Posts Tagged ‘Barry Avrich’


I’ll be hosting a Q&A with director Barry Avrich about his film “Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art” ar the Badminton and Racquet Club.

“Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art is a crime documentary about the largest art fraud in American history set in the super rich, super obsessed and superfast art world of New York. Controversy erupts when an unassuming couple floods the art market with a collection of fake art sold for millions to the prestigious Knoedler Gallery who then sold the art to collectors and the art world elite, in this entertaining and suspenseful tale of an $80 million ingenious con that everyone wanted to believe was real.”



On this week’s Richard Crouse Show we meet Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2021, and CMT’s 2022 “Breakout Artist of the Year” Lainey Wilson. Her highly anticipated album “Bell Bottom Country” is out now and she recently announced a 27-city headlining tour, that will visit Vancouver and Edmonton next year.

“Bell Bottom Country” draws its title directly from the name people use to describe the Louisiana native’s unique sound, style, and aesthetic — it’s Country, but with flare, mixing in elements of ‘70s Rock, Funk, and Soul.

We talk about her new record, what influence Hannah Montana had on her career… it’s not what you might think, and why she only wears bell bottom pants.

We’ll also meet Fab Filippo, co-creator, executive producer, co-showrunner on the CBC original series “Sort Of.” We’ll talk about the hit show and how the stories in “Sort Of” resonate across all genders, races, and ages – they are universal no matter how one identifies.

Then, we’ll meet Barry Avrich, director of “The Talented Mr. Rosenberg,” a new documentary about a lifelong con artist with a stunning history of heartbreaking betrayal, outrageous lies and elaborate masquerades.

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

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HOTDOCS: RICHARD HOSTS A PANEL ON “Oscar Peterson: Black + White”


Practically synonymous with Canadian jazz, Oscar Peterson is musical royalty the world over. Chart the course of his illustrious career in this righteous salute to his genius by acclaimed filmmaker Barry Avrich (Made You Look; Blurred Lines). Witness Peterson awe and uplift crowds from his birthplace in Montreal to the deep south where segregation laws were alive and well. Boogie-woogie with Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones and other music legends along the way. Featuring rare archival clips, dazzling new performances, and extraordinary interviews, this powerfully realized docu-concert makes one thing clear: Oscar Peterson was a star that continues to shine.

Live post-screening panel discussion about jazz on screen moderated by film journalist Richard Crouse (CTV, CP24) featuring:

Barry Avrich, Director, Bill King, author/host, Jazz.FM, Larnell Lewis, Musician, Snarky Puppy, Rosemary Sadlier, Social Justice Advocate and former President of the Ontario Black History Society, Mark Selby, Producer and Garvia Bailey.

More information HERE!


Richard Crouse Show Podcast EXTRA: “OSCAR PETERSON: BLACK + WHITE” DOC!

On this special Richard Crouse Show Podcast we talk to “Oscar Peterson: Black + White” director Barry Avrich. “Oscar Peterson: Black + White” is billed as a “docu-concert,” featuring rare concert footage as well as interviews with family members and musicians who performed with Peterson.

Listen to the whole thing HERE!


Check out episode five of Richard’s new web series, “In Isolation With…” It’s the talk show where we make a connection without actually making contact! Today, broadcasting directly from Isolation Studios (a.k.a. my home office), we meet Barry Avrich, director of “Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art” (airing on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service and documentary Channel). It’s a fascinating look into an eighty-million dollar art-forgery scandal that resulted in 10 lawsuits and brought with it the closure of one of New York City’s most venerated galleries. Barry talks about the scandal and how some of the leading art experts in the world were suckered by a scam artist with no background in art. Come visit with us! In isolation we are united!

Watch the whole thing HERE

ICYMI Pop Life: Full episode with Catherine Reitman from Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

Actor, writer, producer and director Catherine Reitman speaks openly about her career, pregnancy and the importance of listening to victims coming forward. Then the Pop Life panel, actor Freya Ravensbergen, “The Social” co-host Cynthia Loyst and filmmaker Barry Avrich, speak about sexual assault and the shift that is happening in Hollywood and beyond.

Watch the whole thing HERE!

Film critic and pop culture historian Richard Crouse shares a toast with celebrity guests and entertainment pundits every week on CTV News Channel’s all-new talk show POP LIFE.

Featuring in-depth discussion and debate on pop culture and modern life, POP LIFE features sit-down interviews with celebrities from across the entertainment world, including superstar jazz musician Diana Krall, legendary rock star Meatloaf, stand-up comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell, actor and best-selling author Chris Colfer, celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower, and many more.

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Richard to interview “Moguls Monsters and Madmen’s” Barry Avrich!

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 4.05.57 PMRichard will interview “Moguls, Monsters and Madmen” author Barry Avrich on Monday May 30, 2016 at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto (210 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON). Doors open at 6:45 pm. Program starts at 7:30 pm. Get up close and personal for an exclusive look at one of the most explosive show business memoirs featuring the famous and the infamous!

Buy tickets HERE! Learn more about the book HERE!

Coming Soon: Q&A with Barry Avrich & screening of “Antony and Cleopatra.”

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 5.51.46 PMStratford Festival’s Antony and Cleopatra starring Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh premières May 21 in cinemas throughout Canada, U.S.

The steamy story of a midlife affair that shook the foundations of the ancient world comes to vivid life in the Stratford Festival production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh as the powerful rulers whose insatiable love leads to the greatest of tragedies. Director Gary Griffin paints an unforgettable landscape depicting the devastation wrought by the heart’s transgressions.

Filmed in spectacular HD under the direction of Barry AvrichAntony and Cleopatra premières in cinemas throughout Canada and the U.S. on May 21. The Canadian encore screening is on June 7. U.S. encore dates vary. For more information visit

“Yanna McIntosh makes Cleopatra the consummate sexual manipulator, 

proud of her talents, furious when they fail her.”

Robert Cushman, National Post

“Geraint Wyn Davies offers us an Antony of boundless charm and eternal optimism.”

Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

Antony and Cleopatra reminds us that sexuality is all too often wasted on the young. 

Its hero and heroine are old enough to know better. Nonetheless, they crash and burn

in a sea of intense, obsessive, sexual desire — before our very eyes.”

Robert Reid, The Record

Antony and Cleopatra has two of Shakespeare’s most soaring characters, 

and the kind of final love-death sequence that great art thrives on.”

Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

Antony and Cleopatra is produced by Melbar Entertainment Group in association with the Stratford Festival, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, and Executive Producers Barry AvrichAnita Gaffney and Michael A. Levine.

This production is part of a massive initiative by the Stratford Festival, North America’s leading classical theatre company, to capture all of Shakespeare’s plays over the next 10 years. The series, which began with the Stratford Festival’s critically acclaimed production of King Lear in February, followed by King John in April and now Antony and Cleopatra, will ultimately create the first North American collection of the complete works of William Shakespeare.