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The Dork Shelf Guide to CineFranco 2014

By Dork Shelf
March 27, 2014

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There are few film festivals in the city of Toronto as broad reaching and as established as the now 17 year old CineFranco Festival, kicking off once again this weekend from The Royal Cinema. Begun in 1997 by Marcel Lean, the festival has always explored a broad range of genres, cinematic styles, and theories when it comes to bringing the best in French language cinema to the largely English speaking portion of Canada.

Featuring French language films from around the world, never just France or Canada. This year’s line-up of 25 features and 12 shorts include entries from Tunisia, Switzerland, Belgium,  Morocco, and Algeria spread out across ten days of screening from this Friday, March 28th to Sunday, April 6th.

There’s a little something for everyone this year, as in most years, but there seems to be a bit more of a trend this year towards gritty urban dramas, psychological thrillers, and life affirming comedies over other genres from years past. Whatever the case, we certainly had a lot to look at and got to as much of it as we could. Here now are reviews of eight of the features from this year’s festival that we had time enough to get around to.

For a full list of features, showtimes, and tickets, please head over to the CineFranco website.

CineFranco 2014

Bright Days Ahead (Dave Voigt)

Hold Back (Andrew Parker)

The Informant (Andrew Parker)

Moroccan Gigolos (Opening Night Gala) (Andrew Parker)

On My Way (Dave Voigt)

The Scar (Andrew Parker)

Vandal (Kirk Haviland)

Wrestling Queens (Kirk Havland)

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Lost Heroes: The Untold Story of Canadian Superheroes Review

February 28, 2014

The engrossing and incredibly well researched and laid out documentary Lost Heroes: The Untold Story of Canadian Superheroes seeks to preserve and restore a legacy of Canadian literature that no one back in the 1940s really thought to protect all that much. Continue reading

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Interview: Will Pascoe

February 27, 2014

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. Continue reading

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Interview: Andrew and Adam Gray

February 19, 2014

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. Continue reading

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The Dork Shelf Guide to the 2013 European Union Film Festival

By Dork Shelf
November 14, 2013

Dork Shelf looks at the first ever European Union Film Festival – a series of free films from all over Europe running from November 14th-27th at The Royal in Toronto – and gives reviews to 8 of the films screening! Continue reading

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The Dork Shelf Guide to Halloween in Toronto

October 28, 2013

We take a look at some of the best goings on in Toronto this Halloween from movies, to TV, to theatre, and one really kick ass party. And we might have some surprises in store… if you dare. Continue reading

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Griot Review

October 23, 2013

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. Continue reading

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

October 22, 2013

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! Continue reading

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Me, the bees, and cancer Review

June 19, 2013

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. Continue reading

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Interview: Justin Ludwig

May 3, 2013

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. Continue reading

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CONTEST: See TOWER in TORONTO

By Dork Shelf
February 18, 2013

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. Continue reading

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Contest: See MANBORG in Toronto This Weekend!

By Dork Shelf
January 29, 2013

Enter for a chance to win one of five pairs of passes to see the Canadian cult comedy smash Manborg at The Royal in Toronto on Friday, February 1st at 11:30pm! Continue reading

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The Seventh Art Presents Whit Stillman in Toronto

December 10, 2012

Local film site mavericks The Seventh Art are bringing director Whit Stillman to Toronto for two nights at The Royal this week. Here’s why you should go. Continue reading

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Interview: Canadian Film Fest Founder Bern Euler

March 26, 2012

Canadian Film Fest founder and programmer Bern Euler talks to Dork Shelf about his crusade to bring smaller Canadian films to the masses during his Toronto based festival, running March 28th to the 31st at The Royal in Toronto. Continue reading

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This Week in Dork: February 27 – March 5

By Dork Shelf
February 27, 2011

This Week in Dork is a weekly feature that attempts to encapsulate all the dorky events happening in and around Toronto every week. The February 27 – March 5 edition features an overblown awards ceremony with free popcorn, suicide bomber satire, South Korean horror and a Steampunk masquerade. Continue reading

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This Week in Dork: February 20 – 26

By Dork Shelf
February 20, 2011

This Week in Dork is a new feature that will attempt to encapsulate all of the dorky events happening in and around Toronto every week. This week’s highlights include a free Tim Burton Day at the Lightbox, a metalhead documentary, a classic monster movie and more! Continue reading

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SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS at The Royal with filmmakers in attendance

By Dork Shelf
February 13, 2011

Small Town Murder Songs with filmmakers in attendance for intro and Q&A’s for each screening. Director Ed Gass-Donnelly, starring Peter Stormare, Aaron Poole, Jill Hennessy, Jackie Burroughs and Martha Plimpton. Continue reading

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MODRA – One week at The Royal with filmmakers in attendance

By Dork Shelf
February 13, 2011

Modra filmmakers in attendance for intro and Q&A’s for each screening. Director Ingrid Veninger, starring Hallie Switzer and Alexander Gammal, Canada, 2010. Continue reading

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