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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Oh, projects. Why are there so many of you?

On this week’s agenda:

  • Locking the August (and, to a large extent, September – because, y’know, TIFF) programming for the Royal and emailing all the distributors to request various titles for various dates. Colin is doing most of the emailing, thankfully, but I helped map it out. We have some cool stuff in store!
  • Help Colin lock his TIFF films. I’m not a TIFF employee and I have no official role in this process, but I know how much of Colin’s time it will take over the next few days, so I’m trying hard to figure out ways to help, so that he can be TIFF-distraction-free when we get to Montreal, because I will really need some moral support.
  • Finalizing my Fantasia pitch presentation (notes, slideshow of images, trailer, etc). Now that I’ve booked my manicure appointment and requested all the meetings, I can move on to the less crucial stuff like, y’know, making sure we have a poster to put up.
  • Scrambling to figure out interim / gap financing for a project that is in the “waiting to hear from funders” stage. One of the funders called me today to tell me our package is very strong (yay) but that we’re disadvantaged by the fact that we only have about 30% of our financing secured, whereas many other applicants are in the 60-100% range (boo). I’m not sure what I can do to beef up those numbers in the next two weeks, but that is my timeline. Good luck, me.
  • Updating the U8P slate brochure for Fantasia so that I have something to leave with the people I meet with. This involves sending updates to a graphic designer, because my layout skills pretty much topped out at MS Paint, and also checking in with various filmmakers to see if it’s ok to continue hawking the projects we’re working on. Some are on hold as other things move forward, and others are being pushed to the front, because I want to prioritize them. I should have done this weeks ago.
  • Moving (most of) the U8P office from our fifth floor space to our new, brighter, more awesome second floor space (thankfully, within the same building). I’m hopeful that this can happen within the next few
  • Having a birthday! It’s tomorrow. I’m not a party type, so I’m not having a party, but I am also going to try hard to not spend all day tomorrow working. I work all the friggin’ time.
this is the faraway look I get when I am thinking about my to do lists

this is the faraway look I get when I am thinking about my to do lists – at least my lipstick is on point

I’ve also been averaging like five trips to the gym per week, which I’d sure love to keep up in this final seven-ish days before I zip off to Fantasia, because I want to be in peak physical condition when I hit the stage for that pitch. If I can squeeze it into my days, that is. Last year, the presentations were held in a classroom with a pull-down screen and a little projector. This year, they’re taking place hereThe new venue makes it feel way more nerve-wracking. I don’t usually get stage fright (five years of self-inflicted torture in the form of high school drama classes, many years of playing in bands, a toastmasters course once upon a time, and years spent making presentations to large groups of teachers for REEL CANADA) but this is my first time ever pitching a film, and especially one that I had a hand in writing. That freaks me out a little. I know I’ll be prepared, but I don’t want to involuntarily let anyone see me sweat. Y’know, like when you’re freaked out and your voice gets shaky? That. I don’t want that to happen. Maybe a shot of whisky 15 minutes before I go on stage? Or some breathing exercises.

 

 


I am really looking forward to Fantasia this year, for lots of reasons. Seeing a few movies, of course, including my lovely friend Joe O’Brien’s Devil’s Mile. I’d also love to see Faults and Mr. Go, which are playing during our trip there. And of course there’s Goat Witch, the new short James Sizemore joint, which is screening before the midnight film (Dead Snow: Red vs Dead!!) on Saturday.

Goat Witch reprazent

Goat Witch reprazent

Realistically, I shouldn’t even spend too much time looking at the screening schedule because I’ll get all excited about seeing stuff and then I’ll end up seeing nothing, because my Frontières schedule will be really packed.

For anyone who is reading this and will be in Montreal on Wednesday June 23, I highly, highly recommend Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter, an absolute fave of mine from Berlin. Really beautiful movie.

Kumiko is hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure

Kumiko is hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure

I’m also excited about seeing pals from all over the world (and Montreal) and doing fun things with them, like going to eat at La Prunelle, because that restaurant was my favourite discovery of last year’s Fantasia trip. The food is top notch, and it’s a bring-your-own-wine place, so it ends up being extremely reasonably priced. Colin (and our dining companion, John) both ordered the bison rib, which was the tenderest piece of meat I ever tasted, and also bigger than his head. I can’t even remember what I ate, because it wasn’t novelty-sized.

this Plateau joint is very worthwhile

this Plateau joint is very worthwhile

And, most of all, I’m equal parts terrified and excited about the actual Frontières co-production market, where we will pitch Rite of the Witch Goddess to the world for the first time.

My to do list for that still includes:

  • Finalizing the pitch script with James and Tim
  • Waiting with bated breath for our proof of concept trailer to be completed
  • Compiling (with the team’s help) a slideshow of images to play during our presentation
  • Sending the Fantasia team our list of people who we want to request meetings with
  • Designing and printing a Rite of the Witch Goddess postcard
  • Updating and printing the Ultra 8 Pictures “slate” flyer, which has info about the other films we’re working on
  • Finalizing the Rite of the Witch Goddess LookBook, where we’ll be hosting all the documents & videos that are going to be part of our presentation, so that the people we meet can access all that info even after the market is over.
  • Oh yeah, and I should get my nails done.
this is what my nails looked like for Fantasia 2013

this is what my nails looked like for Fantasia 2013


Well ok, I don’t do it alone – Colin helps out too. After months of working in the shadows on trying to beef up The Royal’s programming, marketing and outreach efforts, it’s finally officially-official. The press release went out today via our awesome friends at Clutch PR, and I’m reprinting it here for y’all.

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The Royal announces new programmers
and five first run titles

Colin Geddes & Katarina Gligorijevic join Toronto’s historic
The Royal Cinema as programmers

it's us!

it’s us!

July 4, 2014, TORONTO – Historic movie house The Royal (608 College St.) is thrilled to announce Colin Geddes and partner Katarina Gligorijevic as its new programming directors. Veteran film industry professionals Geddes and Gligorijevic bring a diverse, fresh roster of first run premieres, special events and classic genre films to the beloved theatre.

As one of the international film programmers for TIFF for over a decade, Geddes is best known for the Midnight Madness and Vanguard selections, delivering one of a kind programming with TIFF. Gligorijevic is a Toronto based writer and producer who has worked in the music and film industry for over a decade and was Festivals Manager at REEL CANADA for eight years. The pair will bring their sharp eye for unique, captivating film to their programming at The Royal.

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Along with new programming and unique special events, the pair are bringing in five first run titles exclusive to The Royal throughout the month of July. They include:

Borgman (2013)
Opening: Friday, July 4, 2014
A dark suburban fable, Borgman follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle.

Radio Free Albemuth (2010)
Opening: Friday, July 11, 2014
From sci-fi author Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Minority Report) comes his most prophetic thriller to date. In an alternate reality, Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady begins to experience strange visions transmitted from an extraterrestrial source he calls VALIS. (To buy tickets click HERE)

The Dance of Reality (2013)
Opening: Friday, July 18, 2014
A full bodied and mischievous autobiography in the spirit of Federico Fellini’s Amarcord, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s return to filmmaking after 28 years explodes with great ideas. (To buy tickets click HERE)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Opening: Friday, July 18, 2014
Tobe Hooper’s influential cult classic has been gorgeously restored for the film’s 40th anniversary. (To buy tickets click HERE)

GMO OMG (2013)
Opening: Friday, July 25, 2014
How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet and our freedom of choice? These questions and more are posed in this hard-hitting doc.

With a new program introduced each month, tickets priced at $10 and $8 for students/seniors, the unique setting of a vintage theatre, The Royal is unlike any other Toronto cinema.

If you’re a member of the Toronto film/arts media and you’re reading this, please send your physical mailing address to mpakulak@clutchpr.com to receive a VIP media pass.

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About The Royal
Originally built in 1939, The Royal Cinema is a historic Art Moderne movie house located in the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy. Following extensive upgrades and renovations, the 480-seat indie/art house theatre is also a digitally equipped event venue suited for live concerts, screenings, film festivals, corporate events, multimedia exhibition and more. http://www.theroyal.to

Theatre D Digital
During the daytime, Theatre D operates out of The Royal as a film and television post-production studio. The main theatre becomes a Dolby-approved 5.1 mix room and four picture editing suites are located upstairs. Esteemed Canadian directors such as Atom Egoyan (Chloe, Adoration), Deepa Mehta (Heaven on Earth), Bruce McDonald (The Husband), Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) and Kari Skogland (Stone Angel) have mixed and/or edited their projects there. For more information visit: http://theatred.com


I’ve been getting back into working out these past couple of weeks. It’s going great, I’m feeling really pumped, and I’ll tell you all about it in a future blog post. For now, I just need to beef up my playlist.

Here’s the dozen or so songs I return to most often on my playlist, these days (in random order). It will give you a good sense of what kind of music motivates me to get off my booty. Mostly dancey music, and mostly female vocals. Otherwise, go nuts with the reccomends, especially of stuff I would never think of.

212  – Azealia Banks
Lip Gloss – Lil’ Mama
Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Jimmy Somerville
Milkshake – Kelis
Cookie Thumper – Die Antwoord
Love Gun – Cee Lo Green feat. Lauren Bennett)
Bulletproof – La Roux
Monster – Kanye West
Teeth – Lady Gaga
Do it To Me – Ce’cile
Paper Planes – M.I.A.
Get Fresh – Kid Sister

I realize I’m missing some obvious ones (like Rihanna and Beyonce) on this shortlist. I do have them on my larger list, feel free to tell me your personal fave songs anyway.