So Denis Villeneuve, director of the award-winning film Maëlstrom, has directed a new film called Polytechnique. As suggested by the name, the movie is about the Montreal Massacre at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989. Scheduled to be released in Quebec on Friday (and in the rest of Canada later this year), the film is already receiving some mixed reactions.
I’m a little last-minute with this event posting, but those of you in Montreal might be interested in a screening hosted by Queer McGill tomorrow night.
The film is FtF: Female to Femme, and it’s an exploration of one side of lesbian life that often gets ignored: queer women who also identify as femme, girly, ladylike. From the Queer McGill website:
[FtF] explores femme dyke identities as radical gender practices. A film that envisions more than it documents, FtF denaturalizes gender and pushes for an understanding of femininity as multiple rather than singular, constructed rather than natural. Sexy, funny and controversial, FtF features a host of fabulous femmes, including professors, activists, artists and dancers.
Femmes a-glitterin' (from AltCinema website)
I’m not able to embed the trailer for the movie, but you can watch it here.
The screening is tomorrow, Feb 2nd at 7:30 Shatner Building room B29, 3480 Rue McTavish (McGill University) More about the screening at Queer McGill, and more about the film at Altcinema.
Last year Mississippi’s Charleston High School had their first mixed race prom. Ever.
While in the process of making a documentary about the changes made in Mississippi since the civil rights movement, Canadian film maker Paul Saltzman discovered that the small community of Charleston (population 2,100) still had segregated proms.
This prompted him to make Prom Night in Mississipi, a documentary playing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, with commentary by Morgan Freeman.
Charleston is in fact, the town Freeman grew up in. He offered to fund a mixed race prom ten years ago. His offer was denied. He made the offer again in 2008, and this time it was accepted.
Toronto-based photographer Catherine Farquharson also had the chance to attend the monumental prom night. Her photos can be seen starting tomorrow at the Lens Factory, at 1040 Queen West.
Farquharson recently spoke about the experience on CBC’s Metro Morning.
In the interview, Farquharson says that it wasn’t the kids, but the parents, who were opposed to the idea of a racially integrated prom. And although there was a mixed prom, there was also still a whites-only prom.
36-24-36 is being made by a small group of teenage girls in Kitmat, BC who teamed up with two off duty clinical counsellors. The film is about the perception of female body image in our society and its correlation with eating disorders. The film has been two years in the making and has never received financial funding of any kind.
What They Need… The filmmakers are looking for photos from girls and women of any age that represent the pressures placed on females to maintain a ‘socially acceptable’ body type. The photos can be of anything, anybody, and from any part of the world, as long as they are pictures that you took. Be as creative as you want! Once all the photos are submitted, the young filmmakers will review them and place them in the film. Your name, age, and place of origin will be included in the film’s credits.
More info on the project and how to get involved after the break.
If Friday is still “date night” I’m sure legions of couples spent last night in movie theatres dealing with the fact that they just lost $12 and about 2 hours of their life.
I have yet to see the film, but a quick watch of the Bride Wars trailer and the CBC review seal its fate. Katrina Onstad, the author of the article, is my new hero. She considers bride/wedding movies in general, and not without the sarcasm (love it):
“We have come to await the main character’s transition from competent, professional woman to lunatic bride (My Best Friend’s Wedding; 27 Dresses). We await the dress montage; the squealing, handholding bridesmaid jump-around; the bouquet toss to the ravenous wolf pack of single gals. (Hey, Portly, don’t bother!) We await the gay-ish friend or relative poised at the ready to break out the sass. We await — oh yes — the Motown.”
Following in the footsteps of Anna and her musical solution to holiday stress, I offer my own plan for surviving December: The Guilty Pleasure Movie. Everyone has one hidden under the bed or at the back of the entertainment unit. A movie that, despite endless viewings and despite its lack of any apparent value, still rewards the watcher with a mindless sense of serenity. In the interest of full disclosure, I will cop to my guilty pleasure of choice. It’s a little something I call The Always Entertaining Film Career of Sarah Michelle Gellar.
I started watching out for the big screen appearances of Ms. Gellar way before I had ever even seen Buffy. I loved her particular blend of vacuous bimbo, catty bitch, and evil trollop parts. The more offensive to my feminist sensibilities, the more I loved her work. From Scream 2 to Cruel Intentions to Southland Tales, Sarah Michelle Gellar just warms my heart with a combination of excellent comic timing and horrible career choices.
To this list of mostly awful, but always entertaining movies, I add Simply Irresistible. Sure, it’s a rip off of Like Water For Chocolate, and sure, the dialogue is full of sexist stereotypes, and yes, the male love interest is a irredeemable chauvinist pig the entire movie, but who cares? It has Sarah Michelle Gellar playing a cook granted magical kitchen powers by a muppet crab sent down from heaven by her dead mother! A muppet crab that she talks to and carries around in her purse! And she vanquishes all the bad guys with orgasm-inducing eclairs! Plus, a supporting cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Betty Buckley and Dylan Baker, all of whom could make a recitation of the phone book funny and awesome. Simply Irresistible is my new cure for the holiday blues!
What about you? In the holiday spirit of shamelessness, what are your most embarrassing guilty pleasure?
She’s quoted in the UK Daily Mail as saying: “A black Wonder Woman would be a powerful thing,”
“It’s time for that, right? It would be great.”
The role was supposedly favoured to go to Hollywood unknown Megan Gale from Australia.
Now I know for sure that I want to see a woman of colour take the role of Wonder Woman, and like her or not, she’s kinda only been White all these years. I’ve always related somewhat to the notion of Wonder Woman, but that’s probably because of the strong women warrior stories and family members I grew up with, that I of course, never saw represented in any mainstream media.
I just don’t know if Beyoncé should be the one to do it. But then again, it’s not like this is an activist-y production focused on grassroots feminism.
What do you think? What has the image of Wonder Woman meant to you?
So this is one of my favourite times of year - when some of the brightest and best talent in the Native film industry strut their awesomeness at one of Canada’s largest Aboriginal film festivals, imagineNATIVE:
“The creative voices of Aboriginal women will be among those heard loudly and clearly at the 9th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which runs in Toronto from Wednesday, October 15th until Sunday, October 19th, 2008. imagineNATIVE is pleased to announce and welcome their presenting sponsor CTVglobemedia.
The festival, which annually spotlights Aboriginal filmmakers and media artists from across the Indigenous spectrum, is proud to feature this year’s “Indian Jane” marketing campaign, its latest trenchant and clever parody of mainstream Hollywood imagemaking. And the showcase of more than 100 works by Indigenous people at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media, will lead with the women’s side of the story of Indigenous survival and evolution of identity.”