I Like Movies
17-year-old Lawrence is a hopeless film nerd. People outside the screen don’t really interest him at all. What could ease his way to director stardom better than a job at the local video store? I Like Movies holds its own in comparison to high school comedies like “Superbad” and “Booksmart” and reveals Lawrence’s first crush, his only friendship and his love for film.
21 April 2023
18:30 h, Kino des DFF
|Lindsay Blair Goeldner, Evan Dubinsky, Chandler Levack
|Isaiah Lehtinen, Romina D'Ugo, Percy Hynes White, Krista Bridges, Dan Beirne, Alex Ateah, Andy McQueen
|Michelle Irving, Scott Hitchon, James Bastable, Jonah Blaser
Toronto Film Festival 2022: Canada’s Top Ten, Calgary International Film Festival 2022: Emerging Artist Award
About the Director
“Chandler Levack grew up in Burlington, Ontario, and lives in Toronto where she studied cinema at the University of Toronto and screenwriting at the Canadian Film Centre. She has directed numerous music videos, earning two Juno nominations, and is a veteran journalist and critic who has earned several National Magazine Awards for publications that include The Globe & Mail, The Village Voice, and Maisonneuve. Her short film “We Forgot to Break Up” (2017) premiered at TIFF and SXSW. I Like Movies is her feature debut.” (Annie Colao, Women and Hollywood)
“Levack has done a remarkable job with her feature-film debut, playing with tropes that have time-honoured traditions but are always in need of a refresh. If you are looking for a smart, nostalgic throwback to the kinds of films that marked the late-nineties and early aughts heyday of high-school movies, then I Like Movies deserves more than a rental – see this in theatres, if you can.” (Amil Niazi, The Globe and Mail)
The Director About the Film
“I worked at Blockbuster in high school and wanted to write a story about a budding film bro. I wanted to make an empathetic character study of a young man who is often quite ridiculous and have him come of age through his relationships with women, particularly his mother and his manager at his store who actually call him out and hold him accountable for his actions.
As a woman working as a critic and a filmmaker for the last 17 years, I’ve encountered many. I’ve dated them, worked with them, been mentored by them. I’ve spent my whole life trying to understand these men and the art they loved, but I also want them to change.
I wanted to create a film that could track their development at the most pivotal formation of their identity and ego and set them on a course of healing before it’s too late.” (Chandler Levack in an Interview with Annie Colao, Hollywood and Women)
International feature film program