Sunday, May 15, 2011

Coming home: MDFF screens five shorts at The Royal

Still from Green Crayon (2010).

Call it hometown pride, but we all love to see local filmmakers make good. Especially when these filmmakers are young, ambitious and getting recognition around the world. Director Kazik Radwanski and producer Daniel Montgomery studied film at Ryerson University and following graduation continued to work together, establishing their own production company, MDFF. No strangers to screening in Toronto with several of their films having been shown at TIFF, on May 15 their body of work to date will be screened at The Royal.

Still from Out in that Deep Blue Sea (2009).

Having interviewed Radwanski after he returned from the Berlinale it's nice to see these films being screened in Hog Town. This "retrospective" is of note as it includes not only Radwanski's latest film, Green Crayons, but also the MDFF Trilogy: Assault (2007), Princess Margaret Blvd. (2008) and Out in that Deep Blue Sea (2009). When viewed as an ensemble it's hard not to get excited about MDFF's potential. Quiet, powerful and with a natural aesthetic, these films are equally captivating and elusive. The focus isn't on the back story but on the infinite present, raising questions without establishing clear cut answers.

Still from Antoine Bourges' Women Waiting (2010).

In line with their philosophy towards film making, as MDFF begins to reach new levels of success Radwanski and Montgomary have started working with other burgeoning Canadian filmmakers. Rounding out the evening will be an example of such: Vancouver director Antoine Bourges’ short Woman Waiting (2010).

The screening starts at 7pm, followed by a Q&A. Reception to follow at Crawford (718 College Street).

All images from MDFF.

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