Ryerson’s Armenian community fought back online against the low ratings for Armenian genocide film The Promise. After only five screenings at TIFF, the movie received 50,000 “one-star” reviews on IMDb, but only had a maximum possible viewership of 7,700 people. Both Terry George, the film’s director, and Lori Tashjian, president of Ryerson’s Armenian Students’ Association (ASA), speculate that Turkish users are […]
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TIFF REVIEW: Forever Pure DIRECTOR: Maya Zinshtein (Israel) GENRE: Documentary, 87 minutes, 14A RATING: 3.5/4 stars Director Maya Zinshtein’s documentary Forever Pure shows Israel’s soccer giant Beitar Jerusalem Football Club at war from within. Before watching this film, I did not know much about mideast conflicts. The film effectively tells the story of what happened when two Muslim players joined […]
By Brynn Farren Haunted by horrifying visions of the future? If you’re a soon-to- be graduate of any arts program at Ryerson, this might be the case. Stephen Dunn is an award- winning director and a graduate from Ryerson University’s film program. He recently held a screening at Ryerson for his award-winning film Closet Monster that took home the award […]
Ryerson journalism student Vanessa Francone has been chosen as RBC’s TIFF red carpet correspondent. She tells The Ryersonian about her experience talking to the stars.
Ryerson film graduate Adam Garnet Jones’ first feature film Fire Song premiered last Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and is one of the first films directed by a First Nations director. Fire Song is the story of a closeted Anishinaabe teenager, who deals with the fallout of his sister’s suicide.
As a child growing up in Nunavut, Nyla Innuksuk was told terrifying myths by her elders. The tales are a tradition in the Inuit culture, and serve as cautionary tales for youth. “The environment’s so harsh that if you do something wrong as a kid in the Arctic, the consequences are that much more severe,” the Ryerson film graduate said. That […]
In his feature film debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ryerson alumnus Pat Mills plays a guidance counsellor who gives his students offbeat advice. The film studies graduate, who also directed and wrote the movie, offers aspiring artists and filmmakers his best tips on how to succeed in the industry. Read The Ryersonian‘s coverage of his film, Guidance, here.
It’s that wonderful time of year again. The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday and will run until Sept. 14. For your convenience, The Ryersonian’s Laura Calabrese compiled TIFF synopses of 10 must-see films that are playing at the Ryerson Theatre. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag tickets, remember you can always “rush.” Rush tickets are sold 10 minutes before the […]
To kick off its opening weekend, the Toronto International Film Festival has brought its celebrations out of the theatre and onto the street. From Thursday to Sunday, TIFF’s inaugural Festival Street will transform King Street into a pedestrian-only zone from University Avenue to Peter Street. Participants can enjoy outdoor patios, live music, interactive art exhibits, and even a “Film Therapy” […]
A group of beginner filmmakers and directors said that the connections made while they were students at Ryerson University opened doors for them in a new career. On Nov. 6 a group of Ryerson’s grads featured at this year’s TIFF gathered at the Rogers Communication Centre to view and discuss their films with students. All of the filmmakers had recently […]
Big things really do come in small packages — at least on YouTube. Ryerson grads Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg can surely attest to that after their short film Noah won YouTube’s award for Best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. “We were both shocked to hear we had won,” said Cederberg in a Facebook message […]
Suffering from TIFF withdrawal? The star-studded festival may be over, but that doesn’t mean the city is done celebrating its film obsession. We’ve got a list of wallet-friendly screenings this week. And by wallet-friendly, we mean free. Scotiabank “Summer of Free” Movie Tour The last free movie of the summer is actually on Ryerson’s campus. Bring your student ID and […]
As the Toronto International Film Festival winds down, the buzz surrounding Ryerson student films in the Short Cuts Canada programmes is just picking up. For Ryerson grads Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, their short film “Noah,” shot on a webcam for some $300, is hitting the big time online. Their film has been featured on major sites Gawker and the […]
Adam Nayman teaches documentary survey at Ryerson’s School of Journalism. He also teaches at the University of Toronto and is a film critic for The Globe and Mail and The Grid. Reporter Jordan White asked Nayman for some TIFF recommendations.
It can get pretty crazy out there at TIFF, so we’ve put together a curated list of what’s playing at the Ryerson Theatre this week. (Most of these are sold out online, so make sure to check out our guide to rushing films and scoring seats). TODAY: Don Jon (3 p.m.) Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon is about […]
She’s given us tips on how to survive a TIFF rush line. Our expert, Samantha Lui, also gives us a peek at what she carries with her while braving the wait. 1 | Water Always, ALWAYS bring water. A bottle of water is crucial as it’s easy to get dehydrated waiting outside for a long period of time. 2 | Snacks If you’re someone […]
Letting a stranger into your bed might make you some money this TIFF. With hotel prices skyrocketing during these 11 days of the Toronto International Film Festival, many movie-goers coming to the city are looking to classified advertising sites like Craigslist and Airbnb to save money on accommodations. “It’s kind of a no-brainer if you have the space and you’re […]
Frustrated with TIFF’s virtual waiting room? Determined to see Benedict Cumberbatch in the flesh? If you couldn’t score tickets to your must-see flick or just decided to join the festivities late in the game, have no fear, the Ryersonian’s rush line guide is here. As someone who’s waited in a rush line for eight hours to see Ryan Gosling’s latest […]
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