Sep 22

CIFF Preview: Michelle Wood

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To celebrate the 10th Annual Calgary International Film Fest, the team at GetDown.ca have decided to publish a series of articles showcasing the films you need to see. We’ll be posting the top four films from each of our writers throughout the week so check back each day. Next up is Michelle Wood’s Documentary Picks.

45365 – If you liked Jesus Camp.

There is something strangely captivating about middle America. Be it the unsettling religious fervour, the unexpected beauty of bare crops or the lush storytelling tradition, the geographic heart of the Land of the Free has always been a favourite for documentary filmmakers. 45365 documents the happenings of Sidney, Ohio, and its residents over the course of nine months. Through the voyeurism of documentary film, 45365 presents us with a reminder that not everything is as it appears. | More Information

Best Worst Movie – If you liked Trekkies

Have you ever seen Troll 2? You should, but be forewarned: it is a cinematic experience requiring both inebriation and a chamber pot. In other words, it’s so bad, it’s good. In fact, IMDB once awarded the low-budget sequel the dubious distinction of “The Worst Film of all Time”. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, as well as members of the loyal fan(?)base, Best Worst Movie attempts to find a jewel in the rotting dung heap that is Troll 2. Bring a friend and a sense of humour. | More Information

Art & Copy – If you liked Hype!

Do you remember life before the iPod? Do you even want to remember life before the iPod? When reminded that we used to carry around tapes and Walkmans, we realize how much a product can become part of our daily lives. Art & Copy brings us the behind-the-scenes story about how advertising influences us, even well beyond the point of purchase. The film explores legendary ad campaigns, and provides a glimpse into the creative minds that made them happen. | More Information

The Philosopher Kings – If you liked Bowling for Columbine.

We all know that the only true knowledge to be found in the halls of learning comes from the janitors. The quest for wisdom and happiness seems to be lost on us, or perhaps it has been translated to a quest for accumulation and consumption. The Philosopher Kings juxtaposes the world in which Socrates asks “What is the good life?” with our world of anti-depressants and Columbine-style massacres. Are we living the good life, or are we in prisons of our own making? | More Information

This is a guest post by freelance writer Michelle Wood.

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