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Middle Row Centre Columnist Brian Eaton is a cinema buff who reviews films and writes on other film-related topics


Popcorn With Maple Syrup

People who bemoan the state of Canadian film, when compared with the media juggernaut that is the American film industry, would do well to watch Popcorn With Maple Syrup: Film In Canada From Eh To Zed, a clever and entertaining 2004 documentary that is still timely. It goes a long way to dispel what at …

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Dining on Ramen and Talking to the Dead

On November 23,The Old Fire Hall will once again host a free mini-festival of Japanese films, hosted by the Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon (JCAY). This time it’s a double bill, with one film extolling the virtues of a noted Japanese food staple and its creator, and the other exploring communication with the dead. God …

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Get Moving

A glance at the credits of a film reveals that it’s a collaborative art form involving a lot of people over a lot of time. Now imagine that there is only 48 hours to assemble a film, from start to finish. That’s the operating premise for the Yukon 48 Challenge, an event held by the …

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Muscle Shoals

It’s not too early think about movie fare in the New Year, and one of the highlights of the upcoming season is the new music documentary Muscle Shoals. Originally premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, it’s now featured as the first offering in Available Light Cinema’s January lineup. Muscle Shoals is a vibrant and loving …

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New Film Highlights Struggles of the Finnish Labour Movement in Thunder Bay

On Monday the Yukon Film Society’s Available Light Cinema series presents a little-known but fascinating story in the history of Canadian Labour, with its showing of Under The Red Star. Employing archival footage and reenactments in a seamless fashion, the film tells of the historic Finnish Labour Temple, built in 1910 in Port Arthur, Ontario, …

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Poignant Labour Docs Screen in Whitehorse

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) celebrates its fifth anniversary in the Yukon on Wednesday, November 20. CLIFF is an initiative of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), presented locally by the Yukon Employees Union (YEU). Designed to showcase the realities of working life in Canada and around the world, CLIFF will present …

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A Front-Row Seat into the Lives of Musicians

Each summer the population of Atlin, B.C. swells from its normal 400 to 2,500, as the Atlin Arts and Music Festival swings into gear for a weekend in mid-July. This year, the festival’s tenth anniversary, will be no exception. The Yukon Film Society has scheduled free showings of music and arts-oriented films at the town’s …

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The Provider heads to Cannes

For a novice filmmaker, Moira Sauer has been getting a lot of mileage from her six-minute silent short. The latest victory for her film, The Provider, is an invitation from Telefilm Canada to screen at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in mid-May. The Provider started life as a last-minute entry in Cold Snap, a competition …

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Shakespearian Shenanigans

Musicians perform Daniel Jankey’s new score for the The Grub-Stake Revisited in Vancouver at the Vogue Theatre. The Yukon Arts Centre presents a live showing on April 29 The Yukon Film Society (YFS) is taking it’s production The Grub-Stake Revisited on tour in early May as part of Northern Scene at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre …

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