Discover First Time Filmmakers Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla of ‘An Insignificant Man’ – TIFF16

Do you remember all those Apple commercials ‘The Power of One’? It only take one person to start the process of change, one person who will not accept things as they are, one person who says enough I am going to change the way things are so many can benefit. The power of one.

If you happen to be at the Toronto International Film Festival then you will find the power of one in a documentary film “An Insignificant Man” which will have it’s world premier at the film festival.

The film is about Arvind Kejriwal who is fed up with rampant corruption in Indian politics, and decided to shake things up and challenge the status quo by forming the Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party, or AAP) in 2012.

First time filmmakers Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla spent four years in the making of this film with cameras always rolling.

I myself will not be able to see the film till the 13th (and I can’t wait to see it and report back) but here at TIFF you can find all the times it is playing.

The Teaser Trailer

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David Bowie Is – “Fashion”

The David Bowie Is Around The World, a film documentary shows creative talent at work, fashion being an essential element due the man who has been part of fashion in a major way. Here are a few clips that are only teasers of the world of fashion thus far and so much is yet to come with some very exclusive looks at upcoming designers who will soon become house-hold names.

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Bowie Film Take You To Lake Tahoe – Win A Night At Ritz Carlton

david-bowie David Bowie, his wife Iman, Jane and I finished screening the film ‘City of Joy’ on the Sony lot in Burbank. It was time to go have dinner somewhere and talk about the film starring the late Patrick Swayze. Iman had suggested we go to Chaya in Beverly Hills, not a bad call, but I thought why not take them to The Ivy on Robertson. Bowie had always treated me or let me stay on his yacht during the Cannes film festival it was the least I could do. Sitting at the Ivy by the fire place in the dinning room Bowie confessed that he has never been more in-love. Perhaps it was that he had really never been in-love before till he met former supermodel, Iman.

So as part of the ‘David Bowie Is Around The World’ we would like you to share in this experience, of being with someone you love in the splendor of nature all around you, the luxury of the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe. Yes, I am not kidding. I am not just making a movie, by helping me you can also be part of a wonderful experience. Here is what you have to do:

Go to this page :- ‘David Bowie Is Around The World’ Facebook page, and ‘LIKE’  it.  Starting now to September 5, 2013 the day Toronto International Film Festival starts. Tell us why you would like to go to Lake Tahoe Ritz Carlton. On September 5, 2013 we will pick the winner announce it on Vine and Tweet it, and post it on the ‘David Bowie Is Around The World’ page. Within 24 hours you will know and you will get the invite. Enjoy Lake Tahoe.
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What you win!

You will get a one night stay for two guests in a Deluxe Resort View guestroom and a three-course dinner with wine pairing for two in Manzanita.

Valid Sunday through Friday evenings ONLY.

The winner will get by express mail the certificate. Enjoy life with the one you love and visit Lake Tahoe who some musicians such as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Cher, Liza Minelli, Alanis Morissette, Mike Love, and James Hetfield just a few have called home. You can also go see if you would like to live there, last I heard billionaire Oracle chief Larry Ellison has just listed his Lake Tahoe mansion in Glenbrook, Nev., for a whopping $28.5 million.
Lets go around the world, with love and music with ‘David Bowie Is Around The World’.

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Bowie Film On Location With Oliver Glowig TOCA Restaurant

Oliver Glowig I wore all white, with the only colour being my red Puma Ferrari shoes as Ritz Carlton’s TOCA restaurant became the location for a scene in my‘David Bowie Is Around The World’ film with 2 Michelin Star chef Oliver Glowig. The white attire to bled into the kitchen, the Ferrari shoes, as the chef is German married to an Italian so it would be safe to guess he may love Ferrari and Formula One Racing. Toronto is about to gear up, as is the Ritz Carlton for The Toronto International Film Festival, where the film directed by Ron Howard, ‘Rush’ a story of the rivalry between a German Niki Lauda and James Hunt from United Kingdom will be shown.  As the chef got busy in the kitchen it was not long before he said to me,”I saw your picture with Niki Lauda”. The chef was referring to the photo below, with Toronto International Film Festival Gala Chair and board director Warren Spitz, Niki, and the CEO of TIFF Pierce Handling.  I asked the chef  if he liked Formula One, and he did not miss a beat in telling me that he loved it, “German’s are very strong in the sport”, we both smiled.

Warren Spitz, Niki Lauda, Pierce Handling
Warren Spitz, Niki Lauda, Pierce Handling

Chef Oliver Glowig performs in the kitchen with the calmness of a Michael Schumacher, easy going personality of Sebastian Vettel, and while appearing casual, is in total control such as Niki Lauda currently the CEO of Mercedes Benz Formula One ‘Silver Arrows Team’. What more could you ask for? in the case of chef Glowig the flare of the Italian and what you get is something very spectacular.

If you are not going to make it to Rome in the near future then why not try a bit of delicious Rome in Toronto, with chef Oliver Glowig who is getting dinner ready for you in the kitchen and will be serving it up from August 22 -25, TOCA restaurant, Ritz Carlton Toronto.  Here is a teaser to entice you.

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Rock and Roll – ‘Hard Core Logo 2’ – with Bruce McDonald

"Tiff opening 'Hard Core 2'"

Nothing should surprise you in the world of Rock and Roll.

Yes, I have seen Roy Hay of ‘Culture Club’ jump out of a moving jeep outside of The Roxy on Sunset at the mention that Canadian rocker Alannah Myles might hit on a female guitarist on stage. The prospect of a lesbian ‘Femme Fetal’ too alluring for Roy Hay, who landed flat on his face on the sidewalk of the infamous Sunset Strip.

A rocker friend of mine with residue of cocaine on his nose, a bottle of Jack in one hand, Smith and Wesson in the other attempted to explain to me about the beauty of the hand gun.

Then there are the parties, drugs, sex, girls, more girls, complex relationships, with managers, producers, and band members that can weave a rich and colorful tapestry.

I ended up at the TIFF bar with my friend actor, singer, songwriter, model Jasmine Spence who had given me the heads up that there was a good buzz about the film to meet up with Lee Bremer of Listening Duck Productions who is working with Bruce McDonald. Lee made quick introductions to Pin who had just gotten of the plane from Hong Kong, and Sam.

I was quick to point out to all that I have never seen any of Bruce McDonald films. I knew nothing about the first cult classic Hard Core Logo, or it’s story line.

Hard Core Logo 2 directed by Bruce McDonald, in which Bruce McDonald plays a documentary film-maker took me for an unexpected ride, into a world I have known too well. The world of rock and roll.

Bruce McDonald plays a much in demand director till his life fall prey to the vicissitudes of life. As any director will tell you, projects never stop coming your way they just change in scope, subject and budjet. In the case of Bruce McDonald in ‘Hard Core Logo 2’ an opportunity presents itself to film a documentary following
Care Failure (played by the real musician Care Failure), a cross-addicted emotional whirlpool and the principal creative force behind punk outfit Die Mannequin. Care Failure claims she’s channelled Hard Core Logo’s late front man Joe Dick while writing songs for her new album. Bruce accepts the gig.

The film Hard Core Logo 2 had me from the start. It started in Laurel Canyon where I had my Shangri-La, perched above Los Angels. It was at this home of mine on the seductive Elusive Drive that Val Kilmer had recorded the tracks to Oliver Stone’s homage to 1960s rock group The Doors. I was captivated. I strapped into the seat as if ready for a sonic flight and I was not disappointed. the film delivered the goods.

Hard Core Logo 2, is funny with a great cast. Care Failure is brilliant and Bruce has done a great job capturing this wound-up complex character bringing it to life on the silver screen.

I really believed this was a true story, that is how real it was for me. If you’ve partied with some big rock bands and think this is real, that’s a big deal. If you don’t get the film then you just have no grasp of the world of rock and roll or those who make films and live in the hills of Los Angeles.

After the screening I told Bruce, how real the film was. That speaks volumes for the script.

Inspired by the film my friend and I with our new found friends took off to catch a rock band leaving Bruce to have dinner. The night spun it’s magic transforming the producer, singer, director, model, banker, and artist into a cast of characters in a Bruce McDonald film Hard Core Logo 2.

There are some things you just can’t miss. This was a great discovery for me the discovery of an artist who is just having a blast doing what he likes doing. That man is none other then Bruce McDonald. Canadian talent that needs to be backed up.

Go see this film and I am certain it will cast it’s spell on you, so be prepared to party like a rock star.

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