes, reveals of last minute evidence, audacious baiting of untrustworthy witnesses, hard to impress judges and lawyers who are prepared to risk all for justice. In my limited experience (limited to one case I observed) this is not what it is like in real life. […]

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — The Not Left Handed Either Film Guide

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood might not be the film you think it is. It looks like it is going to be about US children’s TV presenter Fred Rogers (for a UK audience think Floella Benjamin or Brian Cant but with a longer career and much more cultural significance) but he is not the […]

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Netflix’s The Old Guard with Charlize Theron tops this week’s TV must-sees — Toronto Sun

The Old Guard Film Charlize Theron kicks ass as an ageless warrior who leads a group of immortal mercenaries fighting to keep their team together after they are exposed by an evil entity looking to replicate and monetize their power. Based on the graphic novel from Greg Rucka. When: Friday on Netflix Greatness Code Docuseries […]

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As the Negro Leagues celebrates its centenary, a look at how Denver was integral in erasing baseball’s color line — The Denver Post

The Negro Leagues are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, and while Colorado did not officially have a team, its Black semi-pro baseball roots date back to the late 19th century.

via As the Negro Leagues celebrates its centenary, a look at how Denver was integral in erasing baseball’s color line — The Denver Post

MUST READ: The Remarkable Zionism of Black Civil Rights Leaders Rosa Parks and Bayard Rustin — Adara Press

Throughout his life, Rustin remained a champion of Israel who manifested ultimate faith in Israel’s democracy. He expressed great antipathy for Arab governments and for the PLO, which, he said, used Israel as a facile excuse to divert the attention of the Arab masses away from their own treachery and political failures: “Marx once said that religion is the opiate of the masses. In the Middle East, Israel is the opiate of the Arabs.” Rustin characterized anti-Semitism as “history’s oldest and most shameful witch hunt,” and he was particularly disturbed by black anti-Semitism, which he publicly acknowledged: “We cannot sweep it under the rug…it is here, it is dangerous, it must be rooted out.” Such statements earned him the enmity of many in the “Black Power” movement, which he bitterly criticized for its anti-Semitism and Israel hatred. He faced vicious accusations from the radical left, who called him an “Uncle Tom” who had been “bought out by Jewish money.”

via MUST READ: The Remarkable Zionism of Black Civil Rights Leaders Rosa Parks and Bayard Rustin — Adara Press

Matthew McConaughey: ‘Wear the Damn Mask’ if You Want to See Next Year — CauseACTION Clarion

On the Fourth of July, actor Matthew McConaughey suggested that in order to see America’s next birthday, everyone needs to “wear the damn mask.” “Happy 244th birthday, America. We is going through some growing pains on this one, aren’t we?” said McConaughey in an Instagram video posted on Saturday. “But growing pains are a good thing, […]

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