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Thought Exchange: Celebrating Canadian Film with Risa Shuman

January 27, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (2)

“When one delves into the very notion of the thing called Canadian cinema, one is sinking one’s rubbers in something much more sensitive, complex and problematic than just another national cinema” – Geoff Pevere (2002a:103)

Canadian film eh?  What does it really all mean?  In a country with two main official languages, a diverse population and an influential media powerhouse to the South, it is no wonder why “sensitive, complex and problematic” are descriptors for Canadian Film.

Well how about the topic of Canadian identity?  How do we separate our identity from our American counterparts and how do we isolate films that speak about Canadian identity?

The good news is that we have a special guest to answer all your questions!  Starting Tuesday February 1, the Barbara Frum Library is introducing a new programming series dubbed the “Thought Exchange.”  Our first series will feature special guest Risa Shuman, film commentator of CBC Sunday Edition and former senior producer of TV Ontario Saturday Night.  For the first three Tuesdays of February, Risa will screen a film and then welcome questions about the film or Canadian films in general.

Here is a sneak peak of the films that have been selected by Risa to identify the best in Canadian cinema:

Goin' Down the Road (1971, directed by Don Shebib)
Screening Tues Feb. 1, 2011 at 2 PM
Goin Down the Road

Widely regarded as one of the best English-language Canadian films ever produced, this is the realistic story of two men from Cape Breton who move to Toronto having been lured by the possibility of good jobs and fun times.  Starring: Paul Bradley, Doug McGrath and Jayne Eastwood.


Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993, directed by François Girard)
Screening Tues Feb. 8, 2011
32 Films About Glen Gould at 2PM

Winner of the Best Film Genie Award, this riveting film explores Glenn Gould's life through 32 vignettes that make up a cohesive representation of this complex genius's life.  The structure is based the piece that Glenn Gould is most famous for playing, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg Variations", which are  32 short pieces of music that are usually played together. Starring: Colm Feore and Don McKellar who co-wrote the screenplay.

The Trotsky (2009, directed by Jacob Tierney) The Trotsky
Screening Tues Feb. 15, 2011 at 2 PM

Jay Baruchel plays Leon Bronstein, a teenager from Montreal who believes he is the reincarnation of the early 20th century Soviet iconoclast, Leon Trotsky and believes that his life will follow that of his  predecessor exactly. This witty comedy scripted by Jacob Tierney co-stars Emily Hampshire, Saul Rubinek and Geneviève Bujold.

If you would like to attend all sessions, call 416-395-5441 or register in person on the second floor of the Barbara Frum Library.


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