Andrew Bujalski Talks Mumblecore
When young Boston director Andrew Bujalski made a perceptive, low-key comedy called Funny Ha Ha in 2002 on a shoestring budget with a 16mm camera and a group of friends who had little experience, he could have no idea of the ripple effect it would create. Filmmakers started to make movies with whatever meagre resources they had at their disposal and collaborated with each other, and the resulting wave of lo-fi cinema became known as “mumblecore.” Although mumblecore is now considered to include such mainstream successes as Lena Dunham and the Duplass brothers, Bujalski is viewed by many as having led the move to embrace financial limitations and focus on capturing authentic interactions between characters.
Bujalski will be on hand for screenings of Funny Ha Ha and his second feature, Mutual Appreciation, on February 3 and 4 respectively. The event is being presented by CINSSU and video magazine The Seventh Art, as part of an ongoing Live Directors Series that has previously brought Whit Stillman and Paul Schrader to town.
Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story
Possibly the most anticipated non-fiction book in recent years in Toronto, Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story is Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle’s comprehensive detailing of her investigation into the mayor’s criminal behaviour and substance abuse problems. Doolittle, who shared Torontoist‘s Superhero of 2013 win with her co-workers, will discuss the book and her work with Kristine Stewart, CEO of Twitter Canada.
Some people believe William Shakespeare wrote plays other than those contained in the “First Folio” collection of his works. Whether you believe that or not, getting a chance to see one of these plays performed and judge for yourself is rare indeed. The Ale House Theatre Company will make a case for the historical drama Edmund Ironside, and present a staged reading featuring sixteen actors, including veterans Richard Beaune and Peter Wylde. (Wylde, who performed at the Stratford Festival in the 1950s when it was still in a tent, may very well be able to claim six degrees of separation from the Bard himself.)
Idiot’s Delight: Not Exactly Theatre for Dummies
The word “idiot” was originally used in ancient Greece to describe a person unconcerned with public affairs like politics, but dedicated to following private pursuits. The setting of Robert E. Sherwood’s 1936 romantic comedy Idiot’s Delight, a failing luxury hotel in the Italian Alps called the Hotel Monte Gabriele, initially seems to be full of idiots: newlyweds on their honeymoon, a group of burlesque singers and their manager, a blissfully genial waiter, and a couple of ornery managers sour over the lack of business. And when a spark flies between a beautiful and mysterious Russian and a smooth-talking American showbusinessman, while the other guests dance, drink, eat, and sing, there’s another piece of juicy plot that can be used to distract themselves, and the audience, from the war that’s literally raging outside the hotel windows.