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October 01, 2013For the past 2 years, Evokative was pretty much put on the backseat while I concentrated on setting up the Frontières International Co-Production Market at the Fantasia International Film Festival. But things still advanced slowly but surely for the company, changing direction away from domestic distribution and towards production. I have also established myself in Los Angeles in the past year.
I very much wanted to input the Evokative library on the new VOD channels years ago, but they were not yet ready to take in International films from an independent distributor. This past spring, I met the good people at FilmBuff, who saw the potential of Evokative's library of films. I'm happy to announce that FilmBuff now officially represents the VOD and TV rights through Canada for ADRIFT IN TOKYO, BLACK, CRYING FIST, DAYTIME DRINKING, DELIVER US FROM EVIL, DOWN TERRACE, HANSEL & GRETEL, HAZARD, THE KILLER, THE MISFORTUNATES and PARKING, as reported this morning by Screen Daily.
Hopefully, we will very soon see these films on iTunes, Netflix, other VOD channels and TV stations.
Since last year, I've been offering consultation services for filmmakers and acquisition scouting for distributors and sales agents.
My first extended endeavor was setting up representation, as well as festival and release strategy for the VHS documentary REWIND THIS! by Josh Johnson. The film had an extensive international festival tour, starting with a world premiere at SXSW Film Festival and earning the Best Documentary Audience Award at Fantasia. The film signed with FilmBuff for North-American distribution. It got an exclusive worldwide release on iTunes on August 27, followed by leading broadband platforms in North-America on September 10. It is also now available to purchase worldwide on its own marketplace website (RewindThisMovie.com) managed by VHX. This is a model of self-distribution with worldwide day-and-date release in which I very much believe.
I've been involved as Associate Producer on production development for SPRING and STRATA, the next films by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who earned praise on their worldwide festival tour and an 100% score on RottenTomato with RESOLUTION this past year. SPRING is presently set-up for production this fall with top-notch partners yet to be announced.
I've also been involved on the development of TURBO KID, the feature debut of RKSS (François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell). An extension of their short film T IS FOR TURBO, created for THE ABCS OF DEATH competition, it is produced by Anne-Marie Gélinas at EMA Films, Ant Timpson and Tim Riley at T&A Films, and counts on Jason Eisener as Executive Producer. It has received production grants from Telefilm Canada and NZ Films and it actually in casting process.
I'm now working on the international sales placement and festival strategy for PATCH TOWN by Craig Goodwill, which will have its World Premiere at the Whistler Film Festival, as part of its Borsos Competition.
I also worked on the placement of festival favorites CITADEL and CHEAP THRILLS with Films Distribution for international sales.
Most recently, I have officially attached myself as Producer on two projects that I very much believe in.
RADIUS is the second feature film project by Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard. Coming from a Quebec filmmaking duo, RADIUS is an english-language supernatural thriller very much made for the American market. We will be shooting a proof of concept for the project this fall, to be ready for a tour of meetings in Los Angeles in December.
CANUXPLOITATION is a documentary project by Josh Johnson (REWIND THIS!) on the films that forged the Canadian genre film industry (also coined Maple syrup thrills). The specialist on the subject Paul Corupe is attached as writer and Derek Clayton is also producing. The project is currently recruiting talking heads and will be applying to institutions shortly.
And so this is where Evokative is at nowadays. While keeping going as Market Director at the Fantasia International Film Festival and its Industry Rendez-Vous, and preparing both for the new edition of Frontières International Co-Production Market in Brussels in April 2014 (project submissions opening November 18 and closing January 8) and then back at Fantasia in July 2014 (project submissions opening January 28 and closing March 26), I will keep advancing on these various projects.
For the love of film,
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July 05, 2010Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, North-America’s largest genre film festival, is an absolute must for Evokative Films. Attended since its first years by its founder, Stephanie Trepanier, who also collaborates to the festival since 2004, Fantasia is at the roots of the distribution company, the essence of it passion and inspiration. Evokative Films was founded so that the Fantasia audience could see the films they love, year-round.
We are thus extremely happy to benefit from the event to present two films to its public for the first time: DOWN TERRACE by Ben Wheatley will have its Canadian Premiere with the Director in town for the occasion; DELIVER US FROM EVIL will have its Quebec Premiere; and BLACK will be presented under the stars.
A life of crime is not an easy one. It’s even harder when your entire family are criminals living under one roof! Karl has just gotten out of jail and returns home to find a pregnant girlfriend and aching questions as to who might have snitched on him. His father, Bill, has also recently been released from the clink, and he shares his son’s obsession with finding an informer amongst their rogue’s gallery of law-smashing pals and hated family friends. Mum is no less on edge, with a hair-trigger temper and a penchant for paranoia that leaves no gravestone unturned. And now, company’s coming over. In this house, full of people who seem to suspect each other of just about everything, blood pressure continuously rises until blood itself begins to flow. And it’s not particularly thicker than water.
This new acquisition for Evokative (and first English film) will have its Canadian Premiere on July 10th at 7pm and July 12th at 5:30pm, both screenings hosted by Director Ben Wheatley, who was recently noticed for his direction of the BBC series THE WRONG DOOR. The film won the Next Wave Award at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, where it had its World Premiere, to then win the Best UK Feature Award at the Raindance Film Festival and the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards. The film was programmed in many prestigious film festivals, such as Slamdance, Rotterdam, Glasgow, Seattle, LA Film Fest, Pifan and Melbourne. The film will be released at the end of the summer jointly with the American release by Magnolia Pictures.
DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Lars and Johannes are brothers with very little in common. Johannes is a high-powered lawyer with a beautiful wife and two children; Lars is a truck driver and a drunken brute who beats his girlfriend. Having returned to his hometown in the country, Johannes hopes for a less hectic, more genuine lifestyle. But trouble is underfoot when Lars runs over a woman with his truck. He sees only one way out: put the blame on Alain, a Bosnian refugee with impaired mental functions. But when Lars, the God-fearing husband of the victim, and his friends close in on the Bosnian, Johannes stands up for the man and shelters him. Undeterred, the violent, drunken horde makes their way to Johannes´ secluded house, where the family and Alain fear for their lives. When words no longer suffice to contain the madness, a siege begins, in which unchained anarchy dictates a scenario of terror…
This Danish social thriller by Ole Bornedal (NIGHTWATCH, THE SUBSTITUTE, JUST ANOTHER LOVE STORY) will have its Quebec premiere on July 25th at 7pm and on July 28th at 7:35pm. It won the Best Film in the Noves Visions section of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, as well as a special award of the Jury at the Fantasporto International Film Festival, after having its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and being programmed in many film festival such as the Hamptons, Pusan, Tallin, Istanbul and right now at Philadelphia’s Danger After Dark.
FANTASIA UNDER THE STARS
From July 13th to the 24th, the Fantasia Under the Stars event will return to offer outdoors screenings at Peace Parc, located beside the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). Evokative Films is proud to participate to this event once again by offering a free screening of one of last edition of Fantasia’s popular success, BLACK, on July 13th. The screening will begin at 9pm and will be preceded by live musical and visual performances by TAXI NOUVEAU & LIBERTY.
FANTASIA’S FILMS AT EVOKATIVE FILMS
Evokative’s programming is intrinsically linked to Fantasia’s. Last year, we presented BLACK by Pierre Laffargue (now on DVD), ROUGH CUT by Jang Hoon (DVD coming this fall), from whom the SECRET REUNION will be presented at the festival this year, and DAYTIME DRINKING by Noh Young-seok (now on DVD). The previous year had THE KILLER (LE TUEUR) by Cédric Anger, as well as ADRIFT IN TOKYO by Satoshi Miki. CRYING FIST and HAZARD are other titles released by Evokative which premiered at Fantasia in the past.
The Fantasia International Film Festival will take place from July 8th to the 28th. Its programming includes more than 120 feature films and 250 shorts. We are looking forward to attend this 3-weeks movie marathon every day, to see favourites from this year’s festival circuit again along with the always-enthusiastic Fantasia audience, and discover new cinematic gems and oddities!
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July 31, 2009As the Fantasia International Film Festival just drew to a close, Evokative Films wishes to highlight its recent harvest of awards: a Public Prize and the Séquences Award.
ROUGH CUT, a South-Korean film directed by JANG Hoon, co-written and co-produced by KIM Ki-duk, won the Séquences Award, for “it’s fascinating and intelligent screenplay and its perfect mix of auteur and action film”. The film regaled the audience in a sold-out screening in the Hall Theatre (700 seats) on July 25th.
ROUGH CUT will soon be part of the programming of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and of the Calgary International Film Festival, to then be seen on Canadian theatrical screens in January.
BLACK won the 3rd place of the coveted Public Prize in the Best American or European Film category, following its July 22nd screening in the Hall Theatre, hosted by Lead Actor and French rapper MC Jean Gab’1, Director Pierre Laffargue and Co-Producer Lauranne Bourrachot.
BLACK is now playing in Montreal at the AMC Forum (with English subtitles) and Mega-Plex Pont-Viau (French only) theatres starting today. BLACK will also be part of the programming of the upcoming Toronto After Dark Film Festival and will then continue its run in the rest of Quebec and Canada.
Evokative Films would also like to highlight the quality of the programming of this recent edition of the festival, congratulate its hard-working staff and thank its ever-growing fans, who all helped Fantasia reach a record number of sold-out screenings.
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June 30, 2009Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, North-America’s largest genre film festival, is an absolute must for Evokative Films. Attended since its first years by its founder, Stephanie Trepanier, who also collaborated to three recent editions, Fantasia is at the roots of the distribution company, the essence of it passion and inspiration. Evokative Films was founded so that the Fantasia audience could see the films they love, year-round.
We are thus extremely happy to benefit from a marked presence amongst the programming of this 13th edition of the Fantasia Festival: BLACK by Pierre Laffargue will be presented as a Canadian Premiere; ROUGH CUT by JANG Hoon will also be presented as a Canadian Premiere; DAYTIME DRINKING by NOH Young-seok will be presented as a Montreal Premiere; ADRIFT IN TOKYO will be presented at Fantasia Under the Stars; and Evokative will participate in a conference of the festival.
Black, a Senegalese bank-robber born and raised in France, is getting over a disastrous heist in which he lost nearly all of his men. He’s seriously thinking of going straight when his cousin Lamine calls him from Dakar: a briefcase full of contraband diamonds has just been deposited in the bank where he works. Thinking this will be an unbelievably easy coup, Black assembles a new gang and quickly flies to Africa, where he’s never set foot. What they haven’t planned, however, is that they are far from being the only ones interested in that briefcase. The corrupt director of the bank, an arm dealer suffering from suppurating psoriasis, a gang of mercenaries from Chechnya and an Interpol agent are also set to get their hands on those diamonds.
BLACK will have its Canadian Premiere on July 22nd at 7pm in the Hall Theatre, with the lead actor and French rapper MC Jean Gab’1, the director Pierre Laffargue and the producer Lauranne Bourrachot attending. After its World Premiere in the Fantastic Fest section of the SXSW Film Festival, this heist film filled with action, peppered with comedy and mysticism and paced to a funky soundtrack seduced both the audience and critics. Following its upcoming French release on July 15th, BLACK will see Canadian theatres from July 31st.
Gang-pae is a mobster who dreams of becoming an actor. Soo-ta is a star actor who tends to have a bit of a bad attitude, especially with his co-stars, who keep getting beaten up on the set. Now nobody wants to work with him and it's threatening his current film's production. A chance encounter brings the two together and Soo-ta convinces Gang-pae to come and play the role of, well, a mobster. Gang-pae agrees with the condition that the film's fight scenes have to be real, no pretend bullshit.
Co-written and co-produced by the brilliant KIM Ki-duk, ROUGH CUT is directed by his protégé JANG Hoon. Last week the actor SO Ji-Seob was honored with the Rising Star Asia Award at the New York Asian Film Festival, where the film had its North-American Premiere. This film-within-a-film that gets reality and fiction muddled-up, delivers great characters and packs the punches was one of the great successes at the Korean box-office in 2008. Evokative Films acquired the film just recently at the Cannes Film Market and plans to release it theatrically in the winter of 2010, following its Canadian Premiere on July 25th at 6:30pm in the Hall Theatre.
On a drunken night out with his friends, a broken-hearted young man gets swayed into going to the countryside for a group getaway. But when he gets there, he finds that not only have none of the friends have showed up, but the tiny seaside town is shuttered - no shops are open, no tourists are around, the beach is freezing, and there’s no cell phone signal. Unable (and reluctant) to return to Seoul, he finds himself in the company of some very unusual locals and, subject to the rigid rules of Korean drinking culture, on an increasingly strange odyssey nursing a never-ending hangover.
This humorous road-movie, filmed on a micro-budget where the Korean director NOH Young-seok assumed most production duties, distinguished itself in more than 20 International film festivals over the last year. Montrealers will finally have the chance to see this cinematic feat on July 10th at 5pm in the Hall theatre and on July 28th at 3pm in the J.A. DeSève Theatre.
FANTASIA UNDER THE STARS
From July 13th to the 18th, the Fantasia Under the Stars event will offer outdoors screenings at Peace Parc, located beside the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). Evokative Films is proud to participate to this event by offering a free screening of one of last edition of Fantasia’s leading popular and critical success, ADRIFT IN TOKYO, on July 18th. The screening will begin at 9pm and will be preceded by live musical and visual performances.
CONFERENCES OF THE FANTASTIC WEEKEND OF QUEBEC SHORTS
As part of this second edition of the Fantastic Weekend of Quebec Shorts, the Fantasia Festival will offer a series of four conferences intended for budding directors, newcomers trying to breakthrough in the entertainment industry and anyone interested in the creative arts. On July 26th at 1pm in the J.A. DeSève Theatre, Stephanie Trepanier will participate in the Conference on Movie and DVD Distribution in Quebec, along with Andrew Noble (Filmoption International), Izabel Grondin (director and distributor), a representative for the Régie du Cinéma du Québec, Michel Garceau (Superclub Vidéotron) and a representative for Magra Multimédia. The conference is free and will be followed by a cocktail.
FANTASIA’S FILMS AT EVOKATIVE FILMS
Evokative’s programming is intrinsically linked to Fantasia’s. Last year, we presented THE KILLER (LE TUEUR) by Cédric Anger, with the actor Grégoire Colin attending (DVD now available), as well as ADRIFT IN TOKYO by Satoshi Miki (DVD available in august), from whom the latest quirky comedy INSTANT SWAMP will be presented at the festival this year. CRYING FIST, which was presented by RYOO Seung-wan at Fantasia in 2005, is now available on DVD. HAZARD, presented by the Japanese cinema provocateur Sion Sono in 2007, will be available on DVD on July 14th. His most recent opus, LOVE EXPOSURE, will have its Canadian Premiere this year at Fantasia. Finally, a second acquisition at the Cannes Film Market, I’M A CYBORG, BUT THAT’S OK by PARK Chan-wook, precedes THIRST in the director’s filmography, which will have its North-American Premiere during Fantasia’s opening weekend.
The Fantasia International Film Festival will take place from July 9th to the 29th. Its programming includes more than 115 feature films and 200 shorts. We are looking forward to attend this 3-weeks movie marathon every day, to see favourites from this year’s festival circuit again along with the always-enthusiastic Fantasia audience, and discover new cinematic gems and oddities!
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May 08, 2009Evokative Films is thrilled to present its brand-new website, still available at www.evokativefilms.com.
The new website now features pages for every film that detail all pertinent information (release dates, credits, synopsis, festival and awards and reviews). The News section keeps the old blog-based version of the website alive in a new context. The Media Room section offers trailers and a selection of downloadable pictures of all films for media use. Finally, the Store section makes it possible for film fans across Canada and the globe to acquire all Evokative Films DVDs and related film products. Every elements of the website are available both in English and French.
Evokative Films, following it innovative mission, is now one of the very few film distribution companies in North America to have its own webstore. The website was designed by Robert McLarty at Philosophy Factory (www.philosophyfactory.ca), an interactive studio based in Toronto. The result was achieved by his creation of a custom-designed web CMS program.
This new website strengthens Evokative Films’ web presence, already well established with a Facebook page (with one of the best fan counts of all films distributors in North America on Facebook) and a Twitter profile.
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April 01, 2009The 1st of April isn’t just a day to pull pranks or the day just before my own birthday – it’s also the day when Evokative finally got incorporated last year.
At this time I get to appreciate the great distance the company has gone in one short year. I could not have gone through this road without the help of many persons, so I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the big and small input all of you have had on the growth of Evokative!
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January 29, 2009Wow, I realize it’s been exactly a month since my last post. So what have we been up to at Evokative?
Well for starters there’s been more travelling as I attended the Unifrance Rendez-vous of French Cinema, followed by the Rotterdam International Film Festival and finally Ciné-Québec. Many films were seen, a lot of hands were shaken and hopefully these will lead to some nice acquisitions in the near future.
I had my first radio interview for Simahlak’s Gumbo Radio on CKUT, which you can listen here: Gumbo Radio January 20th
We also welcomed a new addition to the team, Émilie Lacourt, who is now Evokative’s General Assistant.
Finally we’ve been busy working on the production of our very first DVD, THE KILLER (LE TUEUR), which will hit good DVD rental stores in March. Adrift in Tokyo will also finally be released in theatres soon, so stay tuned for more news very soon.
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