Friday, October 13, 2017

VIFF 2017 Review--Hollow In The Land(Canada)

Written & Directed by Scooter Corkle who was born and raised the small Canadian community of Castlegar, BC was in attendance during the screening of the film and had some nice things to say about the outpouring of support he had from the local community and the surrounding towns, such as Nelson.

The film starts with a group of teens gathering and words are cast and fists are thrown until the local police show up.
"Really Miller? You pick today of all days to do this?" ask the officer.

There was a crime committed to the day of the first event of the film and that was Alison(Dianna Agron) and Braydon Miller's (Jared Abrahamson) father -Keith was responsible for dragging a young man behind his car for a few blocks and is now in jail. Years before their mother left because of their father. Now alone the sister looks out for her troubled younger brother. He has the typical outlook on life as many youngsters do and that is it's him against the world.

A night that he and his young girlfriend are  interrupted by her angry father-a night they thought they had for some intimate time-fade to black--. 
Her father's body is  found in the house, she is unconscious and the father's truck is missing along with Braydon, he is quickly the suspect in the murder.

Alison not believing that her brother is capable of such a crime, she sets her sights on finding out who is really responsible. All the while trying to find her brother before the authorities do.
Even with everything seeming to fall against her and her family , she doesn't give up hope for a silver lining. Bodies line up as we near the end, but it's worth it in the end.

For a first time  feature film Director this shows some really good promise and the use of scenery is well used to help create that dark mood of the film. I really enjoyed the score as well it fed the feel of the film and the editing helped keep the story moving along at a good pace.
The addition of Shawn Ashmore(X-Men Films)is good to help get some fans of his work to watch this little film. In Canada it has been picked up by Elevation Pictures and hopefully will get some decent push after it's festival run.

Owner  Elevation Pictures

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Pickup--40th Anniversary of Reba Mcentire's Grand Ole' Opry Debut--Exile's 55th Anniversary -- & More

This is a new addition here at Behind The Scenes.
I am happy to welcome to the site THE PICKUP
This weeks edition of the show is 

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

Concert Series--NEW Addition To Behind The Scenes--with Metal Blade Records

In an email only 3 days ago from Nikki  Law Publicity Manager for Metal Blade Records she sent me a link for a concert of this band that was recorded in July of this year. Upon watching it I thought that this was something original and unique like I have not heard before. I had thought of doing something like this before , but when I heard this band I knew this had to be my first intro into this.

Here gives you an idea what the band is about:

Igorrr released their latest album, Savage Sinusoid, in June via Metal Blade Records. On this record, electronic manipulations, accordion, saxophone, sitar, harpsichord, mandolin and strings sit comfortably alongside ruthless blast beats, chunky riffs, death grunts and soaring operatic vocals - and as chaotic as this might sometimes seem, there is no lack of heart behind everything thundering from the speakers.

So here without any further ado, here is the concert below:

Igorrr releases full live video from Dour Festival; European tour to kick off next month

Next month, the mighty Igorrr - the brainchild of French musician and eclectic composer Gautier Serre - hits the road, bringing his chaos to Europe! See below for dates. 

Igorrr tour dates
Oct. 1 - Salson - Istanbul, Turkey
Oct. 4 - Gagarin - Tel Aviv, Israel
Oct. 6 - Paloma - Nimes, France
Oct. 7 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain
Oct. 8 - Caracol - Madrid, Spain
Oct. 9 - Iboat - Bordeaux, France
Oct. 10 - Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, France
Oct. 11 - La Carene - Brest, France
Oct. 13 - Rvlt Festival - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Oct. 14 - Willemeen - Arnhem, Netherlands
Oct. 15 - La Cartonnerie - Reims, France
Oct. 16 - Le 106 - Rouen, France
Oct. 17 - Aeronef - Lille, France
Oct. 19 - Les Trinitaires - Metz, France
Oct. 20 - Rock Your Brain Festival - Selestat, France
Oct. 21 - Make Some Noise Festival - Cannes, France
Oct. 22 - Magnolia - Milano, Italy
Oct. 23 - Cycle Club - Calenzano, Italy
Oct. 25 - Randal - Bratislava, Slovakia
Oct. 26 - Durer Kert - Budapest, Hungary
Oct. 27 - Nova Chmelnice - Praha, Czech Republic
Oct. 28 - Bi Nuu - Berlin, Germany
Oct. 29 - Scheune - Dresden, Germany
Oct. 30 - Logo - Hamburg. Germany
Nov. 1 - Glocksee - Hannover, Germany
Nov. 2 - TBA - Athens, Greece
Nov. 3 - Mixtape 5 - Sofia, Bulgaria
Nov. 4 - GrindWaarpen Festival - Antwerpen, Belgium
Nov. 5 - The Craufurd Arms - Milton, UK
Nov. 7 - The Flapper - Birmingham, UK
Nov. 8 - 02 Academy Islington - London, UK
Nov. 9 - Audio - Glasgow, UK
Nov. 10 - Rebellion - Manchester, UK
Nov. 13 - Rex - Toulouse, France
Nov. 14 - La Cooperative De mai - Clermont-Ferrand, France
Nov. 15 - La Maroquinerie - Paris, France
Nov. 16 - CCO - Lyon, France
Nov. 17 - Wooz Club - Bulach, Switzerland

Nov. 18 - Ebullition - Bulle, Switzerland

Thank you for viewing and reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Epic Pictures Review: The Dark Tapes (Available Now)

Found footage films have been around since the early 90's with the release of The Blair Witch and it's creative marketing team at the time , made an add that had viewers believing that the group of young filmmakers really went missing. 
Here we are in 2017 and this style of what seems to still be popular, I am not a fan by any means -however this film is different.
What we have here instead of one story , we have a variety of different stories two of which I really enjoyed and they stood out from the others. The first "To Catch A Demon"(picture above)about a group experimenting sleep patterns and the monsters that seek us out as we sleep. They use slow motion cameras to try and catch an image of the monster and they successfully do and we are shown it's true form after they are able to slow it down enough.
What works here for me and other parts of the film is the practical effects, no CGI here in this film. The rare images we see of this monster are chilling even to this seasoned horror fan.

The other story I liked was "The Hunters & The Hunted" about a young couple that move to a new home and they start hearing noises in the house.
They call on a trio of paranormal investigators but their findings are of something odd at first. Then they find something they were not aware of and neither is the audience.
Some of the other stories are "Cam Girls" where there are two young women trying to get the attention of an admiring fan and have him do some pretty awful things to himself.
"Amanda's Revenge" is another odd one out about possession and the story wasn't as interesting  as some of the others but watchable none the less.
Starting and ending this creative tale of terror is this young pair that find an open door and upon entering find the camera that has "The Dark Tapes" on it.

Here is the trailer:

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

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