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TIFF Preview/Review - Camp 14: Total Control Zone (A Documentary)

TIFF Preview/Review: Camp 14: Total Control Zone – Directed by Marc Wiese  -  TIFF DOCS Country: Germany Year: 2012 Language: Korean, English Runtime: 104 minutes Rating: 14A Production Co.: WDR, Engstfeld Film GmbH, BR Principal Cast: Shin Dong-Huyk, Hyuk Kwon, Oh Yangnam Screenplay: Marc Wiese TIFF Screenings: Tuesday September 11 - Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 10 - 5:00 PM Thursday September 13 - TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 - 9:00 PM Sunday September 16 - Scotiabank 2 - 9:30 AM I still suffer from nightmares. It's better than at the beginning of my stay here. But I still have nightmares. Welcome to the surreal world of Shin Dong-Huyk, a North Korean who escaped to the West from a camp for political prisoners in his native country in 2005 at age 23. I'm resting so I don't have to do other things. This quietude helps me kill time. I don't want to think about anything. Calm, articulate and honest in a way that is stripped of any pretense, Shin talks about his

TIFF News: Emily Hampshire Stars in the Premiere of My Awkward Sexual Adventure

From a media release: Emily Hampshire stars in My Awkward Sexual Adventure Romantic comedy to premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival TIFF Screenings: Tuesday September 11 - Scotiabank 4 - 7:00 PM Thursday September 13 - Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9 - 8:30 PM Saturday September 15 - Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9 - 9:45 AM  TORONTO, ON – Montreal-born actor Emily Hampshire will arrive in Toronto next month to celebrate the world premiere of My Awkward Sexual Adventure at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), alongside her co-stars Jonas Chernick, Vik Sahay and Sarah Manninen. The film, written and produced by Chernick and directed by Sean Garrity, will premiere at TIFF on Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Theatre. The film is scheduled to hit theatres late 2012/early 2013. Hampshire plays the female lead role of Julia, a complex, sexually charged exotic dancer who is enlisted by Jordan Abrams (Chernick), a reserved accountant, to help

TIFF Preview/Review: Pablo Trapero's White Elephant (Elefante Blanco)

TIFF Preview/Review: White Elephant (Elefante Blanco) Directed by Pablo Trapero  -  Special Presentation Countries: Argentina / Spain Year: 2012 Language: Spanish Runtime: 111 minutes Rating: 18A Production Co.: Matanza Cine, Patagonik, MORENA FILMS, Full House Cast: Martina Gusman, Ricardo Darin, Jérémie Renier Screenplay: Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero TFF Screenings: Thursday September 13 - TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 - 9:45 PM Friday September 14 - Scotiabank 2 - 3:00 PM Sunday September 16 - Scotiabank 2 - 5:45 PM Two worlds are contrasted, collide or rasp against each other abrasively from the opening segments of this film, a drama set in the enormous Villa Maria slum of Buenos Aires. The contrast comes as both visual and in the form of the two priests at the heart of this story. Father Julián (Ricardo Darín) is the older veteran and Father Nicolás (Jérémie Renier) his young protege from France, both trying to bring medicines, supplies, education

Jazz CD Review: The Fred Hersch Trio & Alive at the Vanguard

Review: The Fred Hersch Trio featuring John Hébert and Eric McPherson Alive at the Vanguard (Two-Disc Album) To be released September 11, 2012 on Palmetto Records U.S. Live Dates (including New York City) September 1-28 - see bottom of post Alive at the Vanguard delivers a sophisticated sound from musicians at the top of their game; a virtuosic and stylish recording in front of an appreciative live audience at the famous West Village landmark. The performance by Hersch’s trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson is full of surprises, twists and turns that fascinate to the end of this double album to be released on the Palmetto label on September 11, 2012. This new piano trio recording by five-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch is melodic with a sense of drama, a certain theatricality about it. The music is thoroughly contemporary even as it pays tribute to the legacy of the greats of the genre, using its virtuosity and rhythmic complexity for expressive results. The

TIFF 2012: The NFB Brings Three World Premieres & More

From a media release: NEW FEATURES BY SARAH POLLEY, SUDZ SUTHERLAND AND PETER METTLER HEADLINE STELLAR NATIONAL FILM BOARD LINEUP AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 6 TO 16, 2012 Jeffrey St. Jules' Let the Daylight into the Swamp and Patrick Bouchard's Bydlo premiere in Short Cuts Canada section Toronto - The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) lineup at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival includes premieres of three powerful new feature films by acclaimed Toronto directors' - part of a rich selection showcasing the NFB's role in unique and innovative Canadian cinema. Sarah Polley's NFB production Stories We Tell will have its North American premiere at the festival, joined by the world premiere of Sudz Sutherland's Home Again (Hungry Eyes Film & Television/DCP Mystery Arts/NFB) and the Canadian premiere of Peter Mettler's new feature documentary, The End of Time (maximage/Grimthorpe/NFB/SRF/SRG SSR/ARTE G.E.I.E.). The NFB&

Four Rising Stars at TIFF 2012

From a media release: Four Rising Stars shine bright at Toronto International Film Festival The 37th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16, 2012 TORONTO, ON – In its ongoing commitment to the development of emerging talent in the Canadian film industry, the Toronto International Film Festival® announced today the four actors selected to participate in this year’s TIFF Rising Stars programme. Now in its second year, the programme immerses four participants in a series of public events and industry meetings during the Festival. This year’s rising stars, Charlie Carrick, Connor Jessup, Tatiana Maslany, and Charlotte Sullivan, will receive intensive professional development with international casting directors, filmmakers, producers and development executives. “Canada continues to produce top-notch on-screen talent, and we’re proud to offer these four actors an international platform during the Festival,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto Inte

Ballet Jörgen Canada Announces Artist-in-Residence Grigory Popov

From a media release: 2011 National Arts Centre Award-Winner, Ballet Jörgen Canada Welcomes First Artist-in-Residence Grigory Popov of Russia's Mariinsky Ballet Toronto ON – Bengt Jörgen, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Jörgen Canada, is proud to announce today’s arrival of the company’s first Artist-in-Residence, Grigory Popov—direct from Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet Company. Grigory, a graduate of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and an international winner of the Vaganova-Prix International Competition, will be joining the company for the 25th Anniversary year. "We are extremely pleased to have Grigory dance the lead role of the Prince during our 25th Anniversary presentation of Swan Lake.” says Bengt. “His past performances at the Mariinsky Ballet have received rave reviews. We are very fortunate to have such a talented and powerful dancer performing with our company." Grigory adds, "This is my first experience of this kind—I  have been touring

Ashkenaz Festival Celebrates Global Jewish Culture Aug 28-Sept 3 2012 in Toronto

From a media release: Ashkenaz Celebrates Global Jewish Culture at Harbourfront Centre Aug 28-Sept 3, 2012 TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the biennial return of the Ashkenaz Festival. The week-long festival, held this year from Tuesday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 3, celebrates cutting-edge and traditional culture from the international Jewish scene. The Ashkenaz Festival, which began in 1995 and has grown into one of the city’s favourites, features events spanning music, film, theatre, dance and more, celebrating the variety of cultures that comprise the international Jewish community. Over 200 individual artists from over a dozen countries, including Uganda, India, Australia, Argentina and Mexico, will descend upon Harbourfront Centre, demonstrating the diversity and depth of Jewish arts and culture. Highlights of Ashkenaz include performances, workshops, activities and more: • Music from Yemen Blues, who mix Yemenite-Jewish song and poetry with W

African Film: Seasons of a Life & The Silent Monologue Available from ArtMattan Films

From a media release: African Films on DVD: Seasons of a Life & The Silent Monologue Now Available SEASONS OF A LIFE Director: Shemu Joyah From: Malawi Year: 2008- Minutes: 102 mins Language : English Genre: Drama A housemaid, who is sexually abused by her boss and made pregnant, is forced to give up her son in order to go on with her education. Six years later she comes back to claim her son. From Malawi comes this moving story about sexual abuse, women rights and the legal justice system in Malawi. This film tackles universal themes in an African setting giving viewers an understanding of some of the modernization and democratization processes in Africa. To order Seasons of a Life please contact ArtMattan Films at or call (212) 864-1760. DVD sale: $245 THE SILENT MONOLOGUE LE MONOLOGUE DE LA MUETTE Director: Khady Sylla and Charlie Van Damme From: Senegal / Belgium Year: 2008- Minutes:48mins Language : French and Wolof with English subtitles Genre: Docu-d

Battle of the Beatmakers 2012: August 25 in Toronto

From a media release: Just Blaze, Statik Selektah & Skyzoo All Take Part In this year's Battle of the Beat Makers August 25, 2012 at the Opera House, Toronto • Producer Registration ends August 22, 2012 • Advance tickets on sale now Toronto, Canada – Grammy Award winning producer Just Blaze and celebrated hip-hop artists Statik Selektah and Skyzoo will be joining aspiring producers in Toronto, Canada for the nation’s official annual producer retreat, Battle of the Beat Makers (BBM), consisting of the Pro Audio Conference and Producer Competition. . “Every year we attract new producers from all over the country, eager to learn new tricks of the trade, rub shoulders with celebrated guests, artists, as well as to create a name for themselves at the Battle, this year will be monumental in satisfying each desire,” says Clifton Reddick, BBM Founder. Grammy award winning and multi-platinum selling producer Just Blaze, most well-known for producing Jay-Z songs on hit albums The B

Bold New Theater at Joe's Pub New York City August 23 & 24 2012

From a media release: INCOMING! THE PUBLIC THEATER'S UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL TESTS BOLD NEW MATERIAL FROM EDWIN LEE GIBON, CHRISTINA ANDERSON AND LILAC CO AT JOE’S PUB AUGUST 23 & 24, 2012 New York, NY – INCOMING! The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival will present new work at Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater’s most intimate performance space, on August 23 and 24. INCOMING! offers emerging talent the freedom and flexibility to experiment with new material – sometimes for the first time – in front of a live audience. This year’s lineup includes Obie winner Edwin Lee Gibson’s Five ‘ Til, the Brooklyn-based theater company Lilac co’s Drusi Is Coming and playwright Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots. The INCOMING! initiative at Joe’s Pub was created as an avenue for developing new material by artists looking for a safe, intimate performance space to debut work. “The Under the Radar Festival is proud to join with Joe's Pub in presenting the INCOMING! series,” said UTR Artis

From A-Z Films: And If We All Lived Together? Opens in Toronto Aug 17

From a media release: A-Z FILMS presents And If We All Lived Together? (Et si on vivait tous ensemble?) A film by Stéphane Robelin   Starring (in alphabetical order): Guy Bedos, Daniel Bruhl, Geraldine Chaplin, Jane Fonda, Claude Rich, Pierre Richard Opens in Toronto August 17, 2012 The Varsity + Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas Other Canadian cities to open: Vancouver - August 24 Montreal - September 21 Calgary – October 12 Ottawa - October 12 French with English Subtitles (Toronto)   And If We All Lived Together? is a beautiful adventure that revolves around a group of aging friends, who at 75 - in order to avoid retirement homes - resolve to live together, bringing with it the tragic and comic aspects of the communal life they have chosen. Opening in Toronto, on August 17, at The Varsity + Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas, followed by Vancouver on August 24, then Montreal on September 21, and then Ottawa on October 12. And If We All lived Together? will showcase some

Tess: New Video & Afro Punk Festival Aug 25 & 26 in Brooklyn

From a media release: New Video: HipRocknB with Tess and MJ She'll be at Commodore Park, Brooklyn on August 25 & 26 2012 as part of the Afro Punk Festival [New York, NY] In the words of Charlie Sheen, Singer/Songwriter Tess, is WINNING!! August has proven to be a great month for the HipRocknB Rebel. On Friday, August 3rd, Tess gave an incredible performance at the final Afro Punk 'Battle Of The Bands' show; and was announced one of the winners of the evening. Tess will perform along side Eryka Badu, Janelle Monae, Gym Class Heroes and many more on August 25th and 26th at Commodore Park in Brooklyn, NY. The 2012 Afro Punk Festival will definitely get a taste of #HipRocknB. Continuing the 'WINNING' streak, Friday, August 10th, also marked a big milestone for the young artist: the release of the new music video for the hit single “MJ”, off her debut EP, 'The Name Is Tess'. The fun and quirky video is sure to be a favorite. Singer/songwriter, Tess ai

Shawn Lee: Synthesizers in Space & U.S. Tour Aug 22-Sept 2 2012

From a media release: ESL presents Shawn Lee ’s Psychedelic Opus Synthesizers in Space • U.S. Tour dates at this link (see below too) August 22 - September 2, 2012 • Download the MP3 "Head Up" at this link “For me, being creative is a natural bodily function, like breathing and eating,” Shawn Lee says from his London studio as he reflects on the whirlwind effort and inspiration he experienced in developing his latest album, Synthesizers in Space. It began at a music store called Switched On in Austin, TX and the discovery of a vintage “mystery-box” instrument hidden amongst the old synths and organs that created sounds and textures unlike anything currently in his sonic arsenal. The result was a focused attack in the studio, creating a set of 11 new tracks based around the “mystery box”, and a range of psychedelic grooves. Synthesizers in Space is a diverse, densely layered collection from a musician known for his ability to blend sunny melodies, smoky grooves and propu

Rock from New Zealand: Devilskin New Video for 'Little Pills'

From a media release: DEVILSKIN - LITTLE PILLS [Official Music Video] Produced/Directed/Written by Dimi Nakov Editing/Post Production: Martin Collyns Camera : Dimi Nakov,Stephen Morris,Joe Murdie and Mike Whitehead. Lighting : Mike Whitehead, Simon Kramers and Joel Comer Genre: Rock/Metal/Bogun Members: Jennie Skulander- vocals Nail- guitar Paul Martin- bass Nic Martin- drums "Devilskin is a four piece band from Hamilton New Zealand formed in June 2010, they already has guts, class, kudos and confidence. The sum total of a determined and accomplished group of musicians who know what they want, the music is organic, dynamic and real. The band features the spectacular Jennie Skulander on lead vocals. Her powerful and compelling voice and alluring stage presence sets her apart from any vocalist New Zealand has put up so far. With an unerring gift for melody, Jennies' incredible voice sweeps from whisper to roar, rips with power, drips with melody and captivates