Trapped inside a <i>Bone Cage</i>

Trapped inside a Bone Cage

Taylor Olson's debut feature tells the story of a man struggling within the confines of toxic masculinity.
Bone Cage at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival Streaming online until Sep 27 $9.99/$19.99, Jamie works operating a wood processor, clear-cutting for pulp.

Climb aboard the Stage Mother ship

The feel-good film 2020 desperately needs explores true drag culture and queer identity.
Big hair, big makeup, big attitudes: It became clear to screenwriter Brad Hennig one day, while perusing his social media, that the drag queens and church ladies on his friends list weren’t so different after all.

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announces its 2020 lineup

The 40th anniversary of the fest can be screened from home this September 17-24.
Thank god for that bulk box of popcorn you impulse-bought in early quarantine: Today, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announced the lineup for its virtual festival, slated for September 17-24.

Susan Kent follows the lead

How Chelsea Peretti's right hand in the Halifax-shot Spinster is a one-woman revelation.
There’s this scene in Spinster—the new, north end-shot dramedy starring Chelsea Peretti—that will play on a loop in a quiet corner of your brain forever.

Latesha Auger's Journey is just beginning

The director—and Being Black In Halifax film program alumni—shares her "honest and resilient" storytelling.
How do we heal from a wound?

I Hear You: a medical drama that listens

The web series tells the "quiet side of medicine, where gender-oppressed people are dying."
I Hear You now streaming on free The world doesn’t need another medical drama.

How Israel Ekanem rolls

The multi-hyphenate filmmaker has four shorts screening online at this week's Emerging Lens Film Festival.
Emerging Lens Film Festival 2020 June 10-14, 6:30-9pm The edges of the word prolific aren’t enough of a border to contain Israel Ekanem’s volume of work.

So, why is everyone watching dystopic films right now?

A bleak sci-fi flick isn't an information source—but if it's your emotional release, you're not alone.
Last week it was reported that Contagion—Steven Soderbergh’s nearly-decade-old drama about a global epidemic—climbed back into the iTunes top 10 movie rental charts.

Women Making Waves comes ashore

Three things you can learn at the 10th annual film and television conference.
Women Making Waves Mar 6-Mar 7 Hotel Halifax, 1990 Barrington Street $10-$150 see for details

Review: Sweet as Honeyland

Missed the recent local, sold-out screening of this award-winning documentary? Here's why it's still worth seeking out.
The documentary Honeyland tells a relatively minor story concerning a small group of individuals.

Ice Breakers shatters your idea of hockey history

A new documentary highlights the history of Black hockey players in the Maritimes—and explores how it resonates in 2020.
[Editor's note, April 3, 2020: As of late March, the National Film Board has released Ice Breakers on its website——for free streaming. Add it to your self-isolation watch list.]

Finding the Disappearance at Clifton Hill

A film entrenched in its sense of place makes a case for shooting local.
There have been movies casting Niagara Falls as a central setting, but none have quite captured the split personality of the kitschy tourist town quite like Disappearance at Clifton Hill. “I have some personal history with the city,” says Falls-bred filmmaker Albert Shin recently about his latest feature, opening February 28 at Cineplex Park Lane. “It’s not a neo-realist film about Niagara Falls but I thought the city itself, in its duality and with all its contradictions, were ripe for a cinematic treatment.”

The Halifax Black Film Festival gets reel

“We’re using the film festival to change the world.”
Halifax Black Film Festival Feb 28-Mar 1 Cineplex Park Lane 5657 Spring Garden Road and Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road

Golden opportunities

Where to catch up on the Oscar's hottest flicks in HRM.
Catching up on all the hottest Oscar flicks?

Gabrielle Zilkha is Queering The Script

The filmmaker's latest documentary highlights the hidden history of queer women on TV.
Shipping. Bury your gays.

The Handmade Film Collective proves DIY does it better

A screening of analogue flicks that shows how personal going to the movies can be.
Handmade Film Screening from Coast to Coast Tue Jan 28, 7-9pm The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street Free

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Big picture

Halifax might not have a repertory cinema, but film in the city is far from silent.

by CARSTEN KNOX, Aug 31/06

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