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Elephant Song
Directed by Charles Binamé
Canada 2014
Drama

February 27- March 6, 2015
 

Alfred Hitchcock knew that to create suspense, you had to involve the audience. It's rare that we become so engaged that we actually feel like a participant in a film.  Elephant Song does this.

It's the story of loneliness. We slowly put together the pieces of a very complicated situation involving a young man who has been deprived of love. We experience how harmful this can be.

At the beginning of the film, we see a young boy, Michael, being ignored by his mother. She's a famous opera singer and is more interested in her involvement with her audience and fame.

We then meet Michael (Xavier Dolan) 19 years later as a young man locked up in a mental institution. He's unstable. He lies and makes up stories. Throughout the film, we, along with psychiatrist Dr. Green (Bruce Greenwood), try to figure out what is real and what isn't when Michael speaks. He loves to play guessing games. He's smart and knows how to manipulate those who are trying to help him.

The story:  Dr. Lawrence (Colm Feore), Michael's psychiatrist, has gone missing. It's suspected that Michael knows where he is. As a result, Dr. Green takes over to investigate. Let the games begin....

Michael is obsessed with elephants  - the result of a traumatic experience with an absentee father.  He makes a deal with Dr. Green, who becomes emotionally involved with Michael.  The deal:  Dr. Green shouldn't read his file, he will give Michael chocolate, Dr. Green will keep Nurse Peterson (Catherine Keener) out of their discussions. Dr. Green agrees. The situation intensifies.

We learn that Dr. Green's is in no hurry to go home because of an awkward situation there. Michael takes advantage and invents a scandalous story.  As in the film The Servant adapted by Harold Pinter and directed by Joseph Losey, there's a reversal of power.  Dr. Green and Michael change positions.

Elephant Song is riveting from start to finish.  It's based on Nicolas Billon's play of the same name. Xavier Dolan's performance as Michael is absolutely outstanding. The entire cast is excellent, and Pierre Gills' cinematography is sensitive and dramatic, with striking extreme close-ups.

Elephant Song is one of the strongest dramas I've ever seen.
In the end, it's a story about love.

                                    Review by Lois Siegel

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"Await The Freight"


Mitch St. Pierre

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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 a lifetime.

 
Mitch and Skot

Along the way they encounter countless difficulties and obstacles
 that come rolling with the wheelchair and living life off the beaten track.
Come along for the ride and see how they meet adversity and beat overwhelming odds.
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 Freight."


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07.02.2011
Ottawa, Canada
Contact: Danny McLeod T: +1 613 282-3858 E: danm@qpictures.com

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
Miriam Nørgaard and Michael Dobbin
Producers


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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:
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Telefilm Canada: www.telefilm.gc.ca/data/communiques/rel_1016.asp

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.


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Michael Dobbin, Producer

Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss) and Perfect both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Beso Nocturno was selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York.

Michael’s past 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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Danny McLeod, Assistant Producer + 613 282-3858
danm@qrpictures.com



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 Will 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
 
"The Exceptional Jivatma Valettas" that chronicles his very eccentric next-door neighbours.
 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 Couple").
 

Inrig is mentored by Order of Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers
 and Ottawa filmmaker Lois Siegel.

 

Inrig's first dramatic feature about an enigmatic alien landing in northern Ontario,
 is also being supported by the National Film Board of Canada



 

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