325 Rideau St.
Directed by Doug Block
92 minutes, U.S.A.
Friday, August 1 – Tuesday,
August 5, 2014
Doug Block is a videographer. He shoots weddings
of total strangers and delivers the videos. Then
he never sees the happy couples again. One day
he began to wonder what happened to all these
people he filmed after they lived together. Were
they still in love?
He contacted 112 former clients and asked them
how their lives were now. Did their marriage
turn out as they dreamed it would?The response
is often surprising and very frank.
Although Block’s film is favors the down-side of
marriage, it definitely explores the lives of
people and the challenges and conflicts they
have faced over the years. Marital bliss seems
to be strongest the day of the wedding. After
that, a new reality sets in. Block asks couples
how they have managed living with another person
and how their lives have changed. Women no
longer want to be stay-at-home moms. We see how
the addition of children affects marriages and
what compromises are made. Small grudges grow
until couples drive each other nuts.
Block explores less
traditional marriages, a partnership ceremony
instead of a legal one, and same sex marriages.
An articulate rabbi attests that marriage is not
a perfect institution. He talks about the
And despite all the
pre-wedding planning, things can go wrong… a
caterer calls and cancels three days before the
But there is also humor –
like the guy who shows up for his wedding
wearing a long, t-shirt-looking white,
unfashionable top and tennis shoes, or the
question: Will you still love someone when their
teeth are gone
And there is sadness – when
a child or parent becomes ill. A man tells of
the time he went berserk and spent $7,000 on
books in three days.
The dynamics of two families coming together –
the relatives from different backgrounds… is
In 112 Weddings, “happily ever after” is perhaps
If you are married, divorced or thought about
either, you might want to see this film.
Block explores the “mystery” of marriage and
many not so happy endings.
Review by Lois Siegel
325 Rideau St.
Words and Pictures
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Friday, July 11 - Thursday, July 17, 2014
Juliette Binoche, Clive Owen
Words and Pictures is a romantic comedy.
The film opens cross-cutting between the two
main characters - the images take place at the
same time in two different locations. We see
them getting ready to go somewhere early
That somewhere happens to be an upscale
prep school. They are both teachers. Dina
Delsanto (Juliette Binoche) is an artist and new
to the school, and Jack Marcus
(Clive Owen) is an English instructor. He's been
there for many years.
Delsanto is also handicapped and walks with
difficulty, using a cane. She has rheumatoid
The two main
characters go through a series of conflicts in a love/hate/love relationship. The
screenwriter is Gerald Di Pego. What makes
this film work, besides the excellent acting, is
the cleverly written humour and the interesting
discussions about words and pictures by the two
Most of the students
only care about getting into a good school after
they graduate. Grades are key. Marcus calls then
Droids, as in robots possessing artificial
Delsanto is described as a painter who is known
The Icicle. It's rumoured that she caned a student
at her last school. But she's been a successful
artist, selling her work. Marcus, once a
talented writer, is now an
Delsanto teaches Honours Art, the Marcus teaches
Delsanto talks about skill plus feeling...
painting is a fine art. She says that words are
lies and a trap. That doesn't go over well with
Marcus. He loves
the power of words. He cares about them and
plays word games, challenging others.
The 'war' is
on. Marcus challenges Delsanto to a Words versus
Pictures assembly in front of the entire school.
Review by Lois Siegel
325 Rideau St.
Friday, July 11- Thursday, July 24, 2014
Directed by Irish Writer-Director John Carney
If you're a
musician, I think you will love this film. If
you're not a musician, you still will. It's
definitely a feel-good movie. Dan (Mark
Ruffalo) has been in the music business in New
York City. He was very successful,
creating hits, but now he drinks. He split with
his wife (Catherine Keener) and occasionally
sees his teenage daughter who dresses like
"Jodie Foster in "Taxi Driver," - "American
Apparel" sexy. He's quickly moving downhill.
Dan drives a
once fancy car now on its last legs. He
listens to CDs of wannabe stars as he drives
whose music he mostly hates and tosses the
really bad ones out the window as he downs
alcohol and pills.
In a somewhat
drunken stupor, Dan enters a bar and discovers
Greta (Keira Knightley) as she performs a song
she wrote "Lost Stars." She has been dumped by
her not so interesting boyfriend who has sold
out to the music industry. Dan is attracted to
the song, and he orchestrates the tune in his
head in an elaborate arrangement. It's a
wonderful sequence because we learn how music is
constructed with its many layers into a full
track as he visualizes it happening.
Now he has to convince Greta that he can promote
her and the song. He comes up with the idea of
an independent record label.... recording all
over the New York City outdoors with his car as
a mobile studio. He finds talented young
student musicians and some pros offering a deal
on the back end. Anyone in show business knows
that this means deferred payment - the money may
or may not come through.
take place in a row boat, a subway station, the
rooftop of a tall building....
There's a wonderful beat box sequence in the
film when Dan is recruiting a few professional
musicians and another great scene when Dan has
to bribe a group of noisy young kids in an alley
to keep quiet while he's recording.
What happens to the recording reflects the power
of social media.
Stay for the credits at the end of the
film...the story continues.
John Carney also directed "Once," a romantic
story about musicians and their struggles.
Academy Award, Best Achievement in Music
Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song,
Review by Lois Siegel
Audrey's Costume Castle
"Await The Freight"
Mitch St. Pierre
It will also air on Current TV (United States)
Produced by Intermode
Media with the help
of Story Editor Sue Stranks
Director at the Canadian Film Television Production Association
Two daring travelers embark on the journey of
Mitch and Skot
Along the way they encounter countless difficulties and obstacles
that come rolling with the wheelchair and living life off the beaten
Come along for the ride and see how they meet adversity and beat
Mitch, who has been diagnosed with a brittle bone disorder
sets out on this dangerous expedition in a wheelchair.
He faces unbelievable barriers when attempting freight train hops in
the constraints of his chair. Accompanied by his best friend Skot
the two document their story as they face the unknown in "Await the
Canadian Film Institute
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07.02.2011Contact:
Danny McLeod T: +1 613 282-3858 E:
NATIONAL CAPITAL TO BE MOVIE SET OF
NEW DARK COMEDY
Quiet Revolution Pictures, Majika Pictures and Denmark's
Fridthjof Films with the support of
Telefilm Canada and The Danish Film Institute will be filming
the feature-length dark comedy,
"Eddie" in the Nation’s Capital.
Photo by Lois Siegel
and Michael Dobbin
Photo by Lois Siegel
Boris Rodriguez, Director
Starring Thure Lindhart (Angels
& Demons, Into The Wild), Georgina Reilly (Pontypool,
This Movie is Broken),
Al Goulem (18 to Life, The Trotsky) and Dylan Smith (300,
Love & Savagery).
Production is scheduled to begin February 7, 2011.
Quiet Revolution Pictures:
Ottawa, ON Canada, February
7, 2011 –the Nation’s
Capital is being transformed into the set of a twisted, dark-comedy
movie entitled "Eddie." The satirical story is about a once-famous
painter who rediscovers inspiration after he befriends a
sleepwalking cannibal. Telefilm Canada and the Danish Film Institute
have partially funded the project to be directed by Boris Rodriguez
(Havana Kids, Beso Nocturno) and produced by Ottawa native
Michael A. Dobbin (The Devil’s Curse, Powerful: Energy for
Everyone, The Maiden Dance to Death) and Ronnie Fridthjof (Armadillo,
Tempo). “The National Capital Region is the ideal setting for
this movie. I’m really looking forward to working here,” says Boris.
Photo by Lois Siegel
Michael Dobbin, Producer
Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and
the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films
Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss)
both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF) and Beso
selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New
work as a producer includes Toni Harman's debut horror entitled
The Devil's Curse (aka Credo), (currently available
through Lionsgate and iTunes), David Chernushenko’s
Powerful: Energy for Everyone as well as Endre Hules'
The Maiden Danced to Death. Michael was mentored by
BAFTA-winning producer of East is East, Leslee
Udwin. He’s an alumnus of the film programme of Ryerson. In October
2006, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Canadian Film Festival
and as a story editor, script doctor and lecturer is in steady
demand on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Inrig's short, animated film
"The Depose of Bolskivoi Hovhannes" won the
Adobe Prize for High School Animation
This is his first animated film and
tells the story of a humble shepherd
on a wind-swept heath in Armenia, whose sheep begin to conspire against him.
Inrig gained significant attention last
summer with his debut feature documentary film
Exceptional Jivatma Valettas"
that chronicles his
very eccentric next-door
The film premiered at
the Library and Archives Canada.
He is currently working on another feature documentary
"The Fantastic Ballet of the Mind and Its Master," exploring the inner
fantasies of the autistic mind.
The film is inspired by his younger brother
who has been diagnosed with severe autism.
Inrig is working with
the National Film Board of Canada through
the assistance of Oscar-winning producer Adam Symansky.
Acting as the film’s executive producer is renowned Canadian filmmaker
and Order of Canada recipient Allan King ("Warrendale," "A Married
Inrig is mentored by Order of
Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary
and Ottawa filmmaker Lois Siegel.
Inrig's first dramatic feature about an
enigmatic alien landing in northern Ontario,
is also being supported by the
Board of Canada
"The Depose of Bolskivoi
Hovhannes" was made as part of
Canterbury High School's Media Arts Program
Director: Will Inrig
Camera: Gordon Bailey
AUDIO: Will Inrig talks to All in a Day host Adrian Harewood on CBC Radio
July 23, 2008
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