Location, Location, Location & Echoes Of The Rainbow

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Reel Asian’s Director of Programming & Education, Aram Collier, takes over the blog.

Watch “Echoes of the Rainbow”, as part of our Hong Kong Spirit Film Series, at AGO Jackman Hall on Saturday May 17 at 3:30pm.

Alex’s Law’s Echoes of the Rainbow is a beautiful film offering a nostalgic but melancholy look back at 1960′s Hong Kong which was such a different place than the “Asia’s World City” that we see today. So different in fact that much of the physical city that existed only 50 years ago is gone. Wong Kar Wai’s iconic film In The Mood For Love was set in 1960′s Hong Kong but was shot in Thailand and Macau because it was said the locations simply didn’t exist in Hong Kong anymore­­ consider this the downside of rapid economic growth. And this isn’t a phenomenon limited to Hong Kong. When I was in Taipei for the Golden Horse Awards, Korean blockbuster director Choi Dong­Hun (The Thieves) was location scouting Japanese colonial era buildings that could pass for 1930′s Korea because they similarly did not exist in his home country anymore (though a couple of wars will do that to old buildings).

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Volunteer at the Scarborough Film Festival!

Call for Volunteers!

2nd Annual Scarborough Film Festival Presented by University of Toronto - Call for Volunteers is in progress!

The Scarborough Film Festival welcomes you to join the ranks of our volunteer-run organization to help us make this event a success. The 2nd annual festival runs June 3rd to 8th, 2014 across multiple venues in Scarborough and East York. This is the most exciting year of the Scarborough Film Festival yet, our 2nd. Scarborough Film Festival aims to ignite Scarborough through the showcase of international films and multicultural cinema. As a volunteer you will support the Festival operations during many interesting events and screenings, but you will also help to raise the cultural profile of one of the great districts of Greater Toronto Area – Scarborough, all while enjoying films and meeting interesting people. Continue reading

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FREE ADMISSION?! ReelWorld Asian Heritage Month Film Festival

ReelWorld Film Festival is partnering once again with the Asian Heritage Month Festival 2014 to present its sixth annual film festival at Innis Town Hall VIP Screening Room (University of Toronto) on Sunday, May 17, 2014.

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Job Posting: Summer Assistant Equipment Coordinator at Charles Street Video

Charles Street Video is looking for a summer student to fill the role of Assistant Equipment Coordinator.

Charles Street Video (CSV) is a non-profit, membership-based artist centre located in downtown Toronto. Our mandate is to provide media artists with opportunities for production and to foster an environment for the advancement of media arts practices, experimentation, and the creation of community.

CSV rents editing rooms and production gear. We host resident artists, provide workshops and equipment orientations, and co-host many youth development projects, among other activities. Ours is a busy, active centre for making media art work, however you may conceive of it! We are looking for a summer student to join our team as Assistant Equipment Coordinator.

The student hired for this position would be someone interested in pursuing a career in the arts. This position will provide them with valuable experience in, and knowledge of, the contemporary media arts community in Toronto, along with the skills needed to work in an artist-run centre, the contacts to pursue an independent artistic career, and training on professional video equipment.

The employee will be exposed to professional video/digital cinema equipment and practice and they will be helping and working with Media Artists, so Contemporary Art familiarity will be an asset. They will also be helping with various administration functions of a busy arts organization.

• Assist with professional video equipment rentals
• Assist with setup of community educational programs for youth and other community groups
• Assist with Equipment Inventory
• Assist with technical support to diverse membership
• Assist with updating equipment database and equipment repair reports
• Assist with preparation of video and photos for uploading to Website
• Assist with facility move to new location

• A post‐secondary school student who is returning to school in the Fall of 2014
• Is pursuing studies in film/video/media production, arts administration contemporary art or related studies
• Has excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated administrative background
• Experience with invoices and point of sale

• The summer student will also have the opportunity to attend Charles Street Video technical workshops at no charge.
This is a very generous professional development opportunity where students will acquire employable skills within the field of film and video.
• Charles Street Video one year membership

Charles Street Video is committed to equitable hiring practices and encourages individuals from traditionally marginalized communities to apply for this position.

We invite aboriginal people; people of colour; women; LGBTQ people; members of ethnic minorities and newcomers.

Please send a resume and cover letter to: greg@charlesstreetvideo.com

Application Deadline: Friday, May 23rd, 2014, 4pm.
Pay Rate: $13 per hour
Hours/Week: 35
Job Start and End Dates: Monday, June 16th, 2014 to Friday August 29, 2014

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Reel Asian Spring Showcase Hong Kong Spirit: THE WAY WE DANCE film review

Jessie Lau, Reel Asian Richmond Hill Captain and all-around awesome person, takes over the blog to review THE WAY WE DANCE (screening at AGO Jackman Hall on May 16 at 7pm)

I spent three hours watching the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards so you don’t have to, and I’m here to tell you three things you need to know. The first, which you might have already heard, Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster (unsurprisingly) became the biggest winner with 12 awards. The second interesting thing was the ceremony’s celebration of first-time filmmakers in its opening — there were 14 new directors in 2013. The third and the most awesome thing was The Way We Dance, a low-budget production that was partly funded by the government’s Film Development Fund that left with the second-most awards, and it couldn’t be a more different film than The Grandmaster. This youthful and energetic dance film that features emerging Hong Kong talent Continue reading

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Alvis Choi & Althea Balmes at Mayworks

On now through May 15, the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts celebrates its 29th season at venues throughout the city.

Alvis Choi and Althea Balmes both served on Reel Asian’s programming committee in 2013 and they have separate shows as part of Mayworks this year. Continue reading

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Asians Inside & Out!

Reel Asian is proud to be a community co-presenter of Nancy Nicol’s Canada/India coproduction No Easy Walk To Freedom at the 24th annual Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival.  The film will screen at noon on Sunday, June 1, in Cinema 1 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox – get your tickets here starting May 8.

This year’s selection was unveiled at a gala media launch on Wednesday night and there are some names & titles in the mix that will be familiar to Reel Asian audiences. Full programming details are now online and all screenings are at the TIFF Bell Lightbox unless otherwise indicated. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning May 8. Continue reading

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Job Postings: Outreach Coordinator, Membership Communications Assistant, Interim Executive Director, Programming Intern


Outreach Coordinator, Planet IndigenUS, Toronto
Deadline: April 25, 2014

Currently an employment opportunity exists in their Community & Educational Programmes Department for a full time Outreach Coordinator, Planet IndigenUS on a contract basis. This position is responsible in assisting the Planet IndigenUs Artistic Director and Harbourfront Centre/Woodland Cultural Centre team in all facets of programming and producing the Planet IndigenUs as a festival, and associated programming and outreach in the year between the festivals.

More information: www.filmpool.ca

Membership Communications Assistant, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Toronto
Deadline: May 9, 2014

You will join a small, non-profit organization of dedicated Aboriginal artists, curators and academics led by the National Coordinator. You will be a creative thinker and social media/communications enthusiast who can assist the National Coordinator with administrative and organizational tasks as they relate to your role, primarily responsible for managing the ACC/CCA website, weekly e-newsletter, facebook page and other social media tools.

More information: www.akimbo.ca


The Regent Park Film festival is looking for an energetic person with strong administrative skills to fill the role of the Interim Executive Director. For the right candidate, this is an excellent opportunity to guide an ambitious, community based, festival through an important year of growth.

About the Position

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for leading the overall direction of this unique, community based, film festival.

The successful candidate will not only be passionate, entrepreneurial and creative but also bring strong fundraising experience and have superior inter-personal skills to manage a three-person staff team and work in collaboration with a range of community organizations. You must have an understanding of the non-profit and/or arts sector in Canada, as well as demonstrate a familiarity with the intersections of community engagement and the media arts. You must demonstrate an attention to detail and follow-through with work across a range of stakeholders including artists, filmmakers, community members, funders, donors and co-presenting partners.

More Info: http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/featured/were-hiring-interim-executive-director/


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The Regent Park Film Festival is looking for an energetic and organized person to come on board as our Programming Intern. Deadline to apply is May 9th, 2014.

The Program Intern will assist the Program Director at the Regent Park Film Festival in coordinating the submissions process and the festival’s selection committee and confirming the line up for the 12th Annual Regent Park Film Festival in November.

More Info: http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/featured/programming-intern/

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Harbourfront Centre – Summer 2014 Lineup

After one of the longest winter (or so we felt) in Toronto, summer is just around the corner! Take a look at Reel Asian picks at Harbourfront Summer 2014 events lineup.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSION: Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival – May 2


The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival is a volunteer-run not-for-profit initiative that works to bring a series of events for local young and emerging filmmakers in the Greater Toronto Area to showcase their talent and creations to an audience of independent film lovers. The festival provides a professional forum for participants to professionally engage a network of peers working in film and video. Supported by members and organizations within the film industry, this showcase provides fans of independent cinema the chance to enjoy work by up-and-coming talent while offering an educational forum for participants to strengthen their skills via feedback from experienced industry veterans. The festival is a growing endeavour, offering more and more events every year. The festival screening is a showcase of some of the best cinematic masterpieces this city has to offer made by local emerging youth artists.

DEADLINE: May 2, 2014
FOR DETAILS VISIT http://www.torontoyouthshorts.ca

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