Category Archives: film

June 13

GIRL UP@TIFF LIGHTBOX-Thurs.,June 6th,2019

By A.J.Lam Human trafficking is an extreme human rights violation and from my view, a global feminist issue. It’s the largest and most lucrative social injustice of our time. And there are more people as slaves today than at any point in history. Remember that there are various contributors that allow trafficking environments to flourish […]

June 01

HALSTON@TIFF LIGHTBOX-Wed.,May 29th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Frédéric Tcheng, the director, crafts a unique approach to the mysterious life of Roy Halston Frowick, the fashion designer who dreamed of dressing “all of America.” The result is an enthralling character study of a fashion genius. The immense amount of research into the subject is evident from the archival footage to […]

May 09

HOT DOCS 2019-MILES DAVIS:THE BIRTH OF COOL@TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX-Sat.,May 4th,2019

The Birth of Cool is a superbly crafted documentary about the life of jazz great/pioneer Miles Davis and is an example of what great filmmaking can offer. Combine this with a subject that has the artistic depth, drive, and mystique, as Miles Davis had, and you readily become enthralled in his life’s story. This is […]

May 08

HOT DOCS 2019-OUR GODFATHER@TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX-Sat.,May 4th,2019

Tommaso Buscetta, aka-Don Masino, turned state’s evidence and his testimony led to the conviction of over 400 Mafiosi in Italy and the United States, and he became the first Mafia boss to ever turn his back on Cosa Nostra. Buscetta became disenchanted following the murder of a number of allies and family members, including two […]

May 08

“Who Let The Dogs Out”@TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX-Sun.,May 5th,2019

Director Brent Hodge very aptly captures the hilarious adventure of Ben Sisto’s quest to get to the bottom of “Who Let The Dogs Out.”  A subject definitely off the beaten path, it starts naturally enough with Ben noticing an incomplete citation on the songs Wikipedia page and he sets out the find the answer.  Who did let […]

May 07

HOT DOCS 2019-BELLINGCAT-TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORTH-HOT DOCS CINEMA-Fri.,May 3rd,2019

This was a very intriguing documentary during Hot Docs 2019 week. Bellingcat, the name was adapted from a cartoon character, and the agency was founded in 2014 by Eliot Higgins. This is an international group that uses available info and tools such as geolocation data, 3D simulations, social media to conduct serious investigative work. Bellingcat […]

May 07

The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival Official Program Announcement-Fri.,May 3rd,2019@Artscape Daniels Launchpad-(Festival Dates-May 23rd-June 2nd,2019)

The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival announced the Official Program for the 2019 Toronto LGBT Film Festival (May 23 to June 2)last Friday.   All who attended celebrate with food and drinks, it was a first look at Inside Out’s 2019 program! Everyone received a copy of the official program while enjoying entertainment by DJs […]

May 05

The Trial of Ratko Mladic@Hart House-Mon.,April 29th,2019

The ‘Trial of Ratko Mladic’ is a compelling documentary that takes us inside the largest trial argued before the UN’s International Court of Justice at The Hague since the Nuremberg Trials of 1945.  The man standing before the court, as the title tells us, is Ratko Mladic, nicknamed “The Butcher of Bosnia.” The filmmakers take full advantage […]

May 03

HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS-“There Are No Fakes”@TIFF LIGHTBOX AND AFTERPARTY@THE LODGE-Mon.,April 29th,2019

I had the opportunity to watch “There Are No Fakes” during Hot Docs film festival and I don’t think I’ve stopped telling people about it since. The documentary is unlike any I’ve seen before and shares a very riveting and important story. The exposé is based around the work of Norval Morrisseau, arguably Canada’s most […]

May 02

WILLIE@HOT DOCS CINEMA-Mon.,April 29th,2019

Willie – A documentary about a man with the universal wisdom to overcome adversity in it’s most primal form. Racism. Presented is a man that is not only able to overcome the roadblocks in his own life but has the tools to teach others what he knows. The director Laurence Mathieu-Leger shows us a man […]

February 07

2019 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED CANADIAN ACADEMY TO HONOUR THE KIDS IN THE HALL, DEEPA MEHTA, MARY WALSH & STEPHAN JAMES WITH SPECIAL AWARDS @The Globe and Mail Building -Thurs., Feb. 7th,2019

Today, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy) announced the nominees in 135 film, television, and digital content categories for the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, as well as the special awards that will be announced on air including The Kids in the Hall, who will receive the Academy Icon Award, Deepa Mehta, […]

October 27

BOOMBOX – TORONTO’S Wickedest Costume Party @TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX – Thurs., Oct.25th, 2018

Photography By A.J. Lam. It’s not quite Halloween yet, but who doesn’t like a Thursday night party? Multiple floor levels full of Spooky characters, dazzling performances, amazing food and great beverages.     Every year Boombox tops itself and this year was no exception! It was a memorable night for the capacity crowd who dressed up […]

October 04

Award-Winning Artist Zahed Sultan Creates Cross-Cultural Reggae Exchange

Award-Winning Artist Zahed Sultan Creates Cross-Cultural Reggae Exchange Recorded at Tuff Gong Studio, “Monkey Riddim” is the First Single Out on this Jamaica / Kuwait Multi-Media Album. “Talented artist” — Keep Walking Music “Loved the insane vibe and vocal mood!” — Canal Off & Surf “I loved the vibe on this” — Streetfrass “The video […]

September 12

THE 6th ANNUAL BIRKS DIAMOND TRIBUTE TO THE YEAR’S WOMEN IN FILM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TELEFILM CANADA@RICARDA’S-Mon.,Sept.10th,2018

This was The 6th annual Telefilm Canada + Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film that honours outstanding Canadian women for their contributions to film and TV. The 2018 honourees were: director Nettie Wild (Koneline: Our Land Beautiful), actresses Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with Wolves) and Pascale Bussières (When Night is Falling), screenwriter Susan […]

September 10

HOUSE OF AURORA’ TAKES OVER HISTORIC BANK TO HOST PREMIERE EVENTS FOR THE 2018 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL-Fri.,Sept.7th-9th,2018

Photography by A.J. Lam and BK. Canadian company Aurora Cannabis hosted a private 3 day & night red carpet premiere events in a historic former bank located at 320 Bay Street over the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) opening weekend. ‘House of Aurora’, was the destination to go and it hosted 3 exclusive premiere parties, […]