Movies Made by Other People, Part 2!

Hey all, it’s been over two years since the bunch of us held our last, immensely successful, screening. Boy how time flies! So we thought it was about time to do it again! This year’s event will include new work by Billy Allinson, Mitchell Arend, Kire Paputts, Michael Pierro and our good friends Mary Gerretsen and Yaz Rabadi! And may feature a surprise or two as well…

The show will be held on Friday October 19th, starting at 9pm sharp. So come by, have a beer, and enjoy some great new work by great young filmmakers!

More info on the program is on its way, so stay tuned!!!

Waking goes to WSFF!

After a long wait, the film I made along with Sophia Chirovsky will finally see its big screen debut at this year’s Worldwide Short Film Festival! Waking stars Emma Wardle, was produced by the great Aaron Kopff and lensed by the one and only James Klopko!

The film will be playing at 8:30pm on June 6 and 7:00pm on June 9th. For more info on the screening head on over to the festival’s website.

Hope to see y’all there!

Guns!

Remixes are always fun. This one by Eclectic Method is great!

End of the Affair.

Here’s a music video I edited for the Toronto electro/dance artist Farragoes. It was directed and produced by our good friend, the one and only, Aaron Kopff of Electric Train Productions.

This project was particularly fun for me because of how much I got to play with the footage and try out different effects. It was originally designed to be a really simple piece with just three shots, but when the middle section wasn’t as spectacular as had been hoped (mainly due to budgetary restraints) I started to layer on more and more video tracks to see what crazy images could be produced with really simple effects. The result is something I’m pretty please with.

Alex Cox on Internet Piracy.

Earlier this week Alex Cox, the acclaimed indi director of films like Repo Man and Sid and Nancy was on the CBC radio show Q. He was mainly talking about internet ‘piracy’ and the bullshit big corporations use to further their agenda and strengthen their choke-hold on the market. As an independent filmmaker working since the early 1980s Cox has spent most of his life fighting to get his films made and distributed by the big studios. After years and years of listening to the BS cycled over and over again by the studios and their lackies it was incredibly refreshing to hear someone from the industry talk a bit of sense about the issue. Here’s the episode, his interview starts at around the two minute mark so give it a listen!

One of the main arguments that comes up a lot is that ‘piracy’ hurts independent artists more that the big corporations. This is supposedly because the corporations can afford to lose more or something like that, and that the smaller artists are working with much smaller profit margins (if any at all). Though the logic behind this idea seems to make sense  it has always rung false with me and it was nice to hear Cox pretty much dismantle it.