February 18, 2009I was very happy to learn last night that BLACK was one of the six titles programmed by Fantastic Fest for the 2009 SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival and Conference in Austin, Texas!
I believe this festival will be the perfect platform for BLACK’s World Premiere, which the fest nicely describes as “A nouveau-blacksploitation adventure awash in black magic, African Mysticism, mutant arms dealers, gargantuan machete-wielding mercenary armies and a truckload of knuckle-sandwiches.”
Other selected titles include much buzzed-about Ong Bak 2, The Horseman, Lesbian Vampire Killers, the Haunting in Connecticut and Pontypool. Now I want to go to Austin too!
Twitchfilm.net dedicated a post just for this news, which you can read at Twitchfilm.net. You may also want to visit the SXSW Film and Conference website at SXSW.com and the Fantastic Fest at FantasticFest.com.
Special thanks for Wide Management for working on the festival booking, and the Fantastic Fest team, helmed by Tim League, for selecting the film!
|Posted in Special Screenings|
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.
|Posted in In the Press, Events|
January 29, 2009THE KILLER (LE TUEUR) will finally get to play in Vancouver at the 15th edition of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone on February 6th, 2009 at 9:30pm, at the Pacific Cinematheque.
SPARE CHANGE, from Ryan Larkin and Laurie Gordon, will play beforehand.
This will be the only chance for those in the Vancouver area to see the film on the big screen before its DVD release in March, so make the most of it! You may see the Facebook event here.
|Posted in Special Screenings|
December 29, 2008As 2008 comes to a close, film critics are making their countdowns of the best films seen through the year. I’ve been very happy to see that not one, but two films from Evokative’s line-up have been mentionned in Twitchfilm’s Best of 2008 lists.
First, Todd Brown, Editor of the web’s best International genre film site mentionned, in 2nd position no less, ADRIFT IN TOKYO as one of his 25 Best films of 2008. That means a lot because Todd sees an impressive amount of films every year and has a film knowledge that puts me to shame. Here’s what he had to say about it: ldquo;After a string of well received but generally middling features, writer-director Miki Satoshi vaulted into Japan’s top tier with ADRIFT IN TOKYO. The deceptively simple story of a down on his luck college student forced to accompany a yakuza debt collector on a lengthy walk through Tokyo is a wistful road movie run in slow motion, a love story to the city and the damaged souls who live on its fringes.”
Then Simon Laperrière, one of Twitchfilm’s contributors, mentionned PARKING in 5th position in his 10 Best films of 2008. Here’s what he had to say about it: “Programmers, please look into this film, it’s a real crowd pleaser. Director Chung Mong-hong uses the butterfly effect as a device to let us go throught various emotions with an impressive fluidity. Calling it an anthology film wouldn’t do justice to a script that keeps everything logically linked. Try to seek this one, you won’t regret it.”
See the lists and learn a thing or two while you’re at it: Films that Todd liked in 2008 and Films that Simon liked in 2008
|Posted in In the Press|
November 23, 2008THE KILLER (LE TUEUR) will start its exclusive engagement at Toronto’s AMC Yonge & Dundas starting Nov. 28th!
Screening times: 1:45pm, 4:05pm, 7:05pm, 9:25pm
If you are on Facebook you can check out the event here.
|Posted in Theatrical Releases|
November 23, 2008I was recently interviewed by James McNally for his Toronto Screen Shots blog.
You can read the result here!
I was also recently asked by Toronto J-Film Pow-wow’s founder Chris MaGee to write a little piece for his continuing “What film got you hooked?” serie of features, back in September.
Other contributors include Mark Schilling from the Japan Times, Jason Gray from Screen International, Todd Brown and Andrew Mack from Twitchfilm.net, Tom Mes from Midnighteye.com and Kevin Ouellette from Nipponcinema.com, amongst others.
My choice of film was Akira by Katsuhiro Oromo. You can check it out here: http://jfilmpowwow.blogspot.com/search/label/Features
|Posted in In the Press|
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