Celebrate National Canadian Film Day April 29 2015
Did you know April 29th is National Canadian Film Day?
Reel Canada wants you to celebrate and Toronto Public Library is offering several free movie screenings today. So if you're able why not join us and celebrate Canada by watching a great Canadian film? For today only, you can also watch the free online streaming of "Rude" by African Canadian filmmaker Clement Virgo.
Join us for a screening of Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013): "On the Red Crow Rez, growing up means getting even." Directed and written by Jeff Barnaby, starring Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oakes.
We will be screening Double Happiness (1994). Synopsis: Jade Li (Sandra Oh), a vivacious Chinese Canadian, wants to become an actress without upsetting her extremely traditional parents. It's a balancing act Jade finds difficult to achieve. Great for ESL. Rated PG.
North York Central Library
Come and celebrate National Canadian Film Day with a screening of the classic Canadian curling comedy, "Men with Brooms." The film stars Paul Gross and Leslie Neilsen.Directed by Paul Gross. Rating: AA.
On a more personal note, I am going to make a pitch to watch the Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz as my own great Canadian film moment. One of the first Canadian film success stories I remember it when it came out originally in the 1970s. Based on Mordecai Richler's book Richard Dreyfuss gives a great and moving performance.
And, if you're really interested in exploring lesser known corners of Canadian films I suggest reading Life without death : the cinema of Frank Cole. This is a critique and biography of the Canadian documentary film maker (who was also a world traveler and the first documented person to cross the Sahara Desert on foot alone, where he was murdered in 2000). His remains were cryogenically preserved at the Michigan Cryonics Institute! Frank Cole shows there's a lot about Canada's film scene still to be discovered.
You can watch a documentary about his life The Man who Crossed the Sahara , and see an excerpt below.
Not surprisingly there is a lot published about Canadian film and if you're interested in reading further please see here for a list of books.
If you're interested in films you'll really enjoy the research potential of Film Indexes Online. You can access it from anywhere and it's free of charge if you have a Toronto library card.
These free online magazine databases can give you all sorts of useful, interesting information on filmmakers, actors, specific movies and critical analysis of film from many perspectives and sources. Information about film and television (some full-text), including FIAF Plus, the American Film Institute Catalog and Film Index International.