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Take another bite
By Norman Wilner
Now Magazine
July 8, 2011

Okay, everyone, it’s time once again to explore your inner and outer selves as the Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival – known colloquially as the Bite Me! festival – returns to the National Film Board Mediatheque today through Sunday with a program of documentaries, features and shorts intended to address issues of body image, identity and sexuality.

It won’t always be pretty – partly because many of these films will seem uncomfortably confrontational to people who would prefer not to explore the issues they raise in quite so much depth, and partly because a couple of this year’s the programming choices are not so great.

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A Conversation with Katrin Bowen
By Joshua Williams
See.7 Magazine
July 9, 2011

Director Katrin Bowen speaks with editor, Joshua Williams, on her new film, “Amazon Falls” now playing at the “Bite Me” Body Image Film Festival in Toronto.

JW: Katrin, we’re excited to feature you and your film “Amazon Falls” on See.7.  “Amazon Falls” is essentially the story of a B-movie actress struggling to stay relevant in a fast changing society, not to mention Hollywood expectations.  What attracted you to this story?

KB: The B-movie industry is part of my past and my personal experience.  I stayed in touch with it.  I would go to LA for directing meetings and I would see some of my old friends and they would still be flogging it away in a really rough industry.  B movies especially, they really care what you look like.  It’s really all about that.  It’s not really about the acting at all.  At least with acting, looks come in, but if you’re a talented actor, sometimes you can move beyond that.  I was surprised that they were still battling it out in this very tough industry that you really have to keep your looks up.  A lot of the roles are very athletic.  And when you hit 40 it gets harder.

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Radar: 50th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival, Corazon de Mexico, Honda Indy, Ambiguous at Fringe 2011
By Lauren Pincente
July 8, 2011

Toronto's only film festival to focus on social justice through body image and body identity returns this year and begins tonight with 4 screenings and an opening reception party at the National Film Board. Beginning at 1PM with Dena Ashbaugh's 2009 Canadian production No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure, which examines the healing of three eating disorder sufferers, screenings continue all day with a break for the reception at 6PM. The opening night feature film, Katrin Bowen's Amazon Falls, about an aging B-list actress who watches as Hollywood begins to forget her, will play at 8PM. The opening screening will be followed by a discussion with the director and Trey Anthony about women, image and film. BITE ME! Body Image Film & Arts Festival closes Sunday evening with Mamamess' Say My Name, a documentary about the video girl in the hip hop and R&B world.

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Toronto's Bite Me! film festival pulls no punches
By Megan Rudson
July 8, 2011

What should you say to those who tell you not to eat pizza because it will make you fat or that those who celebrate sexuality are promiscuous? "Bite Me!" Toronto’s International Body Image Film & Arts Festival is back for its second year. Celebrating body diversity, the festival commences tonight at the National Film Board of Canada.

“Everyone talks about how the body looks; rarely do people talk about what the body does,” says Jill Andrew, festival director at Bite Me!. The goal is to celebrate the body as a force, not an object. “It’s a celebration of body in motion, body resisting violence, body achievement.”

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This July, Bite Me! 2011
By Meaghan Macinnis
Toronto FIlm Scene
June 27, 2011

Toronto International Body Image Film and Arts Festival, Bite Me!, opens doors and airs out stereotypes at the National Film Board Mediatheque July 4-10, 2011. Bite Me! uses creative media to sort through issues related to identity and body image in order to inform, challenge, and redefine standard thinking surrounding these matters.

The Festival itself runs July 8-10 at NFB Mediatheque, showcasing art and film from across the globe. Each day, a plethora of films will be presented regaling audiences with stories from diverse cultures, perspectives, ages, and backgrounds. The opening night film is Amazon Falls (2010) from Canadian director Katrin Bowen, who will be in attendance for the screening. For the entire festival schedule, please go to the Bite Me! website. Tickets are available online or at the NFB Mediatheque. There are All Festival Passes available to those interested in the whole shebang, or you can attend just one day. Check out all your options with the film schedule! Just a reminder, the festival is a 19+ event for adult audiences only.

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BITE ME! Festival First of its Kind in Toronto
By Trista DeVries
Toronto Film Scene
July 13, 2010

On Friday, July 16, 2010 Toronto is getting a new film festival — one targeted directly at the body image of this city. BITE ME! the Toronto International Body Image Film and Arts Festival kicks off its first year with a slate of films and talks in hopes of turning our collective eyes towards an issue that is never gone, even if it is often invisible.

Nine screening programs over two days will focus on exploring body image, media representation of idealized and undesirable physical shapes and sizes, and discuss identity and advocacy surrounding these issues. Films include Hot Docs alumnae The Story of Furious Pete and 65_REDROSES, as well as films to engage you such as Color of Beauty, model Renee Thompson’s look at what it means to be a model of colour when white is the standard by which all beauty is measured, and A Question of Beauty, which looks at beauty across generations. In addition to the excellent film programming, festival organizers have shown their firm desire to engage the community with scheduled talks throughout the festival after particularly poignant screenings — an essential element in looking at an issue as important and emotional as body image.

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A Weighty Topic
The Toronto Sun
July 12, 2010

All my life I have battled weight and a negative body image. Even when I lost the weight, the image in my head was completely different than the reflection in the mirror, and I hated both.

With chemo, steroids, and “layingonmybutt-itis” (as I affectionately termed it) during cancer treatments, I have had to get rid of my “skinny” clothes for the time being. When I pulled some of them out to give away, I was shocked to discover how small they were. A friend was amazed to find out that even when I was wearing a size 9, I still considered myself to be “fat.” Said friend stated she feels the same way being a size 9, because before children she was a size 6.

It is shocking that even at my age, the problem of negative body image still haunts me and many of the people I know.

But this common problem for some young women and men may have finally met its match. Jill Andrew, a vibrant, educated, strong woman is passionate about what she does. Based out of Toronto, she has organized fundraisers, body image workshops, and even created a mentorship program called “Dining with Dames” that pairs young women with successful female professionals for a meal, enabling them to talk about their experiences, and show them there is no limit to their abilities.

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Bite Me! Toronto International Body Image Film and Arts Festival
By Dave Robson
Sound On Sight
July 12, 2010

The first annual Bite Me! Toronto International Body Image Film and Arts Festival will be held this weekend, at the NFB’s Mediatheque. For those who read ‘body image film festival’ and are beset by memories of awkward adolecent moments involving sex ed, school counsellors, and painfully upbeat filmstrips, rest assured that this festival will be nothing like that; it will be much cooler. Put together by journalist and motivational speaker Jill Andrews, Bite Me! will examine ‘body image’ in terms of media portrayal, gender, class, sexual orientation, health, and stereotypes.

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“If you do not define yourself for yourself you will be crunched into other people’s fantasies
for you [of you] and eaten alive.”
Audre Lorde, 1934-1992


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