by Tara Thorne
Sure, Hollywood churns out a new horror film every week. And by “new” we of course mean “remake of a Japanese or classic 1970s film starring hot young stars from The CW.”
So skip the multiplex this week and on Wednesday, February 28 head out to Ginger’s Tavern (1662 Barrington) for Night of the Killer Reel, a screening of eight local shorts organized by Scott Thorne (no relation), whose project with Matt Likely, 9 Spring Avenue, was the impetus for the evening.
“We wanted more of a night than a 10-minute short screening,” says Thorne, a student in the Screen Arts program at NSCC. He and director Likely—“we co-wrote and co-produced it, co-edited it. We basically co-did it”—shot 9 Spring Avenue, about four friends in the woods and a joint procured from a “sketchy” street salesperson, last Thanksgiving in New Brunswick on a borrowed Canon DV camera. “It looked good,” says Thorne. “With the XL2 we can shoot it in 24p mode, and with a certain filter it made it look more filmic, took the video edge off it.”
The Killer Reel lineup boasts a handful of established and up-and-comers in its lineup. Scott Simpson’s Terminal Lunch is here, as is Valley of the Gun by Mike Rizkalla (you might remember him as one of guitarists for Bucket Truck). Also included are Daddy Why? by Michael Aronson and Dawn Boyd, Marc D’Entremont’s Better Off and The Visitor from Megan Wennberg and Rosemary Hanson. A special treat is a pair of trailers created exclusively for the Grindhouse contest—the upcoming Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez collab will open at South by Southwest in March, and the fest has challenged filmmakers everywhere to create trailers in the exploitation violence style of the feature. Thorne will screen Tetas de Muerte, from Daniel Gaynor, and Hobo with a Shotgun, from Rob Cotterill and much sought-after local DP Jason Eisener.
“Putting this little screening together, I’ve realized how popular it is in the community,” Thorne says of the horror genre. “There aren’t any horror festivals that I know of—I never see very much on the horror side in the Atlantic Film Festival, which is fine, that’s what they do. In a way this has turned into a small little horror festival.”
Night of the Killer Reel kicks off at 8pm on February 28 at Ginger’s. Five bucks gets you the films and a performance from Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees.
Calling you out
Speaking of the AFF, our favourite annual arts event has put out a call for entry for film submissions, and it’s months away so we don’t want to hear your bitching about how you didn’t know. The early bird date for your film of any length or genre is June 8, with the final deadline being June 29. You’ll save five bucks on the entry fee if you get your shit together just three weeks earlier! Visit atlanticfilm.com for the particulars.
The Halifax Jewish Cultural Festival kicks off its inaugural installment on March 25, and they’ve just announced that it will close with a bang. Olympia Dukakis will perform the Broadway show Rose at the Rebecca Cohn on March 31. The one-woman show is an “amazing journey from war-torn Warsaw to the West Bank, to the borscht belts of post-war Atlantic City and modern Miami Beach. This remarkable play by Jewish author Martin Sherman is not only a sharply drawn portrait of a feisty survivor, but also a moving and timely remembrance of the extraordinary events that shaped the last century.” Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 24 and are $60. Call the Cohn box office at 494-3820.
Facts about new fiction
The authors to be included in the inaugural Vagrant Revue of New Fiction, published by Vagrant, the fiction arm of Nimbus Publishing, have been announced. The book, edited by Sandra McIntyre and Mary Jo Anderson, will include new works by Russell Barton, Judy Bowman, Erna Buffie, Michelle Butler Hallett, Rhian Colcott, our own Joey Comeau, Joanne Jefferson, Amy Jones, Nina Lassam, Sarah Mian, Elizabeth Peirce, Darcy Rhyno, Lee Thompson, Janet Parker Vaughn and Brent White. The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction is scheduled to be releasedthis May.
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