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Inside Out Grows Up with My Brother the Devil

Ironically, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival leaves its adolescent years behind by launching its 22nd year with a film in which the youthful tenets of masculinity are harshly tested. The engrossing and refreshing British drama, MY BROTHER THE DEVIL is set and shot on location in the Hackney, UK, home of director, Sally El Hosaini. The story centres around Rashid (James Floyd) an early school leaver and drug-running gang-member who wants better for his studious younger brother, Mo (Fady Elsayed). 
I thought I knew what to expect from My Brother the Devil, but was wonderfully surprised by its refreshing take on a familiar storyline. The script is well-realized on screen with fantastic cinematography, music, sound, and carefully placed scenes that underscore the pattern of tension and release needed in a rude boy picture. 
Actor, James Floyd, who doesn't have a bad side as far as the camera is concerned, is solidly cast in his role as Rashid--most would never know that the mix …

Inside Out Film Festival Launches Tonight!

What are you seeing at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2012?

MAY 17-27th
Film Info/Trailers:
Buy tickets: online or .
By Phone:
10am to 7pm daily
416.599.TIFF (8433)
Toll free: 1.888.599.8433 In Person: 10am to 10pm daily
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square,
350 King Street West (at John Street)

China Heavyweight Scores!

It's not easy for a Canadian film to make it past the first week-end screening at your local cinema, and for a documentary, the chances of getting bums in seats on that all important first week-end is rare (unless you're Michael Moore), but Oshwa's own, Yung Chang has scored with his latest project, CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT.

Recently screened at Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT tells to story of two Chinese youth who have been recruited to train for the Olympics. Under the guidance of Coach Qi Moxiang, a former "boxing king", the young men struggle to maintain the mental and physical conditioning it takes to be successful, ever mindful of the fact that if they fail, they will have to return to poverty and the backbreaking labour of the countryside.

Screening at The Varsity Cinema
55 Bloor Street West (inside the Manulife building)

Yung Chang talks about getting the right shots for China Heavyweight:

Sound designer

Save our Documentaries!

China Heavyweight director, Yung Chang on the need to save Canadian documentary funding.

Hot Docs 2012...And the Award Goes To...

Courtesy of VKPR and Hot Docs:
Toronto, May 4, 2012 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce the winners of the Festival's 2012 awards. The Hot Docs Awards Presentation, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi (host, Q CBC Radio One), took place on Friday, May 4, at the Windsor Arms Hotel inToronto. Ten awards and $71,000 in cash prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers. The Best Canadian Feature, Best International Feature, and the Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize winners will have encore screenings on Sunday, May 6.
The award for Best Canadian Feature was presented to THE WORLD BEFORE HER (D: Nisha Pahuja; P: Cornelia Principe, Nisha Pahuja, Ed Barreveld), a revealing looking at the clash between modernity and tradition faced by young women in India. Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada, t…
My Thoughts On...Only The Young, Buzkashi!

Twenty-something directors, Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippetfollowed their teenage subjects, Garrison, Kevin and Skye for 2 years, capturing the dynamic of friend-ship (romantic and non-romantic), their concerns, and their unique expressions.  Wonderful cinematography and pacing invites you into the specific world of these Canyon Country, California teens that is relatable for young viewers and unexpectedly delightful for the adults. Thu, May 3 5:30 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 
Sun, May 6 4:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

"The horses play as much as the people," says director Najeeb Mirza, describing the melee that's part of the game of Buzkashi. IThis hectic, dangerous game evolved from dragging wolves away from sheep, but now the wolves are replaced by a goat carcass that must cross the goal post. Tajikistan champion Azam, plays the game the traditional way, as an individual, but others are introducing a new way of…