Thursday, September 7, 2017

Short Story Cinema: Morning After--Chocolate Kisses & Human Sexuality

Story Synopsis:

This film is the prequel to a longer piece and the new project from award-winning filmmaking duo Patricia Chica (director-producer) and Kristian Hodko (writer-actor). 

After a long time abroad, a young man returns home and reunites with friends. A sensual game amongst them forces him to confront deep conflicts within himself that lead to a powerful awakening.

This film has been accepted and played at a large group of Film Festivals and more to come as well, see below the review for more dates.

A group of young people are having a welcome home party for one of the group Micheal(above right)now they play a game where one of them are blindfolded and another member of the group chooses a piece of chocolate from the table and proceeds to kiss them with a piece of the chocolate. It can be anyone in the room. When it is his turn there is an interesting visual sense that from his perspective of who it is that is kissing him and we are shown each of the group of friends kissing him.
I found this to be a very open and interesting expression of love and lust, desire and just human sexuality being explored. It was a raw look at the world at a different perspective in the fact that a lot of this sort of film basically goes unnoticed. There are only suggestions that sex ever happens there is a lot of kissing and just an opening of oneself to another human being. I am not one to judge others on their sexuality , it's human nature to want to love and be loved. 

This is a well done film allowing the viewer to just have a taste of what it is all about, they could have gone the cheap route and had a lot of nudity to try and sell the film that way, but they did it the right way by making it just the way it is.
There is a great overall acceptance of everyone and their openness of the exploration, the directing and editing is very smooth and has a great style of it's own. Only clocking in just over 15 minutes I felt I wanted to see more of these characters as they were just such real human beings just being human. There are plans to make a longer story in the future as it mentioned above.
Morning After continues to travel the film festival circuit with upcoming screenings in Hong Kong (September 9-24), Taiwan (October 20-28), at the Bucharest Film Awards in Romania (October 12-14) where the film is a finalist for Best Short. More festival selections will be announced in the coming weeks.

Morning After Trailer--click here

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Friday, September 1, 2017

Press Release: Indian Horse Film Makes It's Debut At TIFF--Based on Richard Wagamese's Award Winning Novel


From director Stephen Campanelli and Executive Producer Clint Eastwood, stunningfilm features debut performances from Canadian actors
Sladen Peltier, Ajuawak Kapashesit and Edna Manitowabe.

Toronto – August 23, 2017 – Elevation Pictures with producers Screen Siren Pictures, Terminal City Pictures, Devonshire Productions and executive producers Roger Frappier and Clint Eastwood, today announced that INDIAN HORSE, based on the award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese and directed by Stephen Campanelli, will celebrate its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Recounting the story of Saul Indian Horse and his remarkable journey from a northern Ojibway child torn from his family and placed in one of Canada’s notorious Catholic residential schools, to a man who ultimately finds his place in the world, Richard Wagamese’s best-selling novel rose to critical acclaim when first published in 2012.

Shot on location in Sudbury and Peterborough, Ontario, INDIAN HORSE  stars Canadian newcomers Sladen Peltier and Ajuawak Kapashesit who, along with Forrest Goodluck (THE REVENANT), portray title character, Saul Indian Horse, at the three stages of his life. The film also stars Michiel Huisman (GAME OF THRONES, THE AGE OF ADALINE) and Michael Murphy (FALL, AWAY FROM HER, X-MEN) and features a compelling performance by newcomer Edna Manitouwabe. A residential school survivor herself,  Manitouwabe brings a soulful presence as Saul’s indomitable grandmother.

Following its premiere in Toronto, INDIAN HORSE will debut at film festivals across Canada including the Atlantic International Film Festival, Cinefest Sudbury Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival.

“I am truly honoured to bring Richard Wagamese’s moving novel to the screen,” commented director Stephen Campanelli, “Saul's story has touched countless readers and it is our great hope that the movie will continue to inspire audiences and contribute in its own way to the important ongoing process of reconciliation.  We are thrilled to begin the film's journey at TIFF.”

When learning of the TIFF world premiere, Campanelli’s long time mentor Clint Eastwood praised the film as, “powerful, important storytelling, authentic and moving; it is a compelling film that is beautifully realized and stays with you for a long time.”

 “Our dream for INDIAN HORSE was to make a lasting tribute to the Indigenous people of our country and to acknowledge a great injustice perpetrated against them. It has been a most humbling and amazing experience which we look forward to sharing with audiences everywhere,” said producers Christine Haebler, Trish Dolman and Paula Devonshire.

In late 1950s Ontario, seven year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic residential schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his indigenous heritage and he witnesses all kinds of abuse at the hands of the very people who were entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favorite Canadian pastimes — hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself how to not only play but develops a unique and rare skill. It’s as if he has eyes in the back of his head and can see the game in a way no other player can. His talent leads him away from the misery of the school to a Northern Ontario native league and eventually the pros. But the ghosts of Saul’s past will always haunt him. Forced to confront painful memories and revelations, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to gain the compassion he so sorely needs in order to begin healing. Indian Horse is a survivor’s tale that foregrounds the indomitable spirit of North America’s Indigenous peoples in the face of aggressive assimilation policies and racism.

INDIAN HORSE is directed by Stephen S. Campanelli (MOMENTUM) from a script by Dennis Foon (ON THE FARM, LIFE, ABOVE ALL). Based on the eponymous, award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese (Winner of the Canada Reads People's Choice award, the First Nations Communities Reads program, short-listed for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award and a Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2012). INDIAN HORSE is produced by Christine Haebler (HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, HARD CORE LOGO), Trish Dolman (HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, FLOWER & GARNET) and Paula Devonshire (WET BUM, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD). Roger Frappier (THE GRAND SEDUCTION, JESUS OF MONTREAL) and Clint Eastwood serve as executive producers.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Friday, August 18, 2017

Little Shop of Movies Review: Never Let Go(Available Now)

Story Synopsis:

A single mother desperately searches for her missing child in a beautiful, but unfamiliar land, following an apparent abduction. Trusting no one, and stopping at nothing, as she weaves her way through the murky backstreet's and barren landscapes, now implicated in the murder of a seemingly innocent man, her connections back in the US begin to reveal that there is much more at stake than first meets the eye..

In a world that is dominated by the male action star, I mean drop almost any of their names that are current or past and someone will know who they are from Clint Eastwood to Vin Diesel. But try and mention Cynthia Rothrock who was a pretty big star in her own right. But now we do have Michelle Rodreiguz , Kate Beckinsale just as examples.
Here we have Angela Dixon(Dead End -2012)she plays Lisa Brennan what seems to be secret service as she is well trained in fighting -this is where the film lacks any real attempt in letting us know that she might be really trained for some of the fight scenes as the editing is very choppy during these scenes.
Other than the above mentioned editing bits this is a decent little film, not released by a major studio I hope it can  find an audience.
From the minute her child is taken from her she is on the hunt for the men responsible and she pulls no punches. There are countless foot chases and she gets tossed around quite a bit, there is a great scene utilizing today's cell phone technology where she uses it as a tracking device. There are other good , thought out scenes that work well. Angela Dixon holds her own in this film and I hope she gets some more work from this. It's not a groundbreaking film , but it did keep my interest.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

The Pickup--August 15 Edition-Country Artists Speak of Glen Campbell Passing-Loretta Lynn Exhibit--Kali Rose-

This is a new addition here at Behind The Scenes.
I am happy to welcome to the site THE PICKUP
This is my third episode here with the show.
This weeks edition of the show is August 1st Episode:

Here is some information on the show:


Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today's stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country including over 160 stations, as well as online media blogs, RFD-TV, the U.K.'s SKY Television and the Heartland Network.


Thank you to Ryan Grubb with Webster Public Relations for allowing me to share the show on my blog.

Thank you for checking out the show and for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

CD Review: Leprous-Malina(Inside Out Music)Available August 25


Available as: Limited Mediabook CD, CD, 2LP and Digital Download
Release Date: August 25th 2017

Einar Solberg - vocals/synth
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - guitar
Baard Kolstad - drums
Simen Børven - bass 
Robin Ognedal - guitar

Wow, from the word go this is easily one of the best albums of the year and quite possibly the best one this year that this reviewer has heard this year. I know that I have not done a lot of music reviews this year, however I have been listening to a lot of new music all the same.

Everything works on the album right from the lyrics to the music , production and overall sound , their first single from the album "From The Flame is a small masterpiece as is the remaining of the album , such talent here all across the board.

The fantastic vocal work Einar on this album is nothing short of amazing, versatile and such a range of ability I have not heard like it this year!

Here is their 2nd song from the album "Stuck"

This band from Norway do not disappoint , the last album of theirs I reviewed I gave it 5 stars.

There is not a song on this album that I do not like , nor do I have a favorite either--odd I know but it is just that good an album!
If I was told to pick a favorite it would have to be "The Weight of Disaster" --the bridge and finale of the song is so good!! Keep playing it over and over again , same with  the entire album!
The title track of the album starts out with keyboards and strings and haunting vocals , builds up as the song progresses drums are added to the mix and the song leaves us at a higher crescendo than what we started at.
"Coma" is fierce and fast on the guitars and drums, vocals soothing and --guitars, bass and drums beat at a steady pace throughout the song.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Upcoming Films!--Puppet Killer Trailer Released-Coming 2018

Hi Anthony,
It is with great pleasure that I share with you the trailer release for the upcoming indie film, Puppet Killer.
This film was directed by one of my favorite women in film, Lisa Ovies(right)
, and I just know horror fans are going to love it!

The cast is exceptional and features some amazing talent including War For The Planet of the Apes own Aleks Paunovic among many more .
Jessica Cameron

Puppet Killer Trailer Released The much anticipated trailer for Lisa Ovies' film Puppet Killer comes on the heels of some amazing additions to the team. 

Joining Lisa is producer Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare)-(above ,right), composer Stephen Gallagher (The Lovely Bones, The Hobbit Trilogy) and Darren Leader of Steel Panther. The film features a powerful ensemble cast including Aleks Paunovic (War For the Planet of The Apes, Van Helsing, iZombie), Richard Harmon (The 100, Bates Motel), Lee Majdoub (Supernatural), Lisa Durupt (Murder She Baked), Kyle Cassie (Deadpool) and Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante, Barbarous Mexico). 

The plot of the film centers around a group of high school students who are stalked by a psychotic killer obsessed with horror movie icons during Christmas vacation. 

Watch the trailer here: 

Daren Leader, known for his work with the hugely popular band Steel Panther, is working on several exclusive songs for the film. 

“I jumped at the chance to work with Lisa. She is incredibly talented and she just knows how to make a killer movie! Puppet Killer is a great homage to the movies I grew up on and it is an honor to be a part of it. “ 

Also joining the post production team is the award nominated composer, Stephen Gallagher. Stephen Gallagher is most known for his work on The Hobbit franchise, Lovely Bones, and District 9. “Lisa and her team have created a fantastically compelling film. I am extremely excited to be collaborating with her in creating the soundtrack to Puppet Killer. It will be great! better be....Simon threatened to hunt me down if it was not up to his own high standards…” 

Director Lisa Ovies is rightfully excited and here is what she had to say about the film. "I can’t wait to share this film with the world. We were excited about it before as our cast is so amazing and the film was such a passion project, but the calibre of people that have jumped on board to finish it is unbelievable. Working with Stephen on the score and with Darren to write original songs is insane. They are so crazy talented and having their marks on our film is fucking awesome. And obviously bringing the passion and energy of Jessica has been a true gift. The entire team has worked so hard to get here and I could not be happier to be working with them all to get this film out to the world" Puppet Killer is expected to hit the film festival circuit early 2018. You can keep up with the film on it’s social media pages, listed below. Facebook: Twitter: @Inofilms