Press +1 Announces Move to THE CANADIAN FILM REVIEW
Toronto, September 1st, 2013 -
In a move that exemplifies commitment to Canadian film, Press +1 Magazine announced that they will be dedicating their online presence to Canadian screen-based productions.
Moving forward in a show of solidarity with The Canadian Screen Awards, The Canadian Film Review will be continuing the online presence established by Press +1 magazine by focusing solely on Canadian Film, Television and Web Series.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Kindah Mardam Bey, says “As much as I have loved showcasing the enormous talent across Canada and across multiple platforms of arts and entertainment, it has become clear to me that unlike any other aspect of Canadian entertainment, our films need dedicated advocates to stand up and commit themselves solely to the Canadian screen based industry, which is exactly what I am doing with the Canadian Film Review.”
What began as a web series showcasing new Canadian Film in 2011, THE CANADIAN FILM REVIEW shone the spotlight on a variety of Canadian film productions such as GOON, TAKE THIS WALTZ and EDWIN BOYD: CITIZEN GANGSTER. To build upon the success of the first season, the “little-show-that-could” made the move to Television audiences in Toronto and area on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough on November 6, 2012. The Canadian Film Review television show continued to advocate for Canadian film with industry spotlights featuring media moguls such as ROBERT LANTOS (Serendipity Point Films), interviews with Canadian screen celebrities like JAY BARUCHEL (Goon), JOSHUA JACKSON (One Week, Inescapable) and KRISTIN KREUK (Irvine Welsh’s ECSTASY) and showcase news on emerging talents like TATIANA MASLANY (Picture Day, Cas & Dylan), SARAH GADON (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method) and JASON BUXTON (Blackbird). The second season was a resounding success drawing viewers both online and to watch the TV show.
Kindah Mardam Bey sees new challenges for Canadian films, “The old mindset that Canadian films are lacking in some way when compared to other films in other industries is a myth at this point. Being one of the rare people who watch almost every Canadian theatrical release in a year, my informed opinion can easily state that Canadian films are vibrant, challenging, courageous, funny, scary and often poetic that audiences embrace when they see them. As a publisher, web-show Producer and TV show Producer of the Canadian Film Review, I can also say that Canadian audiences are eager to be informed and engaged about their homegrown films.”
Press+1 Magazine has also shown their enthusiasm towards the small screen this year through recaps and articles on ten different Canadian television series with such varied audience appeal as Arctic Air, Mr. D, Orphan Black and Lost Girl.
Press+1 broke new ground with coverage of Web Series, a format fast becoming the future of entertainment and garnering attention through quality writing along with original concepts and content. Working closely with the Bell Media Fund and the Independent Production Fund to showcase series such as Guidestones and the stand-alone hit tween series Ruby Skye, P.I. now headed to CBC this fall, Kindah Mardam Bey’s publications are the frontrunner for covering Canadian Web Series.
The Canadian Film Review will have a brand new online address
Launched in 2007, PRESS+1 now has over 50 journalists from coast to coast submitting daily coverage. It is Canada’s largest independent online entertainment magazine. Publications such as The Globe & Mail, Huffington Post, Calgary Herald and British newspaper The Guardian have recently used PRESS+1 in coverage and as an expert reference based on its original content. www.pressplus1.com
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|BIOPHILIC DESIGN - Projecting Change Film Festival 2013|
|REVIEWS - Film Reviews|
|Written by Tessa Perkins|
|Wednesday, 24 April 2013 19:20|
"Showing some of the worlds most famous buildings and architectural marvels..."
Projecting Change Film Festival 2013
Film: Biophilic Design
Director and Producer: Bill Finnegan
Executive Producer: Stephen Kellert
Release Date: 2011
Run time: 60 minutes
Reviewed by: Tessa Perkins
As we become more disconnected from nature in our daily lives, architecture is responding to this with biophilic design - an innovative way of designing spaces including our homes, schools, hospitals, and offices. By bringing elements of the outside world indoors, there are many benefits to our wellbeing that have been identified. It is simply not natural to sit in a room with no windows or in a cubicle with no view of the outdoors, and this documentary makes a great case for why all building should be designed with this in mind.
Showing some of the worlds most famous buildings and architectural marvels such as Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s house build on a waterfall and Grand Central Terminal which gives travellers a comforting feeling with its vaulted ceilings and natural light. Schools, office buildings, and hospitals are also profiled showing how their design can help students learn better, workers becoem more productive, and patients heal faster.
I loved the idea that our natural state is to be in nature, so any hint of this in our homes and workplaces such as plants, a view of a forest, or the sound of a waterfall or stream creates a calming, relaxed atmosphere. Another aspect of biophilic design is city planning. It is also important for us to live in a neighbourhood that has parks, public spaces, and plenty of greenery.
Executive producer Stephen Kellert, along with Edward O. Wilson who first introduced the idea of biophilia in 1984, has published a book called The Biophilia Hypothesis which discusses this phenomenon from an evolutionary psychology perspective. Showing how we can improve our lives by reintroducing nature into our workspaces, schools, and homes, this is a fascinating film that talks about “the architecture of life” and all the ways biophilic design can enhance our experiences and help us lead happier and healthier lives. We need to create better habitats for ourselves that allow us to be modern humans while still connecting with our natural world.