NFB Get Animated in Calgary FREE on Nov 6th, 2011

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

Check out NFB‘s annual program Get Animated, a FREE celebration of animation in Calgary, Alberta on Nov 6th, 2011.


David York, Director of Wiebo’s War interview and Q&A at Calgary International Film Festival 2011

Sunday, 25 September, 2011

David York - Wiebo's War

Wiebo’s War is one of the best documentaries I have seen this year at 2011 CIFF, I highly recommend it as it tells a great story. The film is especially relevant to Albertans as we thought we know a lot about Wiebo Ludwig from TV news but David York’s Wiebo’s War, with intimate access to Wiebo and his family over two years, will show you a lot more.

If you miss the CIFF screening, the film is opening in theatres on Oct 21st, 2011 in Calgary (The Plaza) and Edmonton (Metro). I hope you find the Q&A and my interview insightful to watch.

David York, Director of Wiebo’s War interview at Calgary International Film Festival

Q&A at 2011 Calgary International Film Festival

Here is Wiebo’s War (NFB synopsis and trailer),

This feature documentary focuses on Wiebo Ludwig, a suspect in a recent string of pipeline bombings. The bombings echo a campaign of sabotage he waged against the oil and gas industry in the 90s – barricading roads and blowing up wells. And when a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot on the family farm in 1999, Wiebo’s fight with the industry was thrust further into the media spotlight.

The Ludwig family are part of a Christian community that lives in close adherence to their religious values. The community is comprised of 5 married couples, 7 unmarried adult children and 38 grandchildren. They are self-sufficient in food and energy, but live in isolation and believe that those that don’t share their religious beliefs, like filmmaker David York, are living in terrible darkness.

David York - Wiebo's War - Q&A


Tom Perlmutter – NFB Chairperson interview @ Banff World Media Festival 2011

Friday, 17 June, 2011

Tom Perlmutter - NFB Chairperson & Government Film Commissioner

I’ve long been a fan of NFB since the late 80s. (note 1) Earlier this week, I had the pleasure to conduct a video interview with Tom Perlmutter – NFB Chairperson & Government Film Commissioner @ Banff World Media Festival 2011.

Here is my video chat with Tom covering a wide range of topics.

In the interview Tom talked about whats new at NFB, for example the cutting-edge new interactive programming coming out from NFB.

* I was amazed by the beautiful and creative “Bla Bla” [Kempton’s note: Just give it a try as it is quite fun.]

* And the first ever interactive documentary “Welcome to Pine Point” winning 2 Webby Awards [Kempton: I must come back to check this out!].

* 1:05 The world’s first high-definition 3D shot using infrared cameras. [Kempton: I look forward to be transported and to be engaged in new ways.]

* 2:14 Funding situation improved with the current government?

* 3:13 The massive collection of films online and on iPad, etc available for all to watch. Does NFB have enough funds to make new films available? How is NFB trying to make money? NFB has launched apps on iPhone, iPad, and Android. And is partnering with RIM and will be packaged with Playbook. NFB is also looking at connected TV and making sure they can be migrated to that platform.

* 5:29 All that stuff NFB is doing is free by streaming. Tom talks about have a system for people to buy the content they want to own and keep.

* 7:40 No geographic restrictions of content. As per legislated mandate of NFB, “To reflect Canada to Canadians and the world.

* 8:18 Over 22 millions viewing of NFB films in the last two years! And the viewership is still growing. Read the rest of this entry »

Plans for my day 2 @ Banff World Media Festival & The Festival Free Wi-Fi Network

Tuesday, 14 June, 2011

I am very much looking forward to my day 2 (Tuesday) of Banff and getting ready for some more interviews. There are so many sessions to attend and people to meet. Some of these sessions are already clashing badly for me. Yikes!

* Continental Breakfast Alhambra Room 07:45-08:45

* Keynote: Jana Bennett, President, Worldwide Van Horne A/B 09:00-09:45 Networks and Global iPlayer, BBC Worldwide [Kempton’s note: There are so much I can learn from BBC, so I always try to attend their sessions.]

* nextMEDIA Keynote: Grant McCracken, Van Horne C 09:45-10:30 Research Affiliate, C3, MIT [Kempton: I am so much looking forward to Grant‘s keynote. I even signed out his “Chief Cultural Officer” from the library but unfortunately I couldn’t find time to read more before Banff.]

* Foreign Ownership: The Impact on the Theatre10:00-11:00 Communications Business [Kempton: As I tweeted, “Exciting @banffmedia session to see @WINDMobile @Globalive @Telus @hennessy4408 @pkedrosky #CRTC in one room #banff2011” P.S. I wonder if the CRTC Chairman will attend this session? :) ]

* Networking Break President’s Hall 11:00-11:30 and Van Horne

* View from the Top: Digital Van Horne C 11:30-12:30

* An NFB Special Luncheon – Connecting with Van Horne A/B 12:30-14:00 Canadians [Kempton: I love NFB. Look forward to new and wonderful things from Tom and his team at NFB.]

* The nextMEDIA Digital Launch Pad: Pitching Van Horne C 13:45-14:45 Agencies and Brands

* Funny or Die: Creating Hit Online Comedy Van Horne C 14:45-15:45 [Kempton: Very much looking to learn more about online comedy from the experts. Hope I can land an interview with some of them, that will be really cool. Will see.]

* Wine Break President’s Hall 15:45-16:15 and Van Horne

* In Conversation with: Award of Distinction Van Horne C 16:15-17:00 Winner, HOWIE MANDEL



re: Banff World Media Festival’s free wi-fi network coverage

This is my 6th year attending Banff. When I first attended banff, it was Banff World TV Festival and Next Media as separate events, and now the two events have merged in an equal-ish manner as Banff World Media Festival. I came as a CTV Fellow on the first year and have been coming to Banff as a blogger for the other five years.

So I don’t want to sound ungrateful because I am very grateful for the opportunities. But in this day and age where wireless network coverages are so easy to setup correctly to prove continuous, full and reliable coverage, Banff World Media Festival’s free public wi-fi are left much much to be desired. I don’t want to say the wi-fi coverage at banff sucks, but a diplomatic version of the same sentiment may convey my slight disappointment. I write this in hope that Banff’s wi-fi coverage will be much much better next year.

Tom Perlmutter – NFB Chairperson interview @ Banff World Media Festival 2011

Monday, 13 June, 2011

Tom Perlmutter - NFB Chairperson & Government Film Commissioner

I’ve long been a long-time fan of NFB. Today, I had the pleasure to conduct a video interview with Tom Perlmutter – NFB Chairperson & Government Film Commissioner @ Banff World Media Festival 2011.

It will take me some time to write the article and process & upload the video after Banff. Stay tune.

June 17 update: Done! Please check out this link for the full video interview and article.

William Shatner Sings O Canada

Saturday, 14 May, 2011

Have a watch of the short film, William Shatner Sings O Canada. Enjoy.

“When William Shatner gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada’s Governor General, he shows appreciation as only Shatner can. In this short film, the most famous space cadet in showbiz takes helm of our heritage and treats us to a memorable rendition of Canada’s national anthem.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.”

NFB celebrates 40 years of China-Canada relations with FREE movie screenings

Friday, 1 October, 2010

Here is the press release from NFB. Check out some of these FREE screenings if you are in Toronto.

The NFB celebrates 40 years of China-Canada relations at the Toronto Mediatheque

Toronto, October 1st, 2010 – This October, Canada and the People’s Republic of China are celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations. The two countries have maintained productive relations for several decades now, enriched by exchanges in such varied sectors as science, agriculture, trade, the environment, medicine and culture. To mark this memorable anniversary, the National Film Board (NFB) is presenting seven recent films produced by China’s movie industry at the Toronto NFB Mediatheque from October 8 to 13. Several of the films are making their Canadian premiere alongside a selection of films produced by the NFB. The screenings are FREE and are being organized jointly by China’s Film Office of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the NFB.

About the Program

Friday, October 8 at 6:30 pm

Forever Enthralled by Chen Kaige, 2008

An epic film on the life of the famed Chinese opera singer Mei Lanfang, starring Zhang Ziyi and Masanobu Ando, rising star Shaoqun Yu, who gives a remarkable performance, and Xueqi Wang in a supporting role. Named Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2009, Forever Enthralled has been presented in several competitions, including the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009.

Saturday, October 9 at 1 pm – program for the whole family

The Dream of Jinsha, animated film, 2010 (Canadian premiere)

Xiao Long, a schoolboy around ten years old, accidentally goes back in time to an ancient Chinese empire that existed 3,500 years ago. That’s when the problems start…

The film will be preceded by a screening of the NFB animated film The Friends of Kwan Ming.

Saturday, October 9 at 3 pm

Walking to School by Peng Jiahuang and Peng Cheng, 2009 (Canadian premiere)

Children of the Lisu tribe in the Yunnan mountains have a strange way of getting to school: they have to dangle from a hook above the gorges of the Nujiang River and slide along a steel cable. Read the rest of this entry »

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