Bringing you exclusive in-depth conversations with industry-leading filmmakers, creators and cultural luminaries, recorded live at The Vancouver International Film Festival.
~ About VIFF ~
Since 1982, the Vancouver International Film Festival has been a catalyst for communities to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of screen-based storytelling. VIFF expands the frame beyond screenings, offering audiences an in-depth series of talks, masterclasses, and live events at the Festival each Fall and as part of our year-round film program at the VIFF Centre. Head to viff.org to see what's currently screening and subscribe to VIFF news to be the first to know when the 2020 Festival program is announced.
Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott on calling corporate social responsibility’s bluff in 'The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel'
In this episode, Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott join us for a conversation to dissect their approach to The Corporation follow-up.
After Mark Akbar and Jennifer Abbott transformed VIFF audiences in 2003 with The Corporation, Bakan and Abbott returned to the 2020 Festival with The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel.
Refreshing the corporation’s evolution as a legal "person" to a virtue signalling chameleon, the second film is a comprehensive exploration of power and hypocrisy in the face of a growing resistance.
Speaking to NDP Candidate and lawyer Niki Sharma, Bakan and Abbott take the conversation beyond the screen, expanding on why, seventeen years on, the urgency for an update was essential.
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We've taken our VIFF Talks online with a series of virtual events lined up over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for upcoming events at goviff.org
VIFF is also running an online cinema on VIFF Connect, showcasing a program of compelling films for you to stream from the comfort of your home. View what's streaming.
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Terence Blanchard on scoring ‘Da 5 Bloods’ and ongoing collaborations with Spike Lee
From his start in 1980 as trumpeter with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra to his collaboration with Spike Lee on Da 5 Bloods, Terence Blanchard has been an idol in the worlds of jazz, theatre, film and television. Headlining the 2020 VIFF AMP Music in Film Summit, Terence joined Variety journalist and editor Jazz Tangcay to talk about growing up in the New Orleans jazz scene, how he found his path to becoming a film composer on Spike Lee’s School Daze, dissecting the score to BlacKkKlansman and why writing for film requires you to “put your ego aside”.
Charlie Kaufman on adapting 'I’m Thinking of Ending Things' for the screen
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman who shares insights into his Netflix adaptation of Iain Reid’s novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things – a tightly wound metaphysical thriller that tackles our assumptions about identity and relationships in Kaufman’s signature surrealistic style.
Eliza Hittman, Kris Rey and Amy Seimetz on employing both vision and resourcefulness in independent filmmaking
Filmmakers Eliza Hittman, Director of Never Rarely, Sometimes Always, Kris Rey, Director of I Used To Go Here and Amy Seimetz, Director of She Dies Tomorrow, discuss how they navigated the disrupted 2020 festival-circuit to ensure their stories were brought to life
Tony McNamara and Alena Smith on creating satirical comedies – 'The Great' and 'Dickinson'
Tony McNamara and Alena Smith chat about crafting comedic language through the ages and why period pieces are no longer just about petticoats and pretentiousness.
Bill Lawrence on 'Ted Lasso' and the need for heart in comedy
Scrubs, Cougar Town and Spin City creator, Bill Lawrence shares a behind the scenes look at his latest big-hearted comedy Ted Lasso.