Two weeks ago I wrote about taking the plunge on the CineCoup Film Accelerator, making a trailer for Starkers, a feature-to-be in the hunt for $1 million in Cineplex funding. We’re definitely swimming in the deep end; no water-wings for the teams competing from all over Canada. When the contest opened there were ninety-one teams. Now there’s eighty-two. Fourteen days, and attrition has set in.
We’ve done two Mission Videos already in that time. Every Sunday, the CineCoup teams scramble to get a video in by midnight, which appears for public viewing starting the following Monday at 9pm. The first Mission Video was a “power trio” vid, giving each team a chance to introduce their members. Teams leapt at the chance to unleash their pent-up creativity. Check out the the three top videos so far after the jump!
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A few months ago Biff Bam Pop was lucky enough to talk to director Sean Cisterna and members of the cast of the sweet Canadian comedy Moon Point (you can revisit that right here). Sean and I have kept in touch and I’ve been eagerly watching the progress he’s been making on his next film, a documentary that, as you’ll see, fits right in with our 31 Days Of Horror feature. I asked Sean if he would explain for himself what he’s working on. Take it away, Sean.
“Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living”. – Arthur C. Clarke
Several months ago I was listening to a CBC radio program when on came the troupe from Halton Paranormal. I had recently wrapped up a festival tour of my previous film, a quirky narrative comedy called Moon Point, and wasn’t really looking for a new project…but the voices on the radio were just too compelling to ignore. I did a bit of digging around and eventually got a hold of the group and arranged to meet them, just to see if there was anything else to their story that could justify spending an hour’s worth of screen time with them. It was at this meeting I met Kim Hadfield-Verheul, the eccentric, charming and intense lead investigator of the group.
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This week Charlie Sheen debuts his Anger Management and Weeds returns for its eighth and final season!
Monday June 25th
Hells Kitchen (8pm): The runway-show dinner proves distracting for some contestants, while others succeed despite the pressure to time the service perfectly with the show.
WWE Raw (9pm): Chris Jericho returns! Is Dolph Ziggler about to dump Vickie Guerrero?
Me @ The Zoo (9pm): HBO documentary starring YouTube sensation Chris Crocker. The documentary delves into the life of Chris who was made famous on the internet through numerous public videos, notably his video “Leave Britney Alone”, which garnered mainstream media attention
Teen Wolf (10pm): Derek becomes convinced that Lydia is the shapeshifter, forcing Scott to protect her. The Kanima will be revealed. (Now I’m thinking it’s Jackson?)
Joyce Vincent became an overnight UK tabloid sensation when her skeletal remains were discovered two and a half years after her death in a dingy subsidized flat.
On the surface it appears she had no one. Upon entering the North American premiere of the documentary Dreams of a Life during the Hot Docs Film Festival, I hadn’t the foggiest clue who Joyce Vincent was and departed the screening with the question unanswered.
For fans of food-focused movies, documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi deserves a spot at the top of the list. The film explores Sukijabashi Jiro, a tiny sushi restaurant in the basement of an office building and it’s nearly 90 year old chef Jiro, known as perhaps the best sushi chef in the world. Despite the unassuming appearance of the restaurant, it is strictly reservations-only, with an extremely long waiting list for a table. Each meal lasts approximately 30 minutes and prices start around $300 depending on the types of fish available that particular day.