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The Trotsky premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival

Posted by LiveFor on September 4, 2009

trotsky_01I am really looking forward to this one. Great central idea for a film and Jay Baruchel is pretty cool. Really wish I was at TIFF as there are loads of films I want to watch.

The All Canadian (English) Central Executive Committee of Pictures That Move announced that Jacob Tierney’s The Trotsky, will have its world premiere as a Special Presentation at this year’s gathering of Activities for the Support of Proletarian Internationalism (this obviously does not include galas) or as they like to call it, the Toronto International Film Festival.

A Park Ex Pictures production, produced by the extremely bourgeois Kevin Tierney, The Trotsky is a contemporary comedy set in Montreal starring Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Knocked Up) as Leon, a 17-year-old high school student who believes himself to be the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary, Leon Trotsky.

The Trotsky screenings of the people for the people (otherwise known as Festival Screenings) are:

Public 1 Friday Sept 11 – 9:00 pm RYERSON (43 Gerrard Street East)
Public 2 Sunday Sept 13 – 12:45 pm SCOTIABANK (259 Richmond St West)
PRESS & INDUSTRY Sat Sept 12 – 2:00 pm Cumberland 1

The Trotsky also features an impressive array of Canadian actors, among them, Geneviève Bujold (Dead Ringers), Anne-Marie Cadieux (Maman Last Call), Colm Feore (Bon Cop Bad Cop), Emily Hampshire (Snow Cake), Michael Murphy (Away From Her) and Saul Rubinek (Wall Street).

Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reincarnation of early 20th century Soviet iconoclast and Red Army hero, Leon Trotsky. When his father sends Leon to public school as punishment for starting a hunger strike at Dad’s clothing factory, Leon quickly lends new meaning to the term “student union”, determined as he is to live out his pre-ordained destiny to the fullest.

But will our young hero ever inspire his fellow students to care about anything? Will he ever convince the beautiful, and significantly older, Alexandra that she won’t be charged with statutory rape if they become engaged? And will he ever find his Lenin?

The Trotsky is Jacob Tierney’s follow-up to his feature directorial debut Twist, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week section, before going to Toronto, Rotterdam and some 20 other festivals around the world. An actor turned writer-director, Jacob was most recently seen in the feature film Walk All Over Me and on TV as the title horseman in the CBC mini-series St. Urbain’s Horseman.

Infamous exploiter of workers, technicians and actors in both official languages, producer Kevin Tierney last made Canadian audiences laugh out loud with Bon Cop Bad Cop, the first ever bilingual film made in Canada, and the highest grossing Canadian movie in domestic box office history. Bon Cop Bad Cop won the Genie Award for Best Film of 2006. Other credits include the acclaimed TV movies Choice: The Henry Morgentaler Story and One Dead Indian, as well as Serveuses Demandees directed by Gylaine Dionne and the soon to be released Love and Savagery, directed by John N. Smith.

Thanks to Cynthia for sending me the news.

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Defendor – Trailer for new Woody Harrelson delusional Superhero film

Posted by LiveFor on September 3, 2009

Reality intersects with delusion in the mind of Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson), a regular man who adopts a superhero persona known as Defendor, and combs the city streets at night in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. In his attempts to combat crime and bring down Captain Industry, a drug and weapons dealer who he mistakenly blames for the death of his mother, Defendor ends up befriending a young prostitute, Katerina Debrofkowitz (Kat Dennings). Armed with unconventional weapons of mass confusion, aided by his new friend, and putting his life on the line, Defendor proves that everyone is capable of making a difference.

Defendor is both written and directed by Canadian actor-turned-filmmaker Peter Stebbings and is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival.

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Hugh Hefner documentary having World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

Posted by LiveFor on August 21, 2009

hughI do like a good documentary and this does sound like it could be excellent.

Oscar-winning™ director Brigitte Berman has just completed her new theatrical feature documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel. The film portrays the flamboyant, outspoken founder of the Playboy empire and his many fierce battles with nearly all levels of the U.S. government, the religious right, and militant feminists.

When Hefner launched Playboy in December 1953, the magazine achieved instant notoriety and astounding success. Its magnet was a nude centerfold of Marilyn Monroe. Hefner became an outspoken champion of the sexual revolution and immediately, the outraged forces of Church and State, initiated a war against Hefner and Playboy that raged over the decades.

Berman explores the paradox of the man – on the one hand, the hedonistic Playboy, pursuing his own sexual odyssey and living a highly controversial lifestyle and on the other hand, the humanitarian who has been a catalyst for progressive change on a whole array of social and political issues: racial equality, First Amendment rights, abortion rights, sexual freedom, censorship and social justice.

Berman won an Academy Award for her feature documentary “Artie Shaw: Time is all you’ve got”. Her friendship with Hugh Hefner began when Hef contacted her after discovering that she had made a feature documentary about one of his favorite musicians – Bix Beiderbecke. Hef, being an avid film collector, wanted to add her documentary about Bix to his collection. He also released Berman’s “Bix” film on his Jazz Video label.

Several years later, after Berman attended Hefner’s momentous 80th birthday party at the Playboy Mansion in April 2006, she decided that she wanted to make a feature documentary that would reveal another side of Hugh Hefner that had not yet been portrayed in any of the documentaries made about him.

“What fascinates me about Hef is that while many know him only as a hedonistic, sensual Playboy, a legendary lover of countless beautiful women – there is a whole other and far more interesting, far sexier side to him as well – a driven, talented publisher of a groundbreaking magazine, who is also a social activist at the forefront of countless progressive causes – a man who took great risks in breaking the colour line in his Playboy clubs and TV shows, who defied the blacklist in the McCarthy Fifties decade, fought antiquated and absurd sex laws that regulated private conduct in the nation’s bedrooms, provided legal teams to fight anti-abortion laws that eventually led to Roe vs Wade, and campaigned against censorship and for the individual’s right to freedom of expression on all fronts. For me, this film has it all – sex, glamour, politics, romance, tragedy, and conflicts – and many great surprises about a man people think they know, but don’t really know,” said Berman.

When Hefner agreed to participate in the film, he granted Berman unprecedented access to his vast, personal archives and agreed that she would maintain creative and editorial freedom – something he’d never done before.

Hefner has often stated that he is extremely proud of his enemies – and they certainly have been formidable. For years he was on the enemies’ lists of Presidents Nixon and Reagan, as well as the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover.

His enemies on the religious right have included American televangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell, Don Wildmon with the American Family Association, and Charles Keating, founder of Citizens for Decent Literature, all of whom have exerted tremendous influence in Washington. Outspoken feminist opponents include Gloria Steinem and Susan Brownmiller.

The film highlights how in fighting his battles, Hefner was arrested for obscenity, branded a pornographer by Reagan’s Meese Commission, endured a boycott of his magazine, was under FBI surveillance and was set up on a fabricated drug charge. He has won every legal battle he has ever fought. And of course his legendary lifestyle has continued unabated throughout.

More details on the TIFF site.

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