The 2014 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival is less than a week away, meaning tons of amazing movies you can't see anywhere else will br gracing screens all around the city. To get you excited for the festival, Fantasia is hosting an entirely free outdoor film screening tomorrow night.
Part of the ongoing Fantasia Under The Stars series, tomorrow's screening will begin at 9pm, to be held at Brasserie McAuslan (map) in the Old Port.
Tomorrow's show won't be your standard film, not by a long shot. Fantasia will be screening DJ XL5’s Spandex Zappin’ Party, a mish-mash of videos sequenced by DJ XL5, all having something to do with spandex. DJ XL5 will be hosting the show, and as someone who has been to previous Zappin' Party shows, I can tell you they're always incredibly fun, high energy, and filled with crazy content.
For an idea of what's in store for you at Fantasia Under the Stars tomorrow, check out a snippet of DJ XL5’s Spandex Zappin’ Party below.
The full film list for Fantasia 2012 just dropped yesterday, so if you like what you see tomorrow, be sure to plan out your viewing schedule, 'cuz there's a lot to see.
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Archaeology museum Pointe-à-Callière is bringing its popular 18th-century market back to Old Montreal this year. The museum says its market occupies the same spot as the one first established by French settlers.
Once again at the Place Royale, craftspeople will be selling their wares and demonstrating colonial skills.
A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."
The maze installations are being created by Quebec's Charlie Larouche (Glassware Artist), Jeroen Kleijn (DJ & Olfactory Artist) and Chantal Royer (Botanical Artist) who were inspired by the taste of Bombay Bramble, a new naturally-flavoured raspberry and blackberry gin.
The experience will be completely free, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part.
In addition to a Bombay Bramble sample, guests will leave with a signature Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass that they can use to stir up fun drinks at home.
Hedge Maze at the Old Port
Bombay Sapphire Canada
When: August 6: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 7 and 8: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 430, boul. Saint-Laurent, Old Port, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Hedge mazes are fun, but even better when they're boozy.
This video shows Montreal street names being changed to New York ones. MTL Blog reporter Alex Melki was able to have an individual confirm that it was allegedly part of the filming for Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts.
And from what the following photos show, it's looking like there are all kinds of different cars in whichever film is being shot at the moment, which is very on-brand for a Transformers movie.
More Transformers Rise of The Beasts photos from Montreal today.
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Dorchester Square is seemingly one of the main locations for this current movie shoot.
Quand Montréal se donne des airs de New York en 1990. Tournage du 7e film de la franchise ‘’Transformers’’, ‘’Rise… https://t.co/juPpl9NcDh
We know Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts is for sure being filmed in Montreal, we simply cannot confirm this movie set is for the film — although it's highly likely to be. And if that's true, then that means Anthony Ramos, one of the main actors in the new movie, could be in Montreal. Keep your eyes peeled!
Aujourd'hui 12 et 13 juillet 2021, début à 9h00 pm du tournage de Transformers Rise Of The Beasts au parc Square Do… https://t.co/Tw1X9Z1SC0
— Les Transformers - Québec et France (@Les Transformers - Québec et France)1626160244.0
Montrealer Pier-Philippe Chevigny specializes in depicting real-life social issues on screen. His latest short film, Rebel, is no exception. It tackles the rise of right-wing extremism in Quebec in a unique way — as seen through the eyes of a child.
Rebel has made it into 90 international film festivals, such as TIFF, Busan, and Vladivostok. It won 23 awards, including the Golden Owl Award at Tirana International Film festival, which led to it being long-listed for an Academy Award nomination.
While it didn't make the shortlist, the 15-minute film is available on YouTube and worth watching — especially if you, like Chevigny, have noticed an increase in ultranationalist groups popping up in the province over the past few years.
He used Soldiers of Odin, Storm Alliance and La Meute as examples, and said he was inspired by a photo of a six- or seven-year-old boy waving a La Meute flag at a demonstration.
"That kid doesn't understand the politics behind all of this, he's just following his parents," said Chevigny.
"I thought that would be an interesting idea ... to tell the story through the eyes of someone who was kind of oblivious to what's going on around him. And then he gets to witness something that triggers his understanding."
Chevigny said he used a "nervous handheld camera, always sticking really close to the boy's point of view" at the beginning of the film to signify a lack of awareness.
"As the story progresses, it becomes much more edited ... so the idea was to have the audience go through that same process of having that moment of realization," he said.
What stands out about the film is its nuance. No one is entirely good or bad. The extremist characters are multi-dimensional.
"That was a result of my research. I started following these groups on social media, and I realized they were not the neo-nazis I was expecting them to be. They were everyday normal people ... they were actually family people," Chevigny said.
"It's not surprising to see neo-nazi skinheads march against immigration, but it's very worrying when you see everyday normal people getting sucked into these ideologies. And that's the part that I wanted to raise awareness about."
Rebel has about 20-30 festivals to go. But Chevigny is already planning his next project.
He told MTL Blog he just got the green light from funders to make his first feature film about the exploitation of Latin American workers in Quebec's farming industry, which is set to start shooting this summer.