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    Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: Women Make Movies

    What to do on Sunday Night

    In the 2016 film Captain Fantastic, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen – The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence), is a father with meticulous survivalist and socialist ideals. He lives live an isolated off-the-grid life in the forests of the Pacific... more

    Nov 23, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: Naomi Mark

    Finessing Filmmaking Skills

    There are many excellent training opportunities available to aspiring Yukon filmmakers of all levels, through several different organizations. The Screen Production Yukon Association (SPYA) is one such organization; this winter, it’s launching a... more

    Nov 16, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-12-03 PHOTO: Brett Elliot

    Yukon 48 hour Film Challenge Back Again this Year

    If you’ve always wanted the challenge of making a film in a short amount of time, here’s your chance. The Yukon 48 Hour Film Challenge, hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) and the Yukon Film Society, will once again be... more

    Nov 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: Gary Bremner Creative Photography

    A Study in Sound

    Take a moment to think about your favourite film. What is the soundtrack like? Besides music, what other sorts of sounds are used to create a unique world? Subtle, yet essential, soundtracks can become afterthought in the visually-oriented world... more

    Nov 2, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-04-14, PHOTO: Courtesy of YQFA

    Intimate, Insightful and Non-Traditional

    It’s 1929, Virginia Woolf publishes her famous extended feminist essay, called “A Room of One’s Own,” exploring the gender disparity between women and men. Fast forward to 2016 and discussion around gender politics has widened to include people... more

    Apr 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Mongrel Media

    The New Girlfriend is French filmmaking at its best

    The New Girlfriend (Une Nouvelle Amie), a French drama from acclaimed director and screenwriter François Ozon, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. It has received several international award nominations and... more

    Apr 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-03-31, PHOTO: courtesy of YQFA

    The Danish Girl Attracts Controversy on Several Fronts

    At some point, perhaps, acting credentials and not gender identity, will dictate who gets what role. Until then, high profile films like The Danish Girl and Dallas Buyers Club will continue to raise hackles in the transgender community for having... more

    Mar 31, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-03-24, PHOTO: The Weinstein Company

    OUT North festival opens with Carol

    “Carol is a declaration of love for another film era, but from a thoroughly modern perspective.” Of the near unanimously admiring reviews for Todd Hayne’s gorgeous period drama, this one from Spanish movie blogger Alberto Abuin, perfectly sums the... more

    Mar 24, 2016

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Movies & TV Stories

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Linda Ohama

    Life After Tragedy

    At 2:46 p.m. on a Friday afternoon in 2011, the fourth most powerful earthquake in recorded history hit the Tohoku region of Japan, causing mass devastation, the loss of thousands of lives, and the eventual meltdown of three reactors at the... more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: IMDb

    King of Chicago

    The mayor of Chicago is mad as a hatter, but the trains run on time. Having been mayor for a couple of decades, Tom Kane is the ultimate power player; he has a lot to say about which councillors get elected and he wields that power like a mace to... more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: IMDb

    Live by these words and don’t see the movie

    Warcraft: The Beginning is an epic fantasy film that released on digital download September 13, 2016. It’s based on a popular series of video games by Blizzard Entertainment. This two hour movie is directed by Duncan Jones and written by Duncan... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01

    Yukon Stories

    Now in its 15th year, the Available Light Film Festival kicks off on Friday, Feb. 3 with a musical performance by John K. Samson and the Winter Wheat. The festival features over 40 events: film, media art, live performances and artist talks... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: IMDb

    So Close, But Still a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    Rogue One is the first of Disney’s anthology stories set within the Star Wars universe. This flick comes in at two hours and 14 minutes and is directed by Gareth Edwards. For those of you unaware, Rogue One takes place after Revenge of the Sith... more

    Jan 18, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: IMDb

    Epiphanies

    “It’s like everybody knows the story,” muses a reporter to her colleague. “Except us.” The journalists of “Spotlight,” a legendary investigative unit at the Boston Globe, won a Pulitzer for a series of revelatory articles on the cover-up of child... more

    Jan 11, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: amazon.com

    Laughter, Tears, Curtain

    It was the short, sharp shock heard round the world – eventually. But in the world of Topsy-Turvy, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado is being staged for the very first time, and there’s a lot at stake. Before Topsy-Turvy, released in 1999 and... more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: Women Make Movies

    What to do on Sunday Night

    In the 2016 film Captain Fantastic, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen – The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence), is a father with meticulous survivalist and socialist ideals. He lives live an isolated off-the-grid life in the forests of the Pacific... more

    Nov 23, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: IMDb.com

    Welcome to the Party, Pal

    “The story is ridiculous – ludicrous.” That’s director John McTiernan blithely dismissing the plot of one of the most successful thrillers of the past 30 years. Reservations about the plot aside, McTiernan had something particular in mind for this... more

    Nov 2, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: IMDB.com

    About Arrivals and Departures

    The epic saga of immigration is brought to human scale in Brooklyn, a critically acclaimed film based on the novel by Irish writer Colm Tóibín, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Released in 2015 and available on DVD at the Whitehorse Public... more

    Oct 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: IMDB.com

    And Now for Something Completely Different…

    Straddling comedy, horror and drama genres, Anders Thomas Jensen’s 2015 film Men & Chicken is on the brink of insanity. It is certain to be any dark comedy director’s dark comedy; Jensen has crafted a unique blend of laconic humour, deadpan wit... more

    Oct 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-06

    Future Past

    Young Alex DeLarge and his gang of droogs aren’t choosy about whose lives they wreak mindless havoc on. From the down-at-the-heels to the well-heeled, the young thugs attack indiscriminately, mercilessly and irrationally. more

    Oct 6, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-06

    Finding the Right Flick

    Suicide Squad is DC Comics’ latest attempt to capture comic book magic on the silver screen. This flick comes in just over two hours and is written and directed by David Ayer. Full disclosure: I am a fan of the Suicide Squad comics and though I... more

    Oct 6, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: Flat Tire Films

    Pop-Up Drive-In

    Movie lovers have a chance this weekend to experience a rare venue for viewing in the north – a pop-up drive-in movie night is set for October 1 at The Cut Off Restaurant and Pub parking lot. The latest creative entry in the fine Yukon tradition... more

    Sep 29, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: IMDb.com

    Amazonian Mythology and Western Hallucinations

    Somewhere between Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and the writings of Colombian philosopher Santiago Castro-Gómez lies Ciro Guerra’s film Embrace of the Serpent. Shot in stunning 35mm black and white film in the Amazon, Embrace of the Serpent... more

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: IMDb.com

    Deadly Fascination, or, Better Living with du Pont

    Panama Papers got you down? Still feeling the chill of tax season? A dose of the 2014 film Foxcatcher, based on a true story and available on DVD at the Whitehorse Public Library, might be just the thing to remind you to be thankful that you... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: IMDb.com

    Ah, Salander

    Did Stieg Larsson know his character Lisbeth Salander was destined to achieve the iconic status of a Marvel superhero? Maybe not. In the 2011 American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, available on DVD at Whitehorse Public Library, ... more

    Aug 4, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Daniel Cross

    Living Blues Legends

    Director Daniel Cross visits the southern United States with his latest documentary I am The Blues (2016), highlighting living blues legends in the heart of American music origins. As it became more ingrained into the South’s economy during the... more

    Jul 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: courtesy of YFS

    Resisting and Resurging

    This year the Yukon Film Society (YFS) returns to the Adäka Cultural Festival with more First Nations programming. The collaboration between Adäka and YFS allows all the screenings to be free. Screenings run July 3 and 4 at the Kwanlin Dün... more

    Jun 30, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-04-14, PHOTO: Courtesy of YFS

    Deep Ecology within Architecture and Design

    The Living Building Challenge is an international sustainable building certificate program to foster the conscious development and design of eco-friendly architecture. It was launched 10 years ago, and pillars of performance include, site, water... more

    Apr 14, 2016

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