FILM REVIEW: Made in Canada
Scott Boyd comes across as a mild-mannered version of Michael Moore in this 48-minute exploration of the pitfalls of making movies (and TV) in Canada. If you've been watching the industry since the days of Videodrome, much of Made in Canada functions as Canadian Filmmaking 101, complete with cute animated breakdowns of funding formulas. But M.I.C. also attempts to explain why it's so difficult for Canadian creators to compete with Americans for eyeballs.
Scott Boyd is a mild-mannered Michael Moore. (Gat Media)
A recently graduated film student (from my alma mater York University), Boyd talks to directors, producers, visits the Banff World Media festival and more. The inquisitive but genial Boyd makes a good guide into the convoluted world of Canadian film funding. Over the course of the documentary we focus on Boyd's eager face as he slowly caves into defeat (or is that comprehension?) M.I.C. provides some potent (and visual) reminders of how little of the box office Canadian creators can claim. Boyd does go in search of solutions, but the successes of festivals such as TIFF and Reel Canada seem like small starting points.
In the end the solution he puts forward is a variation of "build it and they will come," with self-funded and web-based projects pointing the way to future. One nation under Kickstarter? Made before Monsieur Lazhar, Starbuck and Midnight's Children, M.I.C. misses out on some of the more recent international successes in Canadian film but it's a good primer for the frequently frustrating state of the domestic industry.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5
Made In Canada premieres at the Reel World Film Festival - April 12
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