Soul force at work

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead IN THE 2004 feature documentary Scared Sacred(www.nfb.ca/film/scared_sacred), activist filmmaker Velcrow Ripper went to what he called the “ground zeroes” of … Read more

Framing the Earth

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead APRIL 22 is Earth Day, and has been since 1970, when a bunch of Harvard graduates organized a grass … Read more

The rebellion of the tools

Techno-Darwinism, cyber addiction and natural play by Geoff Olson I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electric outlets are. – A … Read more

Cultural exchange

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead The Necessities of Life (Ce Qu’il Faut Pour Vivre) is a fish-out-of-water drama about an Inuit hunter forced by illness … Read more

Latest Palme winner a class act

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Opening this month, Laurent Cantet’s French language feature The Class (Entre Les Murs) won the Palme d’Or, the top prize, at … Read more

The magic of music

A surgeon struck by lightning and a dancing parrot hold clues to music’s profound effects by Geoff Olson Film producer Mark Johnson was on his … Read more

Cinema as therapy

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Israeli director Ari Folman, a draftee during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, wanted to tell a story about … Read more

Ripping tales

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Intellectual property rights is one of the most vexing issues of the digital era. People on different sides of … Read more

From scarcity to abundance

by Geoff Olson Many of us consider philosophy to be a specialized field of study, with little real-world application. Yet we’re all philosophers of one … Read more