Monthly Archives: May 2013
So, this happened; Poetry In Voice. National Finals May 15th, 2013. Isabel Bader Theatre. Toronto.
One of my favorite events each year, Poetry In Voice is a charming and earnest competition, establishing it as one of the many things that make Canada special. That we elevate the importance of Poetry in this way should give us all an overwhelming sense of pride. And we have Scott Griffin of The Griffin Trust For Excellence in Poetry to thank for this tremendous gift. The Griffin Poetry Prize (also another favorite event of mine) is one of the world’s most generous awards for Poetry and I highly recommend attending the event, it will fill your heart and expand your mind.
SASSYTIDBITS caught the following two films, Good Ol’ Freda and Our Nixon, at Hot Docs. Both films feature rarely seen footage, images and an insight into a specific time; The Beatles rise and demise, Nixon’s election and Watergate.
Good Ol’ Freda, Directed by Ryan White …
SASSYTIDBITS caught the following two films, The Punk Singer and Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, at Hot Docs. Both films explore how the voice of young women can change the world.
The Punk Singer, Directed by Sini Anderson (80 minutes)
Quick Summary: Kathleen Hanna lead singer for Bikini Kill, Le Tigre & The Julie Ruin has influenced several generations of young women, by starting a punk rock band.
SASSYTIDBITS caught Elena and Wrong Time Wrong Place at Hot Docs. The tragedy in each film comes with a the message of love and the pain of healing.
Elena, Directed by Petra Costa (82 minutes)
Quick Summary: A young woman from Brazil pays tribute to her older sister in film. Petra’s life follows the similar footsteps of her older sister Elena to NYC. By being in the city and exploring the past, Petra is able to find the sister she lost and loves.