Maybe it came from watching too much Degrassi as a kid… but it’s no secret on this blog that I have a soft spot for many Canadian films. A couple years ago, I think I geeked out just as much for actor/director Don McKellar being at SXSW, than I did for anything else. And, Cronenberg/Egoyan? C’mon! And then you have the unsung heroes of Canadian arthouses, folks like good friend Ron Mann and super-versatile director Bruce MacDonald. Sarah Polley? Indie icon. Katherine Isabelle? Film-geek crush. Molly Parker? Oscar-bait. But it goes beyond that, with newcomers like Blaine Thurier, Scott Smith, Callum Keith Rennie, and more and more and more.
At SXSW this year, we have not one, not two, but seven features coming to us from the Great White North: Call of the Hummingbird, Everything’s Gone Green, Fido, Manufacturing Dissent, Monkey Warfare, Trailer Park Boys (pictured on the left), and Who Loves the Sun (pictured on the right). From documentary to dramatic, from light to dark, these are a terrific batch of new Canadian films that should resonate with audiences anywhere. Plus, to delve deeper into what issues truly separate the American and Canadian film industries (and the growing dependence on one another), Peter Howell from The Toronto Star will moderate a panel on Tuesday, March 13, entitled “Don’t Blame Canada.” Be there!