THE FEMALE EYE FILM FESTIVAL
Thursday to Sunday (November 21-24)
The Female Eye Film Festival wants to debunk the myth that female directors can only make chick flicks, and with 11 programs presenting 54 films from around the world, it pretty much succeeds. Except for the opening and closing galas, each program is a grab bag of shorts ranging from dismal to brilliant. Pay attention to Michelle Mason's moving anti-war documentary, The Friendship Village (Thursday, November 21, 9 pm, Royal Cinema), Anita Doron's dreamy midlife allegory, Not A Fish Story (Friday, November 22, 7 pm, Royal) and Julia Sarcone-Roach's goofy cartoon, Call Of The Wild, about rabbits connecting by phone (Sunday, November 24, 7 pm, Innis Town Hall).
The festival closes with Wendy Ord's debut feature, Black Swan, which has so-so prime-time Canadian mini-series written all over it. It stars Melanie Doane as an East Coast single mom who yearns to escape her asshole boyfriend and small-town life as a truck stop waitress.There's also a liberal dose of magic realism to patch up the holes in the script. While it would make for relaxing prime-time viewing, it's not much of a night out. See www.femaleeyefilmfestival.com for complete program listings, venues and times.