More Movies Made By Other People Tomorrow Night.

Tomorrow night (Friday Oct. 19th) all of here at Made By Other People will be at The Cinecycle (129 Spadina Ave.) hosting our second round of Movies Made By Other People and we want you to join us.

It’s been a fair while (two years) since our first screening and we’ve got some amazing work to show for it. We’ve even asked our friends Mary Gerretsen and Yaz Rabadi to screen some of their work with us as well. The best part? Admission’s completely free!

All in all we’ve got a line up of seven unique films/music videos to entertain you and the cheapest beer and wine in the city to refresh you. Doors open at 8pm and the screening starts at 9pm. Come early and take advantage of the cheap alcohol and mingle with us (be sure stay afterward to continue mingling and drinking).

Check out the Facebook event page for even more details – here.

And if you don’t believe me check out the BlogTO post – here.

See you tomorrow Night!

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!!!

Haters Step Aside

Rainbow Connection poster

No TIFF this year, which means rethinking my strategy. To make up for this disappointment I’ve decided to have my own screening.

As a side note: a friend sent me a link this this festival called STIFFED film festival. Basically, it’s a festival for all the Canadian shorts that didn’t get expected into TIFF. Pretty good, maybe I’ll submit.

I thought an interesting way to get people’s attention would be to have an evening of films that star actors with special needs. I’ve never seen anything like it before and it’s bound to create awareness for struggling actors with special needs. It’s called Making Connections: Untapping Emerging Talent in Toronto’s Special Needs Community. Anyways, here’s the details on the event…

Friday September 28th, 2012

Venue: Cinecycle (129 Spadina Ave. in old coach house down the alleyway)

Doors @ 8:30pm

Screening @ 9:30pm

Free Admission!!!

There will be 4 films playing. Here comes the info. Are you ready for it?

still from For Dorian

For Dorian
RT: 16 minutes
Director: Rodrigo Barriuso
Producer: Rodrigo Barriuso
Davina Rimmer

Starring: Dylan Harman
Ron Lea
Victor PereiraSynopsis:
Oliver, a controlling yet loving father is shaken abruptly when forced to recognize his son Dorian, a teenager living with Down syndrome, as an emerging adult with sexual urges who yearns for his independence. As Oliver begins to discover the changing dynamics within his home, he starts to fear that his son might not only be different by virtue of his disability, but also his sexual orientation.Director Bio:
Rodrigo is a Havana-born filmmaker who moved to Toronto in 2006 to pursue his love of filmmaking. He studied film in Toronto and London, UK, where he developed a keen interest for writing, directing and producing. Rodrigo’s work has screened at the Short Film Corner Cannes International Film Festival, the Miami International Film Festival, Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche, the IMA Gallery, Maximum Exposure Festival and the Annual Showcase at the University of Westminster in London, UK.

still from Penpals

RT: 10 minutes
Director: Gerald Patrick Fantone
Producers: Gerald Patrick Fantone
Kire Paputts

Starring: Victor Pereira
Darcey Campbell
Brooke BanningSynopsis:
Marvin, a mentally challenged young man spends his afternoon writing to his long time penpal, Princess Lulu from a theme park. Thinking of what to write, he takes inspiration from repeatedly watching his home video of her. As he writes, his endearing and innocent messages gradually turn into a confession of his hidden sexual desires for his beloved princess, but is she who he thinks she is?Director’s Bio:
Gerald Patrick Fantone is an award winning filmmaker, a graduate of York University’s Film Production program and a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni, he has acted as the assistant director for DramaWay Theatre Productions, a Toronto-based theatre organization that provides creative programs to individuals with specialneeds for many years. His most recent films include Urban Zoo (TUFF 2012), & Play. Stop. Rewind. (VIFF 2010).

still from The Nature Of Creativity

The Nature Of Creativity
RT: 15 minutes
Director: Lizz A. Hodgson
Producer: Lizz A. Hodgson
Starring: DramaWay students

The Nature of Creativity follows “DramaWay’s” founder & director Danielle Strnad through her drama classes for exceptional youth and adults within the GTA. We encounter many wonderful people along the way, through the philosophy of the program and with lessons learned we begin to see through new eyes as this population of artists and individuals expand their natural ability in living creative lives.

Director Bio:
Lizz A. Hodgson is a graduate of York Universities film production program where she focused mainly on Documentary cinema. Currently in the midst of making her first alternative piece, she works with exceptional individuals working towards their daily and long term life goals. She is a proud supporter of inclusion practices in the realms of artists and individuals with special needs.

still from Rainbow Connection

Rainbow Connection
RT: 19 minutes
Director: Kire Paputts
Producers: Kire Paputts
James Vandewater

Starring: Dylan Harman
Deborah Grover
Julian Richings
Atticus MitchellSynopsis:
Eugene, a teenager with Down syndrome, spends hours drawings his favourite thing, rainbows. But behind his seemingly colourful world is a reality he can’t escape, his mother’s illness. Desperate to help her, Eugene soon learns that hanging onto the life he knows means losing more than he ever imagined.Director Bio:
Kire Paputts is an award winning producer/director. A Ryerson University Film Program graduate, Kire has made a name for himself with short and feature length films that have played around the world, including TIFF, SXSW, and The Edinburgh International Film Festival. He is currently finishing a documentary entitled The Last Pogo Jumps Again, about the first wave of Punk/New Wave in Toronto with fellow filmmaker Colin Brunton.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors and lead actors. There will be cheap drinks served all night. So, come out and make some new friends. Feel free to bring whoever. I just want people to see these films. Hope to see you all there.
For more info visit…


MBOP Takes Over Thursday Thursday.

Our friends over at Greenshades Productions put on a monthly show aptly titled Thursday Thursdays and this month Made By Other People are taking it over.

Come this  Thursday, August 23rd 2012, three of the eight members of Made By Other People will be playing in a show at Toronto’s infamous Ranch Relaxo. Nathanael Chadwick will be playing a sensual solo show and if you’ve followed his blog or heard some of his other stuff you’d know that just because he’s playing alone doesn’t mean he’s not going to bring down the house. Kire Paputts will be there with the rest of the band of merry men that make up Dildoniks. Their infectious band of surf rock infused with a dash of punk is powerful enough for the God’s of old and folks at NXNE so I know your feet wont give you a choice as to whether you’re going to be dancing or not. Finally, Mitch Arend will be there with his newly minted trio The Addington County Revue, fresh off their travels of the deepest, darkest regions of South Eastern Ontario with music so fresh it sounds like it’s straight out of the Seventies.

Here’s where I get real for a second. The guys at Greenshades put on amazing shows and this month’s is no exception. If you like live, infectious music at intimate venues that allow you to go  completely nuts then you’re not going to want to miss this show.

Thursday Aug. 23rd 2012, Rancho Relaxo 300 College St. Toronto, $5 cover.

Great Film?

What I found online when I search for "Kire the artist"

So festival season is among us. The Canadian portion is creeping up fast (TIFF, VIFF, CIFF, Atlantic, etc). Everything takes place during the Fall, one right after the other. Having submitted to as many of the Canadian festivals as I could, I now wait in anticipation for the answers. These answers should be coming within the next few weeks, but it still doesn’t seem fast enough. Never felt so anxious in my life. Been noticing more headaches then usual. Usually a sign of stress. I’ve been trying to think back to how I felt when I started to submit Animal Control to places and it was nothing like this. With Animal Control I had no expectations. Everything was new. I think I even assumed, subconsciously, that it wouldn’t play anywhere. Thankfully, I was proven wrong.

Now, 2 years later, I find myself in the same situation. Having been accepted and rejected by lots of film festivals, I’ve always said “you can’t take rejection personally. You have no idea what the festival programmers are looking for.” Although I still believe this I will be devastated if Rainbow Connection went no where. You’re always trying to mature, out do your previous project, push yourself just a little further. I personally feel I’ve done this but whether that translates to others is another story. I’ve been running the pros and cons over and over in my head for the last week. I think about certain scenes in the film and say “This movie’s awesome. How could a festival possibly turn it down.” Then I try to compare it Animal Control and it’s like night and day. Animal Control looked slick, had a hook, very little dialogue, and a tender side to it. Rainbow Connection not so much. And although there’s something to be admired about not doing the same thing over and over, there’s less certainty. What if you stray too far from what made your previous film work?

Then I start to think about myself and less of my work. What if I fucked up too many times a long the way? I know I could have taken better advantage of the opportunities presented to me during Animal Control’s festival run. I could have talked to more people, befriended more filmmakers, said less stupid shit. Will I get a second chance? Some people don’t even get a first chance. Saying I’m shy is what I usually hide behind. It’s also something I’m working on. Schmoozing is something that I’m terrible not. Send James Vandewater in.

Kire of the future

If you asked me a month ago whether I thought Rainbow Connection would be playing the festival circuit I would have said “yes, without a doubt.”  I’m trying to keep up that positive thinking but as each day rolls by I become a little less sure. During times like these some people turn to doing drugs in the washroom stall of Sneaky Dees. I’m gonna try something else. Over the last few days some people have been throwing around the idea of The Power Of Thought. Here’s a brief definition I found…

The power of our thoughts and feelings allows us to manifest our desires. The challenge is in harnessing our ever shifting perspectives so that we can focus upon the thoughts that can make a positive difference.

We’ll see if it works. If not, you’ll be able to find me at Sneaky Dees.