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Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in
Canadian Film's LiveJournal:
|Tuesday, March 6th, 2007|
Don McKellar to be Honored at 13th Annual CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS
Canadian triple threat (actor/writer/director) Don McKellar will be present to accept a special award during the Chlotrudis Society's 13th Annual CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS on Sunday March 18 at the Brattle Theatre. Click here
for the full press release.
And just confirmed today, noted character actress Tracy Wright (ME & YOU & EVERYONE WE KNOW, SLINGS AND ARROWS) will also be in attendance, to be honored for her career's work so far.
For more information about the ceremony and the films nominated for this year's CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS, check out our website.
|Thursday, February 15th, 2007|
|Friday, December 29th, 2006|
LOOKING FOR PERIOD HOUSE/APARTMENT FOR FILM - ONE DAY SHOOT (Greater Toronto Area)
I've posted looking for help for the upcoming film our production company is shooting, and this community has been so helpful thus far! So, I'm calling in the livejournal troops again! thank you!
My name is Megan Wilson and I'm part of Homegrown Productions. We are a Ryerson University based company that is producing a twenty two minute HD pilot/first episode influenced by the infamous Boyd Gang. We are currently looking for a period locations for a one day shoot on January 8th. We would need the locations from approximately 10am until 1am. We need a kitchen, dining room and a balcony or backyard. The time period we are aiming for is the 1940's, but we are supplying our own appliances and set pieces. Ideally, the room would be a brownstone and would have molding, wood floors and a more netural room colour. We would like to paint the room, and can paint back as soon as we are done shooting. We can offer payment, food, a copy of our project, a credit in the film and our undying graditude. If you have a location that you think may work, please email me at email@example.com.
Art Director, Homegrown Productions
RTA, Ryerson University
|Tuesday, October 24th, 2006|
Has anyone ever heard of a short (5 min) film called TrueSexLies
? It came out in 2003, directed and written by Alan Resnick. For reasons that do not need exploring, I'm looking for the plotline and any other information outside the IMDB record.
to have seen this movie at some point. It was screened at the Worldwide Short Film Festival in 2003 and filmed in Toronto.
|Saturday, September 30th, 2006|
Filming locations for a period piece in Toronto
I'm part of Homegrown Productions, a company from Ryerson University who are filming a 22 minute pilot for our fourth year major production. It's based on the famous Boyd gang that robbed banks in Toronto after world war two. It's a great, exciting story but the problem is it that it is a period piece, which makes finding locations difficult (1948-1951). We're currently looking for locations for shooting. What we really need is an old bank, that is shutting down or closed where we can shoot. Are there any closed banks in Toronto that are older (example made before 1950). ANYWHERE in toronto or nearby in towns like Guelph are amazing as well. Any leads on a bank would be great. Or buildings that could look like an old bank like a closed railway station.
Other locations we're looking for:
-a house/apartment to shoot interior and exterior shots in an older neighbourhood.
-an alley in an older apartment.
-a Church. like St. Mary Magdalene.
-another house/apartment to shoot interior and exterior shots in an older neighbourhood with a porch and backyard.
-an old diner.
And ideas or leads would be very much appreciated!
|Tuesday, March 7th, 2006|
After finally watching Maelström
by Denis Villeneuve, I am left wanting more. According to IMDB Villeneuve has not made any movies since! Is this true? Anyone have any info on this amazing Quebecois director/screenwriter that they'd like to share?
Suggested additions to the community's interests: Denis Villeneuve
and André Turpin
|Friday, December 9th, 2005|
Good Canadian movies made after 1999?
I haven't really lived in Canada since December 1999. 3.5 years in Seattle and 2 years in Korea. Naturally, you don't get a lot of Canadian movies in the USA or Korea. Have there been any good Canadian movies made in the last half decade? Something of the Exotica/Sweet Hereafter quality? Don't say Men with Brooms.
|Wednesday, December 7th, 2005|
Best Canadian Film I've seen in ages: C.R.A.Z.Y.
Jean Marc Vallee has directed an absolutely stunning movie and if you are in Vancouver this week, you can see it at either 855 Granville (The old Granville 7, now the Empire Granville Cinemas) or at the 5th Avenue Cinemas.
go here for all the nitty gritty:
www.imdb.com and then enter C.R.A.Z.Y. in the search button, you'll find a complete synopsis and even trivia.
The film chronicles the young life of Zac and his brothers, and his mom and dad, in suburban, religious, Quebec through the 60s, 70s, and 80s. It is a beautiful coming of age and coming out tale, and I haven't seen a movie that details familial angst so poignantly ever, I don't think. It's funny, at times the whole theatre was nearly shaking with the sustained laughter. But sometimes, it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. This movie has Oscar buzz about it already and I can really see why.
In french with English subtitles.
|Tuesday, December 6th, 2005|
missing some folks
you might want to add
Vincenzo Natalie- (dir. Cube, nothing, Cypher)Canada's rep for (non-cheesy) thriller/Scifi
David Hewlett (actor) see above
Allan Moyle (dir. New Waterford Girl, Pump up the volume, empire records) see Canada *does* make comedies
Thom Fitzgerald (dir. The Hanging Garden)
Denis Villeneuve (dir. Maelstrom)
Jean-Nicholas Verreault (the most gorgeous man in French-Canadian cinema)
Clement Virgo (dir. Love Come Down, the Planet of Junior Brown)
|Monday, October 10th, 2005|
Hi, I joined this community even though I am an English guy who has never been to Canada.
I do however have a liking for films by Lynne Skopkewich and Bruce McDonald and I was hoping to A) find out more, and B) discuss them.
I have seen Skopkewich's Kissed and Suspicious River, but don't know of any others.
As for McDonald, I have an incomplete tape of Highway 61 (it doesn't appear to be on DVD), Roadkill and Hard Core Logo on DVD, and also saw Dance Me Outside recently late on TV.
I have through these films become a fan of Don McKellar (Last Night is amazing too), Valerie Buhagiar and Molly Parker. Current Mood: tired
|Saturday, September 17th, 2005|
Scared Sacred HELD OVER in Vancouver (X -posted)
ScaredSacred is the number one rated film in Vancouver on Cinema Clock. As a result, US Distributors took notice, and North America wide distribution is now in the offing...but don't miss your chance to see this amazing film right here at Tinsletown. Director Velcro Ripper will be attending tonight's screenings for a A and A, as well.
|Thursday, September 8th, 2005|
Scared Sacred opens Friday night in Vancouver
At Tinseltown Theatre
The critics confirm this is a must see film! Special screening with filmmaker and other guests planned for opening weekend ….
Vancouver filmmaker Velcrow Ripper takes audiences on a visually stunning journey to Earth’s ‘Ground Zeros’ searching for hope and meaning in times of turmoil. Opening weekend will feature a Ground Zero Awareness Campaign with guest speakers such as Vancouver City Councillor Jim Green and writer Joy Kogawa, performances by Poets Against War, along with organizations and the filmmaker attending. The campaign will focus on the Ground Zeros visited in the film: the minefields of Cambodia, the toxic wasteland of Bhopal, war-torn Afghanistan, post 9/11 New York and Israel and Palestine.
(the above is taken from the First Weekend Club website, at www.firstweekendclub.ca )
(the below is from me)
I love opening nights. Turns an ordinary night at the movies into a real night out! I hope I can make it...
|Friday, August 26th, 2005|
|Wednesday, August 24th, 2005|
if you looked up "chick Flick" in the dictionary.... (cross posted)
...you'd find a description of this movie.
"Deluxe Combo Platter" is a charming film (think 'awwwwww') directed by Vic Sarin stars a fetching mix of fresh talent (Aaron Grain, who's acting credits include "rock dude" in"I was a teenage Faust") and Canadian A (or is it B?) list actors like Dave Thomas (Red). Jennifer Tilly (Alma) delivers a rosy-cheeked baby of a performance as a sultry-but-streetwise diner waitress, and the comedic chemistry between her and Red goes a long way to keeping this movie from straying into the middle of the very busy road of mediocrity.
The premise is clever: Girl wants boy, boy wants another girl, other girl wants girl who wants boy. Surely, you can see the comic possibilities. Throw a stone-faced Asian mortician's assistant who is also a rug-wearing small-town band leader, an ongoing side scene invloving a disinterested man and his hot bisexual girlfriend and some clever cinematic (and I do mean cinematic) devices, and this sweet flick becomes a giggle-fest in no time flat.
This isn't a perfect film. The scenography is beautiful, but the cinematography struck me as slightly student-ish. The fat girl's angst is less than believable, considering she's maybe a size 10. A knee-slapping scene of absolute perfect hilartiy involving Supermodel of the Wolrd Monica Schnarre (Linda Avery) using every synonym for lesbian she can think of doesn't quite make up for the fact that the ability to act does not always trot obediently behind the ability to model. I of course, have the ability to do neither, and think paying 8 bucks to see Schnarre make fun of red-neck boys is probably worth every penny, all things considered.
For the official "imdb" site, go here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384037/#comment
For information about showtimes in Vancouver, go here:http://www.firstweekendclub.ca
Remember! See it first, make it last!
|Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005|
stated interest: films...but questions involving LJ
Ok, you people seem so damn friendly. So I'm risking something here...but just so I don't get kicked off, may I mention that the film "Deluxe Combo Platter" opens in Vancouver on Friday and I'll be seeing it at a pre-screening on Wednesday, so can give you a head's up about wether to part with your hard-earned money or not. Until then, I have a question:
What's the difference between "Friend" and "Also Friend of" on LJ? And is there an effecient way to cross-post messages? And just HOW do I do those fancy things that I see other people doing like making a hot-link of their friend's name or a poll they took or things like that, right in the body of the message?
Oh powerful moderator, I promise to take you to a Canadian film for free if you'll just allow people to help me figure this stuff out...
|Monday, August 22nd, 2005|
shy little non-geek hoping to make some film friends
Hello, fellow and sister Canadian Film nuts...I am a total newphyte to this LJ world so please bear with me, and forgive any inadvertant protocol blunders...I really am trying to figure this out.
I have a brand new journal account here under the name film_filles. I'd love it if anyone who wanted to became my "friend" and checked out my journal on a regular basis. I am a member of a group called The First Weekend Club (check us out at http://www.firstweekendclub.ca
) and I have the glorious title of "Canadian Film Ambassador" which means, in essence, that I get to see Canadian films on opening nights or at pre-screenings here in Vancouver, then chat them up to as many people as I can. My understanding is that eventually I'll get a toaster if I recruit enough bums into seats on opening weekend (grin).
So there's lots of reasons to be my friend! Did I mention the free passes to opening nights? And if people have ideas of how to get lots and lots of people checking out my periodical reviews, I'd love to hear them.
Thanks for letting me join your community...
Canadian Film Ambassador
|Monday, August 8th, 2005|
Tracy Wright - looking for an address
Hi, all! I'd love to find a mailing address for one of my personal favourite Canadian actresses, Tracy Wright
- even the name of whichever agency she works through would be helpful. I've wanted to drop her a "fan letter" for quite some time, especially since her brilliant turn in Last Night
, and have never known where to send it! Anyone have any tips? Thanks in advance!
(By the way, even though it isn't a Canadian production, I must make mention of Tracy's latest film: Me And You And Everyone We Know
. It was fantastic and well worth seeing, so if you get a chance to catch it, do so. Tracy's role is especially compelling.) Current Mood: curious
|Saturday, August 6th, 2005|
|Sunday, July 10th, 2005|
Why don't Canadians generally see Canadian movies?
Korean films go head to head with Hollywood imports and most years domestic films out gross Hollywood imports. Canadian films... well. We know what becomes of them. I found it curious back during the Gulf war that Canadians were quite vocal about boycotting Starbucks and other big American companies but no one thought to boycott, say, the Matrix II premier. Matrix = Time/Warner = CNN = America can't go to war without the tacit approval of TV news.
"What not go see the latest Hollywood block buster? Let the Iraqi fry!"
It took a couple decades but these days Canadian tend to patronize Canadian bands over foreign bands. The same can't be said yet of Canadian movies, although Quebecers probably do patronize their movies to a greater extent. French Canadian cinema seems to produce a lot of great works every year yet English cinema we're pretty much stuck with "Goin' down the Road" as being high point of English Canadian cinema.
Part of the problem is the porous nature of the border. Good English Canadian directors/writers/actors can easily follow the money to Hollywood. French Canadian talent can't make the transition because of the language barrier. Add in that I think French Canada supports their film industry to a far greater extent.
Anyway, just some random thoughts for discussion.
|Friday, July 8th, 2005|
Canadian Films Kick Ass!
I was just searching for "Canadian Film" under interests and there weren't any communities, so I figured I may as well create one. I've been watching a lot of films on TMN lately that I've never heard of, so I figured it would be cool for like minds to inform each other of good stuff (and ones to avoid).
I'll start off by asking people to please post their fave Canuck directors, actors, writers, composers etc. so I can start filling up the interests which should lead to more people joining.