Fantastic 50

Tara Thorne has this week’s reels and rolls.

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This week, it’s all about the rolling…film. Still. Cool shit abounds as the Atlantic Film Festival comes to a close, the coolest being Attack of the 50 Foot Reels. This annual workshop—taught by Flicker founder Norwood Cheek, husband of Andrea Richards, AFCOOP’s visiting artist—throws 16 novice filmmakers into the process with nary a moment to spare.

Last weekend the participants attended a workshop by Cheek—who’s made videos for AFI, Ben Folds Five and The French Kicks— then shot their three-minute Super-8 movies (each received 50 feet of film) and edited them in-camera. While the films were processed in Toronto, the directors created original soundtracks. On Friday they will see the pieces together for the first time—along with the public.

Participants include familiar names like artist Mitchell Wiebe, singer Jill Barber, dancer Veronique MacKenzie, Sue Leblanc of Zuppa Circus and our own Carsten Knox.

“My film is called Suds ’n Duds,” Barber says. “It’s a love story about two strangers who meet in a laundromat and get more than what they pay for with a few quarters’ worth of laundry. After taking six long months to make my record, it was really satisfying to make a film from start to finish in one day.Within the span of an hour I came up with an idea, put in a couple of calls to friends to be actors in the film, secured the location and sketched out a storyboard...and the shoot itself only lasted about an hour-and-a-half. Done.”

The screening is at 7pm on Friday, September 22 at the NSCC Screening room, 1574 Granville. Admission is the best kind—free.

Kids’ stuff

In other film news, we turn to the words of the newly single Whitney Houston—we believe the children are our future. So check out the Oxford’s screening of The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang on Saturday at 2pm (leave early, dudes) to see two shorts produced by teenagers who took part in this year’s ViewFinders film fest for youth.

Kathleen Shubaly and Sarah Warren’s Bev—about a girl who can no longer see her imaginary friend—and Herbet the Chameleon by Aven Fisher—about an animated chameleon who goes to the movies—will precede the feature.

ViewFinders, an offshoot event of the Atlantic Film Festival, will also launch its movie and animation challenges, looking for films made by and for youth for its next edition in April.

“It’s so great that we’re able to showcase some of the amazing young talent being developed in Atlantic,” says Julie Glaser, director of ViewFinders. “The film community in Halifax has been so supportive of this next generation of filmmakers and we’re really proud to be the first to show their work up on the big screen!’”

TAG you’re it

The Theatre Arts Guild’s 76th (for reals!) season opens on Wednesday, September 28, with the David Hare drama Skylight, directed by Angela Butler. Starring TAG regs Beth VanGorder, Frank MacLean and Dylan Aucoin as a woman and a father-son team involved with her, respectively, Skylight takes place over one tense evening and breakfast. We’d like to point out that TAG has issued our favourite theatrical warning, a rare one for this company—adult themes and language, AKA swears.

The show runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm (one Sunday matinee at 2pm on October 3) until October 14. Call 477-2663 for tickets.

Propose, all

The run of fall arts submission deadlines rolls merrily along, with the newly relocated Mary E. Black Gallery joining the queue.

The gallery is looking for exhibit proposals for late 2007/early 2008 “from community groups, cultural groups, guilds, artists/craftspeople and curators. Proposals from community and cultural groups should provide a brief description and mandate of their organization. Exhibitions can be solo or group.”

Proposals should include the following: 500 words on your theme or idea and the type of work; proposed or working title; a list of artist/s, their works and justification for their inclusion; support material and a resume of the principal organizer/curator.

Proposals are due by 4pm on October 16. They can be emailed to Susan MacAlpine Foshay at susan@craft-design.ns.ca or mailed to/dropped off at Mary E. Black Gallery, Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, 1061 Marginal Road, Halifax, B3H 4P6.

Email Dope Show proposals to: tarat@thecoast.ca

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