Gimme a minute

Tara Thorne is committed to helping Halifax act out.

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The Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative has released its annual call for entries for the One Minute Film program, in which novice filmmakers create a one-minute, black-and-white silent 16mm film. It's an involved six-month process, with workshops running from October through the end of the year, so be sure you've got the time to commit.

"Super-short films are fun to watch and you can pack a lot of diverse ideas into one program," says Walter Forsyth, AFCOOP's executive director. "At AFCOOP we take advantage of the format to introduce beginners to the entire filmmaking process, but at a length that makes it less intimidating for someone starting out."

To apply, download an application at: afcoop.ca (or pick one up at the office in the CBC building at 5600 Sackville) and send it in by September 21.

He'll do in a Pinsent

Word continues to trickle out about one of our favourite fall events, the Atlantic Film Festival (for news from our other favourite event, the Halifax Pop Explosion, see Scene and Heard on page 21). After announcing it will open its 27th edition with Shake Hands with the Devil, the fest has released word about a couple special guests who will be in town learnin' us a thing or two.

Newfoundland legend Gordon Pinsent will be in the house to speak about his long and varied career (beginning in the early 1960s and recently including The Shipping News, Due South, our beloved The Sparky Book and of course Sarah Polley's Away From Her). And Mychael Danna will give a music composition master class called "What's the Score?" Danna has been composing film scores since 1978, including most of Atom Egoyan's movies (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia's Journey, Ararat) as well as Girl, Interrupted, Capote, Little Miss Sunshine and Breach, and he wrote the theme music for Medium.

Tickets to these events will be available at: www.atlanticfilm.com in a couple of weeks.

Opera not Oprah

If you like theatre with singing but not so much musicals per se, then this is the week for you!

The third annual Halifax Summer Opera Workshop gets underway this week, from August 10 to 19, with Mozart's The Magic Flute and Handel's Giulio Cesare. Both operas will be fully staged and costumed, with the majority of the 37-person cast consisting of young professionals or university music students (many from Dalhousie) from the Maritimes.

According to the press release, Giulio Cesare is the story of Julius Caesar "and his intrigues with the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, her conniving brother Prince Ptolemy, and the widow and son of Caesar's enemy, Pompey, Cornelia and Sextus. This is a classic of Baroque opera, with glorious music and a fast-moving story. This is not only Handel's masterpiece, and his most successful opera during his life (and afterwards). It's a great piece of theatre. The HSOW production is set in the modern day." It will be sung in Italian.

(For the record we would like to commit our support to modernization. You want kids interested in stuff? Sad but true: you need to speak their language, or at least rope them in by implying as much.)

The beloved The Magic Flute, Mozart's death knell, "combines music of extraordinary simplicity and directness with some of the most florid and famous vocal music he created. Prince Tamino sets out on a quest to rescue the daughter of the Queen of the Night, accompanied by his sidekick, the bird man Papageno." In German, with English dialogue.

Cesare runs August 10, 13, 16 and 18 at 7:30pm, while Flute drops August 11, 14 and 17 at 7:30pm with a 2pm matinee on August 19. The Halifax Summer Opera Workshop performances all go down at the Sir James Dunn Theatre in the Dalhousie Arts Centre (6101 University), with general tickets at $20 ($15 students and seniors, $12 for kids). Reserve at 494-3820.

Our bad

Last week we told you Atlantic Film Festival rejects—and word's starting to come down now, even as you read this—that all was not lost and if you sent your rejection letter into the Salon de Refuses Atlantique you might still get a shot at a screening. We also told you to send your film. That was wrong. Don't waste a screener—only those chosen via lottery will need to provide a screening copy to the Salon. Also get applications online at: salonatlantique.org.

Send your letters to the Salon and your arts news to: tarat@thecoast.ca

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