GUELPH POLITICAST #319 – A Movie’s Case for Kindness

In good company after last week’s episode with Marlene director Wendy Hill-Tout, and just in time for both Canadian Film Day on April 20 and this year’s edition of the Hot Docs documentary film festival starting on April 28, this week, we’re talking to a documentary filmmaker. You know about the COVID-19 pandemic, but another pandemic has been affected people a lot longer. This is one of those stories. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #319 – A Movie’s Case for Kindness”

GUELPH POLITICAST #289 – Guelph Business and the Pandemic: The Movie

At an event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce next week, a new documentary film project will be screened called Celebrating Guelph. It’s a love letter to the Royal City, it’s homegrown businesses, and their perseverance in the wake of the greatest financial and societal test since the Great Depression. This week, we go behind the scenes with the director. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #289 – Guelph Business and the Pandemic: The Movie”

GUELPH POLITICAST #141 – Astra Taylor, “What is Democracy?” Filmmaker

We may not really know what democracy is, but we certainly know it’s in danger. This week, we’ve seen that first hand with the case of the #MAGABomber, but there’s the more fundamental problem of the fact it feels like we’re losing our democratic values and institutions. Perhaps to understand the situation, we need to go back to the beginning. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #141 – Astra Taylor, “What is Democracy?” Filmmaker”

GUELPH POLITICAST #119 – Move Out Madness

It’s April, and you know what that means! No, we’ve already had Easter. And April Fools’ Day. Sure, Earth Day is next weekend, but we’re here today to talk about Move Out Madness, the annual scramble by University of Guelph to pack up their Guelph lives and head home for summer jobs or vacations. This is easier said than done. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #119 – Move Out Madness”

Wanna Watch the ‘Election Day’ Documentary?

I’ve written a couple of times now about the documentary Election Day: The Rise of Voter Suppression. It’s hard to talk about a movie and get people excited about it when its in development without telling people when they might actually be able to see it. Good news then! Director Peter Smoczynski has posted a 50-minute “first cut” of the film that Canadians can watch for free for the next couple of days. Continue reading “Wanna Watch the ‘Election Day’ Documentary?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #19 – Dave Regos, Producer of Divide in Concord

We are no strangers to water issues here in Guelph. Whether it’s our system of water use monitoring, or the ongoing battle between local conservationists and a certain bottling plant south of the city, Guelph has been at the forefront of the debate in the ways we use, protect, and replenish the world’s most valuable resource: drinking water. At the intersection of municipal politics and water protection is a new documentary called Divide in Concord, which chronicles one woman’s quest to ban single-serve, non-reusable bottles of water in her hometown Concord, Mass. That struggle is coming to Guelph this weekend when Divide in Concord screens at the Guelph Film Festival. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #19 – Dave Regos, Producer of Divide in Concord”