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RIFF 2014: Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty Review

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty chronicles the highs and lows in the life of a blues icon and a man who certainly never looked the part that he played so well on stage. Through interviews with friends and contemporaries likes Joe Perry, James Cotten, Susan Tedecshi, Billy Gibbons and Tommy […]

The Original Buzz is Back

The original and iconic thriller The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was recently restored with 4K digital picture and 7.1 sound for its week long engagement at The Royal in Toronto starting today, and here's how it was done.

Radio Free Albemuth Review

There’s a defining earnestness and conviction that carries the ultra-low budget Philip K. Dick adaptation Radio Free Albemuth a long way.

Interview: Will Pascoe

We talk with Will Pascoe, director of the documentary Lost Heroes: The Untold Story of Canadian Superheroes about the largely forgotten about or sadly lost legacy of the Canadian born superhero.

Interview: Andrew and Adam Gray

We talk to brothers Andrew and Adam Gray, the documentarians behind Fly Colt Fly, a look at the almost unbelievable crime spree of 19 year old thief Colton Harris-Moore, about what first drew them to Colton as a subject, the sometimes unbelievable nature of his escapes from SWAT teams and army helicopters, how their love of comics helped in the mythological animated sequences of the film, the dangers Andrew put his own brother-in-law through for the live action recreations, how people from Colton’s younger days were more sympathetic, and how this film almost got them shot... twice.

Griot Review

In the documentary Griot, trumpeter Volker Goetze takes a look at his collaborations with musician Ablaye Cissoko, a man who keeps the historical and cultural traditions of music alive in his home country of Senegal.

Contest: See Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze in Concert in Toronto!

We don’t often get the chance to share some great music with our readers, but today marks a very special occasion! Enter for a chance to win a prize pack with two tickets and two CDs to see world music artists Volker Goetze and Ablaye Cissoko at The Royal in Toronto on Thursday, October 24th at 7:30pm, in honour of the documentary about the duo, GRIOT, opening at the theatre on Friday, October 25th!

Me, the bees, and cancer Review

The first film to get a wide release from producer and Toronto filmmaker Ingrid Veninger's 1K Wave, Me, the bees and cancer tells the inspiring story of a local entertainment industry icon and near life long homeopath who wasn't about to let a little lymphoma get him down.

Interview: Justin Ludwig

Step into the pit as we talk to Canadian documentarian, punk rock frontman, and proud atheist Justin Ludwig about his film ChristCORE and how he learned to have a better understanding of the world of Christian punk and metal despite not being a believer himself. We also talk about the crossover success of Christian rock, how the bands politically believed a lot of the same things he did, and how to potentially really screw over Chik-Fil-A.


Enter for the chance to win one of five pairs of run-of-engagement passes to see the Toronto made Tower at The Royal starting on Friday, February 22nd courtesy of Dork Shelf and College Street Pictures.