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Teaser for shortfilm made by Andrew Bush of Picnicface (and produced by my roommate Jeff Coll)

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Halifax-made Viking/Alien movie starring Jesus finally gets release date

Mark January 23 on your calendar for the release of Outlander.

An alien (James Caviezel) crash lands on earth during the Viking era and fuses his technology with theirs to hunt his enemy.

In a region where some of the worst films get produced, this one seems to go beyond bad. I can’t wait.

Can Sundance Handle Treevenge?

I just got a message from Glen Matthews that Jason Eisener’s Treevenge will be playing Sundance.

We’re not entirely sure of the schedule yet, but we do know that TREEVENGE will be playing (at least) four times with “Dead Snow,” about a ski trip that starts with beer and sex — and ends with zombie Nazis. Match made in heaven.

Here’s the trailer for Dead Snow:

MBV: Now with 100% Less Sydney Mines

My Bloody Valentine is being remade as 2009 3-D movie.

I hope they keep the tagline: In this town on Valentine’s Day, everyone loses their heart

An interview with George Mihalka the director of the original which was a filmed on location in Sydney Mines, NS at the old Princess Colliery Mine.

TT: How did they react to your presence in the community?

GM: Oh, they loved us. They just thought it was great. They were the most cooperative, wonderful people in the world. It’s just that we couldn’t now ask them to spend money after they lovingly and innocently spent all that money cleaning it up. We couldn’t exactly say “well, sorry we’re leaving unless you now spend money to destroy everything you just did.”

TT: Did the love last for the whole shoot?

GM: Oh yeah. At that time, we were the only game in town. Sydney Mines was suffering some serious economic recession. Coal mines were closing all over the area. We still were spending quite a bit of money there…restaurants, hotels, car rental agencies. We also used assistants, carpenters and painters…

Thrillema

Thrillema Poster

Thrillema Poster

The first Thrillema last night was a huge success. The Empire 6 Theatre in Dartmouth (not the Dartmouth Crossing – which I almost went to) was packed with movie fans.

When I arrived, I signed human guestbook and met Adam Perry of The Last Game Store who helped coordinate the event. He had a huge gash on his head for the occasion. He explained that they have plans to bring more 35mm horror movie prints, but could not confirm what would be showing at the next Thrillema on November 13. They didn’t know they were getting Friday the 13th until last Tuesday, and so it was a nice surprise that so many people showed up on such short notice.

He tried to blame Barack Obama for it.

Adam tried to blame Barack Obama for it.

Dartmouth auteur, Jason Eisener, was super happy with the turn out and was listing off some of his favourite movies that they are trying to bring. Expect a bit of John Carpenter and maybe some Fred Savage at future events.

Jason hands out Jasons

Eisener gave out prizes to anyone who knew that the film’s score intentionally resmbled “kill kill kill , ma ma ma” or that the famous sleeping bag murders took place in “Jason VII” and “Jason X”.  After all the prizes were given out, we were treated to some vintage horror movie trailers from the 70’s and a PSA about the monstrous “Pay TV” industry.

When the crackly 35mm print for Friday the 13th finally started, the packed theater cheered for all the murders, laughed at the uncomfortably long takes of characters doing mundane things, and were ocassionally startled by people in Jason masks walking toward the bathroom.  It was an awesome time, and the film was a great choice to kick off what promises to be an exciting monthly movie night.

Helen Hill story on Fifth Estate tonight

Beloved filmmaker Helen Hill‘s tragic story will be told tonight (Wednesday) at 9:00pm on CBC’s The Fifth Estate.

From the CBC:

Canadians Helen Hill and Paul Gailiunas left their thriving artistic community in Halifax to live in New Orleans. Then in 2005, in a way that no one could have imagined, their lives became entwined with another story, one that filled headlines and television newscasts everywhere. On August 29th, Hurricane Katrina swept over New Orleans, leaving a city awash in death, chaos and crime. Murder statistics skyrocketed and, one night, Helen Hill became one of those statistics. She was shot dead by an intruder. Bob McKeown reports on the story of Helen and Paul and explains how her death explains what has gone wrong in New Orleans before, during and since Katrina.

I found this interview with Helen on Youtube talking film and New Orleans: