It’s been almost a month since Hot Docs. Can’t believe how fast the time flew by. I took part in Manifesto’s Doc accelerator program at this year’s festival which was great. Met some amazing people and got to watch really great documentaries.It was such a hectic week – hopefully I’ll get a chance to experience it this way again.
Some of the films I saw at the festival: Meet the Fokkens, About Face, The Frog Princes, Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, Only The Young, The Imposter, Women with Cows, The Queen of Versailles, Who Cares?, The Waiting Room, The World’s Most Fashionable Prison, Life in Stills, The Invisible War, and Detropia!
My favourites had to be be The Imposter, The Queen of Versailles, and Life in Stills. Life in Stills didn’t get that much buzz and wasn’t a film I expected to love but decided to watch it after a friend who had seen it recommended it. So glad I saw it – It was the kind of documentary I love watching: a character piece with a narrative. Not to mention how it was dramatic with so many moments of comedy.
My last day in Singapore was pretty relaxing. Jenni and I ate at a delicious restaurant on Arab street and then walked around for a bit. On the way back to the hotel Jenni took me to this really unique building someone else had shown her several days earlier. She told me you’re not allowed to take pictures inside but of course we were going to attempt it. We did manage to snap some shots, but I had a really difficult time capturing the space. The architecture inside was incredible and overwhelming at the same time. I have a few pictures but I’m not very happy with how they came out. I do like the pictures of the exteriors:
The flight back to Toronto was partially horrible, partially wonderful. The first flight was a 13 hour flight from Singapore to Frankfurt. I was in such a bad mood and had a horrible seat – in the middle of a middle section. Even with a sleeping pill I was so tired but couldn’t sleep because it was so uncomfortable. A second sleeping pill did the trick.
After a 4 hour layover in Frankfurt I boarded an Air Canada flight to Toronto. Oh how I love Air Canada’s entertainment system. They have independent films, foreign films, documentaries, an entire NFB selection – wonderfulness. I ended up watching Martha Marcy May Marlene which I enjoyed very much. I was also lucky enough to sit in first class which made the flight go by very very fast.
Roni and Isabell on the way to the theatre
God of Love was the third place winner, in second place was a French Canadian film Bow Tied, and first place went to Raju (you will hear that title at the academy awards tonight). David Winstone received an honourable mention for his film For Elsie (Not only was it a great film, but there also a Glenn Gould mention in it haha) The Best documentary went to Jenni Nelson for Love Hacking, and the two Audience choice awards went to Love Hacking and Tomer Eshed’s Flamingo Pride.
Tomer being congratulated on his win for Flamingo Pride
Lorne, on the bus to Tisch Asia
Afterparty at Tisch Asia
Teodor channelling Walter White (unintentionally)
Richard and I
Richard, David, Jenni
I ended the night with a MUCH needed trip to McDonalds with Jenni and Sara. On our way there, I had brought up how much I’d love a poutine right now and was shocked to find out they had never heard of the delicious dish (Oh Americans, you don’t even know what you’re missing). More shocking was finding garbage on the streets! In Singapore! I felt it was my duty to take a picture of the only litter in Singapore.
On the last day of the festival we ate at a really great Indian restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely and so were the people. Not much else to say, next post will be the final night of films and after party!
There wasn’t enough light to get an exposure so we had to result to iPhone light. Jenni and I.
David and Richard.
Here are some photos of our very short trip to the botanical gardens. We spent the early afternoon at the pool (minus sunscreen) and then decided to go explore for a bit. While getting on the MRT I felt my back bu
rning… I didn’t realize just how bad my burn was. We were all pretty badly burnt. Before entering the botanical gardens we stopped by a grocery store to try and find some sunscreen and aloe vera. The sunscreens were ridiculously expensive, and we found a tiny bottle for about $16. While waiting for the cashier to ring it in, we start applying it. Then she rings it in and the price comes up as something like $26! We’re like, hell no, we’re not paying for that. It turns out the price on the shelf was wrong so we ended up taking a different bottle instead- after she saw us using the first one ha!
Isabell and Roni
Another night of screenings at the Cathay Cineplex
More burn victims. Whoever wasn’t at the pool was at the beach. We all looked roasted when we saw each other at the screenings that evening. Milan and Lorne bellow. (Lorne put his finger on his chest and took it off right before the picture for a great before/after effect)
4.5 hours of short films makes you very hungry!
A group of us took a trip to a rainforest. I still don’t know what the rainforest was called. I was definitely not in proper hiking gear, wearing boots and all in 40 degree weather. It was nice to get out of the
city but the rainforest really reminded me of the scenery I’d see in Canada. It was so hot and humid outside and some parts of the path were REALLY steep. By the end everyone was holding on to the last few drops of water they had. Overall it was an exhausting day but the people I was with made it fun. I’m also very glad that other people in the group had a hard time hiking and I was not the only one feeling like a grandma.
We made some friends on our way out of the forest
Much needed food after breaking a sweat. Sara, Daniel, Missy
Woke up for breakfast on my 2nd morning in Singapore. That’s where I met Alex from Argentina, Anita from Ghana, and Lorne from California (though originally from Canada). We spent the day exploring, or more correc
tly, going in circles on the MRT until finally finding Bugis market which is actually 2 minutes from our Hotel. I should also mention that I was the one leading the way. We made it to Bugis at last (we prefered the name Boogie) and enjoyed juice deliciousness. Met everyone at the screenings later that evening.
Lorne, Alex, Anita
Lunch at NYU Tisch Asia the next day
Lorne and Jenni
Tristan, Sara, Richard
Lorne and Isabell
Jenni, Richard, Isabell, Daniel
I arrived to the hotel at around 2am on Saturday morning, located at 15 Queen Street, Singapore. No city, just Singapore. I asked a hotel employee where I could buy a calling card, and he told me to go to the store behind the hotel which sells them. I didn’t fully understand the store name at first, but then I realized the man was saying “7/11″. It appears that 7/11 to Singapore is what Tim Hortons is to Canada.
I was the first from the festival to arrive and had all of Saturday to explore by myself. I found the city pretty easy to navigate as the MRT (Singapore’s subway system) had stops in almost every part of the city. I started my day in Little India and then made my way to MacRitchie Reservoir located outside of the city. It was a very nice place and the breeze was wonderful. There is also a suspended bridge at the reservoir but after the jet lag and so much walking throughout the day I simply was too tired and went back to the hotel. Looking at some photos of the bridge online I’m actually kind of upset that I didn’t get to walk on it.
Some photos from MacRitchie Reservoir:
Hello! It’s been a while since I posted. I spent the past week in Singapore for the Next Reel International Festival, a student festival hosted by NYU Tisch School of the Arts. I had an amazing time, met many talented filmmakers, and watched A LOT of films. I have plenty of photos and mad jet lag, but in the next few days I’ll be posting my favourites from the trip.
Some shots from the flight, Toronto to Chicago to Tokyo.
At the airport in Tokyo waiting for my next flight.