Whistler Film Festival 2019: It’s a Wrap – Marina Antunes reports

For five short days in December, the Resort Municipality of Whistler turns from one of the world’s top ski destinations into one of the top entertainment destinations as the Whistler Film Festival descends on the village. In its 19th year, the latest edition of festival continued the tradition of celebrating Canadian talent with 71% of the programmed films being Canadian.

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SPOTLIGHT August 2019: Carol Whiteman, Feminist Film Advocate, Activist, President of Women in the Directors Chair

In Canadian women’s filmmaker circles, mention of Carol Whiteman’s name is cause for applause. As President of the non-profit Women in the Director’s Chair, Whiteman can be credited with mentoring more than 250 women directors through the arduous process of making their first films — from concept to premiere. Any female filmmaker who is working in Canada or has aspirations to do so ought to have Whiteman’s name on her must meet list.

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RIOT GIRLS – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Jovanka Vuckovic’s feature debut Riot Girls is set in a future where the adult population has been decimated by a plague kids have remained immune to. Riot Girls makes Vuckovic’s punk sensibility explicit not only through its very title (riffing on the underground 90s riot grrrl movement), but by the subcultural styling of its two central characters, Scratch (Paloma Kwiatkowski) and Nat (Madison Iseman).

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MOUTHPIECE – Review by Leslie Combemale

Mouthpiece is not an easy watch, especially for those still emotionally bruised by the recent loss. of a loved one. However, films that capture grief with a female gaze are too few in number, and there is catharsis for film lovers willing to invest in a viewing. It will stay with you. It might even spur some inner inquiry. Isn’t that what good films should do?

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