By Paolo Pagcanlungan
“That is it’s own [oddly] radical act,” Joe Talbot – Director, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, explains when reflecting on the effect his movie has acclaimed by gathering people in a movie theatre to “be present”.
With the movie finally having released (in Canada) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, its important and relatable message can now be shared with moviegoers and people alike who are curious about what Joe and lead actor, Jimmie Fails, have to say about their hometown. Both make it clear what their debut movie is and is not.
By Laura-Leah McNeil
The 14th annual CaribbeanTales Film Festival (CTFF) media launch was colourful, and the vibe at The Royal Cinema was exciting. Everyone was eagerly anticipating the special preview of Yardie, which actually released last year, but did not make it to the film festival previously due to unforeseen circumstances.
By Benjamin Akpan
As teenagers, best friends Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails thought of making a movie based on their personal experiences, particularly that of Fails’. In 2015, they began to actively raise funds to produce their film. Four years later, following a successful kickstarter, an acclaimed short film, as well as backing from production companies A24 and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, they finally brought their film The Last Black Man in San Francisco to life. The film is a slow burning and poetic, yet earnest love story to the city they both grew up in, which they have watched slowly disintegrate before their very eyes as a result of gentrification.
By Aaron Zaretsky & Paolo Pagcanlunga
Basketball is more than just a sport. At least for Toronto. #GoRaptorsGo
It’s not just a hobby, passion, or even career choice. There is a saying that basketball is life, and in the interactive, heartwarming theatre performance of Monday Nights, the crowd jumps from the bleachers into an intimate glimpse of the journeys of four men on and off the court.
By Justin Wong
Now in its 7th year, the Vaughan International Film Festival provides a platform for both local and international filmmakers. Hosted at the Cineplex Colossus Theatre in Vaughan, 18 student films from 11 different high schools across the Greater Toronto Area were chosen for the Student Initiatives Film Competition.