HotDocs, North America’s largest documentary film festival, began on Thursday last week and my screenings are on their way. Woohee, I’ve umpteen films coming up over the next week … not to mention a big presentation tomorrow morning to a Chinese delegation (from Beijing) visiting our office (yippie, I will get to practice my mandarin). But, on to the films:
All In This Tea
We ran into eggyplant Sunday (while in line for Helvetica) and she had an very interesting take on this film that got me to thinking. When I asked her about this film, she said, (paraphrasing) ‘it was quite imperialistic’. Thinking back on it now, she has a point. The film, directed by Les Blank, follows the trail of American tea importer David Lee Hoffman, who – imperialism aside – has been in the forefront of America’s tea renaissance and who is a staunch supporter of organic production and cutting out the middleman to deal directly with the farmers in China growing some of the finest teas in the world. The film – made over 10 years – chronicles his journey and love of all-things-tea. While I thought the film’s subject matter was fascinating (I’m British so love my tea!), its execution was not top-notch: further editing would help. Worth a view if you are a tea fan. My rating: 6 out of 10.
A lad with the rather unfortunate last name of Gary Hustwit directed this homage to all things font-related. As someone who knew next-to-nothing about where all the fonts we see in Word or Wordperfect software come from, this was an eye-opening experience … and one well-worth the price of admission. The documentary traces the history of Helvetica font and its ubiquitous
existence everywhere. Seeing this film, if nothing else, you’ll wander the streets and read all advertising, with a new eye. Well produced, directed and edited. Worth the price of admission. My rating: 8 out of 10.
Oh, and it’s earth day so go fcuk hug a tree …. or whatever!
RYC: Anyone who has supervised a group can agree with you —as I do.
Hahha earth day … silly hippies. jk.RYC: Yes, it’s quite sad that “Crises Areas in World Politics” can be expanded into several courses. I just chose not to enroll in any, but rather to take one general course overview of the subject, plus the course is taught by a great professor. Maybe you’ve heard of him … John Stoessinger?
Earth day!!I’m quite an environmentalist myself, I have tonnes of plastic bags and now I don’t know what to do with em. I’m really curious abt the fonts though..interesting.
ryc: america’s too far and I can’t ditch my family :( military is the only choice…come to think abt it a 20 year old holding a gun..not right. Well, everyone here secretly knows that if there is a war, “I’m the first to leave!”..National service is just to pass some time..
i have watched casablanca…it’s gd! ingrid bergman is gorgeous! but the film is a bit cliched
RYC: Well, pup is growing rapidly. The boss found out he is eating as much as if he were 75 pounds. I am sure he will end up eating more than I do a day.
Oh, there’s a movie about fonts…maybe I’ll check it out later. Interesting!!
I can’t agree with you more on “All in this tea” which I screened last night, oddly enough… the subject is interesting, but it just doesn’t have the great taste of the tea they are showing…
I am not sure I would want to stand in line for either film. But the second does sound interesting.