Archives — 2 / 2013

  • Africa Music Shot 2

    Musical Expression

    michael — 3 years ago

    The sounds of Paris

    Music
    If I weren’t making films, I’d probably be playing music. It’s always been a big part of my life. So, I knew it would also be a big part of Semisweet.

    Music score
    When producer Lalita Krishna told me that she knew one of the founders of Broken Social Scene, I was very excited about the idea of someone from the band composing the score for my film.

    After a series of phone calls, I finally sat down with multi-instrumentalist Ohad Benchetrit, who has played and recorded with BSS over the years. Ohad turned me on to his other musical project Do Make Say Think. I loved the sprawling feel of their music. Ohad told me he wanted to bring on his DMST writing partner, Justin Small. We shook hands and dove in headfirst. These are the right guys for the job.

    Cacao, Cocoa, documentary, FairTradeChocolate, michaelblog, Semisweet

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  • Canadian Screen Award

    Semisweet: Life in Chocolate Won a Canadian Screen Award!

    chocolocateteam — 3 years ago

    Yesterday was the Canadian Screen Awards and we have some exciting news to announce.

    Our feature documentary, Semisweet: Life in Chocolate, won the prestigious Canadian Screen Award for Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program! This is the premiere film, television and interactive digital media award in Canada, formerly called the Gemini Awards.

    Congratulations to Ohad Benchetrit and Justin Small, our two virtuosos behind the fantastic music of the documentary. The award was most deserved.

    Awards, JustinSmall, Music, OhadBenchetrit, Semisweet

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  • Harvesting Cacao

    From Bean to Bar

    hillary — 4 years ago

    Cocoa Plantation

    Have your say

    What is the proper name for the bean that chocolate comes from?

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    As a bit of a chocolate rookie, I am learning the tricks of the trade of how chocolate is made. It seems a bit alien how this vibrant green, thick, oval pods contain seeds that eventually become the perfect and smooth chocolate bars that we eventually consume. How does it all happen?

    Cacao, ChocolateFacts, ChocolateHistory, ChocolateInfo, FairTrade, HillaryBlog

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Choco-locate in the Media

Choco-locate in Ontario Business Report

When award winning filmmaker Lalita Krishna was in Silver Springs, Maryland, pitching PBS on her new documentary "Semi-sweet," she found herself in a mall looking for some of the sweet stuff to take to the meeting. That's when she had a "light-bulb moment" about the perfect "transmedia" extension to her documentary about "the world of chocolate," which she was proposing to shoot at locations in Africa, Europe, the US and Canada. To read more click here.

Semisweet on the Radio

  • Listen to Director Michael Allcock speak about the film on 570 News Kitchener Waterloo click here.

  • Check out Ron and Nadine being interviewed live on Moose FM 93.5 Radio

  • Tune in live on June 6th to Haliburton Radio (Canoe 100.9 FM)

  • Tune in live on June 8th to the CBC's Lang/O'leary show

Semisweet in the Press

Semisweet in the Globe and Mail

Michael

'Film tells the not-so-sweet side of chocolate'

What do you think of when you think of chocolate? Decadence? Dieting? An industry rife with exploitation and labour abuses?

Toronto director Michael Allcock offers a peek at the various sides of chocolate in the new documentary Semisweet: Life In Chocolate, airing on TVO on June 6. The film tells four stories – of Ron Obadia and Nadine Artemis, two raw food enthusiasts; of employees who live and work in Hershey, Pa., known as “The Sweetest Place on Earth” and more. To read more click here.

Did you know?

Chocolate is rich in phenolics, the same heart protective antioxidants found in wine. Indulgence? I call it self preservation!

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