by Tara Thorne
A new online venture—and Canada’s first internet TV station—launched this week, and the best part is it’s based out of Halifax. Created by locals Dawn Harwood-Jones, Roberta Hancock and Steven Morrison, untv.ca features 10 original shows starring faces you’ll recognize, from comic Candy Palmater (The Candy Show) to Cory Bowles (Afterlife Bar and Grill). Other shows include As the Wheels Turn, a dramatic series about “a road trip to nowhere”; Toronto Adventures, about a local girl (Lindsay Kyte) living and trying to get acting work in the Big Smoke, and The Underground Metropolis, a Halifax hip-hop show hosted by Reed “iZrEAL” Jones, whose debut episode focuses on a favourite thing of ours—sneakers! (But we are no match for Universal Soul’s Tacktishon.)
All shows are available on demand, with the site aimed at the new media generation. “These are people who depend more on the recommendations of friends than on the latest issue of a TV Guide,” says Harwood-Jones.
“While most of our content will be produced locally in Halifax, it will be global in scope,” Hancock says.
“Most people have already experienced the potential of viral video while visiting sites like YouTube,” says Morrison, adding, “believe it or not, there’s more to online video than ‘My Pug Imitating a Blender’ or ‘Will My Pug Blend?’”
Users will be able to vote on their favourite shows, with new series already in the works. Videos are available in streaming and downloadable Quicktime formats at untv.ca right this damn minute.
Trailer Park games
This is a little bit out of our jurisdiction but we know the kids like their gaming news (or “vidyuh games,” as Hank Hill would say) and we also know the kids like their Trailer Park Boys news. (We know you already know about the ECMAs, this is something different.)
Lunenburg firm HB Studios (Rugby 06, Fife Street 2) has been chosen with nine other game developers, out of 69 competitors, to toggle for $2 million from Telefilm as part of its Great Canadian Video Game Competition. The finalist-making pitch? A Trailer Park Boys game, but of course. (If you played it on the Wii, the remote could be Julian’s drink.)
This is but stage one of a year-long process—all 10 companies will pitch their proposals at a March conference in San Fransisco, with four receiving cash to create a playable version. In September, those four companies compete for the final chunk of money from Telefilm to “support the commercialization of its game.”
HB Studios was founded in Lunenberg in 2000. We’ll keep you posted as things develop.
Last week in our item about AFCOOP’s Film 5 program, we listed the short Enough as part of the 2006 edition. Writer-director Jeff Wheaton wrote to tell us that the film was actually not part of the program; instead it was self-financed with the help of an AFCOOP open grant. So we were in the right station, but on the wrong track. Apologies, sir. And since we’re talking (correctly this time) about Enough, which stars Loretta Yu as a woman who can’t take her idiot yoga instructor boyfriend anymore, Wheaton was stoked to tell us of the film’s appearance in the Asian American International Film Festival in San Francisco this March.
Always-innovative local troupe DaPoPo Theatre begins a cool new venture this week with the launch of Café DaPoPo, a new weekly performance series held at Mollyz Diner (2104 Gottingen). You will be able to order specially priced performances, ranging from poems to songs to scenes to improv, to your own table for a private show. (Not like that.)
Participating performers include DaPoPo’s artistic director Garry Williams, regulars Eric Benson, Steven Bourque, Mike Chandler and Kim Parkhill plus Sarah Bradford and Andrea Dymond.
“Like much of DaPoPo’s work, Café DaPoPo explores ways of bringing theatre to its audience, eliminating the fourth wall and redefining the relationship between performer and spectator,” says Williams.
Café DaPoPo takes place on the last Thursday of every month, starting January 25. Reserve a table by calling 420-1395.
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