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CONTEST!! WIN African based charmer ‘OKA!’ on blu-ray

oka bluWell its contest time again here at the Fix and this time we have a little under the radar charmer up grabs! OKA! has landed on store shelves as of last week, Tuesday October 22nd, and thanks to the amazing folks at Well Go USA we have 3 copies to give away!

Based on the true story of Louis Sarno, an American ethnomusicologist who finds himself trying to record and preserve the music of the Bayaka pygmies, the thoughtful drama OKA!  debuts on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD October 22nd from Well Go USA Entertainment. 25 years ago, Sarno traveled from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies. He fell in love with the people, their music, their lifestyle – and a local girl. Despite his failing health and the harsh realities of life in the village, he follows the Bayaka into the heart of the forest. Directed by Lavinia Currier (Passion in the DesertHeart of the Garden), the film stars Kris Marshall (Love ActuallyEasy Virtue), Isaach De Bankole (Casino RoyaleThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Will Yun Lee (The WolverineTotal Recall) and the Bayaka of Yandombe.

 Synopsis:

25 years ago, ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno traveled from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies. Falling in love with a Bayaka girl and her forest lifestyle, he decided to stay. “OKA!” tells the adventure of his life in Africa with his adopted family. The Bayaka pygmies maintain a tenuous balance between their traditional forest existence and their increasing dependence on the Bantu villagers. Through the eyes of Larry, the tall, ungainly white man from New Jersey, who in spite of his failing liver accompanies the Bayaka on a journey into the heart of the forest, OKA! offers a unique glimpse into the music, humor, and spirit of the Bayaka people.

This film should charm music and cinema lovers alike with its true and vital story. We have 3 copies to give away this time around, and here’s how you enter to win!

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Winners will be picked and notified via message on Facebook after the contest closing date of  November 5th!

Hurry up and enter! Good Luck to all.

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Catch Hellaware at the Revue tonight for FREE (Review)

Hellaware Review

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Playing tonight as part of the Refocus series at the Revue Cinema is Michael M. Bilandic’s Hellaware. The film is an almost mumblecore style interpretation of the absurdities that can abound in the art world and how one unmotivated slacker uses the ill-focused energy of a local and group of rappers with dubious talent level for his own financial end.

Nate (Keith Poulson, Somebody Up There Likes Me) is a young photographer who wants to break into the New York City art scene. Yet instead of building a portfolio like other artists in his position he spends his time putting down other artists’ work. After  Nate sees a music video called “I’LL CUT YO DICK OFF”, he discovers his new muses—a group of teenaged horror-rappers from Delaware—the Young Torture Killaz (think a young Insane Clown Posse). Soon Nate begins to travel to Delaware and photograph the teens under the guise of wanting to help further their careers, but these kids may not be the dupes he originally made them out to be.

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Dead Air Episode 30 – The Purge

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Here is the latest edition of Dead Air: The Liberal Dead Podcast where host Jeff Konopka and myself discuss everything related to The Purge, the new Ethan Hawke home invasion flick. The link is embedded below where you can stream online or downloaded it through multiple platforms to your MP3 device of choice.

Enjoy! It`s likely more fun than the movie itself!

Dead Air Episode 30

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Hot Docs 2013: Essential Viewing ‘Valentine Road’

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The seaside town of Oxnard, California, was shattered in 2008 by the shooting death of Lawrence “Larry” King, a 15-year-old biracial, gay/transgendered student. Who was the killer? Larry’s 14-year-old classmate crush Brandon McInerney. The question became was this a hate crime, a retaliation against unwanted advance or something much more complex? Did flamboyant Larry, who liked to crochet, wear makeup and don heels, push his attacker, an emerging white supremacist, over the edge with his advances? It sure made for catchy headlines and drew attention to the plight of LGBT teens, as well as the overwhelmed educational and juvenile justice systems.

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Director: Marta Cunningham

Valentine Road is a masterfully crafted documentary and one of the highlights of this year’s Hot Docs lineup. The film manages to be heart wrenching, maddeningly infuriating and inspirational all at the same time. (more…)


Hot Docs 2013: Dayani Cristal and Muscle Shoals

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Hot Docs is upon us again! The 2013 edition marks the 20th edition and it looks to be one of the strongest lineups ever. Here is a couple of the films playing over the 11 days of the festival.

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Hot Docs Doc Soup dishes out ‘The House I Live In’ for December’s consumption (Review)

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This month’s Doc Soup presentation from the venerable Hot Docs programmers is The House I Live In. The award winner from this year’s Sundance Film Festival makes its Toronto premiere with 3 showings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, on Wednesday December 5th at 6:30 and 9:15 and Thursday the 6th at 6:45. The House I Live In is a detailed look at the war on drugs in the US, but from the other side of the coin.

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Written by Eugene Jarecki and Christopher St John

Directed by Eugene Jarecki

In America a war is raging, not just overseas but at home as well, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations. For (more…)