Mini Review: Like the Ones I Used to Know

Year: 2022 Runtime: 18 minutes Director/Writer: Annie St-Pierre Actors: Lilou Roy-Lanouette, Steve Laplante By Caelyn O’Reilly “Like the Ones I Used to Know” (or “Les Grandes Claques”) is the latest short film from Quebecois director Annie St-Pierre. An emotionally hard-hitting tale of a distant father and daughter at Christmas. First off, I love the way the two titles each use their different connotations to hit … Continue reading Mini Review: Like the Ones I Used to Know

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: The Letter Room

Year: 2022 Runtime: 30 minutes Director/Writer: Elvira Lind Actors: Oscar Isaac, Alia Shawkat, Brian Petsos, John Douglas Thompson, Kenneth Heaton, Eileen Galindo By Rosa Parra “The Letter Room” (2020) is a short film directed and written by Elvira Lind. Starring Oscar Isaac this film follows a correction officer who is assigned to the letter room where he must inspect every letter. Then suddenly he becomes … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: The Letter Room

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: On My Way (Neige)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 9 minutes Director/Writer: Paule Beaudoin Actors: Benjamin Déziel,Olivia Leclair By Juli Horsford “On My Way”(Neige) begins with some stunningly beautiful shots of snow falling on a street. Snow is piled on the road and director Paule Beaudoin manages to capture an intensity in the snowstorm that keeps these early scenes interesting. Then suddenly we’re inside a home with a man who has … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: On My Way (Neige)

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Public Relations

Year: 2022 Runtime: 22 minutes Director/Writer: Elle Jae Stewart Actors: Elle Jae Stewart, Marcus Henderson, Chloe Paige Flowers By Valerie Kalfrin  Billed as the proof-of-concept pilot for a series, the short “Public Relations” packs a lot of soapy drama into 22-minutes but leaves little room for developing its characters or caring what happens next.  Creator Elle Jae Stewart (The American Theatre of BEing Documentary) stars as Chelsea, a … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Public Relations

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Frimas

Year: 2022 Runtime: 20 minutes Director/Writer: Marianne Farley Actors: Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, Chantal Baril, Kent McQuaid By Valerie Kalfrin A woman stands on a snowy street, tugging her hood over her head to hide her face from the passing police cars more than the cold. Within moments, a meat truck pulls over, the driver asking what she ate that morning.  “Water lilies,” she says. Satisfied, he … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Frimas

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Joutel

Year: 2022 Runtime: 15 minutes Director/Writer: Alexa-Jeanne Dubé Cast: Marie Tifo, Pierre Curzi By Joan Amenn Joutel was a mining town in Canada and the title of this film includes the dates 1965-1998, which was the duration of the community’s existence. By drawing a metaphor for the lifespan of a place being similar to that of a human being, “Joutel” is a touchingly somber and … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Joutel

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: L’autre rive

Year: 2022 Runtime: 17 minutes Director/Writer: Gaëlle Graton Actors: Judith Baribeau, Rosalie Fortier By Dominic Corr The humanitarian crisis across the world continues.  If anything, it worsens.  From filmmaker Gaëlle Graton, their debut film “L’autre rive” (A Shore Away) is a passion project from the storyteller who seeks to create and engage with the awareness of social issues: particularly homelessness.  Shot on location in a working emergency … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: L’autre rive

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Scratched: Aoteaora’s Lost Sporting Legends

Year: 2022 Runtime: 12 minutes Director: Madeleine Chapman By Juli Horsford Director Madeleine Chapman takes us on a journey to the far reaches of New Zealand where Lee Ralph resides on a farm. He tends to the animals there and works as a farmhand to make it by. Ralph’s face is lined with age and he’s missing a few teeth. You’d never know he was … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Scratched: Aoteaora’s Lost Sporting Legends

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Polished

Year: 2022 Runtime: 6 minutes Director/Writer: Colleen Dodge Actors: Jane Stiles By Dominic Corr Six minutes. That’s all it takes for Colleen Dodge’s “Polished” to communicate a vulnerable glimpse in decisions, everyday decisions, but decisions only half of the world is making. And within these six minutes, nothing is taken at second value; it speaks true and forthright with a stellar cinema verité framework. Aiming … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Polished

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Hot Singles

Year: 2022 Runtime: 9 minutes Written/Directed: Laura Jean Hocking Actors: Shannon Walton By Dominic Corr At the end of all things, as the planet burns and is battered by the winds of climate chaos – one thing will persist, one eternal message: ‘hot singles in your area.’ It’s a humorous and all too crushing reality. That in a not-too-distant future where temperatures skyrocket and the … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Hot Singles