The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival starts today. Get ready. For the next 11 days there will be famous and beautiful people everywhere. The parties and movie industry big wigs guarantee the networking will be on overdrive. Oh yeah, there …
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.
We had the good fortune to be able to secure a few advance screeners for some of our top Hot Docs film picks. Tonight the Les Blank Retrospective begins with the Maestros program which includes: Dizzy Gillespie, The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins and The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists.
When we heard Sandra Bernhard was going to be in town performing her acclaimed one woman show “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?” we snapped up our tickets immediately. As she summarized during her performance on March 22, “the bitch is back” and to that we said “hallelujah”.
She started in the comedy business in the late 70s, making a name for herself with her pull no punches critiques of celebrities and political figures. It’s a formula she stuck to through out her career, this latest show being no exception.
Bernhard took the audience through a meandering evening of celebrity lambasting, disbelief at the current political situation in the US and observations on current culture (Trader Joe’s vs. Whole Foods, for example, where she allegedly ran screaming from the former due to their display of wizened peppers).
Supporting the arts can happen in many ways. Funding is usually the critical beginning, whether you are paying for it on your own, have an investor or have a company backing you. One of the burgeoning developments is crowd source funding, whether it’s for your music, film, art or a technology project platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo can help make art a reality. What remains important is YOU can easily support the arts without having to be rich. Please put your money where your heart is and remember to SPREAD THE WORD.
– Thanks Sherry
Artist: Bryn Pryor
Funding Goal: $100,000
Current Total: $80,989
How much to go: $19,011
Time remaining: 11 Days
Message from Bryn Pryor:
This film is a labor of love, and an attempt to create something completely original and visually stunning. The movie will be something we can all be proud of; a fun, exciting ride that never becomes silly or tongue-in-cheek. The script is extremely tight, with sharp dialogue and great characters. The cast is first-rate, and though the creative professionals behind the camera might not be household names, they’re a respected team capable of working miracles.