Archive for November, 2009


If you haven’t been showing up on Friday nights, I hope you have a good excuse. It’s possible that you’re attending wild concerts and getting out of the city, in which case I see and can we please swap roles one of these weeks. However, if you’re just sitting around and accomplishing nothing, you need to come out to CFS. We also sit, but the exacerbation of your cinema awareness is our main priority. (And hey, if you’re already attending and unhappy with the way we young Execs run things– my we never told them how to rig their Canon ProShot to a 45’ mizzenmast, DARN —then we recommend that you simply stay in bed and exacerbate yourself.)

This week, we’re showing “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”, which is as delightfully high concept as it sounds. The 2004 film stars Angelina Jolie and her fellow robots, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow (she was in Shakespeare in Love) and Jude Law (he was in his kid’s nanny).

Furthermore, we’ll be showing your work from the November challenge, which asked you to employ slow motion in a short film. You had a month to find people who move and blink at alarmingly low speeds or otherwise invest in editing software. Now we want to see what you’ve assembled. Conveniently, this week’s workshop is on Editing.

So please step out of your strange netherworld and we’ll do some definitive hanging out and some primo noggin content will be distributed.

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On the magical night of November 20. The love to fall in love, we’ll be dealing with sound recording and filming dialogue.
It’s an art, and a delicious and precise one at that.

It’ll be one heck of a time, so make it down.

After the workshop we’ll allow writer/director John Cassavetes shows us one of reasons the film medium was invented with A Woman Under The Influence (1974)

So there it is and will be: Friday November 20, 6pm, in Room 435 St. Patrick’s Building. Now rm 435 is just around the corner from 400, backing on the it.



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We’re doing lighting.

studiolightand watching Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas (1984)

paris_texas_01Friday the 13TH! 6pm. Room 435 St Pat`s, around the corner from rm 400


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If you suspect anyone in this Film Society of having admired– not “dumbly-enjoyed-in-that-ironic-way-like-Vin Diesel-and-Proust”, but truly strongly esteemed and valued– the movie Boondock Saints, please provide their full government name(s) and I will see that they are removed from the Film Society, disciplined and pilloried by the faculty and then recommended to Parks Canada for full-time permanent employment somewhere in the upper Yukon. Thank you and go vigilantly.

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“All you need for a music video is a gun and a girl.” -The Ghost is Dancing

The newest music video by The Ghost is Dancing (Sonic Unyon), directed and produced by Middleschool (Norman Wong, Aaron Kopff, and Daniel Grant). The video recreates scenes from their favourite New Wave films. Shot at various locations in Toronto including the ROM, High Park, Yorkville, the Henhouse, Dundas Bridge, and Agi’s House in Little Italy. I watch this video about 3 times a day and it always makes me smile. Always.

See other work by Middleschool here:

Hear more stuff from The Ghost is Dancing here:



See you cats tonight!


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Another Hallowe’en has passed, and really– are we any wiser? Are we any closer to one another or to an age of reason? Did Hallowe’en put a stop to swine flu or shut down Farmville, wherever that is? No. Then what was it, if not a panacea for society’s woes? Hallowe’en was a night for moping around in our unpopular, unflattering Homsar costumes, for being ignored by both the naughty firefighter and the naughty police officer– and again the next day on ‘Missed Connections’– and for eating the chocolates we found in the laundry room, rarely bothering to extract the Advil caplets. Simply put, Hallowe’en was another defeat.

We will try to facilitate a rebound from this disappointment by bringing you one of the few honest “hidden gems” of the decade. This Friday, Film Society screens George Washington, the debut film of David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). Likened to Days of Heaven (Roger Ebert) and the writing of William Faulkner (A.O. Scott), Washington is the story of a group of small-town kids attempting to cover up– and come to terms with– a fatal accident. A matter of interest is that this film was made for approximately no dollars. Green talks about it here and here.

If you’re an aspiring filmmaker without gold bullion for parents, you’ll want to see this one. It should help you develop your plan to make an (equally) original, mesmerizing film on a budget of lint and toenail clippings.


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