Inside The Chaos: Inside Out Continues!

Nervous, excited and a little sweaty, I stood outside Tiff Bell Light Box Thursay evening at 6:30 clutching, well, a clutch purse, waiting to go into the Inside Out kick-off gala.

Nervous because it’s a party and I don’t know anyone.

Excited because it is the kick-off party for a great festival showcasing amazing talent, inspirational directors and meaningful  cinematic content.

And sweaty because, well, I walked several blocks in pumps, okay?

Here’s the thing about the Inside Out kick-off gala: it buzzed like a beautiful beehive! While this might not be that abnormal for a gala, I couldn’t help but feel how full to bursting with life it was, especially during the after party when the dance floor got flash-mobbed by vintage cabaret dancers all dressed in chic black and white attire. The before and after parties, complete with pink velvet carpet  (as opposed to the “red” carpet)  book ended the international premier of Grandma, directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy, American Pie) and starring Lily Tomlin with a supporting cast including Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Julia Garner (to name just a few!).

That isn’t the only notable headline coming out of the festival this season. Notable premier titles include Fresno (Jamie Babbit), Super Awesome (Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes), The Grayscale (Claudio Marcone) and Liz in September (Fina Torres). And that is not all of them! To check out a full list of all screenings by day, take a look at the link below:

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/films/schedule-of-films

Something that felt profound to me while I mingled at the after party was the importance to go check out these screening and shows during  the festival’s run (May 21st-31st). While Inside Out is a festival showcasing the talent within the LGTBQ community, you don’t have to be part of that community to appreciate the beauty of good storytelling. Good cinema is good cinema no matter what platform inspires it.

Now how to navigate an after party where you know no one but desperately want to mingle? That’s an article for another time. But tip number one is to wear deodorant. You know, in case you have to walk a couple blocks in pumps.

Filmmaking 101: Story Structure

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A few months ago I launched a new series called Filmmaking 101 that was meant to show new filmmakers the ropes on how to produce independent films with little to no experience or budget. This is the second episode of that series in which I outline the basic story structure of a successful script. Get cracking on your masterpiece by watching this month’s lesson!

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Victoria Day: A Review of Canadian Historical Dramas

This holiday is to celebrate the longest running sovereign of our country and the so called “Mother of Confederation.” Since it’s all rainy and cloudy outside, let’s honour this Victoria Day by looking the great historical dramas that look at the time of Queen Victoria.

(1) John A: Birth of a Country

Shawn Doyle takes on the role of Sir John A MacDonald trying to bring a rag-tag group of provinces into a country. He battles against Peter Outerbridge’s George Brown and his glorious mutton chops. It’s a look inside the political machinations that went into making Canada an actual country.

Damn, those are some serious mutton chops.
Damn, those are some serious mutton chops.

(2) Murdoch Mysteries 

The series starts out in 1895 in Toronto and follows an upstanding detective who solves crimes using his old timey smarts. He also managed to invent pretty much all the crime solving techniques used today, even fingerprinting. But the best part of the show is men in suspenders. Is there any better reason?

Now that is quality CanCon.
Now that is quality CanCon.

(3) Anne of Green Gables 

Near the end of the Victorian era comes the classic Canadian heroine: Anne of Green Gables. The novels are almost as beloved as Megan Follows’ incarnation of the fiery-haired Anne. Also importantly, you can almost see the sexual awakening of generations of young Canadian girls with Gilbert Blyth.

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Old timey panty drop.

And if you get tired of all your 19th Century dramas, hit up:

(4) Trudeau

Watch Colm Feore stick it to the Brits and bring the constitution home. People always claim that Canadian history is boring, Canadian TV even more so, but this proves both wrong. Feore has the energy to bring Trudeau to life and represent the charismatic man who made Canada interesting, at least for a brief while.

You should see him twirl into a swimming pool.
You should see him twirl into a swimming pool.

So now you have a solid line-up of historical dramas for your rainy day. Happy Victoria Day!